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In Notion Now: Week 12, we have new tracks from M1llionz and Lotto Ash, ENNY, Laura Mvula, Inhaler, salem ilese, glaive, Alewya and Moses Boyd, Disciples and more.
"How Many Time" by M11lionz & Lotto Ash
Notion 88 cover star, M1llionz, recruits fellow Birmingham rapper and singer, Lotto Ash, for this new track. Produced by TSB, "How Many Times" fuses the fundamental themes of a quintessential M1llionz number.
"Same Old" by ENNY
Played as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World the day it released, ENNY's catchy new single "Same Old" is a real bop. Touching on current hot topics such as gentrification and Brexit, "Same Old" also speaks on unrequited love and the daily struggle. It's all packaged up in a breezy, laid-back melody that's perfect for the warmer days beckoning.
"Church Girl" by Laura Mvula
Laura Mvula has announced that she’ll release her anticipated third album ‘Pink Noise’ on 2nd July, well as sharing new single "Church Girl". Speaking on the track, Laura said: "I am not my story. For so long I identified as the things that happen in my life, the things I do, good or bad. I’m letting go of this mind-made "me'".
"Cheer Up Baby" by Inhaler
Irish four-piece, Inhaler, are on a mission to breathe new life back into indie-rock, and their latest track "Cheer Up Baby" further charges the cause. They've also announced their debut album, 'It Won't Always Be Like This', slated for release on 16th July.
"The Code" by Alewya & Moses Boyd
Rising star, Alewya, collaborates with jazz musician, Moses Boyd, on this new single. Alewya explained: "'The Code' is essentially a song sung by the observer in me observing the shadow of me. Captures what we as a collective and individually are going through - an intense dark night of the soul.” Moses adds "My favourite moments in the studio are those when the flow is seamless and doesn't need to be explained. We made 'The Code' within minutes of jamming together and it was just that, seamless."
"Solid Gold (feat. bshp)" by Disciples
Disciples and bshp join forces for this funk-tinged house track with an irresistibly deep bass groove. Disciples vocalist Duvall said: "‘Solid Gold' is about knowing a love will be amazing even before meeting that person. It's that feeling of playing something over and over in your head, and feeling that what you could have together will be perfect".
"(L)only Child" by salem ilese
The title track from her upcoming debut EP, due for release this spring, salem ilese shares another bouncy pop number. Two years in the making, salem said about the single: "I feel like this song says more about me than any bio could. On the surface, it details my experiences of being an only child, but at the root, it’s about my acceptance that all I have is myself at the end of the day. Being an only child taught me how to be my own bestie".
"leave him alone" by Raheaven
The focus track from her debut EP, '2PERSONAL', up-and-coming R&B artist Raheaven speaks on the all-too-relatable situation of not being able to let go of a time-wasting lover.
"Out of the Blue" by Florence Arman
Rising singer-songwriter, Florence Arman, shares the country-tinged single "Out of the Blue" about a friend that dropped off the face of her world. Written as a form of catharsis, it's heart-breaking but addictive after just one listen.
"Ruin My Make Up" by Lola Young
Written about the duality of herself, Lola Young's soul-baring new single touches on her journey through life. "I was in a place at the time where I was trying to figure out whether my confidence was hindered by my vulnerability. If I cry about you, it will only ruin my makeup. It’s a sad song at heart but it has elements of strength and power", she said.
"we would have some cute kids." by Tai Verdes
Tai Verdes' latest offering is a pared-back, charming number that further cements him as an artist to rely on for uplifting tunes.
"i wanna slam my head against the wall" by glaive
Hyper-pop artist glaive presents us with a track that's so bouncy and danceable that you forget the rather dark lyrical content. Springing out of the pandemic, glaive makes music in his North Carolina bedroom, debuting his first EP last autumn.
"F U & F Her Too" by Erin Bloomer
Erin Bloomer sticks a big middle finger up to her cheating lover in the form of this new earworm pop song.
"Cigarette Packet" by Sorry
Sorry's brooding, glitchy new tune "Cigarette Packet" is one half of a double-release single, as the duo also dropped the track "Separate".
"Senseless" by Mnelia
An instantly-likeable R&B number from breakout star Mnelia about losing your marbles in the presence of a crush (we can all relate to that one).
"AIN'T GON STOP ME" by reggie, Monte Booker, Kenny Beats
reggie teams up with Monte Booker and Kenny Beats for this defiant track that fuses hip-hop, soul and gospel.