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SFPL Premiere: Artist Ré Lxuise Debuts New EP Cover & Single “The One”

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Singer/Songwriter Ré Lxuise is no stranger here at SFPL. Recently, collaborating with artist like Kori JamesAtlantic Records own Elhae, and gaining traction from her latest EP Dripping Gold, which included songs “Cotton Candy” & “CHBYG”, the rising star has become a fan favorite displaying immaculate vocals paired with a sultry tone to die for, firmly planting her in a lane of her own.

Today, the soulful gem debuts her new single “The One” produced by Ayo & Keyz, which is a lead up to the upcoming EP DM Me. Along with the new track, she has also released the official cover art of the future project, which is shown above. ‘DM Me’ is slated to drop on January 31.

Ré Lxuise tells SFPL:

The project is a modern point of view on the emotions we experience while in relationships. It’s a fusion of the millennial vibes of the trap soul movement with a classic R&B undertone .

Take a listen to “The One” below:

Twitter: @ReLxuise

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Kori James Redefines Atlanta’s Sound w/ New ‘Tomorrow’ EP + ‘N.E. Way’ Visual

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Just off the heels of SFPL‘s Artist Spotlight, emerging artist Kori James has just unleashed his new EP entitled Tomorrow along with a fresh visual for his single “N.E. Way.” Born to the streets of Miami , the FAMU musician has created a world of music, thoughts and ideas that will lead his generation into a new era of sound and visual.

Kori on the ‘Tomorrow’ EP:

“Our thoughts. Our actions. Our prayers. Our sins– they all shape our future, our tomorrow. Life seems to be a constant battle between bad and good, joy and pain, love and hate. Sometimes, it feels like the balance is so off you can’t even recognize the world you’re living in. But, there’s always tomorrow. We all work for tomorrow. For our families, for our communities, for ourselves. The Tomorrow EP is my message to all who will listen — it all will pay off tomorrow. The sleepless nights. The days on end that tend to blend together. When the world overlooks you and counts you out, keep going. Don’t quit. It will all pay off tomorrow.”

He continues:

“The Tomorrow EP was born during a break in my creativity. I had a lot of moments where I faced crippling doubt about whether I was good enough to do music at all. I don’t have the sound that’s on the radio right now, and at 29, I’ve yet to get the coveted placement that solidifies a songwriter in the industry. I seriously contemplated conforming. Working my 9 to 5, and living for the few moments that made that reality “okay,” knowing it never made sense for me. That space was becoming even smaller, more claustrophobic, once you consider the rate so many black men, unarmed and innocent, have been murdered recently. My fear of becoming the next hashtag made me question whether any of my efforts would be in vain, if my fate was to end up dead at the hands of an officer. But, the melodies kept coming. I continued to create, most times, without any direction beyond raw emotion. I continued to write, and Tomorrow kept coming.”

Kori on ‘”N.E. Way”:

“The visual for “N.E. Way” ties into Tomorrow’s theme of time. The time it takes to finally believe in something, the time it takes to wait for that something to manifest, then, the time it takes to heal if that something happens to leave. There is a lot of warping in the video. The subject matter is sensual and urgent. I wanted to go back in time and obviously since no one has revealed a time machine, we had to find a different way to get it done. The projector scene shows older movies that influenced the way society views sex, relationships, and intimacy through art. The other throwback was a nod to LL Cool J “Doin’ It” video. The peepshow scene was always iconic to me and to be able to recreate and show respect to a timeless work, is dope af to me.”

The visual was directed by Zu (@beyuism). Check it out HERE.

Stream ‘Tomorrow’ on iTunes HERE.

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SFPL’s Artist Spotlight: Kori James Releases “L.I.T.A.” Visual Feat. Ré Lxuise

Life’s messed up sometimes – and no one is illustrating that point in music right now better than new singer/songwriter Kori James.

Multiple genres and influences ring and bump throughout his single “L.I.T.A. (Love in the Air),” which he produced, wrote, and sung. The 29-year old Miami native- now Atlanta resident, showcases his writing skills on a record that is as much a tender ballad as it is passionate up-tempo. Fellow Atlanta upstart Ré Lxuise lends her lush harmonies to the bridge and rounds out the cinematic song.

On the visual end, Kori James enlists the acting chops of actress and American Idol finalist, Loren Lott and her real-life fiancé, actor Terayle Hill to lead the video, while J.Kavier, another Atlanta upstart, directs behind the lens.

“L.I.T.A.” is an ambitiously shot video that details the high hopes we sometimes have for love to find us, even if we have to fight to earn it. It’s a state of mind most of us know well, or knew well at one time. Sometimes love isn’t in the cards and no matter how hard we try to will it into existence, it never was. These reality check-like themes are found through his music, and along with the diverse sound inspirations, help to shape what is emerging as a new “Alt-R&B” music landscape.

Ironically, these days, Kori doesn’t have much time for love anymore. Between writing and producing his own music, coming up with the treatments for videos, he’s also writing and collaborating with other artists on projects you’ve either heard or will hear soon. “L.I.T.A.” is a line in the sand for James. One that sees him beginning to craft his own lane not only within music, but in a culture ripe and diverse in artistic expression and ever-widening in narratives.

Kori James will release his first EP, Tomorrow on November 25th , available on his website korijames.com.