Alternative Sound Selection
For the brand new installment of my Alternative Sound Selection this month, I’ve got so much new music to share with you that I don’t even know where to begin. It has been a healthy and exciting few weeks for alternative British urban music and I’ve chosen only the very best to share with you here. Let us begin with the recently released debut EP from fast-rising UK music collective Last Night In Paris entitled ‘Roses’…
Paul Lester of The Guardian described the EP as one that ticks “all the right indie r&b boxes”. While the 11-track affair is one of the best alternative urban records to come out of the UK this year, I am especially drawn to one song from ‘Roses’ called ‘Entertained’ and it’s by a 20-year old London singer called JaJa. Admittedly, I know very little about this female member of the Last Night In Paris collective - but this song is giving me everything.
Without sounding like a music snob, this column is not where you would come to hear about Nicki Minaj but alas, the first signee on her new record label is exactly right up my street on Alternative Sound Selection. You should know British/Nigerian producer and artist Parker Ighile from his production work on such hits as Jessie J’s ‘Do It Like A Dude’, Angel’s ‘Wonderful’ and Rihanna’s ‘What Now’, amongst others. Now he is stepping into the limelight as a solo artist in his own right with the excellent debut single, ‘So Beautiful’ from his forthcoming mixtape titled ‘Young, Dumb & 21’. Watch the visuals below.
It feels like we have been waiting for a long time for some new music from south London soul singer Tawiah and thankfully she has obliged us with a brand new song and accompanying visuals to go with it - her first official music video EVER. The enchanting new song ‘TEARdrop’ is the lead track to be taken from her forthcoming project called ‘FREEdom Drop’ and is produced by Jodi Milliner, who collaborated with Tawiah on her critically acclaimed debut E.P - 2008’s ‘In Jodi’s Bedroom’. Watch the emotive Georgi Banks-Davis directed music video for ‘TEARdrop’ here.
To bring this Alternative Sound Selection installment to a close, I will leave you in the capable hands of UK garage legend Artful and house producer Ridney who have collaborated with British r&b veteran Terri Walker on their latest single, ‘Missing You’. The track was released on March 4 via Extra Dry Records and is currently sitting healthily in the top 40 on the UK iTunes Electronic chart. Here is a lush 2-minute snippet of ‘Missing You’ for your listening pleasure. Until next time!
Words: Ayodele Adepoju (@wepluggoodmusic)