Following the release of his 2021 EP ‘034’, which claimed the blog’s Album of the Month title twice in March and April, Nigerian artist, OLOYE COLDMAN is back with a new dimension, taking his culture to the next best level with something spectacularly new touch to the game…
‘Out Here’ is a record used to project the journey in the world, ups and downs and how grace and favor has found a way to uplift the beliefs. Check it out below…
TILLY VALENTINE‘s latest single ‘Retail Therapy (feat. edbl)’ tells a light-hearted, witty story about shameless quick fixes. Written during the 2020 lockdown, Valentine says: “I wrote ‘Retail Therapy’ after the postman asked why I had so many deliveries! I was distracting myself with quick fixes; instead of rationally seeking therapy, I found retail therapy was a much more appealing alternative!”
Valentine effortlessly reveals her trademark jazzy influences in her latest offering; an elegant vocal which matches effortlessly with horns and soulful beats. With previous spots on New Music Friday, Low-Key and more, Valentine and edbl have collaborated on two previous songs ‘Table for Two’ and ‘Symmetry’, gaining over two million streams with playlistings across Starbucks, Costa and various retail stores.
Hailing a small town in Oxfordshire, Valentine moved to London aged 16 to attend The BRIT School, where her journey began following her debut single. Her tracks soothed the ears of many tastemakers having been awarded “Best Music Video” by Music Republic Magazine for her self-directed video. Since then, her angelic debut EP ‘Nothing Left to Say’, was broadcast by BBC Radio 6 championing her “beautiful pop music”, as did The BBC Introducing Mixtape. Her more recent releases ‘Calendar Girl’ and ‘Gin & Tonic’ have proven her to be a breakthrough artist to watch.
Tilly set the bar really high for 2021 with the addictive single ‘Retail Therapy’, Out now on your favourite music provider. Check it out below…
Taken from his self-produced EP, ‘El Paradiso’ JEZTLS‘ latest single , ‘Affair’ sees the producer take the spotlight, providing his own vocals for the first time in his career. The lyrics tackle his experience of sexual assault whilst studying abroad in France.
In just over two minutes, the track deals with the trauma head-on, he glides through vocal styles of singing and rapping, taking influence from the alternative R&B world of James Blake and the grime music he encountered growing up in England.
Speaking on the track he says: “Affair to me is such a representative song. I dealt with so much hurt after being assaulted, I spent two weeks stuck in a tiny room in student accommodation in a foreign country. I was so stunned after it happened, it felt like it took a lifetime to fully process – so when I finally got out of bed and pulled up this beat I’d made for another artist’s session, the truth all fell out.
I’d previously planned to release a collaboration album, it was all set for the end of April, but after the assault it just fell apart and I realised I was the only person that could speak my own truth. It’s funny producing and writing for other people all your life, then one day something clicked and I realised as much as I hate my own voice – singing these songs myself is the most courageous and honest thing I can do as an artist. The structure of Affair fully allowed me to channel the different notions I went through: Denial, Pain and Anger. I’m not a rapper but I knew that I had so much to address in the final verse – it just came out like that.“
Watch the official video for ‘Affair’, directed by Luc Chief of Sprayfilms.
Directed by Doug Bernardt, who was awarded the Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Entertainment for Music for the short film Bluesman, MASEGO‘s official video for ‘Mystery Lady (Sego’s Remix) bursts with brilliant colours, with a deep appreciation for the sensuality and rhythms of everyday life. Masego sings as he explores the streets, alleys and courtyards of Mexico City, encountering dance partners along the way and reveling in the city’s natural beauty.
To date, ‘Mystery Lady’ has soared over 100 million streams. Sego’s remix and the original version of the song – ‘Mystery Lady Ft. Don Toliver’ – appear on Studying Abroad: Extended Stay (EQT Recordings/Capitol Records), the deluxe edition of Masego’s acclaimed 2020 EP.
Masego made his breakthrough with his 2018 debut album ‘Lady Lady’, where lead single, ‘Tadow’, surpassed over one billion global streams. The song is certified Platinum in the U.S., Diamond in Brazil and Gold in Mexico. Hailed as a “musical polyglot” by the Los Angeles Times, Masego is a singular talent and surprising presence – a saxophone player, a singer, a rapper, a comedian, a DJ. NPR Music praised him as “musical shapeshifter, the creator of a blueprint for a new kind of sound.”
Following his Song of the Day debut on the blog with neon-electro single, ‘Together Forever’ back in April, VON MARLON releases brand new single, ‘Save It’, which encompasses his underground trademark of Ambient, Hip-Hop and dance.
Documenting the anticipation and patient longing for social interaction with loved ones when things return to normal, ‘Save It’ is an uptempo piece compared to previous, releases ‘Together Forever’ and ‘Closer’, as it possesses soulful-ish funky bass, reminiscent of 90s dance music.
With this hope of the world reopening, Von Marlon is looking forward to booking some more shows around Berlin later in the year along with a newly anticipated EP in November.
Check out the lyric video to Van Marlon’s ‘Save It’ below…