Listen To Amir Brandon’s Debut Single, ‘Champagne’

Extraordinary vox and melodic sensibilities combine for Ottawa-born, Toronto-based pop singer/songwriter AMIR BRANDON and his debut single, ‘champagne’.

Serving as a preview to the Toronto-based artist and multi-instrumentalist’s forthcoming debut album, ‘Lonely Club’, ‘champagne’ achingly peels away Amir’s desire to ditch the bubbly in favour of dancing alone with his broken, pained heart. His authenticity as a melancholic man of sadness comes to life on the track, giving us a one-way ticket into uncharted loneliness.

On “champagne,” Amir takes creative licence, carving his own unique place in the rhythm and blues world. Dripping with charisma and eloquence from every note, his falsetto pierces the heart, while breathless runs solidify his dedication to drawing in the listener and holding them captive.

Having gained early accolades from chart-topping Billboard singer/songwriter JoJo, Amir Brandon has performed headlining showcases at Canadian Music Week, shared the stage with Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, and amassed more than 2+ Million streams on YouTube for his stunning takes of R&B greats.

Heard across CBC, Netflix’s Cobra Kai, Disney’s PJ Masks, The Young & The Restless, Spotify’s New Music Friday, and more, he has also headlined the “We’re Funny That Way” LGTBQ Festival, Youth Day at Yonge & Dundas Square — as well as being featured as a singer/songwriter at the Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, and performer, songwriter, and co-producer for ‘Rapid-Eye Movement’ at Nuit Blanche and Summerworks Festival.

Enduring years of closed doors, homophobia, and fighting for artistic integrity only fuelled Amir Brandon’s creative fire, inspiring a striking sense of vulnerability and confidence in his songwriting. After much experimentation, self-discovery, and reinvention, his music stands as a testament to his resilience in the industry.

“champagne” is available now. Lonely Club is available Summer 2021. Check out the music for the single below…

SVMI Returns With Track, ‘Milan’ From ‘Ma Mood’ EP

With his previous single ‘P.O.P (Hold It Down)’ garnering strong support and rave reviews in the few weeks since its release from tastemakers such as BBC 1Xtra, KISS Fresh, Capital Xtra, Notion, Noctis Magazine, GRM Daily, Mixtape Madness and Link Up TV, Manchester rising star SVMI is not resting on his laurels and is circling right back with a new offering titled ‘MILAN’, which is produced by long-time collaborator LiTek (Rag’n’Bone Man, Bugzy Malone, Central Cee) and will lead up to the release of his debut EP with NQ Records titled Ma Mood on June 25.

Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Milan’, SVMI says, “the track is me wanting to get out of town to escape the drama and negativity. I was tired of people getting onto me for doing music, and you can hear me responding on the verses. There was a lot going on when I made this song, from girl trouble to dealing with jealousy and spite, and the track perfectly captured my frame of mind. I wrote the song just when I was making that transition into being an artist and that’s not as easy as people think. Sometimes you just want to drop everything and fly away”.

Having broken into the scene in Manchester as a teenager creating captivating music videos for the likes of Aitch and Izzie Gibbs, SVMI began making music himself a couple of years ago and has already amassed nearly five million plays, bolstered by his breakthrough single ‘Bait Lies’, which blew up last summer, as well as fan-favourites ‘Old Friends’ and ‘Timeout’. Championed by tastemakers, critics and fans alike, SVMI is not only one of Manchester’s new rising stars pushing the Northern music scene forward, but he is also proving to be one to watch in UK music for 2021.

Check out the video for ‘Milan’ below…

Snotty Nose Rez Kids Return With Track, ‘Something Else’

After staying quiet for the first few months of 2021, Yung Trybez and Young D – aka Canadian indigenous hip-hop duo SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS (SNRK) – are back with a deadly new track…

When CNN was reporting voting demographics during the past presidential election coverage, they decided to call the section of Indigenous voters ‘Something Else’. Indigenous Twitter and TikTok blew up with outrage, but also a reclamation of the term by turning something negative into a positive using humour and truth. The community was able to look on the bright side despite media outlets’ failure to recognize them as human beings.

Check out SNRK’s ‘Something Else’ below…

Hip-Hop Newcomer Supreme Releases New Single, ‘Thug Thizzle’ From Forthcoming EP

Carving his own lane in rap music as the son of a legendary emcee of arguably one of hip-hop’s most recognizable brands is no easy feat. But Staten Island native SUPREME is more than ready to take on the task, with a brand new EP Love Jones, set to release this summer. The project’s lead single, ‘Thug Thizzle’, a super smooth joint which anthems taking life’s ups and downs in your stride.

Speaking on the release, Supreme say: “‘Thug Thizzle’ is basically me saying ‘I’m going to be alright with whatever life throws at me. There was a time in college- around the end of my sophomore year at Morgan State -where I wanted to drop out. I felt regretful, like if I never went to college I would have already been progressing in my music career. The only reason I went to college was to be a role model to my younger sister, and to make my mother proud. I was the only one in my immediate family to go to college. When Nipsey Hussle was murdered, I gained a new perspective. It’s like it took for his passing to put me back in my place. That’s when I started writing ‘Love Jones’. I started merging music with school work, and I started getting A’s.”

Based on the importance of relationships with family and loved ones, the Love Jones EP takes an honest approach, addressing relationships with his mother, brother, and even his complicated relationship with his father (woven throughout the project are recordings of real phone conversations between Supreme and his father, Ghostface).

Check out the first release from the upcoming set below…

I M U R Share Single ‘Birdseye’, Out Today

Consisting of singer/songwriter Jenny Lea, producer/guitarist Mikey J Blige, and producer/multi-instrumentalist Amine Bouzaher, genre bending trio I M U R has unveiled their reflective new single, ‘Birdseye,’ taken from their album, ‘My Molecules’ out this month, 25th June. The forthcoming project thematically touches on topics that everyone has experience with but that are often not discussed publicly, such as love, lust, loss, death, trauma and purpose.

Their offering takes inspiration from Lea’s near-death experience in a car accident and serves as a reminder that simply stepping back and taking a breath can be the difference between losing your mind and appreciating your day-to-day life.

Have a listen to ‘Birdseye’ below…