Moël is an Ethiopian singer-songwriter from Addis Ababa who is now based in Toronto. His latest single is called “Votk” which stands for “Valley of the Kings” in reference to the famous burial grounds found in Egypt. And between the spiritual overtones, Moël’s piercing voice, sublime lyricism, and soulful production, “Votk” is quite a beautiful song. So, if you love your family, stream it below:
Back in May, I had the opportunity to see Shanuka perform during CMW at the Drake Underground. It was at a sound clash between Trifecta (Sask.) and Serious Betty’s (Ont.) teams. Unfamiliar with a lot of the acts, her set stood out to me the most amongst other artists I was being introduced to. And when she performed “Like That Bout You,” she had me hooked. Her singing, production, and old-school / new-school style of R&B complemented one another nicely, and her vocal arrangements really hit home. At least, that’s my take-away from her live show: it was fun. Recently, she released a new single called “Be Gone” and it continues to show Shanuka’s consistency and capabilities just fine. You can listen to both tracks below:
In commemoration of his own IXXI Initiative, Sean Leon returns today with his latest offering intriguingly entitled Sean Leon (The Death Of). It is 32 minutes of continuous music displaying new vocal and production experimentations throughout the runtime; possibly acting as a precursor and introduction showing listeners what to expect from his forthcoming album, King & Sufferin. The Death Of finds Leon singing on more of an equal footing as his rapping. The overall feel of this project is warmer — thanks to the electronic and dance elements — than his previous releases, and it’s easy to tell Leon is trying something new to great effect.
Did you ever see Elon Musk talk about the possibility that reality as we know it might be a simulation? Well, this is sorta-kinda-not like the musical equivalent of that theory, but luckily for us, Odie articulates it much better. "Little Lies" — as the artist puts it — is actually about a girl and a relationship, but it also explores the meaning of life: "What if all my sins never met a God? If there really is no reason to anything and there really is no purpose for anything in life then the only purpose for me to live really is for me to have a purpose to live. And the only purpose that I can find for me to live is to just do things." Listen above and muse about it if you have some time.
Each frame of LA Timpa's "2;ep1" is captivating and carefully curated as the beat pulsates with gliss from location to location; occasionally rumbling alongside the lyrics aimed at the monotony of existence.