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DJ Chillz released a new song ‘Winning’ ft Miss Locker

London-based DJ/producer, ​DJ Chillz has unveiled her latest single in the form of ‘Winning’​, featuring the sultry vocals of East London singer, ​Miss Locker.

With her signature blend of House, RnB, and Afrobeats, ​‘Winning’ ​delivers pure soul. Combining percussion and bouncy drum beats with ​Miss Locker’s ​dulcet tones, this next offering to come from ​Chillz is yet another addition to a ​burgeoning catalogue of prime productions.

The founder of ​Riddim Nights London and the syndicated ​Eclectic Sounds Radio Show​, ​DJ Chillz has been a force within the music industry for a while now. Known for her skills behind the decks, eclectic live sets and her effortless ability to combine the rhythm of Afrobeats with RnB and House, ​Chillz has stepped into the spotlight as a talented producer – she sounds regularly appearing across the airwaves of ​BBC 1Xtra and ​Capital Xtra.

‘Winning’ ​marks an exciting new chapter for ​Chillz as she steadily climbs up the ranks of rising female talent making their mark on the industry.

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Singer/songwriter Shenna shared new EP ‘Blue Memories’

Pop-artist Shenna’s bright singles have consistently glimmered and caught the eyes of many in the music industry. Color and fantasy are a part of Shenna’s identity as an artist. Blue Memories is the latest to continue this trend, this time bringing a gloomy, honest retrospective on her career.

Tracks from the EP have already received acclaim from a variety of publications. “Conversation” was premiered with Popdust and its video with Billboard. “I feel that people are so distracted by the media and technology that we are not having real face-to-face conversations anymore because of the many distractions around us,” she says to Billboard.

At the beginning of Shenna’s career, she found placements on a variety of shows with MTV, Oxygen, Netflix, and Fox. Past projects including her debut EP, Dream in Color, debut LP, Made of Gold and single “Magenta” have all attributed to her achievements. Through these releases, Shenna found a sweet spot in crafting colorful, vibrant tracks that blend identity and genre.

Now, “Blue Memories” reflects and preserves this momentum, recognizing the struggles it took to get to define herself. As a seasoned performer, Shenna understands what artists do to establish an identity. Being both Black and Syrian, Shenna was encouraged to go into different genres, craft a fake persona and ultimately not be herself.

“When I started, many people in the music industry wanted to sell a sexualized image of me and refined me to only slow R&B jams. Nothing is wrong with being sexy, but being put into that role wasn’t me and I felt forced into a box. Blue Memories is my process in expressing myself through my own voice, instead of those around me.”

“Blue Memories” speaks out against that influence and finds solace in her ability to be proud of her own identity and style, “For a lot of artists they will change their identities in order to get attention for their career rather than the music itself.”

Being both African-American and Syrian, Shenna possesses a multi-cultural style of music that blends all of her interests in one. The Arabic-inspired instruments and vocal runs used in “Blue Memories” were an accident that had felt natural to her. She chooses to make her identity a part of her music naturally, rather than exploit it.

The six songs of Blue Memories are all reflective of the different aspects of depression and the way society and social media perpetuate false selves that lead to low self-worth. Blue Memories offers another raw emotional side that comes from the success of the industry, now Shenna is hoping to change it and be self-assured in her future as an artist.

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Future Soul Outfit Shookrah Share A New Music Video For Their Song ‘Notions’

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Irish future-soul band Shookrah have shared a video for their new song ‘Notions.’ The track, premiered by Variance, is a sneak peak into the sound of the sound from the upcoming self-titled album Shookrah, expected via Broken Records on 25 October. Shookrah were named Best Act of 2017 and one of the 50 People to Watch in 2018 by The Irish Times

The group shared the stage with Billy Ocean on his Irish tour and played Body & Soul Festival, Electric Picnic, Wigwam, Quarter Block Party, Other Voices Music Trail, and Knockanstockan Festival. Various publications have been singing Shookrah’s praises. Surviving The Golden Age said “80s synths and funky bass reminiscent of artists like Prince or more modernly, Daft Punk.” Just one example of the praises continually being sung about this five-piece. 

Based in Cork, Munster, the band has gone from strength to strength Shookrah consist of Senita Appiakorang (lead vocals), Emmet O’Riabhaigh (drums), Daniel Coughlan (guitar), Diarmait Mac Carthaigh (keyboard) and Brian Dunlea (bass guitar). Each from a musical background,  the band is a merging of each member’s distinct brilliance. Their unique style is a clash of neo-soul and new branches of R&B/Soul that they have defined as ‘Future Soul’. They mention influences like Hiatus, Kaiyote, Anderson .Paak and The Internet. A style reminiscent of Solange fused with Flying Lotus then merged with Thundercat.

The video perfectly compliments the track and was directed by the band’s own Emmet O’Riabhaigh (drums) who shared, “We wanted to shoot something really simple and still with nice moody lighting so we decided to go with two Senitas in what looks like a lovers’ tiff. We shot it over the course of a day in the Bodega bar in Cork, and had Senita’s sister Yesunia to stand in for some of the shots, with the whole band helping out on the set.” Watch their new video below.

 

 

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Music Producer Space Tyger shares new song ‘Dopamine’

Muscle Shoals-based indie-pop producer Kyle Bragwell, aka Space Tyger, premieres his latest single, Dopamine, via OpenEars Music who calls it “gorgeous and thought-provoking.” OpenEars draws comparisons to contemporaries such as Justin Vernon while bringing attention to the clear influence of Kyle’s hometown

Dopamine addresses the growing number of young people who grapple with their mental health and lean on substances, calling to mind St. Vincent’s Pills and Sleater-Kinney’s Can I Go On. OpenEars shares further,

MXDWN recently premiered the album’s title track, Bittersweet, and its accompanying video, calling it the “perfect lead-in” for the announcement of their new album and describing it as combining “several styles, from electronic to R&B and pop for a sound that can be described as ‘post-genre.'”  The record explores the experience of searching for relief from your pain by leaning on relationships, your work, and other distractions before eventually accepting you can only look internally for validation. The single’ Dopamine is out everywhere,’Bittersweet’ is out November 8th via Single Lock Records.

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