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All My Life: Cleveland’s Trusoul Davis brings that old school RnB back on ‘Waiting’ (feat. Cedrina)

Released off his latest eleven-track album called ‘Soul Fiyah‘, Trusoul Davis is done ‘Waiting‘ (feat. Cedrina) and wants to fly as far as possible high above all the small-mindedness in the world, with that special one who sweetly shares the same vision as he.

Trusoul Davis is a passionate Cleveland, Ohio-based indie RnB/soul artist born from the Morris Black housing projects. He was brought up in school choirs and has evolved into a singer with so much love for his chosen craft. He makes that clear soundscape that breathes new life into a stale genre that has somehow become the underdog, a far way from its former prime back in the 90’s.

This is the story about how his heart beats a bit faster when he sees her, his eyes are locked in and he wants to be with her so badly. His voice shows his self-confidence that she could indeed be what he is looking for, his strong vocals and forthright lyrics mesh beautifully with her captivating soundscape, that has you turning the lights down low.

Waiting‘ (feat. Cedrina) from Cleveland RnB singer-songwriter Trusoul Davis, shows you into his world as he believes that he is the one for her, as he has seen all the fake players mess the game up. He sings with truth and class, bringing back that special sound that has been missing for quite some in this diluted genre, that has just found that missing spark.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see his story develop on FB.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music RnB

80s EBM meets RnB in Willy Matéo’s debut album, ‘I.D.’

Breaking RnB artist and producer Willy Matéo has made their debut with their entrancing album ‘I.D. (Internal Disturbance)’ which mixes a Billy Idol level of cool with intense techno beats and all of the soul of a classic RnB anthem.

The standout single, ‘iStandalone’ almost veers into the EBM arena, but with the smooth layering of the powerful vocals, the track stays true to the roots of RnB pop while allowing Willy Matéo to stamp down his signature style. It may be a fairly lo-fi production, but any fans of leftfield electronica won’t fail to fall in love with this 80s inspired track which wouldn’t be out of place on an OST to a David Lynch film.

Check out Willy Matéo’s album I.D. for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music RnB

Take It Slow: Toronto producer Lostboyjay asks her to listen closely to the real story on ‘Ego Trips’

With that tree blaze always real close by to consume brightly, Lostboyjay wonders why she has so many stamps on her ‘Ego Trips‘, that is currently ruining the mellow vibe he wants to create.

Lostboyjay is an exciting Toronto, Canada-based RnB/trap-fueled artist/producer, with a creative knack of making snack-filled beats that satisfies your stomach and your hungry soul.

He likes to fuse a soundscape that is influenced by Bryson Tiller, Kanye West and Travis Scott, however you feel that he likes to do things his own way and his original style flows in smoothly with the lighter on hand, as the lights dim real low.

With his sensually appealing voice that is tracked on an attractive beat so alluring you might need to light another candle, we are whisked into a busy world where things can get twisted really quickly sometimes. The story of wanting her to listen closer is shown vividly through the speakers smokey exterior, as the selfie world can change a persons perspective about themselves way too quickly.

Ego Trips‘ from the promising Canadian producer/trap artist Lostboyjay, finds him sending us on a journey to find what he is truly looking for, only wishing that she would come down from her high horse so he could explain what he really meant in the first place.

Stream this fresh track on Spotify and see his IG for more info.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music RnB

Bluebass brings the feel-good factor with their funk-riddled track, ‘Never Give Up on Your Dreams’

Blackpool-based singer-songwriter and producer Bluebass fed the influence of his hometown into his latest feel-good track, ‘Never Give Up on Your Dreams’. Blackpool isn’t all illuminations and rabid hen parties; it also has an ever-lasting tie to the Northern Soul and Jazz Funk scene which rose from the town’s working-class roots.

With their latest release, Bluebass embraced the old school before contorting familiar grooves into catchy contemporary rhythms that would go down a storm on a dancefloor. Their upraising mix of RnB, pop, funk and soul pulls together to offer all of the aural euphoria that you could ask for.

Never Give Up on Your Dreams is now available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Hip hop Music Pop RnB

Where To Go: North London’s RahThatsMad and F.R.E.Y.A navigate the wild world of new age dating on the stunning ‘I Don’t Know’

As they try and work out the best way to proceed with a quick-swipe world before them, RahThatsMad and F.R.E.Y.A show us how unnecessarily confusing people can be for no reason on ‘I Don’t Know‘.

RahThatsMad is a talented hip-hop artist and songwriter based in North London, who makes music that shows us his relaxed style to life and his determination to make something of his talents. He joins forces with his best friend F.R.E.Y.A, a soulful London-based RnB/pop singer/student, who performs with a free spirited style, a smile on her face and a sweet style that shows us her wonderful spirit, that flows beautifully into this catchy track.

His raps are confident and honest, mixed with a catchy beat that has you listening closely. When you then have a supremely honey-tipped vocalist added in, who sings about how some people are full of stories and no facts — all becomes cleared up in your heart and the mixture is tremendously satisfying to the music palate within — that yearns for more soundscapes like this.

The modern dating world is tough at the best of times, as this excellent songs relates to so many that go through this when they are brave enough to take the chance, rather than meeting someone through mutual friends. The rush and excitement seeps into your mind to ultimate temptation at times, if you let it inside you. Some people talk in riddles, as you just want clarity, so you know what’s going on, without being placed in a puzzle you would rather not be involved in.

I Don’t Know‘ from London rapper RahThatsMad and vocalist F.R.E.Y.A, is a true look into the story of modern life, as we are told to look into a dark world with so many undesirable corners, when that old school spontaneous meeting is actually the best remedy after all.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see their journey on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music RnB

You’re On My Mind: Xander London dreams of sunsets with her on ‘Missing Malibu’

As he soothes all distractions around with a divine beat that has you thinking about summer, Xander London reflects on the girl he can’t stop daydreaming about as he is ‘Missing Malibu‘.

Xander London is a determined Albany, New York-based indie electro-RnB singer-songwriter, engineer and music producer, who makes that sunny music, that has your mind in a good place and your head nodding in approval of this quality single.

He sings with such meaning and heartfelt desire, as the sweet memory of her glowing eyes and supermodel body is so close to you, even if she is far way right now and you don’t know if you will meet for a while.

The beat is easy and breezy, with a sunflower in her ear as you think of her constantly and your brain is hypnotized by the perfection, as you hope that she will come back to be with you.

Missing Malibu‘ from the self-motivated Albany producer/musician Xander London, leads you into the world of love that shines from the pool as you imagine being together with her again. Things didn’t work out the way you wanted, but you will always have her in your mind with a chance to be close again, if the stars align like you want them to.

Stream this fine new single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music RnB

FordOhhFord gives us dreamy Sunday Morning vibes with their single, ‘Last Breath’, featuring Ria706

FordOhhFord

FordOhhFord saved the best for last with their RnB soul album, ‘Girl Problems 2’ which dropped on Valentine’s Day. The concluding single ‘Last Breath’, featuring vocals from Ria706 is a testament to the up and coming artist’s ability to create a vibe and allow it to swallow you whole.

Last Breath is a soft jazzy declaration of love that may play with some cliches within the lyrics, but thanks to the intimacy of this stripped back and minimalist affair, the sincerity overrides the familiarity of the sentiment.

Girl Problems 2 is now available to stream and purchase in full via apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music RnB

The LOOP – See Me Beyond My Skin featuring MZ Starr & Marcia

Boston-based RnB pop duo the LOOP made their debut in February 2021 with their soulfully interrogative single, ‘See Me Beyond My Skin’, featuring collaborative artists MZ Starr and Marcia.

It’s the pinnacle of elegance as it confronts subconscious and conscious prejudice and invites the listener to look deeper when attempting to understand women of colour. The single possess plenty of sonic power, but the real weight in this single is how it allows you to find compassion for people who are in view but never truly seen.

Hopefully, one day, tracks such as See Me Beyond My Skin won’t need to exist; for now, we’ll have to heed the words of artists such as the Loop who are bringing that day closer with their melodic grooves, unfiltered lyrics and harmonically sweet vocals.

See Me Beyond My Skin is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music RnB

The Nights Feel Long: Soulful London-based singer Essosa searches for that true place that feels like home on ‘Belong’

Yearning for that true place that she feels comfortable inside, Essosa sings with so much class and promise, on the excellent lead single from her upcoming EP called ‘Belong‘.

Essosa is an East London-born, Toronto, Canada-raised dancer and neo-soul/RnB singer-songwriter who has that rare type of voice that will make you shiver in your spine.

Her crystal clean tone has you gazing outside the dusty window, wondering when you will find that elusive soulmate who you desire so much to stay warm with.

This is the story about feeling like you are in the wrong place in time, everything feels off and you can’t quite put your finger on it. You have been trying to get out there but are feeling despondent and people forget you too quickly. The world is moving so fast but you are an old soul who loves authenticity, rather than fake conversations about nothing.

She sings with such grace as she opens the snowed under window to let us inside — the freezing temperatures have her mood in a sad state of affairs — as she wonders if things will change around, so she can feel real love again.

Belong‘ from enchanting London neo-soul/RnB singer-songwriter and dancer Essosa, is that incredible real single that is too common in this socially distanced world. Life does indeed feel lonely and cold when you feel like you don’t belong, as you look for your tribe, that truly get you.

Stream this smoothly delivered track on Spotify and check out her IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music RnB

Why You Really Wanna: Watts native SUMWHR is sick and tired of heart-crushing contradictions on ‘Waste Time’

After growing up with hoops as a way to get off the streets, SUMWHR turned to music to stay away from the tempting alley corners that can suck you in quicker than a hoover, and is back with a new single about knowing that they aren’t for you called ‘Waste Time‘.

Watts, California-born SUMWHR, has elevated his mindset from all the trouble that he could be into, to now be a conscious indie RnB-wave singer-songwriter, former rapper, music producer and engineer with a promising future ahead. He looks to brings others up around him, rather than looking at the negatives like so many around him.

This is the story about how they say one thing but do the complete opposite, as you start to wonder if this is actually worth your while. You care about them a lot but you want loyalty and trust to the core, not games and constant disillusionment.

He sings with such a simmering tone that you feel like he could lift the mood of any day, you sense his growing self-awareness that he wants so much more from life – rather than drama-filled days – worrying about things that should be taken care of without thinking.

Waste Time’ from soulful Californian singer-songwriter SUMWHR, is a reflective journey about being with someone that actually doesn’t respect you and you need to close the door, so you can open a new one with more love and food for your soul rather than that fake malnutrition.

Stream this new single on Spotify and check out his IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen