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Aiva – Gentleman: Soulfully Textured Jazz

There aren’t many emerging artists putting out music which could justify comparisons to Amy Winehouse. But with her latest single “Gentleman” Aiva has created a jazzy serving of Neo-Soul which spills plenty of tonally rich soulful catharsis. Despite the mesmerism which lingers in the instrumentals, Aiva’s vocals efficaciously dominate Gentleman. Right the way through, powerful but poised harmonies steal your attention from the intricate progressions of the bass and keys.

Gentleman may borrow a few archaic influences which are found in the stripped-bare downtempo melodious rhythms. Yet, Aiva was still able to orchestrate an indulgently demure single which offers plenty of contemporary resonance.

You can check out Aiva’s latest single Gentleman which was released on October 18th for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Emelie Rose – No Boundaries: Succinctly Soulful Stigma-Smashing R&B Soul 

Up and coming R&B Soul Swedish artist Emelie Rose has created a bruisingly hard-hitting single with their latest single “No Boundaries”.

I’ve heard enough heteronormative R&B Soul to last me a lifetime. Refreshingly, Emelie Rose has used her deft talent to remind the world that love has no boundaries. The stigma of same-sex relationships is fading, but not quickly enough. And I can’t emphasise enough how essential artists such as Emelie Rose are in 2019. Homophobia still exists, let’s not pretend otherwise. But it would be hard for even the most closed-minded to ignore the true soul behind this soundscape which poignantly reminds the listener that love is love.

The gentle wails of the organ join a downtempo blissfully rich soundscape leading you through a comfortingly jazzy neo-soul mix which allows the sentiment to resonate even more succinctly.

You can check out Emelie Rose’s latest single No Boundaries for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nora Anna – Apple From the Tree: Archaically Arrestive Jazz-Infused Neo-Soul Indie Pop

There’s something intrinsically personal about up and coming singer-songwriter Nora Anna’s approach to songwriting.

There may not be many artists who can turn their soundscapes into authentic one-way conversations which allow the listener to make a meaningful connection. But we can count ourselves as lucky having Nora Anna’s latest single “Apple From the Tree” on the airwaves.  The single incorporates a smorgasbord of different influences, from Pop, to Jazz, to Neo-Soul, to Indie, you’ll find all that and more in their latest archaically delightful aural treat.

The first thing which will hit you is Nora Anna’s naturally captivating and simultaneously soothing vocals which carry plenty of emotion. In the case of Apple from the Tree, they’ve been put to good use reminding you that you’re more than just your genetics. (In a far more lyrically delicate manner than what I alluded to there. Sadly, I don’t share Nora Anna’s soulfully pure ability to give you a brand-new perspective on the human condition).

You can check out Nora Anna’s latest single Apple From the Tree for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NY Singer-Songwriter Sydney Fay Jazzes Up the Airwaves with Latest Single “Time”

“Time” is the latest single from up and coming singer-songwriter Sydney Fay who keeps her sound contemporary whilst delving into the archaic tones of Jazz to give her sound a vibrantly warm instant accessibility.

Any fans of Nina Simone and Norah Jones are definitely going to want to put the Brooklyn, NY-based artist on their radars. The contrast between the robust piano keys and the urgency of the snappy percussion allows Time to resonate as a flavourful vibrant soundscape while Sydney Fay’s vocals allow poised harmonies to linger over the melodies. If you’re looking for a hit of aural catharsis, you won’t go far wrong hitting play on Time.

You can check out Sydney Fay’s latest single Time for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MILENA Releases Her Latest Single “Summer of Heat & Spice”

Up and coming artist MILENA released their latest single “Summer of Heat & Spice” on September 27th. Of course, there was no forgetting MILENA after the release of her singles “I Won’t Give Up” and “Every Day”. But with each new release, MILENA demonstrates the boundless versatility of her sound.

Her latest single incorporates soft Jazzy elements in a Neo-Soul soundscape with an almost Neo-Classical piano melody which dominates the instrumental arrangement and creates the perfect platform for MILENA’s distinctive vocals. The emotivity of the single definitely won’t fail to resonate – especially when the semi-orchestral swells are gently weaved into the light emotive melody.

You can check out the official music video for MILENA’s latest single Summer of Heat & Spice for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hannah Lorimer – Rewind: Alchemically Cathartic Neo-Sou

Sublimely smooth servings of Neo-Soul will never go out of style. Especially not ones as alchemically cathartic as the latest single “Rewind” from up and coming artist Hannah Lorimer.

Any fans of Norah Jones, Corrine Bailey Rae, and Etta James are definitely going to want to turn their attention to the song which pulled so much inspiration from these artists. Yet, Rewind doesn’t solely rely on assimilating what already lingers on the airwaves.

Hannah Lorimer’s distinctively contemporary approach to Neo-Soul incorporates transfixing elements of Jazz, giving Rewind a sense of free-flowing rhythm, which is all too tempting to be pulled along with as the track unfolds. It’s intricate, it’s captivating, and your playlists will thank you for welcoming the soulful resonance of Rewind onto them.

You can check out Hannah Lorimer’s latest single Rewind for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Songbird – Love Me Anyway: Sonorously Smooth R&B Neo-Soul

Up and coming R&B Soul singer-songwriter Songbird has recently released her latest single “Love Me Anyway” which is sure to be of appeal to anyone who appreciates smooth and sonorously romantic Neo-Soul. Through the ambience, you’ll find catharsis, and through the authentic and raw lyrics and vocals, you’ll find plenty of unadulterated passion.

While Love Me Anyway certainly stood as a testament to the artist’s talent, it was hard to feel that the production truly offered anything distinctive and the verses were slightly over-stretched. That being said, Songbird’s latest single is extremely accessible for fans of the genre, and it would be more than at home on your vibe-out R&B playlists.

You can check out Songbird’s track Love Me Anyway for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kima Otung Offers a Striking Serving of Neo-Soul with their Debut Single “Morning”

The lyrics in Kima Otung’s debut single “Morning” aren’t just clever, they are cutting, I can only imagine how lyrically lacerated the narcissist who inspired this track feels after hearing to the striking Neo-Soul Pop ballad.

The soft, yet, transfixing melodies allow Kima Otung’s dominantly magnetic vocals to take all of the focus in Morning which never lets you dare to draw yourself away from the narrative of the single which gives a chilling account of dealing with the aftermath of narcissistic abuse. Considering that more and more people are becoming aware of the issue, I can’t even imagine how many people will find comfort and catharsis in this single.

There’s really no overstating just how powerful Morning is as a single, so it’s probably a good idea to make good use of your own eardrums to get a better understanding.

You can check out Kima Otung’s strikingly soulful single Morning for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Matt Brown – Solid Ground: A Smooth Serving of Neo-Soul

If you’re looking for a smooth serving of sonorous Neo-Soul, look no further than up and coming West Beach, Florida artist Matt Brown’s latest single “Solid Ground”. The single moves at a tentatively cathartic pace spilling ambience as it progresses. Yet, that doesn’t detract from the arrestive rhythms from the acoustic Neo-Soul jazz instrumental arrangements which ooze as they carve out indulgently mellow Mood Swing Jazz

If Matt Brown’s effortlessly honeyed vocals weren’t enough, for the track the artist borrowed the lyrical magnetism of Drew Dockerill, while the vocals may be few and far between around the instrumental segments in the track, they set the perfect tone for the soothing single. If tracks such as Solid Ground were more prolific on the airwaves, then I dare say we’d all be a lot less highly strung.

You can check out Matt Brown’s single Solid Ground for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jay Marwaha – Sitting in the Park: Sun-Soaked Neo-Soul

“Sitting in the Park” is the soulfully compelling latest single from up and coming London-based artist Jay Marwaha. Any artist with the ability to make parks in the UK seem romantic again is already winning.

Jay Marwaha’s vocals carry a smooth inviting tonality which have the ability to sooth through catharsis at the same time as offering a deep poised introspection, and plenty of romantically steeped emotion. The track may share the same title as Neo-Soul legend Billy Stewart’s Sitting in the Park. Yet, as nostalgic and reminiscent as the soundscape feels, the contemporary lyricism and vocal style adds plenty of easily found resonance. The only aspect of Sitting in the Park which will allow you to believe that it is a recent release is the pristine finish on the production.

You can check out Jay Marwaha’s latest single Sitting in the Park for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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