New Track: 6am – Allana Verde

North-West Londoner ALLANA VERDE reveals an addictive dose of R&B in the form of new single ‘6am’, collaborating with witty wordsmith Mikill Pane to craft a rich, soulful tapestry.

The passionate number is laden with fresh synths, enveloping Allana’s multi-layered vocals with lush 90s pop and flashes of sprawling electronica.

‘6am’ is the conclusion of a 4-track EP that goes on a journey of an all-nighter that starts past midnight. Her previous releases have garnered extensive online support from i-D, Complex and USA Today, as well as airplay from Trevor Nelson on BBC 1Xtra. Her dreamy electronic ballads and soulful R&B numbers have seen her team up with a number of influential musicians, including DaVinChe, Mercston and Ghetts.

Allana will be joining Hackney MC Paigey Cakey and Birmingham’s rising rapper Lady Sanity for Urban Development’s biggest ever showcase at The Great Escape this May. In a recent feature with Music Week, the organisation opened an important conversation regarding British grassroots culture, by continuing to champion urban talent and offering opportunities to underprivileged BAME youth throughout the country.

ALLANA VERDE is a little woman with a lot of soul, and the imminent release of her third EP conveys a performer who’s on an enviable artistic trajectory…check out her most fierce work to date…

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New Music Video: Queen – Jessie J

After months of fueling excitement and anticipation, JESSIE J unveils an epic four-part rollout for her anxiously awaited fourth full-length release R.O.S.E. [LAVA/Republic Records]. The schedule is as follows: R.O.S.E. (Realisations) out May 22, R.O.S.E (Obsessions) out May 23, R.O.S.E. ( Sex) out May 24, and R.O.S.E. (Empowerment) out May 25.

Additionally, she shares a poignant, inspiring, and powerful music video for her latest single “Queen.” On the track, her delivery practically chills, stretching from vulnerable verses into a seismic refrain befitting of its crucial message. The empowering lyrics, “I love my body, I love my skin, I am a goddess, I am a queen,” come to life on-screen in the video.

The QUEEN video celebrates a series of all women from multicultural backgrounds, including Lizzie Velásquez star of the powerful documentary A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velásquez Story and Fullscreen’s Unzipped. It’s JESSIE J’s rawest and realist statement to date.

JESSIE J first heralded R.O.S.E. with the single ‘Think About That,’ singing an honest lyric giving her heartbeats an insight into her new feel and sound. Followed by the release of ‘Not My Ex’ which has already reached seven million Spotify streams and 20 million YouTube/VEVO views. In addition to working on the anticipated release, JESSIE J also launched a sold out headline tour of intimate venues worldwide, and contributed ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’ to the Fifty Shades Freed Original Motion Picture soundtrack.

Recently she had tremendous success in China, joining the TV show SINGER – a singing competition where she performed each week in front of a television audience of 250 million with a grand finale viewership of one billion. Not only was JESSIE J the first international artist to ever compete alongside the biggest artists in Asia, but also the first to ever win.

Check out this stunning single…

Song of the Day: Nappy – Silence Is The Noise

Jewell Bell – aka SILENCE IS THE NOISE – enters today’s hotspot with some food for thought with her single, ‘Nappy’.

The neo soul/R&B creation is considered to be a love song for black women. As a black woman herself, who is all too aware of the lack of positive representation and affirmation of their beauty, it was vital that she writes a song that could not only inspire but uplift not just black women in her life, but black women in general.

Often compared to the like of  Lianne La Havas, Corinne Bailey Rae, Yukimi from Little Dragons, and Nina Simone, the Detroit songbird is planning to release an EP in later this year.

Have a listen to ‘Nappy’…

New Track: DBT (Remix) – Lioness (ft. Queenie, Stush, Shystie, Lady Leshurr, Little Simz)

 LIONESS has just dropped her ‘DBT’ Remix and it is one of the most socially significant and impactful records, arguably since Bashy released ‘Black Boys’. Receiving a wave of support and praise from her peers like JME, P Money, Clara Amfo and Funk Butcher, LIONESS takes a dignified, powerful and stealthy approach as she tackles colourism, marginalisation and sexism head on.

The stereotypes and insults that come with having a dark skin tone AND being a woman are not only raised but catapulted forward in this passionate, energetic and very real account, as they were in her original DBT freestyle. Alongside an incredible line up of respected black women and exceptionally talented emcees; Queenie, Stush, Shystie, Lady Leshurr & Little Simz, the remix, produced by grime lord Prince Rapid is a heavy hitting, energy laden vibe by all accounts but lyrically it is a power anthem that should not only be heard, but listened to, and listened to closely. But are we hearing it?

The response via social media and urban music platforms like MOBO, The Hype Magazine and Nation of Billions has seen an outpouring of support, praise and community for these incredible females that have gone against the grain, spoken out and empowered themselves, and those listening, with their strength and honesty. A small pocket of the grime scene is hearing it and standing proud of what is being achieved here, yet the wider media seems like it is not yet listening, proving one of the most important points that are being raised in the record.

This is some hard-hitting stuff…LISTEN to ‘DBT (Remix)’

Song of the Day: Weirdo – The High Breed

Hip-hop collective THE HIGH BREED hits today’s hotspot, aiming to prove that weird can be wonderful with their latest track ‘Weirdo’

This is the first song the group have experimented with in a trap style. The combination of faster pace, slick rhyming and the wacky fairground melodies, creates the perfect atmosphere to express the notion of weirdness as a sense of freedom…check it out!