If you want a not so gentle reminder of how powerful and emotive R&B Hip Hop can be, hit play on the latest single from the up and coming duo LesitoXChelsea.
“Holding Back the Tears” is a candidly raw admission of vulnerability, and the stark poignancy in the lyrics didn’t fail to resonate. The chemistry between the Rap vocals from Lesito and the harmonic vocals from singer-songwriter Chelsea is as potent as it comes.
The atmospherically pensive downtempo beats also played a heavy hand in amplifying the relatable melancholy which poured out of Holding Back the Tears. There’s little room to wonder why BBC Introducing were so keen to spin the instantly magnetic hit, or why there are plenty of labels lined up ready to invest in this insanely talented duo.
You can check out Holding Back the Tears for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Review by Amelia Vandergast