Kadhja Bonet (Kad-yah Bo-nay) from Los Angeles is one of our favorite recently discovered singer-songwriter figures. Her debut single “Tears For Lamont” starts off with powerful orchestration (strings, horns and some flute) and almost sounds like something out of a James Bond movie. Her angelic voice and songwriting skills are simply unreal.
In October 2014 Kadhja was a participant at the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo. All of their hard work in the studio was captured and is now available for free download on the Various Assets compilation. Together with German producer rj and Mark Maxwell (aka Estii / Yale) from Australia, Kadhja made a heart-stopping song called “Latenight Munchies”.
Since we were dying to know more about Kadhja Bonet, we figured we’d ask her some questions in an effort to get to know her a little better. Please enjoy this interview and find out more about Kadhja for yourself.
Would you like to give a short introduction as to who Kadhja Bonet is and what your background is?
How to be brief – I am someone who was continuously derailed from my intentional careers until the universe pushed me into music, and I couldn’t be happier for it. Initially I was going to University to be a competitive runner, then I tore my Achilles and changed course to film school where I discovered how much I hate making movies…. I turned to music for comfort and immediate creative gratification and I never looked back.
If you had to describe your style of music, how would you word it?
I want to make music that makes you feel like you’re eating coconut cream pies while walking through a lush field full of cow poo.
Which artists have you been listening to lately and who should we all have in our playlist/favorites according to you?
I try to keep my head out of what’s happening now, but the ladies in KING, and Coco from Quadron always hold it down for me. Nick Hakim’s voice can do no wrong.
What was your first reaction when you got accepted to RBMA and would you like to share the most memorable moments while you were in Tokyo?
I was at work, and I read the email on my phone and immediately started jumping up and down and making a bunch of noise. My client just started screaming with me and said, “I don’t know why we’re screaming but I’m so happy for you!” That was awesome haha. Best moments of Tokyo?? The whole thing was great, but I dancing to save your life at 5 am in the tiniest grimey dive bars with people from all over the world is pretty irreplaceable. Also the last night, when we all drank sake and listened to everyone’s collabs and got all teary.
The song “Latenight Munchies” is seriously one of the best tracks on the Various Assets compilation. How did you three come together and is that playing the flute?
I do play some flute on my songs but actually this is not me playing that riff! One of the other ladies in the term was walking by with her flute and RJ flagged her down and she was in and out of the room in 30 seconds. I am playing that one repetitive violin note though haha. I was determined to finish this song because I guess you could say I’m kind of a sensitive type – it’s hard for me to just open up creatively to people I don’t know. So it took almost the whole two weeks just to get comfortable enough with a couple people to squeeze something out. RJ and Mark were really patient with me. It definitely felt like a scramble to get this finished in time.
That brings me to our next question. Do you play any instruments?
I grew up playing violin and viola, so all my ear training etc has been under the foundation of classical music, and i always wish I had some jazz training, but I don’t. I play basic flute, I can get the job done, and guitar is my primary writing tool. I’m really hoping to up my instrument game in 2015.
What do you have in store for us in 2015 and where can we find more of your music (now or in the future)?
I will be putting out another single, scheduled Feb. 4th from my solo project. I am doing my best to put out 2 singles, an EP in the Spring and a full album sometime in 2015 – and you can get caught up on my soundcloud. I have another project that we just finished an EP for, experimental Electronic R&b, and I really don’t know at this time when that’s coming out… but I’ll be sure to let you know!
Usually an intermission is a recess between parts of a performance, but in Beldina‘s case the “Intermission” EP is a break into her next chapter.
The foxy fly singer from Stockholm, now residing in Los Angeles, may look like a vixen but she sings like an angel. Yesterday she celebrated the release of her EP on Kiss Kiss Records. This beautiful creature called in the help of Bay Area/LA funkster B. Bravo and asked him to concoct a breezy tropical remix for her track called “Ocean“. We are very happy to announce it’s available for free download and Beldina’s EP is now available on iTunes.
For this reason I never would have guessed Emmavie produces herself as well. And with great skill I might add. Just take a listen to “I Hope We Never Break Up” featuring Ego Ella May. The track was premiered over at our Soulbounce fam (go butta) and is fingerlickin’ soul drippin’. The two work really well together vocally and I love those harmonies.
Now Emmavie has a show in London on February 8th, where she will be performing this and other material she’s been working on. Get your tickets here and make sure you follow both Emmavie and Ego Ella May on Soundcloud!
With Usher’s 8701 as a reference, Juan Cristobal started creating his 90′s/00′s R&B-inspired craft that he blends with future sounds in this present day of age.
His two year in-the-making ‘Precious’ album celebrates the musical journey that he started ten years ago. Long before being known as Juan Cristobal. Today, he decides to put music aside to fulfill other life projects he now has. Precious is his debut and at the same time last album that he will release on Christmas as the very first and last gift to his fans thanking them for their enduring support.
We are happy to exclusively premiere “So Beautiful” featuring Andre DePriest. So enjoy and ho ho ho head on over the Cosmonostro Bandcamp page for some presents in the form of a pre-order. Oh before I forget the good people from Cosmonostro are giving away this free wall paper to keep the holiday spirit alive.
Miss Rochelle Jordan aka Rojo is going straight to the top with her newly released debut album called “1021“. Not only do these mysterious digits form her birthday, it also tells the story Rojo has been through.
The ultra talented singer from Toronto has been making quite the noise this year, but finally everything came together with an official release. As usual KLSH is making magic happen on the productional side of things. Rochelle Jordan’s music is, as always about love, relationships and everything in between. One of our favorite songs is “401″, but the whole album is quite tasty as a matter of fact. Please enjoy another cut of her album “There You Go” and make sure you stream the entire thing on Rojo’s Soundcloud page.
Get ready for some good ol’ nineties R&B in a slightly renewed package. The album officially released on her own website last week and is available as an autographed CD plus MP3 bundle. Of course you can also head over to iTunes for your digital needs.
Their unique sounds come together nicely and the thestand4rd, consisting of Allan Kingdom, Psymun, Bobby Raps and Spooky Black, seems like a perfect outcome of an exceptional chain of events. Earlier today they released their self-titled debut album. It was recorded at Doc McKinney’s (The Weeknd’s producer) studio in Toronto. Their weird mix between electronic Hip Hop and R&B is as unique as each member’s identity.
Lucky for us the album is a freebie, so go ahead and download it for free. Shouts to Michael Cina for the artwork and please do share, like and repost if you enjoy the music!
Ever since we laid our ears on miss Billie Black from the city of London, we knew she would make it big. After she claimed she doesn’t ‘Need Another Lover‘ she now returns with a whole lot of zeros and ones.
Her songwriting skills are nothing short from amazing. Combine that with the wonderful minimalistic productions by Modyn and we have a sure win ladies and gentlemen! Billie Black’s “000100″ EP is out as of today and is available digitally through iTunes. I could have sworn I saw a link to limited edition vinyl. Unfortunately I can’t find the link anymore so we will just have to wait till it resurfaces.
Now we’ve all heard of auto-tune rapper T-Pain, but who knew he was such a skilled singer. Makes you wonder why he doesn’t throw out the gimmick right this instant.
Given that it has brought him to where he is at the moment. Lets be honest though…al this guy needs is a Fender rhodes and a microphone. T-Pain’s Tiny Desk concert on NPR is nothing short from amazing I tell you! They asked him if he would be kind enough to grace the Tiny Desk without any embellishment or effects to show what’s really made his career: his voice. He performs three songs that sound so different, yet beautiful to us.
“Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)”
“Up Down (Do This All Day)”
They say that every 20 years or so things make it back into fashion. Nineties R&B has been more than hot this year and one of the new ladies on the block is Rochelle Jordan.
Poor Rojo has apparently been through her fair share of heartbreak and now the talented singer/songwriter doesn’t know how to trust anymore. She decided to be a “Playa 4 Life” at least that’s what her her first single featuring IAMSU off the upcoming album “1021” suggests. Not only does this number symbolize her birthday, it also tells the story Rojo has been through. The track was produced by Jay Ant with additional programming by KLSH.
Looking forward to hearing more R&B ladies like Rochelle Jordan and Rachel Foxx since I have fond memories of the nineties and the smooth love-making music it birthed.
Jessie Ware might not be an artist you would expect to see on our little music site. When Robin Hannibal is involved musically, you know we’re all over it.
In 2013 Jessie Ware recorded this demo at the Red Bull Studios in London called “12” that did not make it onto “Tough Love”. Robin Hannibal co-wrote the song and produced it together with Salva. What Paul Salva from Frite Nite Records? On guitars we hear Joel Van Dijk and Jessie’s gentle vocals are the icing on the cake.
Indulge yourself and revel in some midnight delight. Oh and what a gift to be able to download this beauty in wave quality for free.