Blakk Soul: Help / Smoke N Chill

New music emerging from the Mello Music Group camp, as they unveil their next release from new addition, Blakk Soul. The singer is under the guidance of Rapper Big Pooh and has already worked with the likes of Dr Dre, Jake One and Anderson Paak, but now he is making his MMG debut with Take Your Time. Two tracks have been released so far, including the Joell Ortiz assisted, Help, and the ultra smooth, Smoke N Chill. RnB and soul vibes in abundance, and with Mello referring to the album as, “a dripping wet bedroom masterpiece”, I think it’s fair to say the rest of the tracks are going to follow in the same vein. Take Your Time is due for release on 8 May, with pre-orders available now. You can also hear both of the singles below. Continue reading “Blakk Soul: Help / Smoke N Chill”

Knxwledge: Don’t Be Afraid

Knxwledge returns with another insight into his forthcoming album, thanks to this new video which features two of the cuts. Don’t Be Afraid is up first, with a pretty heavy 90’s RnB feel thanks in part to the vocals he’s used, before it drifts into [bc] tm_s not promised, which stands as more of an interlude and is backed up by some nice souful keys. The album, 1988, is due for release on Stones Throw on 27 March. The video was made by Rhymezlikedimez.

Joe Armon-Jones ft. Jehst: The Leo & Aquarius

Joe Armon-Jones recently gave life to his second solo release, in which he showcases his multiple disciplines alongside a bevy of talent including Georgia Anne Muldrow and Obongjayar, as well as frequent collaborators, Nubya Garcia and Oscar Jerome. The project draws on a number of influences outside of jazz, with hip hop, RnB and funk all finding their way into the mix. The Leo & Aquarius, which you can listen to above, sees the Ezra Collective founding member teaming up with YNR Records head and UKHH stalwart, Jehst. Turn to Clear View is out now on Brownswood Recordings.

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.

Harleighblu: Interview

Harleighblu is a singer from Nottingham, whose work draws on influences from hip hop, soul, electronica and beyond. Thanks to a string of superb releases, including her Futurespective series, she is already forging her own path in an increasingly saturated scene. I caught up with her recently to discuss a number of things including her new project with Bluestaeb, her musical roots and surviving the industry as a female artist. Continue reading “Harleighblu: Interview”

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”

Anderson .Paak: Bubblin

It was back in 2016 when Anderson Paak provided everyone’s summer soundtrack (thanks to his January release of Malibu) and then finished off the same year with his Yes Lawd album, alongside KNXWLEDGE. Since then he has been relatively quiet as far as new music goes, so was happy to see a new track surface yesterday.
Bubblin is produced by Jahlil Beats and AntMan Wonder, and is a step away from the more soulful sounds of his previous works, but if this is the new direction he has chosen to move in, I am definitely going to be following. The track is accompanied by a mad video too, in which Paak discovers a never-ending supply of money from an ATM and proceeds to reach ridiculous baller levels. There is also a cameo from his son, Soul.
Paak recently spoke with Zane Lowe and hinted at the arrival of more new music soon, saying, “I have 65,000 songs in the vault. No features, fam”. Stay tuned.

Nikki Jean: People & Planes

Something a little bit different from the Rhymesayers camp this time, as they recently released the new video from vocalist, Nikki Jean. Nikki first came to my attention as part of Philadelphia-based band, Nouveau Riche, alongside Roots affiliate, Dice Raw.
Since then she has returned as a solo artist and People & Planes is her first song on RSE, since signing to the label at the end of last year – hopefully meaning a full-length is going to follow soon. Her vocals are always smooth, but with a haunting edge to them, which is used to great effect on this track, as Nikki literally falls apart while viewing images of war, murder and other atrocities on-screen. The track is produced by Nikki, Michael “Double-0” Aguilar and Sean Kantrowitz. It’s available to stream & buy from all the usual spots.