Cleveland, Ohio Pop, RnB and hip hop fusionist CSC Papi is set to drop his most evocative track to date with his latest single, Chauffer. The reverb-drenched atmospheric track puts emotion at the forefront, but the dak moody RnB track is all about the ensnaring hooks that pull you right into the soul of the mix.
His masterful vocal canter and commitment to creating synergy between instrumentals, vocals and lyrics, ensured that Chauffer hit hard and hit like no other. The radio-ready single deserves to go viral.
Alt RnB artist Gybz has released his viscerally raw single, Sad Boy Hours, which reflects on our tendency to seek superficial pleasure when we are at our lowest points.
The striking lyrical honesty paired with the suitably harsh electronica textures in the dark RnB track pulls you in deeper to the single that floors you with lines such as “Don’t take it so personal, I want it to be heartless”.
After so many artists have romanticised exactly what Gybz strips the glamour from in Sad Boy Hours, calling the Manchester-based artist revolutionary is far from hyperbolic.
Sad Boy Hours was released on July 29th; it is now available to stream on all major platforms via this link.
UK-based RnB artist Soul has made an ethereally dark contribution to the genre with the release of the standout single, move on. The steady, deadpan vocals occupy plenty of space in the soundscape that finds its structure through downtempo, melodic trap beats.
Soul may be fresh from his inception, but the self-taught artist is discernibly well-practised in the art of expression. His melancholy-erring sound extends compassion instead of self-apathy while he explores the dark places our minds can take us to.
We’ve come a long way in recent years with opening up the conversation around mental health. Raw tracks such as move on are only going to make it easier to break the stigma and move away from our tendency to leave mental scars on people we once found affection for.
For his latest single, the international artist Sellah (Whitney-Michael McCloud) reworked Frank Ocean’s iconic single, Thinkin Bout You; he well and truly made the soundscape his own while still keeping the soulfully alchemic appeal of the original burning right through the release.
With the darker and more reverberant beats paired with Sellah’s stunning vocal range and the sweet sentimentality that he brings to the single through his deep emotional connection to it, it’s impossible not to be drawn in.
The artist, brand manager and editor-in-chief for IMMO magazine has set his sights on becoming a household name. After hearing his Thinkin Bout You cover, it is safe to say that he is on the right trajectory.
The seriously stylistic official video that premiered on YouTube on June 11th has already amassed over 14,000 streams. Check it out for yourselves here.
23-year-old singer-songwriter and producer Cael Dadian has been gracing the airwaves with his alternative take on RnB since 2017. His most recent work, such as his standout single, this sucks, is a testament to how much he has honed in on his sonic and lyrical talent in recent years. Along with creating radio-ready singles, he has also produced scores for brands such as Facebook and MAC Cosmetics.
Dadian’s plaintively rich vocals, that will be a hit with fans of Hozier, Jack Johnson and Ray Lamontagne, draw you right into the heart of the alt-RnB single that pulls in nuances of indie and art-rock. Instead of using the same old melodies that we’ve been overfed since the 90s in this sucks, Dadian’s instrumentals are just as gripping and intricate as Thom Yorke’s. The tender neo-classic touch to the keys flawlessly demonstrate Dadian’s virtuosic command of melody, that is sure to see him go far in 2021 and beyond.
this sucks is now available to stream via Spotify.
Before making his solo debut, Margate, UK-based hip hop artist, Elliot Danger Kid worked alongside the likes of Sean Paul, Little Mix, Take That and Clean Bandit. Now that he’s in control of his own sound, he’s cooking up quirky RnB hip hop hits; the perfect introduction to his eccentric sound is his latest single, Much Too Much.
Much Too Much grooves with summer disco vibes that fans of Chance the Rapper, Tyler, the Creator and Mac Miller will appreciate. The soul in the 80s synth-crafted release resonates just as much through Elliot Danger Kid’s expressively playful instrumental and vocal style as it does the honest and hard-hitting lyrics.
If your summer RnB playlists are already feeling a little stale, make this gospel-inspired track a staple.
Much Too Much is now available to stream via Spotify.
‘Pantomime’ is the latest quirky, jazz-instilled RnB soul track from the up and coming alternative North-East based ensemble, Cache-Cache; an artist quickly becoming renowned for their quintessentially eclectic sound. It’s theatrical without feeling novel or pretentious, thanks to the playful sense of accessibility behind the grooves that were made to melt into.
You’d probably need a serious concussion to forget the lyrical hook-filled chorus. After Pantomime has demonstrated its earworm potential, the grimy, gritty, almost nu-metal-style rap bars allow the track to take a tectonic shift in tone, leaving you even more immersed in the colourful melodies.
Pantomime is due for release on June 4th; you can check it out via YouTube.
Joe Amoroso, AKA Oso, is a Queens, New York-residing RnB artist bringing the genre into the 21st-century with his crossover beats and old school RnB grooves.
His new material features multi-platinum artists and a multi-platinum feel, the perfect introduction to his slick and affectionate style is his single, ‘Over the Moon’, featuring Eric Bellinger. It’s a high-vibe salacious vignette of contemporary culture told through lush harmonised vocals and unpredictably galvanising beats.
Oso may have some tough competition in the New York RnB scene, but he’s well on his way to reaching the same heights as Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys and Mario. Get him on your radar.
You can check out the official music video that premiered on May 27th by heading over to YouTube.
MiLES.’ latest genre-bending single, Wherever it Is, dug its heels right into the roots of soul, borrowed a few surf rock tones and revived timeless, dreamy, jazzy-sun-kissed melodies on synths, guitars and drums.
To say that the single is just as experimental as Mr Bungle’s album, California, wouldn’t be a stretch but the straight from the soul crooning on offer here will undoubtedly be a hit with any fans of Frank Ocean, Tyler, the Creator and Steve Lacy.
Making this single infinitely more impressive, the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer only picked up a guitar for the first time in August 2020; the distinction in the mellifluous progressions may try to convince you otherwise.
MiLES.’ latest single is due for release on May 28th; you can hear it for yourselves here.
21-year-old singer-songwriter Sirota is set to release her debut alt-RnB-Pop EP, ‘Grey’; an exploration of the transitional moments in early adulthood which teach us a thing or two about self-reflection. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more self-aware artist on the airwaves.
The standout single, ‘Matches’, showcases the best of the South Brooklyn born and raised artist’s talent when it comes to painting vivid imagery with her lyricism. With the repetition of lines such as, “You just want to love me and burn”, Sirota normalises the experience of being disposed of while proving that it is possible to take being burned in your stride. The jazz-infused RnB pop instrumentals easily parallel the affable nature of the vocals through infectious electronically crafted melodies that will hazily linger in your mind for days.
Matches will be available to stream from May 21st. You can check it out for yourselves via Spotify.