Song of the Day: Quiet – Grace May

Following the release of her single ‘High Tide’, taken from the album, UNION (released via Berklee’s record label: Heavy Rotation Records) GRACE MAY returns with the stunning release, ‘Quiet’.

Written after listening to Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’, May was inspired by the songstress and delved into old interviews where she was left in awe of Mitchell’s quote, “If you listen to the music and you see me, you’re not getting anything out of it. If you listen to that music and you see yourself… now you’re getting something out of it”.

‘Quiet’ narrates the feeling of loneliness. It’s the familiar story of not wanting to burden friends and family with your worries, so instead you struggle in silence and this feeling is reflected through the solitary instrumentation and minimalistic production. Despite its simplistic approach, the single packs a punch through the 22-year-old Canadian songbird’s passionate and heartfelt vocals.

This is one single you don’t want to miss…have a listen to Quiet, available on all download/streaming sites.

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New Music Video: Spring Haze – Nicki Knightz

East Londoner NICKI KNIGHTZ has dropped some gripping visuals for latest track, ‘Spring Haze’, taken from her EP, ‘H.A.T.E’ out now.

The one-and-a-half minute production flips between two lives of the dark side that goes on in the inner city area of Hackney  – the side of Nicki the ‘misfit’ that she is now and how she lives her life and a young boy getting involved in dealing, stealing and eventually being killed. This was the harsh reality growing up for Nicki.

Over some smooth, almost neo-soul bars – a complete change to previous boisterous tracks, ‘Hate’ and ‘Mindwalk’ –   the young rapper describes the struggles faced in a low funded area, where majority of the people who live here are poor, and gives an insight into why drug dealing and violence commonly occurs in a brutal finalé.

This is some hard-hitting stuff…see for yourself…check out the video for ‘Spring Haze’ below:

New Track: Sober – Marcel

Known as a ‘national treasure’ by the press, singer-songwriter, producer and DJ MARCEL
rose to fame with Blazin Squad in 2002 after they released a cover of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony track, ‘Crossroads’ which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart. MARCEL went on to secure seven top ten hits, including ‘Flip Reverse’ and ‘Love on the Line’, before securing himself as a finalist on the 2017 hit reality TV show Love Island.

Now, in between TV fame and media commitments, MARCEL is cementing himself as an innovative artist and recently released the afro-swing hit ‘They Wanna Know’, a well-received foray into his forthcoming EP ‘Circles’ due for release later this year.

Not afraid of incorporating his most personal experiences in his songwriting, his latest offering ‘Sober’ addresses the price of fame, highlighting the side to it that people don’t see; the lows, the pressure of the media and the unwanted attention.

Check out MARCEL‘s white and black video for this banging yet heart-tugging track below:

Song of the Day: Bullets – Zinnia

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Rachael Cardiello – aka ZINNIA – delivers a stunning piece, entitled ‘Bullets’, into today’s hot spot, layered with synth and driving beats, along with soothing vocals, turning all spine tinglingly fierce towards the end.

‘Bullets’ is from ZINNIA’s debut album, ‘Sensations in Two Dot’ is due out later in the year.

I highly recommend you check this beauty out, before you head out…

Song of the Day: Section 8 – Jackie Spade (ft. Lute)

With his long-awaited debut album, ‘Aurafication’ JACKIE SPADE taps Dreamville’s Lute for track Section 8′, available now on all streaming platforms.

Speaking of the single, the North Carolina emcee said: ” ‘Section 8’ brings light to the dark environment I was raised in. The uplifting hook and glorifying message makes this song a hymn to be sung across the ghettos of the world.”

‘Section 8’ serves as the second official single from Jackie’s brand new debut album ‘Aurafication’, released last Friday via Champion Sound Recordings and Rapper Big Pooh’s Common Cents Media Group. The album will serve as the full length follow-up to Jackie’s Eclectic EP.

Check out the track below: