RELEASE RADAR: ELKAE - 'CONFLICTUS'

After the successful launch of her summer single ‘I Feel’, ELKAE is back with another notable release. ‘Conflictus’ was revealed to the eager music community on Friday morning and has since made its way onto GoldenPlec, The Last Mixed Tape, IMRO and Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ playlist where it will grab the attention of over 700,000 worldwide listeners. The powerful love ballad sees electro-pop sensation ELKAE bearing her soul to her ever-growing audience as she navigates a messy and uncertain relationship, her raw and honest lyrics playing out in an internal struggle between dreamy idealism and painful reality.

As always ELKAE’s soulful voice takes centre stage on the track and with it she bounces between ranges and styles, pushing it to its sky-high limits. Standing out alongside her captivating vocals is a soothing piano that chimes throughout and soothes the ominous tone of the track, leaving the listener experiencing a whirlwind of emotions, which is exactly what great music intends to do. Catch ELKAE at Bello Bar, Dublin for her launch on October 19th and experience all that this exceptional single has to offer in a live performance.

Written by Aoife Chaney

RELEASE RADAR: NABI AIR - 'FLAVORLESS'

Nabi Air are a producer and singer duo consisting of Yoonha and Deric. Their latest release, “FLAVORLESS” is a smooth and dreamy track, featuring a wave of indie electro-pop sounds. It combes smooth electronic production and sultry vocals which draws listeners in an electrifying yet sentimental atmosphere.

Their music takes influences from their diverse tastes across the musical spectrum including electronica, downtempo, contemporary R&B, and hip hop. In the pursuit of their musical vision, Nabi Air hopes to act as a point of contact that bridges diverse genres, cultures, perspectives, and experiences.

 
 

RELEASE RADAR: OSCAR JEROME - ‘GRAVITATE’

Fresh off the back of a run of UK dates supporting Kamasi Washington and an Annie Mac Presents show with IAMDDB at Jazz Cafe, Oscar Jerome is today sharing his latest single ‘Gravitate’ – the South London artist’s first release since signing to Caroline International – as well as news of a lengthy European tour later this year that will culminate in his biggest headliner to date at London’s Heaven. Taking inspiration from the sounds of British broken beat and featuring Joe Armon-Jones on piano and several of his fellow band-members in afrobeat ensemble Kokoroko, ‘Gravitate’ arrives alongside a video of Oscar and his current band of collaborators performing the track live in the studio. You can check out the video, directed by CHILD, here.

The new single and accompanying video see Oscar Jerome at his best, his Trinity Laban Conservatoire training shining through in a way that's usually reserved for his exuberant, all-out live show. In the track Oscar delivers his jangly, shimmering guitar against a sun-soaked backdrop of jazzy keys, lush vocal harmonies and a gloriously polyrhythmic percussion section that drives the track from start to finish. Oscar says of the track: “This pays homage to a lot of the pioneers of the British broken beats genre as well as a lot of my soul, jazz and rock influences. The subject matter is both cosmic and personal. I reference a lot of imagery of the early life of a star in space as well as ideas of individuality and self-acceptance.

Shouting out his collaborators and discussing the origin of ‘Gravitate’, Oscar says: “This is a tune I started writing with beat maker Ben Hauke which slowly worked its way into a much more live sounding piece after we experimented with it a lot on stage with the band and producer Beni Giles got involved. Special mention to Ayo Salawu [Kokoroko] for playing that drum beat so good! It also features Joe Armon-Jones [Ezra Collective] on piano, Crispin Spry on percussion, as well as George Riley, Sheila Maurice-Grey [Kokoroko] and Richie Seivwright [Kokoroko] on vocals.”

It’s been quite the few years for Oscar Jerome; through a steady release of singles and EPs he’s gone on to clock up considerable airtime and playlisting from the likes of 6 Music, Radio 1 and 1Xtra and become something of a mainstay of the London jazz scene, collaborating with peers in Ezra Collective, Sons of Kemet and Binker & Moses and consistently playing to sold-out crowds across the capital, including at such venues as Corsica Studios, Ghost Notes, Village Underground and most-recently EartH. On top of that he’s been busy taking to stages across the rest of the UK, Europe and the US too. With the Kamasi Washington tour behind him and a 15-date EU tour in his sights – as well as with the recent signing to Caroline International, who all but signed him on the spot after catching him play at this year’s SXSW – it’s clear that Oscar is only just getting started.

 
 

RELEASE RADAR: LUCY LU - 'ADONIS'

London singer and producer, LUCY LU teases his forthcoming EP with the release of ADONIS, the second single from his latest body of work.

Chill-tempo track, ‘Adonis’ is expressed through bassy beats, blended with the soft and effortless soul vocals of Luke Bowers, aka Lucy Lu and pushed forward through bass and guitar.

This is the first song we’ve heard by this London-based artist, and we’re definitely sticking around for the full EP.

 
 

Release Radar: The One-Man Disco Band - ‘Flirty Sally’

The new tune from The One-Man Disco Band (by composer and percussionist, Eamonn Watt) lands in the form of ‘Flirty Sally’.

This track combines elements of reggae and funk in the first few bars, incorporating aspects of all kinds of soul - neo-soul, retro-soul as well as nu-disco.

Have a listen and allow the instrumental track to take you on a journey.

RELEASE RADAR: BO RILEY - 'SHE'LL NEVER BE ME'

Combining Soul, R&B, and Reggae elements, Bo Riley drops her latest single "She'll Never Be Me" today, and it is a true labour of love.

Produced by Jesse Barrera (My American Heart, Tori Kelly, Melissa Polinar), the song hits a special place with a combination of live drums, sweet background vocals and fun island elements sprinkled throughout.

As it’s only her second single, this is truly the beginning for Bo Riley and we’re only intrigued to see what she delivers next.

RELEASE RADAR: TSHEGUE - M'Benga Bila

Paris-based duo, TSHEGUE is made up of Congolese singer, Faty Sy Savanet and French-Cuban producer, Nicolas Dacunha. Their sound is a mesh of punk syncopation and sledgehammer rhythms which form something truly infectious.

"M'Benga Bila" is the second single from their upcoming EP translating to ‘Call the Police!’ in lingala, a language spoken in Congo.

The track was released along with a music video that is both simplistic and sublime. It showcases the duo through heart-pounding beats, Latin-styled guitar rhythms encompassed by world sounds.

ONE TO WATCH: TASH ('DREAMING' & 'EVERYBODY')

 
TASH Dreaming Everybody
 

‘Dreaming’ is the latest and fourth release of 2019 by Australian Born Singer, Songwriter and Musician, TASH.

Tash broke the Australian and LA scene after meeting Mark J. Feist, multi-platinum record producer and songwriter for Beyonce, Mary J. Blige. He discovered her on her Instagram where she once posted many acoustic covers.

Both released this year, ‘Dreaming’ and ‘Everybody’ are expressed through deep groovy basslines, uptempo beats and chilled soulful vocals throughout. Take a listen…