The tracks we can’t stop listening to this week.
Sampa The Great – “ENERGY”
Zambian born rapper Sampa The Great is back with “ENERGY”, a striking call to arms for female empowerment, accompanied by a visual celebration of black excellence. Directed by Modu Sesay, who describes the concept as ‘an ode to female energy, which is essential to all of our existence and the source of life”, the song was produced by London based company Plus One, which is formed of various creatives whose aim is to bring as many women and people of colour into the crew and casting as possible.
FKJ – “Is Magic Gone”
French producer, singer, multi-instrumentalist Vincent Fenton – who goes by the moniker French Kiwi Juice aka FKJ – has shared his new song “Is Magic Gone”. A smooth piano-laden track with modern electronic jazz production the song also features funky bass lines, tight guitar riffs, and effortless transitions between genres.
Dounia – “Rich Girl Mood”
Emerging R&B songstress Dounia has released single “Rich Girl Mood”, the first single off her sophomore EP The Avant-Garden. Featuring acclaimed R&B singer-songwriter Kehlani, the song displays Dounia’s genre-bending syle and sultry but confident vocals. Check out the video below.
Joy Crookes – “Don’t Let Me Down”
Joy Crookes has treated us to a brand new single: ‘Don’t Let Me Down’. Made in collaboration with Leonn Ward, the video is inspired by the Lakshmi Goddess who Crookes studied in Art Classes at school. Speaking of the video, she says, “I am second generation Bengali and wanted to further my understanding in my Indian history. My 16-year-old self was always interested in Goddess’s and how the arms of this particular deity symbolise all of its different qualities. The song itself came from a vulnerable place and for me, these arms show my strength in the situation and how I overcame it”.
Kate Stewart – “Bad Enough”
Kate Stewart’s new EP, ‘In The Beginning’, is very good. With minimalistic, stripped back production and stunning vocals, it is difficult to select one song to highlight from the project. Acoustic number “Bad Enough”, however, does stand out. Despite only consisting of Stewart’s vocals and a guitar, the song is a brautiful ode to the difficulties of wanting to break up with someone, but just not having enough of a reason to do so. A perfect soundtrack to