Song of the Day: Hercules – Breazy Daze

Andri Jónsson, otherwise known as BREAZY DAZE,  presents his blends of Contemporary R&B, Hip-Hop, Indie and Jazz, through latest single, ‘Hercules’, which sees the Icelandic singer-songwriter yearning for a deep love and connection with that someone – whilst, at the same time, deliberately trying to escape those emotions.

Andri first picked up the guitar in 2011 and shortly after, he started his first band called The Northern Lights, which gained moderate success. Now based in Berlin, Andri has pursued his solo music career and ‘Hercules’ is his first in a series of new material to come this year.

Check out the video for the irresistibly smooth single below…

Song of the Day: Easy – Juliet July

‘Easy’ is the latest single from Dutch artist JULIET JULY, following ‘Sunday Afternoon’ which was praised by the likes of Earmilk, Stereofox, Fashionably Early and more for its quiet energy and deft minimalism. Once again, Juliet’s fusion of R&B, soul and jazz drifts in like a soft breeze across the ocean in ‘Easy’, which explores the possibilities that are open to us once we put negative thoughts aside.

Speaking in great detail about her new single, Juliet July says:

“As a creative, we need to deal with lots of opinions of others. How many times have we, as creatives, artists, entrepreneurs heard how difficult, risky and challenging it is or going to be to follow our dreams? What is our plan B? etc etc..I know some people mean well, while some are secretly just envious as they wished they had the courage to do the same.

Either way, I got tired of listening to these ‘warning’ voices about how difficult everything was going to be. And I wrote ‘Easy’ as an answer. Easy gives an alternate perspective on the road to following your true heart desires. This is not to say that you will never come across obstacles or that you can just sit around and wait for your dreams to manifest. I believe a lot in the power of thoughts and hearing everyday how difficult a task is going to be is in my opinion not the way to go about it. ‘Easy’ acts as a POSITIVE affirmation , as a reminder that when we truly listen to what our heart whispers everything is possible.”

Produced by Nelson Clark, ‘Easy’ is also accompanied with a video filmed on the South African coast and within a magical forest just on the outskirts of Cape Town, where Juliet worked and lived for a while expanding her creative endeavours for a couple of months. The video was filmed by Momentum Production, with colour editing by Manny Nickpour.

‘Easy’ and ‘Sunday Afternoon’ will feature on Juliet July’s upcoming ‘Palmtrees In The Mist’ EP.

Song of the Day: Taxi – Average Joe

AVERAGE JOE’s single,‘Taxi’, is an ambitious, intense and eclectic listen, sat on a grooving rhythm made further compelling by bluesy jazz flourishes, soulful charisma and spades of Northern wit.

This artist takes the very ordinariness of everyday life – the mundanity, heartache, hard graft, and little victories and twists it all into something transformative, and hopeful. Brooding front-man Joe was raised in Stoke-on-Trent, an ex-industrial area whose cultural heritage – a thriving Northern Soul scene – Jimi Hendrix once playing in what is now a Wetherspoons, has slowly been eroded into a city sometimes known for little more than the birthplace of Robbie Williams.

Growing up, the escapist (yet seemingly unreachable) possibilities of music were made clear to Joe from an early age – his mum sang folk lullabies to him from the womb onwards, whilst his landlord Dad’s “working-class attitude, yet aristocratic high standards” exposed Joe to classic, confessional storytellers such as John Martyn and Tom Waits. Joe felt emboldened to sign up for the school musical, but one scrappy year of bullying later threw himself instead into the local post-punk scene, where his frustrations and fears were filtered into the idea of writing your own songs instead.

Now as inspired by vintage soul, hip-hop and classic R&B as the caustic spirit of Sleaford Mods or Mike Skinner, Average Joe takes timeless themes and renders them razor-sharp on the conditions of the present day….

Watch the video for ‘Taxi’ below…

Soul-Pop duo Bad Honey Releases Second Single Of The Year, ‘Circles’

Comprising of Lydia Clowes and Teresa Origone, BAD HONEY‘s latest offering,‘Circles’ oozes a spine-tinglingly haze of lo-fi electronics and soul, voiced with an exquisite smoothness. The dreamy number follows their first single this year, ‘Easily’.

The duo’s delicately sugary sound has received ample radio support from BBC Introducing London (The Hot List for International Women’s Week 2019), BBC Radio 1xtra (Jamz Supernova and Moses Boyd), Radio X (John Kennedy), BBC Radio 6, Worldwide FM, Amazing Radio and from Spotify’s New Music Friday in UK, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.

The South-Londoners were chosen as resident artists for The Roundhouse in 2017-18 and have performed at Love Supreme 2019, Jazz In The Round 2018, Village Underground, The Jazz Cafe, BBC Music ́ Introducing Live, Cheltenham Jazz Festival (2017 and 2019) and Brainchild. They have also supported the likes of Little Simz, Gogo Penguin, Soweto Kinch.

These pair are not to be sniffed at…have a listen to ‘Circles’ below…

Lex Leosis Returns with Track ‘Ouzo’

If you fly by the blog regularly, then you should know that LEX LEOSIS is loud, opinionated, and constantly fighting for what she believes in. Check out her previous releases here.

From humble beginnings, Lex first found a home in hip-hop at rap competitions and cyphers. She met a number of creatives through online rap communities and has joined her peers in cities all over the U.S. to collaborate, make music and perform. Spending most of her time in the Bay Area of California, Lex has allowed her traveling influences to expand her music sound and capability.

Sonically different to her previous releases, Lex’s brand new single, ‘Ouzo’, adopts a downtempo groove-driven vibe with funk inspired riffs and smooth melodies juxtaposed with an attack in her flow.

Check it out below…