Watch SC.Undercover’s Brand New Video For Single ‘Deal With The Devil’

Shot across the tropics of Spain and the island of Mallorca, SC.UNDERCOVER‘s brand new video for single, ‘Deal With The Devil’, drips in James Bond edginess and tension. The cinematic aura carefully intertwines past projects as SCU explains, “We wanted the atmosphere to reflect the tone of the music but also provide the closing chapter in the trilogy of videos ranging from Darkness Before Light, Morals and finally now, Deal With The Devil”.

Born in Walsall (UK), SC.Undercover often blends influences of indie, dark pop and R&B, offering something distinctly unique in today’s industry. ‘Deal With The Devil’ is the perfect amalgamation of atmospheric production meets R&B, in true SCU style. The latest track takes unexpected twists and turns, mixing up his melodies and dynamics and adding to the knife-cutting apprehension. With fast, high-frequency beats, prowling guitar riffs and bass laced in haunting backing vocals reminiscent of The Weeknd, the single glides into a mesmerising break. Check it out below…

Song of the Day: Fake Me – Richard Orofino

Brooklyn based singer-songwriter and producer RICHARD OROFINO‘s single, ‘Fake Me’ is a dark pop masterpiece. Switching between all moods of new wave pop, with a trippy autotuned vocal, the track that is quickly becoming a signature musical move of Richard’s. 80s synths and 808’s fill the track and encapsulate that angsty mood that Orofino has created with such an ease, with an extra mixture of drum samples sitting underneath his swooning vocal.

Describing the meaning behind ‘Fake Me’, Orofino explains:

“Fake me is about your own doppelganger. The self-punishing evil twin that constantly tries to convince you that what you believe to be truthful about yourself, is wrong. I live in this dilemma a lot, where I have some sort of issue involving myself and then decide to confide in myself only to find I’m my own biggest enemy.

This self-doubting twin of mine who lives in my head, always tries to tell me to do things for other people. “Give other people what they want, and you will find yourself in a successful position.” Rather than creating and working on something that I most definitely love and feels personal, be that image of what you expect other people to respond to.”

Check it out below…

Arlo Maverick Drops New Track, ‘Tap It’, Tackling The Issue Of Pursuing Generational Wealth.

Ahead of his highly anticipated Soul Merchant EP Today, Edmonton rapper ARLO MAVERICK unveils another track from the EP titled ‘Tap It’, a soca-inflected observation on the pursuit for generational wealth and security.

Directed by Maverick, the accompanied video revolves around a young woman from an immigrant family who disrupts the path expected of her to gain more social status. After moving to a new city for higher education, she loses focus and gets caught up in the party scene. Her father works hard to create opportunities for his daughter, as does her fiancé to ensure a better future for their own prospective family. In return, she racks up her father’s credit card without any concern for his debt, manipulates her fiancé back home to fund her lifestyle while meeting others on dating sites, and surrounds herself around other entitled people that encourage her behaviour.

A comment on socioeconomic mobility and narcissism as a social epidemic, the track is a chopped and mixed stew of soca, reggae, electro and hip-hop, elevated by vocalist Oozeela who brings his own Dominican roots to the song.

‘Tap It’ follows Soul Merchant’s lead single, ‘Hashtag,’ a song of protest about racial profiling and police brutality, which drew attention from Exclaim, CBC Radio, The Strombo Show, and CKUA Radio, among others. The EP explores the rapper’s personal reflections on the current state of the world, weaving brainy wit into his wordplay and an amalgam of influences. As with all Maverick releases, each track on the EP comes with a message to spark further conversation.

The Soul Merchant EP arrives on all streaming platforms on next Friday, 9th July…but for now, check out the video for ‘Tap It’

South African Sensation Langa Mavuso Shares New Single, ‘Panther’

With his previous single ‘Love Lost’ garnering rave reviews and acclaim in the two months since release, building on recent support for the rising star from the likes of GQ, Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1), Red Bull Music, ELLE South Africa, and Deezer – where he was recently named their ‘Next
Artist of 2020’ – South African singer, songwriter and musician LANGA MAVUSO is back with a brand new single titled ‘Panther’ as he continues to tease his highly anticipated self-titled debut
album titled Langa’, which is scheduled for release on September 25 via Platoon.

Crafted with production duo Noble, who recently collaborated with Beyoncé on her seminal
Grammy Award-winning album ‘The Lion King: The Gift’, ‘Panther’ is a smooth and soulful offering with lush R&B sensibilities and expansive soundscapes that will transport listeners on a late summer evening ride. The infectious slow jam sees Langa pour his heart out about searching for healing in all the wrong places, while highlighting his glorious vocals and exquisite falsetto tones, as well as his penchant for captivating storytelling and vivid songwriting.

Speaking about the inspiration behind his new single ‘Panther’, Langa says, “The song was
inspired by a tumultuous time in my life where I had surrounded myself with many distractions to
try and get over the pain and heartbreak of a difficult breakup, it captures how exhausting it
became to pretend that things were alright with me after this relationship ended. It talks about the many distractions we use to run away from our emotions, whether it’s flashy cars and bottles of champagne to heal the pain, or seeking light in dark places”.

A graduate of the National School of Arts, Rhodes University and the South African College of
Music, where he honed his singing skills, vocal abilities and performance prowess, among other
things, Johannesburg native Langa Mavuso burst onto the scene in South Africa with his critically acclaimed debut EP ‘Liminal Sketches’ with Black Coffee’s Soulistic record label, before breaking out to become a star in his own right, buoyed by such fan-favourite and cult classic singles as‘Home’, ‘Sunday Blues’, and last year’s ‘Mvula’.

With his new single ‘Panther’ and upcoming self-titled album, Langa is excited to share his coming of age story with the world…Check it out below…

Song of the Day: I Hate To See You This Way – Van Bellman

If you’re a fan of real gritty rock music with a kick of funk, well Zac Taylor – aka –  VAN BELLMAN‘s first single, ‘I Hate To See You This Way’ may well be your new favourite.

The theme of ‘I Hate To See You This Way’ focuses on the pain of watching someone you love go down a dark road, witnessing them self-destruct. “It means a lot to me as both a lyrical and sonic story,” said Taylor, who also produced the track at the legendary Mission Sound Studios in Brooklyn. With influences from Kurt Cobain to Jeff Buckley,  Taylor’s offering possesses the accusatory growl of the chorus which instantly pulls you into the sensitive moments in between the roars.

The Brooklyn-based musician, who once played the guitar with multi-platinum band American Authors, is shaping to be a respected collaborator and songwriter in the NYC music scene.
So sure to look out for VAN BELLMAN as he comes at you with boisterous tunes with hard-hitting lyrics one by one….

Check him out below: