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Joize raises the temperature with the tropic beats in his latest urban EDM single, ‘Choices’

With plenty of popular releases already under his belt since making his debut in 2018, there was a fair amount of expectation on Joize’s latest single, Choices, it’s safe to say that he has raised the bar once more with his reggae vibes and vibrant danceable beats.

A single can rarely speak to your rhythmic pulses as much as it speaks to your soul, but this sweetly seductive release resonates mind, body and soul. Through his RnB Reggae vocals and the glitchy bass-dubbed trip-hop beats, Joize created the ultimate summer RnB playlist staple.

Choices is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Love You Forever: dESH.DUBS brings us fresh new single ‘Hold You Down’ (ft. Ariel)

Taken off his latest eleven-track release called ‘Above The Wicked‘, dESH.DUBS fills our hearts with so much buoyancy with lots of lovely sax included for good measure on ‘Hold You Down’ (ft. Ariel).

dESH.DUBS is a terrific Netherlands-based solo hip-hop artist, writer, researcher, music, visual artist and African studies student. He smoothly mixtures his sounds together to create that delicious music combination, that soothes your mind and fills you up with hope.

With a reggae fusion to add a clever lift to proceedings, we are catapulted into a song that keeps your body moving and your head nodding in approval, for all this exciting energy to be welcomed in hungrily.

This is the message of wanting that long-term love as you are so happy together and you have each others backs, no matter what else transpires to lead you astray.

Hold You Down’ (ft. Ariel) from the talented Netherlands-based artist dESH.DUBS, is that story that has you feeling so good and your mind a happy place to be productive again. This is a pleasurable single that is so full of good vibes and that relaxed energy, that is such a treat during these uncertain times of dismay and confusion.

Hear this freshly brewed new single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Mr. Relax teamed up with D-Fish for their 90s Dancehall Reggae single ‘Feelings’

For his latest release, ‘Feelings’, Mr. Relax teamed up with Dutch hip hop artist, D-Fish to create a visceral, vibrant high-vibe mix which grooves to reggae rhythm and grinds to RnB pop beats.

You could see it as an ode to 90s RnB – think Peter Andre, Sean Paul and Shabba Ranks, or you could see it as a timely arrival of a sun-soaked reggaeton track, powerful enough to pull us out of the most depressing winters in living history.

The official video which has already racked up over 70,000 streams since premiering on January 18th is available via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Kimo Jeepaz gives us a shot in the arm with his ‘Vaccine’ 

Mixing a heavy patois from his native St. Andrew, Jamaica, with a harder, more urban UK-style rap, Kimo Jeepaz new track ‘Vaccine’ – a lockdown hip hop story of quarantine and Covid. There’s elements of Jamaican dancehall in here alongside Jeepaz’ melodic flow and R&B groove, a touch of Sean Paul and Beenie Man alongside the R&B grind and bounce.

Jeepaz has already performed alongside the likes of Mavado, Not3s, Shenseea, Aidonia, and Dexta Daps; on the basis of ‘Vaccine’, 2021 is going to be the year the lockdown is let out for Kimo Jeepaz.

Check out ‘Vaccine’ on Spotify, and follow Kimo on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

Nana Motobi has dropped their high-vibe hustler anthem ‘Paper’

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Vibes don’t come much higher than the ones oozing from breaking Alt Hip Hop artist Nana Motobi’s latest release ‘Paper’.

The spaciously sun-kissed melodies set the upraising tone while Nana Motobi breaks the monocultural mould by weaving in Jamaican Reggae vibes and experimenting with an African Pidgen Rap style. More refreshingly, Nana Motobi veers away from the usual Hip Hop narrative when it comes to riches and excess. While many artists are flaunting the luxury that they’ve hired for the weekend, this ground-breaking artist cooked up an anthem for anyone who knows the hustle is real. The hustle will undoubtedly be made a lot easier for Reggae Hip Hop fans with Paper on their playlists.

You can check out Paper for yourselves by heading over to Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

‘We Got’ from Houston duo/3 piece Eucalyption is a truthful story on how the world is wrapped up in useless information

We Got‘ from Houston duo/3 piece Eucalyption is a truthful story on how the world is wrapped up in useless information, instead of learning how to improve the planet.

Taken off the debut 10 track album ‘Go Ahead and Ignore This If You Want‘, this is a conscious Indie-Reggae track with such real substance and meaning. The lyrics are all about how smarter the world should be, but really isn’t. Instead, with all the new toys we have to play with globally, we are actually getting less smarter. This topic is discussed in depth here and this is such a vital view that needs to be spoken about more.

You smile to yourself and wonder why the world even talks about certain things, Instead of innovating, so many people are so stuck in their phones and are forgetting what life is really about.

Eucalyption are such a fresh new sound and ‘We Got‘ is the the type of track that you don’t really hear these days. There is so much appeal here and you get lost in the melodic soul that gets you in the mood. This is a debut song that is super impressive and this is a fine track that is full of real talk.

Click here for the Spotify page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

David Adonis – Safe Distance: A Guide to Dating in the Digital Age

David Adonis allowed the airwaves to keep up with the digital evolution of romanticism with their latest single “Safe Distance”.

Safe Distance breaks the monocultural mould with rhythmically seductive melodies cooked up through an infusion of RnB, Pop and Afro Beats. But much more importantly, David Adonis served an all-important reminder through the resonant lyrics that love and romanticism are still persevere-able.

In a few years from now, tracks like Safe Distance will serve as a memento from the time we globally, simultaneously experienced love displaying resilience against the hate and chaos 2020 thew at us.

We may have a more limited way of connecting, but you can almost feel the fizz of passion between two people locked in amorous fixation when listening to the smooth grooves in David Adonis’ soulfully seductive Afro Beat single.

You can check out Safe Distance for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Benji and the Saltwater Sound System return spiritually with ‘Lights and Smoke’

Benji and the Saltwater Sound System are an Australian based group that have returned with their new soulfully indie song called ‘Lights and Smoke‘.

Benji and the Saltwater Sound System draws upon African Folk, Reggae and Islander Folk to create hypnotic soundscapes that are so pure and beautiful. The vibe is peaceful, the guitar tropical and the vocals island-like. The band is inspired by Benji’s recent immersion in islander flavors after his stay on the Solomon Islands. The sound is fused with the reggae and African roots of its members past musical projects to create hypnotic soundscapes underpinned by catchy melodies.

There is wonderful indie, pop and folk influences here mixed with stunning cello. ‘Lights and Smoke‘ is a lovely song that is perfect for a road trip song with lots of soul and real lyrics that shows how quality this group is. With slots on huge festival lineups already, this is a group to watch when music venues are open again.

Lights and Smoke’ is the third single to be released from the much anticipated upcoming Benji and the Saltwater Sound System EP, ‘Ripples of Thunder’ and this is a stunning song that ticks all the music boxes. This is a song that flows through into your ears and you just want to listen again and again.

Stream this awesome act here on their Spotify.

Find out more about the band on Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Ghana’s Kofi Jamar & Stonebwoy inspire the mic with Dancehall classic ”Mi Dey Up” remix

Kofi Jamar & Stonebwoy join forces like a world cup winning team on their new track ”Mi Dey Up” remix. This is Dancehall/Reggae music with soul and they win the day with the new release.

Derrick Osei Kuffour Prempeh aka Kofi Jamar is a Ghanaian rapper, singer and a songwriter from Bantama, Kumasi. Kofi first gained major recognition when he won a freestyle rap competition when he was just 18 years old.

Livingstone Etse Satekla aka Stonebwoy is a 45-time award winning Ghanaian Afro-Pop, Dancehall/Reggae artist as well as a Grammy Nominee. He hails from Accra in Ghana where he is one of the most popular artists in the whole of Africa.

Mi Dey Up” remix is a quality song about working hard so you can see more glory and make your dreams comes true. These two have done all they can to get out of the financial situation that they were in. Kofi Jamar & Stonebwoy aim to inspire the youth and show them that you can achieve your goals with desire and putting those hours in.

Stream this new party tune right here on the artists Spotify page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Australia’s April And The Drift deliver illuminating jazzy-reggae 2020 soundtrack with ”Garbage Rules”

April And The Drift is a spellbinding singer-songwriter with a life long dedication to elevating her majestic music skill set and the results are gift wrapped with delicious jazzy blues reggae treats. The songwriter who was born and raised in Copenhagen is so honest and showcases her voice splendidly here. Teaming up with multi-talented lead guitarist and pianist Fidel Carmona, the duo primarily go the organic route. They utilize natural instruments that slide straight through your sensitive soul.

With a horror theme park sound to begin this masterpiece- this marks the year that is 2020. Unfortunately garbage leadership is holding back the world right now and the stench is quite horrifying. Luckily April And The Drift send through a jazzy-reggae and soul-pleasing song to make us all happy inside our weary brains.

April’s sultry, sensual but always classy vocals mixed with the ska reggae vibes adds a shoulder hugging song that rises above all pettiness on ”Garbage Rules”.

This is a marvelous soundtrack that keep your energy up with lots to think about. Australian based April And The Drift highly impress here and this is one of the best songs of the year by far. Rubbish dominates right now but times are changing. Mount Glorious is how high this sound elevates me.

Get your ears a beautiful boost on Spotify.

Gig info is right here on the Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen