#NewMusic from London, England
Will you please welcome to the scene new artist RHEA, who grabbed our attention with her debut single ‘Dreams’. A distant swell that suddenly explodes into life and the front of your mind. It’s like the moment you wake from a dream with a jolt but the opposite way round. Her vocal is moody and slips in and out of your attention in line with the movement of the synths. The bass is deep too, like the endless well you might find yourself falling down into throughout your dream.
A singer / songwriter hailing from South East London, RHEA began her musical journey drenched in the glorious sounds of early Jazz, Motown and Soul. Growing up in South London, she later moved to Spain and absorbed the bohemian culture and ever-thriving jazz scene, learning the language and developing further. Many moons were spent scribbling on beaches till she felt it was time to come back and release adventurous, compelling music.
RHEA ‘Dreams’ is out now.
#NewMusic from Antwerp, Belgium x Melbourne, Australia x Brooklyn, USA
Deep, spacious beats and a playful back and forth vocal on Belgian artist Alex Lustig’s latest cut, the broody ‘No More’, which features rising Australian singer Akacia and Just Blaze signee OnCue.
Lustig is a seasoned hip hop / grime producer having worked with the likes of BJ The Chicago Kid, Dizzy Wright, and Skeme. In addition, Alex co-produced Young Thug feat. Lil Duke’s ‘Everything Bout Me’ that leaked earlier this month.
Alex is now building a reputation as a buzzy solo artist in his own right, dropping the hazy nu-R&B-tinged ‘Do Wrong’ featuring London crooner Ayelle, earlier this year.
“With ‘this track [‘No More’] my goal was to mix ambient deep chords with hip-hop and slight trap elements,” Alex says about the track. “The idea was to have a girl and a guy respond to each other. I love when there’s a man and a woman on a song singing together. I feel like theres always something special and real to it. So I wanted to make that with my ambient / hip hop touch to it with a chill drop.
Alex Lustig ‘No More’
(feat. Akacia & OnCue) is out now.
#NewMusic from London, England
The new single ‘Gold Rush’ from Sam Frankl is sonically rich and gently tells a tale of community destruction. Listen again and again and you’ll find yourself sinking deeper into the tale his eloquent lyrics weave.
For Brixton-bred artist Sam Frankl, words are everything. A published poet, the budding singer-songwriter’s literary career is a lofty one: he previously served as an editor at le cool London, and has had his works appear in journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including Ardor, Cent Magazine, Ginosko Review, and more. In addition, he created a video series in 2013 called The Surrogate Poets, which was published by Black & Blue, and featured strangers reading his poems. One of those that agreed to participate was famed beat author and poet laureate Jack Hirschman – one of his idols and a contemporary of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.
While he continues to write poetry, Sam’s passion for words only further fuelled his love of music, which has been his main ambition since he was 14. Something of a vagabond, Sam has spent most of his life on the road, and when not in school, he lived on a hundred year old German sailing barge. This spirit of adventure has stayed with Sam, who has traveled cross country across the States and in Latin America starting from Argentina down to Colombia, the latter which ignited a passion for Latin rhythms and bossa nova. Sam’s sound evokes this same romanticism, a kind of poetic pop, where hooks are weighted with a precise use of language, recalling the likes of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.
The fruits of his journeys are showcased best in the release of his new single ‘Gold Rush’ recorded with RAK Studios-based producer Rob Brinkman (Barns Courtney, Mumford and Sons) and mastered by Enginge Earz (Jorja Smith/Ray BLK). Sonically fitting somewhere between Father John Misty and Glass Animals, the track is born from a programmed bossa nova beat and looped saxophone samples. Naturally drawn to issues surrounding housing, Sam drew on a local case study as inspiration; Heygate Estate in Elephant & Castle, a five minute walk from his flat.
“The Heygate Estate was in the process of being demolished. It was once the largest housing estate in western Europe but had fallen into disrepair due to systematic defunding,” Sam recalls. “Eventually only a handful of tenants remained where once 3,000 family units had lived. Those tenants refused to leave.”
Sam Frankl ‘Gold Rush’ is out now.
#NewMusic Belgium-based independent record label Tangram Records releases the second in a series of 7″ vinyl releases from LTGL. The ‘Scribble’ EP features one original from LTGL, title track ‘Scribble’, and a remix of the Abraham Blue ‘Let’s Escape’ freestyle
Belgium-based independent record label Tangram Records releases the second in a series of 7″ vinyl releases from LTGL. The ‘Scribble’ EP features one original from LTGL, title track ‘Scribble‘, and a remix of the Abraham Blue ‘Let’s Escape’ freestyle.
The former is an effect laden, slow tempo synth exploration with booming, mildly distorted drums that will have your sonic thoughts bouncing around the inside of your cranium.
The latter is much more stripped back, with slowly moving keys parts of various origins laying the bed for some great rhythm morphing guitar runs and Abraham Blue’s relaxed vocal delivery.
LTGL ‘Scribble’ [EP] is out now with a limited run of 300 vinyls. Better snap one up quick.
#NewMusic from Johannesburg, South Africa
Emamkay and Angela Nimah are The Band, straight out of Johannesburg, South Africa. After their debut EP ‘Sunday Nector’, they’ve blessed us with another; ‘Patterns’. A mix of very mellow spoken word vocals from Angela Nimah (a.k.a Tshego Mogotsi) over minimal bass grooves, super-steady soul beats, delicate keys and the occasional extra-terrestrial synth from Emamkay (a.k.a Musa Nhlapo). Production and arrangement on this is tight, real tight!
The Band ‘Patterns’ is out now and you can download it for free.
#NewMusic from London, England
After Frank Ocean cancelled his set at Primavera we’ve been searching for someone to recommend to replace him. Having caught London R&B vocalist Col3trane’s debut single ‘New Chain’ on a new music binge this weekend we reckon he could be a contender.
There’s heaps of bottom end weight in Lauren Ralph‘s production, balanced by the snappy beats and slick guitar licks which play out both forward and in reverse. Col3trane’s soulful delivery glides between different ends of his vocal register with precision and really bring out an emotional edge in the track.
Col3trane ‘New Chain’ is out now.
#NewMusic from Copenhagen, Denmark
It’s the interstellar-tropical-yacht-rock debut from Copenhagen based artist M.I.L.K. There’s lashing of horns and ever so slightly husky vocals blending soulful elements with soulful instrumentation to create an enthralling listen.
The EP will continue to unfold throughout the rest of the year with a visual EP project including a video installation, six music videos, a photo series and an exhibition tour. Check the website for more details.
M.I.L.K. ‘A Memory of a Memory of a Postcard’ is out now.