BAYLI Shares Highly-Anticipated EP, ‘Stories 2’

Brooklyn artist and songwriter BAYLI shares her much-anticipated new EP Stories 2. The follow up to 2021’s stories from new york, the 6-track EP was written on the road and takes in themes spanning heartbreak, addiction, loneliness and self-discovery.

Speaking on the Stories 2, BAYLI said :“We’ve all been cooped up inside for so long and Stories 2 is a release we all need. I wanted to take on this project as an exercise to be looser in my creative process and go with the flow a bit more than I did with ‘stories from new york’. This project feels like a docuseries of my fast-paced life “on the road” and the new journey I’m on, both internally and externally, in this post-covid world. Similar to ‘stories from new york’ this project is a sonic landscape that brings you into my world and feels like a stepping stone toward a brand new era → toward a higher, realer, bolder version of myself.”

Recent release ‘act up’ opens the project, showing a softer side of this emerging pop icon, the lovesong finds BAYLI trying to turn the tides of her burgeoning relationship. Sassy new single ‘pressure’ is a certified pop banger that sees BAYLI reaching out for support when she’s on the road. New cuts ‘ur mine’ and ‘into me’ see BAYLI flex her versatility as a performer and a songwriter as she seamlessly switches from soft vocals to icy bars dripping with attitude.

Set to an ethereal backdrop produced by Brody Miles, ‘think of drugs’ is an intimate snapshot of BAYLI’s upbringing, seeing addiction in the household and how that influenced her relationship with drugs and other substances. BAYLI’s unstoppable gay anthem ‘TELLY BAG’, closes the project, the single landed earlier this year to acclaim from the likes of i-D, DAZED, The Fader, PAPER, CLASH and more.

BAYLI first made waves in 2016 as the frontwoman of the punk band The Skins, where her infectious melodies and signature songwriting were cultivated under the mentorship of music guru Rick Rubin. Now an independent artist, BAYLI’s musical output is as equally pop as it is R&B, rock, & punk, all delivered with a fierce stylish edge and unabashed confidence. Hailing from Brooklyn, NYC is her lifeblood, inspiring her fearless take on what it means to be an artist in the 21st century. BAYLI released her debut EP stories from new york last year featuring the singles ‘boys lie’, ‘sushi for breakfast’, ‘foreigner’ and more. With support this year from the likes of Spotify (BAYLI was their EQUAL Ambassador for June), BBC Radio 1, i-D, Telfar, DAZED, Interview Magazine, The Face, Fader, CLASH, Foundation FM, The Line of Best Fit, PAPER, NYLON, Billboard and more, the future looks bright for BAYLI.

Check out BAYLI’s epic EP below…

Must Listens: act up, ur mine, into me

OUT TODAY: Mark A. Walker Offers Relief in Times Of Trouble With Second Single, ‘Let Me Breathe’

MARK A. WALKER‘s latest single, ‘Let Me Breathe’, smooths out those difficult challenges that life sometimes presents. The sheer tranquillity of soothing instrumentation, provided by Stellar-nominated producer Keran Vega, encourages us to take a break from all the troubles – and just breathe – if only for a moment. The single was written and produced by Michael Upshaw with Mark A.Walker as co-writer and Chris Howden as co-producer.

‘Let me Breathe’ follows Mark A. Walker’s debut single ‘Duke Stroll’ which features multi-Grammy Award-winning musician Phil Lassiter. For this production, Mark A. Walker is surrounded by a stellar production team led by Executive producer Michael Upshaw and co-producer, Grammy nominated producer Chris “BIG DOG” Davis.

Paying tribute to the late legendary jazz musician/instrumentalist George Duke, ‘Duke’s Stroll’ claimed the top spot of CHBN’s radio playlist charts for four consecutive weeks as well as receiving firm support from radio stations across UK, including Phoenix FM, Chocolate Radio, Pulse 98.4 and more recently on Sonic Nation with Jeff The Fish.

Mark A. Walker is a highly sought-after performance and session musician with the Gospel, R&B/soul and jazz scene, who has worked with notable artists/musicians, including, Will Downing, Lalah Hathaway, Maysa, Richard Smallwood, Gerald Albright and Yolanda Adams. He’s been involved on projects that have garnered one NAACP Image Award nomination, four Grammy Award nominations and seven Stellar Award wins.

Now Mark. A Walker is steadily coming into the limelight as a solo artist with the irresistibly smooth ‘Let Me Breathe’, available from 18th November across major music platforms.

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Song of the Day: Boyfriend – Tallia Storm

Housing previous support from DJ’s at BBC 1Xtra, BBC Introducing and Capital Xtra, 23-year-old TALLIA STORM‘s unapologetic new single ‘Boyfriend,’ is a masterclass in R&B-pop melodies, with a blinding bass-line and undulating infectious beat, that is reminiscent of classic 00s R&B. The lyrics are a poignant journey of trouble in young love over an immaculate Ray Michael Jnr production that fuses early 00s R&B, complete with electric guitar figures and trap flavours. With an ethos of self-confidence, saying the things we’re afraid to feel and being a champion of women in music, Tallia is poised to take the world by storm as she continues to chase the fast lane in the UK music scene.

Over the past year Tallia Storm has been working hard at placing herself as household rising star in the UK after being co-signed by Nile Rodgers and spent the start of the year working and writing with the Chic legend himself at the world famous Abbey Road Studios. Best known for being discovered by Sir Elton John at the tender age of 13 years old, 10 years on, Tallia Storm is still fighting to be heard as an independent female made in Scotland, with her fearless attitude and infectious confidence.

Tallia has graced the big screen from starring on E4’s Celebs Go Dating & ITVBe’s Real Housewives of Jersey as well as being one of the UK’s biggest celebrity TikTok’s. Tallia sees herself as an all-round entertainer which has allowed her personality to shine on TikTok which sees her have a 650,000 strong fan base hitting over 250 million views and 23 million likes on the app.

This is the first track of Tallia’s new era that is ready to be released single by single. Tallia has found her storm and is ready to be heard! Have a listen to ‘Boyfriend’ below…

Listen to Teon Gibbs’ Single, ‘Easy’, Inspired by True Love.

Hip hop artist TEON GIBBS is quickly becoming one of the most well known voices coming out of Canada. His second soulful single from his own label (100 Collective Records) ‘Easy,’ is inspired by new love – one that has successfully moved from friends to lovers. For Teon, the relationship snapped into place and felt easy.

Teon says of his memerising offering:“‘Easy’ is meant to feel like floating, kind of embodying the joy of a new relationship with someone and trying to hold on to those moments of new love. I developed the drum pattern and then brought in an A-list Team. Falcxne, JT, Jaspa, Jub and Nate from Potatohead People and I created this song off of pure synergy. This genre-bending single feels like a milestone moment in my career growth, and sound exploration. Feel like it gives people a taste of what’s to come next.”

Originally from Botswana, Teon has lived in the UK, South Africa and Angola before settling in Vancouver, Canada. He’s currently working with 3 x Grammy Award winning producer Chin Injeti (whose Grammy wins include: Eminem’s Recovery, Marshall Mathers LP 2 and Lecrae’s Gravity) to perfect his genre-bending soulful trademark – a sound that’s already praised by the likes of Exclaim! and Complex UK.

Why not check out the lyric video for ‘Easy’ below…

Ishani Addresses An Unhealthy Romantic Connection In Gripping New Single ‘Powertripp’ + New Video

Singer-songwriter and producer ISHANI has never been afraid of pushing the boundaries of her sound or shining a light on topics that others would wish to sweep under the carpet. Through her music, she engages with subjects that society sometimes finds difficult to talk about such as mental health and violence against women. Her empowering and gripping new single ‘Powertripp’ is a perfect example of this India & UK raised, London-based artist’s creative ethos.

Sonically, ‘Powertripp’ is a rich tapestry of oscillating electronica, intricately laced alt-pop melodies and enticing trip-hop beats. With this powerful soundscape behind her, Ishani confronts the reality of unbalanced power dynamics in toxic relationships. In her rendering, this narrative focuses on an unhealthy romantic connection, although the message can really be applied to any relationship. Her vivid storytelling brims with puissance to enable the listener to feel the “slam!” of that door or join the triumphant declaration “this is who I am!” Her raw and heartfelt lyrics take modern life’s surfaces, reflections and tribulations, and casts them through the prism of introspective voices

For Ishani, the most important factor is for her audience to have a truly cathartic experience, as she explains:

“This is a song about self-love and how you can overcome being in a toxic relationship where negative patterns repeat. You have to come to a point where you let go of the rope of that power struggle and choose yourself over the endless loops. Take off your mask and veil and walk away.”

The music video for ‘Powertripp’ was directed and executive produced by Yolanda Barker, with video DOP and executive producer Beatriz Delgado Mena, and alongside an all-women base crew. These captivating visuals are peppered with tangible cues that further communicate the power struggles, the mask-wearing, the cycle of bad behavior that defines toxic relationships.

‘Powertripp’ also marks Ishani’s bold return after a brief hiatus; she last left 2021 off with thought-provoking singles ‘I Like Who I Am (Caught up in the Moment)’ and ‘Perfect Life’ . Check out the video for the single below…