Boston’s most empowering alt-RnB duo, The LOOP, have released their latest single, ABOUT YOU. The track serves as the perfect introduction to the teen artist’s fiery approach to their sound that melds urban pop, hip hop and RnB with the catchy and conscious wit in their lyrics.
With invaluably introspective lyrical drops, such as “confidence is more than attitude” and “why try so hard to be something you’re not”, by the outro comes around, you’ll be left with emboldening mantras tattooed inside your mind.
It takes most people a lifetime to come to the same epiphanies that Marcia Bibbins and M’Zariah Starr share through their singles. At this point, we probably shouldn’t need to point out that they are ones to watch. Especially with their tendency to artfully stamp down their signature sound in each of their releases.
‘Distant Colors’ is the latest compassionately composed single from the New York-born, Philadelphia-based alt-RnB artist, and producer, NIA. Her signature spiritualism weaved its way into the downtempo release that explores inner turmoil for the emotionally attuned. For anyone who has ever cursed the depth of their emotional intellect, Distant Colors will act as an olive branch of empathy. As NIA’s light vocal timbre falls into the echoey and reverb-drenched shimmering guitars, the solid, steady drumbeats give the track enough structure while letting the ambience breathe through. The single was written, recorded and produced at NIA’s home studio; before being mixed and mastered by Tito Orjih at Oscar’s Greenhouse.
Here’s what NIA had to say about the release:
“My single, Distant Colors, expresses the raw emotion of being in tune with our inner struggles. Not only does this downtempo R&B tune tackle the feeling of isolation; it also represents the realness of the relationship that we have with ourselves.”
NIA started songwriting at an early age; on her journey to adulthood, she’s continued to hone in on her inexplicable talent that will instantly pique the interest of fans of Sade. Shortly after graduating from Shippensburg University, she established her record label, Chill Room Records and formed her band, The Chill Room Band. With new material in the pipeline, she’s definitely one to watch.
Distant Colors is now available to stream on Spotify.
On November 8th, Montreal’s most luminary RnB soulstress, Annie Christina, launched her debut album, Beautiful Words Came to Form Havoc, on Bandcamp ahead of the official December 2021 release.
The lead track, Take Me Far Away, is a quiescently meditative soundscape that resonates like the calm after a storm. The Canadian singer-songwriter, producer and DJ has taken a structurally experimental approach to her music since her debut but it truly shines through in the ambience of Take Me Away, which falls away from the ABABCB structure and grooves through dreamy experimental progressions which tie in nuances of dream pop, trip-hop.
Take Me Far Away is now available to stream and purchase on Bandcamp.
Atlanta-based alt-folk singer-songwriter, Maq has made her debut with the experimentally blissful RnB track, Kaleidoscope. Her producer, Yoko, notably shared her vision of disrupting aural norms; by taking the majority of the focus away from the smoothly layered vocals, Kaleidoscope became a soundscape that you can’t help melting into.
We hope there’s plenty more soul-infused catharsis in the pipeline from this ambiently Avant singer-songwriter & producer duo who peruse art over perfection and narratives over hooks; they’re the ultimate indie power couple.
Melbourne’s most mellifluous singer-songwriter and artist, Elysia, has released her soulful alt-RnB serenade, Cherry Moon, which melodically translates the conversation between two infatuated souls exploring the blossoming stages of a relationship.
Despite the intensity of the emotion, the jazzy minimalist soundscape leaves you the opposite of over faced; the breezy quiescence of the single compels you to lean into it deeply to absorb every ounce of the elysian soul that is served with almost matchless finesse.
Elysia’s zen vibes and commitment to raw, honest expression is a breath of fresh air in our dystopic times – and we certainly aren’t the only ones to think so. The up and coming artist’s debut single amassed over 2k streams overnight, and Cherry Moon, featuring the smooth rap bars from South Side Denny discernibly has what it takes to go viral. Producer and pianist, Pastels ensured that the opulent hit was never in danger of falling flat.
Cherry Moon is due for official release on November 11th. You can check it out for yourselves on SoundCloud.
Texas-born, Atlanta-based RnB trailblazer Izzy St. Shaw has dropped his trippiest track to date with the release of his modern twist on Southern roots, Money Long. Whatever mindset you are in when you hit play, Money Long will make it sweeter as it explores the paradoxical place of money in our lives.
The wavy lo-fi RnB trap pop track comes as a result of Shaw’s eclectic affinity for Coldplay, Tame Impala and Kendrick Lamar, and, of course, his authentic talent that we can’t wait to hear more of. He’s got the soul, he’s got the style, and the lyrical intellect. What more could you possibly ask for?
The official video for Money Long dropped on October 14th; you can check it out for yourselves via YouTube.
Taken off his first EP for seven long years called ‘Curfew Flowers‘, Wayne Tennant thought his whole world was falling apart but ultimately he found his true love for music again with the inspiring message sprinkled with funky-cool grooves that is ‘Sun and Moon‘.
Wayne Tennant is a Montreal, Canada-based indie Alt-RnB solo singer-songwriter and music producer who felt inspired during the incredibly strict curfew in his home town during this tragic covid-19 pandemic.
”Sonically, it’s a fresh spin on the retro sounds of gogo music from the mid-60s, a sub-genre of funk that is now named the official music of Washington D.C. as of 2020.” ~ Wayne Tennant
This is a bright-eyed creative who seems to possess a superpower of love that is so missing in this wishy-washy world currently, as he strides through with panache and has our alerted attention firmly fixed on these Prince-like vocals and honest lyrics. The vibe is so uplifting and the energy so pure, which is just the way we ultimately like it.
‘Sun and Moon‘ from Montreal, Canada-based indie Alt-RnB solo singer-songwriter Wayne Tennant, is the type of ear-fixing song that will lift you off your gloomy frown, that shall be followed by a happy face and a brighter shine. The world fell off its axis and it was so hard to endure the doom, but it feels that so much has also been gained. Music like this, is the exactly the reason why we should be so optimistic. Freshly brewed goodness with a mood changer treat for the soul, is exactly the order of the day here.
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Up and coming alternative RnB artist TODD has made his debut with the release of his wavy trap pop track, Girl You Looking So Fly, which was originally composed as a poem to his girlfriend during lockdown.
After a trippy prelude of chords fed through tape delay echo, the vivid multi-layered mix kicks into full flow around steady trap beats and vocals which seamlessly switch between deadpan cool and RnB crooning.
The vocal samples slightly over-busy the mix; aside from that, Girl You Looking So Fly is a stellar indie RnB debut in every conceivable way.
Girl You Looking So Fly will be officially released on October 8th 2021.
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Medusahas been the muse of countless creatives, but few have paid ode to her powerful mystique as aptly as Dj. K-Phil did with his latest RnB single, created in collaboration with Waxtheproducer & Rocky Sandoval.
The single is a soulfully-lavish mash of RnB, trap and moody alt-pop that goes further than keeping in line with contemporary trends. The old school sense of unbridled passion is perceptible in the lyrics and vocals; what sets the release leagues apart from the rest is the resonant sense of despondency and realism when it comes to modern affection. It is impossible not to get hooked on K-Phil’s sound; he could easily reach the same heights as Yungblud and Lil Nas X with their fusing of alt and urban textures. Save a spot on your radar.
Check out Medusa for yourselves by heading over to apple music.
Moody soul-pop may sound like a paradox, but that is exactly what up and coming artist Stef Amadeus served in her latest single, Can’t Stop, which blends contemporary dark electro-pop stylings with her imploringly powerful vocal timbre.
When she effortlessly stretches to the high notes, her harmonies carry the arresting appeal of Kate Bush; through the verses, she’ll treat you to a far more vocally vulnerable performance that breathes life into the all too relatable vocals. Can’t Stop is sure to resonate with anyone who finds themselves harbouring an avoidant personality through lines such as ‘you will never break my heart if I never even let you through, I can’t stop avoiding you’.
Amadeus’ talent is only matched by her emotional intellect that raised the airwaves’ collective IQ with the release of Can’t Stop.
The official music for Can’t Stop is now available to stream via YouTube.