EP Review: Missing Pieces – Sleeplust

Four-piece band SLEEPLUST put their new-found sound to the test through their latest EP, ‘Missing Pieces’, released last month.

Unlike their previous self-titled EP, which possess a carefree combo of electro pop/rock, ‘Missing Pieces’ boasts a rich downtempo (ish)/electronica drive, making it more of a hypnotic affair.

That deep electro-bass unapologetically takes the stage and goes all in with the introductory effort, ‘Flood Gates,’ before easing up in the following tracks, ‘Organized Mess’, ‘Lights’ and ‘Tiny Raindrops.’

The pot of gold is, by far, the concluding offering ‘Forever and Always’, where their infamous drive is stripped away, making way for an intimate acoustic setting that will helplessly draw in any listener; a great way to end an EP.

Gotta say their decision to shift towards an emotive sound is a massive plus and I reckon this little package will resonate with people who really appreciate good music. Have a listen for yourself.

Must Listens: Flood Gates, Tiny Raindrops, Forever and Always.

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Music Video: After The Storm – Ava

Electro-pop princess AVA released the first music video for track ‘After The Storm’. Her debut offering touches on the subject of mental health and explores the feeling of being lost, sad, anxious and angry. The video portrays these emotions through the dancers and finishes with a light being at the end of the tunnel.

Since its release,  ‘After The Storm’  became Eagle3’s showcase track of the week and has also been played on BBC introducing South. AVA has also generated almost 5k plays on Spotify and over 6k on Soundcloud. Reviews have been pouring in from Canada, Sweden and all over the UK and is also featured in Richer Unsigned June playlist.

Check out the video for ‘After the Storm.’

Song of the Day: Hidden – Bianca Rose

British/Jamaican/Nigerian singer-songwriter BIANCA ROSE has been writing and composing for the best part of a decade. In 2007 she self released her debut EP ‘Truth and Tiny Tragedies’, and has continued to collaborate and write songs for other artists ever since. Accompanying herself on guitar and ukulele, Bianca’s live shows have included sets for Sofar Sounds, Tigmus, London Jazz and One Taste Festivals, City Showcase, The Vortex and the CrimeJazz Festival in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, along with additional performances for Playstation, OH TV, & radio play on Radio 1 and 1Xtra. As a lyricist in the Ready Riters song writing collective, Bianca recently co-wrote X-Factor contestant Annastasia Baker’s debut album, resulting in Annastasia’s 2014 MOBO nomination.

Bianca has decided that 2017 is the right time to focus on her own music again, and release some of the songs she’s written over the last few years. Her debut album ‘No Fear Here’ (released in January 2017) is an expansive interpretation of the singer songwriter genre, fusing Bianca’s folk/gospel sensibilities with both Bianca and Femi’s African diasporic perspectives. It was part-funded by the PRS for Music Foundation and produced by critically acclaimed jazz musician and producer Femi Temowo, (George Benson, Andrea Bocelli, Amy Winehouse, The Roots, ESKA & Soweto Kinch).

‘Hidden’ is the third single from Bianca’s debut album ‘No Fear Here’. Directed by Dominic Döring, the visuals are set around the issue of men and mental health and how difficult it is to share these particular struggles with those closest to us. Bianca adds: “Even as a woman, it is never easy to reveal you have battled with any kind of mental oppression. But sharing is often the first step to breaking its power.”

EP Review: Boxed In – Oloff

‘Boxed In’ is the second EP release of the year from Bristol’s groundbreaking spitter OLOFF. In just three tracks, the latest project addresses a mixture of emotions – from depression and wishful longing to a great sense of optimism towards the future.

To represent the feeling of uncertainty, ‘Boxed In’ alternate between subdue and downtempo  soundscapes to an lifting folk/western-esque arrangements, with the dominant presence of OLOFF‘s  awkwardly-smooth delivery.

If you unfamiliar with this guy, well be prepared to listen to the most unconventional combinations; a recipe that’s rapidly making of the most intriguing alternative hip-hop artist of today.

It goes without saying that ‘Boxed In’ is an acquired taste…take your ears to new heights and press play.

New Music Video: Not Alone – ShadowCV6

As played by DJ Semtex on Friday night’s BBC 1xtra show, ‘Not Alone’ is the poignant new single from emerging SHADOWCV6, which bravely sheds light on male mental health. For too long male mental health has been a silent subject, especially in the UK where 76% of suicides are by men and it is the biggest cause of death for men under 35, with 12.5% of men in the UK suffering from one of the common mental health disorders.

With the likes of Jamal Edwards, Stormzy and Professor Green all recently opening up about depression, SHADOWCV6’s mission to destroy the stigma surrounding male mental health comes at a vital time.

Speaking of the latest single, the Coventry rapper explains: “As someone who suffers with anxiety and depression, I understand how people feel alone and like no one can relate to what they are going through. This song is a way of showing people that they are Not Alone and you can talk about it. A problem shared is a problem halved”

The young artist offers some passionate bars on the topic that rise in intensity as the Bolus produced track is accompanied by some glossy guitar-flavoured production….so take a sneak peek of the video for ‘Not Alone’.

New Music Video: Pink Pillz – ADI

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Tel Aviv producer and singer ADI releases the new video for Pink Pillz, a song in which she addresses depression.
ADI has released a mixtape and EP to date, has performed at Glastonbury, and Melt!, and supported Kelis on tour.
She releases her new EP this Summer. Go on, watch the video!