Song of the Day: Can’t Talk – Tiera Beverly

Produced by Jason Mater (Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Eminem) and Brandon Rogers (Alec Benjamin, Troye Sivan, Bea Miller), TIERA BEVERLY‘s leading single ‘Can’t Talk’ oozes  sultry vocals, dramatic drums and soaring smokey harmonies, creating a throwback feel to Beverly’s love of 90’s girl groups. The track is brought to life with live musicians and twinkling keys, emitting a mesmerizing ambiance and showcasing her love for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Aaliyah.

Thematically ‘Can’t Talk’ narrates the journey of youth and realizing that to reach your goals you need to put yourself first. Beverly reveals, “This song was inspired by what I view as the current state that we live in, as far as technology. I do like things about social media, but I do feel like we are in a world so fueled by the need for constant reassurance and instant gratification. I definitely think that a lot of people have such a short attention span and it can cause for insecurity in relationships”.

The Los Angeles-based R&B songstress was born into a family of musicians – her father and grandfather (the famed Frankie Beverly) were both musicians and accomplished artists.

Check out the sultry production for the seductive ‘Can’t Talk’ below…

New Music Video: Survive – Hollie Cook

Hot off the heels of two sold out shows in London and L.A., West London native HOLLIE COOK  unveiled more from her forthcoming third LP by dropping the double-A single ‘Freefalling’ / ‘Survive’.

The tropical pop princess has already cemented her position as one to watch this year after signing to the American indie label Merge Records and releasing the lead single ‘Angel Fire’. The first taste from the album received rave reviews from international outlets ranging from Mass Appeal, Clash and Je Ne Sais Pop and was playlisted over the summer on BBC Radio. Her vibrant, spirited take on lovers rock radiates positivity, allowing her to transcend the confines of a genre.

‘Freefalling’ finds Hollie’s sultry vocals positioned against a skanking rocksteady beat, alluring synths and a crooning brass section. The result is a life-affirming feel good jam which exudes enough warmth to keep burning all autumn long. Despite singing of the intricacies of heartbreak an unwavering sense of bliss prevails throughout.

As well as touring the world for years with Ari Up in the pioneering female punk band The Slits, Cook previously collaborated with renowned dub producer Prince Fatty on her first two solo albums – the self-titled debut and the acclaimed follow-up ‘Twice’. Singles such as ‘Milk & Honey’ and ‘That Very Night’ saw Hollie gain critical exposure via BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, 1Xtra and Radio X, culminating in a hypnotic appearance on the prestigious “Later…With Jools Holland”. Having now enlisted the esteemed producer Martin “Youth” Glover to oversee her latest LP – whose credits include U2, Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd – she’s able to unlock maturity in her ever evolving sound.

With supporters rallying from every corner, including Fred Perry’s Subculture, Jocks & Nerds and Vanity Fair, HOLLIE COOK is gearing up for a triumphant year ahead with the ‘Vessel of Love’ album release on 26th January – so expect to see her on top of the tropical throne of pop in 2018.

If this is your first introduction to this carefree upriser, well here’s your chance to watch the video to ‘Survive.’

Upcoming Release: Numb – Jake Aldridge (ft. Kelly Jenns)

It’s been a looong time coming but JAKE ALDRIDGE returns to the limelight with ACJ Beats-produced single, entitled ‘Numb.’

The new song features the sweet vocals from Kelly Jenns, a childhood friend and long-term collaborator of the British rapper. Jenns has worked with him Jake on several songs including ‘Pieces of Me’ and ‘Palm of your hand’.

Since his last appearance in March with single, ‘Fireman’, Jake has been very busy, collecting some awards along the way. The 2017 NMG award winner was presented with the Audience Choice Award last month in Cambridge.

Aldridge was recently performed for Billie Laurie, an award-winning producer who has worked with Sir Paul McCartney, The Bee Gees & Tina Turner. The gig was televised on Sky TV and was sponsored by Dingwalls Music, the company who were responsible for discovering big acts such as Ellie Goulding. Aldridge is currently in talks with Dingwalls for future projects…so watch this space!

But for now, have a listen to ‘Numb’, available via all digital channels from 5th November .

Song of the Day: Trust – Major Minus

After listening to today’s track, I’ve mistaken the four-piece band MAJOR MINUS for well seasoned musicians with a string of acclaimed albums in circulation. In fact the Californian-based rockers (who are aged between  16-18!) just released their debut self-titled EP.

The band’s experimental sound with clashing guitar riffs and powerful vocals caught the attention of  prominent figures in the music industry, including Grammy-nominated producer Ghian Wright (Paul McCartney, Oasis, John Legend), who worked with the teenagers on  their EP.

With live performances at  The House of Blues and Club Nokia, this young rock band is definitely the one to watch…go and see what all the fuss is about and listen to Trust.