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Landon Sears gets sexy, sensual, and scented with new single ‘Shea’

If R&B got drunk on Cristal one night and ended up in a lost-weekend New York hotel-room tryst with smooth jazz, then the unexpected offspring a few months later might sound very much like Landon Sears and ‘Shea’; a mix of Blue Note deep groove jazz, smooth R&B, and a little touch of old-skool hip-pop thrown in for good measure. ‘Shea’ has one of the catchiest pop choruses dropped so far this year (so much so that we’ve been singing it for the last couple of hours since first hearing the track), a perfect emotive story in the ‘shea butter lotion/the scent she leaves my home with/whenever I undress her’ lyrical hook.

Sears’ vocal is superb, suiting the track perfectly, sounding chilled, easy, and languorous atop the horns, grooving bass, and Rhodes piano, the track overall sexy, sensual, and fun, clearly having as good a time as, it seems, Sears and his fictional fragranced heroine.

If ever a track had the perfect crossover of serious musical credibility, groove, and sheer radio-friendly commerciality, it’s Landon Sears’ ‘Shea’. The album ’88.1’ from which it comes was released on January 30th(Sears’ birthday); you can hear ‘Shea’, and the rest of ’88.1’, on Soundcloud. Follow Landon Sears on Instagram and Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Mookie helps us ‘Through it All’ with his deeply compassionate pop trap single.

Up and coming artist, Mookie, started out as an EDM producer, but if his latest pop trap single ‘Through it All’ is anything to go by, it would have been criminal to carry on leaving his melodies unpaired with his unfiltered heartfelt lyrics.

If lyrics as raw as ‘sometimes I get emotional but it’s all I have’ don’t leave a lump in your throat, you can safely assume that your soul checked out a while ago.

Lockdown may have inspired plenty of uninspired songs, but Mookie adds a unique voice to the conversation which allows you to see the beauty in the sadness. Through it All may have come from a place of deep isolation and longing for normality, but it’s impossible not to let yourself be consoled by Mookie’s sweetly affectionate slightly reverb-tinged vocals as they run in synergy by the deftly mastered beats..

Any fans of Lil Peep, Lil Xan or Juice Wrld will want to make room on their playlists for Through it All which is now available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nisa Pasha proves that passivity is out of trend with ‘Godfather’

Spanish guitars join and stinging trap beats in trailblazing hip hop artist, Nisa Pasha’s, latest single ‘Godfather’ which carries the theatrics of a telenovela while arresting you with the unapologetic attitude.

Lock into the lyrics, and you’ll find empowering mantras which will make you think twice about dealing with romantic frustration passively. We’ve seen enough plastic pop idols for a lifetime, it’s time artists as magnetically aspirational as Nisa Pasha shared the same platform. Just as stereotypes were smashed in the 1972 cult film, they were obliterated within Nisa Pasha’s feisty hit.

You can check out the official video to Godfather which dropped on December 3rd via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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TeawhYB – All Gas No Breaks: Intellectually Inspirational High Vibe Alt Pop

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If you’re always on the lookout for intellectually inspirational artists with the ability to cook-up high-vibe perennial pop earworms, you’ll strike gold when you hit play on the latest single ‘All Gas No Breaks’ from LA artist TeawhYB.

With their indulgent blend of Pop, Old School Hip Hop, R n B and New Wave Trap, All Gas No Breaks grooves with danceable sun-soaked melodicism while TeawhYB lays down their lyrics which act as a call to action for all entrepreneurs and creatives to keep their foot on the pedal.

TeawhYB proves that self-awareness holds just as much importance in music as infectious hooks and vocals which speak directly to the soul by making statements such as “We, as in the world, can’t continue entirely the same way it has before the pandemic. We went through it together, like a relationship gone bad. We’re going to make it out but we’ll have transformed into something we weren’t before.” Putting him on your playlists is practically an act of self-care.

You can check out TeawhYB’s tracks by heading over to their SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kaedo has dropped their dynamically eclectic debut album ‘Overwhelmed’

After a string of successful singles, breaking Pop artist, Kaedo, has finally released their highly-anticipated debut album, ‘Overwhelmed’. Given that we’ve all spent a significant amount of time with that very same suffocatingly dizzy feeling lately, Kaeodo’s unpredictably immersive album is well worth delving into.

Each track exhibits the artist’s dynamic approach to crafting relatable hits, in the space of a single soundscape, you’re bounced from Ambient Acoustic Pop to Moody Electronic Pop with hints of RnB and Hip Hop in between for good measure. Another thing which remains constant through the 12-track release is the directness of the lyricism. With tracks such as ‘I Feel Used’, ‘What Have I Done’, ‘Lonely’ and ‘Terrified’, you’ve practically got an encyclopaedia of emotion laid out in front of you. The album leaves no room to wonder why Kaedo has been able to attract so much hype since making their debut.

You can check out Kaedo’s album Overwhelmed for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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RnB Hip Hop artist Jay Towers has transcribed his soul with ‘Love Note’

Jay Towers dropped their most soulful single to date with the release of their fusion Indie, Hip Hop, RnB and Pop, ‘Love Note’. The vocal melody may just be the second most infectious thing to have come into fruition in 2020.

Romanticism without crass perversion in a Hip Hop track may be harder to find than a needle in a haystack, but Jay Towers was able to deliver the dominance of Hip Hop along with affable hints of affable soul in Love Note. Any fans of Post Malone will definitely want to pay attention the sun-kissed, melodically captivating hit which was officially released on November 27th.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Reject your nihilism with Etoile Marley’s alchemically eclectic track ‘LockItDown’

I would probably sell my soul to be able to exude as much confidence and positivity as Etoile Marley did in her latest release ‘LockItDown’ which throws back to 70s Funk Rock, weaves in elements of Neo Soul and finds its structure around Old School Hip Hop.

The jazzy-soul driven hit is practically an intervention, you’ll feel any lingering apathy or pessimism evading you as soon as you hit play. LockItDown is an accordantly high-vibe hit, but it makes no bones about confronting you with the very real fact that you’re in charge of your mentality.

Only an artist with an insurmountable amount of talent and vision could blend elements of Hip Hop, Blues Rock and Dark Pop to such an alchemic effect. It’s safe to say that you’re going to want her on your radar.

You can check out LockItDown via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Variety has released their mercurially playful Pop-Hip-Hop-EDM Hybrid ‘Dancing On Ice’

Variety is a performing and producing duo from Space Coast, Florida, and like their home state ‘Dancing On Ice’ is a perfect melting pot of influences and styles.

There’s a definite East-Coast hip-hop-influenced pop drive to the track, but like the Sunshine State itself there’s a definite Latin-American feel in places, with an added sprinkling of jazzy beats, and just enough ‘EDM’ to add sparkle. There’s an ‘Akon’ feel to the vocal, for sure, and enough tempo and stylistic shifts to constantly entice your attention. ‘Dancing On Ice’ waits until you think you know where it’s going before playfully mixing things up with an impish little grin. It’s mercurial, whimsical, and mischievous; that can never be a bad thing, right?

‘Dancing On Ice’ is on Spotify. Follow Variety on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Izze St. William offers salvation with his ghetto electric hymn ‘No Shackles’

‘No Shackles’ is a perfect slice of old-school R&B, a cry to love and longing and the need to belong. With an Antares, Auto-Tuned vocal reminiscent of the best style of Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne, or the omnipresent T-Pain, and lyrics describing the lust for love – “Put Shackles over me/ Come throw away the key/ If I was in the crime of being lonely” –  ‘No Shackles’ grooves and winds through a hook-heavy with thumping bass and sequenced keyboards.

Izze St. William describes himself as ‘an artist-producer for the people’ creating ‘ghetto electric hymns’ and ‘sacred music within mystic stories of the human soul’. With ‘No Shackles’ he’s certainly created a track which will stick in yours.

See the video for ‘No Shackles’ on YouTube, and follow Izze St. William on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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King Sway – Reminisce featuring Emilee Heffern

For his latest track, “Reminisce”, Zimbabwean rapper, songwriter and producer King Sway teamed up with vocalist Emilee Heffern, together, the two artists cooked up an evocative firestorm.

The passionate chemistry which effervesces between their vocal offerings which relay gritty and relatable frustrations is intoxicating from the start. Reminisce captures that fraught moment when you realise that a relationship which you once lived and breathed for has turned toxic and there is no turning back to the feelings of serendipity which follow falling in love.

The instrumental hooks don’t just ensnare you rhythmically, but you’ll also feel as though you’ve been pulled into their harrowingly resonant narrative. Reminisce is just passionate and raw as Eminem and Dido’s iconic hit Stan, King Sway just doesn’t have the household name…yet.

Reminisce is available to stream and download on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast