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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.

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Tyler Hutton – Try Your Luck: Whiskey Blues Rock

This song with its rusty yet mighty rock n’ roll guitar riff is staring right into my rocker soul. Tyler Hutton is preaching good-written blues-rock music in his song “Try Your Luck”.

Tyler Hutton is a singer-songwriter and original rocker from the City of Angels. During 2019 he released his album called “Invictus” filled with rock n’ roll songs for the old-school listener, one of which is “Try Your Luck”. The production is not as polished as a band like The Black Keys for instance, but the songwriting quality stands mighty and proud. The riff is peachy and easy-listening without losing its rock edge. His voice is very pleasing and as you proceed listening to him performing and singing, the more it gets better; by the end of the song, you will be compelled to refill your glass with the finest scotch you keep in your cupboard. Lest I forget, the short guitar solo near the end of the song is one that makes you close your eyes and just feel the sound coming off those strings.

In “Try Your Luck” Tyler Hutton revisits the oldest lyrical theme in rock music; love. He encourages us to approach our love interest. I’ll encourage you to give this song a good listen. Do so here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Yønah – she do it to me: Atmospheric Modern Chill Pop

I love it, overly love it, when I’m listening to a song that does not carry any lackluster parts that could be trimmed off. Not the all-lowercase lettering of the title track, not a single thing on the music production, even when it’s a wee bit cluttered. Everything falls in place here, forming a magnificent musical puzzle. Well done Yønah.

Yønah’s newest joint is called “she do it to me” and there’s a sample of birds chirping at its beginning and at before its end. The devil is in the details, however many times it is the beauty that also lies in the details too. This is a tune with a flawless, cluttered music production that is going to force you to add it to your Chill playlist on Spotify. And you’re not going to skip this for a really long time, take my word for it. Yønah’s singing is a bit whispery, but not Billie Eilish level of whispery. And those backing vocals during the chorus? Talking about fierce attention to detail.

In terms of numbers, “she do it to me” is crushing it on Spotify at the moment, as it should. You can listen to it here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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The Lovemade Collective have released their latest smooth urban jam “Hold Steady”

The Lovemade Collective’s recently released Pop single “Hold Steady” is a melting pot of urban influence. From R&B to Reggaeton, to Rap, it’s all there, weaved into a smooth, rhythmic feat of soulful alchemy.

The vocals switch from RnB crooning to authoritative Rap bars matching the constantly progressive feel of the sun-soaked vibrant beats. Hold Steady practically drips in contemporary appeal, it’s clear that the trio of UK-based international artists have exactly what it takes to make waves in the UK and beyond. The perfect polished Pop production ensured that Hold Steady is a radio-ready mix with plenty of potential. Get them on your radars for 2020.

You can check out the latest single from The Lovemade Collective via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Ramsey Haynes – It’s Wrong (Loving You): Jarringly Raw RnB Soul

Ramsey Haynes has followed on from the success of their debut single with the evocative urban jam “It’s Wrong (Loving You)”.

The jarringly raw RnB Soul track uses soft electronic instrumentals which are doused in lucid reverb to provide a wavy yet immersive platform for the evocative vocals.

There’s plenty of resonance to be found in the lyrics for anyone conflicted about their emotions in relationships. The lyrics are left open enough to allow the listener to fill in the gaps where the narrative is concerned. And there’s plenty of instrumental spacing between the verses for meditative contemplation. In short, It’s wrong is an incredibly cathartic track to slip into.

You can check out Ramsey Haynes’ latest single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.