Elisa Delves Into Her Inner World For New Single, ‘Water’

Elisa Imperilee releases ‘Water’ produced by long-time collaborator SRIGALA and
accompanied by the singer’s first visual directed by ALMASS BADAT.

‘Water’ is a haunting tale of empowerment following Elisa’s journey through isolation
and fear as she faces her feelings. This is Elisa’s first self released track which follows her first release with MC Manik.

Speaking about the track, Elisa mentions: “People always told me that time was a healer. But sometimes time isn’t enough and the difficult truth is that you have to put in work to heal yourself.When I wrote this song I was in a dark place yet somehow this felt more comfortable than the prospect of facing the feelings I had been avoiding for a long time. I was becoming
aware of the trap I was in and this song chronicles my coming to terms with the fact I had
to dive into those difficult emotions to get out of it.”

Listen to ‘Water’ below.

UK Singer Liét Speaks of Love For Debut Single, Bittersweet

Liét’s debut single Bittersweet tells a story of a complicated, new-school kind of love; one person wants to be official, whilst the other wants to play the field. 

Taking the stance of the fed-up but loyal woman in the relationship; Liét’s laid back vocals grace the syncopated RnB track with ease. With a lyric video composed of clips from old 90’s and early 2000’s black cinema, it’s hard not to feel instantly nostalgic when the track plays.

Perfectly capturing the toxic cycle of going to and from a non-committal lover, Liét writes for a lot of women across the map with similar experiences. Citing Brandy and Destiny’s Child as her inspirations, Liétt showcases what she has to contribute to the UK RnB scene. Though the lyrics are melancholy (“Do enough to keep me on your mind/ On a ride to nowhere, wasting time”), she juxtaposes it over a sweet, chilled beat (produced by Nosa Apollo), making a sad love song danceable. 
Having provided backing vocals for the likes of JLS, Stefflon Don and Kojo Funds, Liét is stepping out on a solo journey, and Bittersweet serves as the start to what could be a very fruitful career.

Watch the video below, and let us know what you think:

NEWS: Genre Defying Independent Mancunian Artist – IAMDDB Drops Her Fifth Volume

One of most exciting young artists in the UK – Diana DeBrito (IAMDDB) drops her fifth project titled Swervvvv.5

Her eccentric enigmatic live performances, and expansive genre defying sound has earnt her huge recognition around the world. Despite being independent she has managed to spread her music all around the world with tours around Europe, parts of Asia, and places in South America.

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IAMDDB combines soul and jazz records, with a blend of new trap and hip hop to which she labels as ‘Urban Jazz’.  She takes inspiration from Blues legend –  Nat King Cole, as well as, Neo Soultress – Erykah Badu to which she seemingly blends her appreciation for old records with today’s pioneering musical genres.

Have a listen to Swervvvvv.5 below:

UK Artists To Watch In 2019

 

Blue Lab Beats

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With a hefty 18-track first album to their name, which combined two of their previous EPs, decorated with a number of exciting artists from the UK, Blue Lab Beats are an amazingly talented duo. Multi-instrumentalist Mr DM, and Producer NK-OK make-up the pair, drawing influences from old school jazz and hip hop, combined with some heavy synthesised melodies and basslines. The pair topped off their year with a sold show at Oval Space, and I’m intruigued to see which direction they take music to in 2019.

Check the visuals for the stand out track ‘Pineapple’:

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Che Lingo

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Che isn’t an artist you want to sleep on this year. With three solo projects, and a number of solo singles releases in 2018, and with his EP release date set for January 18th, the seeds have been sown for a very exciting year. Why does Che stick for me? I’m a lyrics man, and the attention to detail from nearly every track I’ve heard from him is pensive, thought-provoking and honest. His most recent project Charisma painted a quite vivid, open picture of his reality, which I found to be relatable, and refreshing. Che’s clarity and ability to rapidly change his lyrical flow like he does in Feet Your Feelings’, and ‘Zuko’ really shines through for me.

Check the visuals for his recent track ‘CIRCLES’:

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Handles’ persona and charisma shines above all else, but from speaking to him, and learning he’s personally pushed over 60 thousand copies of his music revealed more about his ambitions and diligence to push his own music. 2018 saw Handles release his debut EP titled; SUI GENERIS, which debuted on the iTunes hip hop album chart at number #7, as well as, headlining his first performance abroad where he was the Headline Act for Midnight Sessions in Dusseldorf, Germany. As an independent artist, Handles has amassed a strong reputation in the fashion industry with top brands, super models and fashion bloggers, 2019 should prove an exciting year of growth not just in his Music, but as a public figure.

Check the visuals for ‘Surreal’:

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Idris Miles

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Based in Essex UK, Idris Miller a.k.a Idris (pronounced Eye-Dris) Miles is an artist and songwriter who fuses the sound of R&B, Rap and Hip Hop. He takes inspiration from a wide variety of artists such as Chance The Rapper, Kojey Radical, Octavian, singer Sevdaliza and Little Simz, with the meaningful and powerful message she always brings to her verses. Idris has a huge amount of stage presence, and an energy which is infectious. He caught my attention during an open Mic session at the Ritzy, and he recently headlined an amazing show at Ace Hotel, Shoreditch, so I’m excited to see where his journey moves to next

Check his latest single ‘Samurai’:

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Jevon

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Another exciting talent to come out the UK and to look out for in 2019 is Jevon. First grabbing my attention of his lyrical prowess, and production skills with several tracks from, the New Gen compilation. Jevon has a great ability to adapt his flow and tone cohesively to differently paced beats, and for it not to seem out of place. His daring nature to drift on high tempo momentous beats, like the track; ‘Redemption’, but then turn away to more jump on more dancehall beats like the recent single release ‘Judas’. 2019 is expected to be an exciting year for him, with an EP expected early in the year, and hopefully some more live performances.

Check the visuals for ‘Wagwarn’:

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Jvck James

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It’s been a little while since the UK has had an exciting male R&B artist. In spite being only 19 years, Jvck James seems have a level of maturity beyond his age, as well as, respect for music before his time. Having released a number of singles this year, and performed around the country, this year looks to be the foundations for an exciting future for Jvck James. 2019 sees him supporting the USA’s latest R&B star in Ella Mai, who’ll be touring the UK and EU in January and February.

Check his COLORS performance:

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Kojey Radical

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The growth and work rate of Kojey over the past couple years has been admirable. This year saw him make an impressive number of features, with Jay Prince, Mahalia, MJ Cole, Ghetts, and 808 Ink to name a few. As well as, a terrific UK/EU tour to close the year, which was topped off with an incredible sold out performance at KOKO. An inspiring feat for someone still young and independent in the music scene, and with an album already teased for 2019, I’m exciting to see which direction Kojey takes his artistry with the new album, having taken on so many different features in 2018.

Check the visuals for IF ONLY/WATER:

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Layfullstop

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Someone to mostly definitely look out for is Layfullstop! Hailing, from the creatively charged city of Manchester, Layfullstop is one of the latest artists to bubble out of the city. 2018 saw her feature on tracks with The Mouse Outfit, Children of Zeus, as well as, releasing a solo debut album. Her debut album titled; Colour Reaction, carried some heavy, captivating lyrics, as well as, a certain weight of consciousness which is thought-provoking and powerful. Her stand out track ‘Boeheim Queen’ addresses the misconceptions of women, spirituality and what it means to be unconventional in today’s world.

Check her track Bohemiem Queen below:

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Obongjayar

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Nigerian Born, Obongyjayar has managed to mesmerize me with every song he’s created so far. Take his more recent track; Adjacent Heart, where he describes a time of when he fell in love.  The transitions from raspy, deep spoken word, to more eerie high-pitched tones in the hook within the track is quite special and captivating. Naturally one of his influences is the Afrobeat legend; Fela Kuti, but as he describes in an interview with Daze, “It’s about using those sounds to create something new”, and, with his roots firmly tied to Nigeria, his lyrics thoughtfully seem reflect his experiences in London. I feel an album is on the cards from Obongyjayar in 2019, so he’ll be worth keeping a tab on.

Listen to Adjacent Heart Below:

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New Music: Highly Rated London Based Lyricist; Lex Amor Reveals Latest Single Titled; Mood

London based lyricist; Lex Amor recently dropped a new track titled; Mood. Lex Amor first grabbed my attention with her feature track; ‘Praises’ (listen below) in the first Touching Bass Chronicles, towards the end of last year. Her candid, spoken word flow makes her stand out amongst other UK hip hop artist.

Having mostly laid lyrics down to hip-hop and soul stylized productions, her new release ‘Mood’, sees Lex Amor shift gears on a heavy trap beat. Impressively, she manages to ride the beat whilst still maintaining her spoken word poetic flow.

Check it out for yourself below: