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Listen To Kele's 'Coasting' Of His Forthcoming 'Trick' LP

Listen to Bloc Party lead singer Kele Okereke's latest single "Coasting" off his forthcoming solo album 'Trick.'


Kele Okereke, the Nigerian-British lead singer of Bloc Party, known more simply as Kele, has just dropped the latest single off his upcoming solo album Trick. "Coasting," a fast-paced drum-driven address to a lover, almost feels more like a private letter than the dancey track that it is. After a first few dissonant, high-pitched furls, Kele establishes his feelings towards his addressee, almost whispering, "Falling into you/It's a Saturday night when I'm with you." The entire track could even be seen as the intimate words between a couple on one weekend wee hour, when all that matters is the face before you. As Kele's Facebook page explains, "'Coasting' is, in fact, 'the story about the first moments of a relationship, when there is no pressure and no demands.'" The song is rather candid and direct about love, similar to Radiohead's "Nude" and TV On The Radio's "Lover's Day,"  but only because its singer has so much he wants to give. "Instant chemistry/such a spiritual feeling inside of me," Kele continues as a long steely shadow of synths trails after him, perhaps threatening to halt his rising affection for his new love. Warmth and intimacy appear to win, though, as Kele urges his lover (or perhaps himself) to "Find it, save it/Hold it, shape it," a sense of pure committment in his voice. A periodically dark and uncertain song, then, ends on an affirming and reassuring note. Kele says of his new solo record, his first since 2010's The Boxer, that it was heavily inspired by his "late night DJ sets." Listening to "Coasting," one almost feels as if sent to a darkened, dungeon-esque club. Supported by Kele's smooth voice, the journey isn't solitary, though. Listen to "Coasting" below. Trick is due out October 13th via Lilac Records.

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Interview: Sincerely Ria Is Giving Guinean Fashion It's Flowers

And designer Mariama Diallo's NYFW debut celebrates the vibrancy and uniqueness of Guinea and its Fulani culture.

Guinea-born supermodel, actress, and activist Mariama Diallo is a face you've likely seen all over social media.

With modelling campaigns with the likes of Savage x Fenty by Rihanna, Kim Kardashian's KKW Beauty, and features in Vogue, Marie Claire, NYLON magazines, the model is commanding her space in the industry and making her way centerstage. And, Mariama's strong online presence and following has certainly made her a popular member of the global village too.

With the aforementioned achievements under her belt, the 28-year-old supermodel presented herself as an eager and excited talent within the fashion industry. Now, Mariama's talents and ambitions have attracted her to a role behind the scenes. And showing the power of intention, the role has already taken her to places she only dreamed of prior.

Debuting as the fashion designer of self-financed fashion line Sincerely Ria at this year's New York Fashion Week is but a peek into what the model has to show of herself and share with the world.

The new collection, The Oshun, celebrates not only female beauty and the many ways that it manifests itself but also the magic of womanhood. Named after Oshun, the African goddess of femininity, fertility, beauty, and love, the collection is wrapped within the warmth and divinity of its namesake. The brand follows an ethos of inclusivity, community, and the power behind being beautiful because you have decided to be. Challenging the notion that beauty is always to be accompanied by pain, Mariama and Sincerely Ria are celebrating the rejection of beauty and body standards and expectations.

The Oshun line is a nod to the opulence of Mariama's African heritage and Guinea's Fulani culture, with special attention to the use of brilliant colors, exciting designs, and stunning silhouettes. Motivated to be seen and to captivate, the emphasis on Black beauty within the clothing is certainly translated beautifully, however, stylistically available to all. Uniqueness is welcomed and encouraged. And like Mariama says herself, "You deserve to celebrate yourself unapologetically."

The line debuted at New York Fashion Week, very appropriately, on Valentine's Day of this year and love certainly was the theme. Already boasting a following of over 8,000, the brand's instagram account has shown nothing short of praise and excitement for what we've seen from Mariama, and for what's to come.

We spoke with the Guinean supermodel about the journey to Fashion Week and her love for and emphasis on community and shared experiences.

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