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RnB Singer Songwriter

Sarah O’Moore serves soul food in her sophomore single, I Need U.

Alt-RnB soulstress Sarah O’Moore has followed on from her debut single, Here to Stay, with the sophomore single, I Need U, which energetically emanates good vibes despite running through varying senseless tragedies present in socio-political landscapes.

The Irish singer-songwriter’s funk-bridled old-school style incorporates elements of jazz and reggae to create a culturally rich smorgasbord of sound led by 70s-style synth lines. The sonic textures alone are enough to advocate cultural harmony. Yet, through her matter of fact lyrics, minority groups have a true ally, and the affronts of the narrow-minded that are depressingly prolific are quashed under her graceful soul.

With a voice as authentic as Macy Gray’s it will be no time at all before Sarah O’Moore is ascending the RnB charts.

I Need U is available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Independent RnB artist PLAZA is set to go viral again with his achingly seductive single, Still Alive.

Many RnB artists get the adjective ‘smooth’ affixed to their releases; the luminary artist PLAZA transcended smooth with his achingly blunt single, Still Alive, which resounds with the same fiery defiance that finds you when you’ve found your first shred of resilience after losing it all.

The Toronto-based RnB singer-songwriter succeeded in both capturing the tumultuous nature of the storms that can drown us in our own minds and creating a viscerally seductive release that won’t fail to evoke the same amount of passion.

PLAZA’s most popular release so far, All Mine, has garnered over 19 million streams on Spotify alone; Still Alive is well on its way to the same heights of notoriety.

Still Alive is available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Chrissie Huntley celebrates self-love with her uplifting RnB pop hit, ‘Me, Myself and I’.

Chrissie Huntley

Chrissie Huntley is set to bring swathes of class to the UK RnB pop scene with the release of her latest single, Me, Myself and I. Introverts; you’re going to want to make it a playlist staple.

For all too long, extroverts have dominated the airwaves. Chrissie Huntley’s angelic pop hit switches the narrative and gives the listener permission to surrender to some self-love and start looking for validation and satisfaction from within.

Sinking into the celestially uplifting single that is underscored by jazzy tones is made all too easy. With the effortless finesse found in Chrissie Huntley’s vocal notes, and the sense of realism in the lyrics, you get that relatable girl-next-door-vibe, paired with a first-class vocal performance that you would expect from the likes of Nina Simone, Alicia Keys and Beyonce.

Before the pandemic hit, Chrissie headlined the O2 Academy in Bristol, performed twice on BBC 1 Regional News Show – which amassed 2 million viewers – and provided a stellar performance in the House of Commons in aid of National Grief Awareness week. In this early stage in her career, her accolades are already endless.

Check out Chrissie Huntley on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Antonio Didiano pays ode to 80s pop with his RnB single, ‘I Want You Baby’,

Antonio Didiano

RnB meets 80s Pop in Canadian-born artist Antonio Didiano’s latest single, I Want You Baby, which pays ode to the lyrical, vocal and production styles of Antonio Didiano’s biggest influence, George Michael.

The sonic reminiscences may be plentiful in the synth-driven track but Antonio Didiano still manages to put his signature sound into the mix with the entrancing deep house beats that groove along with the infectiously amorous melodies. As much as we appreciated the serious talent on display in I Want You, Baby, we would still like to hear Didiano finding a more even balance between his own sound and his icon’s.

I Want You Baby is due for release on May 28th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to Antonio Didiano’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Aisyah sets the pace with her RnB pop single, Slow Down (Remix), featuring Pisces Kid and Zalelo.

For her latest release Bruneian singer-songwriter and producer Aisyah reworked her absorbing contemporary RnB pop track, ‘Slow Down’; in doing so, she ironically made us fall even more in love with the single.

The original release was a stunning feat of RnB pop which showcased Aisyah’s harmonic vocals against Pisces Kid’s irresistibly smooth vocal timbre as the two vocalists contended with romantic hesitancy. The remix introduces female vocalist, Zalelo, who acts as the proverbial devil on the shoulder, leading the narrative into one which mimics the conflict that is often fought when making romantic decisions.

While many artists use their tracks to boast how head over heels in love they are, Aisyah takes a more meditative approach to affection. Her hesitancy draws realism into the release but it never detracts from the affection.

It’s a stunning track that has left us assured that big things await Aisyah as she takes a step back from the film music industry, where she worked for Netflix, Marvel and Disney and became the first Bruneian to break into the American film industry.

Slow Down (Remix) officially released on April 30th. You will be able to check it out for yourselves via Spotify.

Keep up to new releases from Aisyah via Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Rene Bonet just wants to love us in their latest single

Rene Bonet’s new single ‘I Just Wanna Love You’ is a deliciously sexy, sultry little slice of R&B Hip Hop in the style of Missy Elliot or Erykah Badu, chilled out and relaxed yet losing none of its energy for that.

Poetic lyrics mix with a storytelling flow and an intimate, confessional feel; it’s soulful at the same time as having that mix of stylistic and cultural influences which gives music that individual, authentic feeling. There’s a delicious cadence to her delivery, a delicate use of rhyme – or ‘not-rhyme’ which gives her songwriting a unique quality, conveying emotion and spirit at the same time as entertaining. You can hear the influence of producer Alvin Speights, with whom Bonet has worked; it’s a masterful, well-produced, single.

You can hear ‘I Just Want To Love You’ on YouTube; follow Rene Bonet here or on Twitter.

Review by Alex Holmes

Brianne Matthews – Holding On: Modern and Minimalist RnB

Holding On is just one of the tender tracks to feature on RnB artist Brianne Matthews’ debut EP, ‘Metanoia’. With stripped-back instrumentals, plenty of the focus falls upon Brianne Matthews’  vocals that pull old school soul styles into a modern and minimalist production. The experimentation with spatial effect mixed with the compelling message that runs through the lyricism, reminding you that if you feel lost while tethered to the past, you’re not alone, is sure to resonate.

The case made in Holding On becomes even more convincing through the addition of the male vocals that add plenty of baritone soul to the mix that was orchestrated to stay with you long after it fades; it’s safe to say that the breaking artist was successful.

Holding On is now available to stream via Spotify. For more info, head over to Brianne Matthews’ official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Musical Doc serves a sonic smorgasbord of aural culture with her latest single ‘LOFI’

There’s an art to lo-fi, and RnB soul singer, The Musical Doc, may be the Picasso of her generation. Her latest single, LOFI, produced by Aravind Reddy and LO, is a carnally protestive attack on the duality which consistently presents itself in our conformist society.

Not only does The Musical Doc allow the listener to enjoy a brand-new sonic experience. But through lyrics such as, “They don’t see colour, they’re living so blind, wish they could see the rainbow in my mind”, The Musical Doc can utilise meta poetry to add light to the dark dystopic times we’re all enduring.

With her praises sung by Rolling Stone Magazine and her hits being selected for Track of the Week by BBC Radio, London, it’s hard to imagine that anything could stand in her way to the top.

LOFI released on March 26th; you can check it out for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Millie Gibson serves smoky, jazzy soul in her debut single ‘Leon’

Amy Winehouse comparisons are easy to make, but there’s plenty more reasons to get excited about Millie Gibson’s striking vocal timbre in her debut single, ‘Leon’, than just reminiscences to a soul icon.

The smoky, jazzy serving of soul is as refined as contemporary RnB gets. Which is even more impressive given that the singer-songwriter and pianist achieved such maturity and nuance in her sound at the age of just 19-years-old.

Even with the state of socio-political uncertainty in the UK, on the basis of Leon, the future looks incredibly bright for Millie Gibson. There’s an unparalleled sense of sensitivity in her sound. You don’t need her bio to tell you that she strives to make the most purposeful music she is capable of. Just hit play.

You can check out Millie Gibson’s single Leon for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Millie Gibson serves smoky, jazzy soul in her debut single ‘Leon’

Amy Winehouse comparisons are easy to make, but there’s plenty more reasons to get excited about Millie Gibson’s striking vocal timbre in her debut single, ‘Leon’, than just reminiscences to a soul icon.

The smoky, jazzy serving of soul is as refined as contemporary RnB gets. Which is even more impressive given that the singer-songwriter and pianist achieved such maturity and nuance in her sound at the age of just 19-years-old.

Even with the state of socio-political uncertainty in the UK, on the basis of Leon, the future looks incredibly bright for Millie Gibson. There’s an unparalleled sense of sensitivity in her sound. You don’t need her bio to tell you that she strives to make the most purposeful music she is capable of. Just hit play.

You can check out Millie Gibson’s single Leon for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast