A. Billi Free & The Lasso: Thrive, Despite

The Lasso is back with more new music, continuing a run that has seen him at the helm of some of the most intriguing projects of the last few years. For this latest release, he has teamed up with A. Billi Free, the vocalist who has already had a hand in some of those aforementioned gems, including last year’s superb 2121. Thrive, Despite is our first glimpse of the forthcoming album, Holy Body Roll, and sets the scene with some soulful jazz-tinted production, adorned with some ultra smooth vocals from A. Billi Free. Holy Body Roll is due out on 11 March via Mello Music Group.

Fielded: Land o Pines + EP News

Always nice to see the arrival of new music from Fielded, as she blesses Backwoodz Studioz with her latest EP. Land o Pines is just one of the gems to be found on Young Medusa, as well as a fantastic cover of Mother Stands For Comfort, originally written by one of our shared musical heroes, Kate Bush. Land o Pines was produced by Willie Green and the EP is available now via all the usual spots.

KAYANA: typing…

Taking things in a different direction now, thanks to the latest release from KAYANA. Regulars to the blog may already be familiar with her vocals, thanks to previous collaborations with the likes of Armand Hammer and Small Bills, but this is the first time I’ve featured her solo work. It’s a good place to start though, as she reaches maximum sensuality with assistance from production outfit, Down To Mars. You can stream typing… below, and stay tuned for more from KAYANA coming soon.

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SAULT: NINE (Stream)

Another unheralded release from SAULT, save for an enigmatic Instagram post that showed up the other week. NINE marks their fifth album release in two years, ever since they burst on the scene with 5 back in 2019. Once again the album is fuelled by a pro-Black and anti-police stance, with production criss-crossing across multiple genre. Aside from the elusive main players, there is a feature from Little Simz – something I’ve been waiting on for a while – and also a contribution from Michael Ofo, who briefly narrates Mike’s Story, which focuses on his memories of a family tragedy. You can stream the album in full below, plus there are physicals available via Bandcamp.

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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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Fielded ft. billy woods: Justus

Justus is the latest single to be released by Fielded, coinciding with the release of her Backwoodz Studioz debut. I’ve got a full review coming in The Wire next month, but for now get stuck into this visually arousing film and familiarise yourselves with an artist whose name you’re going to be hearing a lot more of. The track also features billy woods and the video was made by Alice Millar and Lauryn Siegel. The album, Demisexual Lovelace, is out now on all the usual platforms.

Res One x Mac Lloyd: Find Space

Different vibe on this new one from the Green Brick camp, where Res One and Mac Lloyd are getting ready to release their new EP. Find Space is the lead single from the project and verges successfully into RnB territory, thanks to Mac’s production and Res’s lyrical lilt. Think Mac Miller’s Swimming, but with a Bristolian edge. The Hindsight Hotel EP is due out on ! October. The animated video was made by Josh Richardson (Shed Productions).

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.