We all need to slip into a little minor-key melancholy from time to time when we want to be torn away from our own pensive narratives and tune into new ones to find less-odious ways of viewing the world.
December Fades’ latest single Say Their Names does exactly that. It poignantly, poetically and powerfully commemorates the lives of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd while softly, scathingly attacking the injustice which brought about their deaths. It may be a sorrowful single, but it affirms that beauty can bloom from tragedy. December Fades and their darkly soulful approach to Pop is exactly what 2020 needs, a reminder that vengeance doesn’t need to be violent or ugly. Kill them with kindness. Kill them with poetry entwined in melody.
Say Their Names was released on October 23rd, you’ll be able to check it out for yourselves by heading over to the artist’s Spotify.
The chaos in 2020 didn’t strip the romanticism out of RnB Hip Hop, one of the most amorously smooth tracks which dropped this year was undoubtedly Kev Cartier’s passion-soaked hit ‘Bomb’ featuring Ammo.
The light and indulgent sun-kissed rhythms work alongside Kev Cartier’s sultry RnB vocals to offer rhythmic entrancement and plenty of ardent emotion which won’t fail to fill your soul as you listen to the high-vibe choruses.
Despite the accessibility of Bomb, with the contemporary and slick production, there’s no denying that the mix encapsulates the very best of contemporary RnB Hip Hop. Kev Cartier is definitely one to watch.
You can check out the official music video to Kev Cartier’s single Bomb by heading over to YouTube.
If you’ve ever sent a life-ruining drunk text, Jace Heyman’s debut single may bring back some raw memories, but the smooth melodious rhythms offer plenty of consolation.
The Hertford-based R&B singer-songwriter’s debut perfectly encapsulates that hideous feeling of still being in love with someone and feeling your heart break a little bit more when you know that you can’t convey those emotions anymore.
With a sound which grooves along with the contemporary curve and the fact that their first release has added a distinctive voice onto the airwaves, it’s hard not to be excited by the prospect of Jace Heyman’s sophomore single.
Drunk Text is available to stream on all major services via this link.
Billie Eilish certainly didn’t claim ‘Bad Guy’ as a title, but she made it hard for any other artists to make it their own. Up and coming RnB artist YXL AYO soulfully succeeded with their 2020 release.
Bad Guy is a return to form for YXL AYO. But this time, with producer Super Beats on side, he’s cooked up a melodic aural storm which the airwaves simply can’t ignore.
The transfixing grooving rhythms easily distinguish themselves as superior from the rest while YXL AYO will remind you why you fell in love with RnB in the first place with their vocals; the unfiltered and indulgent romanticism which you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
You can check out the evocatively cinematic official music video to YXL AYO’s single Bad Guy for yourselves by heading over to Vimeo.
Breaking Hip Hop artist BigJohn dropped their hypnotically amorous track “Can’t Nobody” earlier this year if you missed it, you missed out on one of the smoothest Hip Hop drops of 2020.
It’s gritty, it’s salacious, yet, there’s still such a raw sense of romanticism within the production. Shakespeare may spin in his grave if he heard it, but this old school romantic can definitely appreciate BigJohn’s ability to cook up a soulfully sexy Hip Hop earworm.
The melodically grooving beats create the perfect platform for the artist’s RnB-style Rap bars, the aural cherry on the cake are the haunting vocal samples which amplify the sense of unfaltering passion which BigJohn set up so well.
You can check out the official music video to Can’t Nobody for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.
Remember when we all got ridiculously excited at the start of lockdown about the great art which would come into fruition? Well, here it is, in the form of Alt Hip Hop artist Shareef’s single Reggiano.
Reggiano is just one of the soulfully entrancing, experimentally invigorating singles featured on their 2020 album “Assorted Gelato: The Dream of Sleepy Nelson”. From that endearingly creative title, you can get a good idea of the playful ingenuity which will greet you if you hit play on Reggiano. The soulfully eccentric take on Hip Hop which uses grooving Jazzy elements of Neo-Soul only gets better with repeat attention.
You can check out Reggiano along with the rest of Shareef’s ground-breakingly soulful album via Spotify.
A rhythmic pop track embedded throughout this hip-hop number defies everything we’ve heard before as YT HellaKingin brings it with “Friday Night”. Adding R&B and grime to the mix as well as recruiting Heartbreaka and Dale Keano, who are already on top of the game right now, this track is going to get you vibing to the beat.
With an addicting hook and a chorus that gets stuck in your head, this is one awesome track that you can’t help but love. This is perfect for the bars and the clubs with the artists singing about how much they love their partners, “It’s Friday night baby, All I wanna do is be with you.”
We all need a bit of soul in our lives when the sun is blazing down on us and we have a cool drink to sip, and Lee Brave & GaryOAKland’s single, titled “Do You?” brings you that summer flavour we’ve been missing. The track has a relaxed R&B vibe going on as the verses infuse with the flow of the song whilst the chorus chills it all out.
Attraction in the summer heat is something we all know about, with lyrics such as “I want to know everything about you, I do” it’s hard not to identify with “Do You?”. Simple and laid-back, Lee Brave & GaryOAKland show their potential, with this hot summer track.
Up and coming RnB artist Lil Seyi has thrown a brand-new flavour on the airwaves with their 2020 single “Tambourine”. Tambourine is the 3rd track to be released by the smoother than smooth Maryland-hailing artist and producer who has been taking the scene by storm since making their debut. With their commitment to creating positive music, it comes as no surprise that we’re not the only ones drawn in by his imaginative and stylistically boundless approach to sound.
Crank up the volume to Tambourine and you’ll get to appreciate the full energy behind this insanely high-vibe high-octane mash-up of RnB, EDM and Funk. Lil Seyi may have been bold with their sound, but it definitely paid off. Its authenticity allows you to enjoy it from the first hit and the complexity in the textures and progressions make you want to give Tambourine plenty of repeat attention. And finishing with a Spongebob Squarepants sample? I think I love him.
You can check out Lil Seyi’s ensnaring hit for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Frequency is the latest single to drop from RnB Pop artist TOVA. With their modern and stylistic approach to the genre, they pulled RnB in a brand-new direction.
The production may not have been the cleanest and there was slight discord left in the mix, but there’s no doubting after hearing Frequency that TOVA’s sound possesses plenty of commercial potential. With the hook right before the chorus, the form of the trancey beats will stick with you for long after the track has faded to a close. And notably, they held nothing back lyrically. It perfectly captures how it feels to fall in love in 2020.
You can check out TOVA’s amorously chill single Frequency for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.