Tilly Valentine Delivers New EP, ‘Half Empty/Half Full’

BBC 6-approved singer-songwriter TILLY VALENTINE‘s new brand EP, ‘Half Full/Half Empty’ symbolises love and loss, with each song is written from a different perspective taking us on a journey from hope to heartbreak.

Pop and soulful soundscapes set the tone for the EP, with hints of jazz and R&B. The optimistic narratives in opening tracks ‘Plus One’ and ‘Gin & Tonic’, tell the story of meeting your perfect match. Valentine’s love songs have been added to playlists such as New Music Friday, Riffs & Runs, Low-Key, Winter Moments, Starbucks and more. The EP later includes the sassy break-up singles, ‘XOXO’ and ‘Thinking of You (Déjà Vu)’.

The newest EP track, ‘Birthdays & Funerals’, is co-written with Easy Life’s producer, Ben Matravers, and samples real voice notes of Valentine’s loved ones. It’s about a relationship that has gone full circle; from growing together to grieving the loss. “Birthdays can be as hard as funerals when the ones you love aren’t there”, Valentine says. “Realising that you’ll never see someone again after a break up can be so heavy. It’s grieving a loss that feels like a death”.

Released last Friday (21st October), ‘Half Full/Half Empty’ is an honest and reflective EP that touches on both the good and bad experiences of love. Have a listen below…

Must Listens: XOXO, Thinking of You (Déjà Vu)

Classified Share Emotive Single, ‘Accept It (Retrospected) + Video

Hip hop artist, songwriter and producer Luke Boyd – better known as CLASSIFIELD – shares his latest acoustic single and video for ‘Accept It’ (Retrospected) featuring Brett Matthews, the third release from the anticipated RETROSPECTED, his forthcoming hip hop acoustic album due out later this spring.

Directed by The Boyd Brothers, the video for ‘Accept It’ (Retrospected) unveils a real-life account of some of the everyday hard ships, experiences, and losses one may encounter in life. The narrative (penned by Classified) explains that while it’s an understatement to say that dealing with grief or loss is painful, there comes a time that we must ‘accept it’ and with a little effort, try to move on in life.

About the song, Classified shares, “This is a song I wrote after watching friends go through similar situations in real life. I think we all know someone that has lost a loved one to cancer and we’ve seen how that loss affects the friends and family around them in a variety of ways. At some point in life, we realize that we will mourn the loss of a loved one, which is a painful experience, but we know that we must ‘accept it’ and find a way to keep on living for those that are still here and for ourselves.”

In the video I really wanted to portray that sentiment in the first verse. And, in the second verse, I speak about men and women who have had to go away to fight wars and defend our country, and then return home and have difficulty dealing with life after war – where often the small everyday life problems don’t compare to the things they have witnessed and gone through. It can’t be easy, and I wanted to capture those feelings in this video.”

Check out the heartfelt video for ‘Accept It’ below…

Rapper Docman Drops Brand New Track, ‘Legends Always Die’

Setting the tone for his forthcoming album, ‘Chapter 29’, slated for release on 1st June, Houston-based rapper DOCMAN shares new brand joint, ‘Legends Always Die.’

Featuring a boisterous b-line, that’s impossible to ignore, ‘Legends Always Die’ chronicles when someone dies, they’re considered a legend – even though they did not earn that title in life.

Born in Arizona, Docman started his musical journey back in 2004, after his cousin was killed, who once told him: “never let anyone get in between you and success,” a piece of valuable advice that stuck with Docman.

To date, Docman has released a string of projects, including seven albums, enticing his audience with honest lyricism and gripping beats, as heard in his latest, ‘Legends Always Die’, out now on various streaming platforms.

Have a listen to ‘Legends Always Die’ below…

Song of the Day: Lost In Time – Love Jimo

Inspired by experiencing great love loss over a long period, dancehall/afrobeat singer/songwriter/producer LOVE JIMO shares his latest single ‘Lost In Time’, out now on various music platforms

Featuring Love Jimo’s warm soulful vocals, accompanied by arrangements, where pop unites with dancehall and afrobeats, ‘Lost In Time’ also provides comfort for anymore who is trying to regain a sense of normality from great loss of any form.

Born In Nigeria, Love Jimo –  whose real name is Love Ezekiel Jimo –  scored his first success  single ‘Tinini’ in 2017 in his hometown, Ibadan and collaborated with fellow native artist/producer, Wrecobah the following year. Wrecobah extensive work includes producing multi-award winning Nigerian singer Timaya’s tracks, ‘Dem Mama Records’ and, ‘Sweet Like Sugar’.

Now calling Oslo his home, Love Jimo released a romantic love note, coming in the shape of 2020 single ‘High On Kasia’, which was listed by Spotify in the New Music Friday Norway playlist. Since starting out in 2017, Love Jimo has generated almost three millions streams on Spotify and almost two millions views on YouTube.

As you hear ‘Lost In Time’, it is very clear that music everything to Love Jimo; a strong interest that began while attending church from a young age which saved him from the streets. He conveys his raw feelings through each of his lyrics with such passion. His latest single is no exception, as he aims to reach out to those who are still hurting from great loss.

‘Lost In Time’ was released on 28th August on download and streaming sites.

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Song of the Day: Stop/Rest – Mae Krell

New York-based singer-songwriter MAE KRELL‘s shares single ‘rest stop’, an undeniable emotional rawness. Underscored by layered, lush instrumentation, Mae’s vocals bristle with palpable emotion as they come to terms with the loss of a friendship.

Mae started to write the single when their car broke down in the trucking area of a rest stop. They were feeling lost in life, both figuratively and literally. “I was sad and still processing a really painful friend breakup and just overall not in a great place,” Mae says. “In writing ‘rest stop,’ I was learning that sometimes getting healthier and becoming more independent can end in a loss of a relationship .And, as this specific friendship ended, I started to realize that maybe it wasn’t as good for me as I thought it was.”

For the accompanying music video, Mae hit the road with visual artist Caro Hallock to revisit the aforementioned rest stop. The video chronicles the journey back to where the song was first conceived through nostalgic and timeless road trip footage. Check it out below…