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The introvert anthem of 2021: Bilal Abbey breezes past the fake hype merchants on ‘Social’ (feat. Clara Kent)

Bilal Abbey drops more truth on the superb new single ‘Social‘ taken off his latest seven-track project ‘Mellowhead‘, that also features his fellow music collaborator and soulfully real singer-songwriter; Clara Kent.

Self-aware Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania hip-hop artist, audio engineer, and music producer Bilal Abbey performs his deep-rooted blend of music solo, and also with the hip-hop collective Tribe Eternal.

After being exposed to music his whole life, in fifth grade the bug really bit and hasn’t let go since. By the ninth grade he was already making his own beats and started rapping. From there, the rest as they say, is history.

After studying and recording in Atlanta a few years ago, he used that valuable time to perfect his craft and hone his skills into the sound that he felt fully reflected, what he wanted to portray to the world.

This is the story about how some people are way too social and don’t put enough effort in and just expect everything. This is the voice of the chilled introvert that makes music to be mellow with and keep the vibe just right, the way it should be. There is no flashy swag here, only enlightened mystique that puts your heart in a good place.

With Clara busy manifesting her dreams and singing with a sweetly coasted honey-dipped style that makes your neck and back shiver in exhilaration, this is a combo that packs a hug full of top vibes for your soul to be replenished by.

His easy-going rap style reminds you of that classic old school energy that is sadly lacking in most modern day hip-hop, that is drowned in polluted plastic that does nothing but suffocate the brains of the youth, and has no lasting value. Right here, this is that consciously real music that will be timeless.

Social‘ is an excellent single to start 2021 with Pittsburgh’s Bilal Abbey and Clara Kent are in sensational form on this soulful track that is best listened to with the candles on, wine chilled, and lights down low.

After all, keeping true to yourself is the only way forward while you ignore the fake flashy posers and knowing that they aren’t real at all, is the way to finding your own tribe and to follow your dreams. Real knows real.

Hear this underrated emcee show the kids what quality hip-hop sounds like on Soundcloud and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Flow has brought RnB into a new era with ‘Where You Been’

North Carolina RnB Soul pioneer, Flow, released his latest sun-soaked hit ‘Where You Been’ on December 11th, with elements of Deep House and Afrobeat weaved in, it’s impossible not to catch the infectious high vibes.

While playfully experimental progressions allow glitchy beats to add to the energy of the smooth RnB melodies, Flow gives you an idea of how he came about his moniker. By switching between soul-dripping crooning and energising Rap verses, there isn’t a moment in the track which will allow your attention to falter from the fresh ingenuity on offer.

You can check out Flow’s latest single via Soundcloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Throw away your saviour complex under the direction of 3HRE’s resounding RnB Hip Hop single ‘Save Me’

Up and coming US Rap artist 3HRE premiered the music video to their latest single ‘Save Me’ on December 15th, ‘mindful and conscious’ Hip Hop may be in trend right now, but 3HRE raised the bar with his conceptually perception shifting hit which has the capacity to seismically shift your attitude around salvation.

It allows you to see most of the people who claim to be drowning as people who waded into the water themselves. With the female vocals crying out for sanctity from themselves along with 3HRE’s Rap bars offering lyrical gold such as ‘Don’t put your trust in another human being because they will never save you’, describing Save Me as a powerful single seems like a criminal understatement.

The artist’s proclivity to lend inspiration from gritty and convictive artists such as Nas and Rakim along with optimism-inspiring Christian Hip Hop artists allows you to experience the best of both worlds. Additionally, save me is as stunning in sentiment as it is in sound.

You can check out the official video to Save Me by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Demo in The Flesh has released their sonorously smooth RnB Trap hit ‘First Contact’

After making their 2019 debut, Demo in the Flesh made a 2020 return with their sensually soulful RnB Trap hit ‘First Contact’.With their sonorously smooth single, Demo in the Flesh delivers refreshing romanticism which only the lucky find outside of soundscapes. With the repetition of ‘I just wanna be direct’, the artist points out how simple love can be and sends a nuanced invitation to reject inaccessible and undependable love which appears through smoke and mirrors.

The slow tempo single is as perception-shifting as it is indulgent to listen to. Here’s to hoping we’ll hear plenty more from Demo in The Flesh in 2021 and beyond.

You can check out First Contact for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Having a night to remember: Jah Nino leads the way on the catchy new Hip Hop single ‘Partygirl’

Jah Nino slams his foot down and tells us what’s up on his exuberant new single that lights the fire called ‘Partygirl‘.

Yung Steppa” aka Jah Nino is a young singer-emcee who is from the busy streets of Brooklyn, New York. He is making his mark real quick on the US scene with his thrilling style and top notch vocal ability.

Taken off the new eight-track album ‘Step With Me, Vol. 1′, we are introduced to a fresh face and sound in a diluted genre that needs new heroes to inspire us during this horrific pandemic.

The striking beat sparks your interest right away and we are soon into the party mode with an emcee on a mission for a good time. He leads us through the door into the VIP section of the club, with his stylish style and quick-fire delivery that is faster than DHL. He is all about the party and showing us how she operates. For tonight, this is going to be a wild night with tomorrow, a distant memory very far away.

Partygirl‘ from the exhilarating talent Jah Nino is a fun song that keeps it real all the way. He takes us on a party ride that leaves our body full fulfilled and with a funky beat, this is a sweaty song that keeps you in the booth the whole song and you won’t want to leave until the sun is up again outside.

This might be an artist who goes all the way if he can keep his team tight and when covid passes, a few festival appearance will surely see his name on the bright lights.

Stream this new single via Soundcloud and check out more of his style on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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The rise of a future legend: Fèroce drops excellent three-track EP ‘Emergence’

Fèroce is back with a supremely creative release and this time its a three-track EP that makes you appreciate his music diversity on ‘Emergence‘.

After the debut success of ‘Handy‘ earlier this year, this is an RnB fused Hip Hop entry that is almost cinematic and shows the quality of this performers strong voice and top lyrical ability.

Intentions‘ features Wxterboi and starts off proceedings that lays down a marker for the high standard of this release. The story of trying to show them your intentions but they keep on doubting you no matter what you say. The vocals are crisp and tight, the beat glows up the room and you feel the urge to turn this up all the way.

Bummy‘ features Ousha as this is probably the highlight of the EP due to its excellent lyricism and build up that soon sparks a fire within you and makes you think of living that comfortable life. No one wants to be struggling while feeding their family and this is a top track with a fiery Hip Hop flavor that sticks in your mind. Fast money is out there but the risks sometimes out way the reward as sooner or later, the blue lights shine when you least want them to and from there, everything changes.

No Banter‘ is the final track off the EP and features East London’s Just Isaiah. This feels like a track with more of an Afro-Beats vibe that certainly gets the foot stompin’ started. This is all about being taken seriously as when you are with the crew, you are out for business and the time for laughs can be saved for later.

”My music is versatile and takes inspiration from my own experiences and experiences of those around me. I speak on movements and ideologies that I’m passionate about.”- Fèroce

Emergence‘ from the wildly talented Fèroce is an excellent three-track EP that showcases the incredible variety that this young musician has deep inside his soul. He is trying out a few different styles to find which one he enjoys the most and this is an exciting period for him, as he build up his fan base and also knowledge of the wild music game.

If he can stay focused and not let unnecessary distractions lead him astray, we could be witnessing a special artist and future legend, who seems to have it all in his armor if he wants it enough.

Stream this wonderfully constructed EP via Spotify and see the visuals on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Jaron Smalls – Vibes Only: Amorously Arrestive RnB Soul

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Jaron Smalls’ standout release ‘Vibes Only’ may be a short, sweet and succinct hit, but the weight of emotion allows the modern mix of RnB, Trap, Pop and Soul to hit harder than any archetypal stylistically-uninspired RnB track ever could.

The boundlessly dynamic artist has proven himself to be the vibe alchemist that everyone needs on the airwaves and their playlists in 2021 and beyond. If Jaron Smalls isn’t already on your radar, with his ability to offer arrestive escapism as you fall into his soundscapes, your sanity may ultimately depend on their amorously accessible sound.

You can check out Vibes Only for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Want it bad: Willy Matéo shows his intentions for the night on ‘#F***Boy’

Willy Matéo sends our pulses racing on the hot RnB fused new single all about showing what you are made of under the sheets via ‘#F***Boy‘.

Unsigned singer-songwriter, hairstylist and entrepreneur Willy Matéo is a motivated man who wants his music to be heard to the masses in the world who can relate to his music. He returns with his latest heat-seeking single that guarantees to get those hearts beating, over a production that catches your attention.

His voice shows us a man who is tired of tiptoeing around the subject and makes it clear that he is the right man for the job. His lyrics are raw and honest, clearly thought out and made with a certain purpose. Too often we don’t say what we really mean but this is a quality that this singer doesn’t have an issue with, as he takes us on a steaming journey to the bedroom, where things are going to get racy real quick.

#F***Boy‘ from singer-songwriter Willy Matéo is a new school RnB flavored party track that is best played when you are with that human you want to be with, right then and there. No words are needed, just putting the volume up loud will lay down your expectations and from there, the curtain will be drawn closed and a fun evening awaits.

Turn the lights down low while listening on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Honesty conquers all: Estonian indie-soul singer-songwriter Anett sings so graciously on new single ‘Selfish’

Taken off her brand new full album ‘Morning After‘, Anett enters our world to make her name known globally on the excellent new release called ‘Selfish‘.

Swimming in a sea of wonderful creativity that aims to channel contemporary soul, Anett is a thriving Estonian indie-soul singer-songwriter who performs with a honey-dipped voice that you will find hard to forget. Her magnificent vocals are backed up with a stunning style that will leave your back and neck shivering, in heart-beating delight of what you have just heard. Form is temporary but class lasts forever they say.

Her voice is a work of beautiful art. She sings with such a passionate light that shades away the darkness from view. With a vibrant tone that captures your heart tightly, it is so easy to get lost in her vocals as your eyes water a bit, her honesty is so refreshing in a sometimes heartless society where pushing blame elsewhere is unfortunately so common with the youth; their role models are nothing more that fake posers with no morals.

After many years performing her music, this is a talented woman who is at peace with her strengths and weaknesses. Her jazz vocalist experience shines through as she can take any note to her wishes, guiding us on a journey that is so wonderful on our tired souls. With an added RnB element to keep things fresh, there is so much to like here.

Anett only adds to the intrigue of Estonia for this writer as a must-visit country. Her spectacular vocal performance is a highlight of the new year already and it feels like she is now ready to use all of her gifts and self-motivation, to be heard all over the world.

After living and studying in London almost ten years ago, her eyes opened to new possibilities and that urge to travel and perform all over has never left her heart. Lockdown appears to have only added to her hunger for more and this extra fire has made all the difference.

Selfish‘ shows that sometimes we have to be a bit aloof to reach our goals as those times that could be spent at a bar or at a party, need to be used to put in those extra few hours in studio or working on plans.

To find that balance between life’s adventures, your own mental health and music is so hard but its your life and if you want to really make it, only true friends will truly understand where you want your path to lead. Being kind and real to yourself is how you truly find inner peace after all.

Cleanse your soul with this incredible singer-songwriter on her Spotify and see her story on FB and IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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The future is here: Oso meets his match on the steaming hot RnB single ‘Tap In’

Featuring the lovely Melanie Angel on the new video as the fellow washer at the local dry cleaners, fresh new singer-songwriter Oso drops one of the hottest RnB tracks of the year with ‘Tap In‘. He has his hands full with her but he doesn’t seem to mind in the slightest.

Oso is a Queens, New York RnB/Soul artist who is one of the new breed of musicians who are aiming to bring the genre back to prominence in his city. After growing up in the golden age, he has that extra special style that ensures that if he wants it enough, he will move up the ranks quickly. Co-produced by Hitmaka and the duo Ayo N’ Keyz, this seems like a dynamic team that have just made a hit track.

When you are clearly too creative for the shackles of school life, music is the savior and doing what you love is a blessing; you will sleep in studios and do whatever it takes to make it. This is the only way to succeed in this wild game with so many other artists around, so you need to stand out from the rest.

His voice is so smooth, you don’t need a razor to shave. This is a singer who has endured hardships and who isn’t letting go of this opportunity very easily. When you have talent you need to put in the hard work too otherwise it won’t work for long and it feels like we are witnessing the start of something special.

With an EP on the way, this is the single that is going to help knock the door down and listeners need to wake up and enjoy the ride.

This is the story about upping your game and speaking to that person you like otherwise you may never know what could of been. You might seem to get rejected a few times but that is all a part of the game. Showing your intentions and looking fresh with a smile, is all you really need to do to see if they are into you too. From there, the temperature heats up real quick.

If you want it bad enough, you gotta put the time in and it feels like Oso is that guy. ‘Tap In‘ is the hottest song I’ve seen/heard all year and you might need a cold shower after watching this video.

The tension is so obvious and this is an excellent RnB track that signals a new era for a previously-stale state of affairs. No more. The future is here and looking really bright.

Put your shades on and see this video on YouTube. See his IG for more info on what’s next.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen