Saturday, 9 May 2020

Fifi Rong goes for a more mellow vibe with 'Distance'


In the midst of the unprecedented times that we’re all facing, London-based producer and singer/songwriter FIFI RONG shares new single, ‘Distance’, hoping to offer some comfort for those who are suffering from the emotional effects of being apart from love ones due to self-isolation.

'Distance' begins with a gentle melody which goes in hand with hand with the unique vocals, this is much more of a mellow and stripped back tune in comparison to the majority of Fifi's music and the lyrics are simply beautiful.



Available from 24th April on all major downloads and streaming sites, 'Distance' is part of a collection of individual love stories, which forms her upcoming Album, 'There Is A Funeral In My Heart, For Every Man I Loved'. The album boasts the boundary-pusher's signature sound of delicately crafted vocal led downtempo ballads.

Website - http://www.fifirong.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fifirongmusic
Twitter - https://twitter.com/fifirong
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/fifirong
Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/user/fifirong

Post By - Boulent Mustafa

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Love Is A Lonely Thing has somewhat of a more acoustic and unplugged feel to previous releases



Fifi was inspired by Wong Kar-Wai’s romantic film, 'Mood For Love' and her self-produced single, ‘Love Is A Lonely Thing’ is a three-part production which takes on a different dimension to Valentine’s Day (watch the videos by following the link below). 


Narrated by the Chinese-British singer/songwriter’s delicate and well-poised vocal performance, ‘Love Is A Lonely Thing’ tells a story of an unrequited love story.

The song begins with subtle beats and dreamy vocals and then the bass drops but it too is minimal, the melody then goes on to tease us with catchy hooks.

Fifi's latest musical offering has somewhat of a more acoustic and unplugged feel to previous releases.


2019 was a great year for Fifi as she became the fifth artist to be signed globally by W Records– a new music initiative from the iconic W Hotels - and recorded singles, ‘Farewell to Cambridge’ and ‘Way Out’, debuted at W Xi’an and W Shanghai (The Bund) as a part of her most successful China tour to date.

This year will see the bilingual songstress working on more interesting and quirky material for her forthcoming album. After working with the likes of Tricky, Phaeleh, Yello and Skepta, Fifi also set her sights on collaborating with more big names for as well as planning a tour in the UK and China (dates to be announced on her website.)

Gaining firm support from the likes of The Clash, Fader Magazine, Pigeon and Planes, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music, Fifi’s intricately intimate setting of ‘Love Is A Lonely Thing’ could do no harm but push her further into the limelight...

‘Love Is A Lonely Thing’ is out today on all reputable music platforms.

Website - http://www.fifirong.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fifirongmusic
Twitter - https://twitter.com/fifirong
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/fifirong
Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/user/fifirong

Post By - Boulent Mustafa

Saturday, 17 March 2018

OBs Music UK presents the twitch remix of No Roots by Alice Merton




Seven months ago I made an amazing discovery called Twitch, which is a wonderful social network full of extremely talented musical artists and singer-songwriters.

As a way of applauding some of my favourite twitch musicians and also showing support for an incredible singer/songwriter called Alice Merton, who I had the pleasure of seeing last year as she performed a small acoustic set and also this year with her band during her European tour.

I present to you the twitch remix of Alice Merton's debut single No Roots




I've also included a link to the Facebook version, in case the YouTube version is blocked in your country - https://www.facebook.com/boulent.mustafa/videos/10156172328404556/

The original version of No Roots is available to purchase on the main digital musical platforms such as Amazon, iTunes and Google Play.

Amazon - https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-Roots/dp/B074BHN3Y5

iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/album/no-roots/id1261383776

Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=B3lovynv54k5g2cvqewll63bdoq&pcampaignid=music_preview_share&tid=song-Tu4bedj2dbeot4dvyq27vpd566m&rdid=song-Tu4bedj2dbeot4dvyq27vpd566m&rdot=1

For music lovers who prefer their tunes in a medium of the physical nature then below is a link to Alice's online store where you can purchase CD or Vinyl versions of No Roots, along with other cool merchandise - https://alicemerton.merchtable.com/

Website - https://www.alicemerton.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/alicemerton/

Post By - Boulent Mustafa

Friday, 9 February 2018

Awake serves up wonderful synth beats, Fifi's trademark vocals and catchy musical hooks




London-based vocalist, songwriter and electronic music producer Fifi Rong is back with her new EP, Awake.

Awake serves up wonderful synth beats, which along with Fifi's trademark vocals and the catchy musical hooks, means we are treated us to something that is not only magical but also very very entertaining.

‘Violently Silently’ is a release which both delivers and challenges, going one step further in refining Fifi’s distinctive sonic vision and creative palette, and transporting listeners into her very own universe.

Fifi is a pioneering artist who has organically integrated Chinese influences into western pop music. With roots in dark ambient electronica, the avant-pop songstress has the rare ability to glide across an eclectic range of influences, seamlessly blending them into her own trademark sound. She says, ‘I like to challenge people’s musical taste buds and boggle the conventional minds that tend to pigeonhole things.’

Returning from legendary Swiss duo Yello’s seven-date arena tour of Germany, Switzerland and Austria as a special guest, the captivating live performer has contributed to Yello’s album Toy and Skepta’s Mercury Award-winning Konnichiwa. Fifi has also received strong support from publications such as The 405, Clash, The Fader, Notion, Pigeon and Planes, as well as BBC Radio 1 and 6 music airplay.


Awake is the latest in a constant stream of independent releases supported by Fifi’s loyal fan base through Pledge Music.

After her critically acclaimed trilogy of singles (‘Future Never Comes’, ‘The Same Road’ and ‘The One’), Fifi continues to break new ground by taking listeners on a thrilling adventure with her playful versatility and her unmistakably melancholic voice, highlighting her deep, poetic lyrics.  

In Fifi’s own words: ‘Awake is about waking up to the truth after you have hypnotised yourself and deconstructing the paradoxes of human nature: subordination and rebellion, pain and joy, self-limitation and liberation.’

All songs were written and produced by Fifi, except ‘Attack’, which was co-written with Nick Ford. The title track ‘Awake’ was mixed by Max Dingel, whose credits include Goldfrapp, The Killers, White Lies and Muse amongst others. ‘Attack’ and ‘Horizon’ were mixed by Late Cambrian’s multitalented frontman John Wlaysewski, who has also worked with Tracy Bonham. ‘Sin City’ was mixed by Leandro Muñoz, who also mastered the EP.

Website - http://www.fifirong.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fifirongmusic
Twitter - https://twitter.com/fifirong
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/fifirong
Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/user/fifirong

Post By - Boulent Mustafa

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Catchy riffs and beautifully harmonized vocals make this melody something magical




'WOODN BONES' WAS RECORDED LIVE ON THE INTERNET, IN A THEATER, IN FRONT OF 8 CAMERAS AND... IN A SINGLE TAKE!
Thirty musicians including a choir and the jazz saxophonist Olivier Temime melt the genres and the styles to deliver 10 tracks and a unique experience.
The album is now available on AmazonDeezerItunesQobuz and Spotify but also as a CD on Bandcamp 

Clint was also kind enough to take time out of his hectic schedule to answer a few questions for us.

How did you get into music in the first place?

I fell for it when I was a teenager and watched the Freddie Mercury Tribute: There was everybody on stage this night, from Metallica to Robert Plant, David Bowie and obviously Queen. It opened a lot of doors and gave me the urge to make music myself. I never stopped since then.

Who were your musical influences?

Queen, as I said, changed a lot of things. Along with bands like U2, David Bowie or The Police, they all showed me it was possible to ‘think broad’ and change style from song to song. They are still a huge influence to this day, as are Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Archive or Led Zeppelin. I need to be blown away by the human factor and all these artists pushing their boundaries made a tremendous effect on me.

What tunes are currently on repeat on your Mp3 Player?

The last Foo Fighters album, the ‘Raw Sessions’ of the album released for the 40th anniversary of News Of The World by Queen, Crime Of The Century by Supertramp, some Frank Sinatra, The Soul Cages by Sting, the first album of Sons Of Apollo, Depeche Mode...

What’s your life outside of music?

I’m always playing, writing and thinking about new concepts. I’m also a journalist, reviewing exhibitions, plays and everything in between.

If you could collaborate with any singer who would it be?

I’d love to meet and work with Bono, Ben Harper, Dave Grohl, Skin, Björk, Sting, Dave Gahan... All the ones with big personalities!

What’s your favourite genre of music?

I guess it can be labeled as ‘rock’ but I listen to all types of music, as I don’t use tags to name it: It just has to move me, whether it’s metal, jazz, flamenco, electro or anything else. So let’s just say I can switch from Metallica to Vicente Amigo or The Prodigy and have the same pleasure. 

What’s next for you musically and are there plans for a UK Tour?

I’m already working on the third album, that should be a concept one. Unless I have another crazy idea before it goes out! As for a UK tour, I’d love to. It would be a wonderful challenge to come out there and try to win the audience, as all my influences are English.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

I’m able to do a lot of things but I am self-taught. So from time to time I will go back and forth between faith and despair. But in the end I respect and favor the audience, all I do on stage and in the studio is carefully done according to that.

Where do you draw inspiration for your song lyrics?

It depends of the mood but I like to think they all are short stories. I can be the main character or create it entirely, but I always need the songs to tell something. At the same time, I try to stay vague enough for the listener to create his own pictures and really own the songs.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Making everybody laugh, all the time, and at all cost! I’m a bit schizophrenic: Clint Slate’s music is quite serious, and I do it seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously at all. Half clown, half depressed songwriter. Like the rest of us, I guess!


Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/clintslate

Post By - Boulent Mustafa

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Glory is a funky little tune with smooth beats, catchy guitar riffs and soulful vocals aplenty



Chloe Bodur is a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from North West London. Fusing elements of neo-soul, jazz and pop, Bodur has been gracing audiences with her distinctive style. Embodying emotional rawness and unapologetic lyricism, Bodur delivers an authentic sound of reflection and contemplation which has been resonating with listeners all over the UK. 

Raised in a mixed heritage family, whilst immersed in vibrant London, Bodur credits her multi-cultural upbringing for her array of musical influences. 

Idolising the likes of Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, as well as gaining inspiration from artist's such as Quincey Jones, D’angelo and Frank Ocean, it is to no wonder that Bodur’s music effortlessly draws listeners into her own unique world and modern fusion. 

Bodur made the move from London to Brighton, where she continued to study music at university and ultimately met her band members. After playing her very first gig, Bodur was picked up by QM Records for the release her of debut single “Glory” and has since been mastering her polished and dynamic sound. 

“Glory” thematically focuses on vulnerability and the underlying sense of loneliness. Bodur reveals, “It was originally written as a poem about youth trying to find love in themselves and in others and how one correlates with the other”. 

As a self-confessed romantic, Bodur conveys her heartfelt introspection through sultry harmonies, which ride atop a hybrid of ambient neo-soul, smooth jazz arrangements and soulful melodies.

Sonically, “Glory” opens with funk-fuelled guitar riffs, slowly transitioning into Bodur’s smokey vocals. With a distinct coolness to her timbre, complex, syncopated drum grooves and hypnotic jazz melodies, Bodur and her band have succeeded in composing a song which is at the fore-front of it’s genre. 

Produced by UK Top 10 charting producer JD.Reid (Mabel, Katy B, Sinead Harnett, D Double E) and mastered at the famed Abbey Road Studios by Alex Gordon (The Kooks, Raye, Sigrid, Circa Waves), the single has already received the stamp of approval from industry professionals. 

Bodur prides herself on the empowerment of young women, hoping to inspire teens from mixed heritage backgrounds and continues to use her music to support female expression and liberation.

Deemed the most promising new act and already selling out live shows, Chloe Bodur is ready for the next step of her musical endeavour with the highly anticipated release “Glory” having hit digital shelves on November 26th. 

Chloe was also kind enough to take time out of her hectic schedule to answer a few questions for us.

How did you get into music in the first place?

I was brought up around a lot of great music. There are videos of me singing along to Anita Baker and Jocelyn Brown when I was about 7 years old. There were always a lot of guitars in the house and I used to read a lot and write poems and stories so songwriting just kind of happened very naturally. 

Who were your musical influences?

I grew up around soul, hip hop and disco courtesy of my Mum and old school crooners like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra from my dad. I think you can hear the influence of those styles in my music quite clearly. 

What tunes are currently on repeat on your Mp3 Player?

Nai Palm’s album Needle Paw, the whole of Flower Boy by Tyler The Creator and a lot of Rex Orange County and King Krule. 

What’s your life outside of music?

Going to uni and working towards getting my degree, although I study music so I guess I don’t have much of a life outside of music. 

If you could collaborate with any singer who would it be?

There are so many. I’d love to collaborate with Lianne La Havas though. She just seems like the loveliest woman and she’s one of my biggest inspirations. If Lianne La Havas gave me a hug and said she liked my music I’d probably (definitely) cry. 

What’s your favourite genre of music?

I like a lot of different genres of music but I guess hip hop is my go-to. 

What’s next for you musically and are there plans for a UK Tour?

Record and release some more music to release early next year and do a headline show in my hometown (London). I’d love to do a UK tour at some point though, yeah. 

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Strengths: I’m organised and driven and as nice to everyone as I can be

Weaknesses: I put a lot of pressure on myself and am hyper-sensitive to criticism. I’m also not as great at playing guitar or keys as I could be. 

Where do you draw inspiration for your song lyrics?

Overheard conversations, words from books or lines in films and other songs, my own life and the thoughts ticking over in my head. Everywhere really. 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Channel 4’s First Dates and the chicken and mushroom pot noodle. 

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Uneven features 4 amazing tracks which treat us to catchy instrumental melodies and wonderful vocals


Sarah Fortsch is a 18 year old Singer/Songwriter from Detroit, Michigan and her first public performance was at the age of 10 at Tim Horton's Coffee Shop, where she would cover songs by Elvis.

Her award-winning EP Uneven was unveiled to the world on August 4th 2017. The featured song on the EP is How Things Stack Up and it earned her an Akademia Music Award for Best Pop Song.
Uneven features 4 wonderful tracks including a live version of her award winning track.

Piano Bench begins by showcasing Sarah's vocals then brings catchy pop beats into the mix and the smooth guitar riffs are simply sublime.


Love For A Day has more of a mellow feel to it but this also treats us to the beauty of Sarah's voice alongside a slower tempo and a stripped back melody.

How Things Stack Up is a catchy number thanks to the instrumental hooks and the outstanding vocal performance from Miss Fortsch and the live version is just as captivating.


Website - www.sarahfortsch.com
Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwBEv03awPCB1HseC2YEQ9Q

Post By - Boulent Mustafa