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.“
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.
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!
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!
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.
R.Seiliog presents ‘Opal Drift’, a deep-flowing ambient techno cut from his forthcoming LP ‘Megadoze‘ out 30th of November on Turnstile music.
Welsh producer R.Seiliog aka Robin Edwards returns with his new LP ‘Megadoze’ a subtle shift from the sonic palette of critically acclaimed ‘In Hz’ and 2016’s ’Shedhead EP’. R.Seiliog creates a gentle stir from darkness, coaxing ambisonic visions of the void with synth-driven tides. ‘Megadoze’refined prologue surges through visceral tapestries of static and haze merging ambient techno, musique concrète and field recordings.
Astounding lead track ‘Opal Drift’ with its enveloping structures builds through ambient textures and a bricolage of half-remembered techno and synth waves, it’s like the evocative sound of flowing water softly sculpting the rocks of the Black mountains. Second track ‘DC Offset’ weaves intricate sci-fi soundtrack layers bubbles, babbles and skitters with otherworldly presence echoing homage to the finest work of Brian Eno, its followed by the incredible ‘Obsidian’ its deep-glitch woven journey unfurls into an awe-inspiring interlude of sonic revelry in its final portion. Meanwhile the ambient hauntings and glacial washes of ‘Vitamin Filter’ are a masterclass in the melding of field recordings and motorik electronic beats, it’s equally the soundtrack to chilling-in, or going out.
‘Zemlya’ resonates and chimes with harmonics that conjure echoes of the percussive music of different continents from India to Africa, underscored by contrasting hues of sub-bass driven beats, crunchy granular glitch with instrumental swathes. The ambient drops of ‘Nectar Phase’with its viscous swells and fluxing breakbeat possess a timelessness. The glacial ‘Chalk Fields’ mirrors the sound of a rising sun casting cosmic beams onto your face as you lie in a dew-speckled field, samples of birds chirruping, streams flowing, a distant voice and stunning ambient textures arise into a moment of unified clarity.
Sonically daring and sewn with intricate genre-blurring levels of detail, each cut remains connected to the heart of nature in its elemental force, ‘Megadoze’ is perhaps R.Seiliog’s finest record yet.
R.Seiliog emerged from the pine coned hills of Peniel, North Wales. Releasing the warm analog psychedelia of 2012’s ‘Shuffles EP’, and his debut long player 2013’s ‘Doppler’ which was a wide-eyed homage to Krautrock. Manic Street Preachers were so inspired by his debut album Doppler that the band entrusted Edwards to remix Manic Street Preachers’ single ‘Futurology’.
In 2014 the release of his critically acclaimed second album ‘In Hz’ a masterful work of convoluted drone and electronics. Which led Thump to herald it as “So good it hurts” and Mojo Magazine to say “R.Seiliog presides over a subtle, imaginative record that transcends many genres.” R. Seiliog’s work has received airplay from the likes of Huw Stephens, 6 Music – Mary Anne Hobbs, Radcliffe and Maconie and Lauren Laverne.
Sussex-based singer-songwriter, Jon McDevitt, has just released his sensational seasonal single ‘Father Christmas’. Check out the emotive video here:
This Christmas sing-along cleverly blends influences from The Smiths and Dexys Midnight Runners amongst others, to form an easy listen seasonal single.
Thoughtful lyrics by co-writer Dominic Hudson paint Father Christmas as a figure missing from Christmas, whilst allowing the listener to interpret it as to how or why. These combine with an infectious melody to make a Christmas single that stands out from the crowd.
Following the success of her infectious pop anthem ‘Crush’, Norwegian pop singer, Line Mari is back with a mesmerizing melody, that sparks real emotion. With intense vocals, brooding pianos, and a backdrop of tropical-tinged synths, ‘Haters’ showcases perfectly Line Mari’s distinctive electro pop sound.
‘Haters’ and ‘Crush’ will both appear on Line Mari’s upcoming album ’21 Days’, due for global release Friday 4th November. With her first two single releases delivering such a unique, electrifying sound with a catchy pop-rock edge, we are very excited to listen to what Line Mari has in store for us.
The Skype call inspired ‘When I Call You’ by Francisco Bayon is an uplifting and unique summer anthem. Featuring accordion throughout the track builds up to a huge festival ready texture from just the Skype ringtone. I think everyone can agree that it is a very creative way of using the ringtone. Francisco’s fantastic vocals then come in and deliver some very catchy lyrics and melodic combinations that have been going round in my head for ages after listening to it. Go and get it now!