Song of the Day: No Caroline – ATO

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…

Jessica Wilde Returns With Single, ‘Daylight’

‘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).

Clogz And H.O.M.A Team Up For Brand New Track, ‘Water’

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).

Jessica Wilde keeps the heat on with surprise ‘Cruel P2 ft. Laville’ / ‘Drugs Don’t Work’ single

JESSICA WILDE lands a surprise A/B side release, ‘Cruel P2’/ ‘Drugs Don’t Work’, as a 2nd part to her latest single ‘Cruel’ which landed her a feature on the official UK ‘Pride’ Spotify Playlist.

‘Cruel’ see’s Wilde delving back into a relationship that enabled her to come out as bisexual but also led her into addiction – a subject she’s tackling on her debut forthcoming album.

‘Drug’s Don’t work’ dives deeper into this toxic love story, a brutally honest description of what went down and how a relationship was controlled by addiction. This song takes on a raw, stripped back sound with gritty guitars and Wilde’s rap to tell the story, ‘When the Drugs don’t work, we just get hurt’.

The track comes with a one take visual, Wilde boldly telling the story to camera as she walks through the streets with onlookers caught off guard as she belts out the lyrics.

‘Cruel P2’, keeps the original ‘Cruel’ beat produced by Jay Nebula and Grammy award winning producer Kiris Houston (The Disciples, Little Mix). It embodies a summer haze 90’s classic hip hop and R&B vibe, layered with Jessica’s sultry, pleading vocals. This version has a twist, on the second verse we hear rising RnB star Laville who has collaborated with the likes of Big Narstie, Foreign Beggars, opened the O2 stage for John Legend and racked up over 500,000 streams for his latest album ‘The Wanderer’. His powerful and soulful vocals intwined with Wilde’s silky tones take the track into a whole new world.

Coming off the back of impressive Double A side release explicitly titled ‘Wasted’ / ‘F*ck U I’m Sober Now’, ’Body’ and ‘Cruel’, all part of her forthcoming album, a ride through mad parties, drunken nights, toxic relationships, love, regret, self-loathing, self-empowerment, self-love and going sober. Wilde opens a doorway into her past, returning full circle to her South London roots.

Time to check out Wilde’s Double A side release below…

Check Out Banggz’s Video For Single, ‘Open Up’

Hailing from Ottawa, Canada BANGGZ‘s official video for single ‘Open Up’ paints a picture of a rather noxious relationship between a love interest and the man himself.

The three-minute production features the 22-year-old artist going on with his daily activities, ignoring his beau’s calls – but he eventually text her as though she had been on his mind throughout the day – ouch! With the vivid storytelling and descriptive video scenes, this piece is Banggz’s attempt to portray how toxicity affects relationships.

‘Open Up’ follows his hip-hop track ’21’, which, like his latest offering, is inspired by his life experiences. Being Nigerian, Banggz has also produced and released afrobeat influenced singles including ‘Jostice’ and ‘Yawa’.

Why not check out the video for ‘Open Up’, directed by Tani Olorunyomi under Banggz’s production company ‘Twelve07’.