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R&B Hip Hop Duo LesitoXChelsea Release Their Powerful Debut “Holding Back the Tears”

If you want a not so gentle reminder of how powerful and emotive R&B Hip Hop can be, hit play on the latest single from the up and coming duo LesitoXChelsea.

“Holding Back the Tears” is a candidly raw admission of vulnerability, and the stark poignancy in the lyrics didn’t fail to resonate. The chemistry between the Rap vocals from Lesito and the harmonic vocals from singer-songwriter Chelsea is as potent as it comes.

The atmospherically pensive downtempo beats also played a heavy hand in amplifying the relatable melancholy which poured out of Holding Back the Tears. There’s little room to wonder why BBC Introducing were so keen to spin the instantly magnetic hit, or why there are plenty of labels lined up ready to invest in this insanely talented duo.

You can check out Holding Back the Tears for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Charley Macaulay Pairs Ambience with Strikingly Soulful R&B with Latest Single “LUNA”

“LUNA” is the latest ethereal offering of Neo-Soul from up and coming artist Charley Macaulay. While there’s plenty of 90s R&B nostalgia weaved into the soundscape, Charley Macaulay also offers plenty of magnetic distinction with her contemporary resonant sound.

The South Coast singer-songwriter’s solo project may be fresh from its inception, yet Charley Macaulay has over a decade of experience writing music and performing – and it definitely shows in LUNA. It’s not all too often you get to appreciate vibrancy and ambience within a single simultaneously.

With her crystal-clear dynamic vocal range and ability to construct smooth mellifluous tracks, there’s very little room to question her commercial potential.

You can check out Charley Macaulay’s latest single LUNA which was released on September 20th for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Pyrex Plat teams up with Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard to create the high-fire R&B Rap drop “Silver Lining”

“Silver Lining” is the infectious new drop from up and coming Hip Hop artist Pyrex Plat. If you’ve lost any faith in Contemporary Rap, this release will definitely restore it.

The track may kick-off as a feat of Old School Hip Hop, but through the vocal contributions of Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard, the two artists created a dynamic hit with an unforgettably sweet R&B chorus.

With the vocal switch-ups found in Silver Lining, it feels as though each new progression brings something fresh to the mix. In fact, Silver Lining is one of those tracks which you’re actually gutted when it fades out. And those kinds of tracks are as easy to find as a needle in a SoundCloud haystack.

You can check out Pyrex Plat’s latest single Silver Lining for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


NOVO dropped their latest R&B Hip Hop track “Little Bit” ft. Merezz & TimmyTheNomad

If your playlists are crying out for some freshly exotic downtempo Hip Hop, you’ll be able to wipe the tears away with NOVO’s latest single “Little Bit”.

To create the rhythmically soul-soaked single Novo teamed up with Merezz & TimmyTheNomad, which resulted in Little Bit becoming a sticky-sweet symphonic summer hit. With elements of Trap and Soul sitting side by side you’re treated to authenticity and grind as the track runs through.

Little Bit is an instantaneously accessible hit which undoubtedly has plenty of commercial potential. However, it wasn’t the most distinctive track which we’ve heard in 2019. But the track still remains a testament to NOVO’s talent to cook up a rhythmic sun-soaked immersive radio-ready mix.

You can check out NOVO’s single Little Bit for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


R3ALAX has dropped their most ambiently nostalgic track yet “#yachts”

Orlando-based R&B & Soul artist R3ALAX has recently dropped their most ambiently cathartic single yet. “#yachts” is a track which isn’t all too shy about spilling plenty of catharsis as the downtempo progressions lead you through a warm and textured mix.

While we could definitely appreciate the melodious ambience in #yachts, it was easy to feel that the soundscape was slightly lacking in immersivity. Spilling in more reverb for an ethereal effect and making sure the vocal harmonies sit tightly with the instrumental melodies would take R3ALAX’s sound to the next level. That being said, #yachts is still a well-produced single which wouldn’t be out of place on your vibe-out playlists.

You can check out R3ALAX’s latest single #yachts for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Melica – Calling: Soulfully Melodic R&B Pop

London-based up and coming artist Melica has recently dropped her fourth single “Calling”, which will definitely be of appeal to any fans of 90s R&B Pop.

While Calling may carry the same empowering evocative energy as urban earworms created decades ago, Calling still carries plenty of contemporary appeal thanks to the infusion of Trap into the soulfully melodic hit.

As much as we appreciated Calling, it was easy to feel that the backing vocals were slightly unnecessary in the mix. Melicia has such a powerful vocal dynamic which wouldn’t have failed to stand alone in Calling. Yet, that’s not to say that Calling wasn’t a hit; Melicia is an emerging artist with plenty of potential – you only need to listen to the raw power in her harmonies and the expression in her lyrics to realise that.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Kavion Sabio makes his melodic R&B Pop debut with the single “Y.A.T.O”

“Y.A.T.O” is the melodically mused debut single from up and coming R&B Pop artist Kavion Sabio. His accessible hit fuses together elements of Synth Pop, R&B, and 70s Blues in a smorgasbord of transfixing rhythm.

With each progression in Y.A.T.O, you become even more immersed in the soulfully atmospheric soundscape. This track is definitely for anyone who appreciates the more experimental, synthy, and wavy side of Pop which revives vintage tonality.

Plenty of catharsis spills from the lush reverb as electronic effect fuses with delicate fingerpicked notes on the guitar while Kavion Sabio’s vocals sit in perfect synergy with the seamless progressions of the beat.

With the inspiration behind Y.A.T.O coming from rhythmic heroes such as Hendrix, B.B. King, and Miles Davis, you can be sure that you’ll be hitting play on a powerful nostalgically-inclined, yet contemporarily appealing track.

You can check out Kavion Sabio’s first single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Fitch Means Brings Old School Soul to Life in Contemporary R&B with Single “2am Drive”

Since breaking R&B artist Fitch Means dropped their latest single “2am Drive” this summer it hasn’t failed to attract plenty of hype. And with his tangible ability to mix old school vibes with contemporary slick beats, there’s little room to wonder why. The romantically steeped single offers the perfect rhythmic grind from start to finish.

The Philly-based artist definitely wasn’t shy about the amount of soul that he served up in 2am either. Hearing so much authentic passion wrapped up in a mellifluous soundscape doesn’t happen every day, which is why Fitch Means is an all too welcome addition on our radar. So, if you’re wondering what a true testament of talent sounds like, you’ll find the answers in this radio-ready mix.

You can check out the official music video to Fitch Means’ latest single 2am Drive for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


M unknow – Mouv Your Body: Sun-Soaked Rhythmically-Rendered Reggae R&B

Summer may be almost over, but there’s still plenty of time to soak up the vibrant Reggae beats found in up and coming French artist M unknow’s latest single “Mouv Your Body”.

The lyrics may switch between French and English, but even if you’re ignorantly unilingual like me, it’s more than easy to get swept up in this sticky-sweet mix of simple yet primally rhythmic beats which create the perfect platform for M unknow’s unflinchingly charismatic vocals.

So, if your up-vibe playlists are sounding a little flat, Mouv Your Body will be an incredibly welcome addition. There are no frills or excessive effects in Mouv Your Body, just efficaciously arrestive euphoria which serves as the perfect introduction to M unknow’s high-vibe approach to Reggae R&B.

You can check out M unknow’s single Mouv Your Body for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Justin Ragland – Jamaican Me Crazy: Salaciously Up-Vibe R&B Hip Hop

Admittedly, the title to Jamaican Me Crazy is a little cheesy, yet, up and coming Hip Hop R&B artist’s latest single is anything but. The R&B beat to Jamaican Me Crazy is kept fairly simple for an instantly accessible rhythmic feel. But what will really grip you with Justin Ragland’s latest up-vibe single is his approach to seamlessly mixing Hip Hop with R&B and Reggae. Whilst there may be many artists who blend elements of the genres, the Kennesaw, US-based artist uses the authoritative attitude of a Hip Hop artist combined with the romanticist tendencies which you’d expect from an R&B Soul artist. The result? A salaciously sweet infusion of fresh urban soul.

You can check out Justin Ragland’s latest single Jamaican Me Crazy along with his previous singles by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast