Alternative Sound Selection
Just like that ladies and gentlemen, we’re already in the second quarter of 2013. Even though we’re in April, the sun has gone AWOL and it is still snowing (pauses for dramatic effect). I don’t know if I’ve ever seen snow at this time of year, thankfully though, I’ve been blessed with some pretty amazing new music to keep me warm through these freezing past few weeks…
Without further ado, allow me to share with you the brand new single from London-based singer, songwriter and musician Max Marshall, which is entitled ‘Neva Believe’. The track hears Max mash together Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ and ‘Novacane’ by Frank Ocean over LL Cool J’s classic ‘Doing It’ - there is even a trace of some Grace Jones for you to spot if you can. ‘Neva Believe’ can be found on Ms Marshall’s recently released debut EP ‘Forgive Me’.
It is no big secret that the “alternative” r&b music landscape is getting over-saturated; however, there are the odd few artists that stand out heads and shoulders above the current flock, and one of such artists is 19-year old Brixton singer/songwriter Joel Compass. His debut single ‘Back To Me’ has received early support from the likes of The Guardian and BBC 1Xtra - for good reason too. It's is a gem of a track - from Joel’s captivating falsetto to the almost ethereal musical milieu - plus the music video is a rather compelling affair as well.
Now for some good music especially for your soul on this cold April afternoon, courtesy of London-based music collective Bassment Project. Formed in 2010 and made up of some of the UK’s finest musicians who have previously toured and recorded with the likes of Wretch 32 and Jessie J among others, Bassment Project are gearing up to release their debut E.P ‘All About The Blues’. One of the songs from the EP is the resoundingly smooth and brilliant ‘Summer Sunset’, which you can listen to here.
Before I leave you until next month, I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Ego Ella May, following the release of her debut EP ‘The Tree’ - we talked about the EP title, how my favourite song on the EP came about and the rising star’s next move…
On the EP title, ‘The Tree’
“When I think about trees, I think about roots (people who I am humbled by and who keep my feet firmly on the ground); I think about how bare and thin they are for some parts of the year and how they blossom with colour for other parts, and it lets me know that seasons change - no feeling lasts forever. I think about working hard to bear your fruits, I think about standing tall - and I live by all these things so I thought it would be a fitting title.”
On ‘Frank’ from ‘The Tree’ EP
“One of my best friends [Mini D] produced that song and it was so mind blowing and different to me, I knew it didn't deserve an easy topic! At the time, a lot had been weighing on my mind about where to go musically and what exactly I wanna do in life, and I would drown out my thoughts by listening to Amy Winehouse’s 'Frank' and Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' - those were the albums I would close my eyes and let loose to.
The beat itself provided escapism for me, so I wanted the topic to do the same thing. I talk about feeling numb and the pressure to be 'somebody' in life. It’s something we all go through, and I’m so happy people have been able to relate to it - that’s what I hoped for.”
On the next move
“There will be another video! Also, I'm just going to continue writing and playing music as per usual and promoting the EP non-stop. I hope to do more gigs and work my butt off to keep the buzz that ‘The Tree’ has created for me.”
Words: Ayodele Adepoju (@wepluggoodmusic)