Alternative Sound Selection
I begin November’s ‘Alternative Sound Selection’ with something pretty gorgeous from British singer and songwriter Sampha. He lent his vocals to one of the best Drizzy songs of the year, guest starring on Drake’s ‘Too Much’. Recently, he released his own solo version of the track via Young Turks and as If ‘Too Much’ could get any better, Sampha makes it better courtesy of his version without Drake.
However the song we are sharing with you is not ‘Too Much’, it is the B-side to Sampha’s ‘Too Much’ and it is titled ‘Happens’ - an excellent piece of piano ballad music from the London native which you can listen to HERE.
You will already have heard Ella Eyre on Rudimental’s Mercury nominated debut album ‘Home’ as well as on Naughty’s Boy’s ‘Hotel Cabana’ LP alongside Wiz Khalifa. This month, the 19-year old rising star debuts her solo single titled ‘Deeper’ which is serving as the lead single for her forthcoming debut EP of the same name which is to be released next month via Virgin/EMI. As far as debut singles go, the London native does more than impress on this sparse drums-led milieu backed also by almost choral backing vocals, harmonies and hand-claps, crafted by producer Two-Inch Punch. The video for ‘Deeper’ was only just recently unveiled and you can catch it HERE.
Last but not least, emerging Bristol singer and songwriter Raleigh Ritchie makes a welcome return to ‘Alternative Sound Selection’ courtesy of his new single titled ‘Free Fall’. Taken from his forthcoming sophomore EP ‘Black and Blue’ which will be released on January 5 via Columbia Records, ‘Free Fall’ picks up exactly where ‘Overdose’ leaves us, in highlighting the excellently soulful vocal tones of Mr. Ritchie and the apt musical milieu that provide the backdrop for his songs, coupled with his candid and captivating songwriting dexterities. You can listen to ‘Free Fall’ below.
That’s all from me this month. Make sure to stay tuned to ‘Alternative Sound Selection’ next month when I’ll not only be sharing some of the best alternative music releases of December but I’ll also be picking my best alternative urban songs of the entire year.
Words: Ayodele Adepoju (@wepluggoodmusic)