On the surface, 5OMERSET‘s brand new single ‘Said To Me’, is a breakup song with a retrospective mood enhanced by confusion and resentment. Beneath that, it’s about the desire to gain closure — moving on from the past and cutting ties with any toxic relationships or behaviour.
The light electronica piece features J.Roque who he met after running competition on TikTok looking for rappers to duet the song with a verse.
5omerset said of his collaboration with J.Roque: “after reviewing lots of amazing submissions,I chose J.Roque’s verse because lyrically it was the best fit for the song.
My favourite line of his is: ‘should I wait or is it love that I’m choosing?’ Don’t stay somewhere stagnant or in an unhappy relationship or state of mind; choose love for yourself.”
Newcomer, LOR fuses dark-pop production with bold yet vulnerable lyricism and smooth RnB influences to create a unique and current sound that’s both personally authentic and widely relatable. Sonically inviting and emotion-filled her debut single, ‘Used To’, narrates the all-too-familiar tale of knowing someone is bad for you but wanting them anyway. It’s about all the broken promises, all the extra chances and all the times you forgave, even though they don’t reserve it.
Written from LOR’s intimate, personal perspective, ‘Used To’ sees the young Toronto-based singer-songwriter bravely divulge her innermost thoughts and feelings over spacious pop production and airy, siren-like harmonies that perfectly demonstrate her powerful artistic range and sweet-yet-eerie vocal tone. Coupled with an intricate, dark piano melody and backed by a melancholy beat, LOR creates a haunting sonic experience that will leave you feeling lovesick on her debut single.
Watch the stunning, cinematically shot music video, directed by Sanjeev Kugan and produced by Paulina Van Schaik.
Leeds/London based, British-Ghanaian-Danish artist ATO drops his introspective, candid new single ‘no caroline’ is a heart-rending track, brimming with raw sentiment stemming from past trauma, dysfunctional relationships, and is influenced by ATO’s on-going journey of self-discovery, defining his identity and understanding his heritage. An artist unafraid to wear his heart on his sleeve, ‘no caroline’ was originally written by ATO about a personal situation, quickly developing into a no-holds-barred deep dive into his own emotional shortcomings rooted in his experiences. In his own words, “the tensions of growing up black in a white city with no real understanding of my black history – lost identity, abandonment, and so on – correlated to the struggles of lost love.”
A track of two parts, the first half of ‘no caroline’ see’s ATO singing rather than rapping, making light of a dysfunctional relationship, acknowledging an incapacity to relate to a partner on an emotional level. An impactful, lightening-fast energy surge flips the second half of the track from a hyper-pop influenced, experimental UK rap offering into a drum’n’bass free for all. Rapping over breaks, ATO soundtracks a sudden explosion of emotions, exploring the complex experiences of his past.
Speaking on the single, ATO says,
“no caroline began as a response to failed relationships, trivialising my own experiences of emotional detachment. The first part was written in my sleep (literally in a dream) and recorded the morning after. It was a new sound and I honestly thought it was done. But the production team introduced a second section that dragged me into different parts of my past. I wrote and recorded the entire second verse to what is now the outro before EDEN flipped the most of the section into a drum ‘n’ bass free for all.”
The second single taken from ATO’s highly anticipated forthcoming EP Side A, due for release this Wednesday (25th August) via MCMXCV, ‘no caroline’ follows recent releases including ‘Muscle Twitch’, 2020 single ‘Yours Now’, EP3, and his feature with Vic Mensa on 2019 single ‘falling’. Standing out from the crowd with pensive, poetic charm, earlier releases of ATO’s have seen him garner support from global tastemakers The FADER, Complex, Trench and Crack and
So here’s your chance to check out a truly astonishing artist at work…
‘Daylight’ is the fourth single from JESSICA WILDE‘s concept album, with each song serving as a diary entry, going on a journey from addiction, toxic relationships to self-love and living sober. Her latest effort has a classic soul sound, with rich textured backing vocals reminiscent of a 60’s golden era but with an unexpected twist as Wilde introduces her fresh statement London rap flow, telling the tale of a relationship fueled on reckless, wild, party nights turning into a self-sabotaging Groundhog Day.
‘Daylight’ will be followed by two remixes set to land 10th September from Murder he Wrote, who last year amassed over half a million streams and has consistent support from Jeremiah Asiamah (BBC Radio 1), Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6Music) and Anna Lunoe (Apple Music) and duo Ren Phillips and Ying Yang who have regular releases on Sola, Cr2 and Support from Jamie Jones, Joel Corry and SKT.
Wilde’s exciting project and authentic artistry has already picked up some serious heat across BBC Radio including ‘Record of the week’ on BBCR1xtra, BBC Radio London (Robert Elms show/Claira Hermet/Lionheart and Salma El-Wardany/Emelia Poamz) 6 Music, KISS FM (Rudekid), Hoxton Radio (Kerry Boyne), Reprezent Radio (Amika Eazer/Laughta), Radio 5 (Amsterdam) and many more.
Here’s your chance to check out ‘Daylight’, where Wilde has once again collaborated with producers Eljay and Grammy award winner Kiris Houston (The Disciples, Little Mix).
Black Federation’s artist CLOGZ comes through with soft hybrids of Afrobeats, Folk, Caribbean and Amapiano with latest single, ‘Water’, featuring fast-rising fellow label artist H.O.M.A who adds his magic touch to the experimental piece.
Depicting the pain of unrequited love, ‘Water’, serves as the lead single from Clogz’ upcoming project ‘Love Notions’. Have a listen to the single below, released yesterday (17th August).