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Satchit – Stargaze: Hypnotically Sublime Alt Indie RnB

If you haven’t already jumped on the hype of UK-based Alt RnB Soul artist Satchit, there’s never been a better time to do so after the release of their latest single “Stargaze”.

With constantly evolving guitar tones against solid Trap beats and plenty of layers of mesmerising ingenuity in between, Stargaze is utterly hypnotic.

With guitars which progress from winding bluesy licks to Shoegaze/Post-Punk cutting tonality, you never know which way you’re going to get seamlessly pulled next. And that’s all without mention to Satchit’s smooth vocals which find the perfect synergistic level in the mix.

So few RnB artists are willing to go so distinctive with their sound. But Satchit’s bold experimentalism more than paid off in this dreamy mellifluous mix. It’s a uniquely beguiling earworm which will most definitely be played on repeat now I’ve got a taste of the artist’s sonorously captivating charm.

You can check out the official music video to Satchit’s latest single which premiered on January 24th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Queen of Sultry RnB Hip Hop Lullabies T’Via Has Dropped Her Second Single “10”

RnB Hip Hop artist T’Via has followed on from the success with her debut single with the equally as harmonically sweet track “10”. She’s already made plenty of waves with her unique brand of “lullaby-Esque RnB”. But something tells me that she has only just started on her quest to dominate the airwaves with her sultry yet soothing tones.

The prelude to the single kicks off with an instantaneous melodic guitar hook which draws you into the concordantly dreamy mix from the first few notes. The equally as mellifluous verses and the earworm choruses allow you to stay hooked in the deep grooves of T’Via’s authentically polished sound. Even the harsh lashings off bass which were infused into 10 couldn’t take away the sublime serenity of listening to T’Via’s vocals.

You can check out T’Via’s single 10 for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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C.Miller – Whine feat Pharaoh London, Spitta Zay and B.Surius

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Shimmering high-vibe Hip Hop doesn’t come much sweeter than what you’ll find on US-based artist C.Miller’s debut album “Vibes”.

Their standout single “Whine” which was created in collaboration with Pharaoh London, Spitta Zay and B.Surius is the perfect introduction to their smooth warm approach to RnB soaked Hip Hop. The ambient and light beats come with the perfect polish. They also offer a synergetic platform for the vocalists to lay down their dynamic vocals upon. If you like smooth flowing Hip Hop, look no further.

After you hear this 2018 release, you’ll be joining us in the hope that C.Miller has more urban earworms up their sleeve to drop in 2020.

You can check out C.Miller’s track Whine along with the rest of the album via Apple Music

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MUSTIE – Fantasma; Neo-Soul Meets Experimental Electronica

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Up and coming Sheffield-based experimental artist and producer MUSTIE is set to release their debut album “Chaos Energy” in Spring 2020. They’ve been generous enough to treat us to a preview of the soulful experimentalism contained in the standout single “Fantasma”.

Perceptibly, MUSTIE chose an incredibly apt title for their meltingly mellifluous soundscape. Unlike most genre-defying experimentally orchestrated singles, it’s all too easy to immerse yourself in the unpredictable melodies in Fantasma. If this is the future of soul music, we’re definitely here for it.

You’ll have to wait until March 31st to check out the Chaos Energy album for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out some of their blissfully cathartic earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Moniaire – Push It: A Debut of Smooth Rhythmic RnB-Soaked Hip Hop

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Up and coming Hip Hop artist Moniaire dropped her debut EP “20/20 Vision” on January 1st. If you think the EP title pun is ingenious, wait until you hear the standout single Push It In.

By switching between RnB Pop style harmonic vocals and unflinchingly authoritative Rap verses, Push It In offers attitude alongside soul in a way which may have been done before, but it’s never quite been done like this before. Moniaire found the perfect balance between sultrily poised and convictive and arrestive to ensure that this track stays with you for long after it has faded to a close. As for the instrumentals, they’re atmospherically melodic from start to finish. Push It In may have a slight 90s RnB vibe, but it’s still a perfect fit for your 2020 playlists.

You can check out Push It for yourselves along with the rest of Moniaire’s EP for yourselves via Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Emanuel Brown – Infatuation: Viscerally Evocative Hip Hop  

Visceral emotion may not be easily found in Hip Hop. But in Emanuel Brown’s smoothly soulful new release “Infatuation” you’ll get a potent hit.

The up and coming artist has surpassed the usual levels of emotion found in Hip Hop with their absorbingly expressive vocals. The beats also play a heavy hand in setting the buttery smooth and slick atmospheric tone in Infatuation. With RnB elements weaved into the mix, Infatuation offers both resounding conviction and magnetic sultry romanticism which definitely doesn’t fail to resonate.

You can check out Infatuation for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now. Make sure to give Emanuel Brown a follow, they’re a prolific production machine. It’s never all too long before they drop another fire hit.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dhyan – Speak of the Devil: Atmospherically Tantalising RnB Soul

With their recent releases, up and singer-songwriter Dhyan has demonstrated that whatever kind of urban soundscape they put their mind to, it is executed to perfection.

“Speak of the Devil” isn’t typical of their other releases. But it is a tantalisingly dark feat of RnB Soul which comes with plenty of atmospheric mesmerism. The tonality steeps the soundscape with a sombre bluesy vibe which isn’t too far from what you can expect from artists such as Hozier. Yet, there are still plenty of quintessential RnB Soul elements to grasp to as the smooth mix works its way through its cathartically downtempo duration.

Speak of the Devil is a perfect example of how resonant, raw, and real RnB can be in the 21st century.

You can check out Speak of the Devil along with the rest of Dhyan’s album The Sun Never Says for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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London-based artist Andre DS has dropped their latest RnB Trap Earworm “9 to 5”

London-based alt urban artist Andre DS kicked off their latest smoothly melodic track “9 to 5” with a pensive Indie guitar prelude which is sure to please any fans of Yelawolf.

Through a combination of unapologetically gritty lyrics and rhythmic Indie Trap beats, Andre DS created an incredibly accessible single. Usually finding any amount of personable soul within the genre can be like finding a needle in a haystack. But Andre DS definitely didn’t fail to deliver.

From the first verse, you’re sucked into the winding rhythms and captivated by their harmonic vocals which offer plenty of playful charisma. By the time you get to the outro, you’ll be as psyched as us to have Andre on your radar.

You can check out 9 to 5 for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sugar Joiko Has Put the Harmonics Back in RnB with her Latest Single “Want Me”

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“Want Me” is the fourth single to be released from up and coming LA-based singer-songwriter Sugar Joiko. If you like your RnB harmonic, you’re in for a smooth urban treat.

Want Me keeps to a slow tempo which amplifies the soulful depths of each contemporary, stylistic note in the vibrant multi-layered mix. The vocals may offer plenty of 90s nostalgia. Yet, the Modern trap beats create a fresh funky platform for Sugar Joiko’s dynamic vocals.

What also came as a refreshing surprise was the way the soundscape consistently evolved through the extended track duration. Extended tracks are fairly uncommon in RnB, but Sugar Joiko’s track proved just how resolving they can be with Want Me.

You can check out Sugar Joiko’s latest single by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Van Den Wolfe – Rising to the Top ft. Jessie Wagner: Funk-Driven Alt RnB

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Alt RnB artist Van Den Wolfe has made their debut with the Funk-laden album “MALBEC & BLAZE”. While each of the vibrantly groove-deep singles will speak to your soul, the perfect introduction to the artist’s nostalgically vintage sound is “Rising to the Top” featuring vocals from Jessie Wagner.

Jessie’s Soaring Pop vocals perfectly complement the bed of 80s inspired synth-pop which is joined by plenty of bendy acoustic bass licks. Yet, the most potent hit of aural alchemy is waiting for in the outro as you’re treated to guitar riffs which match the arrestive awe infused into the mix by Jessie’s vocals.

Rising to the Top is a track which keeps on giving. Van Den Wolfe’s technical ability is one thing. Their ability to make their soundscapes scream with soulful effervescent ingenuity is another thing.

If you check out any debut album from and up and coming artist this year, make it this one.

You can check out Rising to the Top along with the rest of the debut album from Van Den Wolfe by heading over to their website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast