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Noah Vonne – Love Move: Bluesy Neo-Soul

Nashville singer-songwriter Noah Vonne has recently released her second sweetly immersive single “Love Move”. The soulfully bluesy genre-mashing single is sure to be of appeal to any fans of Nora Jones and Amy Winehouse. While there may be reminiscences in the sound, authenticity is the essence of Love Move which packs in plenty of mellifluous rhythm and absorbing winding Blues riffs.

The production on the guitars may feel slightly rough in parts, but it’s still more than perceptible that with Noah Vone’s contemporary approach to Neo-Soul we’ve got an up and coming artist worth getting excited about.

You can check out Noah Vonne’s single Love Move for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Denise Valle – Repeat Affections: Soul-Fuelled Fiery Hook-Laden RnB

Canadian R&B artist Denise Valle poured contemporary resonance and sticky-sweet appeal into her latest soul-fuelled fiery hook-laden single “Repeat Affections”. The end result was a testament to just how far the singer-songwriter has come in the 16 months since her inception. There’s an incredibly dynamic feel to Repeat Affections which borrows influences from a myriad of genres to orchestrate ta full-bodied, refreshing aural experience.

The warmth, vibrancy, and ingenuity which is found in Repeat Affections is unparalleled amongst up and coming urban artists. She’s set the bar when it comes to creating restoratively uplifting soundscapes with her unique alchemy present in all her tracks. Yet, it’s especially potent in Repeat Affections which is the first single to be released from her upcoming EP of the same name.

You can check out Repeat Affections for yourselves which was released on November 29th by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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R&B Pop Artist BEA KADRI Has Recently Released Her Latest Soulfully Cathartic Single “B4WBU”

Up and coming R&B Pop artist BEA KADRI has found the perfect balance between familiarity and contemporary ingenuity in her latest track “B4WBU” which saw its debut on November 23rd.

BEA KADRI is an artist with a perceptible talent when it comes to taking crushing pain and creating works of cathartic soul; it is artists in possession of that deft ability who are worth their weight in gold. There’s little room to wonder why so many listeners have been so keen to ingest the resonance in her highly relatable tracks.

There have been plenty of tracks written about moving on. Yet, they’re rarely as boldly honest as the unfiltered lyrics you’ll find in B4WBU; a track inspired by the conflicted emotions felt following on from a breakup and not having the time to process reality sinking in.

You can check out the official music video to BEA KADRI’s single B4WBU by heading over to YouTube.

Keep up to date with the latest releases via Facebook as BEA KADRI is set to release a new record in January and embark on a US & UK tour.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sulu and Excelsior has poured euphoric soul into the airwaves with their infectiously funk-driven single “AntiMatter”

If you’re looking for archaically punchy mixes of Soul, Blues, Funk, Surf Rock and Jazz look no further than the latest single “AntiMatter” from Sulu and Excelsior. I can’t imagine there are all too many other purveyors of music offering the same soulfully rich genre-deconstructing soundscapes. So, you might as well.

In a bold feat of experimentalism, the Alt RnB artist weaved together the most euphoric elements from decades past to serve up a potently high energy track. There’s a unique rapturous air to their sound which you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. If Sulu and Excelsior started a cult, I’d probably be inclined to join it.

Within AntiMatter you’ll find reminiscences to a myriad of artists. From the B52s to James Brown, it’s all infused in this feat of infectiously indulgent, dopamine teasing Alt RnB.

You can check out AntiMatter for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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