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Vana Blu – Scarred: Sticky Sweet Soul Pop

After hearing Vana Blu’s unforgettably soulful hit “T-Erase-Her” in 2019, we were all too eager to ingest his dulcet tones in his first single to drop in 2020 “Scarred”.

Once again, the London-based Pop artist had us instantly hooked into their indulgent genre-defying approach to music. Scarred may offer accessible and familiar tones from 90s Pop icons, but Vana Blu’s effervescent charm takes his sound to the next level.

Amplifying the commercial potential is the palpable sincerity behind each vocal note delivered in Scarred. As you can guess by the track title, the lyrics are fairly raw. Yet with the elements of Synth Pop, RnB, Soul, and Funk, the melodies in Scarred bring vibrancy and optimism to the soundscape.

It’s impossible not to warm to Vana Blu. So go ahead and get toasty by checking out Scarred for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Emily Rodriguez – Last Summertime: Soul-Exposingly Sweet Indie Pop

Everything about the standout track “Last Summertime” from Indie Soul Pop artist Emily Rodriguez’s EP “In My Head” feels refreshingly candid and authentic.

The organic magnetism can be found in the lyrics, the melody, and the expressively dynamic vocal harmonics. It’s an evocative aural hat trick which pulls together under complete concordance.

The simplistic natural rhythms are set to an even pace and allow you to easily ingest the undiluted sentiment which greets you through the lyrics. By the time the track has come to a close, you’ll see why Emily Rodriguez chose “In My Head” as an EP title. It’s an unfiltered, no holds barred sticky-sweet soul exposing record which will undoubtedly see the artist go far.

You can check out Last Summertime along with the rest of Emily Rodriguez’s EP for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sarita Lozano – Lucid: Engrossingly Expressive Alt Pop

Sarita Lozano has become an artist renowned for her hypnotically harmonic Alt Indie Pop vocal tones. Within her upcoming album “Lucid” they’re more polished and poised than ever.

Any fans of London Grammar are definitely going to want to check out the 13-track offering of mesmeric nuanced moody pop. Sarita Lozano’s vocals may be consistently soulfully evocative, but the intricately high-vibe high-tempo beats often sit in perfect contrast to the stylistic melancholy.

With elements of Jazz, Hip Hop, Soul and RnB weaved into the electronically orchestrated album, it’s a dynamic feat of Pop which affirms that the London-based artist is definitely one to watch in 2020. Get her on your radar.

You can check out Sarita Lozano’s engrossingly expressive Alt Pop album for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud from February 3rd. In the meantime, you can check out her earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Adama – Too Many Times: Sensually Soulful Alt Pop

With “Too Many Times”, up and coming Pop pioneer Adama found the perfect balance between soul and moody sensuality.

It’s not all too often that we’re treated to such a distinctive sound which also boasts an ample amount of evocative appeal. Yet, Adama achieved this with discernible ease. You’ll find plenty of their own artistic ingenuity within the contemporarily slick soundscape. But you’ll also get to hear the influence of the likes of Marvin Gaye, Sade, and Miles Davis.

It’s atmospheric, it’s immersive, and it’s a perfect example of how serene an Electronica Lounge Soul Pop single can be. There are undoubtedly even more exciting things to come from the London & Milan based artist. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Too Many Times for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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M L V N – Soundwave: Reflectively Gentle RnB Soul Pop

London-based singer-songwriter M L V N (Melvin Turner) is set to release their debut album “Soundwave” on January 20th. And the airwaves are set to become an infinitely smoother thanks to the breaking talent’s nuanced contribution. There isn’t a vibe check in the world which M L V N couldn’t pass.

The gently rhythmic Soul Pop soundscapes carry the perfect amount of reflective magnetism. M L V N’s rich vocals succinctly allow you to put the lyrics into context before compelling you to quiescently reflect on your own reality. While the ambient instrumentals simultaneously feed you comforting tonally-warm catharsis.

Soundwave is a tension-stripping track which remains consistently immersive, from the first track to the last.

You can check out Soundwave for yourselves from January 20th via Spotify. Where you’ll also find their debut self-titled EP which was released in 2013 and their sophomore 2019 single Supermxn.

For more info and ways to listen, head over to M L V N’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Artist and Producer Darshaan is Set To Release Their Latest Sublime Soulful Storm “Northern Line.”

Darshaan

Artist and producer Darshaan has created yet another sublimely soulful storm with their upcoming Alt Electronic Pop single Northern Line which is due to drop on February 7th.

Usually, I can find an easy place to start dissecting a track; the vocals, the lyrics, the production, the instrumentals… Yet, with Northern Line., the London-based artist’s talent resounds in them equally.

You’ll get sentimentally-sweet poetry in the lyrics, a dynamic testament of Darshaan’s vocal ability as he lays down resoundingly mesmeric harmonies, and a smooth radio-ready production combined with progressively intricate beats. Something tells me that Darshaan is as much as a perfectionist as they are a pioneer. With each new evolution of the instrumental arrangement, the ingenuity needed to craft the hooks and seamless transgressions almost hit you as hard as the alchemic emotion which is found in this single.

You can check out Darshaan’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud from February 7th. In the meantime, check out their earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blue Envy – Tell Me Why: Pensively Soulful Alt Pop

“Tell Me Why” is the latest pensively soulful Pop single from up and coming Nevada-based Pop duo Blue Envy.

With Blue Envy’s captivating mix of 80s Synthwave, Pop, Neo-Soul, and moody bluesy Rock which almost veers into Post Punk Tell Me Why offers a dizzying amount of distinction.

Whether it was the pure ingenuity found in their sound, the evocative amount of emotion which comes as a courtesy from vocalist Keva Tanyi, or the unexpected atmospheric guitar work, Tell Me Why isn’t a track which asks for your attention. It steals it anyway. It may give it back at the end, or you may be left with the lingering affirmation that you’ve just stumbled upon an artist who deserves to be on your radar.

You can check out the lyric video which dropped on January 3rd for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tyra – Perfection: Intensely Soulful, Delicately Artful Alt Pop

Tyra

Up and coming Pop artist Tyra has recently released her fourth single “Perfection”. By channelling the soul of Macy Gray into an experimentally artful soundscape which offered reminiscences to Kate Bush, Tyra created an evocatively unforgettable hit.

The way in which Tyra’s polished high notes weave through the lush amount of reverb poured into the soundscape is like nothing we’ve heard before. And Tyra’s originality only matches her talent.

Even though Perfection is an incredibly delicate single, there isn’t a hint of vulnerability within Tyra’s performance. Instead, you’ll find boldness in her unflinchingly soulful vocals. And through the instrumentals, you’ll get all the restorative catharsis which you could possibly ask for.

You can check out Tyra’s single Perfection for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Jay R. Stephens – Give It Up: Sun-Soaked Rhythmic Pop

From the first hit of Jay R. Stephens’ latest single “Give It Up” it offers a nostalgic comforting appeal whilst simultaneously introducing you to a fresh new brand of soul-driven Pop.

You’ll have little choice with how immersed you become in the warm tonality of Give It Up which was constructed through inviting Jangle Pop melodies, and resonantly accessible vocals. Expect popping, groove-deep rhythms, charisma-sweetened vocals, and a cathartically mellifluous tone to Give It Up which is guaranteed to make your playlists sound sunnier.

I may not be gifted with the ability to predict the future, but it’s easy to see that Jay R. Stephens is an artist who is going to make plenty of waves in 2020.

You can check out the lyric video to Give It Up by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Harmonical – Born Ready: Restoratively Inspiring Soul-Infused Electronic Pop

Up and coming Electronic Soul Pop artist Harmonical has created a myriad of emotively hard-hitting inspiring tracks in recent years. And their R&B-inspired single “Born Ready” comes with an uplifting sting which is even more potent than usual.

Born Ready has already received the attention of BBC Introducing, and there’s little room to wonder why given Harmonical’s natural ability when it comes to orchestrating soulfully catchy hits. The R&B vocals fit perfectly against the tribal electronic rhythms which consistently evolve throughout the duration of the single making sure that you’re as hooked in the prelude as you are in the outro.

Born Ready may come with a slightly vintage R&B Pop feel, but who doesn’t appreciate a 90s Pop Nostalgia hit when they’re looking for some restorative aural alchemy?

You can check out the official music video to Harmonical’s single Born Ready by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast