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Ysabel Bain has released their soulfully commanding RnB single ‘Control’ (Feat. Afro Ori)

‘Control’ commences with a beautifully delicate and twisting legato guitar line, at once both soulful and almost Country, and with a flourish that wouldn’t feel out of place in the ‘Young Guns’ soundtrack, before Ysabel Bain’s exquisite, tender-yet-smoky voice carries us into the soul of the first verse, rising with the cadence of the drums to a funky, soulful track. Characterised by the syncopated off-beat guitar and deep funk bass, ‘Control’ grooves and sashays its way out of the speakers, rising and falling between up-tempo R&B sexiness and that slower, perfectly flourished guitar-and-voice pairing.

And Bain really DOES have a voice; sonorous, mellow yet powerful, with the warmth of Gospel and Soul yet the raunchy edge of rock. Soaring and potent yet touching and beguiling all at once, ‘Control’ is the perfect taster for Ysabel Bain’s debut EP.

Filmed and recorded live at The Clarendon Centre, Ysabel’s “We Are” EP is available from the end of November. ‘Control’ is available on Soundcloud or via Ysabel’s Facebook page.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Prepare for your feelings of inadequacy to be quashed by Emily Koko’s single ‘More Than That’

Emily Koko

We’ve been lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Emily Koko’s soul-driven RnB Pop single, ‘More Than That’, a lockdown-born single which navigates the relationship between love, confusion and feeling as though you’ll never be quite enough.

More Than That boldly proves that feelings of inadequacy are more of a commonality than we realise on a day to day basis. Those feelings are the trap door which allows us to fall into toxic relationships with people who not only allow us to question our worth but tell us that we deserve for all the self-deprecating talk to run through our heads.

Emily Koko’s lyrics are and smoothly soulful harmonic vocals are perfectly paired with the slow-tempo grooves in the Indie RnB Pop soundscape.  More Than That may only be her sophomore release, but she’s already exhibiting nuanced maturity in her sound. She’s undoubtedly one to watch.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you check out More Than That. In the meantime, you can head over to Spotify and check out her debut single Together Alone.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NYC Soul-Pop artist Nazanin has bridged the gap between past and present with “Infatuation”

Nazanin

NYC Soul-Pop artist Nazanin gave us a sneak peek at the sultry grooves in her latest radio-ready single “Infatuation”. It’s safe to say that we formed an infatuation of our own with her uniquely evocative sound which mixes elements of 80s and 90s Pop with the roots of RnB.

Nazanin’s sound bridges the gap between past and present while her own signature sound flows evenly beneath. Far from being ‘just another love song’ Infatuation draws heavily on the challenges she’s overcome to become the unapologetically empowering artist she exhibited herself as with this Soul-Pop staple. Her defiance resonates in each and every vocal note.

Infatuation will be available to stream everywhere from November 27th. In the meantime, head over to Spotify to check out her earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Choice Love delivers a resoundingly soulful apology with “DIFFERENT VIDEO”

Accoladed RnB Soul artist and producer Choice Love released their standout single ‘DIFFERENT VIDEO’ this summer, if you missed it, you also missed out on one of the most resoundingly empathetic singles released in 2020.

My tear ducts never stood a chance against the compassion contained in the consolingly release. ‘I know you hurt, but I’m not to blame’… ‘I’m sorry you’re all alone’… ‘some men help you die, some help you live’… It speaks so sincerely to anyone who has been filled with cynicism and chooses to forgo romanticism for isolated sanctity.

If you don’t feel anything after hit play, there’s a good chance that your soul has departed.

You can check out the official video by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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AHEARTTHING offers reflectively cathartic Alt Ambience with ‘Open Road Floetry’

AHEARTTHING’s latest Alt-Indie Electronica single ‘Open Road Floetry’ is already well on its way to becoming viral after its release on October 30th, with the aural comfort which drips from the warm nostalgia-borrowing tones, it’s easy to see why.

It feels like the artist captured the mood of the globe with this reflectively cathartic feat of Ambience.

The electronic mix incorporates elements of Hip Hop, RnB and Neo-Soul while AHEARTTHING’s vocals add a playfully beguiling sense of consolation and compassion as he reaches out to everyone else who feels as though they’re simply existing.

Float away from your situational apathy and sink into this stunningly accessible release.

You can check out Open Road Floetry for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Liberty Butterworth – Another Day in Paradise: Dream Pop Poetry

“Another Day in Paradise” is the latest melodiously succinct Indie Dream Pop single by London-based artist Liberty Butterworth. Think of it as the Indie antidote to lockdown 2.0 angst.

With the captivatingly poetic lyricism bringing a grounding depth to the tonally dreamy release, Another Day in Paradise will leave you subdued while Liberty Butterworth lulls you with her sticky-sweet witty lyrics. She addresses the disparity in our society which we’re constantly being told is dystopic, but Another Day in Paradise allows you to see the silver-linings while serenading you with the nostalgically distorted guitar notes. Her authenticity is one thing. The ingenuity within her resolving minimalistic single is quite another. Get her on your radar.

You can check out Another Day in Paradise by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Never Forget Charlotte Lansman.

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Kicking in with a simple piano riff and Lansman’s smoky vocal before seamlessly shifting into a full-on powerful pop ballad, ‘Never Forget’ is a smooth, poignant cry to lost love, mellow and plaintive on the verses and kick-ass catchy on the chorus, the beats and instrumentation never overshadowing Lansman’s excellent voice.

Inspired by jazz artists such as Jamie Culham, Melody Gardot, and the great Amy Winehouse, ‘Never Forget’ takes those elements and mixes them with a great pop-rock sensibility, creating a strong, passionate, and compelling track that truly deserves to be all over the radio this autumn.

You can follow Charlotte Lansman on Facebook; ‘Never Forget’ is on Soundcloud now.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Nathan Fox sends a siren call with their intoxicatingly bluesy Alt Pop single “Trouble”

Nathan Fox

If we still believed that exceptional artists sold their soul to the devil in exchange for their talent, we’d be making that very same accusation about up and coming singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Nathan Fox.

Trouble” is their forthcoming intoxicating feat of Alt-Pop which puts Alex Turner’s attempt to be bluesy and cool to shame.

The atmospheric alchemy which comes from the collision between the funk-led arrangement and Nathan Fox’s harmonically raspy vocals is unparalleled from anything else I’ve heard before. I’m pretty sure it will be the same for anyone else that hits play on this trailblazingly ingenious record.

Trouble will be available to stream via all major streaming platforms from October 9th. In the meantime, you can check out their former tracks on their website and keep up to date with news of the release via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Shareef – Reggiano: Soulfully Eccentric Hip Hop

Remember when we all got ridiculously excited at the start of lockdown about the great art which would come into fruition? Well, here it is, in the form of Alt Hip Hop artist Shareef’s single Reggiano.

Reggiano is just one of the soulfully entrancing, experimentally invigorating singles featured on their 2020 album “Assorted Gelato: The Dream of Sleepy Nelson”. From that endearingly creative title, you can get a good idea of the playful ingenuity which will greet you if you hit play on Reggiano. The soulfully eccentric take on Hip Hop which uses grooving Jazzy elements of Neo-Soul only gets better with repeat attention.

You can check out Reggiano along with the rest of Shareef’s ground-breakingly soulful album via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lil Seyi has dropped their smoother than smooth RnB EDM hit “Tambourine”

Up and coming RnB artist Lil Seyi has thrown a brand-new flavour on the airwaves with their 2020 single “Tambourine”. Tambourine is the 3rd track to be released by the smoother than smooth Maryland-hailing artist and producer who has been taking the scene by storm since making their debut. With their commitment to creating positive music, it comes as no surprise that we’re not the only ones drawn in by his imaginative and stylistically boundless approach to sound.

Crank up the volume to Tambourine and you’ll get to appreciate the full energy behind this insanely high-vibe high-octane mash-up of RnB, EDM and Funk. Lil Seyi may have been bold with their sound, but it definitely paid off. Its authenticity allows you to enjoy it from the first hit and the complexity in the textures and progressions make you want to give Tambourine plenty of repeat attention. And finishing with a Spongebob Squarepants sample? I think I love him.

You can check out Lil Seyi’s ensnaring hit for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast