Manuela Iwansson Shares Debut Album ‘Dark Tracks’ & Focus Single, ‘Strangers on the Train.’

Swedish new wave punkster MANUELA IWANSSON‘s debut album ‘Dark Tracks’, out now via Lack of Sleep Records, is a long-awaited effort that is the result of almost four years of work after unveiling her self-released EP ‘Dream Lover’ in 2018. Highlighted by the 80s-esque, gritty synth-pop anthem that is focus track ‘Strangers on a Train’, the album flaunts a musical journey that takes from the callous rock stylings of the late 70s and mixes them with the new wave evolution characteristic of the Blondie era, all serving to present an alluringly dystopian listening experience that lingers on the beauty of impermanence.

‘Dark Tracks’ is unrelentingly self-explorative. Iwansson wears her heart on her sleeve for anyone to see as she belts across the ten tracks, familiarizing listeners with a darkness stemming from unmet desire and lovers lost. The album plays like a jukebox with every song standing on its own as a vintage and vigorous tour de force.

Iwansson had this to say about the fabric of the project: “The album is basically a portfolio of me. It is very much a debut album – a little rough around the edges at times, but made with a lot of heart. I put a lot of thoughts into the lyrics, and a lot of emotion into the melodies. At times I play around with words a lot, and I constantly want to improve my writing … The whole project is about 80s aesthetics with 70s punk vibes; grit, rain, cities at night, neon lights, trains, and cars, and movement; leather and lace and rock ‘n’ roll. Nothing ever looks as good as a photo booth photo in black and white.”

The Stockholm-based artist once toured the world with punk outfit Terrible Feelings but now looks at her solo career as an opportunity to make timeless new wave hits, boasting a sound inspired by influences such as Pat Benatar and Suzi Quatro yet entirely her own. With ‘Dark Tracks’, makes a point of crafting earworm hooks and choruses that work in the middle of a rowdy yet heart-wrenching punk aesthetic.

Following the release of her EP ‘Dream Lover’, Iwansson served as an opener for Orville Peck on a full European tour in 2019, simultaneously releasing a series of singles and chipping away at her debut LP over the next couple years. While hard at work in preparation for its release, she has still found her way on stage this year, opening for Viagra Boys, Molly Nilsson and Current Joys this spring.

‘Strangers on a Train’ + ‘Dark Tracks’ are now available on all streaming platforms. Have a listen below…

Must Listens: Strangers on the Train, Loving Is Easy, Dead Weight

Listen To Tonee C’s Latest EP ‘Stardust’

TONEE C gets up close and personal on latest project ‘Stardust, the fifth instalment of a project series on his fast rising career.

The word ‘Stardust’ refers to a charismatic quality, feeling or enchanting state or mood.

Speaking about what the new project means to him and his career, he says “My first project ‘PEERLESS VIBES’ symbolized a rose that grew out of the concrete, the music that took off and changed my life. At a point where everybody was hyped up off the same type of rap music, I came along doing my own thing on TNT Vol.1 and UKIYO.

With Stardust I strongly believe it’s God’s will, perfect timing and we’re exactly where we are supposed to be, a project that represents alignment, balance and the fact that all of life’s choices led to this moment”.

The EP processes a dreamy soulful rap and vibe, translating very intimate delivery on each record. Have a listen to ‘Stardust’ below..

Must Listens:, selene

Nigerian Afro Fusion Artist/Producer Daniel Bliss Taps Inart & Lil 5ive For EP Vendetta

Prolific Nigerian Producer/artist DANIEL BLISS puts together a four track EP ‘Vendetta’, which features Afro fusion artists Inart & Lil 5ive, who played a crucial role in creating a new sound coming out of southern Nigerian. Out now via RawLL, the mini set to further solidify the organic synergy Daniel shares with both artists.

‘Vendetta’ is a testament to how constantly evolving and exciting a producer can develop sonic relationship with an artist or group of artists, and still maintain individuality as well as togetherness whenever needed. The high energy and affirmative rap tape portrays the yearnings of ambitious young Creatives who are conscious of their efforts and sure of the results they expect from it.

Why not check out ‘Vendetta’ below…

Must Listens: O.G (Know Me), Loud

Listen To Samson’s Highly Anticipated Debut Mixtape ‘GREEN ROSES’.

Arguably one of the UK music scene’s most exciting young prodigies, SAMSON finally dishes up the release of his self-produced debut mixtape ‘GREEN ROSES’.

Featuring already acclaimed tracks ‘TWENITU’, ‘YAH’ and his most recent drop ‘WOODS’, the eight-track set bounces between, hard-hitting askew beats, boom bap and old school sample with the Londoner taking on each bars with his relaxed flow.

Equipped with gripping skits, personal voice clips and a heartfelt piano-clad interlude, SAMSON takes the listener on a ‘sonically endearing’ journey through his adolescence. Hit that play button on ‘GREEN ROSES’ below…

Must Listens: STU, Come Over, Twenitu

Jay Jody Steps Out As Solo Artist With ‘Sunset Stories: A Mixtape’

As a former member of SA Hip-Hop duo, B3NCHMARQ, and his part in the collaborative project BLUE TAPE, with brother A-Reece, JAY JODY is now ready to introduce himself officially as a solo artist to the South African Hip-Hop scene via the newly established Revenge Club Records in his upcoming debut mixtape, ‘Sunset Stories.’

The Tape features a host of notable features from A-Reece, Una Rams, Blxckie, Marcus Harvey, and more, placing Jay Jody’s effortless talent in the spotlight. “I’ve realized we’re all part of a big story. And each one has their version with different experiences. What makes this life thing interesting… is that exactly … the Stories. In Sunset Stories: A Mixtape, I share some of my experiences. I share my views. I share my ideas. I share my Stories” Jay Jody

Check out ‘Sunset Stories’ Mixtape plus the blog’s song recommendation below…

Must Listens: Purple Palm Trees, You Ain’t Gotta Like Me, If You Got It You Got It, Sunset Stories Tales of the Cool