Emma Jensen

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We got a new indie pop anthem for you. It’s the first single from Norwegian singer, Emma Jensen. The track is called “Closer” and you’re pretty much guaranteed to be snapping your fingers to this one by the end.

Emma Jensen – Closer


Zeo x Eyez

UK rappers, Zeo Zeonardo and Elijah Eyez team up to make this tripped out new ninja-rap track called “Liars.” The video is pretty sick too.

Zeo x Eyez – Liars


Lowly: “Heba”

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Being a music critic is, in my opinion, one of the most ridiculous occupations a person could have. I’ve always failed to understand how individuals can measure the attributes of a song and decide upon a grade or rating that seems fitting. It nearly feels disrespectful; It feels like an attempt to strip listeners of the power to form their own relationship with a set of sounds. I believe we perceive with our ears completely different waves than a person sitting beside us. This perception of sound solely relies on individual mood or mindset. So, who is anyone to judge the quality of any piece of music —It seems unnatural.

On a separate note, here is the latest project from Lowly, courtesy of Bella Union Inc. According to the Danish noise-pop band, “Heba” was named after a friend of theirs who emigrated from Syria as a result of the ongoing, unfortunate circumstances.

“We are not a particularly political band, but we recorded the album while thousands of people were fleeing and getting killed. The frustration of Europe and our own country being unwilling to help, and bureaucracy being valued higher than human lives, affected us deeply,” they said.

Listen to “Heba” here:

 


O.J.Hodding

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I keep coming across some amazing Hip Hop producers based in the UK. I’m starting to think that hip hop will rise again not on the East or West Coast of America… but somewhere in the British Isles.

For proof, have a listen to the latest single from London-based rapper O.J.Hodding. It’s called “Naturally” and it is equal parts soul, jazz and hip hop.

O.J.Hodding – Naturally

O.J.Hodding – Kicking Back (ft. Masta Marx)


Chillwave Wednesday CXXVIII

Chillwave Wednesday 2017

Chillwave Wednesday is a semi-weekly shortlist of chill music from around the internet. We start out the mix easy with a slow burner from ESHE NKIRU called “Divinity.” Then we wind it up with a Crackazat remix of Tom Misch and a Throttle remix of Snakehips vs . There’s also a Louis La Roche remix of “Nobody Knows” by the king of pop himself and an Autograf single featuring Wynne. It’s Autograf like you’ve never heard.

The mix sends you back into chill-mode with a Tribe Called Quest remix by Rhythm Scholar. And finally, we finish you off with the instrumental version of L’Aquarium’s “Petit Camarque.” Jazzy!

Chillwave Wednesday is also available on Spotify. See all of the tracks posted to Chillwave Wednesday 2017 each week on Spotify here: http://play.spotify.com/user/thenewlofi/playlist/ChillwaveWednesday

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Kiefer

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Just came across an LA-based Hip Hop producer and piano player called “Kiefer” that you should check out. His music has the perfect vibes for Sunday.

His sound is a mixture of super soulful bass licks mixed with tight snare drums that harken back to the golden age of Hip Hop. Add in an off-kilter piano and you’ve got a sound that will have you laid back for the rest of the evening.

Kiefer – happysad sunday ruff2

Kiefer – vdka n listerine (feat. David Otis)

hear more from Kiefer


Fresh Friday Mix: Sophie Wilson

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Willow is the stage name for Manchester native and DJ, Sophie Wilson. I came across one of her singles called “Feel Me” last week and I was curious to hear more of her dark and minimal flavour of House. After a little digging, I found this little gem. It’s Wilson playing an hour and a half Boiler Room DJ set in London and it is wicked.

Willow – Boiler Room London Studio DJ Set


Are We Live @ The Jazz Factory

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Are We Live is a London based podcast made up of 4 young London-based musicians & taste-makers, collaborating together to talk about music, make music, debut music, and generally immerse themselves and us, the audience, in music.

Made up by Jordan Rakei, Tom Misch, Barney Artist, and Alfa Mist; each brings their own eclectic tastes and musical intricacies to the weekly chin wag . They’re not a band (they all pursue individual projects), more a collective with an ethos embodied in songs that invite your head to swim in the ether – is well in situ.

On Thursday night, Camden’s iconic Jazz Café was packed to the rafters with steam and bodies alike for the first live show from the collective in 2017, punters braving the freezing elements of a February London evening and queueing round the block. The 500 tickets for the event had sold out within 4 minutes of going on sale last month, and at just over £10 for three and a half hours of music of this quality, it wasn’t hard to see why.

Each of the artists had their own individual slot, but these were regularly interspersed with duets and guest appearances, most notably on the superbly soulful I’m Going to Tell You between Barney and Jordan.

Infused with influences from jazz, soul, hip hop, funk and house, those that have seen these shows are likely to agree that experience of one doesn’t necessarily leave you in the know for those to come, as the elements are tuned and re-tuned, much like the strings of Tom Misch’s guitar.

His arrival to the stage did appear to be the most eagerly awaited, his lick-laden guitar scintillating amongst a chorus of instruments, with poignant strings from a violin and a palette of guest vocals in an audacious blend of unique cameos. Authentic to the personality behind the voice and with an ear for concerted collaborations – no better shown off than on a freestyle, J Dilla-esque tribute with genius lyricism from Barney – all together Misch managed to make something well composed from a voguish variety of sound.

A collection of the most unique and exciting breakthrough artists of 2016 have kicked of 2017 with aplomb. Watch this space…