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Rose White – Instinct: Ambiently Experimental Soul Pop

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With vocals which can instantly beguile, Rose White’s single “Instinct” is a playlist essential for anyone with a penchant for ambiently experimental Soul Pop.

We will always champion the artists who strive towards authenticity instead of accessibility. Rose White’s boldly distinctive songwriting and performance style definitely put her in the former camp. The London-based artist may use the likes of Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse as an influence, but the end product sounds like it slipped out of a Lynchian dream

You’ll be as entranced as the soundscape is thanks to the nuanced shimmering light electronica, soulful vocals and dreamy progressions laced with luscious reverb.

Dark yet transcendent Pop seems like a paradoxical description but you can affirm that with your own ears by heading over to Spotify.

Keep up to date with Rose White’s latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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RnB Pop Artist Nepsa Has Made Her 2020 Debut with the Soulfully Smooth EP “Thinking I Know More”

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Up and coming RnB Soul Pop artist Nepsa has made her 2020 debut with the emotively magnetic EP “Thinking I Know More” and revived a timeless sound with a brand-new contemporary style.

While each single stands as a testament to the artist’s dynamic talent, the best introduction to her sound is undoubtedly “Empty Handed (V2)”. There may be plenty of vocal melancholy projected into the mix. But the light EDM beats add playful layers of funk to ensure that listening to Empty Handed is an emotional yet ultimately uplifting experience.

There’s little room to wonder why so many RnB Soul fans have become enamoured by Nepsa’s smoothly cathartic yet futuristically captivating approach to the genre. Watch this space.

You can check out Empty Handed (V2) for yourselves along with the rest of Nepsa’s debut release via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Crystal Oshana – Alone: Empoweringly Pensive Pop

Loneliness even resonates in the notes of Crystal Oshana’s latest single “Alone” which deftly fuses elements of Pop, Neo-Classical, RnB and Ambient Electronica.

Yet within the wistful pensive nature of Alone, you’ll find olive branches of optimism through Crystal Oshana’s comforting lyrical affirmations that being alone isn’t the end of the world. And it really isn’t. Being comfortable in your own solitude is one of the most empowering things you can ever do.

I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to hear such a deep, contemplative three-dimensional lyrical narrative from an artist. But I can tell you that Crystal Oshana is exactly the kind of artist we need to hear more of on the airwaves.

The four-minute downtempo track serves a smorgasbord of raw unfiltered emotion. So, despite how ambient and smooth the production is, it still unfolds as a striking track which will shift your perceptions if you allow it to.

You can check out Alone for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Den – Highway Bloodline: Tranquilly Evocative Indie

Ahead of the release of their debut 2020 album, Canadian Indie newcomers The Den have released their soulfully serene single “Highway Bloodline”.

By mixing elements of Neo-Soul, 80s Pop, and contemporary Indie, The Den has plenty of distinction to offer. But fundamentally, the essence of their sound lies in the tranquilly arrestive experience which will greet you as soon as you hit play.

With vocals somewhere in between what you can expect from Nina Simone and Angel Olsen’s more mellifluous singles, Highway Bloodline can only be described as hypnotic. Yet, overthrowing the ambience of the soundscape is the unbridled emotion which has been projected into Highway Bloodline which will hit you through both the lyrics and the gentle melodious downtempo instrumentals.

You can check out Highway Bloodline for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases by The Den via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jeremy Edwards – Try Too: Sticky-Sweet Soul-Deep Pop

Up and coming Pop artist Jeremy Edwards has recently released their sticky-sweet soul-deep EP “Try Too”. If you’re a fan of quaint, naturalistically expressive euphorically arrestive Alt Pop, prepare to become as enamoured as we became upon discovering Jeremy Edward’s resoundingly optimistic approach to the genre.

While we would highly recommend checking the EP out in full, special attention has to be given to the title track-featuring guest vocals from Joy Hanna whose Neo-Soul Pop style vocal talent brings alchemic chemistry to the soundscape.

Ukuleles may get a bad rep, but Jeremy Edwards has proven just how sweet melodies can sound when leading the way in an upliftingly sincere track. Try Too is a radio-ready hit which your playlists will thank you for including.

You can check out Jeremy Edwards’ 2020 EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dondi – Where Did it Go: Authentically Soulful RnB

We hear a lot of RnB. But very rarely does it carry the soulful authenticity of up and coming artist Dondi’s latest single “Where Did it Go”.

With their magnetically melting vocal talent and their perceptible effort to construct a track which offers a distinctive, intricate, and irrefutably magnetic melody, Where Did it Go hits exactly where it needs to. After you hear it, you’ll want to make it a firm fixture of your RnB Soul playlists.

The only thing which matches the lyrical depth in Where Did it Go is the number of smooth yet sharp instrumental hooks which ensure that you’re locked into the mix from start to finish.

You can check out Dondi’s latest single Where Did It Go for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lo Marie – All the Love: Orchestrally-Rounded RnB Neo-Soul

“All the Love” is the palpitatingly soulful standout single from up and coming RnB Soul artist Lo Marie and her deftly talented array of instrumentalists.

There is no better introduction to her dynamically mellifluous vocal talents combined with her tendency to revive archaic sounds and give them a brand-new 21st-century appeal than All the Love.

Complete with classical strings, the soundscape simultaneously offers you the familiarity of slipping into the warm tones of Neo-Soul and the experience of drinking in the nuanced harmonic distinction of a truly authentic artist. The single perfectly captures the often frustration of trying to convince someone that they are worthy of love. If you’ve been there, don’t be surprised if this track hits you like a tonne of bricks emotively. Aurally, it’s one of the most ethereally light singles we’ve heard which offer such stark bruising emotion.

You can check out Lo Marie’s single All the Love for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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M L V N – Soundwave: Reflectively Gentle RnB Soul Pop

London-based singer-songwriter M L V N (Melvin Turner) is set to release their debut album “Soundwave” on January 20th. And the airwaves are set to become an infinitely smoother thanks to the breaking talent’s nuanced contribution. There isn’t a vibe check in the world which M L V N couldn’t pass.

The gently rhythmic Soul Pop soundscapes carry the perfect amount of reflective magnetism. M L V N’s rich vocals succinctly allow you to put the lyrics into context before compelling you to quiescently reflect on your own reality. While the ambient instrumentals simultaneously feed you comforting tonally-warm catharsis.

Soundwave is a tension-stripping track which remains consistently immersive, from the first track to the last.

You can check out Soundwave for yourselves from January 20th via Spotify. Where you’ll also find their debut self-titled EP which was released in 2013 and their sophomore 2019 single Supermxn.

For more info and ways to listen, head over to M L V N’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blue Envy – Tell Me Why: Pensively Soulful Alt Pop

“Tell Me Why” is the latest pensively soulful Pop single from up and coming Nevada-based Pop duo Blue Envy.

With Blue Envy’s captivating mix of 80s Synthwave, Pop, Neo-Soul, and moody bluesy Rock which almost veers into Post Punk Tell Me Why offers a dizzying amount of distinction.

Whether it was the pure ingenuity found in their sound, the evocative amount of emotion which comes as a courtesy from vocalist Keva Tanyi, or the unexpected atmospheric guitar work, Tell Me Why isn’t a track which asks for your attention. It steals it anyway. It may give it back at the end, or you may be left with the lingering affirmation that you’ve just stumbled upon an artist who deserves to be on your radar.

You can check out the lyric video which dropped on January 3rd for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Groove Inn – Drive ft. Denver Hall: Futuristically Sticky-Sweet Funk Soul Hip Hop

Up and coming artist Groove Inn teamed up with Denver Hall for their latest soulfully smooth eccentrically endearing EP “Summer Pack”

Each of the four singles offers a different sticky-sweet serving of Funk, Soul, Jazz, RnB, and Pop laced Hip Hop. But the standout track has to be the futuristic work of Funk-soaked Neo-Soul “Drive”.

Without any amount of deliberation, the track kicks in with the groove-deep bends of the bass accompanied by the instantly magnetic Rap verses. You’ll be hooked in the tonally warm hit from there on out.

Playful Hip Hop combined with pure Funk and Soul will always be timelessly uplifting. But the main distinction with Drive is how far they were able to project their sound into the future. It’s all too easy to expect plenty more innovation from Groove Inn in the future. I’d put them on your radar sooner rather than later.

You can check out Groove Inn’s single Drive for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast