While the pandemic has halted many aspects of daily life, it has not halted creativity. As our world continues to socially distance, it is paramount that we do not distance ourselves from new music – especially tracks that feature novel melodic ideas and burgeoning avenues of discovery.
In this Release Radar, Ladygunn explores two weeks of new music from artists of sundry genres and musical styles.
HOPE TALA – All My Girls Like To Fight
Hope Tala the London-based singer, songwriter recently released her single “All My Girls Like To Fight,” alongside a visually stunning official video. The single is feminist anthem that fuses R&B with soul, pop and alternative. This being a follow-up to her critically acclaimed EP Sensitive Soul and breakout single “Lovestained,” which has garnered over 20 million streams independently and praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, COMPLEX, British Vogue, Pigeons & Planes, Zane Lowe and many more.
ELLA MAI – Not Another Lover
The 25 year old Grammy award-winning R&B British singer known for singles such as “Boo’d Up” and ”Trip”, recently released her new single “ Not Another Lover” this Friday. It’s been two years since she has last released any music and her new song is about “ falling in love but not wanting to admit it, so it’s quite vulnerable,” says Mai in a press release. Her debut performance for the single was on Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 2, which can be watched on Amazon Prime.
BLACKPINK – Lovesick Girls
The K-Pop girl group Blackpink debuted in 2016 , with songs “Whistle” and “Boombayah. They have since taken the world by storm and broke the Billboard 100 chart, amongst other record breaking accomplishments. They just recently released their debut self titled album “ Blackpink’ and have solidified themselves as one of the most popular girls in the world per their ELLE cover shot. The main single off the album is “Love Sick Girls”, it tells the tale of the girls walking away from the idea of falling in love and instead finding autonomy in self-love.
JORJA SMITH FT POPCAAN – Come Over
Jorja Smith released her debut album in 2018 titled Lost & Found, with hit songs “Teenage Fantasy” and “Blue Lights”. The British singer-songwriter has amassed more than 8 million monthly listeners on spotify and was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Artist category in 2019. Her latest single of the year was released last Friday titled “ Come Over” featuring Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan. This pop-reggae hybrid track was released along with a futuristic animated music video.
LORDKEZ – Sunday
The new single by South African the indie alt- R&B songstress Lordez mixes neo-soul elements and sultry hip-hop beats. The track features South-African rapper Priddy Ugly and Maryland rapper J Trek.
TEMS – Damages
Nigerian singer and songwriter Tems, released her new EP “For Broken Ears” . This comes a week after releasing her lead single, “Damages” a Afro-pop jam that discusses growing and moving away from a toxic relationship.
FREEMAN YOUNG – Red Pill
Freeman Young is Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist that recently released his debut EP, Blue Pill. The EP’s focus track is “Red Pill. Born to Jamaican immigrants and currently based in Surrey, B.C., Young blends alternative, soul and R&B while also drawing inspiration from his Caribbean roots and the reggae classics he grew up on. His new EP features his latest singles, “No Nevermind” and “Running Back,” which he released earlier this summer.
story / Jada Jackson