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Angel x Star – Talk About It: Empoweringly Resonant RnB Pop Hip Hop

Angel x Star’s latest RnB Pop Hip Hop track “Talk About It” perfectly captures the confused frustration which lingers in the wake of a breakup. If you’re seeking some aural empowerment, you’ll hit the jackpot with Talk About It.

In situations where it’s all too easy to relent and endure meaningless conversations, Talk About It is a stark reminder that you’ve got better things to do with your time. The Trap beats create a solid platform for Angel x Star’s vocals to create alchemy on, there may be a few pensive tones thrown into the multi-layered mix. But from start to finish, it’s an evocatively energetic track.

You can practically feel the collaborative chemistry in Talk About It. Naturally, we’re all too excited to hear their next single which is due to drop this summer.

You can check out the official lyric video which premiered on April 21st via YouTube.

Talk About It is also available to stream on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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90s Reggae Soul Pop lives again through breaking artist Jindi’s single “Midnight Love”

Reggae Soul artist Jindi encapsulated the smoothly romantic 90s Reggae Pop vibe with the standout single “Midnight Love” from their EP “1995”.

Along with the unfiltered romanticism and funk-riddled rhythms, you can expect a flood of nostalgia to hit and allow you to reminisce over amorous sun-soaked memories. Any form of escapism is more than welcome these days, and escapism doesn’t come much sweeter than what the warm tones in Midnight Love have to offer.

There may be elements from decades past within Midnight Love, but with the artist’s uniquely evocative appeal and fresh approach to production, their earworm more than deserves a spot on international radio waves.

You can check out Jindi’s single Midnight Love along with the rest of the EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia

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Joshua Dairen poured a smorgasbord of soul onto the airwaves with their latest single “Black and White”

There’s a serious serving of soul in breaking RnB Neo-Soul artist Joshua Dairen’s latest single Black & White.

Despite their modernistic approach to Soul, you’re still hit with the same resounding levels of emotion as you’d find in tracks from pioneering artists. From the first verse, you’ll be hooked in by the poetically candid lyrics which get increasingly more profound as Black & White progresses.

Joshua Dairen’s harmonically pitch-perfect deep vocals find perfect synergy with the Electronically orchestrated beats which borrow nuances of EDM, Pop and Hip Hop for a dynamic genre-transcending sound. In short, Black & White is a perfectly well-rounded track which drips with universal commercial appeal.

You can check out Joshua Dairen’s track Black & White for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Raphi poured soulfully organic good vibes onto the airwaves with her Lo-Fi Pop track “When We Gonna”

Raphi

It’s safe to say that up and coming Pop artist Raphi is on creative fire during lockdown. Her latest track “When We Gonna” is just one of the organically soulful singles which she’s written and co-produced during quarantine to share some much-needed good vibes on the airwaves.

She definitely succeeded with When We Gonna which borrowed nuances of 90s RnB Pop to infuse in a modernistic resonantly uplifting Lo-Fi Pop earworm. Between the funky basslines, Raphi’s instantly magnetic vocals and the distinction which lies in the production of the track, When We Gonna demands repeat attention.

When We Gonna is due for official release on May 22nd, in the meantime you can head on over to Facebook to keep up to date with news on the release, and you can check out Raphi’s former releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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YayRaven – Norma Jeane: A fittingly decadent Alt Dance Pop ode Marilyn Monroe

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London-based artist and songwriter YayRaven has dropped her electrically fresh feat of Alt Indie RnB Dance Pop “Norma Jeane”.

While many songs have been written as odes to Norma Jeane (Marilyn Monroe), they’ve mostly been done by creepy old dudes. YayRaven created a fittingly decadent Alt Dance Hit which exudes all the attitude you could imagine Marilyn Monroe possessing.

Norma Jeane is one of the finest testaments to YayRaven’s songwriting talent we’ve heard so far. There’s a tangible sense that YayRaven locked into the icon’s psyche, style, and harrow while penning the lyrics. And that’s all without mentioning the adrenalizing 162 bpm beats which make Norma Jeane as danceable as it is connectable, soulful and irrefutably ingenious.

You’ll be able to check out Norma Jeane for yourselves via YayRaven’s Bandcamp page from May 1st.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alissa. – Bubblegum: Unapologetically Attitude-Driven RnB Pop

https://open.spotify.com/track/2PtFAaiTNP6lX2jjnT9JqU

Bubblegum” is just one of the fiercely convictive unapologetically attitude-driven Pop hits on breaking artist Alissa.’s debut EP of the same title. If any track could be referred to as the 21st century equivalent to TLC’s No Scrubs, it’s Bubblegum.

From the first verse, you’ll be hooked into the RnB-laced mix by Alissa.’s scathing lyrical wit. Yet, Alissa.’s vocals match the same poised and perfectly pitched nature of the electronic instrumentals making it all too easy to get hooked into the mix.

Pop debuts don’t get much more promising than this empowering earworm which offers potent amounts of connectable resonance – especially if you’ve had recent encounters to wasters with ideas above their stations. Alissa.’s playfully antagonistic approach to RnB Pop isn’t one which you’ll forget in a hurry.

You can check out Alissa.’s single Bubblegum and the rest of their 3-track EP by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lavinia blue – Know You: Atmospherically Absorbing Electronic Pop

https://open.spotify.com/track/4V1WAn2LsAZNxkACYIV4rR

There’s no shortage of up and coming talent on the airwaves. But that didn’t stop up and coming Dance artist Lavinia blue from setting themselves leagues apart and blowing us away with their second album “I Wish I Found Home”.

While each of the tracks is as soulfully absorbing as the last, the best introduction to the artist’s instantaneously enamouring style is the hook-filled Trap Pop mix “Know You”.

With a steady groove, atmospheric vocal layering, and plenty of use of spatial effects which allow the momentum to magnetically ebb and flow, Know You is an entrancing track from start to finish.

The quality of the production is one thing, how much soul Lavinia blue weaved into the mix is quite another.

You can check out Lavinia blue’s single Know You along with the rest of their album via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nicole Leaskk is due to release her fiercely empowering RnB Pop hit “Tough Love”

Nicole Leaskk

In her upcoming single “Tough LoveNicole Leaskk proves that soul and attitude can sit hand in hand. The lyrics may contain fractures of melancholy, yet her empowering air takes this RnB Soul Pop track to the next level.

Rather than offering the usual lovelorn wistfulness, Nicole Leaskk created a track which inspires you to push away any pensive thoughts which tempt you to believe that you should beat yourself up following a hard break up.

If candidly fierce and inspiring tracks such as Tough Love were more prevalent on the airwaves, I have no doubt that plenty of more people would exude the same self-respect which Nicole Leaskk did while writing Tough Love.

With her refreshing approach to lyricism, distinctively soul-spilling vocals and the radio-ready production on the Jazz-infused RnB Pop instrumentals, Tough Love isn’t a release which you’ll want to miss out on.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Tough Love for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out Nicole Leaskk’s earlier releases on SoundCloud and follow her via Facebook to keep up to date with future releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Elsa Dedi – Falling Apart: Resoundingly Captivating RnB Pop

https://music.apple.com/us/album/falling-apart-feat-abaire-clever-single/1504025586

Elsa Dedi’s latest RnB Pop single Falling Apart featuring ABaire and Clever is a strikingly powerful radio-ready hit which stands as a testament to their dynamic vocal talent.

They may have utilised a timeless style in Falling Apart, but when the vocals are as fiercely passion-soaked as Elsa Dedi’s, the archetypal RnB Pop structure offers a brand-new contemporary appeal. To say Falling Apart is resounding feels like an understatement.

While many artists have versed about falling apart, through the lyrical poignancy and vocal intensity, you get a sense that Falling Apart is more than a soundscape. It’s an aural polaroid of the artist’s soul which captures lovelorn grief and frustration.

There’s no doubt that Elsa Dedi vocally held her own in Falling Apart. Yet, bringing ABaire & Clever into the mix, brought an alchemic amount of collaborative chemistry. There’s complete synergy in the emotion offered by each of the vocalists. It’s definitely not every day we get to hear that on a collaborative record.

You can check out Elsa Dedi’s latest single Falling Apart for yourselves via Apple Music or Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lucas J – Stereo: Sentimentally Immersive Indie Synth Pop

If South African Pop artist Lucas J has evaded your radar so far, the perfect introduction to their soulful approach to Indie Synth Pop is their standout 2020 single Stereo.

The cathartically immersive rhythmic grooves paired with Lucas J’s sweet and succinct vocals allows Stereo to offer immediate accessibility alongside a smorgasbord of sentimentality. The emotion thrown into the mix may be striking, but with the smooth, polished and radio-ready production, Stereo will greet you with nothing but accordance.

The lyrics are playful and light and there’s plenty of lyrical wit to ensure that Stereo offers resonance whether you’re listening to the track for the 1st time or the 100th.

You can check out Stereo for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast