LayFullStop: Receipts

Always happy to welcome new music from LayFullStop into my life and this latest dose of melodic brilliance is exactly why. Heavier on the singing side than some of her previous tracks, Receipts features some beautifully woozy production from (Superbeats) and it’s lifted from Lay’s forthcoming mixtape, STiR. More news on that soon.

Maddy: Not For Sale (Stream)

The second mention of Maddy today, as she connects with the Group BraCil family for this absorbing single. Produced by Morriarchi, Not For Sale finds Maddy sounding stronger than ever, as she rails against the flashy letches that lurk in the night. It’s good to see Maddy connecting with artists of this calibre; she’s someone I’ve been championing since I interviewed her for Brapp, back in 2017. Hopefully we get to hear more from her soon.

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Children of Zeus: Royal / Get What’s Yours

New music from Children of Zeus, as they release a double AA-side single for the Valentine’s Day celebrations. It really is a two part affair, with the soulful first track, Royal, sounding like it just walked out of the 70’s, while Get What’s Yours has a distinctly more potent neo soul vibe. Both tracks were written and produced by Konny and Tyler. You can stream them below and a limited edition 7″ is also available. Continue reading “Children of Zeus: Royal / Get What’s Yours”

Nikki Jean: Beautiful Prison (Stream)

Happy to see the arrival of Nikki Jean’s debut release on Rhymesayers. Having first come to my attention as the lead singer of Nouveau Riche, alongside The Roots affiliate, Dice Raw, Nikki’s voice was always especially captivating. Having teased us with a couple of singles over the last year or so, including the atmospheric, People & Planes, the Philadelphia-based vocalist proves her worth with this seven track, hip hop infused EP. There is a lone feature from regular collaborator, Lupe Fiasco, who drops in on the previously released single, Mr Clean, with the rest of the project allowing Nikki’s lyricism to simply shine through. Downloads of Beautiful Prison are available over on Bandcamp and the full EP can be heard below. Continue reading “Nikki Jean: Beautiful Prison (Stream)”

Harleighblu & Bluestaeb ft. Janne Robinson: Queeen Dem

A brand new video from Harleighbu and Bluestaeb landed today, for their Queeen Dem track. As the title suggests, it’s something of a feminine celebration and features excerpts from Janne Robinson’s song, This is For The Women Who Don’t Give a Fuck. You can stream and download Queeen Dem on all the usual platforms.

DJ Yoda ft. Joel Culpepper: London Fields

Fantastic new single from DJ Yoda as he enlists the ample talents of Joel Culpepper on London Fields. It’s a definite change in direction for the DJ and producer, but it’s a change that works extremely well and I’m hoping we get to hear more material in the same vein in the future. You can stream London Fields below. Continue reading “DJ Yoda ft. Joel Culpepper: London Fields”

Gas-Lab & Traum Diggs ft. RES & Hector Mario: Heartskip

The mighty Village Live recently announced their latest release from Gas-Lab and Traum Diggs, the follow-up to the duo’s 2013 project, Jazz Hop. Heartskip is the first video to be lifted from the album and features singer/songwriter, Res, alongside the ample talent of musician, Hector Mario. Jazz Hop Vol. 2 is scheduled for release on 1 October, with vinyl pre-orders available from the Village Live store.