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Kwonrad – Vanilla & Honey: A Dreamy Melodious Debut from a Trailblazing US Duo

Tracks such as the debut single from San Francisco-based artist Kwonrad remind you just how powerful dreamy melodious music can be.

Vanilla & Honey” feels like an act of pure indulgence when you hit play. The immersive gravity starts with delicately light and warmly textured notes which trickle under Hunter Conrad’s soul-soothing vocals. The accordance carved on the guitar is equally as hypnotic. Finishing off the soundscape is the rhythmically intoxicating prowess of Alec Kwo (keyboards, synths, bass, engineering).

Any fans of improvisation offering artists such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Stevie Wonder, and Vulfpeck will definitely want to hit play and drink in the delectable infusion of Soul, Jazz, Indie, Rock and Folk.

You can check out Kwonrad’s single Vanilla & Honey for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lil Rascal Jusi has made their debut with their dynamically ambient urban album “Broken Record”.

Lil Rascal Jusi AKA SINJUNHEE has dropped their sweet Lo-Fi debut album “Broken Record”, a collection of seven tracks which come together as a sublimely soulful melting pot of Urban culture.

From the roots of Soul to offerings of contemporary soulful RnB Trap melodies, the release offers it all. Even more distinctively, Lil Rascal Jusi offered up a different track/vibe for every day of the week.

The track which left us tension-stripped and cathartically enamoured was “Sunday: Vibing” featuring Masego. Maroon 5’s original track was a soul-soother, but Lil Racal Jusi’s rework of the chorus in Vibing gave the catchy chorus even more enamouring appeal.

There’s little room to wonder why that there’s so much hype around the artist’s modernistic Jazzy hits. He’s definitely one to watch.

You can check out Lil Rascal Jusi’s debut album for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Matilda Bond has made her RnB Soul debut with “Midnight”

Midnight is the debut release from Brighton-based Swedish RnB singer-songwriter Matilda Bond. It may be roots-deep, but that didn’t dilute the vitality of the viscerally captivating soundscape.

The accordance of the light and lofty Jazz-infused instrumentals carve sweet harmonies which exude a slick Neo-Soul groove are perfectly paired with the artists strikingly fierce vocals.

Reminiscences between Matilda Bond and Amy Winehouse are easy to make. Alluding to her magnetically fierce energy is a far harder feat. There’s a rare urgency behind her expression which affirms the level of passion projected into Midnight.

Naturally, we can’t wait to hear what comes next from the breaking artist.

You can check out Midnight which was released in April 2020 for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Keep up to date with the artist’s new releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cjvd has dropped their Funk-deep serving of RnB Soul “Nobody Else”

Cjvd has gone right back to the roots of RnB with the potent serving of soul which was projected into his latest single Nobody Else. But with the snappy solid beats in the accordantly light arrangement, he created a hit which deserves a spot on 21st-century airwaves.

The hook-filled immersive track sits at the perfect tempo to offer catharsis whilst simultaneously allowing you to lose yourself in the colourfully romantic mix.

Cjvd isn’t just on-trend with Nobody Else. He’s started his own with his accessibly sentimental Funk-deep style. And we’re definitely here for it.

You can check out Cjvd’s single Nobody Else for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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”Bang Bang” from the soulful May Devun is a message of moving on

Sometimes you just need to move on and get away from a toxic relationship that once was good. We need to be happy and being with someone that is helping us to achieve our goals. This is the only way to go. You want to feel like you are the only person in the world, not just anything or anybody.

LA’s May Devun keeps it real with ”Bang Bang”, her latest single. She describes the story of watching someone that used to mean a lot in her life. For her the time is wasted as it’s over. Finally fed up, she decides to make that decision and one that is good for her soul. With such a gorgeous voice, May cruises through this song like she is in her car, shades on and bags packed. The beat on this fits the song like a comfy glove. Everything is seamless and the audience nods their head in agreement. This is a quality track and May Devun is on the right path to achieve whatever she sets her mind to.

This is special talent so make sure that you are streaming her on SoundCloud to get the full ”Bang Bang” experience.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Fam Drops His Valentine EP Serving Up Undiluted Contemporary Soul

What better day of the year to drop a couple of smooth R&B Soul hits than on Valentine’s Day? Up and coming artist Fam hit us with two brand new tracks as part of his “Valentine” EP containing freshly sonorous vibes which may not have been as romantically steeped as classic R&B artists, but there’s no disputing that his sound belongs in 2019.

With the first track “Hoopti” Fam blended ambient Neo Soul with the contemporary kicks of Trap offering the listener an easy vibe out hit which unfolds through plenty of inventive and intricate progressions. While it wasn’t all too easy to follow the narrative of the lyrics, Hoopti didn’t fail to conjure the imagery you’d hope for from a raw R&B track.

Track two “Cupid’s Interlude” is a slightly heavier and more immersive track which allows the rhythm of the mix to hit you at the same time as notes of reticent melancholy. The clever use of vocal samples and switch ups contained within the single will ensure that the one-minute track keeps you hooked for the criminally short duration.

You can check out Fam’s Valentine EP out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast