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You’d Be Wrong To Not Give Johnny Kulo A Try

Indian-born, Berlin-based artist Johnny Kulo gives us a modern take on smooth n’ groove with his latest song Wrong. I love how the production of this track just flows from the start and it feels like silk. It didn’t take long for me to remember where I got similar vibes from. If you are a fan of Conor Albert and the tracks he worked with Alice Auer, you are going to love this song. So credit to the producer August Ingram for moving the sound in a more “current” state. And the decision to let the instrumental just flow towards the second half of the track was a good idea. It shows off how good the production is and in the future, could be a collab in the works. Gotta future-proof greatness.

Johnny Kulo

“I had worked on something like five different demos of this track a couple years ago, the last one being a live version recorded at Trixx Studios. After a couple years in the graveyard, when I found the files again my producer August Ingram and I made the call to keep the live band feeling, adding only a few more elements to complete it.”

Johnny Kulo

For an uplifting sound, the theme of the track about acknowledging a past regret does bring it all down to earth. It’s something we can relate to if we live long enough to experience more than one love. The trait of living life in sadness doesn’t seem to be one Johnny shares. So even to take a moment in his life and turn it into a bop like this shows a lot about his personality.

Johnny Kulo

“I imagine the track will make you reminisce, a cheeky escape to a memory that was precious at the time. Wandering into the idea of what could’ve been and what still could be. A song to send to your ex, an apology note of sorts. I don’t think every song needs to be immensely layered with emotion, I’d love for people to just get lost in the groove.”

Johnny Kulo
Johnny Kulo

I love this energy from Johnny Kulo. I’m happy that they decided to give a live version of this track. That “band” feeling you get from the track just comes alive in the music video. If he were to ever come to the state (when it’s safe to), I would LOVE to see him. One of the best things when you have a great track, the live version with a band can amplify all of the small things and just make everything pop. There really is nothing negative to say. Keep giving up more performances like this. You have made a new fan today.


More About The Artist

Berlin-based, Indian artist and producer, Johnny Kulo is the bridge between old-school soul and modern R&B. Laid-back, crack-yo-kneck grooves and thicc harmonies laced with catchy melodies will have you hooked from your first listen.

The son of a reverend, he was inevitably playing drums in church before he could form sentences and exploring several other instruments until eventually realizing his love for songwriting and production. He uses his sultry-smooth voice to tell personal and perceived stories of love, heartbreak and unsettled identity.

There Is Always A Forever In My Heart For Joy Denalane

Joy Denalane really knocked it out of the park with her latest song Forever. She always delivers a great performance in her songs and this new sound that I’ve been picking up on since Let Yourself Be Loved back in September. There is that wind instrument in the background that perks up your ears and has that 70s soul vibe going on. I think it fits her well. I want to give a lot of credit to Joy and her writing and specifically for the chorus.

When forever is more than just a word we saying; When it’s a place where you and I can lay; I’ll be waiting, I’ll be waiting; Forever becomes more than just a word for us; We’ll paint the walls and fill the halls with love; You know that I’ll be there waiting

Joy Denalane – Forever

Sometimes we get to songs and it just has lazy writing. Not from Joy. There was some effort and creativity from her and you can see it in all three verses.

The feelings and emotions coming from Joy’s voice were felt as I was watching the music video. I enjoyed the relationship as it was played throughout the song but that narrative of the husband seeing the ring on the silver platter was heartbreaking. So when you see the wife in the bath, one might assume she didn’t want to lose it and placed it there. So when she turned away from the ring, it was a double gut punch. It’s a well done video but it’s unfortunate for the characters, Forever was not a place for them.

Cover Art Nominees: Week 79

We are almost at the end of another week. We are just a few shy from the amount we usually put out, but as usual, the quality is at the tip-top. We have Joy Denalane with her latest single Forever. We also have Portuguese producer Mizzy Miles bringing on Carla Prata and Lhast in his latest song More Love. Finally, we are featuring Jamaican singer Shenseea and her latest single Run Run. I’m just happy that I’m seeing more Caribbean artists come on my radar. Please enjoy this week’s artists.

Love Youself With Alicia Awa and a Couple Of Donuts

German singer Alicia Awa gives us a self-empowerment anthem in Love Myself. Random: didn’t know that Badmomzjay was a part of the intro. I say that to say, she’s one of my favorite female rappers currently. But for Alicia, she tells us about how the decision makers try to put her in a box to fit an image they believe will move units and get money. She admits she had doubts and held her in check, but this song signifies her breakthrough in knowing the way she does things has got her the things she wanted. And all she needed to do was love herself. 

From Youtube

The music video really puts an idea in your head of a version of how to love yourself looks and I gotta say, I approve. If you catch it before the video starts, you see a pic saying Royal Donuts presents… and it turns out this is an actual place that sells donuts at multiple spots. I never heard of them so the concept of having their donuts being a part of the video shoot was odd, but in a good way. If one wants to take care of themselves with an All-White party with drinks and donuts, why not? And everyone in the video seemed to be enjoying themselves. There was nothing outside of the stacks of donuts that stood out, but this is one way to have fun. We have to thank Alicia Awa for thinking outside of the box with this one.

The Soft Voice of vi0let Stands Out In A Toxic City

So it turns out that some songs do slip by even after curating new R&B music for about 18 months, but Irish/German artist vi0let wasn’t on my radar… until today with her song Toxic City. The vibes behind the production and her voice was real chill. It really got me laid back to it all. The lyrics talk about surviving a toxic relationship, but not to the point where a place can remind you of that same person. Or how some of your senses can bring you back to that relationship like their unique smell on the pillow. 

It was the second verse that made me think that this could have been more intense than memories a city could bring.

Two years gone, what do you mean? You hit up my phone now that I have healed.

vi0let

I can only imagine a situation where you are living your best life and out of the blue you get a phone call from the past. Depending on how bad the relationship was, just seeing the name on the ID or hearing the voice could trigger such horrible memories. In the music video, we won’t get to see that kind of imagery.

Vi0let uses a bouquet to describe how the relationship goes from beginning to end. But even when we see the healthy flowers, you could feel some tension between the two individuals. As with all relationships, there are good times and bad times, however, this one had more bad times as it progressed. There were scenes where you can see how cold and dead their eyes were. The love and the light was just simply gone. Scenes where they are in breathing distance, but emotionally worlds apart. 

So we come back to the bouquet that was full of life and getting watered to grow. As we get through all the rough ends of the relationship, flowers start to get snipped away and you see a shell of itself. And if there were any doubts, vi0let comes over towards the end of the video and knocks the vase over and it smashes on the ground. Could be a sign that she chose to end the relationship. 

There were some neat things that tied the song to the videography. I loved how there were flashes of pictures and 1 second clips that ran in tandem with vi0let’s unique way of singing “alone” in the chorus. I mean the chorus alone really had my ears perked the way she sung it. One spot in particular was around the 2:45 mark where you see flashes of pictures of both people in bed and then it was just her. The theme of a breakup was consistent. So a big shout out to everyone that was a part of the video production team.

And finally for vi0let. This was an amazing song. I think her softer tones and voice works so well on this track. You have to give it a listen to.


More About The Artist

Emerging artist vi0let has always had a huge passion for singing as well as producing her own vocals and harmonies. Born in Germany, she spent her early years in Ireland singing, performing and immersing herself in the Irish culture— her father’s country of origin. When she returned to Germany she started to showcase her immense potential. At the age of 14 she appeared on The Voice Kids Germany, drawing praise from the judges, the audience, and her performance videos on YouTube have accumulated over 30 million views.

She has now spent three years in the UK, based between Brighton and London, where she writes, records and performs her own music. As a musician she showcases a new perspective of her artistic range by delivering empowering messages with a sense of vulnerability and strength. She uses her songs as an open diary to help people relate to their own experiences, touching on topics such as relationships, feminism, self-love, and self-empowerment. Blessed with a breathtaking voice and an incredible songwriting ability, she effortlessly infuses R&B, Pop and elements of Hip-Hop in her music. The German-Irish artist also boasts a visually striking appearance, her feminine and edgy style is inspired by streetwear and Asian influences. She effortlessly combines edginess with glamour and vulnerability in her music and fashion, making her one of those unique artists that stands out amongst the crowd.

It’s Not Lune, You Are The Mistake

I am a simple person. When I see anything involving Lune, she gets my attention and more than likely, her music will be covered by me. Her latest track is Du Bist Der Fehler (You Are The Mistake) has this guy just being a dog. Sleeping around and cheating on his wife and hiding his wedding ring just to get around. It was all good until a random video chat with another woman appeared on his phone and the wife started to get all suspicious. I was thinking to myself that it was getting hard to keep up with the amount of women he was with in the video that I’m starting to think it was on purpose. He eventually got found out when one of the people he was with brought back his wallet (with the ring showing of course). The one theme you see a lot is the usage of the hourglass and sand. As the video went on, you see the guy with more sand on his body and places around him. Probably signifying that his time was soon up.

Lune is really submitting herself as a true storyteller in her songs. I’m thinking of people like Nas and Miiesha when I bring this up. You feel as though you are getting a chapter in life for people who can relate. One thing they are good at is becoming a narrator in their own song. They can bring in the emotion and impact to the words while separating themselves when they need to in order to serve a bigger purpose. It’s not about them, but to get these stories out. And if they happen to be fictional, they feel so down-to-earth (these songs), that they feel real to me. Also credit to the producer Juh-Dee and providing another banger of a track. This song is amazing and that’s the standard that we are expecting from Lune. Nothing but the best.

Lune Dedicates Her Song, Alles Verdient, To Her Family

I don’t sugarcoat my fondness for Lune and how much of an impression she’s left on me and does it again with alles verdient (Deserved Everything). So two things that I’ve learned from looking up stuff about this song. She’s only 18 and is getting respect from German artists (and folks international) and she has Iraqi roots. You learn from the song that her parents fled from Iraq before the war started. There was only one war that was on everyone’s mind and that was the one with USA soon after 9/11. I can only assume based on the lyrics was that her mom was pregnant with her at the time of them fleeing the country.

If that’s not crazy enough, she went back to Iraq to film the music video. Lune might be German on the government documents, but she knows where her roots are. It’s really inspiring that she would go back to her home country to do that. I know it had to mean so much for her. Again, she’s only 18, but her future is so bright. Can you imagine what the entirety of her first EP or album would look like? Her songs tackles some serious issues that makes you sit back and really absorb her words. She’s a superstar.

New Music Friday Mar 12-19 Featuring Teesy & Buket

This week’s cover art artist is Teesy and Buket from Germany and their song Ich hab meine Träume verloren (I lost my dreams). Sometimes all you need is some keys, drums, and a guitar to get a meaningful song out. Something simplistic, yet filled with so much emotion. This song is about getting to a point in your life where you stop letting your dreams slip by. Teesy and Buket gets to that conclusion by wading through the muck of real life situations that hits really hard. There is a line where they say “Where have my dreams gone, those of old the big and small, Walls of disappointment.” You can’t tell me that sometimes you look around and ask, “What am I doing with my life?” This track is very somber or even dark in some cases.

Let’s talk about this music video. The isolation between Teesy and Buket personifies the lyrics given. They are both contemplating life when you are all alone and wondering about regrets and dreams. That scene where Teesy has his head on the wall then walks down that hallway was one of many where you can see these words written on their faces. I can’t imagine the song writing for this didn’t just come out of thin air. 

The addition of Buket is nice to put a woman’s face on this theme. It’s good to show that this may be a Teesy song, but the concept is relatable to everyone (as I mentioned before). Just look at her taking those long, methodical steps down the stairway. You can also see on her face that there’s stuff going on in her head. Or even when she was in the stands with the spotlight on her. That was some emotion shown on her face. I highly encourage you all to read the lyrics and see and understand the things Teesy and Buket is talking about in Ich hab meine Träume verloren. It’s some soul-searching lyrics. 

This week’s Cover Art Artists featuring Teesy and Buket

New Music Friday: February 12-19

Cover Art – Rola – Ride or Die

This is the second single this year from German singer Rola. Ride or Die is another song where the impact doesn’t come from just hearing the song, but when you watch the music video. And I just throw it out there that this is probably NSFW.  You can hear from the pre-chorus that same melody from Jennifer Lopez’s If You Had My Love. It’s neat that they were able to throw that in there. I wonder if that song relates to the title, Ride or Die. I don’t have access to the lyrics, but I have an idea of what they might consist of. 

So let’s just continue to the important part, the music video. From the first scenes, you knew it was going to be a banger of a song. Lots of power, but slowed just enough to have that intimate feeling to it all. There is a scene where they dropped a treadmill in the middle of the set and all you can see is Rola just walking in place. Way to grab attention while keeping the subject still and full of action at the same time. I won’t spoil the ending of the music video, but I would like to think there are people all over Germany who agree with that gesture. One small thing I noticed is that there are two different people within the rip of the cover art. What is Rola trying to say?

Three Shoutouts…
GRACE. – morethanwordscansay.

Does GRACE know just how beautiful of a song she wrote and sung? I mean there are love songs and then there are songs where when you hear it and listen to the lyrics, it just makes your heart melt. I mean you can have your first dance at your wedding to this song it’s so good. 

“This song is a story about those relationships that have been through so many roller coaster rides yet standing strong together because all that matters is they got each other. Imagine a scenario where one stands on the altar looking at someone who knows them best and all the roads that lead them there — this song is all the things one might say to the other half.”

GRACE. – morethanwordscansay.

It might be cheesy to say, but I had a couple of tears listening to this song, reading the lyrics, and the description from GRACE. Take the time to listen to the track. This is a Valentine’s Day hit for sure.

The Lazy Jesus and Anton Kramer featuring Гурт [O] – Taнго Пiд Дощем (Tango In The Rain)

Lots of soul coming from these groups of Ukrainian artists here. The Lazy Jesus, Anton Kramer and Band (or Group O) gives a great performance in the song Tango In The Rain. Singer Anton describe the song as:

“This song is about the fact that despite the bad weather in the soul and outside, you go to this dance with a person and are not afraid to open up to him. This is a very sensual dance of two people, in which you need to be on the same page and trust each other”

Anton Kramer – Tango In The Rain

You feel that in the vibe of the production. You have the strong boom-bap, keys, and bass guitar combined with the two singers to just put you in the right kind of mood to get close with someone. This song has been one of my favorites this week because of that jazz aesthetic it holds. I hope they have more music they want to release this year.

Niniola – Promise

I can tell from listening to Promise from Niniola, this song is too good to just be a studio track. We need to get a live version where she can just riff and the band go off for an additional 5 minutes on stage. If you are a fan of those heartbreak songs, this is the one for you. It reminded me of Toni Braxton in a way. And when Niniola was getting deep within to hit those notes with strength and power, I was like, “Yep, now I know what I said Toni Braxton. Her range is higher, but that power is there. So the only question now is when are we getting a music video and a live session of this song?

This week’s cover art nominees featuring Rola

New Music Friday: January 29 – February 5

Cover Art Artist – Shaun Ross – WX5

If I could describe in one word WX5 (which stands for Who, What, Where, When, and Why), Shaun Ross, and this music video, it would be Elegance. I was looking at the music video at times with my mouth open because I couldn’t believe just how good it was despite how simplistic it all is. What I found out looking Shaun Ross up was that he is a model and I guess both he is exploring a music career now or is he just keeps putting out good music and this was the first time I’ve heard one of the tracks. This also explains how effortless the movement is in the music video. Shaun must really be channeling the words, the sound, and the vibe in his movements. Being a professional model, I’m sure, helps with all of that. Also the details in the cinematography are there. The various changes in the production corresponds to the transitions and effects of the video. There is a lot of care to make sure end production was 100%. This was a professional job on all ends and an amazing track.

Three Shoutouts…
Lune – S.O.S.

I have never been disappointed with anything Lune has been a part of. The German singer was able to pack so much emotion in S.O.S., which is less than 3 minutes long. The chorus gives you a picture where she is crying for so long that her very being is being swept away in them. And as a final plea, Lune is asking for help, an S.O.S. because she knows she’s about to go under or just float away. That could mean just end up going on emotionless. There was a part in second verse where she goes:

“Staring at the ceiling of my room and she turns her

hands over her eyes as if it is a prayer.

Wanted to talk to you about it every day

But it doesn’t work”

Lune – S.O.S.

And that’s where you get to the point of the song where a rational person ask, “What has she been dying to talk to you about that has gotten her to this point?” The music video adds to the words. There is only one time the little girl is happy and that’s is winning the teddy bear, but sad throughout. Even Lune out here with just sad face. I have an idea of what this could all mean. The bear represents the little girl’s innocence and you see the Joker look-a-like having a joyous time when he’s around her whom ends up tossing her innocence in the river like garbage. You see Lune side-by-side at times or even interchanging with the little girl looking empty inside sitting in the back of the car. Could it be that she’s telling a story of someone else or her own life? I don’t know, but this song and video is something to behold.

p-rallel and Lauren Faith – Blue Denim Jeans

Brits p-rallel and Lauren Faith goes boom bap in a very early 90’s esque track Blue Denim Jeans. Maybe I’ve over analyzing it, but the filter, the camera shots, the mannerisms in front of the camera, and the production. If someone told me this was like a B-side from an album from some time ago, I’d believe it. I love the theme. Lauren Faith’s voice is amazing especially when she goes towards the highs in the track. The way she sings “Blue denim jeans” is like a tickle to my ears, it just put a smile on me just hearing it. You see p-rallel just vibing on the track just giving looks to the camera and says nothing at all. But it works, but the vibe behind it all makes it make sense. Using that bass guitar in the beginning of the track and then throughout really is the glue behind the production.

Molly Hammar – Douchebag

Channeling the BDE, Swede singer Molly Hammar gives us all a bop and soul clap as the cherry on top. Douchebag is that song that really lets you get all of those ill feelings out of your system, get your mind right, and let that guy know he’s trash. Female empowerment on beat and you can’t beat that. The music video is everything. Molly plays the part of the douche in this entertaining video and does a lot of the things you’d expect a “douchebag” would. This is a club banger for sure, you might want to let the single people have it on the floor when this comes on because this is a song for them.

This week’s Cover Art Nominees featuring Shaun Ross