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Lady Moon & the Eclipse – GLOBAL WARNING

There may be no surprises when it comes to what Lady Moon & the Eclipse lyrically tackles with their latest single “GLOBAL WARNING”.

But what is surprising, is that Lady Moon & the Eclipse are one of only a few artists trying to get climate change-deniers to open their eyes.

Even with the heavy sentiment behind the track, Lady Moon & the Eclipse have made sure that the single is accompanied by a light and somewhat poignant pop instrumental arrangement. So, far from the track giving you an existential crisis, you’re provided with a Funk-deep mash up of Pop and Disco which sugars the jagged pill which we have to swallow with the acceptance that our planet is probably going to combust.

You can check out the latest single from Lady Moon & the Eclipse for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tarah Jaye – Cool It Down: A Debut of Funk-Filled Eccentric Expression

Up and coming recording artist’s single “Cool It Down” is a debut of Funk-filled Neo-Soul which borrows inspiration from a smorgasbord of sound to resonate as an ingenious act of genre-defiance.

The instrumental arrangements which seamlessly bounce between world music, Pop, Funk and Jazz come together to offer a level of distinction which is incredibly uncommon to encounter at this stage in an artist’s career. With Cool it Down, there’s less of a sense that you’re listening to the work of an artist following structure, instead, their expression goes unrestrained with a free and full-bodied flow. Cool it Down is an aural intention to become completely immersed in the intricacies of the sound which never abstract from the vibrant sense of rhythm. We’re already dying to hear where Tarah Jaye takes her sound next.

You can check out Tarah Jaye’s latest single Cool it Down for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alicia Michilli’s Piercingly Candid EP Release “Letters from the Edge”

Soulful music doesn’t always leave you with chills, but when it does, it’s a sure sign you’ve just stumbled across an artist worth putting on your radar.

Up and coming singer-songwriter Alicia Michilli has recently released her 6-track EP “Letters from the Edge” as the best introduction to her piercingly candid style.

Which, I suppose you would come to expect from an EP of that title. Still you won’t find it hard to appreciate the ethereal levels of strength within Alicia Michilli’s vocals. Which is what makes the EP so ironically beautiful when her vocals are blasting lyrics such as “I’m two steps away from a breakdown, carry me over the finish line”.

With poignant lyrical punches such as those to roll with accompanied with Neo-Soul Blues Rock instrumentals, you’re in for an emotive ride through each of the singles contained on Letters from the Edge.

You can check out Alicia Michilli’s EP Letters from the Edge for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Candace Devine’s Ethereally Striking Single “One More Night” is a Soulful Playlist Essential

Whilst every adjective gets bounced around all too often describing music, it is by no amount of exaggeration that we are officially dubbing Candace Devine’s single “One More Night” as ethereal.

The power in the harmonics of Candace Devine’s overwhelmingly soulful vocal style are perceptible from the start, yet, it is in the chorus where the track is flooded with potently arrestive soul. Frankly, the fact that Candace Devine doesn’t share the same number of accolades as Christina Aguilera who she has worked with a backup singer is criminal.

One More Night is just one of the singles from her first solo release in over a decade. The 2019 EP “HERE WE ARE” is proof that Candace Devine was always meant to take a vocal lead. Jazz-laced power ballads can all too often resonate as slightly archaic, but with One More Night, Candace Devine’s vocals blow the cobwebs from the genre with a smooth contemporarily raw work of aural alchemy.

You can check out Candace Devine’s latest single One More Night for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jacob Sibi-Okumu – The Joy Christmas Brings: It’s Never Too Early For a Festive Hit

That’s right folks, Christmas is coming whether we like it or not, and so is the Christmas music. You’d be forgiven for recoiling in fear as your first thought turns to Mariah Carey and Paul McCartney. But Jacob Sibi-Okumu’s latest single “The Joy Christmas Brings” may be the festive hit you’ve been waiting to fall in love with. As you listen to the ambiently slow soulful Jazz crooner with his mesmeric vocal capacity, you’re treated to his authentic ability to allow each syllable in the lyrics to resonate over the subtle and tentative arrangement in the single. During the chorus, there’s plenty of groove and rhythmic drive, but the emotive vibe and sentiment of the track aren’t lost. To put it simply, it isn’t a track that you listen to, it’s a soundscape you melt into which will make you hope an album is in the pipelines from the up and coming artist.

If you feel like getting in the festive spirit early, or would just like a pure shot of unadulterated, sweet Funky Soul Jazz you can head over to SoundCloud for yourselves now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Divina – Praying for Amnesia: Lyrically Sharp, Resonantly Piercing R&B Soul

R&B & Soul tracks this resonant can only be born out of the dark, dank depths of despair, whilst you would expect plenty of sonorous emotion from a Soul track, the amount of weight behind the lyrics of Divina Blackson’s latest single Praying for Amnesia nearly floors you.

As a lyrical snob, I’m almost impossible to please, yet the wit and pain which went into the lyrics of Praying for Amnesia proves that the London, UK-based artist is anything but your typical songstress. The instrumentals had just as many hooks as the wounding lyricism, through a pioneering mix of smooth R&B Praying for Amnesia progresses through the rattle and snare of 808 beats which give the standout single a contemporary feel with a timeless R&B root-deep charm. Polished off with a pitch perfect production, you’ve got a radio-ready hit with Divina’s latest work of soul-driven alchemy.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Crystal Sherie – God’s Plan: Vibrant Soul Synergy

God’s Plan is the fourth single released from Crystal Sherie’s latest album ‘Beautifully Broken’, the album title gives you a vivid idea of what soundscapes will be contained by the release. But nothing can quite prepare you for the amount of soul which will hit you as you listen to the emerging artist’s single unfold. The waves of unadulterated catharsis which hit you through the melody of the chorus is almost hypnotic.

Crystal Sherie’s ability as a vocalist won’t fail to leave you in admiration of her ethereally emotive style. Yet, it’s the authenticity and sincerity which blew me away with Crystal. The artist possesses an almost bewitching sensibility which commands you to hang from every pitch-perfect word.

As an atheist, it’s safe to say I was a little sceptical of a track titled ‘God’s Plan’ but I was immediately bowled over by the vibrant synergy of the track.

You can check out Crystal Sherie’s latest single God’s Plan for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NinaReed – Hot Coco: Ambient Transience Entwined with Urban Groove

NinaReed’s sound isn’t one that’s easily forgotten. After discovering her ground-breaking single Fire which dropped earlier this year I’ve been gripped in anticipation to hear her next release of experimentally cathartic soundscapes. And sure enough by mixing an urban groove with ambient transience NinaReed has created yet another blinding single with Hot Coco.

With one of the most harmonious Trap melodies I’ve heard unfold, the track progresses with NinaReed’s voice in perfect rhythm with the beat. Waves of reverb sat atop of the beat to create a lucidly alchemic feel that stands as testament to the emerging artists talent. Her vocals were smooth, yet ethereally piercing at the same time. While you slip into the Soulful instrumentals the lyrics are more than enough to keep hold of your attention, the narrative styling of the lyrics fed even more energy into the rapturously laid-back beat.

You can check out NinaReed’s latest single which dropped in July 2018 on SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sam. – Wreck my Soul: Pensively Passionate, Rhythmically Raw R&B

There’s something about up & coming R&B & Soul artist Sam’s track Wreck my Soul that crawls into every inch of your being as you absorb the pensive melancholy. Each element of Sam’s track is uniquely stylised to enable you to feel the pure passion which she’s projecting through her lyrics, vocals and beats. The Toronto based artist has created a track that stands as true testament to her soulful style as the track runs completely free of ego or any notion of grandeur. In short, Wreck my Soul is raw, organic, and mesmerizingly blissful. Whilst the production quality may not be quite there after her vocals were allowed to fade into the sound multiple times throughout the track, you really can’t expect more from an emerging artist. I have no double that her sound will be radio ready in no time.

You can check out Sam’s latest single for yourself which was released earlier this year on SoundCloud now. You can also check out Sam’s latest release If He Knew which dropped May 2018 where Sam’s urban groove was taken into a brand-new R&B arena.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sadie Jemmett – OK.WOW: Succinctly Sweet Soul Tinged with Political Insanity

Whilst Sadie Jemmett’s latest single OK.WOW started off with a rather questionable use of sampling, the rest of the track was one of the purest offerings of R&B Jazz Soul that you could hope for.

Sadie created one of the most succinctly grounding tracks I’ve checked out this year. As the track flows through her domineeringly blissful voice that pours out pure pensive soul is accompanied with some Donald Trump sampling to create the perfect contrast between his belligerent idle rambling accompanied with Sadie’s cathartic vocal offering. The brass used in the track allowed the Jazz roots of the soundscape to bleed through, whilst the contemporarily fresh trap style beat reverberated through the synergy laid down through Jemmett’s vocals.

If you want to be sobered by some succinctly sweet Soul you can check out Sadie Jemmett’s latest single OK.WOW on Spotify now. The track title will make a lot of sense after you do. Each one of Sadie Jemmett’s eloquent tracks stand as testament to her uniquely potent potential, yet with OK.WOW the singer songwriter may have surpassed herself.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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