ÒLAH BLISS is the definition of a powerful goddess who is certain to be an icon for girls everywhere, and this icon is about to come smashing onto the music scene when she releases her debut EP that is set to teach the world about sexuality, liberation and shattering conventions, and the class starts at 13:20, and trust me you don’t want to be late.
The classroom is ÒLAH’s transcendental debut EP – ‘13:20′ and she brings these themes through her experimental soul sound and sensual, erotic, highly captivating and flawless production that has an essence of Bjork infused with vocals that will bring forward memories of Macy Gray with a touch of Erykah Badu.
ÒLAH BLISS uses her debut ‘13:20′ to capture the moment when a woman finds liberation in her power, and the overall line up of 13:20 is strong and powerful but yet remains delicate and beautiful taking inspiration from an array of sounds and eras. 13:20 denotes the time ÒLAH BLISS was born and her 13:20 debut EP marks her rebirth.
The EP is out on the 25th of February and you can check out an official cheeky video preview of track ‘School Me’ that features ÒLAH and artist Dwele right here. So wet those appetites and get ready for an EP that promises to empower, entertain, seduce and most importantly bring ÒLAH BLISS into the spotlight that she deserves.
The Anglo-Russian singer and producer Shura has just released the visuals for ‘Indecision’ which is her first single since she signed with Polydor back in September. Shura has the same nack for creating breathy subtle and sensual music that Jessie Ware has, and its such a refreshing take on Electronic/pop music. This new single is simply stunning and completely addictive with its 70’s/80’s infused element layered with that 90’s RnB.
The visuals for this track are just as brilliant, as the themes are based around a journey and a change, and give a beautiful take on gender, sexuality and identity assumptions. What is so great is that this all leads to questions, and the viewers own interpretations of what Shura’s vision was. The themes of the video are subtle and compelling and coincide so perfectly with the whole aesthetic of the track, which leaves no question as to how the song was in New Music We Trust-listed at Radio 1, and reached iTunes’ Top 10 on the Electronic chart.
Shura was also recently listed for the BBC Sound Poll, and has just been confirmed for SXSW, and as well as all of this she is currently writing and recording songs for her debut album, that is due for release later this year, so keep your eyes peeled for that date.
Shura really is a women with a plan as she just seems to constantly be on the rise, so check out her latest offering right here –
The Reading based 4 piece Sundara Karma who have previously been getting some attention for their unique indie sound, are now bringing you the first track to be taken from their forth coming ‘EPI’ that is titled ‘Loveblood’. Loveblood sees the band take a new route in their sound with an essence of Arcade Fire bringing a more powerful approach to their music then we have previously heard. ‘Loveblood‘ is fuelled with raspy indie rock creating a track that is utterly euphoric and proving that this quartet can really up their game, leaving me in great anticipation for their ‘EPI’ which is set to be released on February the 23rd via 203 Recordings.
Joseph O’Connell, aka Elephant Micah, his set to release his latest album Where In Our Woods on January 20th via Western Vinyl. This will be his 12th album release and yet the first to be released via a major record label as in the past he has self released his albums or worked with small labels. This release follows teaser tracks “By the Canal” and “Slow Time Vultures”, and now the Indiana folk genius has teamed up with Will Oldham aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy for a new single entitled “Demise of the Bible Birds”.
O’Connell and Bonnie make for a brilliant duo as the two different sets of vocals harmonise together so coherently and accentuate each others own unique sounds.
Stream the new track below and keep your eyes peeled for the album release because it promises to be winner.
‘Dream Story’ is the stunning new track from London-based singer/songwriter Laura Groves and it comes straight off her forth coming ‘Committed Language’ EP which is set for release via DEEK Recordings on the 16th of February. ‘Dream Story’ is a rather surprising change in direction for the young artist as this new track is infused with subtle 80’s pop sounds. What is not surprising however, is that that the song is utterly beautiful, and with Laura’s last Blue Roses LP that was released back in 2009 and blew me away, it is now great to see that she hasn’t lost her touch, just freshened things up.
Laura’s new track charms and enchants the listener and completely captures your full attention with its warm sounding keys and her exquisite vocals that are so compelling, and if her upcoming EP is as beguiling as this song then 2015 promises to be a great year for Laura.
If you are a fan of the likes of Alice Boman or music with that similar Nordic feel then you will love the new offerings of Siv Jakobsen. This new track is titled ‘How We Used To Live’ and is a beautifully haunting song that comes hand in hand with a stunning set of visuals, set where I can only imagine to be somewhere in Norway, of which is where this young emerging star was born and raised.
Siv’s vocals are utterly captivating and the whole aesthetic of this gentle ballad is stunning and you will almost feel your heart aching when you hear it – with the lo-fi guitars, chilling piano riffs and vocals of an angel (with a kind of darker edge). ‘How We Used To Love’ is not for the weak hearted, but do not fear Siv’s beautiful tone somehow manages to ease you into a safe place so you know it will all be okay.
Check out the latest video and see all the beautiful settings Norway (I think) have to offer, along with a song that will leave you breathless –
Lusts is a dark pop duo made up of Andy and James Stone, brothers from Leicester in the off set of their career, and they are already offering us some extremely exciting sounds. They are taking us back in time to the 80’s which is as equally refreshing as it is over due, and with their debut single ‘Temptations’ they are providing an all round flash back with a modern twist and it is nothing short of genius.
AA-side single “Temptation”/”Cross” will be released on the 2nd of March via 1965 Records and the brothers are also set to perform at Dalston’s Birthdays on the 27th of January, of which will be their second ever show.
You may not think you know who Jimmy Napes is but trust me you will have heard music he has helped create. That’s right he may not be a house hold name (YET) but Jimmy has collaborated with some of the biggest names, and biggest singles of last year including a co-writing credit on Sam Smith’s massive hit ‘Stay With Me’, which earned him a Grammy nomination, as well as further behind-the-scenes work with artists such as Disclosure (“Together”), and Mary J. Blige (on her most recent release, The London Sessions).
However now it is Jimmy’s time in the spotlight as he releases his own original track ‘Give It Up’, which was produced by Howard Lawrence from Disclosure. ‘Give It Up’ is the debut single from his forth coming EP ‘The Making Of Me’ which is due out in the early part of this year. The track is extremely catchy but not in a frustrating way, it hooks you in with an almost retro undertone and Jimmy’s array of vocals from polished falsetto to his equally strong bottom line vocal, this song is an all round winner and sure to see Jimmy get the recognition he deserves.
Stream the track below and get your self accustomed to the name and sounds of Jimmy Nape
Ever fallen for someone you weren’t supposed to ? ….
Well then you will be able to truly empathise with the beautiful and highly entrancing new track from the stunning British new comer Robyn Sherwell. The latest song is titled ‘Pale Lung’ and has a real laid back R&B vibe that is incredibly emotional but still remains accessible to a listener.
The track is all about the mixture of guilt and desire at that moment when you feel a spark or fall for someone you know you really shouldn’t pursue…. which lets be honest must be something we have all experienced. If you haven’t felt this then I’m sorry but I’m sure that feeling will hit you at some point in the future, and when it does I hope ‘Pale Lung’ is the first thing that comes into your head.
I have heard a couple of Robyn’s singles over the past year, and even though they have garnered her lots of online support, this track to me has stepped it up a level and demonstrates her real unique sound and style. A lot of artists try this niche but many try and fail, but it appears that this singer songwriter is here to stay, and with soothing vocals like those I cant wait to hear what’s next.
This delicate song is RnB meets pop with a soulful edge and it will take you into a different world, so check it out right here and let the music work its magic –
Singer Nate Salman first grabbed my attention back in October last year when he featured on Les Sins‘ disco-pop track, “Why” and now he has once again gave my ears a hug with this new song and with his new and exciting Oakland 5 piece band Waterstrider. The track is titled ‘White Light’ and features beautiful falsetto from Mr Salman along with a playful ryhthm section and raspy guitar riffs that create a dreamy song representing that of an accomplished band, not a new one.
The single ‘White Light’ is set to be released as a double A-side along with a track titled ‘Calliope’ on the 29th January. This will be featured on the band’s debut, Nowhere Now, that is out later this year.