Anderson .Paak: Lockdown

A fantastic new track from Anderson Paak, as he brings his musical stamp to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests across the globe. Lockdown provides some emotionally charged commentary on the current global situation, with Paak’s passionate delivery further bolstered by a slick verse from Jay Rock. The video adds more potency to the overall vibe and there are a couple of notable cameos too. The track was produced by Paak and J.LBS. Downloads and streaming options are also available.

Don Leisure: Just Remember

Just Remember is the latest track to be lifted from the recent Group BraCil compilation, and it shines a light on a new addition to their roster. Don Leisure is no stranger to the scene, thanks to plenty of past successes with Darkhouse Family, as well as with his solo ventures. He has a new album coming soon on GB, but for now enjoy the sounds of this blissed out, funk-soul driven single. The video was made by Bee Graphics. The compilation, happiness, we’re all in this together, is out now.

Telemachus ft. Jerome Thomas: Greed

Another stunner from the forthcoming Telemachus album, as he treats us to the second single, Greed. The production is like a jazzy dreamscape, sparse but refined, and with the added beauty of Jerome Thomas’s vocals gliding effortlessly through it. The video was made by This & That Media. Boring & Weird Historical Music is out on 22 May.

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”

Group BraCil: happiness, we’re all in this together (Stream)

New sounds from the Group BraCil camp as they release their new label compilation. happiness, we’re all in this together is a fine blend of old and new, as the rising label hit us with tracks from the likes of Verbz and Chuck Enzo, while also bringing new members to the fore with new material from Spectacular Diagnostics and Don Leisure. It serves as a fine showcase for a label who have consistently proven their worth with each new release, and who look set to continue blurring the lines between genres as their roster gains strength. You can hear the album in full below, with physical and digital versions available on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Group BraCil: happiness, we’re all in this together (Stream)”

Violet Springs: Suspicious Eyes

Beautiful sounds emanating from Group BraCil’s HQ, as they release a single from their forthcoming label compilation. Happiness (We’re All In This Together) is a showcase of the fledgling label’s previous successes from the likes of Verbz and Old Paradice, as well as some fresher faces on the scene, like Chicago production talent, Spectacular Diagnostics. This latest video is a collaboration between vocalist, Violet Springs, and producer, illuzual, alongside some arresting visuals from collage king, Matt Littler, and editor, Huw Caddy. The compilation is due for release on 16 April.

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.

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”