5 for Friday: FKA twigs, Jordan Rakei, Kadiata & More

In the run up to May we’re going to spend the remaining nights bumping some new music and tucking into something cool on the big screen. Time has flown by at a ridiculous pace, even though we say this every year, it still comes as a shock. Lucky for you, though, the bloodcurdling Game of Thrones is back on the TV, plus the closing chapter of The Avengers arrives just in time to soften the blow (But if all else fails, resort to our 5 for Friday sound below).

Jordan Rakei – Say Something

In the follow up to his last single ‘Mind’s Eye’, the Brisbane raised turn Londoner inscribes a newfound story on the rise of the machines in his newest track ‘Say Something’. The second piece from his forthcoming album ‘Origin’ which is gearing for a summertime release.

The way in which Rakei constructs his beats for his songs is captivating and exhibits a great scope of sounds which span a number of genres. The low cutting bassline is as criminally smooth as James Brown on wax and drives an earful of funk that move to the marching snare drums. ‘Say Something’, as its name suggests, is a soundtrack for the passive voice restraining itself from speaking up. It bellows with stirring swoons which brush southern blues against a spiritually charged sound, which is what makes it a rather interesting listen. Tuck into the fray and get a taste of the message by spinning ‘Say Something’ here.

Kadiata – Pornhub Freestyle

South London rapper Kadiata brings his rappers fantasy to life and launches his pornographic debut with his ‘Pornhub Freestyle’. We owe you an apology for that, but if you’re part of the list of people who caught the video momentarily up on the actual Pornhub site then we reckon you’ve got a good sense of humour.

Sokari cooked up a scorcher on Kojey Radical’s ’25’, but doubles up with an ill-tempered beat to match the whimsical essence of this freestyle. Kadiata defies gravity and slides down a drop beat like a beastly skater going down a half pipe. Testing out a jerky flow which rapidly picks up where it ends, Kadiata’s fits words and rhymes in pockets that seem non-existent up until you hear them. By no doubt one of the coldest rappers to come up on these London streets, watch his ‘Pornhub Freestyle visual below.

Shay Lia – Dangerous

The fast rising French-Djiboutian singer Shay Lia has racked up millions and millions of plays on Spotify alongside talent such as BADBADNOTGOOD and Kaytranada. Charming her way through with her variation of R&B and dance music, Shay Lia powers on by sharing the first track, ‘Dangerous’, from her debut EP.

‘Dangerous’ feels like a stroke of sunlight, with transparent, glossy keys and electronic flashes like a spinning siren, but once you reach the climax you’re engulfed in the full warmth of the sun. Shay Lia beams with a canary yellow hue on this experimental mix pulling hearty croons onto club music. The Montreal songstress wins us over with her expressive vocals which paint the fantasy of finding new love gracefully. Get acquainted with Shay Lia and enjoy her wide palette of music by starting off with her newest release.

Kadeem Tyrell – April 25th

Kadeem Tyrell lifts up the cork that locks his bottled thoughts and marks last Thursday as a special day with his latest release ‘April 25th,’ a late night tune which invites you into the South London crooners headspace.

Kadeem Tyrell delivers an emotionally moving offering in which he details post-relationship blues that challenge his mental state. On ‘April 25th’ he turns down the levels on this minimalist soul sonic, using low-hanging guitar lines and serene jazz atmospherics in search of an escape. The backing vocals harmoniously sang by Ego Ella May dance wistfully like waves on a naked shore. Sat in the comfort of a room and flanked by a trio of musicians, he brings ‘April 25th’ to your screens with a visual to indulge in.

FKA twigs – Cellophane

FKA twigs marks her return to music with a new song and cinematic visual which peel back the layers of her character. ‘Cellophane’ receives a visual treatment which is directed by Andrew Thomas Huang who lends a helping hand in setting the precedent for what is yet to come with her forthcoming album.

Although her latest number is overly scarce, barring the slow playing piano, ‘Cellophane’ impact lies in the quality of the music video. A chilling echo is the only other sound that inhabits the empty space that seep from a vocal boom box, injecting an eerie weight to the ballad. As FKA twigs delivers an artistic sequence on the pole the scene morphs into a visually hallucinatory piece. There isn’t really much to take away but her words which find her fighting for something she’s desperately trying to keep under wraps.