Album Review: Beautiful Sin – Some Kind Of Illness

Hailing from Manchester, brothers Paul and Mark Hinks – aka indie rock outfit, SOME KIND OF ILLNESS – latest album, ‘Beautiful Sin’, could be described as smooth as a Sunday morning with a tranquil introduction through instrumentals ‘Within A Shadow’ and ‘Ghost’ with the latter featuring a slight sinister spin on the album’s theme.

Third offering ‘A Moment In Time’, first offers a full set of vocals, that’s so smoothing, to the equally smooth and inmate setting. ‘A Lament Reprise’ adds another dimension to the album with its slight electronic drive to the production, uplifting a bed of atmospheric soundscapes similar to what’s offered in the previous productions. ‘Beautiful Sin’ also interrupts the album’s soothing vibe with the distorted and racing guitar riffs breaking through the production, giving off a feather-light and (perhaps 60’s-inspired) Americana feel.

The album concludes with ‘7 Days’, which ventures into a more sinister side of indie rock, with guest vocalist Jenny Jen shedding some light and sweetness to the whole arrangement.

Through their fourth album, SOME KIND OF ILLNESS has effortlessly combine two worlds – indie and rock music –  in a way that’s accessible to those who aren’t massive fans of the aforementioned genres. Have a listen to ‘Beautiful Sin’ below:

Must Listen: A Moment In Time 

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SOTD: Harleighblu AND Bluestaeb Drops The Ultimate Female Empowerment Anthem

UK R&B singer HARLEIGHBLU and neo-soul & hip-hop producer BLUESTAEB come through with beat-heavy empowerment anthem ‘Queeen Dem’, the third single off upcoming joint album ‘She’, due for release October 11th 2019

The song is inspired by popular poem “This is for the women who don’t give a fuck” by American writer Janne Robinson. HARLEIGHBLU took the fierce manifesto of the feminist activist and interpreted it her very own way: “I tried to capture the strength of the poem, with a nod to Janne, and then elaborate with my own take on completely owning your own womanhood. Within writing the first few lines, I entitled the piece Queeen Dem. Queeen gets 3 E’s to accentuate the fact you are a queen.”

The empowering lyrics are driven by BLUESTAEB‘s impeccable production, which gives a nod to the 90’s era of boom-bap hip-hop. Following on from previous singles ‘Cake’ and ‘Present’, both picking up critical acclaim from the likes of Wonderland, Clash, The Line Of Best Fit, Dummy, as well as support from BBC 1Xtra and BBC 6, this new release continues the pair’s steady trajectory and keeps with the impressive musical standard they set for themselves.

Check out the video for ‘Queen Dem’ below:

Hayreezy Drops The Last Of The ‘Summer Vibrations’ In Latest Video

 HAYREEZY steps out of East London and is putting his own twist on alternative rap with his latest drop ‘Summer Vibrations’ taken from his ‘Inspired’ EP.  The video for the single recently dropped over on GRM Daily.

The track features beautiful hazy vocals from Jody Clayton and a feature from frequent collaborator Touri$t, who HAYREEZY previously teamed up with for the former’s ‘Doing Bits’ record. .

For the eagle eyed amongst us, HAYREEZY may well have a familiar face having started his creative journey as an actor, securing roles in ‘Les Miserables’ and the smash hit film ‘Inbetweeners 2’. He then went and lived in Long Beach for a year, calling this his ‘epiphany year’. Having released his debut single ‘2AM’ via GRM Daily in January 2018, he has been on his musical grind since, performing across London venues, and releasing further singles ‘W.I.W.T, Life is What You Make It, Teen Titan & Walking In The Air’.

Taken from his 6-track alternative rap EP ‘Inspired’, ’Summer Vibrations’ features a rap style that draws inspiration from the roots of funk, jazz and soul, it compliments the chorus which is reminiscent of the 1950’s style with the hushed and crackly tones. Part of a ‘Woke and Wavy Gxng’ who practise living life to the fullest, whilst doing what they can to help other unlock that ability within themselves too. HAYREEZY conforms to this with a woke and wavy sound; he is the epitome of alternative rap that cannot be boxed in.

Check out the perfect soundtrack for the last days of summer below…

Benny Bizzie Gets ‘Lucky’ In His Latest Video

Following his feature with single ‘More’, which stole the blog’s Song of the Day hot spot, BENNY BIZZIE returns, teaming up with UK producer Cee Figures (Afro B, Tion Wayne, Chip) on producing the synth-driven record, ‘Lucky’

The latest single is a gratitude song for those people who show up daily for us and the strangers we encounter who smother us with love and affection. In the accompanied production, Benny hooks up with a mysterious lady with promise of love and playfulness.

The UK R&B singer has previously collaborated with likes of Ghetts and Wretch 32. Bizzie has also received air play from DJ Ace (BBC 1xtra), Ras Kwame and Charlie Sloth. His previous second single, ‘More’ received over 11,000 streams on Spotify and over 50,000 views on YouTube.

Check out the video to Benny’s smooth sizzler below…

Song of the Day: One Last Kiss (Remix) – Kehli

London-based pop starlet KEHLI presents her latest single ‘One Last Kiss’ (feat Kid Eternal & Sam Ojo) via Rough Bones LTD. The track was mixed by Jake Gordon (Tinie Tempah, Dizzie Rascal,) and mastered by Stuart Hawkes (Anne Marie, Raye, Rudimental, Clean Bandits) KEHLI has worked acclaimed producers including MSRD and Cam Poole (Dua Lipa, Mabel, Raye) and has shared the stage with Irish pop acts Josh Gray and also Soulé. The track has already reached Top 5 positions in UK Club charts including contemporary pop, urban and  club urban as noted in Music Week, and received radio airplay from BBC Radio 1’s Charlie Hedges and Melvin as well as Kiss FM. The young songstress has already racked up over 215K streams across her Spotify alone, with 44K monthly listeners, and seen support from When The Horn Blows, The Digital Fix, CelebMix, Vents Magazine, and Chill Sounds Good.

Originally hailing from Dublin, 18-year old KEHLI is fast rising to the top as a vocalist and performer with a soulful, passionate and unique interpretation of contemporary pop music. She attended stage school from the age of 5 and is a professional contemporary, hip hop and ballet dancer. However, it was when footage of her singing Jorja Smith’s ‘Let Me Down’ went viral on Instagram, racking up 22K views in its first 48hrs, and gaining her a cult following, that KEHLI truly answered her call to music.

With a passion for pop music, KEHLI is inspired confident and empowered pop purveyors such as Anne Marie, Adele and Raye. Her buoyant energy and ability to put her own stamp on current pop sounds, is sure to soon see the young starlet cementing her place alongside contemporary pop counterparts such as Halsey, Dua Lipa.

‘One Last Kiss’ finds KEHLI hitting the sweet spot between imagination and accessibility, while also allowing her to showcase her dynamic vocals. The underlying Spanish feel of the track delivers a vivid, spirited engagement – propulsive, and breathtakingly confident. ‘One Last Kiss’ is a concise introduction to an artist who has quickly crafted a style and perspective all her own, with an unapologetic approach to driving pop forwards to exciting new ground.

Speaking of the single, KEHLI says, “My love of pop music influenced ‘One Last Kiss’ for sure! I’m constantly listening to the different styles of pop and trying to blend the various vibes and grooves into my sound. ‘One Last Kiss’ has a slight spanish tone to it so you can tell it has some of those influences and a light summer feel which I love”.

check out the single below: