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lime Music feature: New Music Releases

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New Music Releases

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Semper - Azeez -Harris

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Feed your ears with this month’s hot new releases

Out Feb 13: Our Version of Event by Emile Sande 

Emile Sande’s already had a cracking start to the year with her Critics’ Choice BRIT Award last month and after much anticipation, her debut album is released this month. You won’t be disappointed.


Out Feb 26: Fun Last Night by Encore

Fresh from supporting Jessie J, Tinchy Stryder and N-Dubz on tour, hot new urban-pop sensations Encore release their brand new single \'Fun Last Night\'.


Out Mar 5: The Dreamer, The Believer by Common

Two-time Grammy winner Common will embark upon a new stage in his career when he releases his new album ‘The Dreamer, The Believer’ – the first under a new deal with Warner Bros. Records. 


Out Mar 19: Radio Music Society by Esperanza Spalding 

With collaborations from Q-Tip, Lalah Hathaway and Billy Hart, Spalding’s fan are in for another treat with the release of her second album. The multitalented jazz artist has both composed and directed the majority of the tracks on the album. 


Out now: Soul is Heavy by Nneka 


Nneka’s  latest album Soul Is Heavy cements her status as a great artist who will be on the musical radar for years. It’s an album that is a melting pot of reggae, pop, afro beat, a smattering of drum and bass and hip-hop through the fifteen tracks that make up this brilliant offering. The distinct flavours are held together by Nneka’s vocals which always have that raw quality and ability to transmit her gamut of emotions and the production as usual is of a high quality. 

As the title suggest this is Nneka detailing pains and so the album in many respects is not light-hearted. Even when sonically the tracks seem light hearted, the subject matter is powerful. In many respects the album has a certain catharsis particularly when she details her trials in love. In other tracks it is about engaging her audience to think particularly when it comes to Africa (and evidently Nigeria) and the problems inherent to the vast continent. 

The collabos on the album only account for two of the tracks but they are well chosen. The UK’s very own Ms Dynamite features on Sleep and their similarities are so uncanny that it was difficult at first to know who was singing and rapping at the different times on the track. Either way it’s a great track and the two spar purposefully over the reggae tinged number. The other collabo with Black Thought on God Knows Why is essential hip-hop full of tight bars with a thought provoking message at its core, something that Nneka achieves throughout this brilliant album. 


Out now: Calm Her by Sonia Rao 

Sonia Rao is a gorgeous multi-instrumentalist from New Jersey. An artist seeking to bring real musicality to the fore she combines her talent in the violin, piano and flute to create a musical feast for the ears. Her album is simple music that traverses the genres of ballads, blues n Soul, pop and country music all over laid by her crisp and clean vocals.  Her song writing ability is not in question with telling subject matter her usual fodder. This I Know is song-writing of a high calibre and really displays an ear for music that has commercial clout without losing integrity. 


Currently Sonia is pushing her latest single She which sees her delving into the country music genre. I think it is always brave for artists to delve into country music when the artist is young. Country always seems to demand that the artists are a little older and wise enough to tackle country. Adele did it on her album 21 (need I say more?) and in truth Sonia pulls it off. Rather than get all-introspective or delve into how she was wronged in a relationship, this is an up-tempo number which has the “ye-haa” quality without being irritating.