Cloudy Clouds has released his debut album, Imprisoned in a Daydream which, in 14 tracks, gives a charming mix of self-deprecating humor, witty social commentary and, of course, the nuances of dreamy love. The UK hip-hop scene may not be quite sure what has hit it.
Mensa-member Claudio Elliston has reinvented himself as Cloudy Clouds. Based in the Crouch End area of London, his influence stems from hip-hop’s finest talents, namely Eminem, Lupe Fiasco and, of course Sha Stimuli. Taking notes from these names, we see nothing fake in the music of Cloudy Clouds. Instead, the lyrics are bursting with an emotional sharpness which defies rap stereotypes of soulless commentary.
Notable songs include ‘Your Future Daughter’ which focuses on the UK’s drug laws and their problematic repercussions, and ‘Calling Round’, a song from the perspective of a terrorist attack victim. Cloudy Clouds is the antithesis of shying away from controversial topics.
An album made special by its pure and majestic storytelling, Imprisoned in a Daydream is a mash of trap, grime, drill and rap. Cloudy Clouds is at the top of his game.
El Salvador’s Blues Rock trio Steady Rollin are continuing their remarkable rise to global recognition with a genre-bending new remix of ‘You’re mystical’, courtesy of top DJ and producer Elyse Rich.
For a band which oozes authenticity and class, opting to record and play music in the same tradition as bands like Cream and The Who, a dance remix of their hit single is bizarre but effective; helping to deliver singer Fernando Poma’s important message across genres.
“It’s a love song about a long-married couple where the husband feels a bit insecure about his wife’s love for him. He takes her to a solitary cottage in the woods. He looks at her and feels so much love that just the depth of that love makes him so scared of losing her. At one point he asks her to take a walk with him under the stars – he wants to see if the “stars are still shining” for HIM regarding her love for him. They get back into the house and he looks at her in the kitchen and can’t do anything but “sigh”. He loves her so much that he is afraid. He finds her truly mystical and otherworldly”.
Fernando Poma, Steady Rollin
What would seem like a strange collaboration to many artists, producer Elyse Rich explained that it was the message which ‘You’re Mystical’ stood for that attracted her to the song.
“You’re Mystical” is a song about self-love and self-acceptance. It’s an inspirational love song from yourSELF to yourSELF. It expresses the depth of ways we can relate to ourselves and how to bridge the gap between who we have become and the longing to reconnect with who we know ourselves to be.
Elyse’s remix of ‘You’re Mystical’, released October 16th, gives an unconventional but exciting look forward to Steady Rollin’s debut upcoming album Love and Loss. The trio’s first full project combines real life experiences of love and passion with emotional blues rock, resulting in a record of raw emotional power.
With the UK-exclusive remixed single opening up a whole new genre and demographic to Steady Rollin, they’re sure to hit the ground running on a global scale comet restart of the post-lockdown music industry.
Follow Steady Rollin to keep up to date on news of their new album.
By age 25, Jack Rose has already carved out a multi-hyphenate career that’s enough to make anyone feel like an underachieving sluggard (that’s right) and he’s just getting started.
Hailing from Kent, Essex, the young singer/songwriter made his musical debut by posting song covers on YouTube, à la Justin Bieber, accumulating 1.2 million views. His unadulterated charm and heartfelt vocals have won him a devoted fandom of over 200,000. His original songs have achieved worldwide chart success and his latest single “Better on My Own” is set to blow all previous rankings out of the water.
The track, which features the unmistakable hook line of Annie Lennox’s iconic song “No More I Love You’s”, has already been remixed by Billy Da Kid, Dots Per Inch and Morlando, to name a few. With his signature warble, Jack delivers a catchy top-line inspired by a personal relationship that went sour. Though the romance ended bitterly, he takes an empowering stance, having discovered the strength it takes to leave a toxic situation in order to preserve your own mental health and ultimately stand taller.
You can follow Jack’s multitude of film and music projects across his socials. Make sure you catch the release of “Better on My Own”, landing on 25thSeptember, as well as the accompanying music video which will follow on 23rd October.
Following the success of his penultimate release “Body Talk”, JayQ the Legend is back on the scene and thriving with tantalising musical snack “Amazing Girl”.
If there’s anything sweeter than the taste of this record, it’s the mission behind the music: “I hoped this song would catch quickly,” JayQ states, “it’s time we celebrate and respect women, and show them how truly amazing they are!”
Heartwarming message in tow, the track has caught on like wildfire, blasting straight to the top of the Black Charts, currently standing at number 2.
Turn up the volume and make up for all that lost time over summer with “Amazing Girl” – music video pending. You can listen to the track below and keep your eyes peeled for whatever JayQ the Legend breaks through with next!
Legends Never Die, a posthumous album, released on 10th of July, proved popular with his listeners as it crashed Spotify on its release at midnight. The album features other artists such as Halsey, Marshmello, Trippie Redd, and Polo G. This album release was announced by Lil Bibby, a friend of Juice, in April 2020. A statement was then released on Juice’s Instagram.
“This Friday we will be honoring the life and art of Juice Wrld by releasing his album, Legends Never Die,” the post reads. “We feel that this collection of 15 songs best represents the music Juice was in the process of creating. The album shines a light on the collaborators that meant so much to Juice and deeply impacted his musical process. Juice dedicated his music to his fans and, now more than ever, we hope this album brings some reprieve to everyone during these unsettling times. Please join us in celebrating Juice’s life by enjoying this album. Juice’s legacy will live forever; Legends Never Die.”
Juice WRLD sadly passed away aged 21 in December last year. His death was said to be an accidental overdose. Artists such as Drake and the Weekend paid tribute to Juice WRLD.
Floridian artist Lil T.O (an old school friend of XXXTentacion) has released his new song Beautiful. Beautiful, expressing a more upbeat side to T.O’s personality, reveals his real personality and a pure summer vibe. Having a Haitian mother and raised in different cities across the US, T.O’s music draws on music from backgrounds of every colour, culture and class.
Lil T.O has expressed how music has been his escape as a way to convey his more vulnerable side, where in reality he may appear like he is not facing any problems.
“Growing up I know I’ve always been sad and being a guy, you can’t really wear that on your sleeve. Then growing up, I just went through a lot of situations that just ultimately lead to me being where I’m at now… in a dark place. It’s like no matter how hard I try doing good, I’m still the bad guy in every situation and sometimes ignoring the little things don’t help. Dealing with suicidal thoughts and depression, I’d just keep everything to myself and I never knew how to express it better than writing it in music form”
Despite Covid-19, Aitch and AJ Tracey are part of the lineup for Malta’s Escape 2 The Island festival, which is due to take place this summer on the 28th-30th August 2020. However, in other parts of the world, still, other festivals are cancelled. For example, Jay Z’s Made in America has recently been cancelled due to the pandemic.
Other artists performing at Escape 2 The Island festival include Fredo, Young T & Bugsey, Jay1, Mist, Yxng Bane, Charlie Sloth, S1Mba, Sl, Ms Banks, Unknown T and Hardy Caprio. See the full line up below:
Escape To The Island has full support from the Malta Tourism Authority. A press release said: “With very low rates of Covid-19 and incredibly detailed and diligent planning from the Maltese government, the country is now open again for tourism to many parts of Europe including the UK from July 15th. All hotels, bars, restaurant’s, clubs and beaches are open with stringent procedures in place around social distancing and testing.”
2020 has already been a whirlwind, and Kayne West has just announced he will run for US presidency yesterday on Independence Day. Kanye West is a already a successful music artist, producer and fashion designer. However, it is not official yet as it is not clear if he has filed any official paperwork to appear on ballot.
Some people think this announcement is a simple publicity stunt, though others questioned: (according to Politico) How did West go from being a public supporter of President Donald Trump to announcing a run against him?
“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” West wrote. “I am running for president of the United States.” Earlier this year we have also seen that Kayne West has declared he will no longer write secular music, strictly all Gospel religious music.
The Grammy winner has already mentioned running for presidency, as last November he said “When I run for president in 2024, we would’ve created so many jobs that I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk”. This would most definitely be a late registration as he is past the deadline for state filing to register as an independent candidate.
Beyonce will be awarded for her efforts with the BET Humanitarian Award. BeyGOOD charity, where she recently donated millions for coronavirus relief and helped to set up testing sites in home town Houston, Texas. Her team members have also been dispersing personal protective equipment, essential items, hot meals, and store vouchers to locals in need.
In addition, Beyonce just launched the Black Business Impact Fund, donating earnings from her surprise single Black Parade to support black-owned small businesses in need. She has also been supporting scholarships through her Formation Scholars initiative, and providing clean water to the people of Burundi via her BeyGood4Burundi partnership with UNICEF bosses.
Beyonce will be presented with the award during the virtual 2020 BET Awards, which are set to be televised in the U.S. at 8pm ET on Sunday.Previous recipients of the award have included John Legend, Quincy Jones and Chance the Rapper
With the release of her brand new single ‘New Heights’ earlier this month, Börni is set for big things this year as she receives press endorsement from the likes of Billboard, OK! Magazine and Young Entertainment.
With Billboard magazine setting their sights on Börni as one to ‘look out for’ this year, Young Entertainment describing her as ‘uber talented’ and OK! Magazine predicting she will ‘take over the US’ we wanted to see what all the hype was all about!
Börni has sung on stage with music diva and icon Celine Dion in front of 50,000 people and worked with megastars such as Sean Kingston on her previous music as well as four-time Grammy-nominated song-writer and producer, Linda Perry after she signed with Sony Music in 2007.
It’s therefore no wonder that the press are excited for her new single, and we are too. Give it a listen below!
This new single from Börni represents her new style of effervescent pop, dance and urban cool, which is set to be the futuristic sound of the Summer and we believe it lives up to the hype! Having dipped her toe in a variety of music genres, this new single reflects a genre that Börni is looking to stay in as she releases more music later on this year.