FOREIGN EXCHANGE: CULTURE JAM, TALII, ORCHESTRATE96
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ORCHESTRATE96 – POP OUT FT. OMB BLOODBATH & SPACE KID
Orchestrate96‘s ‘Pop Out’ featuring OMB Bloodbath and Space KID deliver the first taste to the Houston artist’s upcoming LP, Money Baby. Produced by Kevin Hues, the tropical trap single explores Orchestrate96’s Nigerian heritage through Afrobeats-inspired melodies. Along with Hues’ tropical production, Space KID sets the summer vibe on the chorus while fellow Houston up and comer, OMB Bloodbath, offers her versatile lyrical prowess on the first verse. ‘Pop Out’ gives shine to three promising new acts from the South and demands attention ahead of Orchestrate96’s sophomore LP.
BABÉ SILA – RAINBOW
Crowned as the Hungarian queen of R&B, Babé Sila‘s weaves colours of jazz and soul in her latest track, ‘Rainbow’. Driven by deep bass lines and Sila’s delicate and harmonic vocals, the track is a call to arms for self-love and appreciation. Diving deeper into now London-based musician’s track, she explains – “Colouring my own rainbow is a queer hint. In this song I intend to declare that everyone has the right to colour their own rainbow – to decide who and design how they love.”
CORY BR0WN & BARRI B – HARVEST IN PROVINCE
Cory Br0wn and Barri B turn Van Gogh‘s ‘Harvest In Provence’ into a jazz-infused Hip-hop collaboration between two of Georgia’s budding talents. Barri B’s silk-smooth vocals handle the melodies while Br0wn delivers an intricate and intimate presence, similar to Chicago rapper Saba, as he reflects on growing up in the countryside and finding peace amidst the storm. ‘Harvest In Provence’ is the lead single from Br0wn’s upcoming album self-portrait, with each track named after artwork from legendary Dutch painter, Van Gogh.
CHIMZY – FORMULA
Nigerian-born Chimzy describes his ‘Formula’ for a perfect Afro-pop summer in his debut track of 2021. Currently based in Houston, Chimzy is among a new generation of diasporan Afropop artists growing the sound globally and taking artistic influence from their African heritage and current environments. On ‘Formula’, listeners can hear the Nigerian influence in the track’s rich percussion and guitar-led instrumental as Chimzy’s melodics promise devotion, passion and undeniable summertime vibes. With just the one release so far, our eyes stay fixed on what Chimzy has cooking for the Australian summer.
CULTURE JAM, YOUNGBOY NEVER BROKE AGAIN & ROD WAVE – EVERYTHING DIFFERENT
Kawhi Leonard enlists YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Rod Wave for ‘Everything Different’, the first single from the LA Clipper star’s new music project – Culture Jam. The melodic cut features two of Hip-hop’s recent chart-toppers as they reflect on past struggles and their road to success. Made in partnership with Warner Records, Culture Jam is set to release later this year, celebrating the deep-rooted connection between Hip-hop, sports and community. An album for the culture with a stacked line-up of features including Polo G, Gunna and more – don’t miss this one.
IZZULY – THINKIN
NYC singer Izzuly recognises it’s time to let it go on her first track of the year, her neo-soul cut ‘Thinkin’. Izzuly’s angelic vocals float over the slow drums and softly struck chords as the 25-year-old navigates into her next chapter in life. As she accepts her new reality and welcomes catharsis on the track’s chorus, ‘Thinkin’ unfolds a sense of comfort for listeners.
SYDMAC – OUT THE HOOD
Brooklyn native Sydmac continues to hustle on his new joint, ‘Out The Hood’. Over the flute-filled instrumental, the NY artist comes equipped with a fierce flow, vivid storytelling and the flair of new era rap. Influenced by Hip-hop OGs like Jay-Z and Nas, Sydmac’s ‘Out The Hood’ is one of those tracks to start playing when the old heads try and tell you ‘rap is dead’. Dropping after the 2021 release of his Conversations With Her EP and 168 Hours project, Sydmac’s actions match his talk of hustle.
TALII – POINTLESS NUMBERS
Talii returns with brooding new R&B single, ‘Pointless Numbers’, ahead of her forthcoming debut EP. Named as one of SoundCloud’s March 2020 ‘Artists To Watch’, the Orlando-based vocalist shares a moment of vulnerability on her first release of the year, while she maintains her signature blend of dark-pop, R&B and neo-soul. Past the lush and blissful harmonies of ‘Pointless Numbers’, Talii shares her first-hand experiences with Bipolar II Disorder and offers her latest single as “a song to cry to, a song to feel to, and a song that gives your pain a voice.”
ROOFTOP J – OVERSEAS
Belgium rapper Rooftop J throws it back with old school cut, ‘Overseas’. Produced by frequent collaborator, Yung Offender, ‘Overseas’ finds the German artist spitting stories of his travels abroad and checklists the places he still wants to visit and things he still wants to accomplish. From the timely topic of travel to the track’s Golden-Era sonics, the 23-year-old artist strikes the same old school nerve on ‘Overseas’ that we’ve become accustom to hearing from Maryland rapper Cordae. Mirroring his efforts of last year, J has consistently dropped new singles with his latest, ‘CYCLES’, out now.
BECCA STARR – I FORGOT
Becca Starr makes her 2021 debut with the introspective and cautionary tale of ‘I Forgot’. Exploring different periods of her life, the honest and piano-driven record evokes a blend of emotional bars and anthemic vocals from the Scottish artist. As her sophomore release and our first introduction to Starr, she describes “‘I Forgot’ works as a cautionary tale but ultimately exerts a fulfilling vibe of hope. Never forget who you are at the core.” While Scotland might not be the first place you think to look for Hip-hop, it doesn’t mean there’s not an exciting scene there to explore.
Article by Frank Tremain.