Sometimes it is the emotion that grips you; sometimes, it is the musicality and originality; in his third single, hurt u, the bedroom producer, J4RED, proved that he is a triple threat. Perhaps even more impressively, hurt u transcends genre while carrying vast universal appeal.
The dark mellow pool of experimentalism created the perfect atmosphere for the fiery yet quiescent vocals to ooze into, allowing you to feel every ounce of the exhaustive frustration that breeds from dynamics where the mental scars tally our time together.
After launching his music career with his EP, UNCONSCIOUS, which debuted when he was 17 years old, he joined bands in the UK and Germany, and produced for other bands, such as the up-and-coming metalcore band, Half Me. If he keeps on at this level of momentum, it is only a matter of time before he breaks into the mainstream.
If you like your RnB fed through plenty of wobbly tape echo delay, the up and coming artist Leo’s latest single, Helicopter Leaves, is exactly the kind of hazy indie RnB pop catharsis you want to delve into. In sentiment, Helicopter Leaves is a bitter-sweet release that explores the memories and emotions shared with an ex, but Leo never bows to the melancholy; he keeps the tone as bright as his infectious optimism.
It was a bold move to try and make it with Leo as a mononym, but based on Helicopter Leaves, he has the right amount of talent and soulful warmth to do exactly that. If anyone is this generation’s answer to Jack Johnson, it is the 24-year old Massachusetts-hailing singer-songwriter that entrenches his work in his deep spirituality and determination to connect the dots that nature leaves creatives to play with.
Helicopter Leaves is now available to stream on Spotify.
Up and coming alternative RnB artist TODD has made his debut with the release of his wavy trap pop track, Girl You Looking So Fly, which was originally composed as a poem to his girlfriend during lockdown.
After a trippy prelude of chords fed through tape delay echo, the vivid multi-layered mix kicks into full flow around steady trap beats and vocals which seamlessly switch between deadpan cool and RnB crooning.
The vocal samples slightly over-busy the mix; aside from that, Girl You Looking So Fly is a stellar indie RnB debut in every conceivable way.
Girl You Looking So Fly will be officially released on October 8th 2021.
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There’s an art to lo-fi, and RnB soul singer, The Musical Doc, may be the Picasso of her generation. Her latest single, LOFI, produced by Aravind Reddy and LO, is a carnally protestive attack on the duality which consistently presents itself in our conformist society.
Not only does The Musical Doc allow the listener to enjoy a brand-new sonic experience. But through lyrics such as, “They don’t see colour, they’re living so blind, wish they could see the rainbow in my mind”, The Musical Doc can utilise meta poetry to add light to the dark dystopic times we’re all enduring.
With her praises sung by Rolling Stone Magazine and her hits being selected for Track of the Week by BBC Radio, London, it’s hard to imagine that anything could stand in her way to the top.
LOFI released on March 26th; you can check it out for yourselves via SoundCloud.