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SB Editor, Sami Huda reviews new music releases from DillanPonders, LIZA, Ice Tha One Desiire and more.


“Rolla” by Liza
Release date: January 28, 2021

Liza is the cream of the crop of Toronto newest class of sensational R&B singers. With her latest single “Rolla”, Liza doesn’t skip a beat, picking up the same mood setting energy and exceptional snappy delivery reminiscent of her 2020 EP “ID”. If “Rolla” is the warm-up act, we cant wait to see what her upcoming project will deliver.

Performed by Liza
Produced by Akeel


“Endless” by CYOKILO
Release date: January 29, 2021

Get the sub-woofers ready for this one. Emerging from the shadows of Toronto’s underground music scene, CYOKILO’s melodic voice paired with producer DMS’ deep dark bass on “Endless” will dare you to just get up and dance.

Written by CYOKILO
Produced by DMS


“FYF” by Ice Tha One
Release date: January 21, 2021

Veteran artist Ice Tha One is back with “FYF”, a brass heavy mood-booster that’ll leave you snapping your fingers over the snappy hi hats. Teaming up once again with producer HeyBombay, the duo continue to create magic track after track.

Performed and Written by Ice Tha One
Produced by HeyBombay


“King of the Town” Music Video by DillanPonders
Release date: January 27, 2021

If you missed his giant image being plastered on the Spotify sponsored Billboards overlooking Toronto’s Dundas Square, you can still catch The Shroom Daddy, also known as DillanPonders, on his latest video for his single “King of the Town” from his December project “BECAUSE WE’RE ALIVE”. This video catches Ponders on his grind as he makes his way through the city causing mayhem on his way to the top.

Performed and Written by DillanPonders
Produced by BVB
Video directed by Sam Szigeti
Production by Breathe Entertainment


“On My Way” by The Soulful Poet
Release date: January 14, 2021

Ottawa based Arab-Canadian poet and rapper Soulful drops “On My Way”, a self-help motivational track that is deeply needed during these pandemic times. The Soulful Poet is a wholesome new artist who looks to empower his fans through his music and art.

Written and performed by Soulful


“Starlight” by Desiire
Release date: January 26, 2021

Toronto’s Afro-R&B darling releases “Starlight” from his latest four-song project with the same name. This is a must listen for all old-school retro R&B lovers. The always fashion-forward crooner showcases his hypnotic vocal range by seductively delivering every syllable as if he was whispering right into our ears. Honestly, we can’t blame the casual listener to mistake this single for an unreleased Michael Jackson track.

Written and performed by Desiire


“Slow Drip” by Estyr
Release date: January 24, 2021

Slow Drip” is a fun lo-fi bop that fits perfectly on your rise-and-shine weekend morning playlist. The song is fundamentally casual with a funky pop-induced bass line that will leave you swaying on your feet. Be sure to pair this song with your favourite warm morning beverage.

Written and performed by Estyr
Written and produced by LE-VI

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