A couple of weeks ago, South London’s TÁLÁ shared her latest single ‘Alchemy‘, and we loved it. Today, the singer/producer gives us a visual glimpse into her Middle Eastern roots in the track’s accompanying music video directed by Kate Moross. Amongst shots of sand dunes, snakes and other insects are clips of breathtaking landscapes with the odd snap of TÁLÁ herself.

London via New York newcomer Oyinda follows up the bass heavy ‘What Still Remains‘, with her latest single, ‘The Devil’s Gonna Keep Me’. This new one continues to showcase the singer’s gorgeous tones as percussive clanks and sharp keys give the track its dark and moody aesthetic. Listen to the song below; it’s brilliant!

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As Rochelle Jordan prepares the release of her debut album  1 0 2 1, she unloads yet another killer single titled ‘Playa 4 Life’ featuring Bay area rapper/producer IamSu! The track solid insight into Jordan’s mind state and again confirms to us that she remains the most exciting figure in underground R&B. It’s only a matter of time until the wider consciousness catches on. And while there has been a couple notable debuts this year, most notably Tinashe’s new Aquarius LP, there’s only one I’m genuinely waiting on and thats this lady’s.

R&B crooner JMR returns with ‘Shivers’, the follow up ‘Doesn’t Feel Human‘. Unlike its predecessor, this new one sees the singer take a more traditional route, stripping back the electronics to let the simple piano lines and guitar-laden melodies to shine. As the listener, this really allows you to appreciate that exquisite falsetto of his; so so smooth!

Having already lent her vocals to SBTRKT‘s Wonder Where We Land cut ‘The Light‘, rising songstress Denai Moore preps the release of her brand new, I Swore EP by sharing its emotional title-track. Produced by XL’s Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, King Krule, Sampha), the song allows the singer’s chilling voice to rise above the echoing piano lines and grand instrumentation. Listen to the record below and look out for the four-track EP (which sees a feature with James Vincent McMorrow) when it drops November 24th.

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Our Toronto girl Rochelle Jordan dropped a little mixtape earlier this week stacked with some loose tracks she’s recorded while prepping her debut album 1021. Featuring production from long-time collaborator KLSH, as well as Machinedrum, the short mix features her JMSN remix of ‘Lowkey’, as well as new covers of tracks by Drake, Aaliyah, and Mary J. Blige.

Take a 22-minute break and vibe to this…

Earlier this year Låpsley mesmerised us with her brilliant debut singles ‘Station‘, and more recently ‘Painter (Valentine)‘, but today the eighteen year-old Liverpudlian returns with her strongest effort yet. ‘Falling Short’, premiered by Annie Mac last night on Radio 1, is formed by a simple piano motif which runs through the track allowing Låpsley’s powerful vocals to enchant.

Whilst she hid her voice behind the floaty instrumentation in her previous singles, you can really hear the clarity in her voice on this new one. It shows a great deal of growth and maturity on her part; something that can only help in the future, because let’s face it, she’s going to be huge!

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Keeping on trend with many producers these days, Pearl is releasing music in near-total anonymity; there is at present little to no information on the web about him. What is known however is that he is signed to JMSN’s White Room Records label, and that his new album Open was released very recently. Comprised of 10 tracks, the LP hosts’ a slew of invited guest singers like Nylo, Channy Leaneagh (POLIÇA) and label head JMSN, who interpret Pearl’s obscure, strangely melodic productions in their own eccentric and exciting ways. It’s an interesting, and trippy listen – tuck in below.

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Dornik channels his inner MJ on new number ‘Second Thoughts’, the b-side to his latest single ‘On My Mind‘. This new one pretty mellow and laid-back, perfect for Dornik to absolutely nail those high notes as the breezy soundscape brings the track forwards. Give it a spin…

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With more than 20 years in the game you might be forgiven for thinking that Mary J. Blige’s live shows have calmed down since her high octane days in the 90’s and early 00’s. This of course would be a ridiculous assumption, not only has Blige maintained her energy, she’s gotten even stronger and even more powerful… and lest we not speak of the in-cred-ible shape she’s in.

Taking to the iconic stage at London’s Roundhouse for the iTunes Festival last night, Mary used the first half of her show to remind everybody how it is she’s managed to maintain such a long and successful career – her hits are bewilderingly endless. Covering a substantial amount of ground, she played through her discography and performed fan-favourites like ‘You Remind Me’, ‘Happy’, ‘Real Love’, ‘Family Affair’ and of course the holy-spirit-squat inducing ‘No More Drama’.

But it was clear from the shows introduction that Mary had a bigger agenda than just to indulge in blind nostalgia – she wanted to use her moment to unveil new music from her 13th studio album The London Sessions.

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