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Infectious Rhythm Meets Unapologetic Attitude in Cheryll’s Latest Single “Calling You”

Putting the groove into the 90s R&B Soul Pop sound is up and coming recording artist Cheryll and her latest single “Calling You” which dropped March 26th, 2019.

Through a combination of infectiously rhythmic choruses, unapologetic attitude and perceptibly sun-soaked melodies, Calling You is the perfect track to add to your playlist for an unadulterated serving of vibrant hype on the run up to summer.

There really is no overstating what the layers of Funk bring to this single, you wouldn’t normally come to expect a mesmerising slapping acoustic bass breakdown within an R&B Pop track, but that’s just one of the ways Cheryll keeps you captivated throughout the single. The beats behind Calling You were just as distinctive as Cheryll’s compelling performance which took Calling You to the next level.

You can check out the official video to Cheryll’s latest single “Calling You” for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Chaz’n’Byanka – Million Dollar Education: Lyrically-Driven R&B Soul

“Million Dollar Education” is the latest single from up and coming R&B & Soul artist Chaz’n’Byanka who use their poignant narrative lyrical talent to create a hard-hitting track which carries a refreshingly striking tonality. Which, I suppose is what you get when you’re treated to a synergetic mix of piano melodies, Hip Hop and pure urban soul.

Even though there’s plenty of layers of melancholia in the lyrics, Chaz’n’Byanka’s vocals allow Million Dollar Education to retain an upbeat vibe which is sure to hit you with a sense of catharsis when you press play. Even though there’s plenty of odes to the roots of the genres Chaz’n’Byanka used in Million Dollar Education, the unique fusion of these elements ensure that the single is more than worthy of a spot on the contemporary airwaves.

You can check out Chaz’n’Byanka’s latest single Million Dollar Education for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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UK R&B Artist Liyah Releases Her Single “J’adore”

“J’adore” is the latest single from up and coming UK-based artist Liyah who is making waves with her smooth, soulful downtempo rhythms. It would seem that the 18-year-old R&B artist only needed to drop two soulfully rendered singles to amass a significant following as plenty of R&B fans have already placed her firmly on their radar.

With J’adore reverb-soaked synth lines are accompanied by intricately mesmeric drum loop patterns create the perfect platform for Liyah to lay down her vocals onto the mix, allowing her compelling vocals to rest just above the atmospherics. The lyrics are kept fairly minimalistic with J’adore, so there’s a slight reticent feel to the single, while this makes for a track that is all too easy to slip into, it was easy to feel that there was a slight lyrical depth. Having said that, J’adore is still a track with a massive amount of commercial potential, and it’s unlikely that this will be the last we hear from Liyah.

You can check out Liyah’s 2019 single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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TeddyBear TAJ – Caribbean Girl: A Fresh Hit of R&B Soul Pop

Up and coming R&B Soul Pop artist TeddyBear TAJ has recently made his much-awaited debut with “Caribbean Girl”; and it’s safe to say it’s a hit. With a radio-ready production, magnetic melodies and his flawlessly smooth vocal harmonies, it comes as no surprise that listeners from all around the world have jumped on the track.

As much as I appreciated the single, I couldn’t help but feel there was a definite lack of lyrical depth, there have been plenty of salacious urban soul rhythms put out in the past few years. So, I’d really love to hear TeddyBear TAJ create a track which offers compelling lyricism which pulls you further into the vibrant rhythms which he evidently has a deft hand in if Caribbean Girl is anything to go by.

You can check out Caribbean Girl for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kayla Nicole – ENOUGH: Viscerally Vibrant R&B

Discovering up and coming R&B & Soul artists who truly deserve a place on the contemporary airwaves isn’t all that much of a common occurrence. Neither is the pleasure of describing their soundscapes as atmospheric.

But Kayla Nicole laid out a fresh and captivating single with “ENOUGH” which was released on March 1st. There’s a slight Indie sensibility to the sound making it accessible to more than those with a penchant for R&B. In short, what London Grammar brought to the Pop scene, Kayla Nicole has brought to R&B and Soul.

The EDM beats are as viscerally electric as the emotion was potent with ENOUGH; there was clearly no restraint put into the writing or performance of this single. There really is no overestimating just how distinctive Kayla Nicole’s talent and style is.

You can check out Kayla Nicole’s resounding single out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LENOIR – NOQUEEN: Genre-Defiance with an Ambient Urban Groove

It’s easy to see why up and coming R&B Pop artist LENOIR has been able to attract such a hype around his ambiently cathartic approach to his sound. His “HIGHSEXMUSIC 1/3” EP was the first release of 2019, and we’re sure we’re not the only ones hoping it’s the last we will hear from LENOIR in 2019.

The best introduction to the stripped back ethereally sweet style of LENOIR is the mesmeric hit “NOQUEEN”. Combining ambient Electronica effects with downtempo Hip Hop beats and smooth elements of R&B and Pop, LENOIR was able to ensure that his sound had plenty of commercial potential thanks to the accessibility of the sound. As much as I could appreciate the synergy between the soft vocals and the fluidity of the beat, the vocals came dangerously close to mumble rap. Which meant it was impossible in part to follow the narrative of the lyrics. But that’s not to say that NOQUEEN wasn’t an indulgent hit which hits with plenty of emotion.

You can check out LENOIR’s latest album HIGHSEXMUSIC 1/3 for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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69th Rose Shares 90s Inspired ‘Trapping Sunrise’

Fast rising Hip-Hop, Grime artist 69th Rose is ready to take the genre with his 90s inspired new single ‘Trapping Sunrise’ produced by ADP Beatz. Throughout the song 69th takes listeners on an internal journey through life’s ups and downs, reminding everyone how to embrace their own strength.  Bouncing off a range of beats, 69th Rose crafts his unique sound at any given opportunity. His organic writing process mean that the lyrics for Trapping Sunrise come initially from the freestyle gold recorded in a voice memo and the results are nothing short of mesmerising.
‘Trapping Sound’ once again blends together Alternative RnB Sounds with Afrobeat, Pop, Soul and Hip Hop with each genre style bringing a different layer and texture to the anthemic track but it is 69th Rose’s passion for capturing the essence of emotion that is the driving force behind his overall musical style making him one of the most exhilarating names on the scene right now.
His latest offering starts off with a wonderful slow jam beat before the vocals hit with raw emotion and a strong lyrical message of never giving up and always standing up for what you want in life. ‘Trapping Sunrise’ is the perfect mix of 90s and modern beats making it a real standout from an artist who effortlessly creates timeless productions.
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R&B & Soul Rising Artist Jessica Jolia Drops Her First 2019 Single “DNT ND U”

Los Angeles-based songwriter and recording artist Jessica Jolia recently dropped her first R&B Soul single “DNT ND U” kicking off 2019 with a release of an exceptionally stylish track.

With her soulfully immersive vocal talent paired with the melodic downtempo beats there’s a perfect synergy behind the single. With a vocal style which switches between harmonious and unapologetically attitudinal there’s plenty of emotion weaved into the soundscape. Whilst DNT ND U was an accessibly compelling single, there was a slight lack of distinction within the track.  With Jessica Jolia’s level of vocal talent its inarguable that she has what it takes to create commercially successful hits.

You can check out Jessica Jolia’s latest single DNT ND U for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Lindsey Bianca – No Time: Soulfully Wavy R&B

“No Time” is the sensationally wavy latest R&B Trap single from up and coming artist Lindsey Bianca. The smoothly cathartic single keeps a melodic tempo and unfolds through a well textured instrumental arrangement with a mix of acoustic and electronic effect.

The seamlessly fused beats allow Lindsey Bianca to lace her soundscape with an Indie feel which compliments her soulful vocal single around the Jazz-style infusions. There aren’t many artists who can keep such a fine balance between an easy listening rhythm and one which draws you in with every softly versed verse. Yet, with No Time, Lindsey Bianca has proven that she’s anything but your average artist. Her ability to explore her sound using different genre elements and still weave together a sound which resonates concordantly is a sure sign that we can expect exceptional things from her in the future.

You can check out the single No Time which was released in November 2018 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rhys Holloway – Emotion: Arrestive Ambient R&B Soul

If you’re looking for a romantically wistful R&B Soul Pop single which hits hard, look no further than Rhys Holloway’s latest single “Emotion”.

While at this point there will be millions of R&B songs addressing the loss of love by this point, Rhys Holloway attacks the issue with a stylistic candid no holds barred smooth sound. With a slight Indie feel to the track, R&B becomes more accessible than ever, opening up the genre to fans of artists such as the 1975.

Rhys Holloway let the vulnerability shine through in his vocals and lyrics, even though his vocals are quiet and reserved, they sit well enough above the mix to allow them to sink in easily and take in the pensive emotivity of the lyrics.

You can check out Rhys Holloway’s single Emotion for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now. Make sure to give him a follow as he will be releasing new material frequently, something tells me you don’t want to miss out on the ascent of this breaking talent.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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