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Playlist: Amahla

Amahla - Consider This

Incredible young talent Amahla makes neo-soul music with pure heart.

In times of hardship, authentic voices, stories, and creativity can always thrive, so I suppose there is at least one silver lining to Brexit and the issues of immigration and women’s rights.

Amahla has put together a playlist of a few songs that have influenced her recently. They differ in genre, but all put great vocals to the front.

Nick Drake – River Man
I’m new to Nick Drake but I absolutely love this one, his voice takes you on a journey through the song

Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You
There is so much class in this record, killer pre chorus, chorus and the dynamics flow just right.

Don Bryant – How Do I Get There?
I only discovered this song last week but i’ve not been able to stop playing it! Turns out Don was a songwriter at Hi records (Al Green, Ann Peebles) it just fills me with warmth every time I listen.

Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers
Ed’s language choices in this track are so powerful especially about such mundane things. I guess when you lose someone you do tend to focus on all the little things

Beyonce – Get Me Bodied
I love this song, once it hits the middle 8 it reminds me so much of Chain of Fools by Aretha. An underrated song from B 100%

Brother Brothers – Colorado
I really love the way the melody line sits above the guitar, it glides so effortlessly and makes their sound feel new.

Amahla – Consider This
It’s lovely because every time I play this live I get to reinvent the arrangement, this is definitely a style that I’m hoping to build on in future releases

You can listen to her deeply personal EP below.

Sounds like: Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, Grace Carter, Caswell, Lauryn Hill

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Izzy Flynn – Faith

Izzy Flynn - Faith

Izzy Flynn – Faith

Effortlessly combining elements of jazz with brooding electronica, and offering controlled vocals in an endearing British accent, Izzy Flynn, shares her song, ‘Faith’.

The UK-based artist has spent her time touring with hip hop band, Abstract Orchestra, which has likely influenced her current direction of sound. Another influence for ‘Faith’ may have been from the production side of things – the track is produced by one half of Majik and Dom from Submotion Orchestra.

Izzy’s EP is out on 18 November.

Sound like: Banks, SOHN, James Blake, Lana Del Rey, NUSSY, Jorja Smith, Erykah Badu

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Jorja Smith – Where Did I Go?

Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith

After the first listen of Jorja Smith‘s release, ‘Blue Lights’, we knew the independent 18 year old has something extremely special and were excited to hear more.

Her new track ‘Where Did I Go?’ doesn’t disappoint.

Produced by Cadenza, ‘Where Did I Go?’ gives us a deep insight to the thoughts and feelings of a break-up through elegant piano chords and Jorja’s soft vocals.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Izzy Bizu, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse

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Bo Rocha – Hold My Gaze

Bo Rocha

Bo Rocha

Bo Rocha releases her first track of 2016 called ‘Hold My Gaze’.

Once again, the Londoner showcases her powerful vocals and candid lyrics, with ease.

Rocha says of the track; “The song is about going back in time, to a moment when neither person said the right thing or expressed how they really felt, and re-writing it.”

‘Hold My Gaze’ is out on 27 May via Bait and Switch Records, and Bo Rocha will be playing The Great Escape Festival the week before.

Sounds like: Prinze George, Erykah Badu, Shura, Lily Allen, Frances

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Bo Rocha – Tangerine Flake

Bo Rocha

Bo Rocha

London-based producer and vocalist Bo Rocha (aka Kate Sproule) has revealed her debut track ‘Tangerine Flake’, which features original artwork by photographer Chris Rhodes.

Sproule studied classical piano and violin at the Purcell School of Music, but this all changed at an Erykah Badu gig in 2003 where she realised her connection with music resided in beats, hooks and stories.

Apart from the original name, ‘Tangerine Flake’ offers raw lyrics and visceral rap beats. A risky debut track that we have no doubt will pay dividends.

Sounds like: Shura, Lily Allen, Erykah Badu

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Kidnap Kid – Stronger / Like You Used To

Kidnap Kid

Kidnap Kid

Kidnap Kid is Sheffield born and bred, DJ and producer, Matt Relton.

The mellow and slightly euphoric ‘Like You Used To’ is cushioned on Kidnap Kid’s double A-side single right next to the atmospheric and lengthier ‘Stronger’.

Kidnap Kid has played this well as there is no declared B side, and quite rightly so as it is pretty hard to choose between the two tracks. We’d recommend serially listening to both; ‘Like You Used To’ at the pre-party and ‘Stronger’ during the party, but the decision is yours.

The singles are released under the umbrella of The Black Butter label (Rudimental, Solomon Grey, Gorgon City).

Sounds like: London Grammar, Disclosure, Erykah Badu, Aluna George, Ronika, Indiana, Rudimental, The XX, Clean Bandit, Röyksopp

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