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Donovan Lowe – Feel The Same: Contemporary Urban R&B

All you 6lack and Frank Ocean fans (and I know you are legions) gather round. The Bay Area R&B recording artist Donovan Lowe has a juicy suggestion for your “Sadboi” playlist.

“Feel The Same” (featuring Young Al) has such a bizarre production, this a leftfield take on today’s R&B, presenting a more dangerous, wilder side of contemporary urban music, just like The Weeknd did in his first trilogy. The production of this thing is a gun; when listening on headphones you are being bombarded by this sarcastic beat from left and right.

This artist has all the potential to blow up any time. This is cutting-edge music, without any unnecessary technical blah-blahs, it is short and to the point. And there’s a wide market to feast upon it. Even though the impression one might get from Donovan’s appearance could be he is leaning towards a more old-school R&B thing, like Anthony Hamilton. However, this is so 2019-2020 music.

“Feel the Same” (featuring Young Al) is included in Donovan Lowe debut EP called “Loving U In Secret”. Stream it the song

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis


Terrence turk Robinson – Hold On: Soulfully Composed R&B Trap

Christian & Gospel singer-songwriter Terrence turk Robinson has recently released their second single “Hold On (To His Word)”. And it’s safe to say that I’ve never a heard a more soulful contemporary R&B-laced Trap track.

Whatever your religious leanings, Terrence turk Robinson’s soulful magnetism won’t fail to resonate when you hit play on their good vibe hits which have been orchestrated to strengthen faith. Nick Cave once said that atheists could never make good songwriters, after listening to Hold On, I may just be inclined to agree with him.

Sure, the harmonic vocals are pleasing, and the beats contain plenty of lush hooks, but the intrinsically enamouring soulful sentiment in Hold On is what really allows this track to hit hard.

You can check out Terrence turk Robinson’s latest single Hold On for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Ze-LuJ – Phone: Authentically Expressive R&B Soul

“Phone” is just one of the recently released singles from up and coming R&B Soul artist Ze-LuJ which you’ll want to turn your attention to if you’re always on the hunt for authentically expressive aural experiences which come with a potent serving of rhythmic catharsis.

The production may not be the smoothest in Phone, but it’s clear that Ze-LuJ is an artist with the ability to construct soundscapes which can leave you well and truly immersed through the perfect combination of soft melodies and naturally magnetic vocals.

You can check out Ze-LuJ’s single Phone along with a smorgasbord of their other soulfully sweet singles by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


 DNigel Feat-Drakes – Forever You: Lucidly Soothing Ambient Hip Hop

Washington, US-Based artist and producer DNigel has recently dropped their most ambiently immersive single yet “Forever You” featuring Drakes.

It may only be a short and sweet lucid offering of wavy downtempo R&B-infused Hip Hop, but it’s still extremely efficacious at drawing you into the resonantly soothing reverb-laden lush mix. The female vocals ethereally hover atop of the tentatively captivating instrumental progressions in perfect synergy.

I can’t say that I’ve encountered many soundscapes which manage to simultaneously resonate as soulful and haunting. But what I am unequivocally sure of is that DNigel has a deft mastery over the production of smooth and sonorous urban tracks.

You can check out Forever You for yourselves by heading over to Reverb Nation now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Alt R&B Artist The Vice Owl Drops Their Emotively Bruising Single “Where Did She Go?”

The Vice Owl’s latest single “Where Did She Go” follows on from the release of their first two singles “She Don’t Wanna Know” and “Darling Is an Angel”. Each of the R&B Alt Pop singles holds a pensive mirror up to the impact of substance abuse.

While it’s nice to pretend that substance abuse isn’t rampant and tearing lives apart, the Vice Owl lyrically locks into the disparity and the despair which comes as a consequence. Where Did She Go is the final chapter of the tale of the drug-fuelled nightmare, and the up and coming artist didn’t hold back with the striking imagery.

The vocals echo with melancholy and the soundscape offers cavernous amounts of reverb on the emotively-charged instrumentals, Where Did She Go is a track which definitely won’t fail to resonate.

You can check out Where Did She Go which was released on September 20th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Fitch Means – “Millions” ft. King BreZe: Soulfully Fresh R&B

R&B Soul artist Fitch Means dropped their latest single “Millions” on July 27th, and it’s already well on its way to becoming a viral hit.

With Millions, Fitch Means found the perfect balance between offering an accessible soundscape and treating the listener to an indisputably fresh contemporary aural experience.

With elements of Pop, R&B, and Hip Hop all weaved into the vibrant up-vibe multi-layered mix, Fitch Means definitely didn’t fail to stamp down their signature sound with Millions; and the charisma practically drips from it.

Even though Fitch Means is more than capable of holding his own with the harmonic versing, he brought in King BreZe to ensure that Millions was as unforgettably dynamic as possible.

You can check out the official music video to Millions for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


DEA – Summer Lovin’: Hazily Nostalgic RnB Hip Hop Vibes

Up and coming R&B Hip Hop artist DEA dropped their latest track “Summer Lovin’ on August 31st in collaboration with producer June Seasonz. Together they created an unforgettable track which practically drips hazily nostalgic sun-soaked vibes.

We may have heard a fair few Summer R&B Hip Hop hits this year, but very few offer such immediate and cathartic soulful resonance from the first hit. The downtempo beats are as melodic as they come and DEA’s captivating vocals didn’t fail to pull you further into the sticky-sweet evocative mix.

Summer may over, but that shouldn’t stop you placing DEA on your radar and getting excited about what is to come.

You can check out the official music video to DEA’s latest single Summer Lovin for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


GToneCorleone – In My BM: Vibrantly Magnetic Latino Hip Hop

GToneCorleone’s latest drop “In My BM” is a vibrantly magnetic mix of R&B, Latino, Hip Hop, and EDM which pulls together to create a high-fire earworm.

You’ll get a complimentary clash of cultures with In My BM as snaking sultry Latino rhythms fuse with polished Hip Hop beats. In My BM offers much more than monocultural music ever could and GToneCorleone has that incredibly rare ability of an artist to create music that instantaneously feeds sun-soaked euphoria from the first hit.

He’s set the bar when it comes to creating contemporary urban music. It’s fresh, it’s unforgettable, and it’s a sure sign of big things to come from GToneCorleone.

You can check out the official music video to GToneCorleone’s latest drop In My BM by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


DarioDMusic Releases Their Third Single “Disrespectful”

Up and coming R&B Hip Hop artist DarioDMusic has recently released their third single “Disrespectful”. The track is sure to resonate with plenty of people while acting as a wake-up call for everyone who makes disrespect a defining part of their personality.

After listening to Disrespectful, it’s safe to assume that DarioDMusic has come across some spikily insufferable women. But we can definitely appreciate their soulful no holds barred approach to their latest single. There’s no hiding behind metaphors, just an all-out melodic downtempo aural assault. And the sentiment behind the track isn’t the only magnetic aspect to Disrespectful, the polished EDM Trap beats allow you to fall into a contemporary mix which runs through with plenty of grinding rhythm.

You can check out DarioDMusic’s latest single Disrespectful for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Ze-LuJ Pushes the Evolution of Soul One Step Further with “West to Me”

Up and coming R&B Soul artist Ze-LuJ’s recently released single “West to Me” is the synthy evolution that the genre has been waiting for.

All too often contemporary artists strive to assimilate the soundscapes which we’ve carried in our hearts for decades. But with “West to Me”, Ze-LuJ has ensured there’s plenty of captivating distinction in their sound which wraps around the nostalgic elements of R&B and Soul.

Of all the R&B tracks I’ve checked out this year, it’s safe to say that West to Me will be the most unforgettable. Which also falls down to Ze-LuJ’s unflinchingly smooth vocals.

You can check out Ze-LuJ’s latest single West to Me for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast