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Harmonical – No Time to Die (James Bond Theme) featuring Elan Noelle

You may have heard many different variations of The James Bond theme No Time to Die. But, it’s safe to say it has never been as vibrant or as exotic as Harmonical’s uniquely sensuous Reggae reimagining.

Harmonical teamed up with Elan Noelle to create the sun-soaked energetic hit which will allow you to forget to search for similarities in the original. Instead, the warmth which radiates from the instrumentals and the soul which seeps from the vocals combine to offer a rhythmically rapturous soundscape which Harmonical undoubtedly made her own.

Each track we hear from Harmonical affirms just how much talent she harnesses when it comes to emotive, deftly constructed harmonic earworms. As ever, we’re excited to hear what comes next.

You can check out the official video to Harmonical’s groove-filled cover of No Time to Die for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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RnB, Pop and Hip Hop soulfully intertwine in Prejon’s standout single “Take Off”

If breaking Alt RnB artist Prejon has evaded your radar up until now, it’s definitely time to find out what the hype surrounding his genre-mashing sound is all about. Their standout single “Take Off” serves as the perfect introduction to their smooth, constraint-crumbling urban style

Within the sweet and steady mix, you’ll find nuanced elements of Hip Hop, Pop, Reggae and Neo-Soul. Despite Prejon’s tendency to create fresh new urban soundscapes, he has kept the groove in Take Off accessibly arrestive. Take Off may venture far from what you would expect from an archetypal RnB track, but one thing which Prejon did keep traditional was the romantically-rendered soul which is poured into the vibing mix.

If your soul is still functioning, you’ll instantly warm to Prejon thanks to the artist’s charismatically humble vocal delivery which seamlessly switches from pitch-perfect harmonics to accordant Rap verses. And you can expect just as many evolutions in the sun-soaked beats.

You can check out Prejon’s single Take Off for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nia J – Bad Faith: Sweetly Soul-Appeasing Choral Alt Soul Pop

The soul-appeasing melodies in Nia J’s third Alt Pop single “Bad Faith” will have you captivated with just the first few notes.

While many Pop artists fail to find new avenues to take their sound, Nia J experimented with rich choral tones and succinctly layered harmonies to create a track which is so accordant it is practically celestial.

Any fans of John Mayer, Bruno Mars, Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. are sure to appreciate this unique combination of Neo-Soul, Acoustic Folk Pop, and RnB. The sweet colourfully popping notes are the perfect platform for Nia J’s resounding flawlessly pitched vocals. With Bad Faith coming together under a polished production, it’s a radio-ready hit which won’t be out of place on your Alt Pop playlists.

You can check out Nia J’s single Bad Faith for yourselves via Spotify.

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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Jerry Impini – Good Time Woman: A Feel-Good Alt Country Playlist Essential

Alt-Country artist Jerry Impini released their latest single Good Time Woman on February 3rd, 2020 and placed a rhythmically accordant Jazz-infused earworm on the airwaves.

The single fuses a myriad of tonally-warm, timelessly-accessible genres together allowing Good Time Woman to resonate like nothing you’ve ever heard before. You’ll find everything from Soul, to Motown, to Folk Blues, to Jazz and Funk in Good Time Woman. Naturally, it’s an organic feel-good hit which won’t fail to leave you enamoured.

The vibrant popping melodies work in perfect synergy with Jerry Impini’s harmonically resonant vocals, making Good Time Woman the perfect aural pick me up to have on your playlists!

You can check out Jerry Impini’s latest single via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Michael Leonard Simmons Has Poured Good Vibes onto the Airwaves With Their Latest Single “Blessing”

Soul and groove sit hand in hand in Michael Leonard Simmons’ latest single Blessing which dropped on February 13th 2020.

Creating inspiring tracks is no easy feat, but perceptibly, the breaking RnB Hip Hop artist succeeded with their captivating seminal single. We’re all probably a little guilty of not finding enough time to practice gratitude and count our blessings, adding Michael Leonard Simmons’ latest single to your playlists is a sure-fire way of rectifying that.

The rhythmically organic beats make it all too easy to soak up the resonance in the uplifting lyrics in Blessing. Blessing may be a lyrically-driven single, but the stylistic merging of elements of Hip Hop and RnB allows the track to offer plenty of commercial appeal. So, make sure you find the time to soak a little bit of soul – it’s the perfect good vibe anthem!

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

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

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Tarah Jaye – Your Love: Progressively Sultry Funk and Blues-Soaked RnB

If you like your RnB served straight from the soul, you’re bound to find plenty of sentimental appeal in up and coming artist Tarah Jaye’s latest sensually evocative single Your Love.

The deep grooves in the Funk-laden soundscape amplify the sultry magnetism which spills from the vocals and lyrics. And the progressive single doesn’t stop there when it comes to genre-blending. By the time you reach the outro, you’ll also have indulged in Jazz-style Blues guitar riffs. Considering that the track kicks off with a fairly simplistic electronic RnB Pop prelude, Your Love takes you on one hell of an aural journey which you’ll undoubtedly want to take time and time again.

You can check out Tarah Jaye’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Trèvon Slaten – Fall in Love: A Melodically Captivating Candidly Resonant Indie RnB Hit

Indie and RnB seamlessly entwine in Trèvon Slaten’s third single “Fall in Love” which any fans of romantically-rendered urban soundscapes are going to want to pay attention to.

With melodic hooks, lush vocal harmonies, and inventive instrumental progressions which will keep you locked into the mix, Trèvon Slaten has created an earworm with Fall in Love. The choruses will stick to your synapses like superglue and the introspective lyrics in the verses carry substantial evocative weight. Instead of hiding behind metaphors, the artist has laid his soul bare, making it impossible not to find the human connection in this track.

Anyone who has ever felt frustration or impatience when it comes to falling in love will definitely find resonance within Fall in Love.

You can check out Trèvon Slaten’s single Fall in Love for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Makia Marshall – Love Myself: Viscerally Compelling RnB Soul

There will always be space on the airwaves for RnB Soul singles which celebrate romantic love. But you’d struggle to find a track more compelling, visceral, and essential than Makia Marshall’s latest single Love Myself.

The single served the stark reminder that above all else, your ability to love yourself should take precedence. The lyrics efficaciously illustrate how low your standards can get if you don’t find love for yourself before you try to offer it to someone who never deserved it.

While the grounding lyrics will steal plenty of your consciousness as you listen to the track unfold, the smooth and ambient soundscape provides plenty of catharsis too. Makia Marshall’s effortlessly organic and soulful vocals were the cherry on the cake.

You can check out Makia Marshall’s captivating single Love Myself via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast