The weekend is finally upon us and there is no better way to celebrate then with some new music. This week saw the news of a new Calvin Harris album with a ‘whos who’ list of features including DJ Khaled, Young Thug, Katy Perry, Frank Ocean, Migos, Pharrell Williams and John Legend as well as the release of UK artist J Hus highly anticipated album Common Sense. But the past seven days have also seen a string of new releases from all over the world. So sit back, plug-in to the “Cloud of Sound” and relax as we present;
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1. Miah Travis – Mona Lisa
Miah Travis is a 19-year-old hip hop artist and Chesapeake-native. The up-and-coming rapper has made a solid amount of noise last year with the instant buzz coming from his track, ‘1999‘, and also his smooth and rather soulful track, ‘Mona Lisa‘. It appears that Miah has finally began to come out of hiding, as he’s been gearing up for the summer, being that he’s expected to drop his debut EP, Loose Ends EP, sometime very soon. The track speaks on Miah’s childhood, growing up in the church and being troubled by his sinful ways, while rather distraught by the idea of religion.
2. Fifi Rong – The Same Road
Hot on the heels of Fifi Rong‘s triumphant SXSW 2017 showcases and her forthcoming appearance at The Great Escape comes new single ‘The Same Road‘, the follow-up to the acclaimed ‘Future Never Comes‘. The London-based artist and producer has clearly entered the mainstream consciousness and is developing her own brand of hybrid electronica completely independently. Rong’s celebrated collaboration work includes contributions to Skepta‘s Mercury Award-winning Konnichiwa, Tricky‘s False Idols & and electro legends Yello‘s new album Toy.
3. The Age of L.U.N.A – Body & Soul
This week saw The Age of L.U.N.A unveil their latest EP Coco, featuring standout release ‘Freddie‘ along with title-track ‘Coco‘; the soulful 5-part offering speaks volumes on the young group’s talent. Opening the EP is ‘Body & Soul‘; the adept coupling of producer NK-OK’s grooving soundscapes and Daniella’s soulful melodies. Rappers Butch and Kyote syncopate with provocative rhymes, demonstrating the lyrical maturity this foursome is swiftly becoming known for. This summer will see L.U.N.A. play a string of high-profile festivals including Glastonbury, Wireless and The Great Escape.
4. Leonell Cassio feat. Julia Mihevc – Me 4 Me
Swedish producerLeonell Cassiois here to delight our ears with a wonderful blend of melodious tenderness and sharp electronica called ‘Me 4 Me’, featuring the wonderful vocal work of Canadian songstressJulia Mihevc. The track that explores quite a dark subject matter for Cassio; a period of time in his life where the acceptance of his true self was completely diminished. What begins as an open letter of sorts with simple orchestrations turns into a surprising and buzzing bass of productions. It catches you off guard but once you settle into it, you understand the growth in text and music.
5. Amy Steele – Graces
Amy Steele is a 24-year-old singer/songwriter from London.Recently spending time writing and recording her debut EP, after releasing two previous singles to great ovation after signing with CTMG Records, Amy has already built a loyal following. Her first single ‘Bury You Deep’ saw her quickly amass over a million views on You Tube and her second single ‘The Wolves’ exceeded the first and clocked up over two million listens. Her latest release ‘Graces’ showcases Amy’s vocals as well as her strong ability to write lyrics which are in turn vulnerable, provocative and perfectly delivered in her unique and distinctive style.
6. O.J Hodding feat. Shaé – Naturally Pt. II
O.J.Hodding is a London based artist blending elements of Golden-Age Hip-Hop with modern influences. Producing all his own material, he frequently collaborates with other artists, as well as being one half of Hip-Hop duo Soul Purpose. For ‘Naturally Pt. II‘, Hodding has teamed up with gospel singer Shaé to add some silky soul to the track. If you are into real hip hop—I’m talking mid-nineties hip hop—then you are going to like O.J. Hodding.
7. Curtis Mayz – 5:38AM
Dallas rapper Curtis Mayz put his own spin on Destiny’s Child‘s ‘Jumpin’ Jumpin”, but if you’re expecting a poppy rap hit, you’re in for a surprise. Instead, ‘5:38 AM’ is ominous, hard-hitting, and fueled by tough times and a negative state of mind. “This record is basically when trying to do the right thing meets frustration, impatience and paranoia,” Mayz told Pigeons & Planes. “Walking that straight and narrow path can easily be rerouted when your bank account balance is negative, the rent is due, and your child is outgrowing clothes as fast as they able to fit ’em. Shit is real out here.”
8. Andres Moss – Stop Me
Swedish-born, Nashville-based nu-R&B, singer-songwriter Andreas Moss, unleashes his new single ‘Stop Me’, set for release on Curb Records. Fresh from the success of his debut track, ‘Thinking About You’, which received over a million streams within a month of release, making it into Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ Playlist and jumping right onto their ‘Global Viral 50’ – Andreas’ follow up it’s an electric anthem about the cry for help that you never hear, a reminder that even within the depths of addiction, our better half is still searching for redemption.
9. Da Beatfreakz – Quavo
Introducing multi-talent music Producers/DJs O1 and U1 also known as Da Beatfreakz, known for their work with Kat Deluna &Jerimih‘s ‘What A Night’, Giggs‘Rap Gustavo’ and currently working with Usher, Sean Paul, Jaquees and Chris Brown. Now the duo have teamed up with Sneakbo, Moelogo, Afro B & Sona for the motivationally charged Afro/bashment assisted ‘Quavo‘. With the current musical climate that we are in “its amazing to see how African music is widely spreading into mainstream audiences. For us it’s an exciting time to be making music, to be part of history in the making within the African diaspora.” – Da Beatfreakz.
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