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90s RnB

It’s all in the soul of Laura Vida’s timeless seminal single, Thank You for Sayin’ Goodbye

In anticipation of her in-production upcoming music, we delved into the redemption-soaked RnB album, Healin’ Love, from the Southern California-born singer-songwriter Laura Vida, who has spent the past thirty years working with some of Nashville’s finest.

After recording with Giant Records and being produced by James Stroud, Laura Vida turned her talents away from country to RnB to give us one of the most impassioned RnB records of the last few decades.

The standout single, Thank You for Sayin’ Goodbye, is definitive proof that even on the darkest days, there’s always a silver lining – if you are prepared to look for it. The smooth rhythm and blues release soulfully testifies to the strength that can be found in the wake of the most bitter goodbyes which follow infidelity. It’s a timelessly powerful playlist staple for everyone who wants the reminder that with enough faith, in anything, you can always brighten the next corner you turn. We can’t wait to hear what follows.

Stream Thank You for Sayin’ Goodbye on Apple Music and YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

C Note91 calls for an end to ambiguity in his old school RnB single, How Deep ft. SIR Linho

After the success of his 2022 debut single, Hear No Lies, C Notes91 harmonically laid his love down on the line in his sophomore single, How Deep, featuring the rap artist SIR Linho.

The authentically 90s RnB single keeps the focus on the sweet and smooth vocal lines while the piano keys amorously intersect with the drum pads. SIR Linho’s rap verses which come mid-way through the track with soaring guitar notes add an incredible dynamic to the release that drags you deep into the impassioned outpour of emotion which calls for an end to romantic ambiguity.

It is almost impossible to believe C Notes91’s bio which covers the start of his journey when he had the passion but none of the vocal talent. He’s living and breathing proof that if you endeavour, you’ll get to where you want to be.

How Deep is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Vonsíwel – I Love It: And So Do We

Urban fusionist, Vonsíwel is hotter than a fever dream in his latest single, I Love It, which melds layers of RnB with smoothly evocative pop textures to pay a romantic ode to the object of his all-consuming desire.

The boundary-pushing singer-songwriter may be uniquely wired, but that hasn’t stopped tens of thousands of fans from revelling in the resonance of his modernist spin on RnB.

Honestly, I Love It is enough to give me unrealistic romantic expectations (as if I don’t have those anyway). Although, bravely, Vonsíwel isn’t afraid to explore the lows in life as intrepidly as the highs with his music, which is inspired by the likes of Ne-Yo, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Prince and Michael Jackson.

I Love It is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

CRVS Serrano – all of a sudden you know whats best: darkly era-defining RnB

‘all of a sudden you know whats best’ is the darkly era-defining latest single from the Philadelphia-born, Florida-based songwriter, artist and songwriter, CRVS Serrano. The 90s and 00s influences are easily legible around Serrano’s dark signature, which is signed through the trippy yet melodic flow and the beats that melt against the lush modernist RnB production.

Lyrically and vocally, Serrano doesn’t fail to bring you into the plaintive frustration the single transpired from. But there’s enough urban alchemy in the mix to guarantee you’ll have more oxytocin than you did before you hit play.

After signing to the label, Bounce House in 2020, he’s taken his career to new heights alongside artists such as Karol G, G Herbo, and IV4. With an EP in the pipeline, he’s undoubtedly one to watch.

CRVS Serrano’s latest single is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Balaciaga spliced demure conviction with emboldening soul in her third single, Like It

After winning over swathes of RnB fans with her versatile style in her sophomore single, Nothing to Me, the Floridian RnB singer-songwriter, Balaciaga, has released her soulfully convictive single, Like It. The demure single takes a different tone from the preceding releases, proving that Balaciaga’s talent in matching tone, temperament and key leaves little room for improvement.

Like It combines scathing tendencies and emboldening vibes with an old-school sense of romanticism, proving that affection and empowerment can fit hand in glove. The up and coming artist takes influence from a vast array of artists for her well-rounded and instantly distinctive style, including but not limited to Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce.

Like It is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

A1 Ali has delivered yet another flawlessly evocative fusion track with ‘Mia’

A1 Ali is fresh from the release of yet another flawlessly evocative fusion track that melds hip hop, RnB, pop and Latin to bring authentic world music vibes along with an earwormy structure that almost demands that you give the sun-kissed track repeat attention.

The Bahamas born artist poured plenty of timeless soul into the rhythmically exotic track, which comes with an intimate indie feel, thanks to the production that leaves the raw elements incredibly visceral as the lyrics that flit between salacious lust and old school romanticism.

The Bahamas-born artist spent some time in Santiago de Cuba before perusing his goal of becoming a global sensation. Based on Mia, we’d say he is well on his way to reaching the heights he’s aiming for.

You can check out A1 Ali’s latest single, Mia, on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Lawsvn questions the complexity of affection in her debut RnB single, Have You Ever? 

The Cleveland, Ohio-residing RnB songwriter and soulstress, Lawyvn, has made a feistily unforgettable debut with her single, Have You Ever? 
As the lyrics question the complexity of affection, the beats groove through the mellifluous melodies that are all too easy to connect your rhythmic pulses to as the luminary newcomer makes the most out of her effortlessly rich vocal timbre.
Even though there are some notable hints of 90s RnB in the warm mix, this hit was definitively made for the 21st-century’s airwaves. With the high-quality production and the sheer artistry in the vocal harmonies, Lawsvn is one to watch. She deserves a coveted spot on every RnB fans’ radar.
Have You Ever? Is now available to stream on Spotify. And you can connect with Lawsvn via Instagram.
Review by Amelia Vandergast

LOGUIDICE embraces her bold autonomy in her debut RnB pop EP, ONE.

LOGUIDICE

While most pop artists perform behind façade and ego, the up and coming RnB pop artist LOGUIDICE gives you a multifaceted view of her soulful, spiritual and fierce persona in her debut EP, ONE.

Tracks 1, Mood, is a vibe-heavy sultry RnB hit that shows the Bethlehem, PA-residing artist’s salacious side; nestled beside her demure attitude is her mindful, self-aware lyricism and a gorgeous ‘don’t fuck with me’ sense of soul.

Elevator brings the funk to the EP before track three allows you to respect LOGUIDICE as a pop vocalist as well as a rap artist. The delicious cadence mixed with the hypnotic 90s RnB beats provides alchemic catharsis. To truly demonstrate her versatility, track 4, Overthinkin’ is a sombre downtempo ballad, and the concluding single, Magnetic exhibits the best of the songwriter’s skill when it comes to creating a mood with her atmospherically layered tracks.

No amount of hype put behind LOGUIDICE will ever be hyperbole. We can’t wait to hear how she will follow on from her phenomenally promising debut.

LOGUIDICE’s debut EP, ONE, will be available to stream from October 29th; it is available to stream and download via this link.

Connect with LOGUIDICE on Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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

Yona Marie has dropped her interstellar hit single, Take Me to the Moon.

With her seductive style and snipingly clever lyricism, up and coming artist, songwriter and producer Yona Marie has exactly what it takes to become the Peaches of RnB. Her interstellar hit, Take Me to the Moon, dropped on June 21st; it is the perfect introduction to her devious yet undeniably soulful class and style.

Any fans of 90s and 00s RnB will feel right at home in the empowering energetic single that follows a female protagonist trying to bank on her social capital while contending with lavish hunger. In essence, it’s a soulful affirmation that if you can get it, you’re worth it.

You can check out the sensual sassy grooves in Take Me to the Moon for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast