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Bennett – Stimulation: Melodically Smooth New Wave Trap

https://music.apple.com/us/album/simulation/1502740983?i=1502741316

Las Vegas Hip Hop artist Bennett dropped their latest self-produced album Stimulation in March 2020, anyone who appreciates ahead of the curve ambient Pop Hip Hop are undoubtedly going to want to make time for this smooth melodic release.

The title-track is the perfect introduction to Bennett’s sentimental songwriting approach and talent when it comes to pulling together a light yet immersive soundscapes which will hook you in from the first verse.

Their New Wave Trap style borrows a few vocally harmonic elements from RnB Pop, but the futuristically fresh track firmly remains in the realms of contemporary Hip Hop.

You can check out Bennett’s latest album for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud or Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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EDM and Hip Hop Combine in Anisa Pashaj’s Viscerally Charged Second Single “Eyes”

Alt Hip Hop artist Anisa Pashaj has followed on from her unforgettable debut single “Ipray” with the equally as resounding single “Eyes”. The genre-mashing vocally-led urban mix is arrestive from the first note.

By using beats which would be just as at home in a Trance mix and a crystal clear production which gives Eyes a massive sound, the instrumentals alone are entrancing. But Eyes is all about the unapologetic attitude and candid lyricism.

While Anisa Pashaj’s debut single may have given us an idea of the extent of her dynamic vocal talent, Eyes is an arrestive testament to her ability to project sheer conviction through the lyrics which flow like spoken-word poetry.

There are very few up and coming artists putting out such connectable earworms, get her on your radar.

You can check out Anisa Pashaj’s latest single Eyes for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Defragz – Cold Winter featuring Messinian: Entrancingly Caustic EDM Trap

With Rap bars which make Xzibit sound positively harmonic and driving bass-soaked beats which will give your headphones a run for their money, Defragz latest track Cold Winter featuring Messinian is an intensely arrestive unmissable feat of EDM Trap.

Despite the fiercely pulsating infusion of bass, locking into the rhythm of this harsh caustic Dubstep track is all too easy. The entrancing mix hooks you in through a melodic Hip Hop prelude before amping up the insanity in this monster of a drop. From there on out, you’re at the mercy of Defragz’s devilish ingenuity.

Cold Winter may be a fairly savage mix, but Defragz infused plenty of euphoric connectable soul, and that’s just one of the alchemic ways he offered authenticity through this deftly polished track.

You can check out Defragz’s latest single which was released on March 20th through Bass Collective Records yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Giovonni Pratt – Blessed Forever ft Clipkingz, Jermiside, L-Marr, The Starr, and Beaze.

https://giovonnipratt.bandcamp.com/track/blessed-forever

Up and coming Hip Hop artist Giovonni Pratt dropped their latest soulfully sweet single “Blessed Forever” on February 25th in collaboration with Clipkingz, Jermiside, L-Marr, The Starr, and Beaze.

Inspirational tracks which offer infectious optimism will always be essential on the airwaves. Especially when they are as nuanced and effective as Blessed Forever. You’ll hear Giovonni Pratt versing all of the ways he found positivity despite adversity. The track serves as a poignant reminder to take time out and count your own blessings.

Go ahead, do it now, or maybe soak up the soul in Blessed Forever first. The cinematically produced single will lay down succinct melodies which set the perfect tone for personal reflection, whilst the RnB Rap vocals will give you plenty of pointers on how to grasp gratitude.

You can check out Blessed Forever for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp where you’ll also be able to buy a digital copy of the track.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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EDDIE SATURN – VACATION featuring MyCompiledThoughts

If you like your music fuelled by Funk, Groove, and Soul, prepare to be enamoured by EDDIE SATURN’s latest playfully vibing mix “VACATION” featuring MyCompiledThoughts.

The world may be a little insane right now and going on vacation may be hard but listening to this warm and vibrant mix definitely isn’t. There’s little use in attempting slap a genre-label on VACATION, the soundscape transcends the archaic notion of aural constraint.

The popping melodies sit in constantly evolving beds of electronic effects and pick up momentum as the track which is sure to appease any fans of Daft Punk progresses. Yet with the experimentally melodic Indie feel, there’s very little in the way of assimilation in VACATION.

Perceptibly, co-producer Donny Darkpop pulled it out of the bag when they polished the mix which doesn’t just verse about nirvana, it takes you there.

You can check out VACATION for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Michelle Shapa – Everlasting: Soul-Soaked Alt RnB

https://open.spotify.com/album/4d12QcPIvIDJ7N8swBYk5B

Breaking Alt RnB artist Michelle Shapa’s fourth single Everlasting is a captivating cocktail of Soul, Pop, EDM and Funk which will definitely liven up your playlists.

The inspiring lyricism sits tightly against the softly intricate melodies which may share a reminiscence or two with 90s RnB artists, but tangibly, Michelle Shapa has stamped down her own signature empowering style with Everlasting. There may be plenty of energy in the vocals, but thanks to the smooth production, Everlasting is an impossibly easy track to vibe-out to.

Alt RnB fans won’t fail to find the resonance in Everlasting It’s magnetic enough to draw you in from the prelude and only loosen its grip when the track reaches the outro.

You can check out Michelle Shapa’s single Everlasting for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Loosh – Get Out the House: Polyphonic Hip Hop Pop

Loosh’s latest Alt Pop single “Get Out the House” is exactly what you want to hear when you hit play on a new artist.

It’s got that instantaneous draw as your mind attempts to get to grips with a beguilingly fresh new soundscape, and the progressive track has quite the aural trip in store. From polyphonic key solos to Hip Hop-style grooves to moodily convictive Alt Pop vocals, Get Out the House contains it all plus plenty of other intricate nuances which affirm that Loosh puts innovation and expression at the forefront when writing their tracks.

If you’re as tired as assimilative uninspired music as I am, go and restore your faith in contemporary musicians. It may have been bad timing to release a track called Get Out of the House just before the world went into lockdown mode. Yet, we can appreciate the sentiment all the same.

You can check out Get Out the House for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kaedo – Survival of the Fittest: Candid, Hook-Filled Old School Hip Hop

Fans of smooth Old School Hip Hop will undoubtedly want to pay attention to the latest release “Survival of the Fittest” from up and coming artist Kaedo.

With a new studio album due to drop, there has never been a better time to jump on the hype around this trailblazer of an artist who perceptibly excelled in reviving old school sounds with brand-new contemporary appeal.

The atmospheric groove alone is enough to make you want to want to give Survival of the Fittest repeat attention. There are also the incredibly immersive melodic progressions which give the track an Indie vibe and the candid lyrics don’t just sting, they burn with sincerity.

You can check out Kaedo’s single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Trap and RnB Converge in YaBoyAMP’s Latest Single “HENNESSY”

Up and coming Alt RnB Hip Hop artist YaBoyAMP dropped their latest single “HENNESSY” on February 19th. Once the instrumental hooks grip you, you’ll be at the mercy of the immersive melodies in this unique convergence of Trap and RnB.

YaBoyAMP’s constantly evolving vocals switch from smooth and steady Trap bars to harmonically pitch-perfect RnB Pop vocals allowing HENNESSY to unfold as a dynamic and well-rounded hit.

The lyrics may be on the more salacious side, but that’s not to say that HENNESSY is without its romanticism. Before you reach the outro, you’ll get to appreciate the full extent of YaBoyAMP’s lyrical waxing skills. But it’s much more than just their ability to keep to perfect meter and rhyme on offer. Within the final verses, you’ll get a potent serving of undiluted soul which will stay with you for long after the track has faded to a close.

You can check out YaBoyAMP’s latest single HENNESSY for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BLINK™️ – NEED MORE: High-Vibe Slow-Tempo RnB Hip Hop

NEED MORE is just one of the mindfully inspiring tracks which you will find on breaking Hip Hop artist BLINK™️’s 2020 EP Peace of Mind.

We’re more than aware that people are apprehensive about giving new artists a chance, yet, with BLINK™️’s nuanced high-vibe Hip Hop style any urban-inclined music fans looking for chilled Hip Hop which isn’t lacking in emotion will want NEED MORE on their playlists.

The lyrical flex in NEED MORE is just as smooth as the beats which create the perfect platform for BLINK™️’s harmonically steady rap bars.
And with the polished finish on the production thanks to the deft skills of Euro, NEED MORE is a radio-ready earworm.

You can check out NEED MORE along with the rest of BLINK™️’s EP which dropped on February 27th via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast