Song of the Day: Make You Sad – Michaela Slinger

Co-written with JUNO award-winning Kevvy (Carly Rae Jepsen, Fake Shark) and two-time Polaris Prize listed Louise Burns (Haley Blais), MICHAELA SLINGER‘s single, ‘Make You Sad’, reflects on how we glorify relationships that appear easy or effortless, when—in reality—relationships with no attempt to try and really understand each other are destined to leave people feeling empty.

Through her honey glazed vocals, the Canadian singer/songwriter imagines the person inside of the song’s relationship dynamic is describing it as “effortless” to outsiders who interpret that as proof of a happy couple, while it’s actually tormenting the person inside.

Check out the official video for ‘Made You Sad below…

 

 

Song of the Day: Otherside – Marcus Haran

Showing he’s unafraid to broach topics others fear to tread, Toronto’s trap-soul hip- hop artist MARCUS HARAN  drops his new single, ‘Otherside.’

His latest offering explores the theme of addiction, abuse, and mental health, accompanied by Haran’s very real, very raw lyrical storytelling roots found throughout his breakthrough LP — ‘Marcus Haran: A True Story. a Soundscape to in-Difference. (2018)’. The 10-track conceptual album of jazzy, velvet vox was rife with truth-telling, touching on his life story being a Parisian-born Sri Lankan refugee, having vitiligo, and painful childhood memories of being used as a drug mule, and experiences with depression and abuse.

“This is a tragic love ballad,” he offers of “Otherside.” “It’s me telling the story of a fatal attraction between two people in love, but also the relationship between someone and the addiction that loves them. Making the music video for this was an emotional experience for everyone involved,” Haran shares. “Especially the actors portraying the two main characters: some reactions weren’t always an act…”

“Although addiction, abuse, and mental illness in general are topics addressed in ‘Otherside,’ I also wanted to highlight recovery through understanding that there are options. My hope for this video is, if someone recognizes the situation, they can get help — whether for someone they love, or for themselves.”

‘Otherside’ is available now on all DSPs. Watch the official music video for the hard-hitting single below…

Song of the Day: Alone – Murky Waters

If you’re massive fans of Still Woozy, Tyler the Creator (Igor + Flowerboy) and Dominic Fike, then you’ll definitely like this guy…

Making his debut on the radar, LA-based crooner MURKY WATERS dishes up his melodic string-laden/boom bap single, ‘Alone’, where the young artist paints a vivid picture of his struggle in regaining independence from a traumatic relationship.

Murky Waters on his debut single: “It captures the feeling of wanting someone so bad you drive yourself crazy, then losing them and falling apart, unable to shake the thought of them. When I was writing “Alone” the melody came to me naturally as Ford Jones, my producer, and I were working on the beat. At that point, the words ‘I’ve been lost all alone; You broke my heart and left me helpless’ seemed to follow fluently. From there the topic had sort of just established itself and I took my experiences and filled in the blanks.” 

Check out Murky Waters’ ‘Alone’ below…

OUT TODAY: Listen To Akshath’s Single, ‘Bat An Eye’

Being a massive fan of LA, Mumbai singer/songwriter AKSHATH‘s brand new  single, ‘Bat An Eye’ was produced with the late night California coastline imagery in mind – to complement those 2AM therapeutic drives. ‘Bat An Eye’ is about coming to the painful realisation that his love was unrequited and toxic.

The soothing arrangements of the quarter note percussion, large synths and the soft piano were perfectly washed over the 20-year-old’s tranquil vocals.

Becoming quickly renowned for producing infectious R&B/pop numbers, influenced by the likes of Lauv, Jeremy Zucker and LANY, Daniel Caesar and John Mayer, Akshath released his debut single, ‘Bad For Me’ last year, followed by single, ‘I Don’t Mind’, which was released under the Universal Music Label, after winning place in a nation-wide competition held by the UM label.

‘I Don’t Mind’ went on feature on Spotify’s New Music Friday and The Sound Of Mumbai and the New Music Daily playlist on Apple Music. The official music video for the single has garnered over one million views on YouTube since its release.

‘Bat An Eye’ is available from today on all DSPs…check it out below…

Nova Shares Afrofusion Track, ‘Precious Diamond’ Featuring Katasha J

Following on from the success of his well-received single ‘Replay’, Toronto-based alternative afrofusion artist NOVA is kicking off 2021 new single titled ‘Precious Diamond’, featuring Toronto songstress and musician Katasha J. The bouncy number is a teaser to his upcoming fourth studio project.

‘Precious Diamond’ is an infectious R&B leaning offering, with lush pop and afrofusion sensibilities, over which Nova continues to lean into the vulnerability he began to reveal on ‘Replay’, as he pines for experiencing life’s special moments with someone special, this time with the help of Katasha J, who adds her sultry harmonies and delicate vocals, to the glorious affair.

Born in England to an American father and a Ghanaian mother, raised in Nigeria, and now living in Canada, the influence of these vibrant and diverse cultures can be heard throughout Nova’s innovative genre-bending sound.

Check out ‘Precious Diamond’ below…