Song of the Day: Checkmate – Meggz

MEGZZ‘s single, ‘Checkmate’ is a fun, sassy and empowering R&B pop anthem about moving on from a partner who is playing games in a relationship. The catchy and feel-good track promotes self-empowerment and realising one’s worth.

An independent artist from Northamptonshire, whose genre spans RnB, Pop and Neo-Soul, Megzz uses her talents to empower others, promote self-love and speak out about issues such as mental health. Her debut EP ‘Feel My Love’ (2019) explored these topics and introduced her distinctive sound; gaining support from BBC Introducing and notable magazines/blogs such as AnR Factory and Discover Nü. This support continued with her next single (Tell Me Why, 2020) and throughout the pandemic, where Megzz hosted and performed at virtual gigs to raise money for organisations such as Black Lives Matter, Womankind and Mind UK.

Now her latest single is sure to sure her on the radar…have a listen below…

Song of the Day: Bloody Samaritan – Ayra Starr

Africa’s fastest-rising newcomer AYRA STARR‘s blazing and percussive single, ‘Bloody Samaritan’ is anthem of affirmation which is spearheading this new era in Ayra’s career as the lead single from her album ‘19 & Dangerous’ on dropping, out now.

This searing summer anthem bristles with self-confidence as the Gen Z rising star banishes negative energy. She boasts, “I see you watching my stories, I see you gauging my lifestyle, I see you watching my movement, this bad bitch bad every day.”

Since debuting in January, Ayra has amassed over 23 million global streams. Her self-titled debut EP was led by the single ‘Away’ which to date has clocked over 3.8 million views on YouTube. The single was featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Africa 360 playlist and championed by Manny Norte who was first to spin it on UK radio via Capital Xtra. Jessie Reyez, Ray BLK and Love Island’s Yewande Biala are also fans

On the day of the EP’s release, Ayra simultaneously hit No.1 on Apple Music Nigeria’s Song, Album and Video charts. The incredible buzz coming out of Lagos saw her chosen by Apple Music as their Africa Rising artist – an exclusive new talent development programme that previously earmarked Tems and Amaarae.

Why not check out the hype and watch the video for ‘Bloody Smartian below…

Paragon Cause Has A Stong Message For The Haters In Single, ‘Play Me’

With ranging guitar plucks somewhat capturing a standoff moment in a Western movie, Canada’s Indie rock duo PARAGON CAUSE‘s brand new single, ‘Play Me’ has a strong statement about the way people treat one another and behave on social media.

The duo says of the release: “It’s almost a tease to all the haters in your life who take advantage of you, but you know what they’re doing. There’s a sarcasm in saying, I will let you play me over and over again.”

‘Play Me’ is the second single from their upcoming album, ‘Autopilot’, coming out on 13th August. Why not have a listen to the cinematic single, produced by Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes…

Song of the Day: Duck Off – La’ Britany

Actress and singer/songwriter LA’BRITANY’s single ‘Ducked Off’ is all about putting herself first in the face of unrequited love.

The single debuted on ALLBLK network’s The Notorious Queens series which features some of the most talked-about women from reality TV, where La’Britney stars in the show alongside Stormey Ramdhan, Tonesa “Toni” Welch, and Mehgan James.

The former Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star found online fame from her popular “LaMix” song cover and choreography videos– many of which went viral and earned her global attention and nods from 50 Cent, among others. This fueled her to release a string of hits, ‘Booty Drop’, ‘Xxxtra’, and ‘Actin’ Funny’. The latter accumulated millions of streams and channeled La’Britney’s voice over mainstream radio stations.

Have a listen to ‘Ducked Off’ below, produced by DJ Camper and co-written by Price.

Song of the Day: You Get Me – Vaness

The soaring guitar riffs and the powerful vocal performance sums of the message behind VANESS‘ single ‘You Get Me’ – to be being loud, larger than life and most importantly, to be truthful to oneself. The single also is a tip of the hat for those – whether it’s a close friend or the one – who embrace all that personality.

Typically I write from experience, but this song was conjured by my idea of the perfect partner,” says Vaness. “I haven’t met this person yet, but they can use ‘You Get Me’ as a blueprint.”

Have a listen to ‘You Get Me’ below – and remember, be unapologetically you!