Song of the Day: Stubborn Love – Josh Kumra

Having topped the UK charts and performed on ‘Later… With Jools Holland’ before having released his debut album, ‘Good Things Come To Those Who Don’t Wait’, JOSH KUMRA suddenly found himself with a major record deal and under pressure to capitalise on the sudden exposure brought by his collaboration with Wretch 32 on ‘Don’t Go’. The single shot straight to #1 in the UK upon its release.

Most would assume this is the definition of ‘making it’ as a musician, but for Josh the unexpected publicity meant losing the original idea of ‘writing music from the heart’. He went on to admit: “Instead of having the time to perfect songs that reflected my life experiences and create an honest album, like I’ve always imagined, I felt vulnerable and lost against the many opinions and expectations from people around me”.

Stepping away from the rat race, Josh circles back to his true self to produce and record his latest single, ‘Stubborn Love’ a raw and honest piece which reflects the struggle of dedicating yourself to something for all the wrong reasons.

Available now on all download/streaming sites, ‘Stubborn Love’ is the first release Josh’s upcoming EP, ‘Pull Me Back In’ – slated for release in April.

Get the first taste of the EP and have a listen to ‘Stubborn Love’ below…

Craze 24 Drops Track, ‘Can’t Let You Go’, Featuring Kyla

Being a major player in the UK rap game since the days of Channel U, CRAZE 24 gears up to release debut album, ‘Dying to Live’. The fifteen track mixtape features some of Craze’s finest freestyles and freshest new tracks alongside his hit remix of ‘We Run the Roads’ and the highly acclaimed R&B single, ‘Everybody’s Got 2 Learn’, the album travels through various genres and spoken word to tell a larger tale of positive progression on a personal, social and cultural level. The album has features from D Double E, P Money, Stylo G, Kyla, Koder, Sickman and many more.

The lead single ‘Can’t Let You Go’ and album follows on from his previous hard-hitting release ‘Everybody’s Got 2 Learn’, where Craze 24 tackled the subject of gun and knife crime and launched his own youth diversionary project, leading to interviews with local press such as a double page spread in South London Press and Craze 24 being featured in Big Issue’s top community projects to look out for in 2020.

‘Can’t Let You Go’ fuses British hip-hop and modern Afrobeats and features the UK’s sweetheart Kyla, most notably known for her appearance on Drake’s smash hit record breaking number one single ‘One Dance’.

Check out the lyric video for ‘Can’t Let You Go’ below…

It’s Time To Figure Out Tia Carys In Brand New Track

Listed as one of The Independent’s ‘Ones To Watch’ for 2020, TIA CARYS fly kicks her way into the decade with her first offering of the season, ‘Figure Me Out’.

Making a mean statement of arrival, the record has been added straight onto Spotify playlists ‘New Music Friday’, ‘Rap UK’ and ‘We Move’ and follows on from her heavily supported and bold debut introduction ‘English x Ghana’, which dropped at the end of last year and awoke the UK music scene to her sound.

Evident from the outset on ‘Figure Me Out’, Tia Carys has an exceptionally refreshing aura and talent – at just 19-year-old! The production choice in itself breathes energy, intrigue and distinctiveness as the heady beat, skippy high hats and atenteben flute open this one woman show. Although a newcomer to the game, her confidence soars at level 100 as she delivers alternating flows that are something of a spectacle. Naturally switching between head spinning scattergun delivery and composed, deliberate punchline drops, her time spent dropping Instagram freestyles and building a loyal fanbase has all leant to her current arrival.

Growing her initial fanbase from Instagram by reworking tracks and freestyles from the worlds top artists including Drake, Fredo, Burna Boy, Nafe Smallz and Dave, it didn’t take long for the English/Ghanian rapper to catch the attention of Renowned, whose family she has now joined alongside Wretch 32 & Hamzaa.

Accompanied by sharp and polished visuals from collaborator Ray Fiasco, which see the rising star deliver a magnificently powerful performance, Tia says of the release: “English x Ghana was the introduction to who I am, now it’s time to Figure Me Out.”

Check – her – out below:

July Jones Delivers Video For Single ‘Switch It Off’

Having released the audio at the end of last year, JULY JONES unleashes the  video for single, ‘Switch It Off’.

Speaking on the release, the British-Slovene artist says: “The single is about waking up from a one-night-stand and constantly thinking about the person you were with the night before. This is exactly what happened to my boyfriend & I, I became obsessed with fantasying about him to the point I couldn’t switch it (my mind) off.”

The fierce production mirrors the obsession and shows Jones hooked up to multiple videos of previous sexual encounters. Each video is drip-fed through cables that connect the braids on her head to the televisions, playing each individual memory back to her.

Check it out below…

Ricardo Williams Delivers Single, ‘All I Need’, Featuring Yummy Bingham

After a phenomenal 2019, RICARDO WILLIAMS gives us the 3rd and final single from his critically acclaimed EP, ‘Intermission’ Vol 1 before and slew of new music and tour planned for 2020.

‘All I Need’ is a futuristic/cinematic take on R&B, which features the sensational vocals of R&B veteran Yummy Bingham.

Talking of the single, Ricardo  said: “I just wanted to create an EPIC love song. I grew up on big ballads and really wanted to bring back some of that energy but also throw some twists and turns in there. Giving you something different from me but still familiar.”

With continued support from Capital Xtra, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, Reprezent Radio, and more,
2019 was a big year for Williams, which witnessed the release of his debut EP and two sold out headline shows (London & Birmingham).

Check out Ricardo’s ‘All I Need’ below: