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Listen to Our Premiere of Sirens of Lesbos' Fresh New Single 'We'll Be Fine'

"We'll Be Fine" will get you hooked to Sirens of Lesbos' eclectic music and good vibes.

Swiss born Sudanese-Eritrean sisters, Jasmina and Nabyla Serag, along with Arci Friede, Melvyn Buss and art director Denise Haeberli, are launching a diverse and fresh label named after their band, Sirens of Lesbos.

The group christens the label with its new single, "We'll Be Fine," a soulful melodic pop experience that incorporates reggae beats with compelling lyrics that will induce island feels.


"We'll Be Fine" art work.

As the Serag sisters put it, "We'll Be Fine' is a breakup story that will end happily—in this life or a next one. We tried to find a sound formula that would reflect that strange limbo state between sadness and confidence."

The group's sound is an infusion of '60s and '70s pop and soul, blues. The artists' backgrounds in hip-hop, pop, Caribbean, Ibiza, and Western music occasionally involuntarily bleeds into their music. The Serag sisters gave us insight to their creative process:

"We don't write and produce music with the idea of injecting our ethnic background into it—it can happen or not...the last thing we want to be is a cliché. It is a fact, however, that we are the children of Eritrean-Sudanese parents; we grew up listening to popular Afro-Arab music of the '50s, '60s and '70s...Their music was poetic, often sad but basically full of hope. This melodramatic vibe flowed into "We'll Be Fine" even though the musical references in the song recall more Caribbean and Western than East African sounds."

Sirens of Lesbos.

If "We'll Be Fine" is any indication for what's to come, we'll be keeping our eyes on future albums from the group.

"We'll Be Fine" will be launched with the label, June 4. You can listen to the premiere of the single below.

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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