Song of the Day: Grey Rock Shuffle – Ray Alex ((ft. Sydney Jane)

Following their previous R8B/Soul effort ‘Erased’ in 2021, London producer RAY ALEX once again teams up with LA vocalist and songwriter Sydney Jane for his self-produced single ‘Grey Rock Shuffle.’

Projecting past traumas and psychological abuse, Ray Alex and Sydney Jane offer an alternative antidote to toxic and narcissistic behaviour with ‘Grey Rock Shuffle’. Co-produced with ako, the song nods to Larry Heard, Vikter Duplaix and funky house from that era and has an oxymoronic twist in how the dark unsettling lyrics in the song coexist with its vibrant, off-centre instrumentation that feels upbeat and inviting.

‘Grey Rock Shuffle’ is the first of seven songs to be released from Ray Alex’s second EP ‘Unseen Powers’ in Spring 2023 on his independent label Incorporelle.

Ray Alex has also co-wrote and performed on Julia Romana’s debut album ‘Blood Be Fluid’ and is set to release songs with London rapper SAMSON and Atlanta rapper JoeJas in early 2023.

Have a listen to ‘Grey Rock Shuffle’ below…

STORRY Puts Rebuilds Her Life On New Single, ‘Intimate Abuse.’

STORRY is a sex-positive, queer, feminist, left-brained artist who is pushing culture forward. Writing and producing, she is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to directing award-winning music videos.

Her art is raw and honest to the max. After surviving an abusive relationship, the Toronto-born songstress was left with the shards of broken self-esteem caused by trauma that she needed to put back together again. Her latest single, ‘Intimate Abuse’ is about finding someone amazing and loving, who saw her as beautiful in all of her complexity.

Though rooted in R&B/soul, STORRY is at home in many genres. The JUNO Awards nominated her for 2020 Reggae Recording of the Year, followed by a 2021 nod for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year.

Have a peep at the official video got ‘Intimate Abuse’ below…

Realma Shares Cinematic Debut Single ‘A Hint of Pink’ In Response To Trauma

Gazing through the emblematic lens of neo-symbolism, REALMA‘s debut single, ‘A Hint of Pink’ mystifies artists’ bittersweet bonds to their creation. Exploring one’s artistic process, the meta-song is a call for mesmerizing beauties still out-of-reach in premature artworks.

At its core, however, the single is motivated by the artist’s turbulent response to a Covid-19 police mishandling she experienced when arriving home from studies abroad. The chorus in particular alludes to wolf howls, representing the desire to summon creative conditions in place of a broken reality:

Realma says: “Something horrifying happened upon the initial lockdown, when my safety was put at risk by those that should’ve helped. My need to overcome this trauma gave charge to the single’s distinctive atmosphere, being rendered into a rustic melody that is both haunting and victorious.” 

Realma

Realma’s debut also marks the beginning of her long-term audiovisual collaboration with an international group of talented young artists. The first result will be the animated music video by Mihajlo Dragaš, who has, among other awards, received the Golden Plaque of Belgrade and the Distinction Award at Athens ANIMFEST. After the music video release on 5th February, the interpretations of the music will extend into a dance video and a comic
booklet.

Look out Realm’s next release this spring, which will probe into obsessive relationships through the musical style of film-noir. For now, listen to ‘A Hint Of Pink’.

Song of the Day: I Don’t Play That – Lex Leosis

When LEX LEOSIS witnessed a guy abusing a woman, it resonated with her. As a result, she penned the experience which serves as an self-empowerment anthem for anyone, particularly women, to take back control after suffering at the hands of their abuser.

Over an airy/trap beat, ‘I Don’t Play That’, also includes anyone who have witnessed the abuse and were deeply affected by the experience and urges them to overcome the trauma. This track is reminder that both affected parties – the victims and the witnesses –  are survivors and are stronger from the incident. Most importantly, the track encourages both parties to stand up to future abusers.

Check it out below…

 

Song of the Day: Murphy’s Law – Chersea

On surface, CHERSEA‘s debut single, Murphy’s Law’ may be full of pop blissfulness, but don’t get caught up in the hypnotic arrangements: scratch that surface a little deeper and you’re presented with a rather powerful message that make us step back for a minute and reevaluate our thoughts…

The Canadian singer/songwriter aims to serve as the voice of victim liberation. Through the three-minute production, she also urges us to reach out and try to understand those who have experienced similar traumas, in order to restore faith and provide a fresh perspective in the system of victim support.

CHERSEA is set to release her debut LP on Fierce Panda Panada later in 2018…but for now, listen to ‘Murphy’s Law’.​