Welcome to Soul Sunday #1
Welcome to TNLF’s newest regular feature, Soul Sunday. Your weekly instalment of all things melodic and ariose, brought to you each and every Sunday with 5 of the freshest sounds from the worlds of Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz, Funk and Soul, and packaged up into a bite-size playlist for your auditory amusement.
Today’s inaugural edition happens to fall on a British Bank (public) holiday, so in honour of the great tradition of not having to go into work on Monday, we’ve featured 5 of TNLF’s favourite UK-based artists right now. Our Lofi Best Of British if you will…
Love Dies – Jafaris
Helping to pioneer a burgeoning new generation of hip-hop artists in Ireland is singer / songwriter Jafaris, who follows up his debut single from last summer ‘Lucid’ with another melodic introspective track, ‘Love Dies’
One in Rotation – Little Simz Feat. SiR
London-based Little Simz has been a TNLF favourite ever since she dropped her ‘Blank Canvas’ mixtape all the way back in 2013, and we watched as her new album Stillness in Wonderland continued to demonstrate the artist expanding her own sound with a more melodic tone. One track that’s really stood out for us at TNLF is “One in Rotation”, produced by DK The Punisher and features SiR on the vocals.
Keep it Movin’ – Jungle Brown
A jazzy number from back in January 2016 here from UK based 4-piece Jungle Brown, the first release from their ‘Flight 416’ mix tape. The London based group consists of MaEar, MoSik, Ric* & producer Tony Bones, and this joint is a perfect combination of dynamic verses wisely intertwined with jazz-flavored 90’s hip-hop beats.
Wifey – Kamakaze & Massapeals
Leicester MC Kamakaze (who may be known to some of you as Luton Town midfielder enforcer Matt Robinson), teams up with Massappeals — a producer with an impressive track record to date, to deliver a bouncy and colourful track telling the tale of being driven mad by someone sending mixed signals and, as Kamakaze puts it, the “frustration of those situations”.
Young – Intalekt feat. Jacob Banks
South London producer/artist Intalekt is as diverse as they come, featuring a range of sounds and moods around the theme of youth. ‘Young’ is the first visual release from Intalekt’s debut EP ‘It Is What It Is’ (IIWII). The EP features a rich array of talents including Jay Prince, Kojey Radical, Ella Frank and more.
That’s all for #1, drop back next week for the second installment, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular updates.
Enjoy your bank holidays…