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Hannah Savage – Feel Something: Adventure-Seeking Contemporary R&B

Hannah Savage is a singer, actress, dancer and all-around artist from Philadelphia, PA. And I tell you what; you’re in for a treat with her new song called “Feel Something”.

This is a stunningly sensational R&B song that features well done soft and lustful vocals. On top of that the lyrics are rather meaningful, they scream a craving to truly experience and live life. This is a type of song that although musically is leaning towards a specific music genre (which would be R&B/Pop) it can be linked to so many different moods: Sexy, introspective, joyful, mellow, the whole nine yards. Also, don’t let get started on the production; it’s splendid. Gentle music aimed to be played at the club just moments before the sun rises.

I would definitely encourage all contemporary R&B to keep an eye on Hannah Savage, as she is releasing her debut EP called “Temporary” on 01/02/2020. Until then, check out “Feel Something” on her Spotify page.

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis


N.ave ft Flex – Copy That: This song is a cop, do you copy that yet?

In case you don’t know yet, permit me to engrain this into your subconscious real quick. You’re just about to witness the launch of an amoral tachycardia in its full power on this track.

Hello, Nave, where have you been hiding for long? Why did it take this long before you made up your mind to grace us with your presence in the music industry?

Just like a metro hit on a runway whose echoes resound very audibly, you’ll find yourself lost in the audible range of this song’s beat.

“Copy that” is an audible upbeat that’s wrapped in the genre of a hip-hop song. It’s a song that’s well embedded in the awesomeness of its thumping reverberation. Most of all, this song has a pack full of nicely diced flows, a catchy line, clear sound quality, creative style of rap, great soothing melody that’s capable of making you sway and beam from ear to ear.

The lyrics when paid good attention to, have some really delectable fact, the vocal sound of the artist was well placed and in a steady motion while he spits his bars. The catchy chorus is also very easy to like and sing along to.

Nave delivered a stellar work and this is quite evident in the uniqueness of this song. The flow of his rap prowess is up for no debate at all. This song is very hard to hate, it’s just further coated with a sweet beat that can keep your body in steady motion.



Raydell samples the truth

If R&B is built around sleekness and Hip-Hop comes from an edgier place then they find perfect union in Raydell’s musical creations. Make This Up, from his latest album The Sample, is a fine blend of rapped deliveries over a cool, restrained and hypnotic hip-hop groove with just enough soulful sass and dance floor vibe to bring the clubland R&b set on board.

If the single shows that Raydell knows how to pen the perfect commercial crossover song, the album as a whole really opens things up and proves that he can take his music in almost any direction he likes, rooted in the same core elements of soul, hip-hop and R&B but not afraid to push those sounds into fascinating new territories. Even in the crowded musical scene of his Philly base, Raydell is certainly one to watch.


Ebony Joi – Joi to The World

It is the season when when “twas” and “tis” become an accepted part of the language for the first time since the seventeenth century, gaudy jumpers, or these days possibly onesies, replace having an actual personality, people talk about how A Wonderful Life is the best film ever made and Mariah Carey is every other song on the radio or jukebox. It is also the season when it seems acceptable to release unnecessary and poor quality versions of Christmas classics. That’s why we need Ebony Joi so much.

Eartha Kitt ’s iconic Santa Baby may have been flogged within an inch of its creative life over the years but Ebony Joi has found the perfect new format for the modern age. It loses none of the sultry soulfulness of the original but adds a modern sassy R&B vibe to this new delivery, a slow and sensual grove which wanders wilfully around the beat like a jazz diva and throws in a bit of urban street smarts. Most often there is no need to try to reinvent songs which have all but passed into musical lore but if you do why not give them the perfect make over?


Even The Slept – Wake Up With Disassembly Required

Sitting somewhere between a band and a collaboration, Even The Slept also sit in some pretty unique sonic territory too. Disassembly Required may come at you like a fairly straight contemporary alt-rocker but it doesn’t take you long to get you ear tuned in to just how clever this band actually is. And it takes a certain type of band to make music that is as expressive, emotive and engaging as this, to take eloquent lyrics and create vocal deliveries that are as elegant and fluid as the instrumentation behind it. It takes a band like Even The Slept. When the age old argument regarding which is more important, the words or the music, rages around you, just make those throwing the same old clichés around listen to this album, roles are reversed or at least interchangeable, music speaks and vocals soar, lyrics become half muted riffs and guitar lines become poetry.

Even The Slept are a band who seem to emerge from the dystopian wreckage of a catastrophic collision between very expressive rock genres. Alt-rock provides the power that drives the band and progressive rock the byzantine complexities and subtle changes that form the structure of the songs. And as power is harnessed by intricacies and clever musical motiffs balance aggressive workouts what emerges is a song that covers so many bases but still retains its integrity and identity. This is a band to watch out for.



Cologne’s Sweet Smell Of Success

They may be new kids on the Philadelphia rock block but Cologne have really arrived with a fully formed sound. One part stadium rock, one part indie cool and one part pop accessibility, it is hard to see who they wouldn’t appeal too. Musically it gives them great scope to build sonic architecture in the space around them but also play with subtle musical dynamics, deliver songs dripping with euphoria but also commercial accessibility.

And it is this fantastic generic balancing act which sets them apart from the pack As popists and rockists wage pointless pitched battle, Cologne clearly adhere to the cult of the song, preferring to take the role of tunesmiths who exalt composition over flash and muscle. If this song is the perfect rallying point for those who have long understood that this middle way has always sported brilliant acts – pop acts muscled up by a dash of rock, rock acts whose bluster is tempered by indie details and indie acts happy to explore pop immediacy – then the fact that hey have an e.p. called New World available is just the icing on the cake.


Live Wright Releases Punchy Rap Track “Give It All”

Live Wright is a young rapper from Philadelphia with a strong passion for good music, expressed through a tight and punchy rap flow that is full of determination and a strong attitude. With a passion for heartfelt lyrics concerning the struggles and ups and downs of life, Live Wright focuses on creating music that is relatable and powerful. In his latest release “Give It All” he in fact directs all his energy in delivering a message of strength and determination through a flow that is somewhat aggressive with energy and a beat that gives the song a distinguishable powerful character.

“Give It All,” as the name implies, is all about reaching to the top and making a difference by striving and literally giving it all. The track initially starts off with the introduction of the solid backdrop and beat which features quite a dark and heavy tone and groove. This gives the song a tough character which really goes well with the message while it also sets up the atmosphere for an even more intriguing lyric. Throughout the song Live Wright’s flow can be called slightly aggressive with a strong rhythmic drive which brings out the message even more. “Give It All” is indeed a true testament that proves Live Wright is ready and determined to make a difference through his music.

-Sarah Marie Bugeja


A&R Factory Present: Needle Points

Needle Points is a psych-boogie outfit from Philadelphia formed in 2013.

Their music, largely influenced by sixties and seventies vibes, is what punk music would have been if Keith Richards invented it. They have toured the east coast twice, including shows at Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival and Georgia’s Savannah Stopover Festival. They have supported bands such as Temples, Dead Meadow, Fat  White Family, Sun Club, Spank Rock, CRUISR, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and many more.

They will be joining Spaceface, fronted by the guitarist of the Flaming Lips, on a leg of their tour this July and are planning a national tour to support their upcoming fall release.


A&R Factory Present: Sonny Step

Sonny Step is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Philadelphia, Pa. He first began playing and studying music in grade school and has since been expanding his music vocabulary to an array of instruments including the piano, guitar, and saxophone. He went to The New School for Jazz and Contemporary music and it was there where he started writing his own music. In the later years of his degree he realized his passion for singing and he quickly began to dominate the live scene around the city. He just graduated and looks forward to touring and leading his band upon the release of his upcoming EP.

Tyler C. is a producer/songwriter born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He began writing songs on his guitar at 12 years old and studied jazz throughout highschool. He went on to Berklee College of Music to study Classical Composition and soon after moved to New York City to pursue a career in the Industry. He started as a session guitarist and now is focusing on developing his own unique catalog and sound.

Sonny and Ty’s friendship began while living together in Brooklyn in 2012. Tyler was producing a lot of music at the time while Sonny was developing his artistry playing live throughout the city. It was in 2015 that they decided to combine forces and make an ep. Tyler’s pop sensibilities were brought to the next level with Sonny’s soulful vision and personality. Sonny and Tyler worked tirelessly together to develop a new sound and are currently working out the live show. Bring Me Back The Music is the first single off of their self entitled ep and highlights some of the flaws within the music/entertainment industry. With its dub/trap inspired track and Sonny’s virtuosic vocals, they hope to elevate the genre and it’s expectations.