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DeUce Double has dropped their latest ambient Hip Hop drop “Problems”

Up and coming Rap artist DeUce Double dropped their latest single “Problems” (Naked Juice) on September 10th and shared a smooth urban jam with the airwaves. If your Ambient Hip Hop playlists need shaking up, Problems would be a cathartic way to start.

Problems may be a far cry from DeUce Double’s fierier hits, but the track stands as a testament to their versatility. The downtempo kicks of the drum pads sit against soft reverb-soaked keys creating a solid platform for DeUce Double to lay down their steady R&B-infused Rap verses. And through the perceptibly polished production, the track ties together to offer a fresh new vibe which is all too easy to slip into.

You can check out the official music video to DeUce Double’s latest single Problems via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Justin Mercurio Releases Their Latest Indulgently Smooth Contemporary R&B Hit “Secrets”

R&B is essentially centred around romantic expression. But it isn’t all too often that singles run through with the same evocative power as found in Justin Mercurio’s irresistibly smooth contemporary R&B Soul Pop single “Secrets”.

It takes the first few notes of the tonally-rich Indie R&B Pop arrangement for you to be captivated by Secrets. Most artists can only dream of offering such a level of concordance within their soundscapes.

There’s a real sense of raw candid expression in Secrets; a single which Justin Mercurio perceptibly didn’t hold back when penning the lyrics. The amount of visceral emotion found in the lyricism is only matched by the sticky-sweet R&B popping rhythm which creates cathartically comforting melodies.

It’s easy to see why we aren’t the only ones keen to make sure that Justin Mercurio is firmly planted on our radar.

You can check out Justin Mercurio’s latest single Secrets for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Mazzarati – RIDE: Experimentally Fresh Downtempo Hip Hop

US-based Hip Hop artist Mazzarati has recently released their latest single “RIDE” and it had us hooked from the first verse.

There’s really no understating the up and coming Rap artist’s ability to draw you into a deep and poignant narrative. Not every artist is a natural storyteller, but Mazzarati’s steady and even Rap flow provides an ample amount of escapism by pulling you away from your own introspective into their own.

The downtempo mix offered plenty of ambience while keeping the beats intricate, vibrant and fresh. There’s even the addition of Surf Rock style guitars on the outro which guarantee that no much Hip Hop you’ve ingested over the past few years, you won’t have heard anything quite like this before.

You can check out Mazzarati’s latest single RIDE for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Courtney Moore Releases Her Latest R&B Pop Single “Spitefool”

“Spitefool” is the recently released genre-mashing single from up and coming Indie R&B Pop artist Courtney Moore. The uniquely soulful single has found the perfect balance of EDM, Trap, Soul, Pop, and Jazz which allows Courtney Moore’s sound to boast a distinctive feel.

There’s a powerfully confrontational vibe behind Spitefool which is going to provide plenty of catharsis to anyone experiencing the frustrative feeling of being taken for a fool. As much as we appreciated the empowering hit, the rough production on Spitefool slightly hindered the resonance. But it’s safe to say that Courtney Moore has the lyrical flair, vocal talent, and pioneering experimentalism which will see her go far in her career.

You can check out Courtney Moore’s single Spitefool for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


TAELA – Dance Drink Repeat: Tribally Rhythmic Moody Dance Pop

“Dance Drink Repeat” may only be the second single released by breaking EDM Pop artist TAELA. But they have already won over plenty of Pop fans with their rhythmically flawless sound.

If the top 40 was based on vocal talent alone, you’d find TAELA’s name close to the top. But instead of going with the usual ecstatically abrasive Pop vocal style, she’s incorporated a slightly melancholic sensibility around the danceable euphoria which spills from Dance Drink Repeat.

For all too long we’ve had to ingest Pop that is produced under the pretence that anyone hits the club or the bottle without some kind of niggling sadness creeping into their psyche. But Dance Drink Repeat perfectly alludes to how lonely it can feel to be surrounded by party vibes when you’re drinking to forget. It’s a hard-hitter in every way possible.

You can check out TAELA’s latest single by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Hip Hop artist Tanaka Makoni makes her debut with the single “Blood Money”

Tanaka Makoni has recently made her Hip Hop debut with the soberingly jazzy hit “Blood Money” and has proven that soul trumps self-aggrandization when it comes to lyrical content.

With inspired and intellectual Rap bars, Blood Money is a track which easily hooks you into the steady, rhythmic, mid-tempo mix. Instead of rapping about being able to afford Hennessey and other capitalistic achievements, Tanaka Makoni speaks to those oppressed by corporate greed.

If there were more Rap artists like Tanaka Makoni using their lyrical waxing to shift perspectives, the Rap genre would be a much different place. We’re already stoked to see what she has up her sleeve for her next release.

You can check out Blood Money for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Joint Custody – Q: Soulfully Lucid Contemporary R&B

Up and coming contemporary R&B artist Joint Custody has recently released their latest sublimely cathartic single “Q”.

God knows I’ve listened to my fair share of assimilative 90s-inspired R&B in recent years, but thankfully Q unfolds like a breath of fresh air to lungs suffocated by the banality of uninspired R&B.

Q is an intricately quaint soundscape which comes as a transient result of Joint Custody constant perseverance with their experimentalism. The single runs through like a lucid jazzy dream thanks to the unique mix of ambience, Funk and soul.

There may be an Indie vibe behind Q, but the production quality is flawless, and the succinct magnetism of the instrumental arrangement is only matched by the mellifluously soft and soulfully phantasmal vocals.

You can check out Joint Custody’s latest single Q for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Hitlist – Urgency: Endearingly Raucous Post Punk

Alt Rock artist Hitlist is back with their latest ominously atmospheric single “Urgency”. I’ll give Post Punk fans until the first verse has run through to become enamoured with the biting soundscape.

There’s a satirical feel to Urgency, and in a feat of aural alchemy, Hitlist has created a track which doesn’t take itself all too seriously without allowing it to unfold as gimmicky or crass. Which may all fall down to just how catchy the cold yet punchy melodies are. In addition, Hitlist’s vocalist may just be in possession of the most distinctively magnetic vocals in Post Punk right now. While there’s the familiar dramatic drawl, there’s a uniquely sticky-sweet sensibility which weaves its way into the caustic versing.

For reasons of professionalism, I usually refrain from making declarations of love in reviews. But with Urgency, it is far too endearing to resist. Hit play, and you will soon see why.

You can check out the lyric video to Hitlist’s latest single Urgency for yourselves by heading over to Vimeo.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Anna Cole – No Regrets: Flawlessly Nuanced Pop

Breaking Pop artist Anna Cole may only be 14 years old, but her infectiously upbeat anthemic Pop style boasts the same maturity (if not more) of artists who have been producing for decades.

Anna Cole has recently dropped her latest vibrantly playlist-worthy single “No Regrets” which brings plenty of danceable rhythm while making no compromises to the lyrical depth. The beats may bleed aural ecstasy, but the vocals also prove to be a good vibe necessity as they perpetually feed palpable euphoria into the mix.

A flawlessly nuanced vocal range isn’t required to create a perennial Pop earworm, but as No Regrets proved, it definitely helps. Good luck getting the chorus out of your head.

You can check out the official music video to Anna Cole’s single No Regrets which dropped on August 15th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


YayRaven – YOU COULD BE MY DREAM COME TRUE: Soulfully Euphoric R&B Pop

London-based R&B Soul Pop artist YayRaven has recently released their latest single “YOU COULD BE MY DREAM COME TRUE”. Anyone looking for contemporary ambient R&B Pop to add to their playlists will definitely want to delve into the indulgently warm tones of this single.

With YayRaven’s sensually inviting vocals and the intricate and light piano melody weaving through the multi-layered soundscape, your soul would have to be dysfunctional for you not to recognise the soul in this modern, slick soundscape. The downtempo pacing of YOU COULD BE MY DREAM COME TRUE amplifies the resonance which is found between the harmonised expressive vocals and the romantically sticky-sweet vocals. All in all, YayRaven cooked up a soothingly concordant aural storm with her latest release. It’s going to be incredibly exciting to hear how they follow on from this serene soundscape.

You can check out YayRaven’s single YOU COULD BE MY DREAM COME TRUE for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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