The Red Bull Music Academy alumna Kadhja Bonet visited Tokyo last year and is working on her solo project. Together with Grammy nominated engineer/producer Itai Shapira, she began working on seeds that would eventually blossom into a duo project titled GENESEA. The duo is based in Los Angeles and are about to release several singles over the Summer.
Their debut single, “Her : Part 1” is officially out now and was co-produced by Nesby Phips. It sounds like heaven poured into a small portion-sized cup greeting you upon awakening. Kadhja’s angelic voice penetrates with a ruthless force, yet feels like the most gentle touch to the soul. Been a fan since the moment I came across this young lady. If she keeps making music as heartwarming as this, I will have to join the official fanclub.
GENESEA seems to be the perfect marriage. Kadhja’s mesmerizing vocal and string arrangements, are an intriguing compliment to Itai’s drums, synth layers and textures. Lets pray this musical matrimony will last forever and bares us lots of musical seeds. For now savor the flavor and purchase the first single on Bandcamp plus press replay!
Miss a l l i e is already considered one of Toronto’s finest by us. This blossoming young lady is a stunner and with her previous song “Remedy”, produced by Nick Wisdom, she completely blew us away.
This time around she collaborates for the first time with Toronto producer Birthday Boy. The fruit of this collaboration is a new track titled “I Can’t Wait“. Besides a l l i e’s soothing vocals, Birthday Boy lays down a few vocals himself. The music scene in LA has always been bubbling, but as of lately it seems Toronto is becoming a new musical hotbed.
Miss Emily King is one of the most amazing song writers coming out of New York. Probably one of the reasons she has been nominated for a Grammy.
Emily King is a beautiful soul who has returned with a new album, to match that soul, titled “The Switch“. King’s third album contains eleven songs and showcases her incredible range and song writing ability as an artist.
Her music sounds like feelings and makes R&B sound like something sophisticated yet oh so sexy. The album is out on her own label, Making Music Records, so make sure you purchase the entire release on iTunes.
November last year I wrote a piece titled ‘A Rise To Power‘ explaining how artists these days form alliances.
We welcome a brand new collective that goes by the name of 1234 Creations. They are full of ambition and consist of a bunch of talented music makers such as Daniel D’Artiste, Jahkoy, Johnny Yukon and Crystal Mec. Why don’t you get acquainted and take a peek at the collective’s Soundcloud page?!
FYI 1234 Creations was formed in 2015 and has 17 members from across the globe. For the first four days of June Pigeons & Planes will be sharing their first four releases. On June 1st Jahkoy, Lean Ghost, and Mecca kicked things off and at this point most of the release is online. We picked “Round/Sleep” (free download) produced by Daniel D’artiste, Soft Glas & Kleber Jones and the organic version of “Nature” with vocals by Jahkoy, Mecca Kalani & Willow Smith (produced by The Johnny Frost Band).
Keep your ear out for this talented group of young music makers, they will grow and surprise you in the future!
The Tender Games project from the Parisian producer consists of six tracks and shows his long lasting love for Chill wave, R&B and House music. Both songs with San Jose’s vocalist J-Rican are smooth as butta, but our song of choice has to be “Falling” featuring Tom Bailey. Clearly the a-side is made Tender Games in the bedroom (love making), while the b-side focuses more on getting that ass on the dance floor.
Tender Games will make a perfect soundtrack to your summer out as of today via Roche Musique. Visit the iTunes shop, spend a few bucks and thanks us later!
British Soul singer Nao made quite the thunderous noise last year with the song “So Good” together with A.K. Paul (yes Jai Paul’s sibling). Seems like brother A.K. has produced for Jesse Ware and Sam Smith as well in the past.
At the beginning of the month her sophomore “February 15” EP was released on Little Tokyo Recordings. It was recorded over the past few months in the Stoke Newington studio and demonstrates Nao’s development as an artist.
This right here is a straight tribute to the countless 90’s hip-hop & R&B joint that some of us grew up with. His album is not just inspired by the golden era, it almost sounds like it was made in the nineties. Onra looks back, but thinks forward as he grabs his trusty MPC and uses no computer software whatsoever!
On Fundamentals we find vocal contributions from Daz Dillenger, Chuck Inglish, Olivier Day Soul, Suzi Analogue, Black Milk and Melodee. Fundamentals is available digitally on iTunes now with vinyl and CD’s to follow June 1st.
Every now and again we fall in love. And it has come to my attention that at these moment love longs like the new Kartell song grab the attention.
After the success of the previous Sapphire EP, Kartell returns with a brand new cut entitled “All I Have” featuring J-Rican. I recently received a promotional copy of his forthcoming “Tender Games” EP, out on June 1st via Roche Musique, and let me tell you it’s straight fire.
Seems I’m a sucker for these more light-mood R&B type of songs at the moment, but hey I blame falling in love. Grab the first single of the new EP on iTunes and brace yourselves to this sensuous EP.
Not that long ago I came across the name Alex Isley and gave her music a quick listen. Yesterday I re-discovered this creature of pure beauty.
Daughter of Ernie Isley (yes of the Isley Brothers) was destined to be a musical greatness if you ask me. She discovered her passion for performing at an early age and it is no wonder she decided to pursue a career as a musician. Alex Isley majored in Jazz Studies at UCLA and during her college years, she began writing songs, drawing from her own life experiences. She wrote most of what would later become her first self-written and produced debut EP, “The Love/Art Memoirs“, which was released back in 2012. She also collaborated on Brandon Williams’ album and that’s how I rediscovered this pretty songbird.
Her latest song “La Brea” was named after La Brea Ave. (pronounced ‘Luh-BRAY-yuh’) in Los Angeles and was clearly inspired by the lovely ladies of KING. Breathtaking music that will be on Alex’s upcoming “Luxury” project, set to release later this Spring. Purchase the single on iTunes and be amazed…truly!
Last month we were sent a few early cuts from X&G (Xian & Gaszia) with the news that Trapdoor Records was going to release their EP.
Today Thump officially premiered the second track, “Home” featuring Kida, released of their forthcoming “4am” project. It’s a collection of five tracks of which a few were released on Soundcloud last year. Still pretty exciting music for those that haven’t heard their material yet. The American duo seems to blend various styles into one cohesive hot mess that forms their own distinct style.
The full X&G EP will be available April 13th on iTunes, so peep it.