Song of the Day: Gidon Schocken – Sunn (feat. Afik Doari)

Born in the USA now residing in Tel Aviv, electronic artist GIDON SCHOCKEN has shared his track ‘Sunn’, featuring Afik Doari alongside its idiosyncratic music video.

The single has already racked up over 50,000 streams and he has received support from the likes of Music News, Essentially Pop and Neu Futur. Citing influences from acts such as Massive Attack, The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, DJ Shadow, Lorn, and Throwing Snow, Schocken’s sound is reminiscent of the trip-hop beats of Portishead while Doari’s vocals verge on a parallel to the smokey breathings of Lana Del Ray.

Speaking of the track Schocken explains: ‘For me ‘Sunn’ is about getting stuck in behavioural loops – sometimes we don’t realize at first that we’re going through one of these, but eventually we can learn to detect them, move through and release ourselves from them. The song features lyrics and vocals by Afik Doari, I’ve always been a fan of her unique accent, vocal colour and style, she really brought the track together.

The video, directed by Stephan Stelman, centres around a girl sitting at a dining table with her parents. She loses herself for a few moments and is soon stuck in an ever-changing loop. Throughout this, she’s seen going into her own little world, where she begins to learn, discover and try to free herself.’

Check out the video for Gidon’s ‘Sunn’ below:

EP Review: Brown Eyed Soul Vol.1 – Cherri V

Since the release of single ‘Leave Me Be’ last year, I was eagerly waiting for CHERRI V to drop her EP, ‘Brown Eyed Soul Vol 1’…

…And finally it’s here! As featured in the aforementioned single, the eight-track set boasts the presence of reggae/dub heavy(ish) bass with lucid flow of modern R&B, before switching up to a 90s-inspired slow jam with a slight lick of gospel, through ‘Snapchat Mistress’.

The collection then filters to a faultless piano-led performance through, ‘Situationship’ where you experience and undoubtedly appreciate the true beauty and purity of this London songbird’s well-poised vocals.

Featuring guest vocalists, Sincerely Wilson – who duets with CHERRI V in ‘Situationship’ – and the legendary singer Terri Walker, ‘Brown Eyed Soul Vol 1’ is definitely worth the lengthy wait. Not the one to pass up; check it out below…

Must Listens: (it was REALLY hard to decide) Leave Me Be, Situationship, Swimming

New Music Video: Feel – Yukon Era

Hailing from Auckland NZ, four-piece post-punk outfit YUKON ERA  unveiled the video for their recently released single ‘Feel’.

“Feel is a song that touches on personal issues within my life,” explains vocalist Christian Dimick about the fast-paced but sharp number, “feeling absent from others as well as myself, along with feeling crushed by the weight of people’s expectations of me.”

The striking visuals directed by up and coming directors and photographer Taylor Mansfield and DOP Jake Munro are a visual representation of what happens when you keep things bottled up, and in the band’s own words: “the lead character tries to get involved in social situations, while his inner demons continue to eat away at him.”

Carving out a name for themselves within the local and international post-punk music scenes as the youngest band to perform at Australia’s most iconic festival St Jerome’s Laneway, as well as creating the Auckland’s coolest all-ages festival AGEOLD, the boys have extensively toured NZ as headliners, as well as notching up opening slots for big international acts including Mac Demarco, Japandroids, Viet Cong and METZ. Having recently completed a 15 date NZ/AUS tour, selling out four shows in NZ in support of their latest single ‘Tongue’, which reached number three on the NZ Alternative charts, while their first two EPs garnered attention and praised from the likes of Noisey, Tone Deaf, Impose Magazine, Sniffers, and TheWireless.

Making their mark on the international music scene, with recent performances including this year’s Great Escape festival, YUKON ERA are aiming high, with the release of the striking visuals for ‘Feel’, and their upcoming debut album slot for Autumn 2018, it’s clear that the young band is set to make their mark on the international music scene…

Watch the video for ‘Feel’

New Track: Up, Up & Away – Bishop Nehru (ft. Lion Babe)

Following the release of his video for the MF DOOM-produced single ‘Rooftops’, BISHOP NEHRU is back to share a new song, ‘Up Up and Away’ featuring Lion Babe. Produced by Kaytranada the latest track, which is the second taste from Bishop’s forthcoming album ‘Elevators’, made its debut as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1 on Apple Music.

In addition to the new single, Bishop is announcing two headlining shows that will follow the release of ‘Elevators’. On April 10th he will perform at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, and on April 19th he will play Mercury Lounge in New York.

‘Elevators’ will arrive as an independent release on March 16th. For the release, Bishop enlisted the multi-genre super producer – Kaytranda and the underground masked villain hip-hop legend – MF DOOM, as producers of the project. Over the past month, Bishop has hosted listening sessions in Toronto, London, New York and will end in Los Angeles this Wednesday, where select fans have had the opportunity to experience the album in its entirety before the media, and also reveal album clues throughout the campaign trail. For more details on the tour go to bishopnehru.com

Hear ‘Up Up And Away’ ft. Lion Babe, and stay tuned for more from Bishop Nehru.