Song of the Day: Same Again – Char

Following her critically acclaimed debut single ‘Control’, which was met with rave reviews from the likes of BBC Introducing, Lefuturewave, DiscoverNU, and Mercato Metropolitano Radio, Berkshire singer and songwriter CHAR‘s first offering of 2020 ‘Same Again’ is a mesmerising offering with warm R&B and lush pop sensibilities, led by CHAR’s smooth vocal and effortlessly soulful delivery, underpinned by a slow-building jazz-soul fusion minimalist musical backdrop, which allows CHAR to steal the show from start to finish.

The latest release sees CHAR looking introspectively at the cyclic repetitive behavior. She explains: “We often find ourselves trapped in, not considering the effects of doing the same thing again and again, and expecting a different result – whether it’s going back to that one person time and time again, or repeating the same night out over and over again. The track is a bit of hard nudge for me, but there’s also a self-soothing aspect to the track, where I’m saying ‘let’s not beat ourselves up too much’, because life is already tricky enough to navigate through as it is”.

Check out the video for the single below…

Song of the Day: Taxi – Average Joe

AVERAGE JOE’s single,‘Taxi’, is an ambitious, intense and eclectic listen, sat on a grooving rhythm made further compelling by bluesy jazz flourishes, soulful charisma and spades of Northern wit.

This artist takes the very ordinariness of everyday life – the mundanity, heartache, hard graft, and little victories and twists it all into something transformative, and hopeful. Brooding front-man Joe was raised in Stoke-on-Trent, an ex-industrial area whose cultural heritage – a thriving Northern Soul scene – Jimi Hendrix once playing in what is now a Wetherspoons, has slowly been eroded into a city sometimes known for little more than the birthplace of Robbie Williams.

Growing up, the escapist (yet seemingly unreachable) possibilities of music were made clear to Joe from an early age – his mum sang folk lullabies to him from the womb onwards, whilst his landlord Dad’s “working-class attitude, yet aristocratic high standards” exposed Joe to classic, confessional storytellers such as John Martyn and Tom Waits. Joe felt emboldened to sign up for the school musical, but one scrappy year of bullying later threw himself instead into the local post-punk scene, where his frustrations and fears were filtered into the idea of writing your own songs instead.

Now as inspired by vintage soul, hip-hop and classic R&B as the caustic spirit of Sleaford Mods or Mike Skinner, Average Joe takes timeless themes and renders them razor-sharp on the conditions of the present day….

Watch the video for ‘Taxi’ below…

J. Kas Pays Homage To His ‘#Hometown’ In Brand New Video

After travelling across Portugal, for over a year through his Dreamlife tour, collaborating with various upcoming artists including singer Catarina Lima (for single, ‘Lightwork’) and Breana Marin (for single, ‘Reckless’), rapper J. KAS returns home to Sheffield, for the brand new, Michael Krause-directed video for smooth R&B/hip-hop joint, ‘#Hometown’, featuring Chicago’s R&B singer June B.

Featuring the Sheffield spitter roaming around the town he calls home, the four-and-a-half minute video was produced from the demand of J. KAS‘ growing fanbase.

‘#Hometown’ forms part of his 2019 EP bearing the same name. The single is now available on:
iTunes // Spotify // TikTok  // Tidal // Deezer // Amazon  // Google Play

Follow J. Kas via:
Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube // SoundCloud 

Check out the video for ‘#Hometown’ below…

JimiDaKilla Drops ‘This One’s For/Cognac Arcade’ Video Alongside EP ‘Cognac Arcade’

JIMIDAKILLA’s long-awaited debut EP, ‘Cognac Arcade’, has finally touched down with the release of the two part video ‘This One’s For/Cognac Arcade’. This intricately themed musical journey is an interwoven tapestry packed with storytelling, humour, personality and hip-hop/pop sequenced beats. ‘This One’s For / Cognac Arcade’ offers the listener ‘goldfish bowl’ access into the crazy and colourful world of our Derby native.

Although ‘Cognac Arcade’ is Jimi’s first ‘solo flight’ he’s been performing, recording and releasing with his ‘widely respected’ Derby rap collective Local Geezers for some time. With co-signs from the likes of SBTV’s Jamal Edwards, Grime MC Kamikaze & Link Up TV, Local Geezers have built up a solid reputation in the UK Rap scene for quality music over the past few years, releasing two solid EPs, a handful of high-end music videos, hilarious video and audio podcast programs whilst continuously developing and honing the Local Geezer’s brand position and strategy.

With this video, along with the 6 track EP ‘Cognac Arcade’, is looking to take the crown as one of the most exciting underground UK rap releases of 2020…

Check him out in action below…

Song of the Day: Vices – Alfie Neale

Originally from Dorset, now based in Brighton, singer-songwriter ALFIE NEALE has been steadily building his fanbase with songs full of emotion and blunt honesty, where he pours his soul into every lyrics he writes.

His latest ‘Vices’ is a true testament of the above, as it reflects the compilation of his experience of moving to a new city (Brighton) and living with five of his best friends for two years. The song describes the importance of the little things in life, and how much support friends must show each other through the hard times. Although the bottom line of the song is serious there are less serious aspects to the song such as simple case of not having enough money to get a taxi home from a night out in Brighton.

The track is part of Alfie’s forthcoming five-track EP Titled ‘If My World Falls Apart’, set for release in March. To support the EP Release, Alfie will be playing a London headline show on April 30th at Colours Hoxton and a short run of city festivals including Live at Leeds, Hit The North and Liverpool Sound City.

Have a listen to this stunning track below…