Hip-Hop Duo Smoothe Hours Drops Brand New Track, ‘Red Room’

An intimate introduction to upcoming debut EP, ‘Darkest Before Dawn’ – set for release later this month – SMOOTHE HOURS‘ afterhours effort, ‘Red Room’, chronicles the first-hand experience of a climactic night, starting with infatuation by a dancer and taking things further by going to a private room, the red lights representing love and passion within the moment.

“We wanted to illustrate the seriousness of love and different aspects of affection, whether in a relationship or single. Sometimes the natural desire for sexual fulfilment outweighs the feeling of love. Sending out an invite to the Red Room can be compared to a mating call which is a primal instinct of human nature” – Smoothe Hours

Check out ‘Red Room’ below…

Song of the Day: FUYL – Anjulie

Indo Guyanese platinum selling Juno-Award winning recording artist ANJULIE,  has penned songs for Kelly Clarkson and Nicki Minaj and collaborated with artists like KSHMR and Natalia Lafourcade. She’s written for VICE, the Canadian Women’s Foundation and UN Women. Her cross-platform streams are in the hundreds of millions with collabs and in the tens of millions for her independent singles.

‘FUYL’ is the first single Anjulie is sharing off her new album ‘Loveless Metropolis’, which explores modern love and relationships vs. autonomy and independence.

Produced with French Braids and Peter Fenn, ‘FUYL’ weaves a tale of meeting someone great after being in a string of horrible relationships, but quickly realizing that you’re no good for them… and could seriously fuck up their life.

Check it out below…

Ricardo Williams Says ‘Sorry’ In His Latest Afterhours Joint

Fresh off the heels of his come back single, ‘Raindrops’ (which premiered on BBC 1xtra and featured in several Spotify editorial playlists) RICARDO WILLIAMS presents ‘Sorry’.

The new joint is Ricardo’s 2020 style apology letter, admitting wrongs, realising mistakes and trying to make it right. This release yet again shows a different shade to Williams’ musical style, more upbeat and bouncy but still obtaining his R&B swag.

‘Sorry’ is taken from Ricardo’s upcoming EP, ‘Love Tape 2’, due out later this year. Check it out below…

Song of the Day: Show & Prove – Laolu

Following the release of her silky smooth single “Indulge”, South East London’s LAOLU returns with another R&B sensual cut, ‘Show & Prove’, where she questions the sincerity of her partner’s declarations of love.

Laolu explains: “‘Show & Prove’ is about feeling uncertain when someone wants to take things to the next step. You’ve heard that they’re a bit of a player and now you’re like’ why should I trust that you’re really all about me – you need to show me with your actions to prove that you’re serious about being all in’”.

Have a listen to ‘Show & Prove’ below…

The Sound Of Modesty Unveils Second Single, ‘Stalemate’

Singer/songwriter Yvonne Han, the brainchild of Leeds-based experimental indie-rock project THE SOUND OF MODESTY unveiled her second single ‘Stalemate’, released last Friday (5th June).

Showcasing a simplistic yet haunting melody and writhing cymbal screeches that slink into the track, ‘Stalemate’ tells the story of a mother and son ravaged by war, as they spend their final night together stuck in silence.

After being in an alt-indie band, ​Once A Week Won’t Kill You featuring on drums, Londoner Yvonne started creating as ‘The Sound of Modesty’ in 2018, developing her own exclusive songwriting style, influenced strongly by not only experimental female artists like Mitski and Bjork, but also electronic pop artists like Egoist and T.a.T.u, whilst crossing over with softer pop such as Sleeping At Last and Regina Spektor.

Yvonne went on to independently release her debut EP; ​Eye, The Cauldron of Morning ​ (2018) which feature her previous soul-stirring single, ​’Metamorphosize’, released under ​Yamcog. Yvonne currently studies songwriting at Leeds College of Music and is currently finishing off her debut album alongside her band for release in 2020.

Have a listen to ‘Stalemate’ below…