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Hollie Findlay – Querencia: Soul-Soaked Contemporary Pop

Hollie Findlay’s latest single “Querencia” definitely doesn’t fail to hit the emotive sweet spot. Her unique take on Pop ballads has created a melodiously immersive soundscape to melt into.

The piano-led arrangement offers subtly jazzy elements of Neo-Soul while Hollie Findlay ensured that Querencia pulled together with plenty of magnetic contemporary appeal thanks to her soft and accessible vocals. The 16-year-old singer-songwriter has proven with this release that maturity in sound definitely doesn’t correlate with age.

It was highly perceptible that instead of creating Querencia as a testament to her talent, the primary objective was to create single which offers a potent amount of catharsis, and it’s safe to say that she was successful.

You can check out Hollie Findlay’s latest single along with her earlier releases for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rock n Roll Meets R&B Soul in Gracie Laboy’s Debut Single “Good Devil”

Up and coming R&B Soul artist Gracie Laboy has recently made their debut with the strikingly unmissable single “Good Devil”.

Right from the prelude, you’re hooked in this unique artist’s take on the genre. Good Devil reinvents R&B with a solid bluesy Jazz Rock instrumental arrangement which synergistically comes together to create the perfect platform for the powerfully sultry vocals. I don’t make Amy Winehouse comparisons lightly, but the vocals irrefutably share the same distinctive allure in Good Devil.

It’s going to be incredibly exciting to see where Gracie Laboy takes her resounding sound next after an incredibly promising debut which has given the evolution of Soul a brand-new trajectory.

You can check out the debut single Good Devil out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ze-LuJ – Phone: Authentically Expressive R&B Soul

“Phone” is just one of the recently released singles from up and coming R&B Soul artist Ze-LuJ which you’ll want to turn your attention to if you’re always on the hunt for authentically expressive aural experiences which come with a potent serving of rhythmic catharsis.

The production may not be the smoothest in Phone, but it’s clear that Ze-LuJ is an artist with the ability to construct soundscapes which can leave you well and truly immersed through the perfect combination of soft melodies and naturally magnetic vocals.

You can check out Ze-LuJ’s single Phone along with a smorgasbord of their other soulfully sweet singles by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grover Stewart – I’ve Grown: Soulfully Lucid Deep House

If you’re looking for cathartically enamouring music which offers plenty of soul, the last place you’d think to look is the Deep House genre. But Grover Stewart’s debut track “I’ve Grown” which was made in collaboration with Andrew Stephen is a captivating soundscape of nostalgically-inclined groove bedded into a danceable modern mix.

It’s fairly perceptible through listening to the smooth jazzy single that Grover Stewart has been sitting on their talent for far too long. Their ability to orchestrate music which appeals to your rhythmic pulses at the same time as offering authentically sincere resonant expression definitely isn’t something which you hear every day.

It’s going to be incredibly exciting to see how Grover Stewart follows on from I’ve Grown.

You can check out Grover Stewarts soulfully lucid Deep House mix for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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melrose makes their debut with the sonorously smooth Pop single “Love / Hate”

Up and coming Pop artist melrose has recently made their debut with the ambiently arrestive single “Love / Hate”. With the London-based artist’s captivating take on Pop, the single offers subtle elements of Trap, Soul, and downtempo Electronica, and with every progression of Love / Hate, you get a taste of melrose’s genre-contorting versatile style.

With the soulfully conflictive lyrics, you’re treated to raw and relatable introspection which won’t fail to resonant. The pensively orchestrated soundscape also plays a heavy hand in amplifying the intensity of the undiluted emotion which weaved its way into the melrose’s debut single.

You can check out melrose’s debut single Love / Hate for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nikki Sounds has given the evolution of R&B a dark twist with her latest single “Backwards”

Up and coming R&B Soul artist and producer Nikki Sounds may have just released the darkest feat of R&B we’ve ever heard with her latest single “Backwards”.

Usually, you can expect drippings of lovelorn regret from R&B, but Backwards contains a brand-new empowering melancholic twist which we’re certainly not going to forget in a hurry. Nikki Sounds’ unapologetically unfiltered raw lyrics carry plenty of weight, which is amplified by her succinctly captivating R&B-influenced moody Alt Pop vocals.

It’s impossible not to feel the resonance behind Backwards, the poignantly scathing lyrics perfectly encapsulate the frustrative feelings which stem from being hesitant to move forward – we’ve all been there.

You can check out the experimental soundscape which saw its release on September 20th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Midxnite releases their smooth candid R&B slow jam “Emotionless”  

“Emotionless” is the latest single from up and coming R&B Soul Pop artist Midxnite. It has already racked up a significant number of streams since it dropped at the end of September, and there’s little room to wonder why.

With their contemporary approach to R&B Soul, Midxnite has cooked up a track which doesn’t just carry appeal to music fans of a particular leaning. Universally-appealing rhythms run right through the captivatingly ironic single.

Men are frequently branded as emotionless beings, as it happens, that’s exactly what the single was inspired by. Emotionless is unequivocal proof that Midxnite definitely isn’t dead inside, and my heartstrings took a yanking listening to the smooth, candid slow jam as their introspection ran through that allegation.

You can check out the latest single from Midxnite by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DOUG C JR – This, Babe: Silky Smooth RnB

In 2017, up and coming R&B Soul artist DOUG C JR made their debut with the silky smooth single “This, Babe”. Despite the ambience of the soundscape, This, Babe hits incredibly hard through the melodiously ethereal instrumentals which create the perfect platform for DOUG C JR’s naturally magnetic vocals.

Each syllable offered by the lovelorn lyrics resonates with conviction, and it’s practically impossible not to succumb to the potent servings of soul as DOUG C JR switches their vocals up from baritone reverberance to harmonic highs.

In all honesty, it’s R&B music which I hit play on with the most apprehension because so frequently it unfolds as assimilation of exactly what has come before. But with DOUG C JR’s authentic and original offering of unadulterated Soul, there’s no doubt that there’s a space for his sound on the airwaves.

It would be an aural crime not to see another release from DOUG C JR in the near future.

You can check out This, Babe for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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London-based R&B Soul Artist dilush Makes Their Debut with “waves”

Alt R&B artist dilush has recently made their debut with the lucidly ambient single “waves”. As soon as you hit play, you’ll see why that was an apt title for the track which unravels with magnetic amount of catharsis.

The London-based artist may be fresh from inception, but waves would never let you believe that. The softly succinct harmonic R&B Soul vocals sit in perfect synergy with the hazy colourful soundscape which constantly evolves throughout the duration.

While there may be a fair few wavy R&B Trap style singles on the airwaves already, dilush is able to offer a resounding amount of soul which definitely isn’t dampened by the reverb which is poured into this sticky-sweet mix.

You can check out dilush’s single waves for yourselves by heading over to Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jamie Light – Razor Blade: A 21st Century Reinvention of R&B

“Razor Blade” is the latest up-vibe track released by up and coming R&B & Soul artist Jamie Light who has successfully brought R&B well and truly into the 21st century with their contemporary, glitchy EDM stylistic take on the genre.

Jamie Light’s latest single also finds plenty of space to weave Reggae into the soulful slow jam. It’s a rare aural experience to hear such organic sun-soaked rhythms to such a modern and genre-bending take on R&B.

Razor Blade also has plenty to offer lyrically, right from the first verse, your interest is piqued by the uniquely expressive lines which are versed through Jamie Light’s naturally melodic vocals.

You can check out the latest single from Jamie Light for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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