Archive | October, 2019

Craig David hits the studio with Jin Jin, M-22 for new collaboration

26 Oct


British singer/songwriter Craig David has teamed up with Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett and Frank Sanders and Matthew Humphry of production/songwriting duo M-22 for a new collaboration.

Jin Jin’s recent credits include Kah-Lo’s “Exit Sign,” Raye’s “Love Me Again,” Jess Glynne’s “All I Am,” Elderbrook’s “How Do You,” Jax Jones’ “One Touch,” The Vamps’ “All the Lies,” and Don Diablo’s “Brave.”

Meanwhile, M-22’s upcoming single “Eyes Off You” (with Arlissa and Kiana Lede) is slotted for inclusion on the original motion picture soundtrack, “Charlie’s Angels,” out on November 3rd via Republic Records.


David’s upcoming eighth album – featuring previous singles “When You Know What Love Is” and “Do You Miss Me Much?” – is expected to arrive early next year via Speakerbox Recordings / Insanity Records.

The follow-up to 2018’s “The Time is Now” reportedly boasts additional contributions from Hit-Boy, Lionchld, Max Wolfgang, Cathy Dennis, Ed Drewett, Rachel Furner, Tre Jean-Marie, Grace Barker, ADP, Naughty Boy, Oliver Heldens, Alan Sampson, KingJet, John The Blind, and Banx & Ranx.

Stream the audio clip for “Do You Miss Me Much” below.


Kah-Lo teams with Jin Jin, Laconic for new single “Exit Sign”

26 Oct


Nigerian singer/songwriter Faridah Seriki, known professionally as Kah-Lo, has dropped her new single online.

“Exit Sign” is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The track was co-written by Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett, whose other credits include Jax Jones’ “You Don’t Know Me,” Raye’s “Love Me Again,” Craig David’s “When You Know What Love Is,” Jess Glynne’s “Hold My Hand,” Madison Beer’s “Home With You,” and Elderbrook’s “How Do You.”


Production duties on “Exit Sign” were handled by Ash Milton and Dan Goudie of Laconic, who are also responsible for Hamzaa’s “Unlucky,” Earl St. Claire’s “Repeat,” John De Sohn’s “I Got Eyes,” Kamauu’s “Absinthe,” Maad’s “New Religion,” and Tom Grennan’s “Lighting Matches.”

KahLo’s upcoming project – which reportedly features additional contributions from Mustafa Omer and James Murray of Mojam – is expected to arrive later this year via Lagos Way Records / eOne Music.

Stream the audio clip for “Exit Sign” below.


Gallant releases sophomore album “Sweet Insomnia”

26 Oct


American singer/songwriter Christopher Joseph Gallant III, better known as Gallant, has released his sophomore album online.

“Sweet Insomnia” – featuring singles “Sleep On It,” “Compromise” and “Sharp Edges” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The highly-anticipated project was executive-produced by regular collaborator Ajat “Stint” Bhattacharyya, whose recent credits include Kesha’s “Raising Hell,” Louis Burns’ “Cheers,” Sabrina Claudio’s “Take One to the Head,” Carlos Vara’s “Impossible,” and Sinead Harnett’s “Pulling Away.”

Other musicians backing Gallant on the follow-up to 2016’s “Ology” are Trey Campbell, Ben Abraham, Sarah Aarons, Andrew Watt, Chloe Angelides, Burns, J-Kash, Ali Tamposi, Boy Matthews, Jeff Gitty, and Two Inch Punch.

See the tracklisting for “Sweet Insomnia” below.

(1) 410 – Intro / (2) Sharpest Edges / (3) Crimes / (4) Paper Tulips / (5) Forever 21 / (6) Sweet Insomnia / (7) Hurt / (8) Hips / (9) Panasonic / (10) Compromise / (11) Sleep On It / (12) Konami / (13) Celine

Dua Lipa reunites with Caroline Ailin, Emily Warren, Ian Kirkpatrick for new single “Don’t Start Now”

24 Oct

Dua Lipa has announced the details for her new single.

The British singer/songwriter christened “Don’t Start Now” as the first promotional cut from her upcoming sophomore album and will release it on November 1st via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

The track was co-written by Caroline Ailin, Emily Warren and Ian Kirkpatrick, who previously teamed up with Dua Lipa on “New Rules.” Taken from the artist’s self-titled debut album, “New Rules” topped the UK Singles Chart and peaked to number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

As mentioned in earlier posts, Dua Lipa is expected to release her upcoming sophomore album early next year via Warner Bros. Records.

The still-untitled reportedly features additional songwriting contributions from from Julia Michaels, Sarah Hudson, Tove Lo, Kennedi, Tayla Parx, Kamille, Sarah Aarons, Ilsey Juber, Jozzy, Sasha Sloan, and Lindy Robbins.

On the production front, Dua Lipa has worked with Koz, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, Grades, King Henry, Ilya, Max Martin, Jason Evigan, Joel Little, Fred Ball, Danja, Supa Dups, Metro Boomin’, John Ryan, and Sly.

Watch the music video for “New Rules” below.

Jojo confirms details for new single “Sabotage”

24 Oct

Jojo has confirmed the details for her new single.

The American singer/songwriter (born Joanna Levesque) has christened “Sabotage” as the first official single from her upcoming fourth album and will release it on October 25 via all digital streaming outlets.

The Chika-featuring track was co-written by fellow recording artist Merna Bishouty alongside Dan Wilson (Halsey, John Legend), Doc McKinney (Drake, Mary J. Blige) and Sir Dylan (Solange, The Weeknd).

Jojo’s forthcoming album – featuring previous single “Joanna” (which was co-written by Rebekah “Rose Gold” Muhammad, Natalie Dunn and Jeffrey “Jeff Gitty” Gitelman) – is expected to arrive later this year via Warner Records.

The follow-up to 2016’s “Mad Love” reportedly features additional contributions from Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Michael Cox, Diane Warren, Malay, Stacy Barthe, Jamie Hartman, Diana Gordon, Sebastian Kole, Isabella Kearney-Nurse, Oak Felder, Lowell, Max Wolfgang, and Stint.

Stream the audio clip for “Joanna” below.


Tinashe releases new single “Die a Little Bit”

24 Oct

Tinashe has teamed up with Ms Banks for her new single “Die a Little Bit,” which is now available via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

The track was co-written by Krystin “Rook Monroe” Watkins (Rihanna, Arin Ray) and produced by Parrish Warrington and Diederik van Elsas of Trackside (Selena Gomez, Ryan Destiny).

Tinashe’s upcoming full-length project “Songs for You” – featuring further productions and songwriting contributions from Kaytranada, Mayila Jones, Kito, and Whitney Phillips – is expected to arrive later this year.

Watch the music video for “Die a Little Bit” below.

Viola Bow 101: A Checklist in Choosing the Perfect Viola Bow

21 Oct


While thoroughly assessing the kind and brand of viola that will suit you, many may tend to neglect that the same applies for choosing a bow as this also affects the quality of the sound the instrument produces. 

In the strings family, violas are bigger than violins, thus, there’s also a difference between the bows of both instruments. Viola bows are heavier compared to violin bows, and there are instances that the frog of viola bows are curved instead of straight-edged. That’s why in playing the viola, it is necessary to choose the perfect bow that will accompany your instrument.

And although bow may be expensive for both beginners and professionals, the price is incomparable to the aid it can provide for you to have a superb performance.  To make this task easy for you especially if you’re just starting to learn the instrument, here is your complete checklist in choosing the appropriate bow for your viola:

  • How’s the weight and balance? It is necessary that the bow you’ll choose will feel like it’s just a natural extension of your arm. Ideally, your bow should weigh at least 60 grams and not more than what’s prescribed for heavier than that may lead to frequent uneasiness while playing the viola.
  • How’s the sound it produces? Comparing each bow should help you to decide which one produces richer sound. However, if all bows of various brands sound the same to you, it’s best to choose the least expensive one and practice refining your sense of hearing when it comes to this criterion. This way, it’ll help you to make better decisions in choosing your next viola bow.
  • What are the materials used for the bow? Definitely, the materials of a bow has a huge impact on the sound your bow will produce. As an example, choosing a stiff bow will give you clear sound and the best choice for beginners.

Octagonal-shaped bow tend to be stiffer than its round version. The round bow has the warm, soft, and quiet tone which is a complete opposite of the octagonal one for it has more treble and high ending. 

Soft bows won’t be able to produce clear articulations of notes compared to its stiff counterpart. That’s why it’s ideal that you test the bow before purchasing it and choose the one that is stiff enough to produce rich sounds.

Bow hair made of white stallion or synthetic hair are your best options if you want long lifespan for your bow hair. Low quality bow hairs tend to have discoloration (i.e. bleaching) over time which can weaken the quality of the hair.

  • What are the other components to compliment the viola bow? As you may know, the bow has also other components such as the frog or the thumb grip. 

In choosing a frog, ebony-made frogs are the best choice. However, its synthetic version is also considerable as long as you are comfortable using it. As for the winding or thumb grip, you may choose from a variety of materials, from leather, copper to silver. It all depends on which type of grip you’re most comfortable with when using it. 

While some of you may choose the aesthetics versus the comfortability of the material, it’s ideal, especially for beginners, to choose components that you are actually at ease when playing as these things help you to have good performance.

If you are still hesitant to buy a viola bow by yourself, it’s best to seek out professional advice either from the store you’re interested to buy a viola bow, from your music professor or lecturer, or from a friend or acquaintance that already has a good grasp in choosing the perfect viola bow.

Jorja Smith enlists Jeff Gitty for new collaboration

20 Oct

Jorja Smith has enlisted Jeff Gitty for a new collaboration.

Gitty recently produced and co-wrote Jojo’s “Joanna” alongside Rebekah “Rose Gold” Muhammad and Natalie Dunn.  The track is now available via Apple Music and all other digital streaming outlets.

The American record producer’s resume boasts additional works with Brandy (“Freedom Rings”), H.E.R. (“As I Am”), Trey Songz (“She Lovin’ It”), Camila Cabello (“All These Years”), Dinah Jane (“SZNS”), Amber Mark (“What If”), Kali Uchis (“Gotta Get Up”) and Tommy Genesis (“Lucky”).

Meanwhile, Smith is currently working on her upcoming sophomore album under FAMM. The still-untitled project follows 2018’s “Lost & Found,” which debuted at number three on the UK Albums Chart and spawned singles “The One,” “Blue Lights,” “February 3rd,” and “On Your Own.”

Smith’s most recent single “Be Honest” – which was co-written by fellow recording artist Amira “Miraa May” Benameur and collectively produced by Oliver “Cadenza” Rodigan and Andron “IzyBeats” Cross – is now available via Apple Music and all other digital streaming outlets.

Watch the music video for “Be Honest” below.


Usher teams up with Ella Mai for new collaboration

19 Oct



Usher has teamed up with Ella Mai for a new collaboration.

“I love when a plan comes together @usher and @ellamai,” Keith Thomas, Ceo of GoodLook Entertainment & A&R for RCA/Bystorm records, posted to Instagram on Friday (October 18, 2019).

Mai’s self-titled debut album under 10 Summers / Interscope Records debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned singles “Boo’d Up,” “Naked,” “Trip” and “Shot Clock.”

Her latest release “What You Did” – with fellow British recording artist Mahalia – is now available via Apple Music and all other digital streaming outlets.


Meanwhile, Usher is expected to release his upcoming ninth album, tentatively entitled “Confessions 2,” later this year via RCA Records.

The highly-anticipated project reportedly delivers contributions from Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Michael Cox, Danja, Rico Love, Sean Garrett, Mike Sabath, Stacy Barthe, Ryan Toby, Uforo Ebong, JHart, Sebastian Kole, Harmony Samuels, Ghoss, Akil King, Verse Simmonds, and Sons of Sonix.

Stream the audio clip for “LaLaLa” below.

Grace Carter releases new single “Fired Up”

19 Oct


British singer/songwriter Grace Carter has released her new single online.

“Fired Up” is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The track was collectively produced by The 23rd (Becky Hill. Claudia Valentina), Kid Harpoon (Jessie Ware, Lauren Jauregui), Clarence Coffee Jr. (Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha) and DetoNate (Conor Maynard, Tyler James).

Carter’s upcoming project – featuring previous singles “Heal Me” and “Don’t Hurt Like It Used  To” – is expected to arrive later this year via Polydor Records.

Stream the audio clip for “Fired Up” below.