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Dai Lo – Side Boo: High-Vibe RnB Grind

Monogamy may be going out of trend, but Dai Lo has proven with their latest release that Trap-infused RnB Soul mixes never will.

The official music video to “Side Boo” dropped on November 16th offering a modern take on romanticism, and an even more contemporary take on the RnB genre. The polished EDM beats put plenty of hype behind the infectiously catchy track which comes with a heavy serving of viral potential.

The Toronto, Canada based artist teamed up with L.3.G.I.O.N for the production, ensuring that the melodies popped, and each pitch sat at the perfect level to allow Side Boo to unravel with plenty of high-vibe grind.

You can check out the official video to Dai Lo’s latest release for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sarah Khatami – Boy Toy featuring Myia Thornton: Playlist Worthy RnB

“Boy Toy” is the sixth magnetically hook-filled single to be released from breaking R&B artist Sarah Khatami. In the short time since her inception, she’s become renowned for her ability to inject vibrant new energy into the R&B genre.

While there may be some reminiscences of 90s R&B in her sound, the empowering vibes in her radio-ready tracks such as Boy Toy have well and truly earned their spot on contemporary airwaves.

With a bassline which will remind you of Arctic Monkeys iconic hit Do I Wanna Know?, Sarah Khatami’s dynamically flawless vocals, and the unfaltering conviction in the lyrics, Boy Toy is a playlist worthy hit. Bringing in Myia Thornton for a Rap verse ensured there was plenty of diversity in the track which continued to make seamless evolutions right from the prelude to the outro.

You can check out Boy Toy for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sove – Not the Same: Concordantly Absorbing RnB Soul Pop

Contemporary R&B Soul Pop doesn’t come much more concordantly absorbing as up and coming artist Sove’s latest single “Not the Same”.

The fluid bluesy guitar rhythms weave between the solid and steady EDM beats creating a perfectly synergetic platform for Sove’s poised and nuanced vocals to rest upon. Sove’s latest single may not be reflective of her previous releases, but it is a testament to how much her talent has progressed in the short time since her last upbeat Pop hit. Even the percussion exudes ferocity in Not the Same, but the weight truly hits in the mix of empowering conviction and vulnerability, ultimately proving that vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness.

You can check out Not the Same for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SOFIA EVANGELINA – Smile: Transfixingly Soulful RnB

Up and coming R&B Soul artist SOFIA EVANGELINA released her second single “Smile” on December 6th. Even for a Soul single, the amount of warmth, compassion, and reassurance which was poured into Smile is unparalleled.

Any fans of R&B artists such as Christina Aguilera are sure to appreciate SOFIA EVANGELINA’s dynamically resounding vocals. I’m fairly certain there isn’t a note in existence which SOFIA EVANGELINA couldn’t reach with relative ease. From deep reverberant versing to harmonic high’s, Smile stands as a testament to SOFIA EVANGELINA’s talent. Yet, what will really transfix you as you listen to Smile unfold, is the directness of the single. It’s rare that you’ll get to encounter a track which feels as though it’s speaking directly to you. Which is just one more reason to place this authentically captivating up and coming artist on your radar.

You can check out the latest single from SOFIA EVANGELINA for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Smoove Lyrics – Taste U: Salaciously Ingenious RnB Hip Hop

The prelude to Smoove Lyrics’ latest single “Taste U” may fool you into believing that you’re about to listen to an archetypal RnB hit unfold, but the progressive genre-mashing urban hit is host to plenty of seamless unexpected evolutions.

From soft and magnetic RnB crooning to rapid-fire rap verses, Smoove Lyrics’ vocal style is boundless. While most of the lyrics will make it easy to see how Smoove Lyrics came about their artist title, the Rap verses throw in salaciously shocking lines making a sharp shift away from the romanticism which the RnB vocals have sultrily subdued you with. Yet, that’s not the most shocking part of Taste U, that lies in the fact the orchestration of the track was executed with such deft, inventive perfection.

Perceptibly, Smoove Lyrics is an up and coming RnB virtuoso worth watching.

You can check out Taste U for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Denise Valle – Repeat Affections: Soul-Fuelled Fiery Hook-Laden RnB

Canadian R&B artist Denise Valle poured contemporary resonance and sticky-sweet appeal into her latest soul-fuelled fiery hook-laden single “Repeat Affections”. The end result was a testament to just how far the singer-songwriter has come in the 16 months since her inception. There’s an incredibly dynamic feel to Repeat Affections which borrows influences from a myriad of genres to orchestrate ta full-bodied, refreshing aural experience.

The warmth, vibrancy, and ingenuity which is found in Repeat Affections is unparalleled amongst up and coming urban artists. She’s set the bar when it comes to creating restoratively uplifting soundscapes with her unique alchemy present in all her tracks. Yet, it’s especially potent in Repeat Affections which is the first single to be released from her upcoming EP of the same name.

You can check out Repeat Affections for yourselves which was released on November 29th by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Afrobeat Artist Wisdom has released his debut chart-topping album “(Not) Just a Man”

Internationally acclaimed Afrobeat artist Wisdom has recently released their debut album “(Not) Just a Man” and injected plenty of organic soul onto the airwaves.

(Not) Just a Man has already reached the tops of the charts in Nigeria, and the exotic rhythms are sure to enamour anyone in the search for vibrant, flowing Afropop in colder climates too.

With each track being infectiously euphoric and glistening with sun-kissed soul, each track stands as a testament to their versatility. With elements of R&B, Afro Pop, Jazz, Afro-Soul and Afro House all utilised under a deft rhythmic command, there’s a smorgasbord of different sticky-sweet textures to delve into. Yet, we’d recommend hitting play on the punchy energetic earworm which is “Zombie” for the best introduction to Wisdom’s magnetic sound.

You can check out Wisdom’s debut album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Patrick Jordan – A Woman Like You: Emotively Resounding Alt Blues Rock

https://patrickjordanmusic.bandcamp.com/album/a-woman-like-you

Not many songwriters are armed with the gift being able to instantly hook you into a lyrical narrative. But from the first verse of Patrick Jordan’s single “A Woman Like You” we were transfixed by the undiluted soul poured into the soundscape.

The most striking aspect of A Woman Like You was the humble nature of the Alt Blues Rock single. There was no attempt to throw us into a realm of unfamiliarity or be excessively ostentatious with their style. Instead, the minimalistic yet resounding instrumentals were as bare as their soul.

The Stockton On Tees, UK-based artist may offer a slightly nostalgic sound, but through their arrestive mix of Country, Rock, Soul, and Blues, there’s plenty of contemporary appeal lingering between the emotively compelling notes.

You can check out the title track to Patrick Jordan’s latest album which is due for release on November 29th for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sulu and Excelsior has poured euphoric soul into the airwaves with their infectiously funk-driven single “AntiMatter”

If you’re looking for archaically punchy mixes of Soul, Blues, Funk, Surf Rock and Jazz look no further than the latest single “AntiMatter” from Sulu and Excelsior. I can’t imagine there are all too many other purveyors of music offering the same soulfully rich genre-deconstructing soundscapes. So, you might as well.

In a bold feat of experimentalism, the Alt RnB artist weaved together the most euphoric elements from decades past to serve up a potently high energy track. There’s a unique rapturous air to their sound which you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. If Sulu and Excelsior started a cult, I’d probably be inclined to join it.

Within AntiMatter you’ll find reminiscences to a myriad of artists. From the B52s to James Brown, it’s all infused in this feat of infectiously indulgent, dopamine teasing Alt RnB.

You can check out AntiMatter for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Neo-Classical & R&B Converge in Becky and the Keys’ Second Single “Don’t Say You’re Leaving”

Up and coming R&B artist Becky and the Keys has recently released their pensively captivating latest single “Don’t Say You’re Leaving”.

It took the first few Neo-Classical piano notes for us to become arrested in the striking single. And when the vocals kick in, suddenly, you’re gripped by a total stranger’s pain. Don’t Say You’re Leaving may leave your soul feeling a little heavier, but the emotionally wounding single carries a rare capacity to convey viscerally resonant emotion – there aren’t many artists out there with the ability to claim that.

The tender minor piano keys in Don’t Say You’re Leaving shared reminiscences with Bill Ryder-Jones’ recent piano works. But when it comes to the vocals, Becky and the Keys uses raw evocative vocal dynamics to create a resoundingly powerful R&B Soul ballad.

You can check out Becky and the Keys’ latest single Don’t Say You’re Leaving by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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