Bros Bros + Darrell Cole – “Melodie”
Bros Bros is giving us pure ‘future bounce’ with this one. Merging the worlds of R&B, Funk, Electronica and Hip-Hop (his inspirations growing up), he guarantees a smooth, creamy urban sound that is slick and versatile. Very fond of collaborating with rappers to bring some extra energy to his tracks, the Belgian lets fellow countryman Darrell Cole add his personal touch to the allegorical love song.
“’Melodie‘ is a metaphoric idea of having this love/hate relationship with music. We used a relationship with a girl to make this passionate feeling seem more familiar and relatable to everyone,” explains Bros Bros. “Ultimately, love will win these constant battles.”
Incredibly seasoned, Bros Bros has shared stages with the likes of Simply Red, Kool & The Gang and Seal as a bassist. That sense of musicality is the crux of his work – without a bassline you have no bounce, no groove. But now, he is ready to take his music out to the wider world. Retracing his past few years and marking the start of his solo adventure, debut album The Journey is officially in the works.
Cat Burns – “Cheater”
An infectious and breezy pop track on the surface, a look beneath reveals lyrics that hold nothing back. An honest yet no nonsense anthem centered around the relatable themes of relationships and betrayal, Burns makes it very clear that she is a force to be reckoned with.
Cat is all about “girls supporting girls” – and her vibrant and humorous visual shows this. After unknowingly talking to a guy who’s already in a committed relationship, Cat ropes her friends in on a mission to expose him for the unfaithful guy that he is. Turns out Cat isn’t the only girl he is talking to.
On the inspiration for “Cheater”, Cat explains: “Two boys messaged me on the same night. Even though on their social media it was obvious they had ‘significant others’. I was initially hurt for both me and the girls because of the disrespect, this hurt then turned into anger.”
Jack Cullen – “Shine”
“Shine” is an impressive follow up to his first official singles “Learn” and fan favourite “Teabags & Cigarettes“. A real display of the spellbinding vocal that Jack possesses, it brings intensity and warmth in equal measure and is topped with Jack’s pure, heart-felt lyrics. Produced by Dan Frampton, “Shine” looks set to turn the heads of fans and critics alike.
Speaking on the track Jack states: “Personally the song is an appreciation of someone in particular that made me feel good and gave me a new lease of life, whenever I was feeling down. In a time of darkness, whatever that may be to someone, there will always be someone or something to provide light. You just have to find it.”
Since leaving the world of professional Rugby in Ireland, Jack has been making a real statement of intent in regards to music. Writing and touring with the likes of the multi-platinum rock band Keywest has offered a plethora of experience and a sold-out his first ever headline show at The Troubadour is a massive career boost. It’s only onwards and upwards for Jack from here.
Amery – “Never Growing Older”
With “Never Growing Older”, Amery aims to finally get this off his chest. Produced and arranged by James Lowland, the track is a conversation with himself, debating with his thoughts, his fears and all the society rules that can hypnotize and restrain. Probably his most expressive track to date, it draws heavily on funk and pop-rock tendencies. Imagine what a modern day Prince would sound like.
Amery tells us more:“This song is about me taking back control after battling with myself, and my fears, for so long. I wrote it while having a rough time trying to figure out who I am, burying and changing some parts of me. I came to the conclusion that I could never change who I am. All the things I have been through, the struggles and the achievements, make me who I am today.”
“I’m that shy, young man who loves a good falsetto, ‘80s funk, pop culture, and androgynous fashion. I’m sensitive and have a strong female energy. I can’t escape these parts of me: they’ll be with me forever. These are not weaknesses but strengths. These don’t make me weird but beautifully unique,” Amery insists.
Etta Bond + Shaé Universe – “No More Love”
It was only over the weekend that Etta Bond, after much anticipation, dropped her debut album… well the first half anyway. Titled, He’s Not Mine, it’s 9 tracks long, all constructed and executed to perfection. In celebration, she releases a brand new video for one of the standouts – “No More Love” with the amazing Shaé Universe.
“No More Love” embodies the sentiment of the new album as Etta soulfully sings about the dishonesty and the disloyalty of the man she’s supposedly with. The video really brings that to life. Director Tarique Al-Shabazz pieces together rolling shots that sees both Etta and Shae involved romantically with the same guy yet going back and forth with him as if he’s is interchanging them
With new music now finally out for the fans and the forthcoming second album He’s Mine coming soon, Etta kicks off a 17-date tour across the UK and Europe starting with a show in Paris
Ady Suleiman – “Best Friend”
An easy and breezy track, his charming lyrics backed by the mellow guitars combine to form a sound that is entirely unique but instantly recognisable. Ady’s sweet yet quirky soulful voice are a lovely focal point and set the mood for what is a beautiful love song – an innocent serenade dedicated to his ‘best friend’.
Ady comments on the track: “I love ‘Best Friend‘, I really like the hook melody, the song is pretty easy going about meeting a girl that you want in your life. Regardless of the status. You can be my girlfriend, whatever just stick around, I like you.”
A deft songwriter and a singer with soulful brilliance, his timelessly classic yet fresh sound has garnered him a broad range of influential fans from both sides of the Atlantic – from Chance the Rapper and Joey Bada$$ through to Labrinth and Michael Kiwanuka. Currently on a UK & EU tour and a forthcoming mixtape out next month, 2019 is setting up to be his most exciting yet.
Words by Jay Tijani