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Ivory Blue – Wole: Sun-Kissed Afropop-Infused Hip Hop

While you’ll usually struggle to find authenticity within up-tempo party Afropop Hip Hop, with Ivory Blue’s recently released rhythmically arrestive drop “Wole” you’ll find all of the danceable euphoria you could possibly ask for.

The sun-kissed record is an offering of pure soul. Whether you look to the shimmering warm melodies or Ivory Blue’s sweet and sensuous vocals, you’re sure to find a connection with the soundscape. The production also plays a heavy hand in ensuring that Ivory Blue’s pioneering approach to the genre resonates just as it should.

With elements of world music and multilingual vocals in Wole, it’s a refreshing breakaway from monocultural Western Hip Hop.

You can check out Ivory Blue’s Afropop-infused high vibe offering of Hip Hop for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All Music Dance Pop Reggae

Wicked Penman – Summer JAM 19: A Summer Dancehall Pop Playlist Essential

Wicked Penman’s latest Dancehall Reggae Pop single “Summer JAM 19” is exactly what it says on the tin. Yet, the track title doesn’t allude to just how visceral, vibrant, and effortlessly euphoric the London-based, Jamaican-born artist’s latest release is.

Wicked Penman allowed different cultures to converge in his soundscape as well as allowing different eras of rhythm to come together in a track which simultaneously offers nostalgia alongside a smooth, polished contemporary feel.

Rather than just offering the usual summer hit lyrics which barely scratch the surface of superficiality, Wicked Penman took Summer JAM 19 as an opportunity to create a meaningful hit which celebrates positive memories. Yet, it certainly isn’t your average forced ‘feel good’ hit; Summer JAM 19 offers plenty of soul, and it has every potential to become your new summer earworm.

You can check out Wicked Penman’s latest drop Summer JAM 19 for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All Music Dance Hip hop Reggae

Otr Marr Offers Sun-Soaked Dancehall Hip Hop with Latest single “Hustler”

Up and coming Reggae Hip Hop artist Otr Marr dropped their latest single “Hustler” on June 30th, 2019 offering a fresh new mix of sun-soaked Dancehall-infused urban rhythm which is well worth considering for any summer playlists.

The lyrics may not be the most exposing or poignant, yet, Hustler is a track which is all about the smooth and easy rhythmic grind which is all too tempting to get lost in. The organic style of percussion allows Hustler to resonate as an accessibly cathartic hit which is incredibly natural and bordering on primal. Otr Marr has a perceptible amount of melodic command in Hustler which provides plenty of promise for their potential as a recording artist.

You can check out the official video to the latest track from Otr Marr for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All Music Dance Reggae

Megaalyfe drops their latest lyrically deep, rhythmically uplifting Dancehall track “24hrs”

Whatever kind of day you’re having, it’s highly likely that it could be improved by hitting play on the latest single from up and coming Dancehall artist Megaalyfe. “24hrs” is a lyrically exposing and emotionally uplifting mix which soaks you with sun-drenched exotic rhythm and charismatic energy.

If there’s any track which can make modern life frustrations seem futile, it’s 24hrs; which certainly isn’t your average Reggae Dancehall track. Instead of allowing repetition to bulk up the lyrics, 24hrs hits you with sincerity and passionate intent thanks to the depths of the lyrics and it becomes perceptible that pouring good vibes into a soundscape is practically second nature to Megaalyfe. If Megaalyfe is the one to bring in the new wave of Dancehall, the genre is in an incredibly safe pair of hands.

You can check out Megaalyfe’s latest single 24hrs for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All Music Reggae RnB

JayQ The Legend – Body Talk (Raw): A Summer Reggae Playlist Essential

Summer is upon us, naturally, that means we’ll be treated to plenty of sun-soaked Reggae-infused R&B beats which will become the soundtrack to our summer. One big contender for a spot in the Summer charts is JayQ The Legend’s debut 2019 single Body Talk. The single keeps the sentiment simple, yet at the same time JayQ The Legend offers enough lyrical ingenuity to make his debut resonate with the listener.

Even though Jayq The Legend cooked up a track which will undoubtedly become a playlist essential for many people, Distinctively, the lyrics gave the track an almost freestyle quality which puts you closer to the sound and allowed you to appreciate JayQ The Legend as an authentic artist even more.

You can check out Jayq The Legend’s single Body Talk for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All Music Dance Reggae

Dancehall Rhythm Meets Deep House Bass In VYBER’s Latest Release C’MON

If Dancehall rhythms alone weren’t infectious enough for you, up and coming artist VYBER has smashed together a fierce party hit using elements of Deep House along with the magnetic pull of Dancehall beat.

“C’MON” is a mix which commands instantaneous immersion, there’s plenty of influence from the likes of Shabba Ranks, Supah Cat, and Beres along with plenty of unique euphoric distinction from VYBER. The siren blares, the bass-heavy smacks of the 808s, and the Deep House unrelenting momentum is fed into the track which stands as a testament to VYBER’s experimentalism. But the US-based, Honduras-born artist, isn’t your ordinary artist, as a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and producer, VYBER is able to pull together each unique aspect of his sound with his deft command of anthemics.

Dare I say Afro roots have never been so danceable?

You can check out VYBER’s veracious new mix for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All Music Dance Reggae

Knoja’s Reggae Dancehall Drop “Still Alive”

If you want to liven up your winter playlists with Knoja’s latest single “Still Alive” which just so happens to be a sun-soaked sublime offering of Reggae Dancehall paired with infectiously upbeat lyricism.

While Still Alive is a fairly archetypal track for its genre, Knoja manages to set himself apart when it comes to the depth of the lyrics which gel with the rhythmic beats to offer introspective to inspire. If you’re a fan of Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, and Spice you’ll definitely want to take the time to slip into the up and coming artist’s unadulteratedly sweet aural offering.

You can check out the official video to Knoja’s latest single Still Alive which dropped December 24th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Keep up to date with Knoja’s latest releases by following him via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All Music Dance Reggae

Hussla D & King Jammy – Skanking in The Dancehall: The Rhythmically Sweet Fluidity of Dancehall

There aren’t many up and coming artists putting out Dancehall beats these days, certainly not ones as fresh as Hussla D and King Jammy’s latest single “Skanking in the Dancehall” which was released October 9th.

With the perfect bounce, the fluid melody carried through the track around the offbeat rhythm, accompanied by vocals which sat in perfect synergy with the beat. The collaborative effort created the perfect Dancehall beat which pays ode to the roots of the genre, yet the intricacy and experimentalism when it came to the instrumental arrangement gave the sound a contemporary kick. So, if you’re looking for a feel-good sun-soaked hit now we’re in the grips of Autumn look no further than Hussla D and King Jammy’s potent mix of good vibes.

You can check out the official video to Skanking in the Dancehall by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All Music Reggae

PLAYTODAY – In Paris: Summer Soaked Breakbeats

In Paris is the latest single from the up and coming Electro Dancehall artist PLAYTODAY. As you listen to the track unfold, you can’t help but get caught up in the feel-good vibes which flow throughout the progression of the short but sweet mix. Whilst the production quality was raw and lo fi, this only added to the quintessential charm and soul of In Paris.

Whilst the lyricism brought the romanticism, the beats brought the groove and the pure visceral energy which hits you with every kick of the 808’s against the synth driven beat. Summer may be coming to an end, yet, I have a feeling that with his unique style PLAYTODAY is going to stick around for quite some time. Finding the same amount of originality he’s bringing to the table would be like finding a needle in a SoundCloud rapper’s haystack.

You can check out PLAYTODAY’s latest single In Paris for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All Music Dance Reggae

LamZieBoy – Who? The Ultimate Head Spinning Dancehall Hit

Urban smash hit Who? Was released back in 2017 as LZB’s debut single, and we just loved his urban sound ringing in our ears. The North London based rapper flows with an elementally raucous pace in his mid-tempo rhythm-soaked mixes. His sounds have been keeping Islington’s Urban scene alight with his assortment of different sounds he uses to compose pounding beats, that makes the rest of his competition seem pretty weak! You can hear all of the singer songwriter and composers sounds in his latest hit, from Old School Reggae to 90’s R&B, Dancehall to 00’s Grime it’s got it all.

LZB’s sound is one that will take you on a trip back in time as well as being a vision into the future of Urban mixes. His experimental style and pace is certainly not something the scene are going to forget in a hurry. LZB has already preformed his mixes in various venues around London, where fans get to hear his blazing mixes first hand by the natural performer.

Check out Who? And LZB’s other stand out singles Post to Be & Jump & wave via Spotify:

Review by Amelia Vandergast