London based artist Sipprell gives us some soulful lusting in her latest track More Than We Are. What a cute title for a topic that much, much more than that. Sipprell is essentially asking the man in her life to leave the other woman in his. The time for the side-chick, as it were, to be more than just that. She makes the statement wondering if she can know her place if he quits playing games. Is she someone on the side or is she the main woman in his life. It probably got to a point where she’s tired of living with one foot in the door. And if that wasn’t enough, she goes down the list of things of what she can provide and in a subtle way say, “You can do better than the one you’ve got right now.”
The music video was cool to see. You see Sipprell in various parts of an abandoned house (because I wouldn’t call that place livable, but it’s just for the music video). She has on different clothes and different camera shots/tricks to make the video pop more on screen. But nothing over-the-top. Just like the track, it was just a nice vibe to listen and watch. I gotta say, I like this version of Sipprell, even if it’s just for one track. She knows what she wants and she is getting it.
Londoneers Miraa May and RAYE come together in sisterhood and badassery in their latest single Go Girl. Imagine if you have a combination of ideas from Soulmate from Edsilia Rombley and Numidia and the all-out party vibes from a Love Yourself from Alicia Awa and this is the result you have. The music video (which is where you get the full grasp) just has women just having fun and enjoying their time at home with the party vibes. I think this week there were a lot of songs about relationships and breakups so we needed to get an uplift leading into Friday. Miraa May and RAYE have you covered. There really isn’t much else to say. It’s a party song. It’s a club song. This is just for you to dance and have fun with. So after you finish reading this, go play this track on full volume… unless you are at work, then wear some headphones.
In the feel good song of the week, Conor Albert and Maya Delilah put out a gem in the latest track I Think You Should Know. We should have a new type of theme for songs called happy breakups because this is exactly what this song is. Maya is on the track just happily talking about how this relationship just ended and could care less about what the other person is thinking. There is a line in the second verse where she said she was surprised that she would still be here even though she’s single. That’s probably why she feels fantastic that the worst possible situation never came to pass and she can move on.
Conor Albert never puts out bad songs. You can see in the short below that he is just jamming away. The beauty of him being able to play so many instruments must come out when he plays live. There is just so much good vibes coming through in this finished product that I wish it didn’t have to end. Like it feels as though there should be an extended cut of just him playing his instruments. Let’s be clear, I can hear him play all day long. This is quality from Conor. And I’d be remised if I didn’t say that Maya is a talented musician herself. Let’s see them both play for like hours on end.
This track is a part of his upcoming EP Collage 2. Dunno when the release date is, but I’m ready for it.
Can we get two cheers for Maverick Sabre and Demae for a smooth neo-soul track with Not Easy Love. Dare I say that it invokes the moods you would get from D’Angelo with the melody the guitar provides throughout the track. It’s just a relaxing vibe to just melt away in and Maverick’s voice helps in that regard. Not overbearing yet buttery smooth to the ears. I could listen to the smooth brother sing all day.
I also think the music video was spot on for the message it was conveying. You have different shots of the two going back and forth as it is within the lyrics. You have Maverick saying that he can’t fully commit to the relationship because he thinks he’s not good enough for her or he’s just not built for commitment. Then you have Demae coming in with the second verse explaining that he is better than what he is saying. That he should attempt to try and to set aside his pride for some real love.
The point of the music video that hit hard was the last two scenes where you’d thought you’d see them together, but they are apart. Maverick is in the record studio while Demae is at home by herself. Way to stick the landing for the theme. As a side note, the lighting for the video was so good with using the reds to pop out on screen. The neo-soul vibes of it all were calling for a mood like this and I was loving the entire aesthetic.
This week’s playlist is being headlined by London-based artist Sans Soucis and her latest single Games which features a voiceover from Italian politician Cécile Kyenge. This track is the second one on her EP On Time For Her and the focus track of the project.
“…a nod to Sans Soucis’ Congolese heritage. Sampling the sounds of Congolese Rumba (Franco Luambo), it is a deceptively playful sounding cut. Lyrically Giulia takes aim with a cut-throat commentary on Western superiority.”
The production IS deceptively playful. If you were to just have this on in the background the content would just fly right past you. I imagine this was all intentional to how she wanted to tackle this subject. Speaking of playful, the way she just glides through the field in her dress, you can tell she is enjoying herself. There could be some personal satisfaction that she has the agency to speak truth to power on her own terms.
This was the first question Sans posed on her website. After doing this blog for almost two years, you tend to loosen up on what you classify as R&B and the like. Everyone is different and this was the main reason why she is featured this week. Something out of the norm of what you hear, but as long as the music is good, no need to shy away.
This is a Bandcamp so I am going to direct you there first. SUPPORT YOUR ARTISTS!!!!
Manchester artist ZULA and producer glue70 released their first single, Elevate Me, which will be a part of their upcoming EP ‘SKIN44’ (which is coming later in November). So my initial thoughts are the perfect imperfections within the sound. At times it comes off as distorted and ZULA’s voice is tweaked just a little bit. It comes well to my ears. It’s that future sound you would hear owner of SOULECTION Joe Kay would talk about all the time in his radio sessions. I love the modernization of R&B glue70 did with the track.
ZULA’s voice is very smooth and even nonchalant at times. I wonder if she knows how effortless she knows she makes it seem on the record. And I don’t mind it at all because I was jamming to this song like 30 times at one point. For other days, I may just be relaxing on the couch when this came on and just vibed out. It doesn’t matter the mood, she delivers.
This song is about being there for a friend and getting them out of their current funk. ZULA talks to her friend gradually about the old days where they were a bit more friendly, smiled more. And it would make her better to see them in better spirits.
Elevate Me’ is about being there for a friend in need, someone who needs an elevating touch.”
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Berlin-based independent label Havêa Records presents the new collaborative EP from UK-based ZULA (also known as Freak Slug) and glue70. Forged in the small hours following big nights, the quiet time of cocooned downtime and amongst the lived hours soaking up inspiration from their home city of Manchester, it is a project born of experimental experiences. ZULA’s sugar-sweet vocals whisper 5am epiphanies over glue70’s molten beats. It’s all glitches and switches with space and breaks – every element considered, crafted and curated.
British artist Maya Delilah takes us on a soulful trip in her latest single Thank You. One of the first things that stands out the love her guitar is putting out on the track. As the song goes on, it just takes over and stands out within the music. Someone on her clip mentioned that she could just do an instrumental of all her songs in this album and it’ll be just as good (paraphrasing here). I’m inclined to agree. She may be young, but talent like that is rare to find among musical talent today. I can only think of H.E.R. as of this writing who has the talent to be an A-list guitar player AND singer in one package.
The rest of the musical arrangement is so well done. Those keys and organs just take me back when it comes to tracks like this. In addition, the strings and background vocals help elevate Maya even more, bringing it all together. Taking more than one listen to this song will give you a full appreciation of its different facets. Kudos to the producer for putting this together.
What I received from this song is a person understanding what kind of relationship they were in after the 100-day break ended up being more than just a simple break. Coming to a point where you can stay “Thank You” for showing what the worst thing in the world can be at that point in time of their life. Sometimes in the journey towards healing you have to change the perspective of your reality. For some, it can be looking at a relationship from suffering to deliverance (for something better). And for Maya, that was learning to love herself more than what she had back then. You can hear the calmness in her voice as she sings about how it makes her feel as she sings those words. She’s making those words and emotions come to love and as the listener, I can feel them all. It feels very genuine and I love that feeling.
More About The Artist
Maya Delilah’s love of music began at an early age with artists like Prince, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer to name a few. When her sister began guitar lessons, Maya first thought about pursuing music herself. She started learning the guitar and has been an advocate for girls playing the instrument ever since.
Maya attended the prestigious BRIT school where she met many like-minded musicians and artistic friends. It was there she mixed with a strong community of singers and songwriters, a hub of creativity that she continues to be a part of. This community provides unwavering support and in an industry that can be tough to break into, a trustworthy group like this can only accomplish positive results.
Only 20-years-old, Maya Delilah is not only a guitar expert but also writes songs of her own, drawing inspiration from artists like John Mayer, Daniel Caesar, D’Angelo, Tyler the Creator, Bruno Mars, and Vulfpeck. With her first EP “Oh Boy” and Single “Moonflower” release in 2021, her second EP “It’s Not Me, It’s You” is ready for release in 2021. Maya’s has a soul-pop sound inspired by experiences and constant daydreaming. Unique guitar harmonies stand out within her music; Maya wants to show that girls can be extraordinary on guitar, combat the stereotype of it being ‘a male instrument’, and inspire young girls to pursue music. Through her Social media platforms Instagram and Tik Tok, Maya has connected with artists and fans across the world, building a strong following that loves her for her music and message behind her artistry.
Two of my favorite artists from the UK, Sasha Keable and Jorja Smith give an amazing performance in the song Killing Me. I say masterpiece because the production, the vocals, and music video was just so perfect. It would be unfair to call it a feature from Jorja, but more of a duet. The harmonizing of these two women are amazing to hear. With the backdrop of the Spanish guitar just giving that ambiance throughout the track gives one the chills. And trust me, there was a vibe evident all throughout.
The opening scenes of Sasha and Jorja on the rotating circle in matching outfits, you knew they were about business. The subject matter really dictated that. To cry out “it was killing me” three times, they really wanted to drive that point home. They both come to the song giving their own stories but they transform by the end of the track. They choose to love themselves before they can try to love someone else. Beautiful message from them both.
Montreal’s very own, Kallitechnis has released her first single for her upcoming EP later this year with Outta My Way featuring Londoner 23 Unofficial. She said it herself on Twitter that the song slaps and I gotta agree. I’ve been playing it on repeat for about half an hour and the song just doesn’t get old.
JP and I produced and wrote OUTTA MY WAY via Zoom. We were both in a good mood and wanted to make a song that we could both party to and kick it to. OUTTA MY WAY has a duality like that. It’s hot and cold. 23 floats through his verse effortlessly. I just love that it slaps when the hook comes around, yet it’s chill in the verses.
You have to appreciate a song that is not OVER produced and gives you that vibe out to the track. And to think they were so confident in the song, you get a good 30 seconds at the end of the track to take it all in.
If the EP is as good as this song right here, we might be getting something special. I’ve always been a fan of Kallitechnis and have always delivered quality music. If you haven’t before, pay attention to her and be ready for that project to drop.
British singer Penelope Darling has released her latest single Tears Run Red and gives heartfelt and thoughtful performance. She mentions that this song was about one of the hardest times in her life. The lyrics that I’ve heard so far suggests that she had a great relationship, but had to give it up. If you look at the music video, she must have been truly heartbroken over the entire ordeal.
Every song I’ve ever written has truth, a personal story or about someone I care about. But this song is different. It’s my hardest time, sung in poetry. I’m so proud of what we have created with Tears Run Red
Penelope gets into the car and you can see the tears start to run down her face and then she just gradually breaks down emotionally. Personally, I think a live version of this song is warranted because the emotion that she gives in the car doesn’t gel with the audio version. I want to be very clear, I’m not saying that none of this isn’t sincere. But there is something that is waiting deep that the music video made me confused as to why I’m not hearing it.
However, I do want to hear it because the song is really good. It tugs at my heart strings because I’m emotionally invested in her well-being as she sings this song. If she wouldn’t mind getting to that place, mentally, for a session, I’d be there front row (physically or digitally).
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Penelope Darling cites her Dad’s music collection as her biggest inspiration and his constant support as the reason that she took a career in music seriously. As such, she was exposed to artists like Etta James, Donny Hathaway, Nina Simone, and Aretha Franklin which really inspired her to explore all types of blues and jazz. Later, she found an affinity with R&B artists like H.E.R, Summer Walker, Beyoncé, Amy Winehouse, Drake, Ne-Yo, Adele, Jasmine Sullivan, to mention a few. You can hear traces of these influences in the R&B-meets-blues music that Penelope now loves to create.