Song of the Day: Bloody Samaritan – Ayra Starr

Africa’s fastest-rising newcomer AYRA STARR‘s blazing and percussive single, ‘Bloody Samaritan’ is anthem of affirmation which is spearheading this new era in Ayra’s career as the lead single from her album ‘19 & Dangerous’ on dropping, out now.

This searing summer anthem bristles with self-confidence as the Gen Z rising star banishes negative energy. She boasts, “I see you watching my stories, I see you gauging my lifestyle, I see you watching my movement, this bad bitch bad every day.”

Since debuting in January, Ayra has amassed over 23 million global streams. Her self-titled debut EP was led by the single ‘Away’ which to date has clocked over 3.8 million views on YouTube. The single was featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Africa 360 playlist and championed by Manny Norte who was first to spin it on UK radio via Capital Xtra. Jessie Reyez, Ray BLK and Love Island’s Yewande Biala are also fans

On the day of the EP’s release, Ayra simultaneously hit No.1 on Apple Music Nigeria’s Song, Album and Video charts. The incredible buzz coming out of Lagos saw her chosen by Apple Music as their Africa Rising artist – an exclusive new talent development programme that previously earmarked Tems and Amaarae.

Why not check out the hype and watch the video for ‘Bloody Smartian below…

Paragon Cause Has A Stong Message For The Haters In Single, ‘Play Me’

With ranging guitar plucks somewhat capturing a standoff moment in a Western movie, Canada’s Indie rock duo PARAGON CAUSE‘s brand new single, ‘Play Me’ has a strong statement about the way people treat one another and behave on social media.

The duo says of the release: “It’s almost a tease to all the haters in your life who take advantage of you, but you know what they’re doing. There’s a sarcasm in saying, I will let you play me over and over again.”

‘Play Me’ is the second single from their upcoming album, ‘Autopilot’, coming out on 13th August. Why not have a listen to the cinematic single, produced by Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes…

King Blitz Drops ‘At Night’ Video

KING BLITZ returns with a brand new visual for track, ‘At Night’, which forms part of his latest album ‘Layerz’. Stream and read the review here.

The three-minute production features the Atlanta rapper in a dark space going of his different experiences of betrayal by those he thought was loyal. Just like any survivor, Blitz turned his back on those experiences, by wishing the frenemies all the best in the future.

This track/video is deep…better check it out below before you head out…

EP Review: Mythologies – Lex Leosis

From a personal standpoint, LEX LEOSIS is a prime model of a female rapper: a very bold contender, who isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind and doesn’t take any crap from anyone. These qualities are evident in her brand new EP, ‘Mythologies’

The set covers array of topics – from standing up to domestic violence to dealing with ‘situationships’ and busy bodies head on.

Although ‘Mythologies’ predominantly showcase a menacing drive of trip-hop, there are nice touches of retro/80s soul funk (featured in second effort, ‘Ouzo’) and laid-back afterhours (as featured in Gemini), where the Canadian rapper tells her tale of certain aspects of her life.

You may have come across various music blogs and magazines, pushing you to add a punch of newcomers under your radar…and among those talents should be Lex Leosis, as her flow rips through the bars of each track with raw passion and conviction. Check her out below…

Must Listens: Ouzo, Gemini, Atropos.

Song of the Day: Mind Your Own Business – Lex Leosis

LEX LEOSIS‘ latest track, ‘Mind Your Own Business’ is for every person who has been frustrated by someone else trying to rush their process.

The Canadian rapper offer more insight into the Rainer + Grimm-produced track: “After three years spent with The Sorority (hip-hop group) and working on my sound, I was getting tired of people on me about my whereabouts and future plans. All that energy kinda exploded on to this track. Artists should work and create at their own pace. Sometimes art is made quickly, sometimes it’s a long and painful process. Artists are humans first and we go through things like everyone else.”

Using bouzouki (a Greek string instrument) as the main feature of the track, ‘Mind Your Own Business’ is the last piece from Lex’s upcoming new album.

Check it out below…