Indira May: Simpler Things + EP Stream

Another fine debut here, as Indira May releases the latest video from her recent Simpler Things EP. As you will hear, Indira is blessed with one of those beautifully versatile voices that would sound just as at home caressing a jazz rhythm, as it would lacing a hip hop beat. On the title track from the EP, we are treated to a sample of her appeal, as she brings her melodic strains to some suitably smooth production from Alfie Aukett. You can watch the video above and you can get a taste of the rest of the EP below, with other streaming options available on the usual platforms.

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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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Cutterz: Sitting In The Dark

New music from Cutterz, as he paves the way for the release of his forthcoming album. A regular on the blog thanks to his work with the likes of Voodoo Black, Ellis Meade and Cheech, the Manchester DJ and producer has now found shelter at the always on-point Village Live label, where he will release his solo album at the start of next year. Sitting In The Dark serves as a fine amuse bouche for what else is in store and has already garnered attention from the likes of BBC 6 Music, which is never a bad thing. Stay tuned for more on the album as and when.

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.

Swindle ft. Loyle Carner, Kojey Radical & JNR Williams: LOST

A very welcome return from Swindle, with the release of the first single from his upcoming project. LOST features some ludicrously infectious production from the man himself, as well as stellar contributions from Loyle Carner, Kojey Radical and JNR Williams. The latter provides a healthy dose of soul on the hook, while Kojey and Loyle go back to back with the bars. It’s a nice switch up in flow for Carner, something I’ve been hankering from him for a while. Keen to hear what the rest of the album(?) has in store.

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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Baileys Brown: An EP (Stream)

Earlier this month, Bristol producer Baileys Brown treated us to the next release from his extensive catalogue. An EP takes things on a more soulful turn than his work with say DEDW8 or his rap alter-ego, Axel Holy, but if you know Brown’s work you’ll also know it’s definitely not new territory for him. And we’re not just talking in terms of the production, but also thanks to the features, which include contributions from Maddy, Marie Lister and Bukky, as well as a single rap appearance from Verb T. You can test the EP out for yourself below, with downloads available over on Bandcamp.

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Raheem DeVaughn & Apollo Brown: When A Man

A stunning soulful cut here from Raheem DeVaughn and Apollo Brown, as they announce their forthcoming album, Lovesick. It looks set to be a significant step away from the usual Detroit grittiness that Apollo Brown has become synonymous with, but as soon as DeVaughn’s vocals soar into life on When A Man, the collaboration feels like it should have happened a lifetime ago. The full album is due for release on 4 June via Mello Music Group.

The Lasso: 2121 (Video)

The Lasso is gearing up to release a new solo album, following on from a very successful 2020, which saw the release of three superb collaborative projects. 2121 is the name of the album and it features a cavalcade of features from the likes of Hemlock Ernst, Ill Camille, Fat Tony and previous collaborators, Psypiritual and Lando Chill. A video for the title track saw its release this week, featuring the awesome vocal work of Rachele Eve and A. Billi Free. You can watch it above, and pre-orders for the album are available via Mello Music. The album is due for release on 19 February. Stay tuned for my review coming in next month’s edition of The Wire.