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Best New Music Of The Week // October 1 – October 7, 2018

Stonebwoy + Sean Paul – “Most Original”

Stonebwoy continues his exceptional year that has seen both his music and profile reach dizzying new heights with the release of the brand new visuals for “Most Original” featuring the amazing Sean Paul.

Set in Jamaica and directed by Jay Will, the visuals tell Stonebwoy’s lyrical love story about his ‘Most Original’ lady. Visually the story unfolds through dance, against flashes of colourful Jamaican backdrops and performance cutaways of Stonebwoy and Sean Paul, resulting in everyone getting together for good vibes, dance offs and of course that happy ending.

With his authentic mix of dancehall and Afropop, Stonebwoy has found the formula for African domination. The last 18 months has seen him take a firm grip internationally too. Collaborations with the likes of the UK’s Kojo Funds as well as superstars such as Trey Songz, Chris Martin and Kranium simply illustrate the diversity and reach that Stonebwoy has.

Following his recent impressive album release Epistles of Mama, which peaked at number 13 in the Billboard World albums chart, “Most Original” is in a strong position to see Stonebwoy breakthrough even further.

Tilda Austen – “Bail”

Let me start by saying the synths keys on this new single from Tilda Austen titled “Bail“, especially on that first chorus, will grab you and never let you go, well at least for the three minutes that the song lasts. In any case, I reckon you’ll enjoy this new one from Tilda, it’s a bop as they say, so definitely press play below, plus it’s available to stream on all your favourite streaming platforms.

According to Tilda, the song is “about how relationships sometimes have a best before date. Maybe it’s as simple as going with the flow and breaking up when things just doesn’t feel right anymore, instead of trying to fight for something that doesn’t even exist. I think we often try to love someone because we are longing for it, even though it doesn’t click for real. We should enjoy it while it lasts and try not to take things too seriously, they think their whole life is depended on it“.

So who is Tilda? She is a 17-year old Swedish singer and songwriter, who has been writing songs since she was nine years old. Her first single “One Thing” was released back in the spring of this year, with heavy support from Spotify across their ‘New Music Friday’ playlists, and she’s fast becoming quite the big deal in Sweden, getting cosigns from Peg Parnevik, Sabina Ddumba and Molly Hammar, among others.

Did I already say she’s 17 years old? I don’t remember what I was doing at 17 but I was definitely not this mature or even articulate about teenage love and relationships, so I would say you should check it out just for that reason. But as I said, it’s a bop, even if you don’t want to pay attention the lyrics… She does ask us to keep it light.

Lukey Storey – “What It’s Like”

Rapper Lukey Storey debuts his video for debut single “What It’s Like”, an unraveling of his journey through both lyricism and visuals about his previous life as a musician and the honest truth about his mental health.

Directed by Max Reginald Robson, the video flashes back to a younger Luke. True to its title, “What it’s Like” allows Lukey to audibly depicts what it is like for him as a musician as well as visually as clips from his wild and addiction-riddled life on the road is spliced with scenes of him watching back over the footage a much different man.

Having being BBC Radio 1Xtra‘s youngest DJ, played a host of massive venues as well as being Professor Green’s DJ for 8 years, it is now time for Lukey Storey to share his own voice. 

Creativity runs through his veins and he orchestrates an experimental sound that oozes with elements of Hip Hop. He binds this together with lucid imagery cleverly piecing together each fragment of the story he has to tell. His latest track not only marks the beginning of his fruitful journey it paths the way for him as a musician.

Dolapo + Louis Rei – “Down”

Following the release of her cult debut “Blink of An Eye” last month, rising R&B star Dolapo drops a vibrant new statement of intent with “Down” featuring WSTRN’s Louis Rei.

With a light, breezy instrumental providing a new backdrop to showcase another compelling vocal performance, her call-up of WSTRN’s Louis Rei balances the melody and adds another dimension – whilst maintaining Dolapo’s reputation for having established artists already co-signing the serious emerging talent.

Having achieved cult status through features on the likes of Tion Wayne’s “Home“, earning her stripes working for for some of the most exciting artists in the scene right now: MoStack, Tion Wayne, ZieZie and Young T & Bugsey to name a few Dolapo releases another powerful, confident jam that oozes the kind of finesse and technical prowess that is sure to continue to generate intrigue in the young artist.

With more releases certain to follow, Dolapo maintains the quality control she set with “Blink Of An Eye” and ramps up the hype on an artist already working the cream of the UK underground: Team Salut, JD ReidPrgrshn and Levi Lennox.

A true one to watch, Dolapo continues to set the tone, with emerging tastemakers as well as BBC Radio 1Xtra already championing a captivating young woman.

Salliefoyeh – “Never Seen”

South London singer/songwriter Salliefoyeh has released her debut music video for “Never Seen“, the lead track from her forthcoming EP A Love Unseen.

Filmed in Notting Hill, the video is a warm and beautifully shot offering radiating relaxed, feel-good vibes. With some absolutely stunning shots in and amongst nature, the visuals intrigue with its underlying storyline – our protagonist encounters gift boxes while on her adventures. And as for the song, it is a beautifully composed Jazz number carrying a catchy hook that stays with you long after the music has stopped.

Speaking on her newest single, Salliefoyeh mentioned: “The inspiration behind the video was that we wanted to create something that was really warm and inviting. The song speaks of this love that I’ve never seen before, so we wanted to bring viewers into that really happy, blissful feeling that love gives you. Light was really important in creating that vibe and we got some gorgeous shots, which I really love.”

Drawing inspiration and influence from Ms. Lauryn Hill and Corrine Bailey Rae, their imprints can be heard in her sultry tones and smooth runs, as well as the raw yet uplifting lyrical content. Having performed at Ronnie Scott’s and recently opened for acapella supergroup Vade’s headline show, She marks the launch of her sophomore EP with a headline gig on October 19.

Dylan Emmet – “Always Been You”

With his most recent release “Shapeshifter” making serious waves and being featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds Poptronix Playlist, New York singer/songwriter and producer Dylan Emmet returns again to share with us his latest single, the powerfully emotional “Always Been You”.

This brand new cut is a modern pop ballad with a lo-fi gloss, bolstered with swirling guitar synths and such beautiful textures, reminiscent of Emmet’s previous efforts with LeyeT on “Most People” and Chandler Juliet on “Burning Sage”. Emmet provides us with a moment of clarity as she gives insight into his innermost frustrations.

“I wrote the song about falling for someone and not knowing if you should tell them. Whether it’s a close friend, co-worker, or a long distance thing, it sucks to be in love with someone that you are not ‘supposed’ to have feelings for.

All you think about is telling them how you really feel, but you know that you risk losing them completely if they don’t feel the same way. This song is really a snapshot of my mindframe as I realized how deep my feelings went for this girl…I still haven’t told her…”

Words by Jay Tijani

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