Song of the Day: Can’t F With – J-Onyx

Emerging with an air of mystery J-ONYX has a presence that can’t be ignored. Commanding attention with her deep tone and dynamic flows, her first release ‘Can’t F With’ captures her innate and undeniable talent as an artist. Her latest release has already landed support by DJ Target on BBC 1Xtra, DJ Shortee Blitz on his KISS FM and KISS Fresh show and Charlie Sloth will be adding the track as his Hood Heat of the week and he will also support on his Apple Music playlist. Choosing to keep her identity concealed for the time being, J-Onyx wants to let her music do the talking, as often young female artists can be over sexualized in the music industry. Catapulting through the ranks she joins the ‘Champions League’ as she ‘eliminates all of the tournaments’ and earns a rightful place as a one to watch in the UK rap scene.

The serendipitous calling to become a rapper can be pinpointed back to November 2019 where she was teasingly dared by her friends to rap an off-the-top-of-the-head freestyle and upload it onto her Instagram. Gaining an overwhelming reaction, the freestyle uncovered her natural gift with rhymes and flows and allowed her to nurture the talent into a dream career. To date she has released 3 freestyles on Instagram and her second freestyle for ‘Murda Murda’ received some strong support and was picked up by DJ Shortee Blitz and DJ MK on the KISS FM Hop Hop show.

Her exposure to music was planted long before the freestyle and the London based British rapper, singer and songwriter grew up immersed in a musical household. Building the fabric of her musical DNA her mother and elder siblings introduced her to an assorted collection of music, which ranged from Reggae, Dancehall and Hip Hop to UK Garage, Afrobeats, Rock and Indie. Her musical roots grew beyond her immediate family as her uncle was also a member of reggae band UB40.

Going against the conventional route, J-Onyx followed her own path, although she had the encouragement of her family she dropped out of school at a young age and found herself in challenging situations. What became evident was that the music was a constant and the turning point was getting into Brit School and attending drama school. Since her studies her path has led her to explore performing arts as well as pursuing a career in the property business. She has now found herself gravitating towards music as solo artist and ‘Can’t F With’ is a great introduction to her sound.

Check her out below…

Song of the Day: Cosmic Heart – Becky Bowe

The title track of her latest album, released earlier this month, UK singer-songwriter BECKY BOWE‘s ethereal love song, ‘Cosmic Heart’, radiates pure emotion. The single carries light tinges of jazz as smooth trumpet is brought in to resonate with the songstresses’ voice.

Based on the man who would eventually become her fiance, the single showcases a young woman’s tenacity in the knowledge that she had found her soulmate. Ending on a strong note with a choir entering at full strength, a choral element is brought forward, reinforcing the celestial soundscapes.

Speaking of the single, Becky Bowe shares further insight: “This song is really personal to me. I wrote it when I was 18 years old when I first started going out with my now fiancé. I was so used to writing the stereotypical break up song which always worked a treat however this time round I was feeling feelings that I didn’t know how to put on paper. I then started writing a song about him and about how amazing he is as a person and that’s where the song came to life. This song is just about an out of this world love that you find or have with someone.”

Produced and engineered by Aidan Thompson who, as part of Max Restaino’s band, played as the supporting act for Rebecca Ferguson, UB40 and Tears for Fears, ‘Cosmic Heart’ follows Becky’s previous single, ’That’s How Love Works’, which reached Number 9 in the UK iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts.

Watch the video for the emotive ‘Cosmic Heart’ below…

Reggae Collective Kioko Releases Brand New Single, ‘Let’s Be Frank’

Fresh off their 36 date UK and European tour with reggae giants UB40, Birmingham-based group KIOKO hit the ground running with the release of their new single ‘Let’s Be Frank’.

Focusing on candid, heartfelt lyricism and heavyweight rhythms, the single captures the impeccable live sound of the reggae collective, encompassing the energy from their high octane performances. ‘Let’s Be Frank’ is bristling with fresh reggae rhythms, captivating horns and buoyant vocal energy, sitting comfortably within a timeless reggae tempo.

Performing alongside UB40, The Wailers, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and garnering support from Louder Than War, Huffington Post UK, London Live as well as airplay from BBC Radio 1, 1XTRA and BBC 6 Music, ‘Let’s Be Frank’ is an effortless display of KIOKO’s ability to curate empowering anthems infused with blistering reggae rhythms.

Check out the video below…