In The Spotlight

Muroki – “Simple Pleasures”

Born as Muroki Mbote Wa Githinji in Raglan, this Kenyan-New Zealand singer and songwriter started playing guitar at the age of 8. He started recording music aged 15, after forming the band Cloak Bay with Lennox Reynolds. In 2019 he joined the band Masaya as a bassist. Inspired by Frank Ocean, D’angelo and GoldLink, he debuted his solo jazz, funk, soul blended sound on “For Better Or Worse” in 2019.

Driven by a groovy bassline and an infectious beat, his uplifting new single is a chilled tune with added funk. Taken from his genre-spanning EP “Heading East”, it’s the laid-back instrumentation with refreshing electric guitar runs and a 90s funk vibe that conjures the feeling of a mellow summers day by the sea. And with his smooth and sultry vocals, this is a warm and soothing sonic pleasure.

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Music History

Natalie Cole – “Mr. Melody”

From her album “Natalie” (1976):

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New Music

Phony Ppl – “Nowhere But Up”

From their upcoming album “Euphonyous”, to be released this fall:

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