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B. Holmes – OMW: Wavy Progressive R&B Hip Hop

While some Hip Hop R&B artists try to get away with buying beats off YouTube and putting their bars against them, B. Holmes has made sure that the hypnotically lucid beats behind their latest single OMW worked in complete synergy with his Rap bars.

With OMW, each progression comes with unpredictability, what starts off as a wavy, reverb-soaked offering of EDM Trap finishes with a completely unexpected but extremely welcome heavy guitar riff. But even with the amount of experimentalism which has been poured into the track, OMW still retains plenty of commercial appeal. The seamlessness of the evolutions of sound is a testament to the talent put into the production by Dre Love and B.Homes. OMW is just one of the four tracks to feature on B. Holmes’ latest project “Situations” which explores the concept of time and the correlation to personal growth.

You can check out B. Holmes bass-heavy latest drop for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt R&B Pop Artist BethBanger makes her debut with the perfect balance of soul, harmony and attitude

Any fans of Alt R&B Pop will undoubtedly want to prick their ears up to the debut EP release from up and coming recording artist BethBanger. As her name would suggest, she has very little desire to fit into any of the archetypes of Pop – or any other genre for that matter.

While each of the singles on Self is as indulgently cathartic as the last, the standout single for us has to be “False Fake”. The single offers the perfect balance of soul, ambience, and attitude. While there are plenty of artists having fun fusing elements from different genres together, with False Fake, it’s instantly perceptible that the single is the result of BethBanger’s undiluted expression.

You can check out False Fake along with the rest of BethBanger’s debut EP Self for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ella Wylde – Rich Girl (Oceans): Rapturously Uplifting R&B

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Up and coming recording artist Ella Wylde’s latest single “Rich Girl (Oceans)” will quite literally take your breath away with the amount of unpredictable experimental progression it contains.

The track kicks off as a sweet and lyrically exposing Acoustic Folk soundscape with Ella Wylde’s captivatingly vulnerable vocals complementing the instrumentals before the track completely switches to an R&B Pop arrangement.

It may seem like there’s a world of difference between the segments in the track, but Ella Wylde’s magnetic personality still remains. Her energy as an artist isn’t something that you get the pleasure of discovering all too often from emerging artists, but there’s a rapturous amount of soul brought to this single. You know when a track is so vibrantly uplifting it nearly brings a tear to your eye? Yeah, that happened.

You can check out the official video to Ella Wylde’s latest single Rich Girl (Oceans) for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Caleb Bashioum Releases their latest Irresistibly Magnetic R&B Pop Ballad “Addicted”

Where many up and coming artists are failing to amass plenty of attention, that’s exactly where Caleb Bashioum has perceptibly succeeded. With his most recent single “Addicted” the Orlando artist treated their ardent fans to yet another irresistibly atmospheric R&B Pop soundscape which reinvents the R&B Pop ballad and makes it fit for 21st-century airwaves.

While the EDM beats lay down a dark yet deftly textured tonality, Caleb Bashioum’s vocals add layers of compelling, pitch-perfect harmony which allows plenty of soul to spill into Addicted. While the lyricism may have been a little archetypal for a sombre contemporary R&B Pop ballad, there’s absolutely no denying the potential behind Caleb Bashioum’s radio-ready sound. With the artist’s main intent behind his soundscapes being to leave a positive effect on the world, the magnetism of this artist is just one of the reasons why they are able to set themselves apart with such distinction.

You can check out Caleb Bashioum’s track Addicted for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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

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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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