JGrrey – Ain’t So

“When I wrote ‘Ain’t So’ I wrote it with a supporter of mine in mind… it’s meant to be a reassuring song, it was meant to be a reminder that things get better.

But actually now I look at ‘Ain’t So’ as a moody song that holds the weight of addressing one’s emotions ‘aint so bad when you’re feeling like that’ – a reminder that you’re still lucky enough to feel, a reminder that even with the world falling apart you’re still here… What will you do with your time?”

JGrrey

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Refs – Nice (feat. Jonah Mutono)

“Everyone has a threshold. we take shit for only so long until our animal nature kicks in. For the deep-thinking introverts and the non-confrontational peacekeepers, this can feel a bit explosive from the outside looking in. But in reality, for some of us, it’s been brooding all along.”

Refs

Matilda Mann – As It Is

Beautifully sublime and breezy vocals that match a sound which balances subtlety with melancholy so finely.

“At the time my boyfriend was in America for a month and I spoke about how I missed him (and how in relationships before, I had never actually missed them when they were away, and it was always a big sign for me) I had a few friends at the time who were coming to the end of their relationships, mainly due to long distance, but it was dragging on because they didn’t know how to let go. I think sometimes it can be quite daunting to imagine yourself single and to lose a part of your life that you’ve just grown accustom to always being there.”

Matilda Mann

Kiara Nelson – Kisses For Breakfast

“’Kisses For Breakfast’ to me is a very sweet and special song about meeting someone that changes you for the better. A person that makes you want to dive in fully into the relationship even if you’re someone who’s usually scared to catch feelings. I think the song is a cute representation of the beginning of a relationship when you realise you really want to hold on to someone. And give them kisses for breakfast every day!” 

Kiara Nelson

The Endorphins – Home (feat. Amaya)

Swedish RnB continues to thrive, in part, thanks to The Endorphins with their consistent ability to create premium cuts like this one ‘Home’.

“Our music is all about inducing endorphins. It’s about love, friendship, clubs, parties, and sex. We wanna bring good vibes, with a touch of future RnB. The vibe of our songs is influenced by the good vibes that were floating around NYC in the 70’s – that escape from reality that the disco era was built upon.”

The Endorphins

HRTLSS x Huntar – Say Anything

While HRTLSS is a relatively new and welcome addition to Alfitude’s pages, Huntar has been featured on here for some time, and so a collaboration like this is well worth a listen.

This is a magnificent blend of both talents and a thoughtfully crafted piece of British RnB.

HRTLSS | HUNTAR

Rey D’Asian – Say Yes

“Recently, quarantine and everything going on in the world, pushed me to rethink, reflect and process old crap attached to the stressful normal life. ‘Say Yes’ is a high-frequency song that works as a reminder to myself, and hopefully to others, to pause, breathe and live in the present.”

Rey D’Asian

LOWEN x Zach G Wilson – KARMA

London-based drummer and songwriter LOWEN draws influences from RnB, hip-hop, trap and neo-soul. And you can hear elements of all these inspirations from this sultry release, which features vocals from Zach G Wilson.

LOWEN | Zach G Wilson

REECE – BOY, DON’T CRY

A deeply personal release from REECE, with proceeds of the song going directly to an excellent cause.

“This is my first song explicitly discussing my sexuality, and while terrifying, it’s something I felt I had to do. ‘BOY, DON’T CRY’ is about moving on from an ex who made you feel small, which transcends orientation. I tried to make a song I wish I’d heard growing up.”

“With so many Black lives still being taken in this country, I wanted to honour our moral obligation of support with actions in my life, and my music. ALL Black lives matter – including LGBTQ+ Black lives. Since June is Pride month, I wanted to support a charity benefiting both groups at once. I will donate my earnings on this song to The Center Of Black Equity – a charity founded in D.C. to help Black members of the LGBTQ+ community thrive in this world.”

REECE

TOLEDO – FOMO

Brooklyn duo TOLEDO return today with a quarantine-inspired piece of indie surf-pop that we can all relate to.

“‘FOMO’ pokes fun at this quarantine lifestyle, but at the end of the day gives voice to a genuine desire to be more present.”

TOLEDO

Peach Tree Rascals – Deer

“This song is about giving yourself that shot, and celebrating when you win it. I’d like to think that if you let life keep passing by without taking a chance or living your dream, you’ll live with that feeling of ‘what if.’” – Joseph (Peach Tree Rascals)

Peach Tree Rascals

Ebenezer – Melanin

While protests have starts to calm down across the world, the conversation on racial inequality is definitely here to stay. Ebenezer’s new release delivers a powerful statement beautifully.

Ebenezer

Ash Minor – Hit Different

Ash Minor continues to gain momentum through his polished take on RnB. This track evolves into a hazy, rock-inspired sound that is sublime to experience.

Ash Minor

Lil Halima – Friends

Alfitude favourite Lil Halima returns with a disco edge that I am absolutely mesmerised by. One of Norway’s consistently impressive talents.

Lil Halima

Arca + ROSALÍA – KLK

Nothing about this collaboration is subtle. It’s a huge shock to the system and I am living for every damn beat.

Arca | ROSALÍA

Mai Kino – Lungs

“’Lungs’ started with an image in my head, of people living underwater… I wrote it a while ago but in many ways it mirrors what’s going on in the world at the moment.” 

Mai Kino

Jay London x Criss Jrumz – Back To The Bars

Conscious hip hop with a minimal beat structure and an effortlessly smooth melodic flow of lyrics.

“There’s lots of power in our community right now, power strong enough to finally end systematic oppression and racism. And that kind of power comes with a lot of stress, pain, sadness and anger. With that in mind, I felt three minutes of entertainment would ease the stress we’re all facing and give us a moment to relax. Not to stop ourselves in our mighty quest, but something to give ourselves a break.”

Criss Jrumz

Jay London | Criss Jrumz