Song of the Day: Black Gold – Timaj Garad

Ethiopian Toronto-based singer-songwriter and poet TIMAJ GARAD presents her single, ‘Black Gold’, the leading number from her forthcoming debut ‘Blooming at the Mouth’ EP, set for release tomorrow, 5th March.

‘Black Gold’ is an anthemic ode to and love song for Black Muslim women. Serving as both a celebration and a sanctuary, the single shares the realities of Timaj and many others in an honest way, without sugarcoating the collective trauma, while simultaneously providing space for Black Muslim joy and glory.

Why not check out the official video for ‘Black Gold’ below…

Elizza Releases Video For Single, ‘London Eyes’

UK-based R&B/pop singer-songwriter ELIZZA‘s music video for third single of the year, ‘London Eyes’, is a love letter to all the memories she has made in the beautiful city that she calls home.

“The story is about my love and “sometimes” hate relationship with London. Since I moved here, I have been falling deeply in love with it but also find myself struggling to accept all that is London. “London Eyes” talks about how I feel the city is “keeping eyes” on me and not letting me go.” – Elizza.

‘London Eyes’ follows a run of popular singles that include ‘Can’t Quit’, ‘Want To Keep’ (produced by Rak-Su’s Myles Stephenson) and her summer hit ‘Habit’. She has been tipped as “one to watch” by Wonderland Magazine and “dreamy, poetic and honest” by Rollacoaster Magazine; .

As well as press acclaim, ELIZZA has been championed by her collaborator and producer Myles, and has also featured on BBC Introducing, BBC Radio London, Pulse 88 Radio, Westside Radio and FUBAR Radio.

Expect the release of an EP release later this year…but for now, check out the video for ‘London Eyes’…

Griff/Scorcese Pays ‘Ode To Lo Camp’ In New Video

GRIFF/SCORCESE drop the first official video for track ‘Ode To Lo Camp’, taken from their second album, ‘Midnight Express’.

Over Jason Griff’s infectious, vaudevillian-esque piano loop and booming drums, rappers Scorcese Lorde Jones & Alaska (Atoms Family/Hanger 13) along with DJ Chong Wizards scratches, crafted their own love letter to one of Hip-Hop’s most iconic groups, the incomparable Camp Lo.

Midnight Express is available NOW on all streaming platforms…check out the video for ‘Ode to Camp Lo’ below…

Song of the Day: Timeless – Oscar Jerome (ft. Lianne La Havas)

Lifted from his long-awaited debut album, ‘Breathe Deep’, released late last month, South London-based artist OSCAR JEROME‘s single ‘Timeless’ is a duet with Lianne La Havas which also includes instrumentation by friends in Ezra Collective, Sons of Kemet and Oscar’s other band, Kokoroko.

The pared-back single strip things down to the bare fundamentals, with Oscar soft-plucked guitar and vocals going back and forth with the sublime harmonies of Lianne La Havas. As the song builds, layers of lush jazz-inflected instrumentation are introduced piece by piece.

Oscar says of the track: “I wrote this song for my Dad. It’s about viewing someone you love as a constant through your whole life, not just who they are now. I was privileged enough to have the legendary Lianne La Havas jump on this tune. She made it everything I hoped for and more. She has been really good to me over the last couple of years and I appreciate her greatly.”

The single arrives off the back of 6Music-playlisted ‘Sun for Someone’ (ft Joe Armon-Jones), ‘Your Saint’ (ft Brother Portrait), ‘Give Back What U Stole From Me’ and, most recently, ‘Joy Is You’. Have a listen to ‘Timeless below…

EP Review: Chances Ocean – Isaac B

Released earlier in the year, the piano-led single ‘Love Yourz’ leads the way with in ISAAC B‘s latest EP, ‘Chances Ocean’. The melodic piece which encourages us to be grateful for what we got, rather pining after other’s success stories, sets the tone for this conscious mini set.

‘Chances Ocean’ then takes on a meditative and somewhat a seductive stance on hip-hop and R&B, which arguably has a Tom Misch twang to it. The promising rapper covers a ray of topics – from paying homage to prominent figures who paved the way in hip-hop (in ‘I’m Here’), to contemplating the reason why the good die young and his desire to get a Grammy in honor of his late grandmother (in ‘Did You Further) and having that ego boost, while staying humble, as his career progresses (in ‘Lean’.)

When I first discovered Isaac B through his bass-heavy joint, ‘See No Evil, Hear No Evil (SNE HNE)’ last year, from that moment I knew he was a serious hip-hop contender who isn’t worry about following the crowd. Tracks ‘Oceans and Chances’ and ‘Yourz Truly’ (to me) reveals that side of him as a musician. Although he has sheer determination to make an impressive dent in the game, his priority is to stay true to himself rather than chasing ‘the fame’.

Sonically, I expected to hear some roaring thuds as in ‘SNE HNE’ – but it doesn’t mean that I was left disappointed. ‘Chances Ocean’ reveals to me that this conscious spitter can turn his hand to anything and I cannot to see how far his musical journey will take him.

Have a listen to ‘Chances Ocean’ below…

Must Listens: Love Yourz, Oceans and Chances, Higher Power