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Juls Out With Debut Album ‘Sounds Of My World’ featuring Wizkid, Sauti Sol, King Promise and more

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Juls Out With Debut Album ‘Sounds Of My World’

MOBO-Award nominated British-Ghanaian artist, producer and DJ Juls has released his eagerly-anticipated debut album ‘Sounds Of My World’. Listen Here

The long-awaited album is the culmination of the artist, curator and champion of African music Juls has moulded himself into over the last 7 years. A body of work affirming to the world at large that he is ready to truly and fully emerge from the sidelines and background. Staking his claim as one of the UK music industry’s best kept secrets.

After many years of making a name for himself as one of the UK’s most in-demand producers, working with the likes of Mr Eazi, WizKid, Burna Boy, Sango, Tyler The Creator, Stonebwoy, GoldLink, Lauryn Hill, Masego and many others, ‘Sounds Of My World’ functions as Juls’ definitive statement.

Continuing to build and crystallise what is fast becoming his signature style, the album is a seamless and cohesive mixture of sonic palettes from across the black diaspora. Borrowing from afrobeats, ampiano, reggae, R&B, hip-hop, high-life, baile funk, jazz and lovers rock for a gumbo of sounds. The album features guest appearances from some of the music industry’s finest talent such as Dreamville’s Bas, Jaz Karis, Fireboy DML, King Promise, A2, DarkoVibes, Sauti Sol, Oxlade, Kojo Funds and more.

Speaking on the magnitude of finally releasing his debut album, Juls says – “It’s been a very long process. I started making this album after my ‘Colours’ mixtape in 2019. I’ve been selfish and just focusing on myself. Working on my brand and sound, so I haven’t really made records for a lot of other artists. I’m excited for the world to hear what I’ve been working on. I pray it does very well because I’ve put a lot into it”.

The momentous release of the album is joined by the unveiling of a new single ‘Close To Me’ featuring Afrobeats royalty WizKid alongside Agent Sasco and Jael. Positioned as the album’s opening track, ‘Close To Me’ impeccably sets the tone for an stunning album tailor made for a party regardless of the season. The new single marks the second collaboration between Juls and Wizkid, following the critical acclaim given to ‘True Love’ which has grown to be a massive fan favourite from WizKid’s blockbuster ‘Made In Lagos’ album.

Speaking on uniting with WizKid once again, Juls says – “We had loads of ideas from a couple years back sitting on my laptop. I feel this one is very special because I’ve always wanted to make a record like this. A perfect blend of African and Caribbean cultures. It oozes elements of dub, reggae, afrobeats, soul and R&B. I love that Wiz brought all that to the song”.

The release of ‘Sounds of My World’ was preceded by previous singles ‘Chance’ featuring Tay Iwar and Projexx, ‘Wicked’ featuring Knucks, Sam Wise and Kadiata and ‘Love Me’ featuring Niniola. All of which to date have received praise and support from a plethora of outlets like The Independent, The Line Of Best Fit, Wonderland, CRACK Magazine, DUMMY, NOTION, The NATIVE Mag and Highsnobiety.

Hailed by The Fader as “an essential connector in the current Afropop music scene” and tipped by Rolling Stone and Hypebeast as prolific figurehead behind the global explosion of Afrobeats and African music as a whole – the arrival of Juls’ debut album is symbolic of the hard work and years spent vaulting African music from the underground scene into the mainstream music realm. ‘Sounds of My World’ marks a vital milestone for one of the UK’s most distinctive and pioneering artists.

TRACKLIST

  1. Close To Me (Feat. WizKid, Agent Sasco & Jael)
  2. Summer In The Ends (Feat. Jaz Karis)
  3. Makossa Riddim
  4. Love Me (Feat. Niniola)
  5. My Size (Feat. King Promise, DarkoVibes & Joey B)
  6. Intentionally (Feat. Fireboy DML)
  7. Wish You (Feat. Bas & Mannywellz)
  8. Wicked (Feat. Sam Wise, Knucks & Kadiata)
  9. Alarm (Feat. Prettyboy D-O & Suspect)
  10. Mare (Feat. Sauti Sol)
  11. Love Language (Feat. Mayra Andrade)
  12. Say You Love Me (Feat. Xenia Manasseh, Karun & A2)
  13. Melly (Feat. Oxlade)
  14. M.O.O.D (Feat. Kojo Funds)
  15. Chance (Feat. Projexx & Tay Iwar)
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Quad’s Debut Song, Southside, Is Set To Bring Down The House

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While many do not begin at all, the beginning of others is nothing to write home about. It is therefore, amazing how a musical career that saw its potential at an age as early as fourteen has grown through thick and thin without an iota of a thought of giving up. Professionally known as QuaD, Selassi Addaison realized his passion for music when he was only fourteen years of age. While in Junior High School, he tried his hands, or better still his voice, on a cover of a then very popular song, Illuminati, by Sarkodie. Amazed at how good it was, he knew music was going to be a major part of his life. Even though aware of his undying connection with music and his quest to pursue it, he had to put it on hold for a period, while he prepared to sit for his final basic education examination.

              He officially started his music career while in Senior High School, and his has been a display of pure talent and brilliance since. This does not however, seek to connote a notion that he has encountered no setbacks over the period. Considering how long it had been since he put music on hold, he had some challenges trying to rebirth his lyrical dexterity. Fortunately, he got necessary help from a fellow up-and-coming artist, Nathaniel, to whom he looked up. It was through Nathaniel that QuaD made his debut performance in University of Ghana, Legon. Motivated, inspired and supported by his mum, uncles, Nathaniel, Big Dee, Big.K Dj and a few colleagues in school, he was and still is determined to leave no stone unturned in his quest to chalk several successes in his musical journey.

             Drawing inspiration from amazing people like Sarkodie, Kwesi Arthur, Burna Boy, Rema, Dababy, Roddy Ricch, Kendrick Lamar, among others, QuaD envisions a music career that brings smiles and hopes to many, while serving as a means of entertainment. He is hence, so glad about the maturity and evolvement of his music life at the tertiary level, and seeks to, in that vein, express his utmost gratitude to Faygo, Bxndit, and all Clan members, without whose support he wouldn’t have reached his present peak. It is noteworthy that in 2020, QuaD released a freestyle titled Veli flow.

               To make a formal and gilt-edged entry into the world of music, QuaD releases his debut song, Southside, mixed and mastered by Bxndit, and produced by Faygo. Born and bred in the southside of Ghana, he realized how harsh and difficult life there is, so much that giving up has almost become an immediate resort whenever hit with the intensity of the reality and severity of life at the south. The song therefore, seeks to give hope to anyone whose dream may be on the verge of being awakened from, and to remind them not to lose sight of their goals, but believe in themselves and work at materializing them. It  goes on to encourage everyone to support the dreams of the up-and-coming ones, and urge them to reach for higher heights.

It promises to satiate his fans with a new hope to do, and he definitely cannot wait for it to be heard.

You can stream Southside on any digital platform here;

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/quad10/southsid

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Quavo x Takeoff Present New Single & Music Video “Hotel Lobby”

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Over the years, Quavo and Takeoff have gone wild once or twice. However, they go wilder than ever on their new single and music video “Hotel Lobby”—available today via Quality Control Music Group/Motown Records.  Quavo and Takeoff reveal a woozy and wobbly banger on a whole different level..

 

Listen to “Hotel Lobby” HERE and watch the music video for “Hotel Lobby” HERE.

 

The airy cinematic production and ominous beat set the tone as Quavo and Takeoff trade one intoxicating bar after another. Co-directed by Keemotion and Quavo, the music video serves as an insane homage to the cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas directed by Terry Gilliam and co-starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. In the clip, Quavo and Takeoff assume the roles of Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo cruising through the desert with a “mobile pharmacy” before pulling up to a Las Vegas hotel and barely passing the doors to check in. All kinds of psychedelic, tripped-out trap madness follows as they deliver the South’s first proper hip-hop homage to the late Hunter S. Thompson. It’s unlike anything either of these two multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-nominated superstars have done either solo or as part of Migos!

 

It also paves the way for more music to come.

 

Takeoff recently dropped off “Crypto” with Rich The Kid. It has already amassed over 6.5 million Spotify streams and 4.7 million YouTube views on the music video. Receiving critical acclaim, HYPEBEAST proclaimed, “the new single sees the Migos rapper embrace his love for cryptocurrency and the fortune that it has brought him.”

 

Meanwhile, Quavo served up the intense “Shooters Inside My Crib.” It posted up 6 million Spotify streams and 6.6 million YouTube views on the music video. Touted among the “Soundsystem 50,” High Snobiety observed, “Quavo skates over the Ayo-B-produced beat effortlessly teasing us about an upcoming project.” REVOLT added, “‘Shooters Inside My Crib’ sees the North Atlanta star harmonizing about past struggles and current successes.” Sports Illustrated summed it up best as “an absolute banger.” Not to mention, he joined NBA2K22 as a playable character and will star in a new action thriller Takeover.

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Rising Singer-Songwriter Malachiii Unveils Debut EP ‘The Ascension’

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Elevating music to another stratosphere altogether, rising singer, songwriter, producer, and artist-to-watch Malachiii presents his debut EP, The Ascension, today via Motown Records. Listen to it HERE.

 

The Ascension highlights Malachiii’s artful approach as a future-facing curator, alchemizing vibes and styles into a multi-dimensional pop, hip-hop and R&B sound of his own design. Anchored by his production skills, the project boasts fan favorites including the vibey track “I’m Back,” the powerful anthem “Hold Me,” as well as the melodic “Free My Soul,” which Euphoria raved as “an upbeat listen with a mellow undertone, morphing multiple genres into one sound.” The EP fittingly closes with “Back When We Were Kids,” a nostalgic track featuring guitar riffs that seesaw back and forth between emotionally charged verses.

 

Speaking on his debut EP, Malachiii shares, “The Ascension is my true introduction to the world. This project is so important to me because it’s just the tip of the iceberg. The listener will get a chance to see different sides of me musically, while reflecting on my journey with “ascension” in all things in my life.”

 

Check out the tracklist for The Ascension below, and watch Malachiii pull back the curtain on his production process in his ‘Behind The Beat’ video series HERE and HERE. It’s Malachiii’s year, so hold on tight!

THE ASCENSION EP TRACKLIST:

1.    Elevate

2.    Hold Me

3.    What’s In Store

4.    I’m Back

5.    Free My Soul

6.    Next To Me

7.    Back When We Were Kids

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Stunna 4 Vegas Drops New Album “Rae Rae’s Son”

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After releasing a barrage of fiery singles, burgeoning star Stunna 4 Vegas’ (Billion Dollar Baby Entertainment / Interscope Records) unveils his blistering new album Rae Rae’s Son. The 12-track effort is a slam-dunk for Stunna enthusiasts who crave his high-octane energy and robust swagger. Fans who reveled at Stunna’s previous records “BMF,” Ice Wear Vezzo, and “Pay Me To Speak” will love the album’s latest record, “Sad Song,” featuring Spinnabenz. Listen HERE.
To celebrate the release of his new album, Stunna will perform three concerts including performances in Charlotte (May 21), Dallas (May 29) and Billings (June 9). YRB Teez and SSG Splurge will accompany the Billion Dollar Baby star on his trek. Fans can purchase tickets HERE.
Since he joined Billion Dollar Baby and Interscope in 2019, Stunna 4 Vegas has emerged into one of the roster’s most promising talents, with over 816 million streams in the U.S. alone. His frenetic energy and ear for top-tier street anthems launched the run of success that began with his Big 4X mixtape release that cracked the top 50 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Results only improved with the January 2020 release of his debut album, Rich Youngin, which shot into the top 30 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and the top 20 of the Rap Albums list on the heels of hits such as “DO DAT,” featuring DaBaby and Lil Baby and “Up the Smoke” with Offset. His credentials only grew with a heavy touring lineup in 2021, including featured performer slots at Rolling Loud, Made in America, and OVO Fest and headlining his national tour.
 
Rae Rae’s Son Track List
  1. Rae Rae’s Intro
  2. The One
  3. Pay Me To Speak
  4. BMF ft. Ice Wear Vezzo
  5. Going For Nun
  6. Suspect
  7. Activated
  8. Sticks
  9. Fye ft. YRB Tezz
  10. Skurrt
  11. Sad Song ft. Spinnabenz
Stunna 4 Vegas Rae Rae’s Son eAlbum
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paris jackson out with new single, “lighthouse”

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Today, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, and activist paris jackson unveils her brand new single entitled “lighthouse” out now via Republic Records—listen to “lighthouse”HERE. “lighthouse” was produced by singer, songwriter, musician, and producer Butch Walker.

The single is released alongside the official music video, which was inspired by the iconic video for Nirvana’s “Sliver.” In the video, paris pays homage with a photo of Kurt Cobain—a full circle moment to the original video. Watch the “lighthouse” video HERE.

The song channels unbridled nineties rock energy as it harnesses the power of a classic alternative dynamic with a twist of its own. paris’ hypnotic verses give way to a chantable chorus, “I can feel the lights go low, but I don’t wanna let go now, maybe if I turn around you’ll see me, and what you used to be,” before a hummable guitar solo.

On the song, paris says, “I continued to write about this same old heartbreak that ‘wilted’ is about. A lot of the new songs coming out are similar stories about the same person and heartbreak. I guess I’m just exploring different feelings. ‘wilted’ was a more melancholy record, and now I’m exploring more of the anger…”

paris recently lit up SXSW with her debut performance at the festival, landing looks from BillboardThe Recording Academy’s Grammy U, and more. Back in 2020, she delivered her debut album, wilted, joined by collaborators Andy Hull and Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra. Upon arrival, it captured #1 on the iTunes US Alternative Albums Chart and incited the applause of NPRRolling StoneAssociated PressEntertainment WeeklyE! NewsPeopleNMENYLONRefinery29WWD, and more. Additionally, she ignited late-night television with an emotionally charged rendition of “let down” on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!paris remained prolific in 2021 with The Struts’ collaboration “Low Key In Love,” before sharing the lost EP as a surprise gift for her fans in early 2022. Now, paris jackson re-introduces herself with an honest and raw signature sound.

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Steve Darko returns to Dirtybird Records with ‘Abyss’ EP

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Today, Boston-based producer, instrumentalist, and DJ Steve Darko, releases his dynamic two-track ‘Abyss’ EP, out now via Dirtybird.   Buy / Stream ‘Abyss’
https://dirtybird.fanlink.to/Abyss

The aptly named title track of Steve Darko’s latest Dirtybird EP is as haunting as it is riveting. Layered with analog synths to create an eerily lush atmosphere, ‘Abyss’ showcases Darko’s depth as a producer. ‘Stay Awake’ blasts into a tech-house banger with more upbeat percussion and a creative build up. The two-track project marks Steve Darko’s grand return to Dirtybird following last year’s Midnight Swim LP.

Regarding the EP, Steve Darko said, “‘Abyss’ is a deep, slow burner track that’s centered around a moody pad chord progression that slowly builds and fades throughout the song. I wrote this record shortly after wrapping up my album Midnight Swim, and I think some of the vibe from the album carried on into the ‘Abyss’ EP.” Expanding on the project, Steve Darko stated, “The flip side, ‘Stay Awake’, is a bit more club-centric with heavy-hitting percussion driving most of the track, but I tried to keep things interesting by sprinkling in some hypnotic, detuned synth work and heavily time-stretched vocals. The breakdown gets pretty out of control and the pause before the last drop is always a crowd pleaser in my sets.”

The dichotomy in this EP speaks to the duality of Darko’s own life. By day, he works as a full time developer with music production software leader iZotope, and by night, he transitions his skills into his Steve Darko project.

Written during the creation of Midnight Swim, ‘Abyss’ is a manifestation of his growth. In the year since its initial draft, ‘Abyss’ has been refreshed and refined using the full breadth of Steve Darko’s extensive knowledge of electronic music production.

Steve Darko is one of the latest up-and coming producers championing the underground house scene. His unique sound earned him the attention of Dirtybird boss Claude VonStroke, who signed sevel of Darko’s records and had him provide direct support on his 2018 World Tour. Since then, he has become a familiar face on club and festival lineups across the US. With a combination of viscous minimal techno and hearty bass-forward tech-house, Darko has proven he is a dangerous force to be reckoned with in the studio and on stage.

Steve Darko invites fans to join him on his next chapter and stream ‘Abyss’ today.

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