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Kayla Nicole – ENOUGH: Viscerally Vibrant R&B

Discovering up and coming R&B & Soul artists who truly deserve a place on the contemporary airwaves isn’t all that much of a common occurrence. Neither is the pleasure of describing their soundscapes as atmospheric.

But Kayla Nicole laid out a fresh and captivating single with “ENOUGH” which was released on March 1st. There’s a slight Indie sensibility to the sound making it accessible to more than those with a penchant for R&B. In short, what London Grammar brought to the Pop scene, Kayla Nicole has brought to R&B and Soul.

The EDM beats are as viscerally electric as the emotion was potent with ENOUGH; there was clearly no restraint put into the writing or performance of this single. There really is no overestimating just how distinctive Kayla Nicole’s talent and style is.

You can check out Kayla Nicole’s resounding single out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LENOIR – NOQUEEN: Genre-Defiance with an Ambient Urban Groove

It’s easy to see why up and coming R&B Pop artist LENOIR has been able to attract such a hype around his ambiently cathartic approach to his sound. His “HIGHSEXMUSIC 1/3” EP was the first release of 2019, and we’re sure we’re not the only ones hoping it’s the last we will hear from LENOIR in 2019.

The best introduction to the stripped back ethereally sweet style of LENOIR is the mesmeric hit “NOQUEEN”. Combining ambient Electronica effects with downtempo Hip Hop beats and smooth elements of R&B and Pop, LENOIR was able to ensure that his sound had plenty of commercial potential thanks to the accessibility of the sound. As much as I could appreciate the synergy between the soft vocals and the fluidity of the beat, the vocals came dangerously close to mumble rap. Which meant it was impossible in part to follow the narrative of the lyrics. But that’s not to say that NOQUEEN wasn’t an indulgent hit which hits with plenty of emotion.

You can check out LENOIR’s latest album HIGHSEXMUSIC 1/3 for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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69th Rose Shares 90s Inspired ‘Trapping Sunrise’

Fast rising Hip-Hop, Grime artist 69th Rose is ready to take the genre with his 90s inspired new single ‘Trapping Sunrise’ produced by ADP Beatz. Throughout the song 69th takes listeners on an internal journey through life’s ups and downs, reminding everyone how to embrace their own strength.  Bouncing off a range of beats, 69th Rose crafts his unique sound at any given opportunity. His organic writing process mean that the lyrics for Trapping Sunrise come initially from the freestyle gold recorded in a voice memo and the results are nothing short of mesmerising.
‘Trapping Sound’ once again blends together Alternative RnB Sounds with Afrobeat, Pop, Soul and Hip Hop with each genre style bringing a different layer and texture to the anthemic track but it is 69th Rose’s passion for capturing the essence of emotion that is the driving force behind his overall musical style making him one of the most exhilarating names on the scene right now.
His latest offering starts off with a wonderful slow jam beat before the vocals hit with raw emotion and a strong lyrical message of never giving up and always standing up for what you want in life. ‘Trapping Sunrise’ is the perfect mix of 90s and modern beats making it a real standout from an artist who effortlessly creates timeless productions.
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R&B & Soul Rising Artist Jessica Jolia Drops Her First 2019 Single “DNT ND U”

Los Angeles-based songwriter and recording artist Jessica Jolia recently dropped her first R&B Soul single “DNT ND U” kicking off 2019 with a release of an exceptionally stylish track.

With her soulfully immersive vocal talent paired with the melodic downtempo beats there’s a perfect synergy behind the single. With a vocal style which switches between harmonious and unapologetically attitudinal there’s plenty of emotion weaved into the soundscape. Whilst DNT ND U was an accessibly compelling single, there was a slight lack of distinction within the track.  With Jessica Jolia’s level of vocal talent its inarguable that she has what it takes to create commercially successful hits.

You can check out Jessica Jolia’s latest single DNT ND U for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Lindsey Bianca – No Time: Soulfully Wavy R&B

“No Time” is the sensationally wavy latest R&B Trap single from up and coming artist Lindsey Bianca. The smoothly cathartic single keeps a melodic tempo and unfolds through a well textured instrumental arrangement with a mix of acoustic and electronic effect.

The seamlessly fused beats allow Lindsey Bianca to lace her soundscape with an Indie feel which compliments her soulful vocal single around the Jazz-style infusions. There aren’t many artists who can keep such a fine balance between an easy listening rhythm and one which draws you in with every softly versed verse. Yet, with No Time, Lindsey Bianca has proven that she’s anything but your average artist. Her ability to explore her sound using different genre elements and still weave together a sound which resonates concordantly is a sure sign that we can expect exceptional things from her in the future.

You can check out the single No Time which was released in November 2018 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rhys Holloway – Emotion: Arrestive Ambient R&B Soul

If you’re looking for a romantically wistful R&B Soul Pop single which hits hard, look no further than Rhys Holloway’s latest single “Emotion”.

While at this point there will be millions of R&B songs addressing the loss of love by this point, Rhys Holloway attacks the issue with a stylistic candid no holds barred smooth sound. With a slight Indie feel to the track, R&B becomes more accessible than ever, opening up the genre to fans of artists such as the 1975.

Rhys Holloway let the vulnerability shine through in his vocals and lyrics, even though his vocals are quiet and reserved, they sit well enough above the mix to allow them to sink in easily and take in the pensive emotivity of the lyrics.

You can check out Rhys Holloway’s single Emotion for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now. Make sure to give him a follow as he will be releasing new material frequently, something tells me you don’t want to miss out on the ascent of this breaking talent.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Soulov – Rose: Soulfully Plaintive Minimalistic R&B Pop

With the pure amount of passion and expression poured into Soulov’s latest single “Rose”, the track becomes a lot more than just lyrics, a beat, and vocals. Rose is one of the most sublimely sonorous offerings of unrestrained soul we’ve heard in a long time and to tear the heartfelt apart based on the structure seems nothing but butchery.

As the track is only two minutes long, you’re left with the impression that Soulav has much more to give to his audience with his slow and melodic Trap arrangements in longer arrangments. It takes a lot for an artist to step to the mic and put out so much visceral emotion, Yet with Rose, you’re doused in the pensive vibes which give out an aural lifeline to anyone who can relate to the resonance which has been weaved into the lyrics.

You can check out Soulov’s latest single Rose which was released in February 2019 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Matteo Palmer – Golden: Acoustically-Driven R&B Pop

The inclusion of acoustic instrumentals in a R&B Pop track is never an unwelcome addition, especially if the artist is able to bring a new organic vibrancy to the mix through the intricately textured guitar progressions.

Which is exactly what you get with Matteo Palmer’s single “Golden”; just one of the tracks to feature on his 2019 album Stratosphere. To make Golden even more of an arresting track, Matteo teamed up with J’mere who brought a new vocal dynamic to the single giving Matteo Palmer’s charisma something to bounce off. The instrumental mix may be soft and down tempo, but the acoustic fingerstyle guitar still pulls you further into the arrangement which packs in plenty of groove which is neatened by the polished Pop production.

You can check out Matteo Palmer’s single Golden for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ayaz Ismail – Cuddle: Unforgettably Distinctive R&B Pop

Put Folk, Synth Pop, R&B, and Indie together and you’re left with the perfect smorgasbord of synergetic elements to create an unforgettable single. Which is exactly what Ayaz Ismail did with his latest single “Cuddle”. As you can expect from the title, the single is a romantically-steeped, however in his distinctive style the salaciousness is stripped away from his soundscape. In its place is innocently resonant lyricism which makes an infinitely refreshing change. Sometimes you just need a cuddle; and now you’ve got Ayaz Ismail’s standout single as a soundtrack to the wistful solitude.

Since the up and coming artist’s debut in 2017, there’s no denying that he’s found his feet in a gap in the market pairing the emotivity and expression of Folk with the smooth and polished melodies found in Synth Pop. Pour Jangle Pop guitars in there, and you’re left

You can check out Ayaz Ismail’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Viivë’s Freestyle Mix “Persian Rugs” Brings Wavy Trap Fused with Raw R&B Rhythm.

If you’re looking for a raw, reticent R&B Soul track to sink your teeth into, Viivë’s latest release “Persian Rugs” will satiate your thirst for salacious lyrics, smooth beats, and a hypnotically powerful single. You won’t be quick to forget the potent energy of the single once Persian Rugs has faded out thanks to the pure amount of Soul which poured through the lyrics and the perceptively unapologetically expressive vocal style.

As Persian Rugs was a freestyle mix, the true vibe behind the single truly hits you as you listen to the harmony entwines with an electronically driven melody using wavy layers of synths. And there’s no disputing that Viivë has a distinctively charismatic style of vocals to add a contemporary feel to the track which incorporates plenty of R&B Roots

You can check out Viivë’s latest single Persian Rugs for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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