Jams of the Week: Ibeyi, Ray Blk, SG Lewis and more

This week is all about express­ing your­self and not car­ing what any­body else thinks, as Ray Blk, Ibeyi and Girl­hood demon­strate. Else­where, there’s jazz from Zara McFar­lane, con­scious reg­gae from Kaba­ka Pyra­mid, moon­light jazz from Gotts Street Park, and a lush pop zinger from Mali­ka.

And don’t for­get to check out our UK Fresh List on Spo­ti­fy, updat­ed week­ly with new music by fledg­ing artists we can’t get enough of, and return­ing stars.

‘Away Away’ by Ibeyi
French-Cuban twins Lisa and Nao­mi Diaz gave us a beau­ti­ful cel­e­bra­tion of their Yoru­ba cul­ture with their 2015 debut. ‘Away Away’, a song of sis­ter­ly excite­ment and har­mo­ny, is the first sin­gle to appear from their new album, due lat­er this year on XL Recordings.

‘Doing Me’ by Ray Blk
Peo­ple are still warm­ing up to south Lon­don singer Ray Blk. She’s them yet anoth­er rea­son to seek out her tunes with this all-day anthem for those day’s when fools can’t tell you noth­ing. You’ll wan­na turn this way, way up.

‘All Africa’ by Zara McFarlane
MOBO-nom­i­nat­ed jazz artist Zara McFar­lane dropped this gor­geous rework of Max Roach’s ‘All Africa’. It’s avail­able dig­i­tal now, and on 10” vinyl lat­er this month.

‘Times We Had (feat. Toulouse)’ by SG Lewis
He pro­duced Ray Blk’s killer song ‘Chill Out’, and has remixed the likes of Dis­clo­sure and Flume, and the lat­est track from beat­mak­er SG Lewis is a tech­ni­colour jam to get you pumped for fes­ti­val season.

‘Can’t Breathe’ by Kaba­ka Pyramid
Jamaica’s Kaba­ka Pyra­mid recent­ly released this con­scious reg­gae tune, pro­duced by Genis Nadal, about sur­viv­ing in our harsh mod­ern world. It will appear on his forth­com­ing album, Con­tra­band.

‘Togeth­er’ by Girlhood
Girl­hood are pro­duc­er Chris­t­ian Pinch­beck and vocal­ist Tes­sa Cavan­na. The duo – whose influ­ences include Bar­ry White and The Fugees – dropped the styl­ish ‘My Boy’ last autumn. Their lat­est track is a smooth and cool dance jam for rid­ing around with your win­dows down.

‘Love in Bad Com­pa­ny’ by Gotts Street Park
There’s hints of Bad­Bad­Not­Good and Sub­mo­tion Orches­tra to the new track by Leeds col­lec­tive Gotts Street Park. They caught our atten­tion with their first sin­gle, and con­tin­ue to be one of this year’s most excit­ing new artists.

‘Run’ by Malika
Mali­ka turned heads last year with her juicy guest vocals on Snake­hips’ ‘Falling’. She’s recent­ly dropped her first sin­gle, ‘Run’, pro­duced by Bod­hi, which shows off her lush tim­bre. Her first EP, titled Songs About C, is due lat­er this year.


Hear more new music from UK artists on Fringe Frequency’s UK Fresh List.

Image: cour­tesy of Ibeyi