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Little Grace – My Bed: Intricately Resonant Northwest R&B

Whilst many artists born out of Liverpool, UK take their aural inspiration from the Psychedelic icons the Beatles, the R&B Trio Little Grace searched a little deeper and further afield for inspiration for their latest single “My Bed”.

Their third single drew inspiration from Tracey Emin’s infamously sobering art installation whilst also exploring themes surrounding mental health. So, it should come as no surprise that My Bed made for a sonorous listening experience. Yet, with the heavy weight of the lyricism sitting against the high-vibe beat and the soulfully smooth vocal delivery, the ultimate effect of my Bed was nothing short of anthemically visceral.

Instead of reviving the tired old R&B sound Little Grace added a resoundingly intricate amount of digital effect into their multi-layered beat with plenty of dubbed over bass to stand as the backbone of the mix. And there really is no over-selling the sound when it comes to the production.  It’s no wonder they’re making waves and collaborating with notorious producers in the Northern R&B scene.

You can check out Little Grace’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to iTunes now, a percentage of all sales will go towards Calm; a charity which helps to remove mental health stigma and offers support to those affected.

Keep up to date with their latest releases, head over to their Facebook page.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dventilate – Ocean: A Polished, Cathartic Offering of Contemporary R&B

NYC-based R&B artist Dventilate has recently dropped his latest single “Ocean”, now, when I say R&B, you might want to throw everything you’d anticipate from an R&B track out of the window. Because rather than creating an assimilation of an urban Soundscape you’ve encountered time and time again, Dventilate has proven that he may well be the prodigal son we’ve been waiting for.

The dynamic hit unfolds with a soft, soulful melody, it’s polished, it’s tranquil, and the cathartic effect is pretty damn potent! Under the synth-driven melodies is the rattle and snare curtesy from 808s in an archetypally Trap style ensuring Ocean is as fresh as it is deep. All of that is without mentioning the arrestingly smooth vocal capacity possessed by the up and coming artist.

Before I make any more accidental ocean-related puns, you can check out Dventilate’s latest single Ocean for yourself now by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Octobor – Mine: Melodically Ambient R&B

“Mine” is the latest single released by up and coming recording artist Octobor, if you’re looking for a melodically ambient urban hit to vibe-out to you can’t go wrong with the sensual slow pacing of the R&B infused mix. There’s little room to wonder why the single has received so much attention since its release back in January 2018 thanks to the fluidity of the down-tempo paced beat which was polished to perfection. Yet, Lyrically, I felt like the track was a little predictable due to the amount of repetition. The track runs with an infectiously chilled hype, but I’d love to hear more essence from the lyrics, Octobor has a sensuous vocal style, if you added heart-wrenching lyricism to the mix then there’d be no stopping him from rising up in the ranks.

You can check out the official music video to Mine for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zaj – Proof of Life: Emotively Charged Hip Hop R&B

‘Proof of Life’ is the latest track from Zaj – a collaboration between Zaj Williams and Dan Stringer. The two Urban artists put their prodigal minds together and created one of the most emotive R&B Hip Hop beats I’ve heard this year. The gentle tempo of Proof of Life allows the poignantly penned  lyricism to resonate and the weight behind the vocals to truly hit in the passion-driven ballad which comes alive through the intricacy of the multi-layered beat.

Any fans of Alicia Keys, Jay Z, Kanye West, and Jennifer Hudson will want to add the soulful contemporary offering to their playlists. It’s not all too often you’ll come across a single which will hit you with such palpable emotion, yet Proof of Life is sure to leave you with a few aural bruises. Whilst that may all seem in high acclaim, you can check out Zaj’s latest single Proof of Life for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now, then tell me I’m wrong. Or you know, just add it to your playlists.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Divina – Praying for Amnesia: Lyrically Sharp, Resonantly Piercing R&B Soul

R&B & Soul tracks this resonant can only be born out of the dark, dank depths of despair, whilst you would expect plenty of sonorous emotion from a Soul track, the amount of weight behind the lyrics of Divina Blackson’s latest single Praying for Amnesia nearly floors you.

As a lyrical snob, I’m almost impossible to please, yet the wit and pain which went into the lyrics of Praying for Amnesia proves that the London, UK-based artist is anything but your typical songstress. The instrumentals had just as many hooks as the wounding lyricism, through a pioneering mix of smooth R&B Praying for Amnesia progresses through the rattle and snare of 808 beats which give the standout single a contemporary feel with a timeless R&B root-deep charm. Polished off with a pitch perfect production, you’ve got a radio-ready hit with Divina’s latest work of soul-driven alchemy.

You can check out Divina’s latest single Praying for Amnesia for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Richie Quake – Nothing in My Head: Rhythmically Futuristic R&B

‘Nothing in My Head’ is the latest single released by the up and coming artist Richie Quake who is perceptibly gifted with a rhythmic command. There’s no wondering why the R&B Pop artist’s career has taken off after the release of his former singles. Yet, with Nothing in My Head, the artist proves just how much his style has matured in the three years since his first single. His style borrows influence from the roots of R&B, yet with a Trap flow the chilled ambient flow his latest single won’t fail to leave you feeling his vibe. Richie’s vocals are just as resonantly inviting as the hooks created by the lush synth and subtle kicks of the 808 beats.

You can check out Richie Quake’s latest single Nothing in My Head out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Trey Ewald – ELECTRICITY: High Voltage R&B Pop

The time has almost come for Trey Ewald to make his debut with his first single ELECTRICITY. Michael Jackson fans, you’re going to be in heaven. There have been many attempts to assimilate or rival the King of Pop’s iconic style, yet, Trey Ewald took his stark vocal reminiscence in a totally different direction. The euphoria which was packed into the groove of the beat isn’t something that you her every day, it instantly draws you into the melody of the track and doesn’t let you go for long after the track has faded out. Which may have had something to do with the sticky-sweet hooks, the popping rhythm, or the enviable vocal strength. The Los Angeles-based performer may be a new contender, yet, it’s clear that he’s already a heavyweight.

You can check out Trey Ewald’s track ELECTRICITY for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud from the release date, for now, head on over to his Facebook page to keep up to date with news over the release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Casey Heyo – Drink It Up: A Mesmerising Multi-Lingual Masterpiece

Drink it Up is the latest single released by up and coming artist Casey Heyo, from her latest creation you can expect a mesmerising multi-lingual masterpiece which is driven by her resonantly lucid approach to Ambient Pop. The way the artist’s sensuous vocals seamlessly fuse with the digital mix around the lush synth is beyond aural alchemy. The way the tentatively paced notes notes hit you like waves stand as testament to Casey Heyo’s soulfully ethereal style.

You can check out Casey Heyo’s single Drink it Up for yourself by heading over to YouTube now. After you’ve heard it I’m sure you’ll join me in agreement that the single is one of the most instantly inviting tracks that you’ve heard in a long time and it will be criminal If Casey doesn’t hit the studio with a new release soon after her 2017 debut.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Precious – Sometime: Resoundingly Sensuous R&B Pop

With an R&B Pop track you expect to hear soul, yet, the up and coming recording artist Precious exceeded all expectations with her latest single Sometime. The US-based vocalist has recently released her 6 track EP ‘Down with Gravity’, and Sometime was just one of the resoundingly sensuous hits that will introduce you to her captivatingly cathartic style.

The melodic progression of the Trap style R&B hit will lead you through the fluidity of the mix which received the finishing touch from producer Katt. As perfectly poised as the beat to Sometime is, the vocals are what you’re going to fall in love with. The emerging artist has a charismatically beguiling aura that floats above the strength of her vocal ability and will make you fall a little bit in love with her pioneeringly quintessential style.

You can check out Precious’ summer hit Sometime for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Adrian Javon – Realize: Acoustically Orchestrated Hip Hop R&B

I can with all certainty say that I’ve never described a R&B Hip Hop track as lucid, yet, the transcendental catharsis invoked by Adrian Javon’s latest single Realize was almost overwhelming. Firstly, the track contains so much vocal diversity it’s easy to wonder why we’re only just finding out about Adrian Javon now. Secondly, god damn, the instrumentals, if the sax doesn’t do it for you, I’m sure the popping beat provided by the guitar and bass will. And finally, the good-vibe energy which soaks this beat is almost unparalleled when it comes to Hip Hop.

Realize is the latest track released by Adrian Javon since his collaboration with Lou Raw ‘Reminisce’, it’s safe to say that the young up and coming artist has polished his style even further since the ethereally light production.

You can check out the official video to Adrian Javon’s latest drop Realize for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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