Magazine / Issue #71

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Song of the Day: Swiss Portrait – Jackets

Swiss Portrait is a project by Edinburgh based Artist Michael Kay Terence. With a Diy approach Michael records and produces all his music in his tiny spare room outside of Edinburgh. Here’s how Terence presents the song: «I wrote the song about putting your “jacket” back on and going back into the world after lockdown. I thought I would be fine, but it’s a bit scary.» Enjoy it!

Song of the Day: Didi Han – Wake Up

Wake Up, inspired by the highs and lows of Didi Han‘s own life, pairs thoughtful introspection with groovy beats. Despite being her first album, the mellow and melodic sound, featuring lots of percussion, is both mature and alluring. Wake Up mixes elements of hip hop, jazz and house, and features collaborations with established artists such as Wansum Kim, Lydia Lee, Nelick and fellow Korean producer, L-like. Overall, the combination of vulnerable lyrics and an upbeat sound that can be found on Wake Up, are an impressive and worthy debut into the music production scene. Enjoy this tune!

Song of the Day: Wayne Snow – Figurine / A Colors Show

The Nigerian singer Wayne Snow gives a taste of his new album with this eponymous song. The result of three years of work, Figurine is a personal and profound work that addresses humanity’s obsession with representations, masks and fictional characters. Enjoy the tune!

Song of the Day: Julient – For A While

Born in Germany and focused on the creative field all his life, Tassilo Julien H. (Julient) always knew that art was his destiny. Apart from his main focus – the music, he creates his own single covers, photographs and sews the clothes he wears as he has a degree in fashion from the University of West London. He wants to present himself as an independent artist. Here’s what he says about the song: «I met a girl over the internet. We met in person and spent the night together. Obviously we didn’t know much about each other, but there was a connection. We talked all night and she told me about her insecurities. I didn’t know how to cheer her up, to say good things to her, I just knew I wanted to hold her hand, even if it is just for a while, I wanted to make her feel good that she is not alone and that she feels safe. Even though I didn’t know if we would stay in touch, if we would see each other again, but I wanted to be there for her in some way.» Enjoy it!

Song of the Day: The Cribs – Swinging At Shadows

Indie rock band The Cribs have shared their latest single Swinging At Shadows. Bassist Gary Jarman explained: «Basically, after three years away from the road we just ended up with SO many songs built up in the vaults that we wanted to try doing something different and interesting with them! We had a bunch of extra tracks from the ‘Night Network’ sessions which we finished and mixed over lockdown… and then the extra downtime led to us coming up with several new songs also. Of course we could have just put them all to one side and held them back for a new album or whatever, but that doesn’t seem like much fun…» Enjoy!

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Song of the Day: Porij – Nobody Scared

Manchester-based foursome Porij released this single. «I wrote the lyrics for Nobody Scared after watching a documentary on Netflix about the Yorkshire Ripper,» singer and keyboard player Eggy explains. «It focused on the Reclaim the Night marches and it made me remember the feeling of fear when I used to walk home alone at night. The song is about recognising those feelings but addressing the fact that women and girls shouldn’t have to live their lives afraid. The line “nobody scared” is meant to be empowering and embody the Reclaim the Night Movement. It’s crazy that people force the narrative that women aren’t being careful when in reality they shouldn’t be in danger just because of their gender and no matter how many precautions they take it doesn’t seem to matter. Gender-based violence affects women from all countries, backgrounds and social statuses. The fact that 97% of women say they had been sexually harassed is astounding but sadly not a surprising statistic to those who have been through it.» Enjoy it!

Song of the Day: Dexter – Still Got Time

South West London’s Dexter releases her debut Ep I Do Love a Good Sandwich, here’s how she introduces the single Still Got Time: «This song is the second song I ever wrote and I made it in the first lockdown last year. It’s about my relationship with my dad which I don’t talk about that often and although the lyrics aren’t the happiest I still wanted to sound a bit fun and upbeat. I really like it cos it’s like a slight mixture of talking-singing and normal singing . It sounds quite summery which was intentional and I love it.» Enjoy it!

Song of the Day: Master Peace – Boyfriend (feat. Mae Muller)

Master Peace has released his new Ep, Public Display of Affection. He describes the significance of this record here: «Public display of affection Ep is a roller coaster of emotions; it really highlights my journey as a musician and my personal life a lot. It’s always been hard for me to articulate my personal life in a song before, so this EP really shows a side of me that people are not used to.» Enjoy Boyfriend!