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Mandela – ISO: A High-Vibe Hip Hop Playlist Staple

If you’re looking for Hip Hop that soothes the soul, look no further than breaking artist Mandela’s latest single ISO which offers high-vibe sunny grooves and lyrics which will undoubtedly make you feel better about the absurdity about we’re living in.

By playfully alluding to the face mask debate in the lyrics while keeping the tones upbeat, ISO progresses as a transfixing euphoric track which is sure to sweeten any mood.  With the nuances of Jazz, Pop, EDM and RnB which are into the mix, there’s no guessing what kind of aural curveball the track will throw at you next. Yet, each progression was uplifting and inventive as the last. It’s almost impossible to capture Mandela’s energy and inspiring vibes in words. You’re going to have to hit play to appreciate it for yourselves.

You can check out Mandela’s track ISO by heading over to Spotify now.

With an EP and an album in the work, there’s no better time to get Mandela on your radar. So give them a follow and never miss out on their upcoming releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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YT HellaKingin has dropped their grooving RnB Hip Hop hit Friday Night featuring Heartbreaka and Dale Keano

Pop, RnB and Hip Hop all euphorically converge in the high-vibe grooving hit Friday Night which is the latest release from breaking US Hip Hop artist YT HellaKingin.

To add even more dynamism and fire to the mix, YT HellaKingin hooked up with two urban legends in their own right, Heartbreaka and Dale Keano. Soul spills in equal measure from the romantically sweet lyrics, the warm beats and vocals as they switch between arrestive Rap versing and smooth crooning. And thanks to the flawless production, tracks don’t come much more radio-ready than Friday Night.

In short, if you’re looking for an entrancingly tropic aural pick me up, look no further.

You can check out the official video to YT HellaKingin’s single Friday Night which premiered on May 29th via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Olivia Rees – Darker Night: Viscerally Compelling Alt Trap Pop

Pop singer-songwriter Olivia Rees has recently released her phenomenal Alt Pop hit Darker Night. Expect to be hit with full-frontal emotion, viscerally compelling lyrics and hypnotically atmospheric electronic instrumentals.

It’s strikingly meta lines such as “I lost myself when I looked for you” which puts Olivia Rees’ striking style leagues apart from any other up and coming Pop artist in 2020. With a nuanced infusion of Hip Hop in the rhythmically arrestive beats and plenty of bite behind her vocals, Darker Night is as distinctive as it is captivating.

It’s tangibly clear that Olivia Rees never set out to assimilate with this passion-soaked hit. It oozes with authentic creative ingenuity.

You can check out Darker Night for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Topnotch is set to drop their adrenalizing feat of Pop Hip Hop “Who We Are”

We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of breaking Hip Hop artist Topnotch’s electrifying upcoming release “Who We Are”. As far as we’re concerned, he’s set the bar for Summer 2020 Hip Hop releases with the phenomenal drop.

So, if you’ve ingested enough lacklustre Rap to last a lifetime, prepare for the adrenalizing grooves in this high-vibe mix. The lyrics may address grounding issues, but the 90s Hip Hop Pop beats take Who We Are beyond the realms of Party Hip Hop and allowed Topnotch to cook up an unforgettable anthemic earworm. If any new release deserves to go viral this year, it’s Who We Are.

Who We Are is due to drop in August, you’ll be able to catch it on all streaming platforms including SoundCloud, in the meantime, you can check out Topnotch’s equally as energetic hits.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NOMAD. has dropped their high-vibe EDM Hip Hop track “Den of Thieves” Featuring Pop Vocalist MEMORiE

NOMAD.’s latest Feat of Pop-laced EDM Hip Hop Den of Thieves featuring MEMORiE feels iconic from the first listen. In terms of collaborative chemistry, it’s a euphoric phosphorus fire.

The effortlessly evocative track rivals the level of emotion found in the unforgettable collaboration with Eminem and Dido. Yet, Den of Thieves is ultimately all about the sticky-sweet good vibes – making it the perfect addition to your summer playlists.

With a shimmering crisp production thanks to the deft skills of producer @HYPRSPVCE and the compelling lyrical narrative perfectly executed by NOMAD. through their Rap bars and MEMORiE’s Future Pop-style harmonics, Den of Thieves is a track which you’ll want to play on repeat.

You can check out NOMAD.’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MK-Jsav – You Know: Soul-Deep Rhythmically-Fiery Alt Pop Hip Hop

MK-Jsav may have only made their debut a month ago, but they’re already proving to be an aural force to be reckoned with. Their standout single “You Know” is undoubtedly the best introduction to their soul-deep, rhythmically fiery approach to Alt Pop Hip Hop.

Mumble Rap may not be every Hip Hop fan’s cup of tea, but those with a preference for it will find plenty to love in You Know. The almost non-lexical vocals find perfect synergy with the melodically fluid Trap beats which create an atmospheric and emotive track which boasts plenty of urban earworm potential.

MK-Jsav is already giving us plenty to be excited about with their distinctive yet connectable mixes. Watch this space. Or better yet, you can check out You Know for yourselves via Spotify or SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SwifStyle lets you revisit the good times with their standout Funk-driven Hip Hop track “Throwback”  

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The standout single Throwback from breaking Alt Hip Hop artist SwifStyle’s latest album “The Renaissance Movement, Phase 1” serves up an infectiously adrenalizing dose of Funk and Soul. It almost makes Daft Punk’s tracks sound flat.

Throwback may aid nostalgia by catapulting you back to the time when Disco and Funk were King. But the vibrantly eclectic approach to production ensured that Throwback is as fresh as Alt Hip Hop comes.

Expect killer acoustic basslines, sensually charismatic vibing vocals, and electrically-charged melodies which will stick to your synapses long after the track has faded to a close. It’s not every day we come across a track with such visceral soul and connectable expressive passion. Don’t hang around getting SwifStyle on your radar. They won’t be up and coming for long.

You can check out Throwback along with the rest of SwifStyle’s album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cera Gibson – Sad B*tch: Artfully Catchy EDM Pop

Even though very few artists succeed when finding the perfect balance between edgy and catchy, Cera Gibson perceptibly succeeded with her latest perennial Pop earworm “Sad B*tch”.

The vocals may share reminiscences with artists such as Lady Gaga, but it’s through the atmospheric EDM Pop instrumentals where Cera Gibson’s sound truly comes into its own. For her signature sound, the Salt Lake City-based artist borrowed a few elements from Hip Hop, giving the beats the same ensnaring mesmerism which you’d find in darker feats of Hip Hop.

You may just find that the melodies which you’re drawn into by the instrumental hooks refuse to leave you alone after this arcanely crafted aural gem has faded to a close.

You can check out the official music video to Sad B*tch which premiered on February 22nd for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Miles Casper – Hit the Spot: Entrancingly Fresh RnB Trap Pop

Miles Casper has followed on from the success of their first two singles with the equally as melodically smooth Pop Trap track “Hit the Spot”. You can’t help but feel and move to the rhythmic grind in Hit the Spot. It’s not all too often we can dub Pop Trap entrancing but Hit the Spot does exactly what it says on the tin.

By switching between harmonic Pop vocals and perfectly metered rapid-fire Rap bars, Miles Casper created a dynamic hit which you’re immediately hooked into from the prelude right up to the outro.  There’s also a lot to be said for the seamless fluidity of the lush instrumentals. Not to mention the radio-ready finish which they were able to achieve on the production.

The 19-year-old Melbourne-based artist and producer plans to drop a single each month in 2020. If any Alt Pop is worth having on your radar this year, it is Miles Casper.

You can check out Hit the Spot for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indigo Blue has released their latest genre-defying feat of Alt Pop with “Shape Me”

Alt Pop artist Indigo Blue has proven with their latest single “Shape Me.” that Pop can be just as progressive as Rock and Metal.

Their standout single will aurally crawl under your ribs from the minute you press play. Within it, you’ll find subtle elements of RnB, Hip Hop and Rock all sat alongside Indigo Blue’s eccentric soulful daringness to sound completely distinctive.

There’s so much personability to be found in the vocals that you’d have to be without a soul not to feel the weight of the deftly penned lyrics which inject just as much atmosphere into the single as the pensive keys.

Their bold songwriting approach definitely paid off if the hype around their tracks is anything to go by.

You can check out Shape Me along with Indigo Blue’s earlier released singles by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast