Apollo Grey is a nostalgia tapping R&B artist ready to blow us away with his artful rendition of the modern love song. He’s created a magnificent grinding anthem through Sex For Breakfast. I was dubious of the title when I hit play, expecting a myriad of crass perversion and contempt to flow through the sound. Yet rather than depreciating a woman’s worth, he offers a playful mind’s eye view into his pain loss and suffering which celebrates the tortuous nature of femininity, ending the track with a raw ending through his humble admission of loss.
When it comes to his sound, it’s undoubtedly influenced by his impeccable sense of aesthetic. He’s fused fashion and the most contemporary of millennial art into his stylings. There’s no grandiosity within his lyrical presence, you can tell that his entire sound stems from his sincerity and his passion for a melodic fusion of the iconic R&B sound. There’s no ‘Ghetto en Vogue’, just a wonderous dichotomy of sound mixed with innocent style. This is just the start of Apollo’s musical mastery.
Check out Apollo Greys poigniant new hit on the YouTube link below:
Soul R&B artist & music producer Leö Pride has just released his first ever track Hide, if you’re not offended by the use of autotune, it’s definitely worth checking out. Whether it be beginners luck or Pride’s inexplicable talent that made this track an utter delight to listen to, one things for sure, after the tracks initial release earlier this month it’s gone down as an international storm.
What I like about the hit, is that it’s contemporary it doesn’t bow to the tired old rules of Soul and R&B, artists such as Leö Pride have the talent to reinvent the genre and interest more fans within it’s melodic but hyped sound. The production over the vocals is a little excessive for my liking, however no one can deny that the production quality is flawless. It’s packed with breakbeats to mix up the almost melancholic lyrics that Leö Pride puts out. It’s easy to see the influence of his musical idols such as Chris Brown in the universal sound which he creates.
Catch Leö’s debut track on the SoundCloud link below available for FREE download. Who doesn’t love free music?
The Canadian based singer songwriter Jasim Malik’s new single Lullaby dropped in September, blowing us away with its poignant mix of R&B and Soul fuelled sound combined with immersive transient, hard hitting bass lines and pacified by his dulcet sound.
What really stood out for me in his latest track Lullaby were his thunderous baritone vocals in parts are reduced to a sensual whisper that drags you all through the verse to the uproar of the chorus mixed with delectable breakdowns that have the ability to make you forget how to breathe.
Malik’s latest track in parts is just what it says on the tin, a melodic medley of soul infused sound with a twinge of raucous trap energy. He brings the rhythm to our blues, using his music to paint the colours in his spectacularly poetic mind. He approaches his sound with a delectably humble and playful manner, he is undoubtedly a pensive mind, his music serves as a window into his pain. The end product is a piercingly resonant sound.
Check out Malik’s latest track Lullaby on the SoundCloud or Apple Music link below:
IAMU is the brainchild of two producers/songwriters who wish to remain anonymous for this new project. After the successful release of their latest single ‘Squares & Circles’ which was premiered with Complex earlier this year, the pair pulled a surprise on us by releasing yet another dope track which they titled “Work Of Art”. In the song appeared a very young and new talented singer named Rebecca James who was also featured in the Song.
Rebecca James, an artist who is currently touring with Janet Jackson sprinkled the entirety of her unique awesomeness on the song. Rebecca’s beautiful voice and the melody that resonates with it is really everything you hadn’t seen before. The pure vocals of Rebecca James gave the track a soulful and heartfelt edge.
This song has that upbeat Pop and alternative R&B music beats, an infusion that’s well placed in its right proportion. One thing you wouldn’t wanna miss is the feel of those melodic piano chords at the start of the song. The surreal effect of this piano was as well felt all through three minutes of this song.
Although taking inspiration from a wide range of influences – which is reflected in the pairs eclectic range of previous releases – this particular track drew influence from contemporary R&B artist Kehlani, which was further displayed through the vocals and crisp production of this song.
This song is actually that kind of cool songs that’s very hard to dislike when you listen to it for the first time. With a well laid out lyrics like this, a nice vocal power, and a very simple cute chorus to go along with the soul of this song, you can never go wrong with the choice of picking a great audition song as this song’s structure perfectly fits in for that such purpose.
There is a strange playoff between, on the one hand, agitation and pent up energy and on the other a smoothness and elegance of delivery which makes Ghost, the latest release from Zack Free, an intriguing prospect. Whilst the top of the song, the vocal lines and the gentle melodies weave into smooth R&B soundscapes, the busy underlying textures, the skittering percussion, the glitchy electronica and the warped, futuristic soundtrack below set up a strange and beguiling friction.
What in the hands of others might have ended up as just another urban tune with pop leanings in the hands of Zack Free becomes a more mercurial musical journey, one which is as wonderfully off kilter as it is endlessly beguiling. It proves once again that even within the seemingly conquered territory of commercial music it is possible to change the rules, move the goalposts and subvert expectation, well, you can if you think like Zack Free at least.
Crash The Audi ties a relentless and ruthless rap salvo to a mid-paced drive built of skittering percussion, pulsing back beats and clever electronic weaves to build a track which bristles with energy without resorting to flooding the track with tricks and gimmickry. And that is the art of it, capturing the energy of the idea and the live performance via the studio process, an art that this Queens trio seem to have nailed down.
And it is the balance of pumping underground cool and far reaching commercial potential which is their greatest asset, chart accessible yet cultish enough for those who like to act as the movers and shakers and stay ahead of the curve, mass appeal yet walking with a select minority, that’s the real trick. And if that is the case then Bhagboyz have things sown up.
JustMandell is a Pop and R&B from Atlanta, US whose soulful sound is gaining international momentum thanks to his empyreal voice and command of over his vocal capability. He’s undeniably a man of pure, unpolished talent. He can hit highs just as succinctly as the R&B soul legends such as R Kelly with his booming baritone signature style and write lyrics just as seductive and sensual.
The production styling behind the track is a little bit of a giveaway of Mandell’s ranks in the R&B arena. The beat hits a little higher than my general preference, making for painful moments if you listen to the track at high volume. Sadly, the track is over stuffed with chaotically crass synthetic effects, and the mixing criminally steals the focus from Mandell’s voice through the chorus. With a more ambient sound styling I have no doubt that Mandell’s music could be a massive R&B hit. Which is a real shame as the vocals are absolutely flawless. The pop styling over the production is ultimately it’s down fall. That said, the track still creates for an euphoric and upbeat sound which has massive potential as a dancefloor hit!
Check out Mandell’s track Found Love on the SoundCloud link below!
In The Neighbourhood comes on like a modern day version of a lost song from Marvin Gaye’s classic What’s Going On, the same subtle blend of smooth soul and restrained funk, confident vocals and percolating keyboard swirls. Whereas Gaye had a lot to get off his chest, Blake seems more content with his lot, but ultimately like Gaye’s writing at the time of that classic album, In The Neighbourhood is very much a love song, a song of solidarity, community and togetherness.
Blake is a master of threading smokey late night vibes through smooth musical landscapes, it is both effortlessly groovesome and wonderfully life affirming, it is heartfelt and reflective with just a hint of world weary resignation asking “when is it going to get easier?” As a single it is a fantastic calling card for Edward Blake and his ability to create sweet and soulful music, just imagine what a whole album might sound like? Luckily you don’t have to imagine just pick up a copy of Togetherness Triumphant for the answer.
HOURIGAN is a versatile musician whose work stands out for its inner variety, as well as for the performer’s sheer talent and attitude. His recent studio release is a brand new single titled “Love In The Middle”. The track is a tasteful blend of R&B, soul and rap. The song truly manages to maintain a wide emotional spectrum and keep the audience’s engagement high at all times, conquering their attention with appealing hooks a la Pharrell and with many outstanding lyrical hooks that are really reminiscent of artists such as The Weeknd or Frank Ocean, just to mention but a few.
Hourigan is all about showcasing his great vocal range and mad rapping skills. With “Love In The Middle”, HOURIGAN truly set out to build a very detailed track with lots of great atmospheres. The song feels energetic, yet even and smooth, with a nice chilled out vibe to counteract the energy of these performances. The production of the song is very interesting, because it is not just about upfront beats: HOURIGAN carefully managed to provide an amazing melodic backbone, which really adds something special to the track.
Some songs are a little more than just musical expressions: they stand out as true outputs of emotional energy, that really connect with the audience. Such is the case of ‘Perfect”, the recent single by Hi Love. This track is a new, exciting example from this talented singer, highlighting her wide dynamic range and sultry vocal style. The song has a really theatrical vibe, as this particular artists seems to be keen on using her music on order to share stories with the audience…after all, great songwriting is all about storytelling!
The song will soon be released as a track on Hi Love’s upcoming studio release, a new EP by the name of “After All”. The music has been produced by David Ferretti, who really helped the artist bring her core sound and vision together! The backdrop music is indeed really stunning, with lush, deep and melodic ambiance sounds that almost feel like an orchestra score, accompanied by synth melodies and other tasteful additions.