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Law Artis – Dear God: Soberingly Sonorous R&B Complete with a Candid Take on Discrimination

While it isn’t uncommon for tracks to hit me like an emotive tonne of bricks, with Law Artis’ latest single “Dear God” my heart dropped with the very first lyrical line. The melancholically masterful prelude set the perfect tonality to the starkly raw lyricism which was about to ensue.

Dear God is a single which tackles the questioning of Christianity’s view on homosexuality and the prevalence of racial discrimination. It was an incredibly bold move for Law Artis to write the lyrics from a first-person standpoint and challenge the incredibly oppressive views of others which are forcing people to suicide.

In 2019, we really shouldn’t feel like we’re moving backwards in terms of LGBT+ acceptance and racial equality but it’s a sad truth we have to accept. That’s not to say we have to take it lying down, Law Artis approached their single by appealing to the empathy of the listener instead of using lyrical aggression. We’re all human at the end of the day, and tracks such as Dear God serve as a stark reminder of that fact.

You can check out the official music video to Law Artis’ latest single Dear God for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ceylon – I.R.B.: Emotively Rendered, Ethereally Composed Melodic R&B Trap

“I.R.B.” is the debut single from breaking recording artist Ceylon who orchestrates his atmospheric soundscapes through finding the perfect balance between elements of Trap, R&B, and downtempo Pop. With the motivation behind Ceylon’s sound being to create melodies which explores the psyche of a 21st-century human, it’s easy to feel that your soul is suitably exposed as you listen to the tentative ambient progressions.

The South London-based artist has a perceptibly deft ability to pour emotivity into his soundscapes. The Trap beats are accompanied by ethereally haunting layers of reverb, constructing the perfect platform for Ceylon to lay down his candid and compelling lyricism. What I loved the most about I.R.B. was the fact that Ceylon didn’t use flowery metaphors to verse the lyrics, and the delivery was just as raw as the explicit lyrics themselves.

You can check out Ceylon’s track I.R.B. for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jahan X Releases the Ultimate R&B Summer Drop with Second Single “I’m Good”

“I’m Good” is the second single to be released by breaking contemporary R&B Hip Hop artist Jahan X. If there’s such a thing as the contemporary curve, Jahan X is well and truly miles ahead of it.

The High-vibe track keeps the sentiment light and playful, making I’m Good the perfect summer jam thanks to the light and intricate textures found in the feel-good jam. It’s only when the track fades out when you realise that there are very few artists pouring such a magnetic vibe into their tracks. I mean there’s plenty of artists attempting to make tracks which will boost your serotonin as soon as you hit play, but there’s a real connection to Jahan’s sound thanks to his commitment to making his listener feel the love. How can we not be endeared by this artist?

You can check out Jahan X’s latest single I’m Good for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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JayQ The Legend – Body Talk (Raw): A Summer Reggae Playlist Essential

Summer is upon us, naturally, that means we’ll be treated to plenty of sun-soaked Reggae-infused R&B beats which will become the soundtrack to our summer. One big contender for a spot in the Summer charts is JayQ The Legend’s debut 2019 single Body Talk. The single keeps the sentiment simple, yet at the same time JayQ The Legend offers enough lyrical ingenuity to make his debut resonate with the listener.

Even though Jayq The Legend cooked up a track which will undoubtedly become a playlist essential for many people, Distinctively, the lyrics gave the track an almost freestyle quality which puts you closer to the sound and allowed you to appreciate JayQ The Legend as an authentic artist even more.

You can check out Jayq The Legend’s single Body Talk for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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STORRY’s debut single “Leave My Heart Behind” has left us emotively bruised and suitably captivated

As soon as I hit play on STORRY’s debut single “Leave My Heart Behind” my soul felt suitably exposed. Whether my eyes dared to prickle for the pure celestial nature of the single or the amount of undiluted emotion which was poured into the single, I can’t be sure. But what I can be irrefutably positive about is that STORRY has the style, talent and soul to ensure that her sound stands out with absolute distinction.

As well as being a seasoned classically trained vocalist, STORRY also writes and produces all of her own music – that definitely explains the powerful synergy behind the soundscape, sentiment, and delivery. STORRY finds deft ways to infuse classical elements into R&B, Gospel and Hip Hop allowing new generations to appreciate the ethereal allure which can only ever stem from classically inclined music. Her dedication to developing her vocals to match her fierce presence whilst simultaneously offering a magnetic amount of warm accessible charisma has well and truly paid off.

You can check out STORRY’s latest single Leave My Heart Behind for yourselves by heading over to Spotify OR YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Annabel Maria – Marshall: Poised & Powerful R&B Pop

“Marshall” is the ethereally composed latest single from up and coming London-based artist Annabel Maria. Each visceral vocal note in the R&B Pop ballad finds the perfect balance between powerful and poised – and that may just be the most empowering aural alchemy you can indulge your senses with.

Even with the plaintive emotion which spills from the elegantly narrative lyrics, Annabel Maria’s composure remains uncompromised. To make matters a little emotive, the singer-songwriter pairs her soulful vocal expression with a bed of melancholically striking piano melodies. While you won’t hear many naturally vocally talented artists around these days, Annabel Maria’s approach to Pop will definitely restore the faith that not everyone requires autotune to release a single.

Annabel Maria’s latest single and her earlier singles can be checked out on SoundCloud.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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GREYY – Another Drink Down: A Transcendentally Smooth R&B Trip Hop Debut

If you were looking for the perfect introduction to R&B Trip Hop, it can be found within UK-based Hip Hop artist GREYY’s debut single Another Drink Down.

The songwriter, artist, and producer has created a genre-mash of a single in which he perceptibly smashed through genre boundaries to create an extremely accessible hit. Whether you’re into Hip Hop, EDM, Pop, or Indie, there are elements from all of those genres weaved into the mix for you to appreciate. Whatever label you want to slap on Another Drink Down, it will be more accurately described as an offering of charismatic, perfectly polished aural catharsis.

The transcendentally melodic layers which carouse through the Hip Hop beats in the mix to Another Drink Down create the perfect for GREYY’s vocals. While many artists are desperate to assimilate and apply plenty of reverb to their vocals, GREYY has gone in completely the opposite direction and allowed his vocals to resonate as human and arrestingly endearing.

You can check out GREYY’s latest single Another Drink Down for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Darshaan welcomes R&B Soul into a new era with latest single “Leopard Print”

Creating a contemporary R&B Soul track which pays plenty of ode to the old school whilst simultaneously keeps you surprised at each and every subversive twist of the soundscape was always going to result in a blinding single. Which is exactly what you can expect from Darshaan’s upcoming single “Leopard Print”.

Rather than allowing you to choke on excessive romanticism, there’s a reticent feeling behind the single. Because instead of offering you candid emotions, the lyricism offers plenty of imagery to get well and truly immersed within and there’s plenty to be said about the production of the single, which welcomes R&B Soul into the new age.

So, if you’re looking for a smooth and cathartic offering of R&B Soul which sits ahead of the curve, look no further than Leopard Print which London-based Darshaan created with a little help from vocalist Leyma. Yet, from the levels of vocal charisma on display from Darshaan in Leopard Print, it’s perceptible that he needed no help at all.

You can check out Darshaan’s latest single Leopard Print from May 24th, 2019 via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hinype – Drip: A Smooth R&B Hip Hop Playlist Essential

Louisville up and coming R&B Hip Hop artist has created another soft and smooth monster of a track with his latest single “Drip (Can’t Take My Sauce)”.

As much as I appreciated Drip, it was easy to feel that the track was a little slow to start, and the inspiration behind the track was fairly hard to decipher. Yet, the gentle downtempo pacing of the track provides a tonality which sits in between Trip Hop and Chill Hop, so, ultimately, you’re left with a cathartic track which is infinitely accessible. There’s also a lot to be said for how Hinype left his vocals clean in Drip, so even though the lyrics may be slightly ambiguous, plenty of emotion feeds through the mix which was put together by producer TeddyFxckitup.

You can check out Hinype’s latest single Drip for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Justice Armor – Lean on Me: Infectious R&B Pop Melodies

At this point in his career, American singer-songwriter Justice Armour is no stranger to producing perennial earworms with his Pop singles. But with the upcoming single “Lean on Me” we didn’t just get another testament to his talent. Instead, we were treated to an aural example of just how much he has progressed since his earlier singles “Gone”, “Shooting”, and “Addicted”. With Lean on Me, Justice Armour’s infusion of Blues into Pop gives the track a stylistic sensibility which is definitely no assimilation to what we have heard before from the Pop genre.

Even though in some parts of Lean on Me use a touch too much vocal effect, when Justice Armour’s vocals are allowed to run clean, the layers of harmony won’t fail to draw you even further into the sticky-sweet track. With rhythmic beats, a smooth polish on the production, and choruses not easily forgotten, there are plenty of reasons why people should start getting excited about what Justice Armor is bringing to the R&B Blues Pop genre.

Head on over to Spotify and check it out for yourselves.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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