Song of the Day: Never Felt So Alone – Captains Of The Imagination

Responding to feelings of social isolation and the double-edged sword of digital connectivity, ‘Never Felt So Alone’ is the third single from CAPTIONS OF IMAGINATION‘s full EP Fingerprint.

Straight outta Geneva, Switzerland – who are often compared to a modern incarnation of the Fugees or the Black Eyed Peas – this trio combines rapping, singing, and musicianship with both distinctive lyrical content and their own vibe.

Taking a step in the direction of combating taboos around mental health, vocalists Imagine, Dr Koul and Evita Koné lead by example by sharing their angst instead of bottling it up. French beatmaker Josra constructs a sonic atmosphere built around vibrating basslines and strident synthesizers, backed by British violinist Julian Azkoul’s urgent bow strokes.

Musically, the song goes beyond its subject matter, as ‘Never Felt So Alone’ is as catchy and danceable as its music video is stylish and entertaining. Check it out below…

Song of the Day: No Caroline (Remix) – ATO x FLOHIO

Rising rapper ATO returns to share a special new remix of his introspective banger ‘no caroline’ with added fire from British-Nigerian artist, rapper and songwriter FLOHIO, landing alongside a fresh docu-style video shot in sun-soaked Leeds and London.

The three-minute production was shot between North-East Leeds (Chapeltown/Potternewton park – the neighbourhood where ATO’s dad lived when he was growing up) and around west London (the first area he lived when he moved to the city at 18), both areas feel like home and provide the perfect visual texture for the rebirth of this track filled with real moments that make up life for ATO. In a serendipitous moment of full circle following the original single taken from ATO’s 2021 EP Side A via MCMXCV that saw him open up and deep dive into his own emotional shortcomings rooted in his experiences, Flohio’s lyrical addition delivers a strong statement of self belief backed up by refresh of ATO’s hook.

Speaking on the remix, ATO says: “When No Caroline was first made, there were a million ideas for which direction to take the song, so a remix felt inevitable. I wanted it to be in the same world of the original but with a new dynamic, to make it feel more like a rebirth than a remix. I’ve loved Flohio’s music for a minute! I believe she is one of the most unique and authentic artists in the UK. Putting Flo on the first verse felt like a natural way to kick off the song with new energy. Once Flo layed her verse, we started looking at ways to tie the new dynamic together. Following Flo, it felt like the hook needed something new. We came up with a response melody that was initially intended for me. Eden ended up laying down the demo and it just felt great, so we kept it that way. This approach captures the process of making the remix: being open minded to completely fresh ideas.”

Leeds-based and of British-Ghanaian-Danish descent, ATO is one of the most exciting new artists on the rise, using his music to reflect on his life and show an alternative side to the London-centric perception of Black Britishness. Bubbling up the scene since his 2019 collaboration ‘falling’ featuring Vic Mensa on his The Fader endorsed EP3, 2021 proved to be his biggest year yet with his acclaimed EP Side A (“Muscle Twitch”, “ziamonds !!”) garnering support from key tastemakers and broadsheets alike including The Observer, The Independent, DJ Target, Crack, Highsnobiety and DJ Mag who nominated him for their Best Of British Awards in the “Breakthrough MC” alongside ENNY, KAM-BU, Nova and DoRoad.

Hailing from Bermondsey, South London , FLOHIO draws inspiration from her surroundings and day-to-day experiences to create a sound that is quintessentially London as it is extra-terrestrial. Since exploding onto the scene in 2018 with her high-octane COLORS performance of ‘Bands’, the South London native has since cemented her status as an unpredictable talent who is as exhilarating as she is impossible to pigeonhole.

Check out the official video for ‘no caroline’ below, directed by Eve Mahoney.

Song of the Day: Water Run Dry – Sofia Gillani

London-born singer-songwriter SOFIA GILLANI‘s single,’Water Run Dry’, inspires to lift people to a higher place even when it feels like the odds are against you.

Oozing memermisingly soft soulful soundscapes, ‘Water Run Dry’ delivers a valuable message that it’s perfectly normal to experience a rollercoaster of emotions when going through tough times – as long as you keep pushing for those brighter days.

Sofia began her musical career at just nine years old; starring as a lead in the musical ‘Evita’,which was a commercial success, running for four nights at the Oliver Awards.

Have a listen to Sofia’s therapeutic single below…

Song of the Day: Ride – Antonio Breez

Just under two years after the success of his acclaimed fourth album ‘Views & Likes’, which birthed breakout singles like ‘Listening To Drake’ and ‘Snap Chat’, Boston rapper, singer and songwriter ANTONIO BREEZ is gearing up to release his anticipated fifth studio album this fall. Now based in Los Angeles, the witty Boston lyricist and smooth vocalist is excited to begin his 2022 rollout with the glorious R&B opus titled ‘RIDE’, along with its summer-ready music video to accompany it.

Written by Antonio Breez and produced by Ocean Luciano, ‘Ride’ is a smooth and captivating offering, held together by Breez’s vocal dexterities and infectious melodies, under which producer Luciano lays an undeniable R&B sound bed that’s driven by glorious Spanish guitar arrangements, 808 drum patterns and lush synths. The track sees the LA-based Boston native singing and waxing lyrical about finding that ride or die lover that will be down for him through thick and thin.

Championed by MTV, Genius, BET, VH1, HipHopDX and Hot 97, among others, Antonio Breez burst onto the hip-hop and rap landscape with his seminal debut album ‘The Convocation Of Antonio Breez’, and followed it up with his classic Migration Narrative and Migration Narrative two projects, before 2020’s breakout album Views & Likes that perfectly captured his newly crafted hip-hop and R&B fusion sound. ‘Ride’ is the next step on Breez’ trajectory to the world by storm in 2022. Check it out below…

Song of the Day: Lovin’ From You – Sara Diamond (feat. Nick Grant)

SARA DIAMOND’s single ‘Lovin’ From You’ (feat. Nick Grant) is a rather provocative and steamy joint about longing for a lover’s affection in a playful way. The lyrics evoke a feeling of sensuality, being totally honest and loud about love.

The accompanied visuals connect to a 4-part story from the California singer-songwriter’s forthcoming EP inspired by empowerment, love, and letting go of inhibitions. This segment involves the deep subconscious, exploring themes of lust, delusion, and heightened emotions. Have a look below…