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.

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.