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Dan B. and Zorenzo teamed up to cook up a powerfully sobering feat of Indie RnB Hip Hop “Please”

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After a string of successful singles, up and coming US Rap artist Dan B. has dropped a firestorm of a hit with his latest release “Please” featuring Zorenzo.

Every time I hear a contemporary track tackling current issues, I feel my perspectives shift. After hearing Please, my perspective took a seismic transposition. The slow and evocatively compelling feat of RnB Hip Hop is sure to hit a nerve if you have a shred of empathy left Their sobering introspection which shows just how deeply systemic racism is ingrained within our society will leave you grounded, but Please is anything but your usual morose RnB single. It’s empowering, it’s comforting, and importantly it’s educational.

I’m not ashamed to say that I couldn’t make it to the end of the mix with dry eyes. The stunning Alt-Rock instrumentals which lay down absorbing riffs behind the solid structure of the drumbeats are the perfect sweetener to this sobering hit.

There’s also plenty to say about the poetic air to Dan B.’s lyrics. I could tell you all about it, but you’ve got ears. You can check out Dan B.’s latest single Please which dropped on June 17th for yourselves via apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SLSTRSS has released her fiercely empowering Neo-Soul single “Better”

Up and coming Neo-Soul artist SLSTRSS dropped the music video for her seminal single Better on July 4th. Prepare to be galvanized.

We’re all feeling a little caged and frustrated at the state of the world right now, SLSTRSS latest single offers you an inspirationally powerful different outlook. Refusing to deal with the world as it is doesn’t have to mean resigning in apathy, as SLSTRSS poignantly alludes, we can simply start to be better.

Despite the smooth soulful production, Better is definitely one of the most hard-hitting tracks I’ve heard this year. If you’re looking for an empowering aural pick me up, look no further.

You can check out the official video to SLSTRSS’ latest single by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hourigan has released their optimism-invoking Indie RnB Folk Single “Fly Your Kite”

The word ‘arrestive’ may get thrown around a lot in reviews, but in the case of Hourigan’s Indie RnB Folk single “Fly Your Kite”, it’s more than justified.

The unfiltered soul which Hourigan projected into the Indie RnB mix has a way of crawling under your ribs as you drink in the organic accordant ecstasy in the sublimely serene soundscape.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Jack Johnson, Hozier and Cosmo Sheldrake all collaborated on a single, you’d get an idea of how mesmerizingly transcendent Fly Your Kite is.

Lyrically, Fly Your Kite is a poignant message to the younger generations facing overwhelming levels of uncertainty. It’s a gentle optimism-invoking invitation to keep on going and to see past the crushing illusion society attempts to sell us.

You can check out Hourigan’s single Fly Your Kite for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie and RnB Soul Alchemically Combine in Alvin’s Immersively Raw Single “Sentient”

Manchester has another reason to feel smug about their repertoire of musicians after RnB Soul artist Alvin released their latest EP Seven Oaks on May 1st.

Each of the tracks offers unfiltered candid lyrical poetry alongside absorbingly authentic beats, but the best introduction to Alvin’s succinct stylistic sound is undoubtedly Sentient.

By allowing the same haunting guitar tones as you’d expect to find in a Chameleons track to create the perfect platform for their equally as ethereal vocals, Sentient offers plenty of pensively immersive alchemy. But just because Alvin let his soul candidly spill out into the mix, that doesn’t mean that the track is without its soulful catharsis. Warming to new artists may not be easy, but it’s never been easier for fans of Alt Indie RnB.

You can check out Sentient along with the rest of Alvin’s latest EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alex Slay – Cherry Wine: Nostalgically Warm, Stylistically Captivating Alt Indie Neo-Soul

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Nashville-based Indie RnB artist Alex Slay’s upcoming single “Cherry Wine” may be a melodiously soft, soulfully captivating slow jam, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more hard-hitting Indie Soul track.

Their completely distinctive sound fuses nostalgically warm Neo-Soul Jazz Pop tones around roots-deep RnB and light melodic Blues in a way which I can guarantee you’ve never heard the like of before. But despite the uniqueness of Alex Slay’s signature sound, Cherry Wine is one of the most accessible Indie RnB tracks we’ve heard this year. And those are just a few of the reasons you’ll come to love Cherry Wine once you delve into the soulful creative catharsis.

You’ll have to wait until May 20th to check out Cherry Wine for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out the artist’s previous releases via SoundCloud and keep up to date with news of the release via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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ANGELO – Beautiful Mind: Sincerely Striking Indie RnB Soul

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Up and coming Indie Soul Pop artist ANGELO dropped their latest viscerally emotive single “Beautiful Mind” on May 5th, any fans of sentimentally striking tracks will definitely want to give the release some attention.

All too often, R&B tracks cover the same old hyperbole and platitudes, but with Beautiful Mind, you get a true sense that it has been delivered straight from the soul.

With ANGELO’s intimately candid lyrics, smoothly resoundingly vocals and the distinctive instrumental arrangement which puts absorbing Blues guitar licks against intricately soft Trap beats, Beautiful Mind is an RnB Slow Jam playlist essential.

You can check out ANGELO’s single Beautiful Mind for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joe James Lewis – Days on You: Indulgently Smooth, Hauntingly Emotive Indie RnB

Indie and RnB seamlessly converge in Joe James Lewis’ single “Days on You” which is just one of the indulgently smooth, hauntingly emotive Indie RnB singles which you will find on their latest EP.

While I never thought I’d hear a contemporary electronic RnB track which shares reminiscences with the likes of Tom Odell, Joe James Lewis’ single left me enamoured all the same. It’s an impossibly easy soundscape to slip into and soak up the undemanding yet powerfully resonant sentiment.

The London, UK-based artist will undoubtedly make plenty of waves with their softly sonorous, honest approach to songwriting. Days on You has already allowed them to establish themselves as a radio-ready artist, they’re definitely one to watch in 2020 and beyond.

You can check out Joe James Lewis’ single Days on You along with the rest of their EP for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jasleen – Never B Ur Girl: A Debut of Magnetically Empowering Alt RnB

Up and coming Alt Indie RnB artist Jasleen has made her debut with the seamlessly smooth, beguilingly immersive single “Never B Ur Girl”.

The empowering mix may be slightly moody in tone, but listening to the unquestioning conviction in the Lyrics which verse Jasleen’s self-respecting introspection acts as an inspiration to garner more self-esteem for yourselves.

It’s a far cry from the archetypal lovelorn RnB tracks which we’ve been ingesting ever since someone decided crying “I Want You Back” is a good idea. Never B Ur Girl boasts an incredible amount of resonance, making the single an exceptionally promising indicator of what is to come from Jasleen.

With a debut EP due to drop in 2020, she is worth putting on your radar.

You can check out the debut single Never B Ur Girl for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie & RnB Converge in Alternative Artist gmj.’s Debut EP “morning breakthrough.”

Up and coming artist gmj. has recently made their soulful genre-mashing debut with the 3-track EP “morning breakthrough.”

Each of the singles is as experimentally captivating as the last. But the perfect introduction to gmj.’s instrumentally hypnotic yet blisteringly raw lyrical approach to production is the single “Children in the Rain”.

Children in the Rain starts by unfolding as your fairly archetypal RnB ballad. Yet, the familiarity which is found in the prelude and former verses slips away and creative ingenuity starts to build in its place.

As the track progresses, cuttingly sharp Indie tones are infused to completely transform the soundscape. It was a transfixing listening experience to hear the discord being thrown into the mix after such a mellifluous start. gmj. is undoubtedly one to watch.

You can check out gmj.’s latest single along with the rest of the EP by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Raélle – Close to You: Hypnotically Smooth Indie RnB

If it’s been a while since you heard an RnB single which was so effortlessly soulful it was hypnotic, I’d highly recommend turning your attention to the smooth vibes which seep from up and coming artist Raélle’s latest single “Close to You”.

The melodic downtempo Indie RnB instrumentals create the perfect platform for Raélle’s poised and nuanced yet powerfully arrestive vocals. There are also elements of ambient Jazz weaved into the soundscape for maximal tonal warmth. But where the soundscape truly sets itself apart is through Raélle’s vocals. You’d be hard-pressed to find another breaking artist with such a captivating vocal range and ability to make every lyrical line resonate. The vocal harmonies in Close to You are bordering on celestial.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Raélle’s single Close To You for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out the London-based artist’s earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast