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Lo Marie – All the Love: Orchestrally-Rounded RnB Neo-Soul

“All the Love” is the palpitatingly soulful standout single from up and coming RnB Soul artist Lo Marie and her deftly talented array of instrumentalists.

There is no better introduction to her dynamically mellifluous vocal talents combined with her tendency to revive archaic sounds and give them a brand-new 21st-century appeal than All the Love.

Complete with classical strings, the soundscape simultaneously offers you the familiarity of slipping into the warm tones of Neo-Soul and the experience of drinking in the nuanced harmonic distinction of a truly authentic artist. The single perfectly captures the often frustration of trying to convince someone that they are worthy of love. If you’ve been there, don’t be surprised if this track hits you like a tonne of bricks emotively. Aurally, it’s one of the most ethereally light singles we’ve heard which offer such stark bruising emotion.

You can check out Lo Marie’s single All the Love for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Groove Inn – Drive ft. Denver Hall: Futuristically Sticky-Sweet Funk Soul Hip Hop

Up and coming artist Groove Inn teamed up with Denver Hall for their latest soulfully smooth eccentrically endearing EP “Summer Pack”

Each of the four singles offers a different sticky-sweet serving of Funk, Soul, Jazz, RnB, and Pop laced Hip Hop. But the standout track has to be the futuristic work of Funk-soaked Neo-Soul “Drive”.

Without any amount of deliberation, the track kicks in with the groove-deep bends of the bass accompanied by the instantly magnetic Rap verses. You’ll be hooked in the tonally warm hit from there on out.

Playful Hip Hop combined with pure Funk and Soul will always be timelessly uplifting. But the main distinction with Drive is how far they were able to project their sound into the future. It’s all too easy to expect plenty more innovation from Groove Inn in the future. I’d put them on your radar sooner rather than later.

You can check out Groove Inn’s single Drive for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MUSTIE – Fantasma; Neo-Soul Meets Experimental Electronica

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Up and coming Sheffield-based experimental artist and producer MUSTIE is set to release their debut album “Chaos Energy” in Spring 2020. They’ve been generous enough to treat us to a preview of the soulful experimentalism contained in the standout single “Fantasma”.

Perceptibly, MUSTIE chose an incredibly apt title for their meltingly mellifluous soundscape. Unlike most genre-defying experimentally orchestrated singles, it’s all too easy to immerse yourself in the unpredictable melodies in Fantasma. If this is the future of soul music, we’re definitely here for it.

You’ll have to wait until March 31st to check out the Chaos Energy album for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out some of their blissfully cathartic earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kle’an – 9.1.1: Sentimentally Sweet Experimentally Smooth RnB

9.1.1 is the first original track to be released by up and coming RnB soul artist Kle’an. Their previously released cover tracks demonstrated their naturally harmonic vocal talent. But 9.1.1 makes it all too perceptible that their talent also enables them to write evocatively romantic soundscapes for themselves.

Kle’an definitely didn’t hold back on the soul which was poured into the ambiently intricate single. The melodies almost give 9.1.1 a Neo-Classical feel while Kle’an’s dynamic vocals flit from crooning RnB to soft Hip Hop versing.  It may not be your average offering RnB, but it is a bold stylistic new step in the evolution of the genre which will leave you arrested by each sticky-sweet sentimental progression.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jonathan Care – I Can’t Stand Losin’ U: Absorbingly Alternative Hip Hop

A lot of music may get referred to as arrestive. But Jonathan Care’s latest single “I Can’t Stand Losin’ U will hit you with jaw-to-the-floor captivation right from the prelude.

When you hit play on Hip Hop music, you’ve already got fixed assumptions of what’s going to come your way. Jonathan Care shatters them with their striking Alt Rock vocals which are introduced only after a deceptively archetypal offering of Hip Hop beats. The single is an unashamedly eccentric feat of dynamic alchemy. Expect everything from Jazz to Funk to Rock to be instilled into this warm, soulful mix which is consistently progressive. As a result, I Can’t Stand Losin’ U is a track which demands to be played on repeat.

You can have the experience of being blown away by Jonathan Care’s bold experimental approach to Hip Hop for yourselves by checking out I Can’t Stand Losin’ U on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Melaku – Dreamin’: Sun-Soaked Indie Psych Pop

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Santa Cruz-based up and coming singer-songwriter Melaku definitely didn’t fail to instil the California sun into their captivatingly ethereal Indie Pop single “Dreamin’”.

There’s a slight hint of Beatles-style Psych Pop offered by the warm tonality of the almost choral instrumental arrangement. Yet Melaku’s single unravelled as a pioneeringly distinctive soundscape born through the utilisation of everything from Soul to Classic Rock to Indie Pop.

Expect soaring instrumental melodies, equally as arrestive vocals and lyrics which leave little to the imagination through the pure candid openness. Tracks such as Dreamin’ are timeless, and we’ll always be happy to hear such expressively soulful soundscapes. It hits you with raw emotion without triggering the ‘I’m listening to a ballad’ guilt’.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MC Kean Has Released Their Latest Wavy Urban Hit “A New Day”

If you appreciate transcendental vibes in your Hip Hop, look no further than up and coming artist MC Kean’s latest drop “A New Day”.

While the electronic instrumentals offer a lucid catharsis, MC Kean lays down clean convictive and resounding Rap bars. It may be a lyrically heavy track, but each bar offers easy and ingestible inspiration. Bringing in the female Pop vocalist who offers reminiscences of Rihanna rounded the track off perfectly.

There isn’t a shadow of a doubt that MC Kean has what it takes to break the mainstream with their wholesome restorative approach to Hip Hop. We certainly won’t be forgetting about it in a hurry.

You can check out MC Kean’s latest single A New Day for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dhyan – Speak of the Devil: Atmospherically Tantalising RnB Soul

With their recent releases, up and singer-songwriter Dhyan has demonstrated that whatever kind of urban soundscape they put their mind to, it is executed to perfection.

“Speak of the Devil” isn’t typical of their other releases. But it is a tantalisingly dark feat of RnB Soul which comes with plenty of atmospheric mesmerism. The tonality steeps the soundscape with a sombre bluesy vibe which isn’t too far from what you can expect from artists such as Hozier. Yet, there are still plenty of quintessential RnB Soul elements to grasp to as the smooth mix works its way through its cathartically downtempo duration.

Speak of the Devil is a perfect example of how resonant, raw, and real RnB can be in the 21st century.

You can check out Speak of the Devil along with the rest of Dhyan’s album The Sun Never Says for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dhyan – Ice Cold Lemonade: Sticky-Sweet Neo-Soul Pop

Soul, Funk, and sentimentality are just three of the striking elements which will hit you when you hit play on up and coming Soul Pop artist Dhyan’s single “Ice Cold Lemonade”.

The absorbingly mellow melodies follow an ambient pace creating the perfect platform for Dhyan’s naturally harmonic and expressive vocals which will leave you hooked from the very first verse. Many people are daunted by the prospect of checking out new artists. But Dhyan will ensure that your curiosity is generously rewarded with this buttery smooth serving of Neo-Soul Pop.

By using lemonade as a playful metaphor, Ice Cold Lemonade which makes it all too easy to fall into the accessible and amiable mix. The level of immersive mesmerism on offer ensures that the gentle melodies will stay with you for long after the track has faded to a close.

You can check out Ice Cold Lemonade for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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YD Has Put the Soul Back in Hip Hop with their Latest Single “Make Room”

We may be in the grips of winter, but warmth can always be found in the jazzy tones of tracks such as up and coming artist YD’s latest single “Make Room”.

With Haven Beats in charge of the production, Make Room was never going to fall flat. There’s a discernible comfort to the single which isn’t often heard in Hip Hop. But it’s always a pleasure to be served with some nostalgic Soul from the first time of hitting play on a track. And YD brought a sure enough serving through their soft yet perfectly metered Rap verses which brought dynamic energy to the mix without dampening the smooth vibe of the immersive single.

You can check out Make Room for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.