Song of the Day: Coconut – Marchelle

MARCHELLE may have a strong jazz background, but the young singer from Seattle has took a strong liking to incorporating hip-hop and R&B with experimental sounds.

Her latest single, ‘Coconut’ encompasses the above combo with a hazy oriental flair. Don’t get too mesmerised by her sugary sweet vocal performance as Marchelle has one VERY CLEAR message in this smooth joint: she’s not playing second fiddle for any dude – so those coconuts are firmly off the menu….

Check out this radio-ready single below.

Song of the Day: YNMM – Rayne Storm (ft. Loudpack Dash)

Following his 2018 appearances on the blog with tracks, ‘ My Salvation’ and ‘Girl (Remix)’ – a collab effort with The Internet – RAYNE STORM bounces right back on today’s hop spot for the third time with catchy joint ‘YNMM’ (Young Niggas Making Money), enlisting fellow NYC rapper/producer Loudpack Dash to add extra grit to the four-minute production.

‘YNMM’ is now available on all major download/streaming platforms…Check it out below…

Song of the Day: Good Talks – Fearing

Formed in 2016, dark post-punk band FEARING was born from an online friendship which quickly blossomed between James Rogers (bass/vocals) and Brian Vega (guitar/vocals). What started as collaborations between the two and their bedroom synth projects; Fearing was formed out of the desire to combine both of their talents and to create something new and fresh in the Bay Area. The addition of Mike Fenton (drums) & Joey Camello (guitar) helped to further expand the sound and depth of the band.

After two sold out EPs and a handful of tours under their belt; their debut LP, ‘Shadow’ – set for release on 10th April – finds the four-piece act further exploring their unique sonic territory, seamlessly blending elements of French coldwave, European post-punk, and the first wave of shoegaze to create something truly unique in today’s rising dark music scene.

The band dropped the lead single from the ten-track album, ‘Good Talks’ which encompasses taking their new-found sound to new heights…check it out below…

Song of the Day: They Look Just Like They Know – Michael Baker

MICHAEL BAKER‘s first release of the year, ‘They Look Just Like They Know’, is a stirring acoustic piece of delicately plucked strings, rich reverb and cinematic movements, all of which steers the listener’s attention to Baker’s tender vocals and penchant for storytelling.

As with previous single, ‘Baby Books’, the Brighton songwriter once again turns to the subject of mental health, signified by the line “the mind can be a deadly place,” which Baker sheds further light on in the quote below:

“I wrote ‘They Look Just Like They Know’ when I had moved to Brighton after spending a couple of years of living in my Van and moving around. This song is a melancholic ponder on both the comfort and discomfort of memories, and how sometimes, in the darker times, your own home can feel strange and unfamiliar. It’s the difference between feeling at home in your mind, and feeling trapped in it.”

‘They Look Just Like They Know’ also follows previous single ‘Past The Evening’, which was premiered by Clash Magazine, who described it as “a tender return, showcasing the songwriter’s deftness of touch, and his gilded use of colour.”

Previous support for Michael Baker has come from BBC 6 Music , Youtube and Spotify Tastemaker Alex Rainbird with ‘One God Damn’, The Independent with single ‘The Steady & The Stuck’, and was selected for BBC Introducing London’s Artist of the Week . Michael also supported Sarah Jarosz at Union Chapel, performed at the inaugural Black Deer Festival and completed a UK and European tour back in November 2019.

Have a listen to his latest stunning piece below…

Song of the Day: Stay Focused – BLKGLD

Hailing from Croydon and of Jamaican descent, identical twins Shereen and Sophia aka BLKGLD enchant us with their beautiful and buttery vocals through their debut single, ‘Stay Focused’ out now on all major download/streaming platforms.

The single innately evokes a nostalgic feeling that transports back to the 90s with their effortless fusion of R&B and Dancehall. This irresistible number has slow wine written all over it, and the meandering baseline is mixed in with a tropical xylophone vibe.

With a musical encyclopedia that is rich with the heart and soul of R&B, the girls site Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child, TLC,  Boyz 2 Men and Usher  amongst some of their biggest inspirations and influences and their sound marries this together with a contemporary twist. Crediting their seasoned soulful voices to their dad who also sang and often was likened to Nat King Cole himself, it’s no coincidence to why BLKGLD are slaying it.

Cementing their rightful place within the UK music scene and beyond, they have already received co-signs from notable names in dancehall, including Beanie Man and The Fanatix. Their soulful renditions of many classic and future hits have already gained some exciting traction, amassing millions of views across all social media platforms, leading to the duo performing alongside Migos and the late Juice Wrld last summer.

Keeping 100% focused, BLKGLD are ones to watch for 2020…check out the video for their debut below…