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Find the silver lining in A-Mar’s bluesy indie single, Raining in New Orleans.

Even though using the weather as a parable for complex emotions isn’t exactly novel, independent bedroom pop artist A-Mar’s single, Raining in New Orleans, proves there’s still plenty of poignant poetry to be pulled from our stormy, unpredictable weather systems.

Vocally, there is plenty of reminiscence to the likes of Jack Johnson, but it is in the instrumentals where A-Mar truly comes into his own. His soulful infusion of indie, blues and jazz in the cathartically laidback single sets him leagues apart from his contemporaries and icons alike. If this is what he can achieve alone in his bedroom, we’re all too eager to hear where the future takes him and his tender, instantly magnetic expression.

Raining in New Orleans is now available to stream along with the artist’s debut album, Around El Mundo, via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Words Begin To Fade: Kristin Venae just wants to look deeply into those eyes on ‘Lullaby’

Taken from her highly-anticipated new album called ‘Black Widow‘, Kristin Venae is quite superb on her latest single that is the follow-up to ‘Still Here‘, with a beautifully romantic single called ‘Lullaby‘.

Kristin Venae is an Australian indie soul-pop artist, actor and model, who is a former member of Latin groups Ritmo De Tropical, Loose Minds and The Magnificent Companeros.

Influenced as a child by artist such as Prince, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston & Ricky Martin.” ~ Kristin Venae

Featuring a blend of stunning aroma which lifts the atmosphere and aromatically has you reaching for that lighter as the candles are feeling lonely, as the wine is poured and two hearts are brought closer. The energy is certainly hot here as this steam-filled track takes you to a moment which is so uncommon in this click and swipe world, as you look into each others eyes and vow to never be apart.

Lullaby” from the multi-talented Australia-based indie soul-pop artist, actor and model Kristin Venae, is such a sweet song all about feeling that supreme rush when you are around someone who you can’t believe is next to you. The feeling is so right and you never want to let the moment go, as she sings with a real true love feeling with terrific vocals attached. This is the type of song to dance with romantically, when you are with that special soul who you just want to be with all night and beyond.

When the heart knows, your whole body follows the leads into this rare place that needs to be truly cherished.

Hear this fine new single on Spotify and see more via her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

King Brian calls for an end to injustice with his latest cinematic RnB single, Reparations

King Brian, AKA Brian Christopher Brown, is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, filmmaker and producer; he poured all of his cinematic poise into his latest single, Reparations. Starting with the hard-hitting lyrics ‘we’ve been cursed for so long, but we are still strong’, emotional investment in the single is non-optional.

His latest single does plenty more than just run you through 400 years of sufferance and oppression; it acts as a celebration of every triumph over adversity. King Brian takes plenty of influence from artists such as Michael Jackson, Tupac and Prince; there may not be much sonic resemblance in the soundscape. Yet, Reparations undoubtedly carries the same sense of soul that will test your own soul’s capacity to feel.

The Radio Edit of Reparations is now available to stream and purchase via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

C.Priest proves that wit and soul go hand in hand in his latest societal exposition, Tinted Windows.

Cuttingly sharp wit and inspirational soul converge in the latest single, Tinted Windows, by RnB hip hop artist. C.Priest. With lyrics as provoking as ‘hate who I’ve become, but you’re the same ones who made me’ and ‘they respect me for the trigger, but they hate me when I pull it’, Tinted Windows is a sobering exposition on society and the pitfalls that narrow perceptions can open up beneath innocent people’s feet.

Between C.Priest’s old-school sonic style and mindfulness that allows his words to resonate as an affirmation that he is a lyrical pioneer, he has exactly what it takes to break onto the mainstream. Don’t just watch this space; jump on the hype before it goes viral.

Tinted Windows officially released on August 27th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Transcend with the jazzy grooves in Mid Ground’s latest single, Peace in the Sky

Mid Ground

‘Peace in the Sky’, featuring vocalist, Ellen Mara, is easily the most hypnotic RnB trip pop single so far from the jazzy instrumental duo Mid Ground. The easy movements of the notes remind you of how sweet freedom can feel as the lyrics do the same.

The single switches the RnB narratives that consistently chase and mourn lust; it delivers a reminder that the only person worth finding is yourself. By playing with rich, ethereal and electrifying textures, the lush reverb-swathed grooves in Peace in the Sky leave you absorbed from start to finish. My soul feels infinitely lighter for hearing this tranquil yet fierce affirmation that independence is infinitely more rewarding than co-dependence.

Peace in the Sky was officially released on September 17th; you can check it out for yourselves via Bandcamp & SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Don’t You Remember: Terrific Texas RnB artist Cortney Hesse wonders where the love went on ‘Say It Ain’t So’

After focusing on live performances, private parties and weddings all over Texas before covid attempted to destroy all things enjoyable, Cortney Hesse has since turned her attention to releasing her own music again and returns with ‘Say It Ain’t So‘.

Cortney Hesse is an Austin, Texas-based indie RnB/soul artist, former cover band singer and audio engineering college graduate.

Influenced by artists like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Santigold, M.I.A, Kid Cudi, she exudes class at every turn, as has a sensationally calm voice that has you rather compelled to turn her up.

Although she spent so many years singing live, she always wanted to perfect the art of recording.” ~ Cortney Hesse

As she displays a smoothly-created vocal ability which is such a lovely listen, we find an experienced artist who sings with such an honest style that is so wonderfully captivating for all of our senses. She has a glorious ambiance and brings us a truthful message that so many of us can relate to – as we move away from the bad energies – and only look to the future, which is filled with such promise.

Say It Ain’t So‘ from the Austin, Texas-based indie RnB/soul solo singer-songwriter Cortney Hesse, is the true story about being with someone and seeing the flame burn out right before your eyes. You miss the flirting, the sensual atmosphere and those fun times, as things got stale and it had to end for both of your souls to fly free again.

Being truly happy, is all that counts after all.

See her new music video on YouTube and check out the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

All You Do And See: The exceptionally courageous Kruttika is quite superb on ‘Red Flags’

Snow - EP by Kruttika

Taken off her excellent five-track EP called ‘Snow‘, the inspiring Kruttika returns to bless our fragile hearts with a new single which will have you in awe of her tremendously genuine talent on ‘Red Flags‘.

Kruttika Sequeira aka Kruttika, is a remarkable Mumbai, India-born, Los Angeles, California-based composer, producer, indie RnB/soul musician, visual artist and keyboardist, who is partially sighted. She makes such delightful music that will have your whole soul feeling uplifted again, by the sheer beauty interwoven into her soul.

”​Inspired by surrealism, the world of dreams, deep emotions and fantasy, Kruttika’s work is a blend of art and music.” ~ Kruttika

After moving to LA to study music in 2017, she shows a real love for her chosen craft and sings with a sweetly tipped ambiance, which is full of heart and soul.

This is that know-your-value track which has you looking deeper within for that strength to move on from the past which was a traumatic experience, which you have vowed to learn from. She sings with a real breathless energy – which has your whole state of mind altered – by a shining light of true goodness.

Red Flags‘ from the multi-talented indie RnB/soul singer-songwriter, visual artist and keyboardist Kruttika, is that true-life heartbreak story about being played by someone you truly trusted. They let you down even though you were warned, as you now know the games and vow never to be treated like that again.

Sung with an effortlessly classy energy, this is a delightful release which will have you feeling rather reflective and inspired by such an incredibly world class artist.

Hear this fine new single on her Bandcamp and see more news on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Urban fusionist Malice has released her ethereal dream-pop sophomore single, It’s You.

Ethereal pop, new wave rap and soulful RnB collide in the sophomore single, It’s You., from the enigmatically sensational artist, Malice. Sonically, she conjures dreamy and wavy ambient textures in the soundscape that feeds in plenty of tape echo effects. Vocally, she is unpredictable from one verse to the next. From phantasmal harmonies to fierce rap increments, you can expect to hear the full extent of her smooth vocal dynamic in her reprising single.

Based on It’s You, Malice deserves to be just as acclaimed as her trip-hop/dream pop predecessors, and yes, that includes Portishead.

It’s You. is now available to stream on Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

PJ Best gives us a glimpse of beauty with his single, the Sun Through the Trees.

‘The Sun Through the Trees’ is the catharsis breathing latest album from up and coming soul-pop artist PJ Best; his serenading melodies are best enjoyed through the meditatively mellow title single.

Over the soul-steeped electro-pop grooves, his vocals implore you deeper into the tonal bliss of the instrumentals that synergise with his old school RnB style crooned harmonies. His ode to nature which refracts into an exploration of beauty in connection is stunning, to say the least.

PJ Best’s debut album is now available to stream in full via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Free Of Fear: Onyeka calms our anxious souls with the stupendously bright ‘Mornings’

Produced by the fabulous Woman’s Touch, Onyeka wants to stay young and free from the undesirable traps that can hold onto your heart forever with her superb debut called ‘Mornings‘.

Onyeka is a twenty three-years-young Coventry, UK-based indie alt-soul artist and aspiring screenwriter. She has a mature outlook for someone so young and sings with an impressive class throughout.

Some of my biggest inspirations include Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Beach House and Weyes Blood.” ~ Onyeka

With a soothingly elegant voice which sensually compels you to turn up the volume and let her lather your soul with that rare goodness – you feel like you are witnessing something quite special – as Onyeka sings with such stunning beauty and enticing calmness.

Mornings‘ from the Coventry, UK-based indie alt-soul solo artist Onyeka, is a stop-counting-the-days gem which has you feeling rather nostalgic and keen to explore the world again. Wasting those long days stressing is definitely not the way to go and this is that heartfelt reminder to fly free when you can.

Sung with a true grace and authentic care, this is a loving track with so much to remember and is one of the more remarkable singles from 2021.

Hear this fresh new single on Spotify and see more on her IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen