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: 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.

CHIARA OLDANO: 'NOTHING TO HIDE'

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Italian born Londoner, CHIARA OLDANO is a singer-songwriter with a USP for creating emotive indie ballads.

Breaking into the spotlight with the second release of her EP 'Fluorescently', Chiara boasts a captivating sound, partnered with powerful soul vocals and an outstanding eye for visuals as seen in the colourful artwork of all her releases.

Her latest single, NOTHING TO HIDE showcases the singer’s chilling voice that covers you in a blanket of chills and goosebumps, leaving you returning to hit that replay button.

Stay tuned to Chiara Oldano as she releases the remaining songs on her EP over the course of the coming months.

RELEASE RADAR: The new album from MUTANT VINYL

The new album FROM MUTANT VINYL

 
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After his debut EP “Kick The Reel” last year, Mutant Vinyl has just released his debut album - “Daffodils In Angell Town” on Liverpool independent label, Klee Music. 

Inspired by a small plot of land in London’s Angell Town district, where flowers were only laid to commemorate the memory of a murdered citizen, this collection of songs highlights Edwin Pope’s ability to connect place, memory and music in a highly atmospheric and evocative manner.

This fusion of electro jazz, reggae & ambient trip hop reflects some of the collaborations undertaken by Edwin in the past, from the likes of Tricky, to the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

The album features guest spots from the likes of Keith Mullin (The Farm), the voice of Paige Leslie aka ‘Amorie’, & has been mixed by long-time collaborator, Multitracks' Daniel Ferguson.

Edwin will tour the album for the majority of 2019, taking in shows & festivals across Europe, including Minsk, Amsterdam, Dublin & Edinburgh with some high profile supports to be announced.

The album landed on 26th April via a limited 12” vinyl & download and hits streaming services this JULY.

DAN ONKAR- 'STORIES'

 
DAN ONKAR: 'STORIES'

Dan Onkar is a London-based alternative RnB singer-songwriter, who often describes his sound as ‘moody’ and his voice, ‘unorthodox’. This description sits comfortably with his vocal tone and impressive lyrical delivery.

Being influenced by musicians like James Fauntleroy, Asa, Prince and Luther Vandross, Onkar’s music tends to follow a similar pattern of authenticity and vulnerability. Songs like, ‘Fall For Magic’, ‘Step Into The Ocean’ and ‘Falling High’, show his musical range and writing prowess.

Coming off the release of his second EP, UnStable, Singer/Songwriter 'Dan Onkar has returned with his latest single “Stories”, which dropped on the 18th of April 2019. On this record Dan tackles his battles with mental hindrance along with obstacles he overcame throughout the process.

Stories is a Saturday morning cleaning-the-house-buzz with a hint of Fela and some J Dilla, while you get distracted attempting to mess around with some Latin-inspired chords✨✨

 

COOPER´S FINEST: 'FLOW' FEAT. MONI LISA

Urban Barisax meets Hip Hop Beats

Saxophonist and composer Moni Schönfelder aka MONI LISA and the creative sounddesigner and producer Stephan Fischer aka STEVE Q. present their first single , “FLOW” from their new Album, ‘Sax Sensation’ which will be released later this year.

The Barisax highlights melody and solo with its unmistakable sound. Together with the pointing Hip Hop beats and background groove the formation created a new and exciting listening sensation.