Harleighblu & Bluestaeb Take A Stand On Cat Calling In ‘Call’

After appearing on the blog’s SOTD hot spot last week, UK R&B singer HARLEIGHBLU  and neo-soul & hip-hop producer BLUESTAEB circle back with anti-harassment empowerment anthem ‘Call’, the forth single off upcoming joint album ‘She’, out on October 11th 2019.

On a funk infused production courtesy of BLUESTAEB, HARLEIGHBLU takes a stand against cat calling: “We as women constantly have to deal with unwanted attention and aggressive pursuit when we do our thing and this song is a cheerful ‘talk to the hand’, a reminder that we don’t have to entertain such behaviour. Ladies, our journey is a long walk so let this song be the soundtrack to your stride, nothing can stop you especially not the unwanted advances from Mr.Basic”

After HARLEIGHBLU heard BLUESTAEB‘s music at Camden’s Jazz Café in 2016, the multinational duo decided to search for new ways to express their common love for uncompromised hip-hop and R&B. BLUESTAEB’s soulful approach to beat making complemented Harleighblu’s vocals perfectly as she staked her claim on the neo soul and hip-hop territory she always identified with. Hailed as an up and coming ‘queen of soul’ with references to Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse, HARLEIGHBLU’s signature sound has matured into a frank, self-possessed voice, bringing us honest, feminine, yet unrepentant lyrical touches.

Additionally, the Paris and Berlin based producer BLUESTAEB made his name through his releases via German tastemaker label Jakarta Records, where he released alongside Kaytranada, Ta-Ku and Mura Masa. Both his solo and collaboration projects have been internationally praised for their warm characteristic sound, receiving airplays on Soulection, BBC 1, Rinse.FM and many more.

With a full collaboration album set to drop in this month, HARLEIGHBLU and BLUESTAEB continue to impress with their seamless musical chemistry and mutual passion for classic R&B and hip hop. ‘Call’ provides a taste for what’s to come from the 13-track stoke of genius, ‘She’.

Check it out below…

New Track: Always Been This Way (Operator S Remix) – Kit Rice

KIT RICE‘s latest single, ‘Always Been This Way’, is back with a full-on UKG dance makeover from London DJ and producer Operator S.

Operator S has become a fast rising star in the UK Garage & House scene in recently years, receiving a seal of approval from BBC 1Xtra, Rinse FM and Beat London.

Coming from KIT RICE‘s forthcoming ‘Konfidence’ album, the new remix follows a string of massive remixes from UK Garage & House legend DJ Fen and Brazilian Future Bass newcomer DJIMON.

Your weekend begins right here…check out Operator S’ remix to ‘Always Been This Way.’

Song of the Day: Waitin’ Up – Althea

At just 21 years of age, British singer, songwriter and musician ALTHEA already has two well received and acclaimed EPs to her name – 2016’s ‘See My Vision’ and ‘Cold Thoughts’ from earlier this year – which have seen the East London native garner strong support from Wonderland Magazine, The 405, Rinse FM, Okayplayer, Guestlist Magazine and the MOBO Awards.

As she gears up for her third project, which is due for release in 2018, ALTHEA released her debut new single titled ‘Waitin’ Up’. Typically known for her lush minimalist R&B songs, ‘Waitin’ Up’ sees ALTHEA switching things up to deliver an infectious, soulful and upbeat Caribbean flavoured offering, while continuing to showcase her captivating vocals and forward-thinking R&B sensibilities, with production coming from frequent collaborator Day-O.

Speaking about how the new single came about, Althea says, “‘Waitin’ Up’ was a really fun song to make, I was in the studio with Day-O, and we were just vibing and bouncing ideas around the room, and once we had the beat down, the lyrics all flowed out and it came together really naturally. The record is essentially about me playing hard to get with someone who’s keen to see and be with me, and really trying to find out just how much they’re into me”.

This one is too good to pass up…check out ‘Waitin’ Up’.

New Music Video: The Stone – Jerome Thomas

Following the release of his acclaimed debut EP ‘Conversations’, East London vocal powerhouse, JEROME THOMAS presents a mesmerising performance in the new video – directed by Christopher Cargill whose portfolio includes Giggs and Emeli Sandé –  for lead track, ‘The Stone’.

‘The Stone’ is one of the lighter more self-explanatory tracks from the socially conscious EP, tackling topics that still remain taboo within the music industry. It is a personal and sincere body of work, devoid of banality, inspired by Jerome’s observations of society and conversations with close family and friends.

The Dalston native has been championed by the likes of The Fader, i-D, Idol Magazine and MTV, as well as receiving key radio support from BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Rinse FM. Having headlined a number of sold out shows at Bush Hall, Notting Hill Arts Club and Queen Of Hoxton, and aligning himself with revered industry peers such as Hannah Faith (Soulection), Black The Ripper, Footsie (Newham Generals) and Davinche, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the talents of this genre-defying artist….check him out!

New Music Video: The Warning – Lil Probz

LIL PROBZ returns bolder with a brand new music video for track, ‘The Warning’ taken from his E.P, ‘Concrete Vol.1’, released on Sunday (13 August) via Underground Kulture.

In the two-and-a-half minute production, the grime MC spits effortlessly over a rhythmic bounce of the infectiously heavy bass line – warning every one of his mammoth return!

‘The Warning’ is a the first release from the EP, ‘Concrete Vol.1’. Tracks ‘Thumbs Up’ and ‘All Stars Remix’ inject energy into the six-track collection with a woofer of a bass line. The EP also includes laid-back bangers, ‘No Chill’ (sampled from Mobb Deep’s hit ‘Quiet Storm), ‘Letter to My Son’ (sampled Eminem’s ‘Mockingbird) and the reggae-fused ‘Smoked Out’.

Hailing from East London, LIL PROBZ shot onto the Grime scene like a ball out of a cannon. Having support from SBTV, Link up TV, Rinse FM, and other big channels, LIL PROBZ has also garnered attention from the likes of Tim Westwood where he has previously been a guest on the 1Xtra show.

With a bombastic EP and music video now out for your inspection, 2017 will see this MC on-a-steady-rise go viral.

‘Concrete Vol.1’ is available as a free download right here.