5 For Friday: Mahalia, Headie One, JGrrey & More

You can’t help but revel in the delight of new music and today we’ve seen a roll of music come from all corners. Whether you’re looking for something out of the usual, we suggest you check out Odunsi’s latest music visual ‘Star Signs’, or if you’re into R&B/soul music; JGrrey is bound to get you going with her eclectic crop of sounds on her new single ‘Better Off’. You can always count on us to bring you some of the finest songs floating out there, so when the clock hits 6 o’clock you’ll be more than ready to go

Odunsi – Star Signs feat. Runtown

Continuing on his run post-rare., Odunsi goes all out with a brand new visual for ‘Star Signs’ and makes astrology the centre of this native affair. He recruits members of the alté circuit on this palm-wine infused R&B bender.

The juxtaposed footage, directed by Candles & Odunsi, captures the joyful mood of an elegant Nigerian party. With the function in full swing in the visual, ‘80s synth-pop and upbeat funk music converge under Odunsi’s astrological belt. ‘Star Signs’ is a celebration of Yoruba culture in its various forms in which guests are bound together by their star signs and traditional garments.

Yuna Zarai – Pink Youth feat. Little Simz

Malaysian singer-songwriter recruits Little Simz to hop on her latest single and music video, ‘Pink Youth,’ in which she reworks Saturday night fever into an electro-pop animation.

As you press play on ‘Pink Youth’ your eyes will be taken into the dark depths of a monochrome city ruled by a Big Brother government. Yuna flows through an eccentric pop section bumping with spliced disco grooves and perky horn clusters. Little Simz takes us right back down to earth as she unloads bitter truths en route to the bridge where the production takes full flight, soaring as high as Yuna’s soprano tones. Keep an eye out for Yuna’s forthcoming album ‘Rouge’, which is due to arrive on the 12th July.

Mahalia – Simmer feat. Burna Boy

Mahalia launches her summer campaign with ‘Simmer’ and recruits the self-proclaimed African giant Burna Boy. The duo tackle a tropical sonic which lands ahead of her upcoming debut release ‘Love & Compromise’.

The dancehall inspired cut is a club-friendly joint that showcases Mahalia’s ability to craft catchy melodies on rhythmic soundscapes. ‘Simmer’ lifts a sample from Jeffrey Harding’s ‘Playground Riddim,’ and injects a barrage of percussion; stitching light claps and sawed-off brass. Mahalia’s feelings manifest over the dense production which lends Burna Boy the pass to imbed his afro-fusion led verse into the rare, hazy segments of the offering.

JGrrey – Better Off

JGrrey cooks up a tasteful cut which finds her connect with Soulection producer/DJ Jarreau Vandal and Ed Thomas on ‘Better Off’. It’s a classy, ear-stroking neo-soul crunch teetering between brash cracks and introspection.

Opening up in the grandest way possible, JGrrey sets afoot with spirited drums and smokey guitar strings which transition into a funk-inspired soundscape. ‘Better Off’, as its title suggests, is a moment of clarity breaking free from the clutch of infatuation. The process of falling in love can be a pain, but as JGrrey valiantly croons over a cross-field of supple horn blasts and stellar tones, you can’t help but share in her liberation.

Headie One – Back To Basics (feat. Skepta)

Headie One steps back into the limelight and offers a new cut which features two of North London’s finest talent going back-to-back on a Nyge produced operation.

On ‘Back To Basics’ the duo put on their distinct sounds, rooted in home-grown grime and UK adopted drill, and weave together a much needed collaboration. The minimal production clumps kick drum combos and distorted frequencies in which Headie One and Skepta exhibit their great chemistry. In the visual the duo wax off their complementary styles in the presence of their camp in obscure spaces directed by Hugo Jenkins.