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Electronic RnB

Brittney Crush is watching from her ‘Window’

It’s always nice to hear ‘proper’, live guitar on an electronic-based R&B track, and the guitar part on Brittney Crush’s new single ‘Window’ is a superb, delicately played and funk-driven soulful groove sitting perfectly between the electronica of synth bass and beats and Brittney’s excellent vocal part. The latter is a deep, chilled, and mellow delivery, smooth and sultry, breathy and delicious, perfectly matching the lyrical themes of female empowerment, chasing dreams, living life to the fullest, and finding love.

‘Window’ is a beautiful return to form for Brittney Crush, whose debut album ‘Chameleon’ was released to critical acclaim in 2018, followed by the singles ‘Bad Girl’, ‘Pick Them’, and ‘Big Joke’; with performances opening for soul-disco legend Gloria Gaynor, and shows at the Staples Centre (for the LA Clippers and the LA Sparks, Brittney’s home-town NBA teams), and at the Taste of Soul festival in Atlanta, good things are already happening for Brittney Crush. On the basis of ‘Window’, those good things are going to get bigger and brighter in 2021.

You can see the awesome, 1970’s-tinged video for ‘Window’ on YouTube; check out Brittney Crush, and get hold of the new single, here.

Review by Alex Holmes


Angelique ‘Let Go’ the new single from her stunning album ‘Grows Back’

Louisiana-born singer-songwriter Angelique puts her classically-trained, three-octave range to great use on her new single ‘Let Go’, a sultry, sensual R&B number with a serious soulful groove and the clever use of heavily phased synth parts and staccato stop-starts to the bass highlighting the power and timbre of Angelique’s voice.

There’s some serious Toni Braxton, Aaliyah, or the much-lamented Whitney Houston vibes across the track, deep, soaring, overlapping vocals mixing with thumping bass and a trappy little drum pattern, choral backing vocals sitting perfectly underneath Angelique’s lead. ‘Let Go’ is the perfect showcase to Angelique’s new album ‘Grows Back’, a mix of chilled R&B and upbeat disco-influenced groove. The future looks extremely bright for Angelique.

Hear ‘Let Go’, and the rest of ‘Grows Back’, on Spotify. Follow Angelique on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

Michelle Shapa – Everlasting: Soul-Soaked Alt RnB

Breaking Alt RnB artist Michelle Shapa’s fourth single Everlasting is a captivating cocktail of Soul, Pop, EDM and Funk which will definitely liven up your playlists.

The inspiring lyricism sits tightly against the softly intricate melodies which may share a reminiscence or two with 90s RnB artists, but tangibly, Michelle Shapa has stamped down her own signature empowering style with Everlasting. There may be plenty of energy in the vocals, but thanks to the smooth production, Everlasting is an impossibly easy track to vibe-out to.

Alt RnB fans won’t fail to find the resonance in Everlasting It’s magnetic enough to draw you in from the prelude and only loosen its grip when the track reaches the outro.

You can check out Michelle Shapa’s single Everlasting for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Santyna – FREE style: Evocatively Snaring, Darkly Contemporary RnB

With the snaring evocative nature of Santyna’s vocals, there was very little need to add frills to her stripped-back soulfully raw single “FREE style”. The essence of the single lies in the magnetism of hearing her candid lyrical confession which will pull you in right from the prelude.

“FREE style” was just one of the singles to feature on the up and coming RnB artist’s 2019 EP “VENIN” which simply oozes with contemporary appeal. By using an emotively compelling RnB structure for her soundscape and lacing it with moody Electronic Pop tones and a nuanced infusion of Trap, Santyna created a distinctive hit which demands repeat attention.

With a 2020 album on the horizon, you’ll want to get her on your radar sooner rather than later.

You can check out FREE style along with the rest of Santyna’s 4-track EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast