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Filson – Hard Act to Follow: Arrestingly High Vibe R&B

Up and Coming R&B Hip Hop artist Filson has just dropped his debut mix Hard Act to Follow; after checking it out I can confirm that there are relatively few Urban artists who can captivate you within a track while you’re barely out of the prelude.

The sonorous intro to the track sets you up for a romantically inspired offering of soulful R&B which will stick with you for long after it’s faded out. Whilst it can’t be said that you really got the best idea of Filson’s vocal range through the track you certainly got a taste of his rhythmic instrumental style which has been influenced by the Funk and Groove offered by World Music. Filson uses a mix of digital effects and acoustic instruments to create his arrestingly high-vibe R&B in a prodigally pioneering way that allows him to shine so much effervescently brighter than the rest of his competition.

You can check out Filson’s latest single Hard Act to Follow on Spotify now, I’m sure you’ll join me in agreeing with Filson is indeed a hard act to follow.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Magh – Momento: R&B EDM So Fluid It Practically Drips

It’s not all that often that an Urban Pop artist drops a beat as seamless and virile as Momento; with a style like that it’s hard to see how the prodigal up and coming Hip Hop Pop artist MAGH could stay on the underground. The beat never even comes close to repetitive, it’s alive, it’s raw and it’s probably the best track to squeeze onto your summertime playlists.

MAGH has created Hip Hop R&B EDM track that is so fresh it practically drips thanks to the piercing popping of the fluid beat progression. That all seems like ridiculously high praise, but encapsulating his pumped-up sound created in Momento is almost impossible, it should come as no surprise that he Columbian born artist has making people feel good as his main motivation for creating such awesomely succinct euphoric beats. I’d say he’s absolutely cracked it with Momento his first ever solo release which dropped on May 13th, 2018. I’m now practically dying for an album

You can check out MAGH’s track Momento and soak up the devilishly blissful vibes by heading on over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jai Musiq – Vacation: Anthemically Sun Soaked R&B Hip Hop

The latest track from Jai Musiq is the track that you never knew you needed on your summertime playlists. Vacation is a high vibe, sun soaked anthemic Hip Hop Rap hit that will leave you feeling hyped and at the same time wishing you had someone as awesome as Jai Musiq to invite you on holiday. A girl can dream.

Anyway, before I digress thanks to Jai Musiq’s potent romantic vibes and jaw droppingly sensational vocal offerings I need to tell you how absolutely stunning the Trap style beat is. The mix runs through a riddle of complexity which has you a little vexed by the intricacy with each kick, drop and snare of the synthesised aural bliss which constantly switches up in momentum in one of the most fluid styles I’ve heard this year. The beat is practically dripping with synergy.

I couldn’t recommend Vacation by Jai Musiq any more, so head on over to Spotify where you can soak up the summer beats for yourself. You may want to have your passport ready.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Elléana – Put It on Me: Radio-Ready Sultry R&B

The hardest part of reviewing UK based R&B singer songwriter Elléana’s debut single was trying to figure out how to dissect the ethereal sound given the fact each element feeds into the concordantly sultry mix. As first releases go Put It on Me knocked it out of the park as Elléana demonstrated her radio ready sonic talent through her soulful vibes and pure lyrical genius. The punch lines to the lyrics may just leave you feeling a little bruised as the track progresses through the swathes of sultry synergy on offer from the up and coming artist. There’s an infinite amount of bite behind every vocal delivery to provide a profoundly resonant listening experience. I can’t imagine it will be too long before Elléana is heading up mainstages across the country with her ambiently furious prowess.

You can check out Elléana’s first ever release Put It on Me via Spotify now, give her a follow on Facebook to stay up to date with all of her latest tours & releases. I can imagine we’ll be hearing a lot more from her in the future.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jeff Woods – Distant Lovers: Sensually Fresh R&B Rap

Indie R&B Rap artist Jeff Woods has just dropped his latest sublimely resonant latest single Distant Lovers. It even made someone as cold and nihilistic as me feel things. Which in itself is an achievement, with Wood’s sensual vocal offerings and contemporarily fresh Trap beats I wouldn’t be surprised if he saw a short ascension to the top of his game. Shining iridescently brighter than the rest of the up & coming artists in his local scene it’s no wonder that Jeff Woods is stealing the limelight with his stunning, soulful approach to the genre which infuses elements of the roots of the genre with experimentally fresh concepts. It’s safe to say the teasingly sultry vocals which were romantically penned by the Harlem, US based artist Jeff Woods had the desired effect.

You can check out Jeff Woods latest single Distant Lovers which was released May 2018 on SoundCloud now. Any fans of 90’s R&B will be in absolute heaven with this track which would be the perfect addition to your summertime playlists!

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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J.J. Leone – Silver Lining: Urban Aural Alchemy

With his new track Silver Lining J.J. Leone proved that he’s an R&B triple threat as a songwriter, vocalist and producer. The down-tempo mesmerising R&B & Soul beat brought the genre into the 21st century. There aren’t many R&B tracks that incorporate a blisteringly beautiful guitar solo into the progression and J.J. Leone proved that, that is exactly where they are going wrong. The licks of the guitar grip you after you’ve moved through the waves of the cathartic sound within the not so quintessential R&B beats, each snare of the drum is crystal clear and viscerally poignant against the off-beat rhythms of the guitar. All that is without mentioning J.J. Leone’s evocative vocals which moved me more than any other R&B Soul track I’ve checked out this year.

If you’re looking for a smooth R&B track to add some soul to your playlists You can check out J.J. Leone’s single Silver Lining on SoundCloud now which was released in May 2018. I’m sure you’ll agree after checking out Leone’s urban aural alchemy that he has everything it takes to rise up from the underground with his prodigally pioneering sound.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Slim the Phoenix – One Destiny: Experimentally Poetic R&B Trap

Slim the Phoenix released her latest single One Destiny on January 30th, 2018 and the single may be one of the most pioneering Trap mixes I have heard this year. I was starting to believe that the genre could no longer hold any surprises for me to unravel through the quintessential soundscapes; Slim the Phoenix showed me just how wrong I was with her latest single which runs through the verses captivating you by the almost spoken word poetry. The delivery of the lyrics allows you to hang on to each visceral word exuded by Slim the Phoenix as she picks up momentum and synergy with the beat which is matched to her lyricism with perfection. The imagery which is contained within the lyrics is almost surreal, yet, the pious organ playing has a succinct way of bringing you back down to earth around the melodic, down-tempo 808 beats.

There really are no words to capture how emotive the track is, so, you can check out the official music video to One Destiny by Slim the Phoenix on YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Alexander Augusti – When We Made It: Who Doesn’t Love Romantic Nihilism?

‘Some people make you suffer just by being alive’… is there a more perfect way of kicking off an R&B Indie Pop track? This nihilist doesn’t think so anyway. Alexander Augusti’s realism within his verses is just one of the reason’s I fell in love with his pensive approach to the usually superficially cheery genre. It’s about time someone tackled the real issues in the Pop genre, turns out Alexander Augusti was Pop’s salvation with his latest single When We Made It. The Swedish singer, songwriter and producer has a holistically arresting approach to his music, with his lyrics, organically poised vocal ability and his ability to create an immersive Trap Pop style beat he is indisputably the perfect package. His pioneering approach to his soundscapes stem from his perceptible passion for African American music to create an infusion of sounds that you don’t stumble across every day. The level of emotion that the young emerging artist exuded with his latest single proved that poignancy through lyricism doesn’t come with age, with his lyrics, he projects a narrative of evocatively harmonious emotion.

You can check out Alexander Augusti’s latest track When We Made It on Spotify now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Thoko – Fallin’: Veraciously Mesmerising R&B & Soul

There are some tracks that you listen to for the first time and it takes a while for you to feel the beat, then there are those that bowl you over from the first chord. Thoko Namuya’s latest single Fallin’ is absolutely the latter. The Piano intro to her African twist on Neo Soul masterpiece production lay down the perfect melody for her succinctly sultry vocal approach to resonate through the soundscape. Whilst Fallin’ falls close to the R&B & Soul genre, Thoko’s style is so much more, the multi-layered sound is an orchestration of fluidity, the title may be Fallin’, but contained within the Jazz infused harmonies was a transcendence directed by Thoko’s vocals guiding you to a new plateau. To create her latest single Fallin’ Thoko teamed up with producer VtheVowel who polished the track to absolute perfection.

You can check out Thoko’s veraciously mesmerising latest single which was released April 23rd, 2018 on SoundCloud now along with her other standout single Down.

To stay up to date with all of Thoko’s stunning new singles connect with her via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joel Michaels – Giving Up: Empoweringly Soulful R&B Pop

Independent artist Joel Michaels latest single Giving Up (Done Dealing With You) took me right back to the 00’s with his nostalgic, anthemic approach to Pop. Whilst I’m usually adverse to the mainstream Pop soundscape Joel Michaels has an energy which you just can’t help falling in love with, which is pretty ironic considering that Giving Up is an anti-love song. Whilst Joel Michaels are sweet and charismatic and depict the breakup agony vividly, I have to say it’s the rap verse which unexpectedly comes into fruition which comprised by some of the steadiest bars I’ve ever heard incorporated into a Pop track. The momentum takes a massive shift and Giving Up progresses into a swirling vortex of synthy kicks, drops and electronic chaos.

If you’re looking for an empoweringly soulful Pop track you can check out Joel Michaels latest track which was released early May 2018 on SoundCloud now.

You can connect with the up and coming Urban artist on Facebook & stay up to date with his latest releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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