OUT TODAY: Listen To AKS’ single, ‘Up & Up (Heavens Above)’

It’s been a long 4-year stint since South London Hip-Hop artist, AKS, released his sophomore EP, ‘Train of Thought’, seeing the likes of BBC 1Xtra, Earmilk, HipHopDX, DJ Booth and the MOBO Awards among the tastemakers who added their plaudits for the seminal record. The offering went on to earn the rapper two nominations at the inaugural Unsigned Music Awards (Best Record, Best Urban Act) as well as giving him viral moments with his Chas Appeti directed visual efforts for singles ‘Stay with Me’ featuring Sincerely Wilson, and title track ‘Train of Thought’, both being picked up by UNILAD.

Now with the close of 2020 fast approaching and against the backdrop of the current world climate the “three-letter man” returns with his new soul infused single ‘Up & Up (Heavens Above)’, an aspirational offering appealing to each of our underlying ambitions.

Merging unconventional organ phrases with lush and vibrant guitar licks throughout, the track plays as an ode to the jazz greats of yesteryear; fusing traditional musicianship with the off kilter syncopated bounce of contemporary hip-hop and neo-soul. Continuing his previous form as a genuine lyricist, AKS weaves together thought rich rhyme schemes whilst delivering a soulfully melodic vocal in a way that is easily becoming the calling card of the South London native.

Exploring themes of dogged determination and new found responsibility, the passion driven track displays AKS’ lyrical ability as he pens painfully frank verses professing his recent frustrations, the pressures of becoming a new father and questions surrounding legacy.

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Speaking further about the inspiration behind ‘Up And Up (Heavens Above)’, AKS says, “Following the birth of my son, having taken some time away from music in the lead up to his arrival and in the time since, I found myself questioning my existence and contributions both from a parental and an artistic perspective. This song was born out of a desire to do better for my son’s sake and ascend irrespective of the obstacles I may face or how low I’ve felt at times. It’s my reminder to myself of my hopes and dreams, that my contributions are long lasting and impactful, at the very least, on my son”.

‘Up & Up (Heavens Above)’ is the first single taken from his forthcoming project ‘As Plane As Day: Departures & Arrivals’, which concludes the wordsmith’s three-part ‘Modes of Transport’ series, the record sees the rapper award himself production credits under the veiled moniker #3Letters, whilst enlisting the collaborative efforts of prominent musicians Adrian Remedy (Ed Sheeran) on guitars, Benjamin Muralt (Ledisi, Ill Camille, Pixie Lott) on bass, and AdeKeys (AfroB) on keyboards.

Check out the lyric video for the single below…

New Music Video: Good Life – Olaedo Ibe

MOBO-nominated singer/songwriter OLAEDO IDE has unveiled the video to her latest single, ‘Good Life’ on Friday.

The four-minute production encompasses the up-tempo vibes of Luke ‘GKID’ Grant-produced banger, where the London songbird’s smooth vocals, along with guest vocalists Leke and Becca Folkes, compels you to sing on top of your lungs!

Written by Olaedo and Luke ‘GKID’ Grant, ‘Good Life’ is taken from her LP ‘Grow To Glow’ set for release this summer.

Check her out below:

New Track: Like A Child – Sarah Téibo

Multi award-winning Gospel singer/songwriter SARAH TÉIBO‘s latest single ‘Like A Child’ encourages each and every one of us to fully embrace the inner child and leave your cares and woes to the big man above. ‘Like A Child’  is the lead single off her highly anticipated sophomore album ‘Keep Walking’ due for release this summer.

Sporting a real smooth urban R&B drive, ‘Like A Child’ was written by Sarah with producer Luke (GKID) Grant, who produced Britain’s Got Talent 2015 semi-finalist Sakyi Four’s R&B/Afrobeat offering, ‘Simmer Down’. The four-minute production features the spine-tingling harmonies from one of UK’s promising singers, Tehillah Daniel and The Voice UK’s 2018 current contestant Jason Nicholson-Porter.

Sarah grew up in Nigeria where she started singing in choirs from the age of ten, citing Soul and R&B legends including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Kim Burrell as major influences.

In recent years, the London-born songstress is rapidly becoming the most-sought after musician in the UK’s Gospel circuit, following the release of her debut album ‘Walk With Me’ in 2016. She was nominated Best Gospel Act by MOBO Awards in the same year and won best album for her debut album at Premier Gospel Awards in 2017.

’Like A Child’ is now available on all digital music platforms, including iTunesSpotify and Amazon. Check it out below – not to be missed!

 

 

New Track: Swimming – Cherri V (ft. Roxxxan)

After closing out last year with two stellar stripped live visuals of her 2017 singles ‘Without You’ and ‘Leave Me Be’, an acclaimed performance at the pre-MOBO Award Show, and strong support from BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra, The Beat London, The 405, Clash Music and Earmilk, among others,  CHERRI V begins the new year with her brand new single ‘Swimming’, featuring Birmingham rapper RoxXxan, premiered exclusively by DJ Target on BBC 1Xtra.

With the release of ‘Swimming’, the British Soul songstress is drawing even closer to the release of her highly anticipated Brown Eyed Soul project. Alongside previously released collaborations with Harmony Samuel (Ariane Grande, Chris Brown, Fifth Harmony), and Hypertone (Snakehips, Jessie J, Alesha Dixon), fans and critics can expect new music with the likes of Da Beatfreakz (Chris Brown, Nadia Rose, Sean Paul), and Fanatix (Giggs, Chip, Fekky, Stefflon Don), among others.

Produced by XVR BLCK, who has previously worked with SNE, Bobii Lewis, Basheba, Lylo Gold and Kojey Radical, to mention a few, ‘Swimming’ sees CHERRI V pushing the envelope musically, as she adds something new to her repertoire, with this experimental R&B musical backdrop, backed by synth piano arrangements and underpinned by Cherri’s amazing vocal performance and delivery, with RoxXxan providing the perfect guest rap verse to complement the record.

Speaking about the inspiration for ‘Swimming’, CHERRI V says, “It’s about attraction, it’s about those daydreams you have about that special person. It’s about them persistently roaming around in your thoughts… way beyond your control… slightly obsessive lol. It’s about wanting to be alone, away from the noise, prying eyes and social media – just two people getting lost in each other’s company”.

Check it out…

 

Song of the Day: Waitin’ Up – Althea

At just 21 years of age, British singer, songwriter and musician ALTHEA already has two well received and acclaimed EPs to her name – 2016’s ‘See My Vision’ and ‘Cold Thoughts’ from earlier this year – which have seen the East London native garner strong support from Wonderland Magazine, The 405, Rinse FM, Okayplayer, Guestlist Magazine and the MOBO Awards.

As she gears up for her third project, which is due for release in 2018, ALTHEA released her debut new single titled ‘Waitin’ Up’. Typically known for her lush minimalist R&B songs, ‘Waitin’ Up’ sees ALTHEA switching things up to deliver an infectious, soulful and upbeat Caribbean flavoured offering, while continuing to showcase her captivating vocals and forward-thinking R&B sensibilities, with production coming from frequent collaborator Day-O.

Speaking about how the new single came about, Althea says, “‘Waitin’ Up’ was a really fun song to make, I was in the studio with Day-O, and we were just vibing and bouncing ideas around the room, and once we had the beat down, the lyrics all flowed out and it came together really naturally. The record is essentially about me playing hard to get with someone who’s keen to see and be with me, and really trying to find out just how much they’re into me”.

This one is too good to pass up…check out ‘Waitin’ Up’.