So, who are we listening to this week? With a mash up of different vibes, this Saffron Picks consists of a few faves that we’re currently continuously hitting replay for. Check out our latest Saffron Picks and get at us at @saffronrecords to share your faves too.
Laura Lewis–Paul, Creative Director: Nilufer Yanya
I discovered Nilufer, 19 year old singer songwriter/ guitarist from London, through her Blue Flowers Music performance September last year. She has a unique voice that sits to an accelerating and careless guitar melody. Similarities to Connie Constance can be drawn by her soulful voice that encourages escapism, whilst she also takes me into the darker undertones of James Blake and the unconventional guitar styles of The Pixies. The raw and catchy guitar riffs accompanied by her beautifully soft vocals captures Nilufer’s remarkable sound – I’m looking forward to hearing more from her.
Sophie Leo, Radio Volunteer: Bibi Bourelly – Ego
If you need a little pick me up and a bit of self empowerment, check out Bibi Bourelly. Bibi Bourelly is the amazing 21-year-old mastermind behind Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’, and daughter to the notable guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly. As a soulful singer/songwriter who is pretty much making up her own rules, outspoken Bibi has released two singles this year with an album on the way for later in 2016. After collaborating with people like Little Simz, Bibi had recently came to the UK to put on a free live show in London, which saw her showcase her unique voice and authenticity as an artist.
I’ve chosen her song ‘Ego’, but go and check out her Soundcloud for more, I’d recommend her cover of ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Riot’.
Emma Blake Morsi, Digital Marketing Apprentice: Tommy Genesis – Execute
Signed under Awful Records, the raspy rap sounds of Tommy Genesis sets her apart from many other rappers. With an extensive production and breakbeat style the rapper refers to herself as “fetish rap” with her emphasis on sex, individuality and religion. Comparisons can be drawn between Genesis and M.I.A, with an aesthetic to match. The music video for Execute, off her mid-2015 album release World Vision, was directed by Tommy Genesis and andishae and perfectly captures the chill and hyped parts of the song. With an awkwardly powerful aesthetic seeing the rapper staring down the lens right into your soul amid various backdrops it’s hard not to get sucked into the narrative of Tommy Geneis “executing my [her] vision,” where “they gonna’ take me to court for my vision … they gonna’ try to restructure my wisdom.” Safe to say it’s a story and a half.
Sophia Ikirmawi, Volunteer PA: LION BABE – Wonder Woman
In a climate where a lot of music feels recycled, New York duo LION BABE are both comfortably refreshing and incredibly exciting for me. Fronted by the beautiful Jillian Hervey (daughter of producer Ramon Hervey and actress Vanessa L. Williams, best known for her roles in Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives), there’s no lack of star quality here, and both Jillian and producer Lucas Goodman’s musical backgrounds really shine through. They’ve only released one album, Begin, which came out earlier this year, but in that one album there is such a diversity of sound with songs like Where Do We Go giving 80s disco vibes, and Jump Hi with Childish Gambino leaning more towards 90s/00s RnB. As a whole the album is fun and fresh, bolstered by Jillian’s amazing vocals. Having been featured on Disclosure’s new album and catching the attention of big name producers like Pharrell, I’m sure they’re about to blow up for real, but what I like best about LION BABE is that they’re a male/female duo who don’t make a big deal out of it. At Saffron we obviously love to promote artists who are female, but we also don’t like these artists being weighed down by their gender, as though being a woman always has to prefix the fact that they’re an artist in a way it definitely doesn’t for men. In LION BABE, a man and a woman work together in what feels like a really equal and successful partnership – exactly what we like to see!
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