Track of the week. This is the kind of talent that still fires my excitement in new music discovery, ten years later. On the surface, this is not a straightforward sound to enjoy; it’s experimental, conceptual and quite bold.
But approach the song with an open mind and you will discover a beautifully warped world where Oranj Goodman blends soul, hip hop, RnB, and dark undertones of trip hop to create something so beautifully sublime.
“Growing up, religion was a big part of my life and it forced me to feel like someone I wasn’t. This song is about assessing how my Christian upbringing has made me feel because of my sexuality, and it’s also me coming out to the world as queer.”
Track of the week. This song had an unusual effect on me, and one which rarely happens. My heart raced faster than usual when I got into the flow of the melody, all the while the production of the track stayed minimal and subdued. It’s a testament to quality that deserves to be shared.
Track of the week. My love for Chloe Lilac led me to this new collaboration that has been released featuring an outfit called Young Saab. I know so little about these guys but this track caught me right from the start. The sound is minimal yet powerfully emotive.
Track of the week. I don’t know why, but when I hear this song I feel the same way I did listening to Amy Winehouse’s ‘Take The Box’ for the first time, and it’s a beautiful thing.
“It was the quickest song that I ever wrote. I knew I was frustrated, but I didn’t think too much about it. But every time I listened back to the demo, it became very clear to me what this song was about. And every time I sang the song, it gave me this feeling of power that I didn’t realise I needed at the time. A reminder to myself that I have boundaries, and as a woman, there’s great power in being able to say ‘no’, when something doesn’t sit right with you.“
Track of the week. At first glance this is a chaotic, brash, loud pop noise. But the more you listen, the more amazing you start to experience the unique sound that brakence creates. It’s an intricate, heavily textured song with a distinct vocal that unveils something new to me with each play.
Track of the week. With everything happening around us right now, it’s nice to hear something a little more light-hearted every now and again. This is a mellow yet playful indie pop sound, with some very relatable lyrics to a lot of us.
Track of the week. Words couldn’t comprehend the emotions that ran through me when I first played this song from Norwegian talent Emilie Nicolas. It’s a haunting, heartbreaking piece with elements of soul and bluegrass, all combined together to create something truly beautiful.
Track of the week. A blend of indie, soul and RnB that’s been crafted together in a way that transcends any expectation you would have of how it could sound, and created something genuinely new to experience.
Track of the week. Hailing from South West London, Louis Culture shows that staying true to yourself can create the extraordinary. An exciting blend of styles are layered against one another and fused together with thoughtful lyrics, making this one of the most refreshing takes on British hip hop for some time.