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Amba Tremain gets smooth, soulful, and heartfelt with new single ‘Honestly’

South Coast soulstress and Sofar Sounds regular Amba Tremain mixed R’n’B and jazzy soul on her brand new second single ‘Honestly’, an old school classic earworm of love, longing, and loss which showcases Tremain’s superb rich, soulful voice over shimmering guitar chords, echoey drums, and slow, grooving bass. It’s a perfect track to show off that timbre, the sparse instrumentation allowing plenty of space for Tremain’s vocal to sit front and centre, warm and powerful and wrapped around the music.

There’s obvious Motown influences in here – James Brown, Aretha, maybe a little Irma Franklin too, but there’s more contemporary parts too; Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, or Beverly Knight. It’s sublime and beautiful, heartfelt and honest, and it bodes very well for Amba Tremain in 2021.

You can hear ‘Honestly’ on Spotify, and follow Amba Tremain on Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

Jaron Smalls – Vibes Only: Amorously Arrestive RnB Soul

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Jaron Smalls’ standout release ‘Vibes Only’ may be a short, sweet and succinct hit, but the weight of emotion allows the modern mix of RnB, Trap, Pop and Soul to hit harder than any archetypal stylistically-uninspired RnB track ever could.

The boundlessly dynamic artist has proven himself to be the vibe alchemist that everyone needs on the airwaves and their playlists in 2021 and beyond. If Jaron Smalls isn’t already on your radar, with his ability to offer arrestive escapism as you fall into his soundscapes, your sanity may ultimately depend on their amorously accessible sound.

You can check out Vibes Only for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

RnB Hip Hop artist Jay Towers has transcribed his soul with ‘Love Note’

Jay Towers dropped their most soulful single to date with the release of their fusion Indie, Hip Hop, RnB and Pop, ‘Love Note’. The vocal melody may just be the second most infectious thing to have come into fruition in 2020.

Romanticism without crass perversion in a Hip Hop track may be harder to find than a needle in a haystack, but Jay Towers was able to deliver the dominance of Hip Hop along with affable hints of affable soul in Love Note. Any fans of Post Malone will definitely want to pay attention the sun-kissed, melodically captivating hit which was officially released on November 27th.

You can check out Love Note for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Relive your digital traumas with RnB Pop artist Jace Heyman’s debut single “Drunk Text”

If you’ve ever sent a life-ruining drunk text, Jace Heyman’s debut single may bring back some raw memories, but the smooth melodious rhythms offer plenty of consolation.

The Hertford-based R&B singer-songwriter’s debut perfectly encapsulates that hideous feeling of still being in love with someone and feeling your heart break a little bit more when you know that you can’t convey those emotions anymore.

With a sound which grooves along with the contemporary curve and the fact that their first release has added a distinctive voice onto the airwaves, it’s hard not to be excited by the prospect of Jace Heyman’s sophomore single.

Drunk Text is available to stream on all major services via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Shxnnon invites you to get in touch with your emotions with “Feelings”

If you’re a fan of RnB Soul classics but wish they were more fitting for contemporary and confusing times, hit play on breaking artist Shxnnon’s recently released single “Feelings”.

With her 5th single, Shxnnon ensured that Feelings pertained the heart-warmingly resolving effects of classic Soul while offering a colossal amount of stylistic appeal.

Switching between synth notes which are doused with lush reverb and delicately intricate piano keys allowed the past and future of Soul to converge in the deeply evocative hit which gives you a candid view into Shxnnon’s frustration, optimism and passion. It practically begs for repeat attention through sheer authenticity.

Feelings is available to stream on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Chugi808 – Mrs Right ft. BELA: Soul-Infused Trap

Up and coming artist and producer Chugi808 dropped his latest track “Mrs Right” on July 26th, 2019, but only after they teamed up with the harmonically blessed R&B vocalist BELA to create a dynamic release which hasn’t failed to attract plenty of hype.

Sincere romanticism may be hard to find in Trap, but Chugi808 has served up plenty with their refreshing approach to the genre which infuses palpable elements of Soul into a masterfully produced soundscape. Mrs Right may be as far from Neo-Soul as you can get, but if you’re looking for a contemporary fresh earworm, you won’t go far wrong with any of the tracks on this South African artist’s back catalogue.

You can check out Chugi808’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sy Jones – Girls Need Love: Reverberantly Smooth Soul Trap

While you never expect a Trap Soul to be deep and reverberant, that’s not to say it isn’t a pleasant surprise when the bass-heavy rhythm hit you. Which is exactly what you get with the up and coming Oakland, US-based artist Sy Jones’ recent drop “Girls Need Love”. The reverb-heavy beat sets the perfect platform for Sy Jones to lay down his R&B vocals and feed into the richly resounding melody of the track, and it’s safe to say that his fans found the beats as infectious as we did. In the space of 2:22-minutes you’re treated to an unforgettably smooth mix complemented with lyrics which are so salacious they are bordering on crass. Yet, the stylish execution of Girls Need Love is enough to ensure that you’ll want the single as a feature on your R&B, Trap, or Soul playlists.

You can check out Sy Jones’ single Girls Need Love for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Jay Threatt – Like Money: Sensually Smooth Soul Trap

Up and coming Trap Soul artist Jay Threatt teamed up with Smoov to create his latest sensually immersive drop “Like Money”.  The smooth rhythm of the track sits right on the contemporary curve with the hype of the beat sitting in the kicks of the 808 and the sensual vibe brought by the R&B melodies. Jay Threatt was able to vocally set himself apart from your average R&B artist through his lack of use for autotune, instead his magnetic vocal command seamlessly fed into the instrumentals of Like Money. There’s plenty of hyped energy to sink your teeth into to Like Money when it comes to the beat, but it’s easy to feel that the lyrics and the sentiment behind the track didn’t quite do Like Money justice. While there are enough sultry grooves in the track, the comparison of women to money doesn’t seem overly evocative.

You can check out Jay Threatt’s latest single Like Money for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Jazmyn Alexis – Get Me Right: Soul & Trap Like Hand in Glove

Up and coming soulful songstress Jazmyn Alexis has recently released her second album “Cheesecake II: Sliced”, whilst there were 10 mesmerising tracks on the album “Get Me Right” instantly caught our attention. It’s not all too often you’ll hear vocals which exude pure soul over the trickle and rattle of a Trap beat. Over a piano melody, yes, but the R n’ B artist took a prodigal approach to her standout single to create the perfect platform for her perfectly styled, smooth vocals. Yet, it would seem that her ability to wax lyrical is also absolutely on point judging by the single rap verse she weaved into the mix.

You can check out Jazmyn Alexis’ latest single Get Me Right out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now. I can only hope that she’ll be heading back to the studio soon to cook up some sensually sonorous soundscapes.

Keep up to date with the latest releases and news from Jazmyn by heading to her Facebook page.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Knownjack – No Tags: Lucidly Fresh Soul Trap

If you’re looking for a Jazz-soaked fusion of Trap and Soul, look no further than Knownjack’s latest single No Tags. The track may have only been 1:45 minutes long, but that’s all the time you need to recognise that Knownjack is an artist with a slick, sultry style that will set him apart from the rest of the underground Rap artists. The Long Branch, US-based artist’s ability to charismatically wax lyrical didn’t fail to draw me into the mix, with perfect meter and rhyme the rhythmic orchestration unravels through waves of lucidity. Under the production of Ross, each tantalising note draws you into the concordance of the melody, I can’t wait to hear a full length mix from Knownjack, if he can pack that much of a punch in a track under two minutes long, there’s no telling what he could do with an album.

You can check out Knownjack’s latest drop No Tags for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast