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May 7, 2021 Avant-pop music producer Chong the Nomad shared R&B tinged song

Avant-pop music producer Chong the Nomad shared R&B tinged song

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Avant-pop multi-instrumentalist Chong the Nomad (Alda Agustiano) teams up with West Coast singer-songwriter Laureli for a blissful, spaced out RnB excursion on ‘No Pulp’, lifted from the new ‘Kitsuné America: West Coast Edition’ compilation featuring exclusive tracks from hotly tipped artists in and around California. 

Alda says: “Laureli and I have always wanted to collaborate, and when she sent the demo vocals for “No Pulp” I immediately latched on to it. She has a spectacular way of writing pop grooves that are both infectious and engaging. Writing alongside her and Rogét Chahayed was a much needed challenge in my career, it made me really dive deep as a producer and arranger. Originally I had a more heavy and complex instrumental, but I decided in the end to focus more on balancing Laureli’s voice with a sweet pop r&b groove, while still adding my own twist to the style.”

Every year, Kitsuné Musique takes a fresh look at American culture to handpick a selection of artists, introducing them to the world. As always, there are no limits in genre: only the perpetual hunt of the talents that are shaping tomorrow’s soundscape. 

After its instalment in New York with the opening of the Maison Kitsuné store and Café Kitsuné, the Parisian brand travels to the west coast and announces the opening of a new store in Downtown Los Angeles. To celebrate, Kitsuné Musique narrows its sharp radar to target the Californian music scene and curating this year’s selection of ones to watch acts.

Hailing from Los Angeles, LOMELI and his track ‘Life And Echo’ is kicking off the journey, as Carter Reeves joins the party with his road-trip must-have ‘These Days’, released earlier on the label. As Kitsuné Musique always brings up old friends for the trip, the indie poppers Pink Skies also appears on the compilation. As we dive deeper into the musical adventure, there are some new faces to meet up down the road such as Los Angeles darling Haiva Ru, and celestial wanderer SAVI MINDS. 

The compilation will unveil six to seven hidden gems from the hottest West Coast based artists of the moment. First stop is Kowloon mysterious universe, brought up by his soothing yet complex delivery on ‘Hurt’. Next up, is an exciting debut journey to ‘Mars’ courtesy of Luc De La Croixx, before an unexpected turn into Dot’s cutting edge beats on ‘User’

As the exploration continues there are also great collaborations to be found: the multi-faceted crew Real Bad Man team up with Genevieve Artadi on their debut collaborative single ‘Kill The Lie’ Delia Dane previously featured on last year Kitsuné America’s issue is back again with a soulful delight with ALETNA, and the anti-pop bop of rising Asian American producer / songwriter Chong the Nomad together with the oceanic and lush vocals of Laureli.

Released on heavy duty vinyl coupled with exclusive artwork, ‘Kitsuné America: West Coast Edition’ is out 14th May through Kitsuné Musique.

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April 15, 2021 Pop meets R&B with vocalist Kate Clark’s song ‘Something’

Pop meets R&B with vocalist Kate Clark’s song ‘Something’

Image credit: Matthew Rootham/Chris McPherson.

Kate Clark is a UK singer and songwriter and classical training from a young age fuelled Kate’s love for music. In the late 90s Kate was a member of a girlband for a short time, before going it alone to write and record her own solo material. Kate’s latest track ‘Something’ was recorded in one take at her home studio, the song is about accepting your own insecurities and loving yourself, no matter what anyone else may think – a positive message, that Kate hopes that many people may identify with and the song does already seem to be capturing the imagination of people. Kate has been writing songs for some time although she does not yet have label representation. The instrumental parts of this track are produced by Matthew May and it is with thanks to Matthew that Kate was inspired to write her song. ‘Something’ is now available on Spotify, Apple Music and Itunes alongside some of Kate’s other material.

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November 12, 2020 Musician Oscar Jerome to release Breathe Deep album remixes

Musician Oscar Jerome to release Breathe Deep album remixes

South London’s Oscar Jerome  announces details for a forthcoming remix package spawned from his successful debut album ‘Breathe Deep’, out now through Caroline International. Featuring reworks from Joe Armon-Jones (Ezra Collective), Franc Moody, Shy One and The Colours That Rise, Oscar is trailing the November 20 release of ‘Breathe Deep Remixes’ with the Nightmares On Wax version of fan favourite ‘Give Back What U Stole From Me’ – now streaming here.

The upcoming remix bundle – which also features the drumming of Black Midi’s Morgan Simpson – is the first new music from Jerome since the release in August this year of ‘Breathe Deep’, which saw him link up for collaborations with Lianne la Havas, Brother Portrait (Steam Down) and bandmates from Brownswood-signed Kokoroko, amongst others. Following previous packed-out headline tours around the US, UK & Europe (with London sell-outs at Heaven, Village Underground and EartH) and a support slot opening for Kamasi Washington, Oscar’s postponed UK headline tour in support of ‘Breathe Deep’  – which received airplay

across 6Music, 1Xtra, Radio X and Radio 1 – will be rescheduled to 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Though asserting himself as a jazz trailblazer in his own right, across ‘Breathe Deep’ Oscar celebrates the creative community around him, paying tribute to guitar greats like George Benson, Grant Green and Kenny Burrell and taking cues from the sounds of afrobeat, West African funk, broken-beat and 60s Latin American soul jazz. He carves out thoughtful songs that vary from personal odes to family, friends and past relationships (including ‘Coy Moon’ – remixed here by The Colours That Rise) to politically-charged cuts about climate change and environmental activism (‘Sun for Someone’ – given the remix treatment by Franc Moody and Shy One), the shameful treatment of refugees in Western Europe (‘Your Saint’ – remixed here by Joe Armon-Jones) and rallies against the corporations and governments that perpetually take from the poor (‘Give Back What U Stole From Me’).

Talking about his debut, Oscar says: “‘Breathe Deep’ is a pretty broad presentation of who I am musically and my journey to get to this point. On a personal level, it’s a reflection of the effort put in during that path of self-bettering, both emotionally and in life more broadly. It’s about preparing oneself for failure and growing from that. Taking a moment to step back and see where things are going and where one has been.” On top of that, Oscar explains, it also addresses “the resilience of people, which is reflected in the more political moments on the album.”

Born in Norwich but upping sticks to London to study at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire (Fela Kuti, Moses Boyd), Oscar is now a staple of the capital’s burgeoning nu-jazz scene. Previously working with everyone from Yussef Dayes to Shabaka Hutchings and Moses Boyd, Oscar also starred alongside Ezra Collective’s Femi Koleoso and Joy Crookes in the campaign for Stella McCartney’s All Together Now’ collection, performing at its Milan Fashion Week launch. He was also on the bill for the ‘Stellafest 2020’ music festival broadcast on the official Stella McCartney Instagram, playing alongside the likes of Kelis and Brian Wilson.

‘Breathe Deep Remixes’

  1. Give Back What U Stole From Me (Nightmares On Wax Remix)
  2. Give Back What U Stole From Me (Nightmares On Wax Remix – Dub)
  3. Sun For Someone (Franc Moody Remix)
  4. Sun For Someone (Shy One Remix)
  5. Your Saint (Joe Armon-Jones Remix)
  6. Coy Moon |(The Colours That Rise Remix)

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January 30, 2020 Winston Surfshirt release hypnotic new video for ‘Show Love’

Winston Surfshirt release hypnotic new video for ‘Show Love’

Sydney act Winston Surfshirt unveil the striking new music video for ‘Show Love’ – taken from the sophomore album “Apple Crumble”, released with critical acclaim late last year on Sweat It Out. An album stand-out, and a favourite amongst critics, ‘Show Love’ embraces the wonderfully smooth, and sensitive charm of Winston Surfshirt, paired with understated keys and cool brass tones.

Winston unveils the hypnotic visual accompaniment to the charismatic single, directed by Jordan Kirk. Delving into the artistic approach for the video, Jordan explains “When I was first approached to submit a treatment for a music video for Winston Surfshirt’s ‘Show Love’ – I knew that I had to work with an old Uni classmate of mine, Genevieve Kaiser.  I had been admiring some of the trippy animated visuals she had been putting out over the years and thought that she had the right eye to come on board and help with the animated elements that I envisioned for this clip. The treatment was largely a performance piece, that was then to be transformed via the application of repetitive effects to create a hypnotic visual.  Having not worked much with green screen or heavy post-production effects previously, I knew that my idea was going to be challenging to pull off. Luckily, I managed to assemble a very talented team at short notice, and together we were able to bring the idea to life.”

Winston Surfshirt has developed a devout following since debuting with their near double platinum single ‘Be About You’ off their extraordinary album “Sponge Cake”, with the love and fandom only surpassed with the sophomore release “Apple Crumble”. Originally hailing from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Winston has continued to deliver his own unique genre-blending styles, with moments of funk, soul, RnB and hip-hop. The refined blend earning him two triple j feature albums, and a nod of approval from Zane Lowe, Sir Elton John, Jason Bentley (KCRW), Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1), Lauren Laverne (BBC Radio 6), to name but a few.

With some big announcements due in the coming weeks, be sure to keep an eye on Winston’s socials for the next taste of “Apple Crumble”.

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