SIROJ – SLOWLY (99 SOULS REMIX) //
SIROJ returns to form on the brand new cut ‘Slowly’, from his forthcoming EP ‘Glow’.
The final track to be lifted from the new release, gets an outright overhaul from rising UK House duo, 99 Souls, who’s signature blend of House, Dance and R&B raises the bar and elevates the original track to a whole fresh level.
SIROJ (Joris Titawano) is a producer, songwriter, vocalist, DJ and remix virtuoso who has been making waves in his native Amsterdam, as well as garnering healthy support from platforms such as DJ MAG / EARMILK / WONDERLAND /COMPLEX UK, and a plethora of Hype Machine endorsed blogs.
TINK – Ratchet Commandments //
This feisty mettlesome offering fittingly entitled, Ratchet Commandments, is the latest single from up-and-coming female MC, TINK. Already gaining prominence from noted titles in the US, it only seems fitting the release comes by way of acclaimed London label, renowned for breaking such acts as Rudimental, Gorgon City, Clean Bandit – Black Butter Records.
A mere 19 years old, Chicago-native TINK is already establishing herself as one of the hottest acts to watch in 2015. With her wise beyond her years, raw and earnest storytelling and undeniable flow, she has already garnered the support from industry heavy-weights including none other than super-producer Timbaland, who off the back of a fortuitous encounter in the studio with producer crew Da Internz, signed her to his imprint, Mosley Music Group.
Hot off the heels of single Around The Clock released at the end of last year, Ratchet Commandments is an anthology of advice for the female species, backed by buoyant beats from mentor Timbaland and culminating in a final verse that sees TINK spitting at full speed, before flipping the attention on the opposite sex, who too, can be just as ratchet.
PORT ISLA – A.L.I.V.E. //
After landing playlists at Radio 1 and XFM for their self-released debut EP ‘Steamroller’ and their Parlophone debut ‘In The Long Run’, Norwich quartet PORT ISLA release their third EP ‘A.L.I.V.E.’ on MAY 24TH.
Produced by Chris Hugall (Florence + The Machine) and mixed by Michael Brauer (Coldplay, James Bay), the EP’s title track ‘A.L.I.V.E. (HOTTEST RECORD at RADIO 1) is indicative of the band’s ability to craft towering, uplifting anthems with Will Bloomfield’s soaring vocal hook complemented by Stanley Spilman on guitar, Willem Olenski on bass and Henry Kilmister on drums.
The other three tracks demonstrate the growing versatility of the band’s songwriting, with the dramatic dynamics of ‘Ready For The Fight’ followed by the reflective ‘Penny Red’ and the atmospheric instrumental ‘Raleigh’.
M.O. – PREACH //
“The T.R.U.T.H.” – MistaJam
“The hottest girl group” – Noisey
“The British TLC” – NME
‘Preach’ marks the official arrival of a different kind of girl group. Despite working their way up to this moment for the last 18 months, this song is the first true introduction to M.O. and what we can expect from them in 2015. With a passion for experimentation and a real authenticity that most traditional girl groups would kill for, this trio aren’t afraid to be who they are. In their
quest to develop their own brand of real, throw-back R&B they have come-up with something standout: Their impossibly catchy new single, ‘Preach’ is due to be released on May 3rd.
The girls evoke a classic period for R&B trios, the era of TLC, SWV, En Vogue – the best of the nineties’ feisty and assertive characters that combined gloss, pure groove and the ability to dance with a polished production and sassy vocal. Initially causing a stir when they teamed up with Lady Leshurr for a version of 1998 Brandy & Monica hit, ‘The Boy Is Mine’, M.O. signalled the emergence of a new kind of pop-R&B and quite possibly the birth of the first credible UK R&B group in a generation.