Song of the Day: In Love And War – XamVolo

Described as the “the future” by BBC Radio 1 DJ and tastemaker Mistajam,  XAMVOLO drops a vibe-heavy single ‘In Love & War’ –  a cross pollination of soul, electronica and R&B – ahead of his EP.

In the last 12 months, the 24-year-old has risen to the attention of critics and music fans the world over thanks to his impressionist re-imaginings of neo-soul, jazz and pop. He’s played Glastonbury, sold out multiple headline London shows, been compared with everyone from D’Angelo to Anderson Paak and released an acclaimed EP and debut album, ‘All The Sweetness on the Surface’.

‘All The Sweetness on the Surface’ is powerful and emotive collection of song
writing mastery and a testament to XAMVOLO’s cinematic method of creating worlds within his
music, it tells a neo-noir story of a protagonist who finds themselves confronted with a hive
containing a black honey substance that can grant them their every desire.

XamVolo

The album is split into two parts, life before the discovery of the black honey and the grim consequences of life after, in which we’re shown the dark side of getting everything you ever wanted at the click of a finger. The bulk of the album was produced by XAMVOLO himself, but also sees collaborations with heavyweight producers AV and Paul Phamous (Frank Ocean) as well as Bruno Major, Fred Cox and Freddie Joachim.

Listen to the master at work with ‘In Love and War’:

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SOTD: MARC JONES KEEPS IT ‘REAL’ WITH INTROSPECTIVE NEW SINGLE

From the thick of South London, MARC JONES switches the motive and strips life back to its authentic and humble meanings as the wordsmith delivers his single ‘Real’ from forthcoming EP ‘Progress’ alongside the video, premiered exclusively with VENTS Magazine.

With an identity shaped by local realities, Marc uses his musical stories to conjure authentic images of the many negatives he’s witnessed in life, yet his message remains positive and inspirational, giving purpose to his work. You can find this message weaving its way through torment and self analysis throughout his records and new joint ‘Real’ feels like one of the most poignant to date.

Using metaphors and highlighting the modern day desire to find popularity and seek approval from others, especially via social media, Marc  asks himself the reasons why and retaliates to it with the necessity to find a purpose driven existence.

Marc Jones

Growing up in the streets of Croydon as a young black man, Jones faced stigma and challenges, something he talks freely in with his music, but his disinterest in life’s peripheral perks opens an avenue for deeper conversations in his records, bringing with it relatable subjects that resonate to the heart of the listener. The forthcoming 6 track ‘Progress’ EP, executively produced by RP9 (Chip, AJ X Deno, Sophia Grace) will share a plethora of his own truths and experiences, varying in mood and topics, extending the authenticity that this fascinating rapper is exuding in his work.

Watch the video to Marc’s most honest work to date…

Ryan De La Cruz Mixes R&B And Dream-Trap Seamlessly In ‘Stubborn’

22-year-old singer RYAN DE LA CRUZ returns with a trap tinged, R&B joint ‘Stubborn’, the second single off his forthcoming EP ‘Syko’

Originally launched into the spotlight in 2017 with single ‘Know About Me’, which quickly surpassed one million views and was crowned ’the best rap video of 2017′ by DJ Semtex, Ryan has been a tearing up the scene for a while. He is now back in full force following the success of his collaboration with Ghetts and S Wavey on ‘Player’ and critically acclaimed single ’Syko’ earlier this year.

Drawing influences from the likes of Michael Jackson, D’Angelo and Chris Brown as well as his tough East London upbringing, Ryan has been setting himself apart from the new generation of UK talent. He injects soulful R&B feels into his fruitful plethora of inspiration, while making it an aim to sing about real-life, important issues.

This upcoming EP is a true testament to this and highlights Ryan’s unique way of thinking. ‘Syko’ is a conceptual body of work, playing on the different facets of his personality with singles like ‘Stubborn’, ‘Crazy’, ‘Rockstar’ and of course, ‘Syko’. The project is an ode to being accepting of who you are, and as Ryan states: “We’ve all got a sense of craziness, be cool with that, it’s ok to be syko”. Using his passion for playing on the juxtaposition of emotion and concept, each track and video really highlight his undeniable eye for fashion and art that has forever been setting him apart from the rest.

With ‘Stubborn’ as a somewhat warm up for what’s he has under his sleeve – so brace yourself for his conceptual greatness! This young artist has truly up’ed the ante this year and this is only the beginning.

Check him out below…

New Music Video: An Ordinary Life – Grace Lightman

Describing her sound as one part Abba and two parts Twin Peaks, GRACE LIGHTMAN unveiled a rather earthy video for latest single, ‘An Ordinary Life’.

Speaking of her alt-soul offering, Grace says: “An Ordinary Life is a love song to the human race, from the perspective of the Silver Eater. It’s bittersweet as it comes from a place of awareness that she will never be able to have the ordinary life she wants, almost like an unrequited love.

This is one of the more personal songs on the record, capturing the alienation in a wistful way that I hope people can relate to. In our moments of vulnerability we do just wish we could fit in, even if we know we shouldn’t try to”

Signed to London based indie label, Handsome Dad Records (home to the likes of Inc. No World, Babeheaven etc), Grace has received support from 6Music and Radio One with previous single, ‘Zero Impact’.

Check out the video for ‘An Ordinary Life’ below:

Song of the Day: Common Sense – Teri Eloise

Just in time for Summer with a perfect mix of laid-back island vibes and emotionally laden lyrics, British Trinidadian singer/songwriter TERI ELOISE presents her third single, ‘Common Sense’ into today’s limelight.

Speaking of her latest release, which received a seal of approval by BBC introducing, Teri says: “While writing Common Sense, I was reflecting on past relationships and remembering the many instances where my love/infatuation for others blinded me to a point where I was allowing myself to be used and mistreated. This song is me taking a step back and asking myself, where’s all my common sense? Why am I allowing this?”

Accompanied by colourful and trendy filter-infused visuals which highlights Teri’s playful side, ‘Common Sense’ follows her last release, ‘Lose Myself’ backed by a feel-good beat and infectious chorus.

Teri is set to perform this breezy banger alongside her female empowering debut single ‘Blossom’ and soulfully sweet ‘Lose Myself’ today (1st August) at Camden’s Dublin Castle.

Check out the video for single, ‘Common Sense’.