New Music Video: Solitude – Otis Mensah

OTIS MENSAH has unveiled a brand new black and white video for his latest release ‘Solitude’, the final part of a trilogy of singles including ‘Oh Jane’ and ‘Sanctified’.

The lyrics depict internal battles with mental pressures/anxieties, an addiction to isolation and the silence it leaves for the voice of creativity, driven by the Sheffield spitter’s split-personality/high-octane flow, which glides over hazy grunge melodies with a UK grime feel.

Check it out below:

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New Music Video: More – Astha

ASTHA has released visuals to her most personal work to date, entitled ‘More’.

This smooth alt-pop number could be described as a victory song for the Canadian singer/songwriter after she turned her life around within a year, from years of loneliness and emptiness. Despite having sold-out tours across the UK, Australia and Asia, ASTHA revealed that she had massive breakdowns after each shows.

‘More’ is from her brand new EP ‘Muse’ which covers the struggles of a relationship – feeling frustrated, lonely and misunderstood – and the calm after the storm.

Watch the video for ‘More’.

EP Review: Damaged Vol.2 – Bülow

I’ve been following BÜLOW since her debut ‘This Is Not A Song’ and I take my hat off to this newcomer for injecting some spunk into pop music, that’s sometimes jarringly melancholic. After teasing us with follow ups, such as ‘Lines’ and ‘Sad and Bored’, the singer/songwriter unleashed her EP ‘Damaged Vol.2.’

‘Sad and Bored’ set the scene for the three-track set, with its downtrodden-ish thump which somehow sounds like a slow down version of Toni Basil’s 80’s hit, ‘Hey Mickey’.

‘Honor Roll’ offers up a real soulfulness to her usual downtempo signature, something I haven’t noticed in her previous releases (unless I’m tone-deaf!). That oomph of soul continues which slightly pick up speed and gives that extra spice in concluding effort, ‘You and Jennifer’, before abruptly signing off.

BÜLOW has definitely surpass her previous offerings with this EP and from this point, it can only get better. However, I do feel a little cheated as ‘Damaged Vol.2’ is way too short…NOT FAIR!!!

Check her out below:

Must Listen: You and Jennifer

Song of the Day: Sad and Bored – Bülow (ft. DUCKWRTH)

Critically acclaimed German born pop iconoclast BÜLOW presents her melancholic single ‘Sad and Bored, taken from her latest EP, ‘Damaged’, released earlier the month.

Of the song, she comments, “I was imaging myself trapped in a metaphorical cage of my own boredom. Duckworth’s voice and lyrics helped bring those visuals to life.”

Beyond ‘Sad and Bored’, the EP will boast the stark and soulful ‘You & Jennifer’ as well as the shimmering and vulnerable “Honor Roll”, full track listing below. This summer, she takes this enigmatic sound on the road, launching a full-scale European festival takeover.

After releasing her powerful debut ‘Damaged Vol. 1’, BÜLOW has instantly resonated with critics and new fans alike. With her first ever single going straight to the top of the charts, BÜLOW has announced to the world that she has arrived.

The tracks ‘Like This Guy’, ‘Lines’, and ‘Not A Love Song’ have clocked over 30 million streams, reaching the Spotify Global Viral chart and earning praise as “beautifully crafted” (NME), “pop genius” (Noisey), and a “star in the making” (Pigeon & Planes).

A child of the globe, the bright-eyed young singer has grown up in five countries including Canada, Germany, the UK, the US, and is currently finishing high-school in The Netherlands. Although BÜLOW has only just begun her musical journey with these three sentimental, playful, and haunting tracks, “Damaged Vol 1” stands tall as an impressive flag-bearer for things to come….

Time to check out ‘Sad and Bored’…and if you have time, be sure to check out her latest EP, as this alt-songstress is definitely worth the hype.

New Music Video: Buss A 9 – Sharna Bass

SHARNA BASS continues to prove herself as one of R&B’s most captivating stars with the release of the video for her new single ‘Buss A 9’.

Produced by Rachet (Emeli Sande, Devlin, Krept & Konan), ‘Buss A 9’ is dark and brooding with Sharna’s executing delicate vocal restraint, allowing her emotion to pierce through via her biting lyricism. Expressing devastating heartbreak and the irrational risks you’d take for love, both the delivery of the audio and the visual are both mesmerising, raw and hang in the balance between love being both the best and worst feeling that it’s possible to experience.

At twenty years old, SHARNA BASS’s ascension has been an impeccable journey and began as a far cry away from what her music has matured into at its current stage. At just 13-years-old, Clean Bandit heard her singing in the Tabot Mix Centre and two years later, whilst looking for someone to take on the vocal line of their hit ‘Extraordinary’, they contacted her on Facebook to ask her to record. Despite the experience being overwhelming, SHARNA BASS recorded what would become a number 5 in the Official Charts.

The experience set her on a clear path to developing her own sound and profile, and she credits producers such as Rachet with giving her a canvas to ascertain creative freedom as displayed in the formidable ‘Buss A 9’.

Moving stuff…check out the video…