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Raelle transformed grief into grace in her orchestral RnB Jazz Fusion, Cruel Nostalgia

Following her phenomenally successful single Grace, the London-based breakthrough artist and producer Raelle is here with a gleaming fusion of jazz and orchestral RnB, Cruel Nostalgia.

After losing a close friend to suicide at the start of the year, Raelle was locked in a spiral of grief, where nostalgia was the only comfort and reprieve. Anyone who has ever suffered loss will know how impossible it is to envision anything but the wrenching depression that alienates you from everyone else that carries on in their on-kilter world.

Without the context, Cruel Nostalgia is a stunning score of soul, complete with cinematic flourishes which embrace the fleeting beauty of the bitter world through the live orchestral arrangements and acid-style percussion. In context, it radiates even more beguile by resonating as a sonic redemption story and definitive proof that even if you have to look to the innocence of youth to feel joy, it is still there for the taking.

Cruel Nostalgia will be available to stream from December 2nd. Check out the sensuous single via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Tiana Dean Interview: Classy vocals and a new EP to feel rejuvenated with

We sat down with the wildly talented Tiana Dean recently to chat all about her new EP and more. Full of life and so much passion, we find out more about this dynamic musician and her current mindset in this challenging world.

Thanks so much for speaking with us today, Tiana. We love your fresh music vibe with such honest lyrics. Let’s start with this. Where do we find you today and how did you get started with music?

Tiana: I can be found at Tianadeanoffical on Instagram and Facebook and Tiana Dean on all streaming platforms and YouTube.
I’ve always been in music. I often tell myself it just runs in my veins. Singing, dancing and writing have always been something I did to past the time as a child. I grew up singing in my church choir as well as early childhood school years.
I was shaped by what I heard around me. The gospel and jazz from my mom the Michael Jackson, Jacket Jacket, and Mariah Carey from my dad. Ciara, Destiny Child, and Eminem, from my oldest sister , to Maroon Five, All American Hero’s, Arvil Laverine from my younger sister and everything rap, Luda, Wayne, Jay Z from my brother. I just always liked what I like and was drawn to certain sounds. I spent hours making up my own beats in my head and writing verses and choruses in my room.
I’ve been recording/releasing music for about 7 years now and fell in love with it the first time I ever recorded a song. It truly is a magical experience.

What core elements do you feel are needed to make the music scene better long-term?

Tiana: Making it more about the music and less about the glitz and glam and who you know. I see a lot of talent and a lot of hard working independent artist trying to make it in a world that’s designed around how desperate people are to be popular and liked. The best music comes from the heart, from emotion and feelings, passion and experiences.

Please explain all about the exciting process to complete your debut 5-track EP and who was involved?

Tiana: The process was rigorous lol. I went through so many songs and so many ideas. I had thoughts of not dropping anything this year and waiting. I was so focused on trying to make a project I thought people would want to hear I wasn’t making anything I liked. I came across a beat off YouTube during the time I called myself giving up and created my single “Lovin It Here” off the “Dear Diary” EP. After being sparked by lovin it here and being able to tell my story that way in a song I was sold on making whatever I was going to drop as a project a pop project.
I found a producer off YouTube named Vshy and literally every beat he had was perfect for the sound and vibe I was going for. I recorded the entire EP at Halfspint Productions Mixed and mastered. There are no features on the project so everything is written by me. All the songs on the Dear Diary EP were written this year within months of the release of the project. Literally my entire project scratched and recreated within months of an album release date because I was inspired by a whole new feel and vibe. Something that was more me.

To release the project and debut the EP a “Night With Tiana Dean” was presented by BlackDolla in Cincinnati Oh. I was accompanied by a live band, The Vault, as well as three amazing opening acts, Siri Imani, Jade Alexis, and Young Reese Rude. It was truly A night to remember and a great introduction into the first project dropped by Tiana Dean.

When you close your eyes and imagine being on a massive stage with fans cheering, what does it feel like?

Tiana: For me, it feels breathtaking. I often imagine how a show will go before it happens and the feeling that overcomes me is overwhelming. Almost too much to handle. I honestly can only imagine what something like that would really feel like! One day though, for sure.

Cincinnati, Ohio. How is the music scene doing and do you feel like the whole local industry is thriving again?

Tiana: I think the music scene in Cincinnati is growing. From where it was when I started to where it is now, it has grown tremendously. I see a lot of artists here getting recognition and getting outside the city. Artists are investing in themselves and working together. It’s a lot of love going around the city, from what I see. So many opportunities are around for artist to be able to express themselves and get their name out there.

Who or what inspires you most in the world?

Tiana: My parents inspire me the most. They are two of the most hardest working, selfless people I know. They were my first examples of what success looks like, what discipline is. I dedicated a lot of life just to make my parents proud and I believe they are.

Where can we find you live next at a show?

Tiana: I’m currently booking for the year 2023. You can follow me on my website and subscribe for notifications regarding upcoming events, new music releases, merch, and shows!

Listen up on Spotify. See more vibes on IG.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Pushing Me: Libby T reminisces on that previously romantic Good Thing

As we hear so much regret slowly filter through the speakers, Libby T tells us a story that too many humans have felt before on the love-is-fading-gem to turn up to max, Good Thing.

Libby T is a UK-based indie RnB singer-songwriter who is one of the sweetest souls around and brings so much love to our souls on each track.

Written for times of reflection when looking back on relationships; bringing power back to those times of heartbreak and grief.” ~ Libby T

Taking us into the moment when it all changed forever, Libby T shows instinctive bravery and class to finding that important self-worth packed home we all need to find. Vocally advanced and swirling with potential, we are blessed by an introspective song most can relate to.

An artist who makes music for young women who use musical therapy to help them navigate what they are going through. Think of her as your older sister, who’s already been through the heartbreak and is now here to tell you it’s all going to be okay.” ~ Libby T

Good Thing from UK-based indie RnB singer-songwriter Libby T is an intense experience for anyone who has felt like it’s time to walk away from a hurtful relationship for good. Piercing all eardrums with heightened velocity as our mind wanders, while we soar to the healing clouds above for invigoration.

When you know it’s time, it’s best to make a decisive decision before everything crashes.

Hear this top song on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

By My Side: SELEMBA feels those deep sensations on Black Magic Magnetism

Produced, mixed and mastered by Ahmad Jamal Zareini, SELEMBA fuses in elements of RnB, hip hop and soul on the mesmerizing new single called Black Magic Magnetism.

SELEMBA is a Copenhagen-based Ugandan-danish indie hip hop artist who grew up performing as a choir-leader at his local church.

Though SELEMBA got his bachelors degree in musicology in 2016 he founded the award-winning restaurant UGood to make ends meet. This took most of his time away from music for a while but as determined as they come he would sit up late at night writing and producing his music after work unable and unwilling to ignore the call of his creativity. Today his restaurant is a stable source of income that gives SELEMBA the opportunity to make music full time. Before he started his restaurant, SELEMBA toured all parts of Denmark with his former band SLYCK.” ~ SELEMBA

Loving to the core and with a huge embrace that is laden with a blue sky, SELEMBA reminds us that love is actually simple if there are no extra complications. There is so much affectionate energy inside for us to cuddle into, as we find a flourishing creative who is only ascending to greater heights.

Black Magic Magnetism from Copenhagen-based Ugandan-danish indie hip hop artist SELEMBA is a romantic single which will calm many hearts and take us to a happier world. Sung with gleaming vibrance which shall brighten up many a mood, this is the perfect song to play when you need that love-filled inspiration again.

When your heart beats rather swiftly, everything changes forever.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Janockeil showed us ‘The Way’ in his latest RnB single and official music video

The up-and-coming RnB artist, Janockeil smoothed out the airwaves with the release of his sensuously fervid single, The Way, which dropped with the official music video that packs in plenty of hot under-the-collar flavour.

The Charleston-born Newark-residing singer-songwriter and musician transcended to the RnB, pop and soul genres after refining his incandescent vocal timbre by singing gospel in church from a young age. But clearly, there was no outgrowing the uplifting style of gospel, which resonates within the passionate vocal performance as Janockeil shows us the way to sated satisfaction through the lyrics that enlighten the soft touch of the contemporary RnB instrumentals.

The Way was officially released on November 4th. Check it out on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Stay A Little While: Michigan RnB artist ✦kenji✦ tried to run but couldn’t escape on Questions

Losing his mind and doing whatever is possible to get away from the anxiety of the jagged world, ✦kenji✦ sounds in a tormented mood to swim from the rough seas of doom that have no future on Questions.

✦kenji✦ is a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based indie RnB singer-songwriter who loves to fuse in that experimental technique to dazzle all our minds.

The record outlines the struggles of escaping toxic relationships, and how trying to get away from these interactions might prove difficult.” ~ ✦kenji✦

With a tranquil elegance and so much to learn from, ✦kenji✦ is in brave form and leads us away from the darkness that can ruin the lives of too many.

Questions from Grand Rapids, Michigan-based indie RnB singer-songwriter ✦kenji✦ is a splendid soundtrack to anyone who knows they should leave, but just can’t yet. Drenched in pure honesty and with so many unique elements to explore, this is a stunning anthem for millions of lost spirits.

When your soul is rumbling, it’s best to change the direction.

Listen up to this fine song on Spotify. Check out the vision on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

It’s all in the soul of Laura Vida’s timeless seminal single, Thank You for Sayin’ Goodbye

In anticipation of her in-production upcoming music, we delved into the redemption-soaked RnB album, Healin’ Love, from the Southern California-born singer-songwriter Laura Vida, who has spent the past thirty years working with some of Nashville’s finest.

After recording with Giant Records and being produced by James Stroud, Laura Vida turned her talents away from country to RnB to give us one of the most impassioned RnB records of the last few decades.

The standout single, Thank You for Sayin’ Goodbye, is definitive proof that even on the darkest days, there’s always a silver lining – if you are prepared to look for it. The smooth rhythm and blues release soulfully testifies to the strength that can be found in the wake of the most bitter goodbyes which follow infidelity. It’s a timelessly powerful playlist staple for everyone who wants the reminder that with enough faith, in anything, you can always brighten the next corner you turn. We can’t wait to hear what follows.

Stream Thank You for Sayin’ Goodbye on Apple Music and YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Lia J sips bitter memories in her ground-breaking indie-RnB-pop single, Chardonnay

Indie RnB pop sensation, Lia J, oozed sophistication in the jazz-tinged melodies of her latest single, Chardonnay, which melancholically reflects on how a shift in dynamic can sour the sweetest of memories.

The soft bluesy instrumental layers cushion the blow of the bruisingly honest accounts of her new-found loneliness in the wake of heartbreak. We’ve all been there, bravely attempting to figure out how to find new meaning in our surrounds when all we can feel is the ghost of our former selves.

There’s a beautiful idea that we don’t really miss people; we miss the person we were with that person. Chardonnay reflects that sentiment with overwhelming soul. But even if Lia J was singing her shopping list, the effortless class in her semi-vibrato vocals would awaken your senses with the invigorating stir of her vocal timbre.

Chardonnay is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

So Good: DeVonte Singh doesn’t rush the love on I N U

Feeling so happy in every conceivable way imaginable to humankind, DeVonte Singh holds onto the moment and shall take that extra time needed to make sure each second is truly special on I N U.

DeVonte Singh is a Baltimore, Maryland-based indie RnB solo singer-songwriter, engineer, Reiki master and music producer who makes heart stopping music to hold on tightly with.

I am beyond thankful for my mentors throughout this music journey. It didn’t really mold and grow until I started learning from Mr Morpheus, members of Force Mds, Full Force, and Senator VI. V told me Make sure when you move you move with confidence. I’m reaching for ultimately opening up touring with groups like, Silk sonic and Adele.” – Devonte Singh

Lathered in so much to feel rather delighted about, DeVonte Singh is rather terrific on this fine release to warm up those cold rooms again on this galvanising effort. Precise to the second and urging for more candles to be lit, as our minds float away to that perfect romantic state of reflection.

I N U from Baltimore, Maryland-based indie RnB solo singer-songwriter/music producer DeVonte Singh is such a loving single which will heal many hearts in believing that true love is actually possible. Performed with a majestic energy and flowing with so much passion, this is a fine song to embrace with care.

Hear this fine new release on Spotify. Find out more via IG.

Review by Llewelyn Screen

Nicolas Alan is riding on the new wave of hip hop in his exotically exultant hit, Superstar ft. JCedric

One of the hottest names in the Salt Lake City hip hop scene, Nicolas Alan, just got hotter after launching another cathartically rhythmic RnB-tinged new wave hit with his latest single, Superstar, featuring JCedric, which allows you to traverse his ascent to the top of his game.

Never letting ego get in the way of relatability and sincerity, Alan has a distinct way of versing directly to you as he proves with his dynamically fluid bars that adversity doesn’t ever have to be the end of your story.

While the originality in his sound comes as a result of having an eclectic array of musical interests, the soul in his sound comes via the roadblocks he’s overcome that have enabled him to reach notable heights in his career. It should go without saying, he’s one to watch.

Superstar dropped on October 28th; catch it on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast