As a singer-songwriter growing up in Toronto, LOREN ARONOV had big dreams of becoming a pop star. She wrote and performed songs that portrayed a certain persona, more to please others than herself. Having just turned 14, she has decided to stop trying to live up to outside expectations and to instead be real with herself.
What she can promise listeners is genuine honesty from the heart and mind of a young girl living out her teenage years. ‘Uncool’ is exactly that, inspired by feeling like the odd one out among her peers at school; lonely and even unwanted. She soon accepted that some of these labels make her unique, and that personal obstacles could be used to propel her music. Check out ‘Uncool’ below…
Embodying all that is Hip Hop, Bristolian based artist, producer, radio host and hip hop event director BLACKSMITH, releases long awaited new music in the shape of ‘Price of Love’ featuring UK legend Skinnyman (pictured left) and production by New York’s Statik Selektah.
Already a constant within the depths of UK Hip Hop, Blacksmith’s CV reads as a rundown of some of the biggest accolades an artist can boast of. From performances at Glastonbury to Fusion Festival in Germany, he has also supported the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Common, Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, Evidence, Brother Ali and many more. As an MC and producer, he can also include Jeff Wooton (The Gorillaz), Hodgy (Odd Future), Dilated Peoples, Carasel, Stamina MC and Dynamite MC, as fellow artists he has worked with and produced music for, and his love for hip hop doesn’t stop there. A self-made events promoter and radio host, Blacksmith is a key component to UK hip hop, giving both established and upcoming artists a platform through his regular hip-hop events and radio shows.
Produced by Greatness Jones, ‘Essence’ is an inspiring cut of positivity from the talented North London rapper, COOPS, ruminating about life across trademark boom-bap drums and a rolling bass line. Essence is taken from Coops’ new album, ‘Lost Soul 2’ – released last Friday (23rd September) via Lost Soul Records.
‘Lost Soul 2’, the seventh full length release from the prodigious talent, was recorded at Coops’ studio in Hackney and serves as the sequel to his seminal Lost Soul mixtape, which still commands huge admiration nearly a decade since its release and is widely seen as a cult UK hip-hip classic. The new album sees a welcome return to the creative partnership with producer Talos that flourished on ‘Lost Soul’.
In support of the new album, Coops has announced details of his debut UK headline tour. The ‘Lost Soul’ tour will see Coops on the road in October and November with a special hometown show at London’s XOYO on Friday 4th November. Full dates can be found below while tickets are on sale now here: https://diplomatsofsound.org/coops-lost-soul-tour-2022/.
While the original reflected the uncertainty in his teenage years, ‘Lost Soul 2’ explores the navigation of adult life against the backdrop of the precariousness of the world in 2022. It’s a tale of progression and growth: Coops’ emotional capacity has matured, as has the soulful melodies he is crafting. It demonstrates evolution without compromising the important message in his music.
‘Lost Soul 2’ is Coops at his truest, purest, and most effortless and, having flown under the radar for far too long, is set to cement his status as one of the UK’s foremost lyricists. Check out the video for ‘Essence’ below…
UK rising star SAMSON‘s ‘twenifree’ is the second instalment in his Birthday inspired series.
SAMSON once again marks the occasion by sharing his experiences of travelling another year around the sun with this endearing, self-produced offering.
In signature SAMSON style, ‘twenifree’ is laced with an infectious, jumpy instrumental – perfectly complimenting his innate ability to capture his audience through his gripping story telling and effortless flow.
Inspired by array of genres such as Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, Rock and Grime, and influenced by artists Tyler The Creator, Little Simz, Joey Badass and Chance the Rapper, SAMSON has received national radio support from Tiffany Calver on BBC Radio 1Xtra as well as BBC Introducing and many community radio stations.
Riding the tidal waves of success from her recent, return single and video ‘Queen St’, which was a collaboration of royal heights featuring SZA’s ‘Good Days’ producer Los Hendrix, Toronto based R&B songstress JAYD INK has unveiled her new EP ‘Catching Red Lights’.
The three-track EP is Jayd’s most vulnerable compilation to date. Consisting of the meditative and introspective lead single ‘Queen St’, she partners this with the new, sultry, affirmation filled ‘Rollin’ and the contemplative, 90’s vibing ‘Stuck on Earth’.
Short, sweet but utterly enticing, Jayd has us caught up and captivated in the veils of her velvet-like vocal and laid back beats. Entranced and increasingly intrigued we find ourselves firmly wrapped around her little finger as we eagerly await her next move… Check out ‘Catching Red Lights’ below…