Shades Lawrence Goes Back To Her Roots With Latest Single, ‘No Return’

When it comes to pride, there are few more empowered and emboldened by their homeland than SHADES LAWRENCE, and these badges of humility and coat of pride are worn boisterously in the Quebec-based artist’s new single, ‘No Return’.

Shades Lawrence is a queer, Montreal-born hip-hop artist of mixed British, Jamaican, Irish, and Scottish descent. As she’s progressed through the journey of finding her sound, Shades Lawrence has performed over 40+ shows as a spoken word poet and hip-hop artist and shared the stage with a variety of artists — including Princess Nokia, Big Freedia, Cakes da Killa, and more.

Since stepping onto the scene, Shades Lawrence has released three full-length albums — Trust Takes Time (2022), 4th Quarter (2021), and East West Road (2020 — in addition to three EPs — Formidable Time EP (2017), Mind Right EP (2019), and Second Life EP (2019); the latter of which was also featured on Bandcamp’s homepage in their New & Notable section.

Looking through her own history, as well as that of those around her, Shades Lawrence stepped forward into her new project. A journey inspired by the story of refugees and immigrants who have found their way to Canada, in one way or another, Shades Lawrence’s lyricism drives this uplifting single while keeping environmental justice at the forefront.

“This song is inspired by my story — coming from a background where three of my four grandparents were immigrants to Canada,” she shares. Why not check it out below…

Duo ISYLA Share Their Album ‘Of Blood And Star’

Following on from the success of their 2020 debut release ‘Where She Walks’, which received acclaim worldwide, duo ISYLA have released their latest album, ‘Of Blood And Star’, on Earth Day (22nd April).

Their newest collection of work possesses a deep meditative and earthy blend of soft alt folk/pop throughout, with heavenly soothing vocal performance which is very reminiscent of acclaimed singer-songwriter Dido. The tranquil soundscapes are, at times, infused with a kick of funk (in ‘Pretty Lies’) and elements of 60s and 70s style soft soulful tones (featured in ‘Colours Of The Rain’ and Beautiful Change’)

UK singer-songwriters Lizzie Freeborn and Amy Woodburn formed ISYLA back in 2020 to offer a musical response to raising the profile of the climate crisis. The two combine their love for cinematic arrangements, dynamic harmonies and sultry grooves to sing for life on earth.

‘Of Blood And Star’ represents the deeper connections with the earth and each other. Have a listen to the album below…

Song of the Day: Dreamin’ – Kelly Besd (ft. Jackie Art, K-Riz)

As we look ahead to 2022 and the tumultuous journey the world is embarking on for the nth time in history, it’s words of encouragement from activists, free thinkers, and musicians like Canadian singer/songwriter KELLY BESD and her single ‘Dreamin’,’ that remind us to keep pushing forward.

Taken from her debut album, Back To Me, released in November, ‘Dreamin” is a poignant and hard-hitting track shining the spotlight on racial injustice and discrimination. Harnessing the use of slow drums and her signature R&B vocal structures, Besd creates a warm, open, and ethereal listening experience for audiences while highlighting the need for change. On the track, Besd teamed up with artists Jackie Art and K-Riz to offer their reflections and words of hope throughout the song.

‘Dreamin” is available across various digital music platforms. Before you head off, check out the video for the soothing single below…

Song of the Day: Company – Mark Ambor

The ultimate “boy-next-door,” MARK AMBOR has captured the hearts of millions, emerging as one of pop music’s freshest voices. After the success of his recent single, ‘The Long Way’ (which received over 1.2 million streams in under a month), Mark returns with ‘Company’, a self-produced pop anthem gleaming with bright synths and live drums. His rapid ascent from unknown to breakout viral success places him on a trajectory with some of the most exciting names in rising pop music today.

Speaking on the inspiration behind “Company,” Ambor says, “I wrote this song during quarantine when I was missing everyone and everything that made me feel alive. I was talking to a girl that I was falling away from, I hadn’t seen my friends in a while and the whole idea of the song just flowed out of me over a piano riff one day. The idea is simple: life is better with each other. Which, for me, really highlights an important feeling I want to convey; realizing we’re not alone and celebrating ourselves, with one another, for all we’re worth.”

23-year-old New York native Mark Ambor is a self-taught guitarist, producer and vocalist who has been playing piano since the age of 7. While music has been a constant throughout his life, this past year has been the most defining for him as an artist. By sharing a variety of demos and covers on social media, he has rapidly captured the hearts of fans who are eager to hear more from him. In October 2020, he had just 2000 Instagram followers and he has now grown his audience to 235K on Instagram and 236K on TikTok.

His new release, ‘Company’ arrives on the heels of ‘The Long Way,’ is the first single he shared since his viral success. Why not check out the lyric video for the single below…

Jeffrey James Shares Emotive Single, ‘We Can Be Heroes’

Tennessee- based pop singer-songwriter JEFFREY JAMES’ new single, ‘We Can Be Heroes,’ is about stepping up when times look dark.

It’s about helping those in need and not waiting for someone else to step in as the hero,” Jeffrey says. “We all have it in ourselves to take responsibility for our future and look out for each other.”

Pairing rich vocals, R&B stylings and reflective lyricism, Jeffrey creates svelte, brooding tracks that provide deep introspection on the human experience. Since his first project, the 2016 Walls EP, Jeffrey has continued to explore his sound and challenge himself to discover exactly what kind of artist he wants to be. In 2020, Jeffrey released his sophomore EP, East London, a project that took him to London for a month in search of collaborators who could challenge him artistically and help hone a sound that resonates with listeners around the globe.

Jeffrey’s music has been used in ads for Xbox Game Pass and Ford and featured in numerous TV shows and films including All-American, Jack Ryan, iZombie, Criminal Minds, Good Trouble and Shameless, among others. He’s amassed millions of streams across his repertoire and tastemakers like Billboard, 1883 Magazine, and EARMILK have taken note. In addition to his own releases, Jeffrey has also become a coveted songwriter, penning tracks for artists like Megan Davies, Tungeaag & Raaban, and Matstubs.

Have a listen to the touching ‘We Can Be Heroes’, where Jeffrey originally teased the powerful pop ballad while appearing on NBC’s Songland last year.