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Kayla Lynn & the Change deliver a blissful jazz-funk fusion in ‘More Than Friends’

Kayla Lynn & the Change

Bassist, singer-songwriter and empowerment speaker Kayla Lynn has released her latest jazzy funk single, More Than Friends, with her band The Change; the rich harmonic tones paired with the fresh take on funk is an aural experience that you are unlikely to forget.

She has been making major waves in Asheville, NC’s funk scene with her blissfully textured sound and endlessly dynamic vocals that practically write success into the artist’s future. It is almost a paradox how More Than Friends simultaneously sends you back to the roots of soul and has the potential to definite the future of neo-soul. It’s a stellar release from a refreshingly exceptional artist.

Check out More Than Friends on apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

BrianJavier has made this Reggae RnB debut with his high vibe summer track, ‘Rush It’ ft. Danilo

RnB and Reggae soulfully coalesce in up and coming NYC-based artist BrianJavier’s debut downtempo single, Rush It, featuring Danilo. The melodious grooves run in synergy with the theme of the track that celebrates slow-burning passion over affections that quickly burn out. He proves that pace is the trick with the groove in the grinding tropic beats and the meditative canter of the serenading lyrics.

Any fans of 90s RnB will want to freshen up their summer playlists with the soulful hit. It is a stellar debut from an exceptional artist that we can’t wait to hear more from.

You can check out the official music video that premiered on July 17th via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Gabrielle Ornate has released her ethereal synth-pop anthem, Waiting to be Found.

Gabrielle Ornate

‘Waiting to be Found’ is the latest colossal alt-pop single from the luminary artist Gabrielle Ornate, which allows synths to bring a post-punk-style atmosphere while she feeds new-age-style-soul into the vibrant, massive production through the unapologetically intense vocals.

It is easily one of the most ethereal summer pop anthems that you will hear this year, or any other year, given that feels like quite the sonic paradox. Despite the alchemic ingenuity of the release, accessibility oozes through the sincerity and the rhythmic pull of the dark and sultry dance pop-rock earworm.

Waiting to Be Found was officially released on August 6th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Dallas of America takes us on a HONEYMOON with his soul-soaked debut single.

Dallas of America’s debut single, HONEYMOON, captures RnB, jazz and sunny Afrobeat rhythms through a contemporary lens while letting the tonally lavish single ooze old school soul.

The cinematic title brings back the big band vibe with the stabbing brass section and the melodic staccato guitar grooves that pull together to create the perfect platform for the RnB pop vocals that wouldn’t be out of place in a Gospel RnB single. But this secular serenade that revives romanticism will be just as sweet to the pious and impious alike.

The official music video for HONEYMOON premiered on June 21st; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

JXY marries style with soul in his latest RnB single, Game 7

With his latest release, Game 7, the luminary RnB artist JXY proved that soul and style go hand in hand. The Jamaican-born, UK-residing artist never leaves his Caribbean roots behind in his colourful melodies; he fuses them with western RnB hip hop style for the ultimate contemporary vibe with a tropic twist.

The sensually downtempo release followed on from JXY’s other popular releases, such as his EP, NuLuv, which has surpassed 250,000 streams on Spotify alone. The tenderness to his passion and the atmosphere in his productions are sure to see him go much further in his career.

Game 7 is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Will Tunink has released his upraising single, We Are More, ft RaJan Monroe and Jon Mero

For his latest single, We Are More, Will Tunink collaborated with Rajan Monroe and Jon Mero to create a soulfully effervescent feat of jazz hip hop that carries the same resolving faith-instilling propensities of Gospel. Even the impious can find penance in this cinematic track.

Every artist has a unique motivation for their music; for the Iowa-based artist, he is driven towards cultivating a safe, welcoming space for empowerment. With such a sincere MO, it comes as little surprise that his releases are so uplifting.

It’s tracks like We Are More that leave you standing a little taller, but more importantly, they leave you in awe of the artist’s ability to spin words into sequence with enough precision that you will feel your perspective shift.

We Are More is now available to stream and download on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

CSC Papi is set to release his ethereal RnB track, Chauffer.

CSC Papi

Cleveland, Ohio Pop, RnB and hip hop fusionist CSC Papi is set to drop his most evocative track to date with his latest single, Chauffer. The reverb-drenched atmospheric track puts emotion at the forefront, but the dak moody RnB track is all about the ensnaring hooks that pull you right into the soul of the mix.

His masterful vocal canter and commitment to creating synergy between instrumentals, vocals and lyrics, ensured that Chauffer hit hard and hit like no other. The radio-ready single deserves to go viral.

You can check out Chauffer on Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Camille Rose soulfully meanders through melancholy in her jazz single, Raining in July

South-East London-born and raised Jazz singer-songwriter Camille Rose’s signature sound is quickly becoming synonymous with arrestingly unique jazz instrumentals that groove and improvise around her soulfully lush vocals.

Before the first verse runs through in her latest single, Raining in July, you’ll find yourself captivated by the mellifluously rich soundscape that flows with such ease and finesse; listening to it is as easy as breathing. For anyone going solo this summer, Raining in July should be a feel-good playlist staple for the way it captures romantic grief but emanates radiant soul despite the wistful sorrow.

Through the influence of Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald, the 24-year-old artist started studying jazz performance at Trinity Laban conservatoire to hone in on her craft. Discernibly, she has already mastered the art of weaving narratively compelling lyrics into a melodically cathartic soundscape. We can’t wait to hear what follows.

Check out the live recording of Raining in July by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Get swept up in the romantic tides of Kristin Venae’s soul-pop single, Still Here.

With the same gripping, soulful eminence as Shania Twain, Celine Dion and Maria Carey, up and coming Australian singer-songwriter Kristin Venae’s latest single, Still Here, is simultaneously a hit of nostalgia and a refreshing blend of soul, pop and indie rock.

You’d be hard-pressed to find more stunning guitars in a pop single; the jangly effervescent notes give Still Here a sweet psychedelic kick while Venae’s vocals pay ode to everlasting love. You can’t help getting swept up in the romantic tides of Still Here which precedes the release of Venae’s upcoming debut album.

Still Here is now available to stream on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

UK-based artist Soul has released his ethereal RnB trap track, move on.

UK-based RnB artist Soul has made an ethereally dark contribution to the genre with the release of the standout single, move on. The steady, deadpan vocals occupy plenty of space in the soundscape that finds its structure through downtempo, melodic trap beats.

Soul may be fresh from his inception, but the self-taught artist is discernibly well-practised in the art of expression. His melancholy-erring sound extends compassion instead of self-apathy while he explores the dark places our minds can take us to.

We’ve come a long way in recent years with opening up the conversation around mental health. Raw tracks such as move on are only going to make it easier to break the stigma and move away from our tendency to leave mental scars on people we once found affection for.

move on is now available to stream on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast