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: Little Simz – Gratitude ft. The Hics
‘Gratitude/ˈɡratɪtjuːd: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness’
Simbi (Islamic meaning – Blessings) Ajikawo, a 21 year rapper from Islington, steadily enters the track Gratitude with a heavy bassy African chant alongside the quote: ‘”What matters is not to know the world, but to change it”– Frantz Fano’, followed by the statement, ‘That is what change looks like’. The layers of African chanting throughout with Simz’s expression of spiritual burden and vocals of “tearing down the walls but they wont come down” create a setting for the discussion of education fee’s in South Africa, “education should not be a privilege, education should be a right”. I particularly love the juxtaposition of raw footage from the South African demonstrations for Student fees in October 15 with the light charismatic footwork of the dancers and uplifting quality that Simz brings to the video.
Simz has released 8 mixtapes since 2013, throughout her work she is continually asking the question of “What is freedom?”. Simz really uses her voice to amplify and raise awareness of humanitarian issues. Open hearted with high emotional intelligence, Simz is the right person to deliver these words for societal healing:
Naomi Siobhan Harris, A&R Apprentice: Pia Mia
My staff pick this week is the beautiful and talented Pia Mia, who has taken the world by storm with her hip-hop feel. I can’t seem to get enough of her music; since her collaboration with Chris Brown and Tyga on Do It Again I’ve been hooked, and I don’t think I’m the only one. It’s clear to see she is stunningly beautiful but she has a lot more to offer than that. She is a Krav Maga instructor and a model in her spare time as well as a singer-songwriter coming from the really small island Guam in America. She rose to fame by posting video’s of herself on YouTube performing covers, with Kim Kardashian’s post of her singing Drake’s Hold On We’re Going Home at a family dinner generating a lot of buzz, and got snatched up by Chris Brown’s manager. Releasing her debut EP The Gift and Billboard Magazine naming her one of eight “acts who will help define 2014″, she has definitely done what she set out to do, which is blow us away with her undeniable talent:
Emma Blake Morsi, Digital Marketing Apprentice: The Internet – Special Affair
The hip-hop soul vibes of The Internet has an ethereal effect, with Syd the Kyd’s velvety-smooth voice always doing something to me. Special Affair, from their most recent third studio album Ego Death, teleports you to a place of next level chilling where your head is bopping and swaying away in slow motion. Whether you’re walking down the road already feeling yourself or at home doing you, this song will make you feel that extra bit slick and on point. Whilst the Ego Death album has received mixed reviews, it’s definitely worth checking out a few other tracks from the album, including the second single release Girl, the slightly more upbeat Get Away, and the bonus track Famous.
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