Dominican Republic-born, Brooklyn-based dark pop prodigy, Wally Hoak, has been garnering plenty of hype since making his debut in 2020. His most popular track to date, Complicated, has racked up over 33k streams since the release, and based on his latest single, HARD FEELINGS, it is unlikely that his career will stop gaining traction any time soon.
In HARD FEELINGS, raw emotion is projected into dark, thorny synth lines as reverb swirls around the 808s under Hoak’s emotionally sultry vocal timbre. Lyrically, it became the ultimate ‘don’t talk to me, I’m angry track’ as it alludes to the alienating emotions that sting at the surface in the wake of toxic relationship dynamics.
Hoak went so far beyond scratching around at surface level with HARD FEELINGS; he cut right to the marrow. Naturally, we can’t wait to hear the next confessional masterpiece.
HARD FEELINGS is now available to stream on Spotify.
High Frequency’s latest single, ‘Part Ways’, is potentially the sweetest RnB pop breakup track to have ever hit the airwaves. Between the melodic sticky sweet indie instrumentals, the sentimental lyrics which run through the inner turmoil that transpired in spite of the affection and the velvety smooth vocals, you’d need to be dead from the soul down not to feel the weight in this frankly genius hit.
High Frequency is a music collective featuring five true-to-their-own-style emcees who respectively bring their hometown influence to the table, resulting in a mash of Memphis rap, NYC grooves, 90s hip hop flows, modern trap styles and modern gospel roots. We can’t wait to hear more infatuation-worthy tracks from this powerhouse of a collective.
Part Ways is due for official release on November 6th. You can check it out for yourselves on SoundCloud.
Up and coming alt-pop artist, Lije. is set to release his high-vibe sophomore single, FNTY, which pulls from a myriad of genres to groove with a brand-new, trappy soul-pop sound.
Right from the outset of his career, the Southwest Sydneysider is proving that he’s got a matchless sonic style that draws from Fijian culture, gospel and artists, including Khalid, Lucky Daye and Arin Ray.
With his lyrics that inspire introspection as deep as you will find on offer in the single, it’s impossible not to be caught up in the soul of the release with lines such as “Why does winning feel like a new low?”
Check out Lije. on all major platforms via this link.
Cleveland, Ohio aural experimentalist, Zeke Smyth, pulls his inspiration from a diverse pool of pop, rock, hip hop and soul; he doesn’t break boundaries; he refuses to acknowledge their existence when orchestrating his pop-rap hits.
His latest single, Secrets, featuring Lando Strand, is tropic pop perfection. The catchy vocal melodies never allow your attention to falter while the sticky with soul track unfolds. Vibes don’t get much higher than Secrets which explores verbal intimacy through sentimental lyrics and up-vibe tranquil 808s that will leave you hooked on Zeke’s sound.
While most pop artists perform behind façade and ego, the up and coming RnB pop artist LOGUIDICE gives you a multifaceted view of her soulful, spiritual and fierce persona in her debut EP, ONE.
Tracks 1, Mood, is a vibe-heavy sultry RnB hit that shows the Bethlehem, PA-residing artist’s salacious side; nestled beside her demure attitude is her mindful, self-aware lyricism and a gorgeous ‘don’t fuck with me’ sense of soul.
Elevator brings the funk to the EP before track three allows you to respect LOGUIDICE as a pop vocalist as well as a rap artist. The delicious cadence mixed with the hypnotic 90s RnB beats provides alchemic catharsis. To truly demonstrate her versatility, track 4, Overthinkin’ is a sombre downtempo ballad, and the concluding single, Magnetic exhibits the best of the songwriter’s skill when it comes to creating a mood with her atmospherically layered tracks.
No amount of hype put behind LOGUIDICE will ever be hyperbole. We can’t wait to hear how she will follow on from her phenomenally promising debut.
LOGUIDICE’s debut EP, ONE, will be available to stream from October 29th; it is available to stream and download via this link.
I’m fairly certain a significant part of my soul belongs to Atlanta’s trailblazer of soul-pop, Lánre, after hearing his latest good-vibe track LA. With his arcanely harmonic vocal melodies and the modern trappy indie-pop beats, it is easy to see how he has come to amass over 300k streams on his debut release. Hearing LA immediately becomes secondary to feeling the vibe in the emotionally charged single that finds a poetic way of proving that it is the people that make the place, not the landscape.
It’s tracks like LA that prove that there’s still plenty of originality to be pulled out of lovelorn pop, if you do it with enough soul. The sky is the limit for this quickly ascending artist and his affectionate panache.
Take yourself to Lánre’s depiction of LA via Spotify.
Master of catchy hooks, Kayshon has released his latest captivatingly smooth mash of RnB, hip hop and pop, ‘Late Night’, which captures the intimate magic that only breeds in the small hours.
The 23-year-old Austin, TX born and raised artist always looks to his experience for inspiration. And with that, you get the instant affirmation that each of his singles comes from a place of sincerity. With Late Night, you get a potent shot of 90s nostalgia from the modern, intricate and mellow production. Yet, the biggest draw is undoubtedly the sweet magnetism in his pitch-perfect harmonies.
Fresh off the release of his debut EP, Love Cycles, there has never been a better time to make ample room for this up and coming luminary on your radar.
Since his 2019 debut, the Latino pop artist YXani has garnered plenty of hype with his intrinsically evocative signature style. His latest release, Son Igual, is a downtempo RnB ballad that lets sun-kissed tones bleed into the mix as a contrast to the melancholic undercurrent that flows right through this modernist contribution to the airwaves.
Unilingual English minds may not be able to easily abstract the meaning from the Spanish lyrics, but that does little to harken the emotional intensity of the stylish and soulful release.
YXani’s latest single, Son Igual, is now available to stream on Spotify.
The active-duty LGBT US Marine and trailblazing RnB pop artist and producer, CovNasty, has dropped his latest feat of brazenly honest soul, Indecisive, which explores the indecision that plagues us before inevitable endings.
CovNasty finds an affectionate and impassioned way to prove that doubt can hurt just as much as the separation that follows in the up-vibe sleek track that puts emotion at the forefront. Around the harsh snares, the intricate guitar notes bring an intoxicating accordance amount of soul to the mix that delivers emboldening urban poetry.
It comes as no surprise that so many pop fans have found infatuation with his songwriting style that constantly pushes past the superficial to deliver real talk.
Since a young age, the spotlight has fallen onto the multifaceted talent of the Toronto-based rapper, dancer and singer Michelle Nyce. For her latest indie urban pop earworm, she collaborated with StraightOuttaThe6ix to create a high vibe drunk on love single and music video that successfully epitomises the intoxicating feeling of getting hooked on someone’s vibe.
The sun-kissed radio-ready single, Eh Baby, is a stunning extension of the sentiments offered in Crazy in Love. Even though she has the style and gravitas of a multi-platinum-selling artist, she hasn’t lost her instantly infatuating girl next door vibe that we can’t wait to hear plenty more of.