Alternative, R&B | London-based singer SAI drops new single “SHAME”

Posted by on June 28, 2021

 London-based singer, songwriter & visual artist SAI (pronounced ‘say’, a backronym for ‘Sing About It’) treats us to the final piece of art from her EP ‘RE’: a song entitled ‘Shame’. A straight-up R&B classic, this break-up song sees SAI handling the blowout like a queen. Her slick lyrics inject a major dose of female kick-ass attitude, with just enough vulnerability for fans to relate to the emotions. Far from bitter, she sings:” Shame on you boy, it’s a shame for you boy” – let’s just say, we wouldn’t wanna be that guy! The track is blessed with SAI’s consistently dreamy vocals, showcasing her sultry lower tones in the verses, with some very Mariah-esque backing vocals in the pre-chorus, before soaring up to a stunning falsetto in the sing-along chorus. Smooth soulful R&B chords played by a light-hearted synth set the mood of the track from the start, followed by the hard-hitting 808’s and drums punching through the chorus. This mid-tempo break-up anthem draws influence from renowned producers like “The Underdogs” with a vibe so fresh, yet so reminiscent of the ‘Back in The Day” R&B we love and miss so much.

R&B | MIIESHA Brings a Message of Strength with New Single/Video “Damaged”

Posted by on May 17, 2021

R&B singer-songwriter Miiesha is known for music that “captures the complexity of the individual Indigenous experience through universally appealing songs” (ABC Australia) and today, she returns with “Damaged”, an unabashedly vulnerable take on intergenerational trauma and grief.  Produced by LUCIANBLOMKAMP (6lack) with vocal production from Simon Cohen (Justin Beiber), “Damaged” showcases the depth of Miiesha’s soulful vocals and ability to convey the intricacies of the human experience, taking listeners on a deep dive into the pain and disconnect that accompanies familial loss.

Released alongside the single, is the stunningly cinematic visual for “Damaged”. Featuring images of Miiesha’s real family (her brothers, sister, and aunt), viewers are given an intimate look into a family’s struggle as they wrestle with feelings of grief, each member doing so in their own unique way. 

In the visual project, Miiesha is faced with the difficulty of letting go after losing her grandmother, who is symbolically represented as the car she’s sitting in–damaged itself and unable to help carry the family forward. Despite the turbulence of the family’s mourning and each of their individual struggles, when the chorus hits, the conflict ends and dancing begins. Miiesha explains this shift “shows that you cannot break away from your family, your bloodline, your connection, no matter how much pain lies between you.” Ultimately realizing that despite this she must overcome, reclaim her power and find her own way to move forward for herself.

R&B | Rising R&B Artist Lina Nikol Embraces Desire In Steamy New Single “Get It On”

Posted by on March 31, 2021

We’ve all experienced it, the raw attraction toward another person that takes your breath away. On Friday March 26th, singer-songwriter, Lina Nikol, paints that emotion so clearly in her steamy new single “Get It On.” The song starts off a bit timid and shy, but then immediately introduces the sound of vital signs as the heart flutters awake. “Get it On” does the perfect job of embodying the burning desire to satisfy an unexplainable connection. 

“The song is a confession about the uncontrolled desire to love someone. It’s about the feeling that draws you to a person, but you can’t really put it into words why. You just need to be with him/her. We’ve all been there – the feeling of a really deep connection, raw emotion, and it’s not necessarily with a person you know well,” said Lina Nikol. 

“Get it On” is the lead track for her upcoming album “Who I Am”.  After already recording 7 tracks of her album, she knew right away this would be the single. The idea begins with a melody she keeps humming and records as a voice note. Two quick phone calls later and the dynamic production introduced by BOYAN, brought the sultry tune to life. The steamy lyrics, “Silky smooth like honey dripping from the hive,” vividly display what it feels like to experience a profound connection. Inspired by the likes of NAO, Sinead Harnett, Kyle Dion and many more, BOYAN’s powerful production and Lina’s lush vocals make the new single feel like a mix of classic 90’s R&B and the current modern sound that has developed through new production techniques.

Accompanying the single is the stylistic music video to bring the simplicity of raw chemistry to life eloquently. As the video begins, Lina creates a dream-like scene that depicts a woman fantasizing about a desire to act on her feelings, ebbing and flowing with the track. The light colors paralleled with the darker scene display your thoughts before you take action and get to business. The video’s raw dynamic compliments the new single perfectly. 
Most recently heard on Live In Session BBC Radio, Lina has garnered the attention of classic R&B outlets such as You Know I Got Soul and Soultracks. Her music can even be heard on a highly acclaimed UK compilation, So Soulful Collection Volume 3. Lina Nikol seeks to bring back powerful vocal riffs and sexy rhythms to R&B music while keeping the sound fresh and innovative. The release of “Get It On” is just the beginning of what this new powerhouse artist has to offer the world.


Pop, R&B | Olivia Swann returns with New Single ‘Two Faces’

Posted by on March 25, 2021

Produced by Will Paterson, ‘Two Faces’ is her sophomore release, following her rollicking debut ‘Salty’, which was championed by 1Xtra’s DJ Target, BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders and Apple Music’s Rebecca Judd, as well as racking up over 55,000 views on Youtube alone. The single reached the viral TikTok shores, as social media influencer Kristen Hancher created a dance to it that was shared to her 24 million followers on the platform. The Berklee College of Music graduate has a distinct style that reflects her music, using streetwear and trainers as opposed to dresses and heels to express herself. “I am an eternal tomboy,” Olivia explains. “Handbags and heels just aren’t my thing. I would constantly get mistaken for a boy as my go to look was baggy jeans, beanies, football shirts and of course trainers at all times!”, and her defiance to adhere to the industry’s expectations is what makes her so compelling as an artist. Tune in above now!

Future Funk, R&B | Avae Connects with 99 Goonsquad for “Azure”

Posted by on February 23, 2021

Creating self-claimed ‘kaleidoscopic R&B’ (a great way to describe it) L.A. based upcoming singer, songwriter, and record producer Avae offers up an irresistible groove via his new single “Azure” featuring Goonsquad.
The track is well textured, tapping into a psychedelic vibe thanks to its funky synths and chunky bass riffs that help create a woozy sonic soundscape. Check it out above now!

R&B | Jozem Releases Visaul for “Dreams”

Posted by on February 15, 2021

Jozem’s new slow-burning single and music video for “Dreams” is just as dreamy as one would assume it to be simply off the title. The rising Canadian singer/songwriter and producer has an ambient, experimental-soul vibe and it’s accompanied by a wonderfully conceptual music video shot and directed by Ayo Tsalithaba. Encompassed in dark, mysterious and alluring harmonies ‘Dreams’ was written by Jozem during a time of great uncertainty in his life, when he was doing his best to follow his own path and achieve his life’s goals but nothing seemed to be going his way, allowing fear and self-doubt to begin to plague his mind. Check it out above now and keep Jozem on your radar!

Pop, R&B | Through dynamic lyrics and charismatic vocals, Ella Rose Oliveras Impresses via “Young Heart”

Posted by on February 14, 2021

Bursting back onto the scene with her follow up single that perfectly blends her clever lyricism, stunning vocals and her catchy & colorful sound – rising Pop artist Ella Rose Oliveras is back with a new single called “Young Heart.” The Powerful pop ballad is a highlight of her young career and well worth checking out, so check out “Young Heart” above now if you’re in the mood for a moody bop.