Song of the Day: 9 Deep Breaths – Fabian Secon

FABIAN SECON‘s self-written single, ‘9 Deep Breaths’ is probably his most honest work to date. The track encapsulates his lo-fi, genre-spanning sound with Fabian revealing his battle with anxiety on a daily basis:

“Anxiety’s the villain to my brain / Looks to kill me anytime of day / My guilty thoughts rain on my parade / And 9 deep breaths to get me through the day”, he sings. But there’s also a sense of determination and hopefulness in the lyrics too: “But I’m strong as an ox or tiger teeth / No I won’t let this defeat me / Screaming out, how hard can it be? / Facing myself the enemy”.

Fabian has built up an impressive fanbase organically over the last couple of years, with over 30 million streams globally across all platforms – a huge feat as an independent DIY artist. On Spotify alone, he currently has close to 250,000 monthly listeners and several tracks that have crossed the one million barrier.

So if you’re currently suffering from depression or anxiety, remember you’re not alone as this guy has been through it all, despite his impressive record in the industry. Check out the Lyric video for ‘9 Deep Breaths’ below…

Song of the Day: No Show – Amy Lilley

South African singer-songwriter, chef, queer activist and venue owner AMY LILLEY is the exciting new talent set to take the music world by storm. Releasing her debut single ‘Formidable’ in July, which amassed an impressive 250,000+ streams in just over a month, Amy Lilley follows up with single, ‘No Show’, out now on Platoon.

Highlighting Amy’s versatility and passionate approach to creating breath-taking soundscapes, with its mesmeric, R&B undertones, coupled with her confident and powerful, yet tender lyricism, ‘No Show’ was a perfect taster for her debut EP ‘She’.

Out now on Platoon, the five-track EP, encapsulates the journey back to her strongest sense of self, which is abundantly evident in the debut single ‘Formidable’ – a track that juxtaposes hope and hardship in the face of depression, self-sabotage, pain and prejudice.

Check out the video for ‘No Show’ below…

VOXXEN Shares New Single, ‘Salt’

Ronny Pi has been writing music since the nineties, both for bands and his solo projects. Over the last couple of years, the Norwegian musician has been working under the moniker VOXXEN, which sees him delves into the realms of Indierock, indiepop and indietronica.

His latest single, ‘Salt’ presents hybrid sounds, somewhere between electro rock and indietronica…have a listen below and see what you think.

Ronny will be releasing a string of singles this Autumn, concluding with the release an album later this year.

EP Review: This is Korie – Korie

With KORIE‘s EP, ‘This is Korie’, personally I feel there are subtle influences of the once-popularised Yo pop – a mixture of jazz, funk, reggae and Afrobeats – fused with acoustic, almost stripped -back performances led by the guitar. When you listen to each track in this set, it feels like this young Nigerian singer/songwriter is performing right in front of you in an intense, intimate setting of an underground jazz club.

Her pronounced Motherland-esque vocals, which holds so much passion, paints a vivid storytelling of her fears in life, the pursuit to find true love and the determination in becoming a better person. It’s very clear that from the EP that Korie lives and breathes music…and it’s very rare I come across any material of music, where you can actually feel the musician’s love for music.

So ladies and gents, let me introduce you to the very talented Miss Korie in her purest and rawest form…

Must Listens: Foe, Change Me, Ife (Love) 

Song of the Day: My Bad – Tame Kyel (ft. Ta’Shan)

After a year of unrest and breaking barriers society has built up for hundreds of years, TAME KYEL dives head first into chaos and shows how he can not only lyrically impress but also showcase his vocal ability in his single, ‘My Bad’.

The first release under his own label, The Boat Records, ‘My Bad’ features Ta’Shan the Swiss-Indian singer also known as Bombay Mami. Both artists have been working together behind the scenes for many years crafting hit singles such as ‘This Time’, ‘This Time’ Remix ft Konshens and ‘High’ so a collaboration as artists is well overdue.

‘My Bad’ shows Tame maturing musically, in his own words – ‘Right now the world feels separated, emotion is something that unifies us and makes us human. Even though the message may feel sad and sombre the song is presented in a way that allows people to sing and dance together’.

Tame Kyel will continue creating music behind the board as a writer as well as showing the world how diverse he can be as an artist…check out the single below…