Only Having A Laugh' is the astonishing debut mixtape from Isabelle Brown, which is available in full today.
Isabelle Brown is an old soul trapped in the body of a fearless fourteen year-old; as inspired by the rich emotions of Nina Simone or the force-of-nature energy of Tina Turner as that blend of old-school R&B, jazz and hip-hop influences found in A Tribe Called Quest. Isabelle's curious, contemporary twist on these classic sounds is explored across the seven tracks of her first mixtape, 'Only Having A Laugh'. Largely written and recorded when she was just twelve years old, early highlights 'Pot of Gold' (a track effectively about finding your potential, featuring Arizona rap trio Injury Reserve) and 'Hey Romeo' (a blistering Eric B and Rakim bootleg, imagining a performance for someone who has no idea you exist) have been met with widespread acclaim. The remainder of the project is similarly refreshing and infectious in its exploration of growing up: from the protective, hip-hop groove of 'Armour' to the tender but defiant 'I'm Just Me', there's a constant thread of playful experimentation throughout, confirming Isabelle Brown as a vocalist and songwriter of boundless promise.
Isabelle Brown's story thus far is not that of your typical, potentially-precocious teen star-in-waiting: hard graft, grit and vulnerability, those core values of true Soul music, underpin even her most powerhouse vocals. Born and raised in Brighton, she wrote her first love song at the age of seven ("which when you think back," she says now, "is an absolute laugh, as I'd never even kissed a boy but thought I was the number one romance guru"). Brought up between two creative, unconventional households - her parents separated around the same time - Brown's irrepressible voice slowly began to draw on experiences of her own. She has spent the last couple of years singing, writing, performing or recording every weekend or school-holiday, with a close-knit circle of friends, collaborators and family protecting her (largely from her own furious ambition to "get on with it") every step of the way.
Balancing youthful, restless innocence with innate musical maturity, 'Only Having A Laugh' is an in fact deadly serious introduction to Isabelle Brown, a new artist seemingly quite simply born to do it.
Following a long hiatus since the release of The Lost Sounds, Nigerian producer and songwriter LeriQ returns with a fresh sound on START ALL OVER. The smooth R&B song features buzzing artist Odunsi (The Engine) and is a loose single released prior to LeriQ's highly anticipated EP DOPAMINE.
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Singer-songwriters Sam Woolf and The Como Brothers are releasing " On It ", the soulful new single from the upcoming EP Backbeat in the Morning. The single and EP were co-written and co-produced by The Como Brothers and Woolf, and recorded in New York City with Grammy-winning engineer Kenta Yonesaka (Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar). To celebrate the single and EP, Woolf and the Como's kicked off 2018 with an enthusiastically received release party performance on Long Island, New York. Click here to view the new "On It" music video!
After gaining attention on American Idol in 2014, Woolf quickly debuted at #9 on Billboard's Heatseekers in 2014 with his EP Pretend produced by Grammy-winning producer Danny Blume (Iggy Pop, Jewel). For Backbeat in the Morning, New York's The Como Brothers teamed up with Sam. Inspired by pop, rock, blues, and hip-hop, the Como Brothers have established themselves as premier singer-songwriters working with industry legends like drummers Steve Jordan, Aaron Sterling and keyboardist Andy Burton. Their music has been placed in MTV's Real World Portland & St. Thomas, E! Network's Keeping up with the Kardashians, The Oxygen Channel's Best Ink, two Indie movie Soundtracks and a Canon Consumer Electronics Trade Show Commercial. Their songwriting has been recognized by receiving numerous songwriting awards.
Combining pop and rock with soul and hip-hop, drawing from influences ranging from Justin Timberlake and The Beatles, the six singles on Backbeat In The Morning showcase the musicality of the trio. Sam's voice, which Keith Urban compared to butter, shows a beautiful range. Matt Como laid down grooving bass while Andrew Como played guitar, drums, and traded off singing lead vocal with Woolf throughout the EP. "Coming Home" opens the EP with optimistic lyrics set to Sam and Andrew's dulcet harmonies amidst Andrew's breezy guitar strums and wistful harmonica blasts. "On It" is a smooth groove with funky guitar licks. The hip-hop vibe continues with Andrew rapping on "Diamonds on My Chain" while Woolf sings the hook. The groove rolls on with "Twisted" hitting a romantic three-part harmony finish between the trio aptly titled "Sunshine."
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After closing out last year with two stellar stripped live visuals of her 2017 singles ‘Without You’ and ‘Leave Me Be’, an acclaimed performance at the pre-MOBO Award Show, and strong support from BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra, The Beat London, The 405, Clash Music and Earmilk, among others, British Soul songstress Cherri V begins the new year with her brand new single ‘Swimming’, featuring Birmingham rapper RoxXxan, premiered exclusively by DJ Target on BBC 1Xtra.
With the release of ‘Swimming’, Cherri V is drawing even closer to the release of her highly anticipated Brown Eyed Soulproject. Alongside previously released collaborations with Harmony Samuel (Ariane Grande, Chris Brown, Fifth Harmony), and Hypertone (Snakehips, Jessie J, Alesha Dixon), fans and critics can expect new music with the likes ofDa Beatfreakz (Chris Brown, Nadia Rose, Sean Paul), and Fanatix (Giggs, Chip, Fekky, Stefflon Don), among others.
Produced by XVR BLCK, who has previously worked with SNE, Bobii Lewis, Basheba, Lylo Gold and Kojey Radical, to mention a few, ‘Swimming’ sees Cherri V pushing the envelope musically, as she adds something new to her repertoire, with this experimental R&B musical backdrop, backed by synth piano arrangements and underpinned by Cherri’s amazing vocal performance and delivery, with RoxXxan providing the perfect guest rap verse to complement the record.
28-year-old Ivan Dorn - hugely popular in the Ukraine and Russia - has taken his love and devotion to music overseas.
Influenced by palm trees, the ocean, the sun, air and everything else associated with California, Ivan has produced a totally new album called OTD set to release this month - that turned out to be so diverse.
Rumours say that OTD should be listened to very carefully. Or in other words it needs to be understood.
Ivan Dorn dropped a music video for his latest single “Preach”. “Preach, your religion bout the rich life. But if you had money would you really be satisfied???” - Dorn sings along - Well, I guess we need some valid explanations here! See the video below:
An emerging artist’s career isn’t cemented in one night, with one breakout show, or with one collector’s token of approval. One would agree that artists who matter long-term have careers that are build over time. However, we can already see it happening to 24-year-old singer/songwriter Umberto - another talented emerging artist you’d definitely enjoy listening to.
The incredibly simple visual for his latest single “Falling Down” tells about a romantic love affair. Umberto is full passion, determination and spunk. He prides himself on being able to combine medical school with the career of a musician, speak 6 languages, and practice sports.
Check out the video for “Falling Down” below and make the track one of your Valentine's Day favourites.
New single by Tree Thomas produced by DJ J 12 straight out of the Bay Area! Tune in below!
““My Tata,” the latest single from rising guitarist, songwriter and producer Mike11 may be the first song to be inspired by a Netflix Original Series. After watching the hit Netflix series “Narcos,” the song’s theme emerged after Jeremih found his inspiration in the nickname for Pablo Escobar’s wife Maria Victoria Henao, Tata.
In “My Tata,” Tata represents the perfect woman that all men seek, a woman who stands by her man through the good and the bad.
Released by Muzfam Records, “My Tata” features R&B heavyweight Jeremih who wrote the lyrics and was produced by 8x Grammy winner Scott Storch. “My Tata” is now available on all digital retail platforms!
Influenced by hip-hop, R&B, and pop music, “My Tata” also appeals to Latin and European audiences as well. Mike11 lends his enthralling Portuguese guitar to the track, as well as lyrics in Spanish like “Amor” and the mix of “Yo Quiero” “Just you,” which means “I want just you (Tata).”
Producer Scott Storch says, “I was so happy to work with Mike11 once I saw his amazing skills on the Portuguese guitar. “My Tata” is a timeless song with beautiful music, and Jeremih killed the verses making a perfect harmony. Without a doubt, this song will be an international hit.”
The release of “My Tata” is just the beginning. Mike11’s debut album is also slated to be released later this year.
Smooth R&B vibes from Nolan Asher.
Tune in to "Somebody To Love" below & comment your feedback.
Taking influence from Brit rock legends, David Bowie, The Clash and The Rolling Stones, Micky James creates gritty glam rock’n’roll with pop sensibilities.
After touring the States with his previous band, the group eventually dissolved and James decided to focus on the formation of his solo project. The time spent performing in the band essentially helped sculpt the identity of his new project and developed the right ecstatic to correspond with the music he wanted to create. James’ ideology for this new project, was to craft something that felt spontaneous and true. Capturing a raw essence and breathing life into the recordings, James’ priority was to make music filled with honesty, passion and love.
Teaming up with Ditry Canvas's Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta (American Authors, Young Rising Sons) James’ debut single 'Give It To Me Straight’ bursts with unshakable energy. Featuring pulsating drum beats, driving bass lines and an infectious chorus, 'Give It To Me Straight' evokes charisma with a slight hint of danger through it’s playful lyricism. James reveals, "They say some of your best work or the best songs you write appear from the sky and happen pretty instantaneous....well I feel 'Give It To Me Straight’ felt like one those songs”.
Inspired by the authentic energy of 60’s and 70’s iconic rock band’s, James is successful in crafting a modern and fresh approach to a timeless genre, “I wanted to take pieces of nostalgia and give it a contemporary twist”, explains James. Successfully taking his vision and turning it into a reality, James’ music has been resonating with listeners.
Tommie King releases his third single, "Eastside" featuring Cyhi The Prynce. Rising artist Tommie King and ATL legend, Cyhi The Prynce are both from the Eastside of Atlanta, so it was only right for the two lyricists to collaborate and create a record that represents where they come from. Cyhi's recent album release, "No Dope On Sundays" proved that he is truly one of the, if not the greatest lyricist to ever represent Atlanta. He continues to prove this as Cyhi and Tommie King equally deliver witty lyrics and punchlines that blend together creating the smooth and southern sound of "Eastside."
'Blessings' is the first single, and final track on Alex Vaughn's forthcoming EP, 'The Shift (dropping Spring 2018). This track was created to set the tone for the new year, and every year to come, with its positive affirmations over soulful rhythmic patterns and flows. 'Blessings' is the perfect track to keep you at peace and allow you to celebrate the stage of life you're in, because a SHIFT is coming!
written by: Alex Vaughn
prod. by Alex Vaughn, & @ FootsxColes
Broward artist little.house releases her new single "Vaporizer!" off her upcoming project "Where I Go, It Follows". A self-produced track that's drenched in synthesizers, heavy 808's and icy vocals. It's a collaboration with a fellow South Florida artist SKUFL. Their sounds combined make for some great chemistry.
In promotion of the Tokyo-based beatsmith’s compilation LP, Cruising, the burgeoning producer is pleased to share, “Quiet Storm.” The soothing track showcases KLK’s knack for layering sounds, blending jazzy instrumentation with well suited percussion, all while delegating the appropriate guest features to complement his style. Setting off the track we find singer/songwriter Danny “SkyHigh” McClain delivering a soulful hook, while Regal comes through with the bars. Both ATL by way of Boston artists are just two of the talented guests to shine on Cruising, which also includes guest features from the likes of Skyzoo, Termanology, REKS, Edo. G and more. The 12 track LP is now available through all digital retailers and streaming platforms , courtesy of Beantown Bullies Music.
Rising singer songwriter Elley Duhé releases her new track, ‘Can You Touch’ via A Creative Music Group / Columbia Records. Click here to listen.
Written by Elley Duhé and produced by Rahki (Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Mac Miller), the track is both poignant and empowering.
‘Can You Touch’ follows the release of 'Fly' and Elley’s debut single 'immortal.' 'immortal' has been streamed 5 million times on Spotify and was met with a fantastic critical reaction upon release, with Billboard stating “[Elley’s] hauntingly beautiful vocals effortlessly flow throughout the track” and VIBE describing, “an electric, hip-hop influenced track that tells a story of empowerment…[with] captivating melodies that will give you goosebumps.”
'Fly' showcases Elley’s tremendous vocal talent and raw emotion, which FADER calls, “a groovy, Natasha Bedingfield-style track about freedom from pain” and NYLONproclaims “…starts off like a nostalgic pop trip but grows into a hand-clapping, blissful, R&B-tinged anthem. Duhé is someone to not sleep on.”
ABOUT ELLEY DUH É
Growing up in the small coastal town of Daulphin Island, Alabama, Elley Duhé always felt she was different from other kids her age. This pushed her towards the comfort of music and inspired a life-long passion for singing and songwriting. At the age of 14 Elley wrote her first song with a guitar she received as a gift from her father. She would gather with her family and have jam sessions with her dad and uncles, finding inspiration to create music from the deep southern art, food, and culture that surrounded her. Throughout her later teenage years, Elley began playing for live audiences and traveled extensively throughout Nashville, Austin and L.A. to perfect her songwriting skills. Elley has an extensive musical background, having written for Usher and worked with the likes of Illangelo [The Weeknd], Jesse Shatkin, Arcade and more. Today, she finds inspiration from artists of all genres including Michael Jackson, U2, Jimi Hendrix, Dolly Parton, Missy Elliot, and Tupac, which shines in the unique style of her music. With her uplifting messages, powerful vocals and the upcoming release of her debut EP, Elley is an artist to watch in 2018.
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Betty Moon’s latest visual for her enthralling single “Natural Disaster” is a perfect demonstration of artist’s new inspiration which clearly gives her the space to create something brand new.
Check out the video below and let us know what you think: