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Johanna Klingfors – All the Same: A Jazz-Soaked Debut of Contemporarily Style 70’s R&B

As a recording artist Johanna Klingfors is as captivating as she is eccentrically playful in her aurally alchemic approach as shown with her first Jazz soaked single All the Same. The girls got a point, you get to a certain point in your life and you realise just how repetitively monotonous and predictable behaviour becomes.

Johanna projects her earth-shatteringly resonant lyrics into the mic through her not so self-apologist low range vocals which absolutely dominate her single All the same; no matter how much Funk & Groove is thrown in by the instrumentals. You don’t need an artist bio to tell you that the raw lyrics round the Swedish singer, songwriter and pianists lyrics are highly personal, that much is perceptible for how she carries her soulful, attitude-riddled vocals throughout the track. Even with her stylised inclination towards the vintage sound, it can’t be said that her sound isn’t prodigal; Christina Aguilera may have attempted the soundscape many moons go, but she didn’t even come close to Johanna’s Bluesy expressionism.

You can check out Johanna Klingfors’ latest single All the Same on Spotify now, if you have a particular penchant for 70’s R&B you really don’t want to give this one a miss.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jovian – Nascar: Charismatically Flawless R&B Hip Hop

He’s got the style, he’s got the charisma, he’s got the beats and now Jovian is the proud owner of one of the most beautifully melodic R&B Hip Hop tracks which has been dropped this year. It was the lyricism in Jovian’s latest tack Nascar which really caught my attention, his elastic wit of the irrefutably talented up and coming artist allowed him to create ridiculously catchy verses. Anyone who verses about Game of Thrones is a winner in my book.
The prelude to the track is reminiscent of what you’d hear contained within an old black and white film soundtrack however around the lifted high-vibe beat it adds a creeping haunting energy which somehow translates as pure hype.  If I had to pick one flaw within the track I’d have to say I didn’t really ‘get’ the whole nascar concept behind Jovian’s latest track, whilst there was a fair offering of metaphorical lyricism pertaining to the theme it was still somewhat lost on me. Then again, so has the Arctic Monkey’s latest album concept.

You can check out the official music video to Jovian’s latest single Nascar on YouTube now or head on over to Jovian’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sam. – Wreck my Soul: Pensively Passionate, Rhythmically Raw R&B

There’s something about up & coming R&B & Soul artist Sam’s track Wreck my Soul that crawls into every inch of your being as you absorb the pensive melancholy. Each element of Sam’s track is uniquely stylised to enable you to feel the pure passion which she’s projecting through her lyrics, vocals and beats. The Toronto based artist has created a track that stands as true testament to her soulful style as the track runs completely free of ego or any notion of grandeur. In short, Wreck my Soul is raw, organic, and mesmerizingly blissful. Whilst the production quality may not be quite there after her vocals were allowed to fade into the sound multiple times throughout the track, you really can’t expect more from an emerging artist. I have no double that her sound will be radio ready in no time.

You can check out Sam’s latest single for yourself which was released earlier this year on SoundCloud now. You can also check out Sam’s latest release If He Knew which dropped May 2018 where Sam’s urban groove was taken into a brand-new R&B arena.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sadie Jemmett – OK.WOW: Succinctly Sweet Soul Tinged with Political Insanity

Whilst Sadie Jemmett’s latest single OK.WOW started off with a rather questionable use of sampling, the rest of the track was one of the purest offerings of R&B Jazz Soul that you could hope for.

Sadie created one of the most succinctly grounding tracks I’ve checked out this year. As the track flows through her domineeringly blissful voice that pours out pure pensive soul is accompanied with some Donald Trump sampling to create the perfect contrast between his belligerent idle rambling accompanied with Sadie’s cathartic vocal offering. The brass used in the track allowed the Jazz roots of the soundscape to bleed through, whilst the contemporarily fresh trap style beat reverberated through the synergy laid down through Jemmett’s vocals.

If you want to be sobered by some succinctly sweet Soul you can check out Sadie Jemmett’s latest single OK.WOW on Spotify now. The track title will make a lot of sense after you do. Each one of Sadie Jemmett’s eloquent tracks stand as testament to her uniquely potent potential, yet with OK.WOW the singer songwriter may have surpassed herself.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nic Snow – Reconciliation: An Immersive Cocktail of Soul, Pop & R&B

Nic Snow’s latest R&B Hip Hop track is potentially the saddest upbeat track I’ve ever heard. Reconciliation, is a sonorous mash up of Pop, Soul and R&B which creates an immersive ethereal edge to the emerging artists sound. As debut tracks go, it doesn’t get much better than this. My only criticism would be for the use of the overly hyper female vocals that were used in the prelude to the track which has you itching to crank down the volume. His vocals stand radiantly on his own alongside the deep, poignant lyrics that tangibly demonstrate the weight of his passion.  Yet, it’s not all doom and gloom, strangely enough he’s packed the sound of Summer into Reconciliation into his debut track. I can’t wait to hear more from Nic Snow and his enviable array of talents, I’m just hoping there’s an album in the pipeline for 2018.

You can listen to Nic Snow’s latest debut hit Reconciliation on Spotify now

Or follow Nic on Facebook & keep up to date with his new releases and tour dates.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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November Rose – Tangerine Dream: Soul Trap to Send You Down the Rabbit Hole

Just another R&B & Soul artist?

Thankfully not.

With Tangerine Dream, November Rose (AKA Anthony Daniel) created a beautiful monster of that puts into perspective just how most R&B artists are indistinguishable from one another. After checking out November Rose’s debut track I knew that I could quite happily drink in an entire album of his experimentally vibrant soundscape. Rose’s magnetic melodies of Trap and Drum phases are as sharp as music gets, it’s as though he has selected the best vibes from a handful of genres to create a sensationally pioneering chilled out Trap Soul track.

The prelude was almost enough to make me feel like I’d gone down the rabbit hole and come out the other side in a black and white Noir film, yet the track progresses through a labyrinth of hooks and futuristically immersive breakdowns, all without the requirement of prominent vocals.

How November Rose hasn’t broken the internet with his sound, I will never understand. So, show the Atlanta Georgia based musical deity some love and drink in his electric sounds. You can check out November Rose’s blinding debut track Tangerine Dream on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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GrindMuzic – Care A Soulful R&B Mixtape That Bleeds Sensuality

The production quality for GrindMuzic’s new track Care which was released March 2018 was absolutely flawless, through deft production skills a perfectly rounded R&B Soul anthem was created. Grindmuzic took inspiration from artists such as Chris Brown, Bryson Taylor and Drake to create a sensual mix. However, even though the sensuality was present in the track as you’d expect, the sentiment behind the track was a little weak for my liking I’m not sure I 100% ‘got’ what the track was about above the swirly Trap and smash of the 808’s. If truth be told, it was an active effort to tune into the lyrics rather than just letting them come to you. I’m not sure if that’s due to a lack of sentiment, or the lyrics getting a little lost in the mix, but for me it was more than a little frustrating.

Also, the way the track completely cuts out after two minutes only to kick in again for 37 seconds was a little baffling. In short, I’m confused, yet, GrindMuzic’s debut track Care has already got over 10k streams on SoundCloud, so he must be doing something right!

You can check out Care by GrindMuzic on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jerry Gari – I Pray Alone: The R&B Rule Book is Well & Truly Out the Window

I could describe Jerry Gari’s latest debut track I Pray Alone as a sensational R&B Soul track, but that’s not even close to hitting the mark of Jerry Gari’s genre-warping rhythms. It’s simple, it’s understated and its absolute perfection. In fact, I haven’t heard a track which incorporates so many immersive elements since discovering Paul Banks (Interpol) and Wu Tang Clan Rapper RZA’s collaboration.

With I Pray Alone, Michigan based producer Jerry Gari has raised his game to the next level, whilst his other Electronica tracks are highly resonant, he’s found his signature style with the urban licks of this track. His less than conventional lyrical style grips you like a vice as you revel in the peculiarity that’s riddled in the tracks mix. The solid yet almost down-tempo track is the perfect platform for Jerry Gari to lay down his soul drenched vocals. Before I listened to I Pray Alone I had no idea of the synergy that could be created through an infusion of R&B Soul with Synth addled Electronica. But one things for sure, no one could do it sweeter than Jerry Gari

You can check out I Pray Alone on SoundCloud

To download I Pray Alone, along with Jerry Gari’s earlier tracks head on over to BandCamp

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DeJay Williams – Money: Wild Cherry Meets N.W.A

DeJay Williams’ latest R&B & Soul track ‘Money’, can only be described as being catapulted back and forth between iconic nostalgia and contemporary pioneering sound. At points you’re taken right back to Hip Hop roots as the song progresses into a track as infectious as N.W.A’s Straight out of Compton, other’s, you’re drenched in the same infectious Funk as previously offered by Wild Cherry with Play That Funky Music. Whilst this eclectic mix of sounds may not be everyone’s cup of tea, you can’t dispute the fact that it’s a fresh new flavour and the mind behind the track is a great contemporary contender in the scene. Featured in the track are the sensational vocals from Funk Soul singers Trameka Hawkins and Mellokie who perfectly round off this track.

The Oklahoma based singer song writer and producer dropped Money as his debut track on February 6th 2018, whilst it’s not typical of his earlier releases, I’d say that this collaboration was enough to put the independent artist on the map.

You can check out DeJay Williams’ Soulful new mix Money on Soundcloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/biglil-dj/01-money

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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705 – Put It on Me: A Clash of Cultures

705 is the latest musical venture of a delectably talented underground London based World music artist. It’s almost impossible to deconstruct this track with it’s eclectic base of influences.

The sound behind Put It on Me is packed with pounding momentum as it transgresses through it’s range of styles, encapsulating you in it’s feverish beat which is loosely defined by the Hip Hop, Reggae & R&B genre, influenced by artists such as Tupac, 50 Cent and Michael Jackson amongst 70’s reggae artists to create a playful euphoric sound.

The enigmatic artist has kept on the London underground with his music where he shares his upbeat energy with the crowd curtesy of his afrobeat’s styling which defines his lyrical flow that complements a perfectly rounded beat that rings with synergetic momentum.

Check out the EP 7Heaven via Spotify now:

open.spotify.com/track/49nKtc88OC…JY5D?si=8H1UcQu0

Or head on over to 705’s official website for more information on tours and upcoming releases:

https://www.705beats.com/

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