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JAHBOY – You’re Beautiful: A Soulful R&B Reggae Serenade

JAHBOY’s latest single “You’re Beautiful (And You Don’t Even Know)” dropped on June 7th, and the soulful R&B Reggae serenade is already well on its way to becoming a viral hit.

I’ll make no bones about saying that usually tracks which proclaim beauty in this way are dripping with insincerity, but that’s exactly where JAHBOY sets himself apart with his almost impossibly resonant soundscape.

Straight from the first verse, it’s perceptible from the tonality in the piano keys that You’re Beautiful is going to be a captivating single, but the real weight of the single doesn’t hit until you’re in the confines of the sticky sweet, organically rhythmic chorus.

You’re Beautiful is just one of the singles which you will find on JAHBOY’s latest LP “Green Days” in which the artist continues to prove that with more artists like him on the airwaves, the world would probably be a happier place.

You can check out the official music video to JAHBOY’s latest single You’re Beautiful by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Marvy – Believe: Charismatically Prodigal Indie R&B Pop with a Sun-Soaked Reggae Infusion

As soon as you hit play up on up and coming artist Marvy’s latest single “Believe” you know you’re going to be hooked right until the fade out, the authenticity and unpredictability of the soundscape comes in waves to submerge you even deeper into the high-vibe single.

Not only does Marvy possess vocals which practically drip with charisma, but he takes his sound one step further by mixing together a smorgasbord of elements to create a truly prodigal track. Marvy found the perfect balance between layers of Pop, R&B, Indie and Reggae to create a contemporary, melodic, soul-soaked single with Believe. There’s a resonant amount of sincerity behind Believe, both found in the vocals and the lyrics which doesn’t happen all too often with R&B Pop tracks, yet Marvy has just proven how refreshing it is to truly make a connection with a track.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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JayQ The Legend – Body Talk (Raw): A Summer Reggae Playlist Essential

Summer is upon us, naturally, that means we’ll be treated to plenty of sun-soaked Reggae-infused R&B beats which will become the soundtrack to our summer. One big contender for a spot in the Summer charts is JayQ The Legend’s debut 2019 single Body Talk. The single keeps the sentiment simple, yet at the same time JayQ The Legend offers enough lyrical ingenuity to make his debut resonate with the listener.

Even though Jayq The Legend cooked up a track which will undoubtedly become a playlist essential for many people, Distinctively, the lyrics gave the track an almost freestyle quality which puts you closer to the sound and allowed you to appreciate JayQ The Legend as an authentic artist even more.

You can check out Jayq The Legend’s single Body Talk for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bennet Stephens Pours Soul into Reggae with His Latest Single “Party”

Reggae artist Bennet Stephens has recently released his latest single “Party”, and whilst there is plenty of vibrant rhythm within the single, Party offers a smoother, slower mix which oozes pure soul.

It’s not all too often that you can describe a Reggae single as cathartic but the light tonality of the single paired with the comforting waves of rhythm transform Bennet Stephen’s track into one which is all too easy to slip into and appreciate the mellifluous vibes.

The only slight criticism I would have of the track is the use of vocal repetition, however considering that the beat is almost transcendental, Party is still a single which is more than worth adding to your playlists.

You can check out Bennet Stephen’s latest single Party out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Gotaflika Cooks up a Sun-Soaked Afrobeat Storm with Single “Promise”

Gotaflika may have left Africa behind him on his relocation to Los Angeles, but he made sure that he brought the ever-vibrant afrobeat rhythms with him to pour into pure vibe tracks such as “Promise”.  Promise is just one of the tracks which can be found on the breaking artist’s latest aptly titled EP “From Africa to L.A” which will invite you along on the journey with him!

The excellent production on the single makes it all too easy to crank up the volume and let the energy behind the track envelop you. I wouldn’t be surprised if you heard Gotaflika’s name a lot more in the future for his deft ability at cooking up a sun-soaked storm with his hyped beats and just as vibrant vocals which made sure that his passion never knew restraint.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Etana ft. Dan Aceda – Look to You: Reggae for the Soul

In a soulfully sweet collaboration two ethereally talented artists combined under the Herbalist’s production to create a Reggae Soul track which oozes good-vibe appeal. In the collaboration between Etana and Dan Aceda the chemistry between the two artists is instantly perceptible, “Look to You” isn’t merely two vocalists offering their talent over the same beat, there’s a synergy between them which makes the track so infectiously indulgent.  As you’d expect from a beat produced by Herbalist, there’s plenty of a Funk and Groove written into the acoustic soundscape. The bends of the guitar combined with the ska rhythm of the bass to create a sound so sun-soaked that there’s no better track to get you through the winter.

You can check out the official video to Look to You for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now. Prepare for some serious harmonics.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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A#keem – Sweet Reggae Music ft. Sharee Elise: Infectiously Euphoric Rhythmic Beats

A#keem’s latest single “Sweet Reggae Music” is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s rare that you’ll come across a single which boasts the same easy simplicity as the Reggae hit, there’s no overcomplication in the good vibe anthem which comes alive through pure rhythm and charisma from A#keem. Teaming up with the talented female Pop-style vocalist Sharee Elise was a genius move, the dynamic which her velvety soulful vocals bring to Sweet Reggae Music takes the soundscape to the absolute next level. And there really is no understating how easy it is to fall in love with A#keem’s energy.

If you want to brighten up your playlists with an infectiously euphoric track you can check out the stunning official music video to A#keem’s latest single Sweet Reggae Music by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Runtingz Family Stamp Down Their Rhythmically Soulful Dub Style with “The Runtingz Anthem”

Even those who are no stranger to Dub, Dancehall, Ska, Soul, and Reggae will struggle to find an artist who possesses the same authentic aural edge as the Runtingz Family.

Their latest track “the Runtingz Anthem” which was released December 2018 is already well on its way to becoming a viral hit. The massive collaboration combined the talents of Lion Rezz, Israel Starr, Lomez Brown, Raggadat Cris, and POETIK. The track weaves its way through plenty of variants of urban rhythm, from Ska to R&B to Rap; the Runtingz Anthem has it all to create one of the smoothest, yet simultaneously energetic tracks you could ever add to your playlist. And you can be sure that each of the vocal offerings are as indulgently sweet as the up-vibe tonality of the Runtingz album.

You can check out the latest single by the Runtingz Family by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Wise Bloods – Never Given it Away: The Roots of Reggae Infused with the Hype of Hip Hop

If Reggae isn’t one of the main features of your summertime playlists, then you’re pretty much doing it all wrong. The Wise Bloods have just dropped their latest single Never Given it Away just in time for all the lucky Reggae fans that like to soak up a little Soul with their Summer anthems.

Never Given it Away is a blinding cross over between Reggae and Hip Hop, it packs quite the punch with the roots and rhythm which is served up by the bouncing high-vibe beat which is driven by the instrumental licks of the guitar and bass which set up the perfect Reggae Ska style melody. If the aural alchemy on the track doesn’t move you, then the lyrics definitely will.

Despite the Wise Bloods never giving it away, they were kind enough to let you listen to their latest single for free on Soundcloud along with the rest of their 2018 EP ‘Emergence’.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jericho Spitz – An addictive personality

Jericho Spitz makes the perfect sound creations for the modern music fan, just the right blend of old school familiarity and new ideas and the result is a slick urban groove-laden, R&B infused track, one perfect for the clubland dance floor and pop picker alike. It speaks to the cutting edge rap scene, although it is individual enough to stand enough apart from that as well, but it also echoes with the sensuality of blues divas, jazz singers and soul acts of the past.  This isn’t about re-inventing those past times but it is certainly the successor to much of it.

Addicted To Your Thickness, therefore, represents this balance of old and new, traditional sounds and modern exploration perfectly blended as she merges skittering, electro-R&B beats with more cultish underground vibes, deft rap flow and pop infectiousness. Throw in a soulful vibe and some darker and sensual moves balanced with an edgy and domineering stance and you have something rather special. The result is music that will both connect with the commercial crowd but also has mass appeal to the more discerning, underground markets, music which is at once inventive and clever but without being anything other than a cool and accessible pop record, one that feels like chart positioning and mainstream radio play is just around the corner.

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