From Laderis Lorne’s new single, ‘Heartbreak (The Pain Of It All)’, ‘Heartbreak’ ,the title track, is a call to a lost lover, an ode to – as you might expect – heartbreak and sorrow, the end of a relationship, and longing and recrimination amidst the ‘what ifs’. Hailing from Oklahoma, Edwin ‘Laderis’ Lorne delivers two tracks of open, honest insight into life and loss amidst the swells of synths and thundering TR808 beats.
Horne’s got some flow, a sweet high register just bordering on falsetto at times, and a nice set of lyrical metaphors to go with his beats and basslines, and ‘Heartbreak’ is soft yet aggressive, wanting yet indignant, and all over downright fly.
NYC-based artist, Kira Rizavi’s unique spin on RnB is as soulful as it is forceful. Her latest single, ‘Fly’ exhibits her tendency to meld the old-school roots of soul with her contemporary attitude, to resounding effect.
Through the vivacity in her vocals, her introspective-deep lyrics aren’t just inspiring, they’re empowering. If any up and coming artist has what it takes to keep RnB on-trend and undeniably authentic, it’s Kira Rizavi. By taking influence from icons such as Diana Ross, Fergie and Grimes, Kira Rizavi found the power in her own distinctive voice.
Cambridgeshire vocalist, songwriter, and clothing empresario Triple Six Steve joins forces here with producer OneWish for their first collaborative single, part a project to release multiple styles and musical ideas all held together by the Sabotage (Triple Six’s promotions company) ‘Twisted Soul’ sound running through each release. Originally promoted as a fan pledge, the single easily reached its target, and with extremely good reason – it’s a gorgeous little lite jazzy hip hop groove, easy and chilled with Steve’s soulful flow sitting atop vaguely melancholy piano and pulled-back beats.
It’s reminiscent of ‘3 years…’era Arrested Development, or maybe a little of that Fugees groove (minus Lauren, of course). It’s a hugely commercial track, crying out for airplay and a wider audience, but that in no way detracts from the soul or groove – this is a genuine slice of mellow groove hip hop that simply deserves to be heard.
If R&B got drunk on Cristal one night and ended up in a lost-weekend New York hotel-room tryst with smooth jazz, then the unexpected offspring a few months later might sound very much like Landon Sears and ‘Shea’; a mix of Blue Note deep groove jazz, smooth R&B, and a little touch of old-skool hip-pop thrown in for good measure. ‘Shea’ has one of the catchiest pop choruses dropped so far this year (so much so that we’ve been singing it for the last couple of hours since first hearing the track), a perfect emotive story in the ‘shea butter lotion/the scent she leaves my home with/whenever I undress her’ lyrical hook.
Sears’ vocal is superb, suiting the track perfectly, sounding chilled, easy, and languorous atop the horns, grooving bass, and Rhodes piano, the track overall sexy, sensual, and fun, clearly having as good a time as, it seems, Sears and his fictional fragranced heroine.
If ever a track had the perfect crossover of serious musical credibility, groove, and sheer radio-friendly commerciality, it’s Landon Sears’ ‘Shea’. The album ’88.1’ from which it comes was released on January 30th(Sears’ birthday); you can hear ‘Shea’, and the rest of ’88.1’, on Soundcloud. Follow Landon Sears on Instagram and Facebook.
Mali Hâf’s magnetic attitude burns right through her latest offering of stylish bass-driven RnB electronic pop, ‘Refreshing’ featuring Shamoniks. With reverberant intensely layered beats beneath her vocals which soar with reminiscences of Nelly Furtado and Natasha Bedingfield, there’s a nice ode to 00s RnB within the distinctively arrestive hit.
On the basis of Refreshing, Welsh singer-songwriter Mali Hâf has all the potential to join the likes of Marina and the Diamonds, Cerys Matthews and Nina Persson in the ranks of iconic Welsh artists. She’s already in possession of strikingly sultry vocal dynamics which don’t just pull you into a sonic experience, but the emotion it was created with. She’s definitely one to watch.
Refreshing is now available to stream via Spotify.
With her latest Alt-RnB single, ‘Coping’, Californian singer-songwriter, Gabby Neeley, smashed a plethora of soul-pop archetypes. By forgoing passivity, she justified coining the term ‘moody-soul-pop’; the unfaltering attitude which resonates in the vocals is scarcely contained; and the track is all the better for it. It’s raw, it’s organic, and it’s the perfect introduction to an admirably bold artist with the potential to flood your playlists with positive perception-shifting introspection.
Coping is far more than just another RnB-track-by-numbers kind of deal, the experimentalism in the atypical progressions and complete unpredictability of the soundscape captures Gabby Neeley’s sincere approach to song writing.
Opening with some seriously emotive koto-like strings before the beautiful female vocal kicks in, backed by some ephemeral sounds and those haunting picked string notes, ‘Suicidal Starlight’ is the opening track from Indiana-based producer-singer-songwriter Jiwhan Kim’s new EP ‘World’.
Trancey, Ambient, and otherworldly, ‘Suicidal Starlight’ is a beautiful track, spacy and relaxing yet uplifting and hopeful all at once. Kim aims to become a world-class producer and composer, and on the basis of ‘Suicidal Starlight’, and the rest of ‘World’, he’s on exactly the right trajectory.
You can hear ‘Suicidal Starlight’, and the rest of the ‘World’ EP, on Spotify. Check out Jiwhan Kim on Instagram.
Ideaad6 broke into the Pop scene in 2019, as 2020 drew to a close, he dropped his experimentally conceptual album, 35MM, which gives a panoramic view of his all-encompassing approach to production.
The standout track, Renaissance, is the perfect introduction to Ideaad6’s raw, compelling and intimate sound. With classical strings weaving ethereal atmosphere in the trappy electronic track which pulls in gritty nuances of Alt Rock and RnB, Renaissance may be a genre-defying track, but the accessibility was never compromised in the entrancing hook-laden hit.
Describing a track as hard-hitting and soulfully hypnotic should be a paradox, Ideaad6’s alchemic approach makes it a transfixing upraising reality.
Up and coming US Rap artist 3HRE premiered the music video to their latest single ‘Save Me’ on December 15th, ‘mindful and conscious’ Hip Hop may be in trend right now, but 3HRE raised the bar with his conceptually perception shifting hit which has the capacity to seismically shift your attitude around salvation.
It allows you to see most of the people who claim to be drowning as people who waded into the water themselves. With the female vocals crying out for sanctity from themselves along with 3HRE’s Rap bars offering lyrical gold such as ‘Don’t put your trust in another human being because they will never save you’, describing Save Me as a powerful single seems like a criminal understatement.
The artist’s proclivity to lend inspiration from gritty and convictive artists such as Nas and Rakim along with optimism-inspiring Christian Hip Hop artists allows you to experience the best of both worlds. Additionally, save me is as stunning in sentiment as it is in sound.
You can check out the official video to Save Me by heading over to YouTube.
Jaron Smalls’ standout release ‘Vibes Only’ may be a short, sweet and succinct hit, but the weight of emotion allows the modern mix of RnB, Trap, Pop and Soul to hit harder than any archetypal stylistically-uninspired RnB track ever could.
The boundlessly dynamic artist has proven himself to be the vibe alchemist that everyone needs on the airwaves and their playlists in 2021 and beyond. If Jaron Smalls isn’t already on your radar, with his ability to offer arrestive escapism as you fall into his soundscapes, your sanity may ultimately depend on their amorously accessible sound.
You can check out Vibes Only for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.