J Appiah Finds Sanity After Chaos With Single, ‘Breathe’

With tastemaker sites such as Complex, Clash and Line of Best Fit all shouting about previous releases and picking up support across BBC 1Xtra and BBC Introducing, Hackney born singer songwriter J APPIAH returns with ‘Breathe’, out today (October 15th) via his own label 19fifty7.

Already staking out his corner of the industry as a highly sought-after vocalist working with the likes of Jess Glynne, Madonna, Michael Kiwanuka, Footsie and Stormzy, J Appiah continues on his genre-defying path, proving himself as a musician in his own right. Genre hopping, and constantly remaking himself artistically, all his work is the sense of an artist true to himself and his feelings. Melancholic and stoic in tone and inspired by an eclectic range of artists, from Bill Withers to Blur, Grime to Soul, Appiah’s music conveys to us what it is to feel alive and human in the world.

Eerie beautiful strings foreshadow the dark bass hook, ‘Breathe’ is minimalist – claustrophobic even – but driven along by its fierce tunnelling groove. J’s stacked vocals give the song much of its atmosphere, recalling the playful vocal production style of Kanye West’s work in its demonstration that the best instrument is the human voice. Lyrically, ‘Breathe’ outlines the struggle not to not fragment under the multitude of stresses that life brings. Through its slick writing and the raw emotiveness of J’s performance, ‘Breathe’ is Appiah pushing his singer/songwriter skillset.

Ever more timely at this stage in the pandemic, a track we can all find a connection too – a reminder to take a minute and Breathe. Check it out below…

Genre-Defying Artist Rufus has Dropped His New Track, ‘Taking Flight’

Coming on the back of his glorious debut single ‘One Eye Open’, which introduced listeners to his outlier fusion sound of R&B, alt pop and trap music, and caught the attention of tastemakers such as Capital Xtra, Earmilk, GUAP Magazine, 9Bills, Wordplay Magazine and Noctis Magazine, new genre-defying UK artist and producer RUFUS circles back to unveil his brand new single, ‘Taking Flight’ as he continues to build momentum towards his upcoming debut EP,

Written and produced by Rufus, ‘Taking Flight’ sees the young Wiltshire native pouring his heart out about the realities of following your dreams, persevering through and keeping to your chosen path, no matter how hard the terrain gets. According to Rufus, we should “always have the ultimate belief that you will reach your favoured destination in the end – maybe not today but one day for sure”. Sonically, the track is an exquisite R&B-trap offering with nuanced indie alt-pop sensibilities, and honest relatable songwriting.

Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Taking Flight’, Rufus says, “the track came about when time was dragging on negotiating my deal (as always is the case when lawyers get involved). I woke up after another night shift of flipping burgers and washing dishes and felt real frustration. I decided to put it all into a song – I wrote, recorded and produced it in my bedroom on my small rig. The lyrics in ‘Taking Flight’ about not wanting to work in restaurants, cleaning dishes is not a diss on people that do, but rather a cry for something different for me as I’ve done it my whole life so far”.

Hailing from Wiltshire in the southwest of England, the gifted singer, songwriter, musician and producer fell in love with music from an early age and showed instant promise. From writing and performing at local venues as a teenager to producing for his peers while at college, Rufus has been honing his craft as an artist and is ready for the world to take him in. The exciting British talent has been hard at work with fellow producers such as TheElements (Stormzy, Headlie One, Zara Larsson), Remedee (AJ Tracey, Unknown T, Not3s), Kxlla K (Lethal Bizzle, Sneakbo) and Chris Rich (DigDat, Abra Cadabra) to bring the vision for his outlier fusion sound to life.

Here’s your chance to witness a newcomer on a rise; listen to Rufus’ new single below…

Song of the Day: Royal – Lyne Nsongo

On the back of signing a new music partnership with Crep Select, London-based Belgian Congolese songstress LYNE NSONGO follows up with her latest single titled ‘Royal’, produced by Ocean and engineered by Hot Money (Stefflon Don, Krept & Konan, Stormzy). Serving as the first taste of her upcoming sophomore EP, the song sees Lyne speaking to women, wanting to make them realise their worth and their royalty, with the London-based singer, songwriter and producer affirming that “you were made of gold, handmade by the only One”.

Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Royal’ and her desire to create empowering and inspirational music, Lyne Nsongo says, “The song comes from discussions I had with some of my female friends who were at very low points in their lives, I just want to lift them up and make them see their worth. I’ve realised that it’s my calling to deliver this empowering message through my music. If I can become an inspiration for girls out there to follow a good path in life, I believe I will have achieved my purpose in life. I have a gift and I want to use it to impact my world”.

Born in Belgium, Lyne Nsongo grew up in a very musical household, and honed her skills in music academies and dance classes as a child, before developing her sound further with collaborations with her brother and producer D.E.W.I. Now living in London, she comes with support from the likes of Trench Magazine, Red Bull, Capital Xtra, Missguided, Reprezent Radio and GirlsIRate, and is fast-becoming one to watch in the UK’s resurgent R&B music scene and beyond, as she brings her genre-bending slant on the genre and her hopeful inspirational message to the forefront.

Check out the official video for ‘Royal’ below…

Ricardo Williams Comes Through With ‘He Ain’t Me – Radio’ (Remix)

Hailing from Birmingham, RICARDO WILLIAMS has a REAL treat for us this summer as he drops the remake of his 2018 single, ‘He Ain’t Me’, featuring Slick Rick. Originally a R&B/trap infused production, the single receives a New Jack Swing-esque treatment from Grammy award-wining producer Kyle West.

As well as working on original music over the last few years, Ricardo has done backing vocals for a number of high profile artists including Stormzy, Tweet, and on Emeli Sande’s latest album, quickly gaining the reputation as one of the strongest vocalists in the UK.

After coming to BBC 1xtra DJ Ace’s, attention in 2018 and signing to his newly formed independent record label ‘Recordbox’ with the release of ‘Come Over’, Jamaican-born Ricardo gained critical acclaim for the track which featured R&B royalty Teedra Moses. His year continued to see his profile rise seeing him support Faith Evans at O2 Indigo in London and he has since teamed up with some of R&B’s leading lights on both sides of the Atlantic.

Here’s your chance to hear the master-on-the-rise; have a listen to ‘He Ain’t Me – Radio’.

Cilla Raie is ‘Open For Love’ In New Single Featuring Tiffany Evans

North London’s songstress CILLA RAIE returns with a sultry romantic single ‘Open For Love’. Featuring US starlet Tiffany Evans (best known for her singles Promise Ring ft Ciara and Texting My Ex ft T-Pain), the single is an awakening, being ready to embark on a new romantic journey after healing from previous toxic relationships.

Recording music at just 14-years-old, with producer DaV-inche (Stormzy, Skepta, Wiley) and Jackie Davison MBE (Wayne Hector) during the early stages of her musical journey, Cilla released her first self-titled debut EP in 2014, produced by Sillky (Mabel, Teedra Moses, Craig David) and The Arcade (Doja Cat, Khalid, Migos). She successfully embarked on a national tour with legislation group UK Music and has been previously supported by MOBO Awards, BBC1xtra and Reprezent.

Have a listen to Cilla’s latest smooth joint, produced by rising UK R&B producer Peddy Pro.