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Published on August 30th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor


Jelani Blackman drops hard-hitting new single ‘Cheers’

London artist ​Jelani Blackman ​has unveiled ​‘Cheers’​, his third single of 2019, out ​23rd August​ via ​18RECORDS​.

Tapping into the sombre vibe cultivated on recent releases, ​‘Cheers’ sees ​Jelani deliver his deep, baritone flow over the top of a sparse yet forceful trap beat.

“I’m from the UK where we say ‘cheers’ for everything but probably don’t celebrate positive things enough,” ​Jelani explains. “I wanted to chat about how I felt, for people and places and the things that made me who I am, even the bad stuff cos the bad stuff is sometimes the best.”

‘Cheers’ is ​Jelani’s first release since the acclaimed ​‘Brixton’​, a single that was premiered by Annie Mac on her ​BBC Radio 1 ​show and went on to receive further support from ​BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Target ​and ​Kenny Allstar amongst others. ​‘Nobody’s Son’​, his first release of 2019, was crowned ​BBC Radio 1 ‘Tune of the Week’​, ​Annie Mac’s ‘Tune of the Week’ ​and BBC Radio1Xtra ‘Introducing Track of the Week’​.

Jelani burst onto the scene in 2014 with the critically-acclaimed dark anthem ​’Twenty//Three’​. Racking up over ​3 million Spotify streams and coming in at ​#7 ​on the ​Noisey end-of-year poll, the track was soon followed up by a collaboration with UK innovator ​Brian Eno and duo Sylas​ for the single ​‘Layer’​.

Yet another stellar release, ​‘Cheers’ confirms 2019 as ​Jelani Blackman’s strongest year to date.

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