It hasn’t been the easiest journey for Yajna. Having overcome many obstacles, including clinical depression, one constant has remained – her music.
Her debut release, Natten Lång, gained significant radio success in Sweden, and helped to refine her musical sound. However, it was in London she felt her true artist was discovered, The Rising Phoenix, and so it continues to be her ‘second home’ and music base.
It was there, where she recorded her epic power-pop trilogy, accordingly titled, The Rising Phoenix. The collection of songs represents her journey from her lowest points, and rising from the ashes stronger than ever.
Through her work and music, Yajna wants to “reach out with a message of hope, love and power, and help others into a healthy, strong and independent lifestyle.“
After appearances on Sky News, Talk Sport,played Live on Talk Radio as well as multiple appearances on BBC Radio and supporting the likes of Gary Barlow, Joel Rothwell has showed no signs of slowing down in 2019. With a headline show at Manchester Academy set for February, and new music on the way, we’re sure to be seeing more of Joel in 2020.
Crafting a flavour of neo-soul, downtempo electronica and elaborate pop, London- born Suffolk-based Caswell was armed with her first microphone as a toddler. After emerging in 2017 she released her debut EP ‘The Shadow Aspect’, she’s since been cited by key online tastemakers as “a viral success” (Clash Magazine) and “London’s newest Superstar” (Wonderland Magazine).
Having worked with influential names in the music business, such as producers and writers for big names including Blackbear, BTS, Britney Spears and Lil Wayne – Kelsey is sure to make an explosive debut. Kelsey’s songs have a genuine and organic sound to them, achieved through writing original music in her bedroom and coffee shops. She begins her musical endeavour just as she propels herself into studying music at NYU Steinhardt.
Having studied piano since when he was 4 before studying music theory and composition Marco was allured by the pull of Dance music and found a passion for making upbeat dance music. Having racked up hundreds of thousands of streams and a reputation to boot, Marco is now hoping to launch his career.
Despite being only 21 years old, GRACEY is already an in-demand songwriter who has written for some of the biggest names in pop. Now, ‘Different Things’ is her beautifully affecting debut single. Written and produced with her long term collaborator Alan Sampson, ‘Different Things’ is an effortlessly forward-thinking and vividly atmospheric raw depiction of a relationship stretched to breaking point. Cut from the same cloth as Sia and Lorde, GRACEY’s Different Things is a taster of what’s to come from this raw new talent.
It’s been a whirlwind few years for singer Yajna, and arguably some of the hardest times she will ever have to experience. Her trilogy of songs, ‘The Rising Phoenix’, representing her journey from the ashes of her lowest points, which included electro-shock treatment as the result of a mentally abusive relationship and subsequent divorce, to her triumphant emergence from the fire, stronger than ever and with a message of hope, love and power.
Her second release from the trilogy, Femenomenal, is about female empowerment and unity.
“This song is about how we are stronger together and that we are amazing humans, phenomenal and femenomenal – that’s my own word.”
“This is a power anthem for a united world”
From her music career, to her charity work and entrepreneurial ventures, Yajna is a woman of many talents. So interesting in fact, that a documentary has been made, following her as she recounts events from her childhood to today. Yajna uses her various outlets and music to send a message of hope, love and power, and help others into a healthy, strong and independent lifestyle.
California’s forthcoming EP, My Name is Freedom, sees her backed by legendary producer and drummer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney
Richie); ace guitarist Vernon “Ice” Black (Diana Ross,
Anastacia; Babyface); James
Henry and veteran vocalists Larry Batiste, Cornell
Carter and Tony Lindsay. Her recently released
single, ‘Star’, aims to “build bridges and promote positivity
ahead of fuelling hate”, and take a stand for those who have suffered
throughout history. Estelle’s own life experiences of living in a racist
society are amplified by her vocals, passionately expressing her views and
seamlessly fusing musical genres of all nationalities.
Emerging from the streets of London, Mike Dadio has brought the rhythmic drums of his Ghana home to the brewing cloup rap scene. Featuring Nigerian rapper Romel and Hurricane Hunt, who has collaborated with the likes of Wretch 32 and Avelino, ‘Fake N Dat’ fuses cultures to inject afro-beat baselines and African drum rhythms into the track’s cloud rap production.
Letting the synths and drums guide him, Mike doesn’t allow himself to be boxed into a genre. Taking influences from Wiskid, Davido and Burna Boy, his main aim is to have his tracks resonate with listener in a way that it talks of the real problems of real life.
For Mike, music is a form of escapism and this is demonstrated in the upbeat, absorbing nature of Fake n Dat. Following the release of his track ‘No Limit’ in December, ‘Fake n Dat’ is the first track from Mike to be released in 2019 and undeniably sets an exciting precedent for more music to come from one of London’s up and coming go-to producers!
Last week gave us the visual release of Alex Dutty’s infectious single Emoji. Taken from his debut album ‘Knock Down Ginger‘, the track features the reggae style vocals of Black Rose and with its consistent heavy-bass beats, rhythmic dancehall undertone and catchy chorus, the track is one to play on repeat.
Choosing to avoid the stereotypical ‘guns, drugs, money and hoes’ content, Alex delivers brutally candid and relatable accounts of his childhood and life in London. After being influenced by UK sounds like Garage, Grime and Drill, Alex mixes that with his love of Toronto style production, his R&B and rap influences from the nineties and Reggae Dancehall with a touch of Afro Beat.
Having garnered support slots for the likes of Kano, Ghetts, Wiley and Bashy, Alex is no stranger to grime royalty and the buzz of the support slots and his DIY work ethic saw the rapper sell 60,000 copies of his mixtapes collectively – earning him a nomination at the coveted Official Mixtape Awards two years running.
Gaining influences in both music and his raw reality of growing up in a broken home, Alex infuses these to produce the diversity that is Alex Dutty and balances this whilst creating a very unapologetic but unique soundscape.
With spacey vocals that resonate those of Nao and Mura Masa, Becce J has paired up with grime royalty D Double E to create one of the catchiest tracks to come out of 2019 so far with Timing. The track indulges hypnotic bass lines and chilled loops, with a consistent beat that gives the track an infectious rhythm.
Hailing from Preston, Lancashire, Becce J’s journey to release Timing would have seen many others give up at the first hurdle and her struggle rings true in the track lyrically with her inspirational message to carry on pursuing your dreams despite life’s ups and downs.
D Double E’s own journey has seen him hailed as one of the founding fathers of Grime, beginning with N.A.S.T.Y Crew and then the seminal Newham Generals – Newham now becoming as synonymous as the great bases of US rap, with the headlines relating to 21 Savage’s up-bringing.
With its crisp beats, memorable chorus and of course, D Double E’s trademark rap, Timing is a necessary good-vibe soundtrack this weekend.
From small town Owings, Maryland Rasha Jay’s music is a storm of blues based alt-rock fueled with emotional vocals, powerful rock instrumentals and atmospheric beats and this is illustrated best in her new single Red Coat.
Lyrically the song is about protecting yourself from love and the heavy bass, strong guitar riffs and raw soulful vocals mirror the dark, murky and conflicted notions that come with the harder side of love. With her forthcoming EP High Dive to be released later this year, Rasha Jay comments that the EP will be a continuation of this exploration into love and the tangled mess of relating to each other – the title ‘High Dive’ referring to the times when it is best to dive in or jump out and the audience that is always there waiting to see what happens.
Taking influence from musical mavericks such as Prince and rock royalty like Foo Fighters, Rasha Jay creates innovative music that bulges real honesty and daring genre-spanning sounds.
Watch out for her forthcoming EP and click on the links below to check out more Rasha Jay!
Though coming from an Indian background, Californian, Hitha, is as in love with Western pop music as much as any teenager her age (just 13!) With a maturity which belies her years, her second ever release, Special, introduces some of her cultural influences, without, thankfully, making it feel clunky or forced. In particular, the flute plays a prominent role in the track, giving a an added layer of texture without resorting to the expected studio trickery.
Though the lyrics to the track celebrate the unsung roles played by loved ones in everyone’s life, the real appeal of the track is that the artist is speaking to people of her own age largely. Teenagers actually speaking directly to teenagers seems to be the lost thread in the musical fabric, with other artists Hitha’s age usually more eager to sing about subjects beyond their experience. Check out the video below.
Scotland-based DJ and producer Andy Anderson has unveiled his innovative ‘3D mixes’, gifting listeners with a completely new aural experience: all without needing to buy any specialist equipment!
As witnessed on the mix of his latest track ‘Live For A Dream’, the 3D mixes work with any headphones or earphones, making this something of an egalitarian technical development. Anderson’s mixing technique—which he is keeping tightly under-wraps—distributes the sound unevenly in the ear canal, having a 360 effect.
To understand this, we recommend listening to the 3D mix for yourself but if that is not possible imagine being stood in a small circular room with speakers covering every inch of the wall while you’re stood in the middle and you’re pretty much there.