South African Sensation Langa Mavuso Shares New Single, ‘Panther’

With his previous single ‘Love Lost’ garnering rave reviews and acclaim in the two months since release, building on recent support for the rising star from the likes of GQ, Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1), Red Bull Music, ELLE South Africa, and Deezer – where he was recently named their ‘Next
Artist of 2020’ – South African singer, songwriter and musician LANGA MAVUSO is back with a brand new single titled ‘Panther’ as he continues to tease his highly anticipated self-titled debut
album titled Langa’, which is scheduled for release on September 25 via Platoon.

Crafted with production duo Noble, who recently collaborated with Beyoncé on her seminal
Grammy Award-winning album ‘The Lion King: The Gift’, ‘Panther’ is a smooth and soulful offering with lush R&B sensibilities and expansive soundscapes that will transport listeners on a late summer evening ride. The infectious slow jam sees Langa pour his heart out about searching for healing in all the wrong places, while highlighting his glorious vocals and exquisite falsetto tones, as well as his penchant for captivating storytelling and vivid songwriting.

Speaking about the inspiration behind his new single ‘Panther’, Langa says, “The song was
inspired by a tumultuous time in my life where I had surrounded myself with many distractions to
try and get over the pain and heartbreak of a difficult breakup, it captures how exhausting it
became to pretend that things were alright with me after this relationship ended. It talks about the many distractions we use to run away from our emotions, whether it’s flashy cars and bottles of champagne to heal the pain, or seeking light in dark places”.

A graduate of the National School of Arts, Rhodes University and the South African College of
Music, where he honed his singing skills, vocal abilities and performance prowess, among other
things, Johannesburg native Langa Mavuso burst onto the scene in South Africa with his critically acclaimed debut EP ‘Liminal Sketches’ with Black Coffee’s Soulistic record label, before breaking out to become a star in his own right, buoyed by such fan-favourite and cult classic singles as‘Home’, ‘Sunday Blues’, and last year’s ‘Mvula’.

With his new single ‘Panther’ and upcoming self-titled album, Langa is excited to share his coming of age story with the world…Check it out below…

Louise Golbey Shares Sassy Single, ‘Scarlet Woman’

LOUISE GOLBEY does not do things by halves. Her first single from her forthcoming sophomore album ‘Renaissance’ comes straight out of the dirtiest funk and soul school around. Think Prince and D’Angelo on a hot summer’s night and you will begin to get the picture.

This London based artist might not look like she can tear the roof off a sweaty dancehall or jazz club but after touring and collaborating with countless superstars from London and across the Ocean; from Omar and Ed Sheeran to Roy Ayers, Roberta Flack, Eric Benet and En Vogue, Louise has kept them all enamoured, as she does her adoring fans and continues to establish herself as a respected ambassador of the UK’s soul scene. Just before 2020’s lockdown Louise reached one of her live ambitions with her own name on the line up at London’s 02 Arena alongside Level 42, Kool & The Gang and Brand New Heavies and now after some time on her hands to record for the new album she takes things up to another level.

Her brand new single, ‘Scarlet Woman’ harks back to a sassy TLC belter fused with a neo-soul style groove. It packs a sexy punch, but feels incredibly on point, as we strive further forward away from the old macho stereotypes and nearer a destination of R.E.S.P.E.C.T which is still an ongoing quest for all.

Check out the sassy joint below:

 

Song of the Day: I Don’t Wanna Wake Up – Marie Dahlstrom (ft. James Vickery)

Danish/London based artist MARIE DAHLSTORM‘s single ‘I Don’t Wanna Wake Up’, featuring South London soul singer James Vickery, is one stunning soulful slow-burner. Pairing soft synth lines with a groove-laden rhythm section, ‘I Don’t Wanna Wake Up’ tells a story of desire.

Speaking on the collaboration, Marie said: “I’ve been a fan of James’ voice for a while. James and I had a session at mine, and this song just came about so naturally, we just started humming melodies over the chord progression and not long into the session we had the line ‘I don’t wanna wake up’. I produced this song myself and I remember leaving the production for a while before actually committing to finishing it and that’s when I got my friend Liam Joseph to jump on some bass and Qmillion to get involved for the mixing.”

Brought up on some of soul and R&B’s greats; recalling the likes of Edwyn Collins, Womack & Womack and Gloria Gaynor being on regular rotation in her family home in Roskilde, Dahlstrom also cites the discoveries of Dwele, Musiq Soulchild, SWV, Dire Straits, Lucy Pearl, Erykah Badu, Kirk Franklin and Fleetwood Mac in her teenage years as key points of inspiration in her musical upbringing.

‘I Don’t Wanna Wake Up’ is taken from the BBC 1Xtra-backed songstress’ debut album, ‘Like Sand’, out now via JFH Records. Smooth out your hump day and wrap your ears around this stunning track below…

Charles Shares Future-Soul Single ‘Sundance Kid’

North London artist CHARLES finds inspiration in those special connections made with other people. As previously explored in singles ‘Darker Shade Of Green’ and ‘Red.Green.Gold’, relationships are the cornerstone of Charles’ songwriting, as you’ll find with his newest future-soul single ‘Sundance Kid’ featuring vocalist Sharky.

Speaking of the track, Charles says: “I wrote ‘Sundance Kid’ the best part of 2 years ago with my mate Sharky. I fell down a youtube rabbit hole of old bank robbers (don’t ask) and stumbled upon Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Inspired by their story, we began to write about my relationship between me and an ex girlfriend back in the day. It was a love affair, combined with bad behaviour and a lust for causing trouble. With both knowing we would never be more than just friends for obvious reasons. Playful melodies accompanied with fat bass lines tell the story beautifully. Produced by Mathias Boman, Sundance Kid is an anthem for couples whether that be romantically or just you and ya best mate frolicking about in summer fucking shit up.”

Have a listen below…

Song of the Day: A Work of Art – Lisabel

Italian-born/London based singer/songwriter, LISABEL has every potential to draw in the prospective listener with track, ‘A Work Of Art’. The soulful offering carries a nurturing tone that could be associated to the likes of Solange, Aretha Franklin and Erykah Badu.

Lisabel said of the single: “I wrote the song after falling in love with someone who to me represented a pure and loving soul that I trusted and wanted to celebrate.”

‘A Work Of Art’ is from her debut album bearing the same name, released earlier this month. Have a to this beautiful song listen below…

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