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UK RnB newcomer Zoe Yovéla radiates soul in her third single, ‘ Sun’.

Up and coming UK-based artist Zoe Yovéla has released her third soulfully serenading RnB single ‘Sun’. With the light jazz piano keys and solid trap beats under waves of lush reverb and her absorbing vocals, the soundscape is a welcome reprieve from our current climate.

Her distinguished approach to production is just as refreshing as the personality she contributes to the single. With faith as the inspiration behind her music, Zoe Yovéla is all too happy to hand you rose-tinted glasses that will help you scope out the beauty in the world instead of constantly scavenging for justification for existentialism.

Sun is the kind of track that could easily stand the test of time while leaving every listener hooked by the contemporary resonance. She’s definitely one for the radar.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Get Your Groove Back: The sensational Hatty Keane is back with her 70’s fueled wonder on ‘Sing It!’

Sitting on top of world, the magnetic Hatty Keane urges us to look at the brighter times to come, on her new fantastic retro-disco gem called ‘Sing It!‘.

Hatty Keane is a lovable Salford, Manchester-born, UK-based 70’s inspired singer-songwriter. She makes that disco-infused music that helps the soul spark into life again, as she lights up the dull mood with her sparkling vocals and pick-me-up lyrics, that has your whole thrusting body in raptures of delight.

With her glorious voice ready to bring us those fun times again, she belts out a song that brings you back to the good times as you smile with her timeless funky groove. Your mind feels refreshed and ready to skip a step, eager to quickly dust off those hidden dance moves.

She sings with such honest beauty, each word feels like a hug to the cold heart that needs so much warmth to feel happy again. Her bubbly energy is transfixing as you can’t help but move your whole body in unison to this breathtaking new single, from a well-respected artist with so much love flowing in her veins.

Sing It!‘ from the phenomenally talented Hatty Keane, is a delightful song from the UK-based 70’s-styled singer with so much to offer the airwaves. This is a stunning song for the heart during these dark and gloomy times, that desperately needs more positive music like this- to warm the senses back to life.

Stream this electric track on Spotify and see her radiant style on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

That Real Feeling Inside: Peonstip feels the warm fire in his bones on ‘Radiate’

As he looks into her eyes with a shy gaze, Peonstip appears to find the right one for him on the wonderful new single from his new 80 20 album called ‘Radiate‘.

Peonstip is the indie pop/soul project of the underrated world traveler and music teacher Antone Leustek, who put many years of painstaking effort into writing, producing and singing, on this heartfelt release from his deepest soul. He is the ultimate underground artist who has worked on many other artists projects over the years without much acclaim, as he now feels like this is his time to fly free and put his name on his creations from now on.

This is the story of feeling that true love inside really quickly, as when you are with her you are so excited and want things to move really fast. Then you remember that you don’t want to ruin anything, so it would be best to keep things real slow so you get to know each other. The heat is beating faster now as you smile and look into her eyes deeper.

You feel like his heart is beating faster here as his caressing vocals come through the speakers, he has been alone for a while and has been biding his time, as the time has come now for him to open up his door, to let her in, so she can see his world.

Radiate‘ from the passionate multi-talented artist Peonstip, is such a romantic story about being patient and waiting for the right person to show who you really are. Life is all about those big moments when it feels right, as your heart can’t be broken too many more times.

Stream this loving track on Spotify and see his IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Brianne Matthews – Holding On: Modern and Minimalist RnB

Holding On is just one of the tender tracks to feature on RnB artist Brianne Matthews’ debut EP, ‘Metanoia’. With stripped-back instrumentals, plenty of the focus falls upon Brianne Matthews’  vocals that pull old school soul styles into a modern and minimalist production. The experimentation with spatial effect mixed with the compelling message that runs through the lyricism, reminding you that if you feel lost while tethered to the past, you’re not alone, is sure to resonate.

The case made in Holding On becomes even more convincing through the addition of the male vocals that add plenty of baritone soul to the mix that was orchestrated to stay with you long after it fades; it’s safe to say that the breaking artist was successful.

Holding On is now available to stream via Spotify. For more info, head over to Brianne Matthews’ official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

J. Vybe offers hip hop fans some good ‘KARMA’ in their debut single featuring Rebecca Irene

Breaking hip hop artist J. Vybe has kicked off 2021 with a blazing start with the release of their debut single, ‘KARMA’, featuring Rebecca Irene, where sharp rap bars cut through the accordance of the jazzy old school beats.With layers of the collaborative artist’s harmonic neo-soul vocals finding the perfect place in the track around J. Vybe’s bars which reel you in hook, line, and sinker, calling KARMA an immersive track seems like a crass understatement.

While the lyrics allow you to put your perspective into… perspective, the beats will give you a safe, warming and soulful space to do it. It’s a genius track that will be a hit with any fans of Eminem’s forceful bars.

You can get some good KARMA for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Award-winning composer Diesel Keys has released his latest single, ‘What I’m After’, featuring Josie Soden.

What I'm After by Diesel Keys

Award-winning Yorkshire-based songwriter and composer Diesel Keys is set to scoop up more accolades after releasing his latest jazzy piano pop single, ‘What I’m After’, featuring vocals from Josie Soden.

There’s a grandiose air to the ballad that unravels with intensity while avoiding falling into the realms of theatrical novelty. Josie Soden’s sensual and soulful vocals were the perfect choice to compliment the neo-classic keys that glide through crescendos and sparsely intimate progressions. With the infusion of the horn section, you’ll get to swim amongst the tonal warmth that only Jazz can offer.

It’s a stunning release that sets plenty of anticipation for Diesel Key’s future endeavours and releases.

What I’m After is available to stream and purchase via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Get your soul-fix with Drew Drake’s single ‘Grandmas Hands’.

Breaking artist, actor, poet and educator, Drew Drake’s standout single, ‘Grandmas Hands’ from his debut EP, ‘Golden’, is up there with the most heartfelt hip hop tracks to have ever hit the airwaves.

The open letter to his role model, his Grandma, may be deeply personal, but hearing Drew Drake’s adoration will inspire you to find plenty for the people who have guided you through life and left a positive impact. With a few references to covid struggles in the lyrics, the single is a powerful reminder that our adversity is temporary but cherished memories have the power to inspire us forever.

The soul in the lyrics is paralleled by the RnB hip hop instrumentals that will be a hit for any fans of Lauryn Hill. With choral hooks and lyrical verses that will leave you compelled to squeeze every drop of wisdom out of them, Grandmas Hands is a transfixing track that will happily take you back to better times to remind you that brighter days lie ahead.

Drew Drake’s debut EP, Golden, is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

FordOhhFord gives us dreamy Sunday Morning vibes with their single, ‘Last Breath’, featuring Ria706

FordOhhFord

FordOhhFord saved the best for last with their RnB soul album, ‘Girl Problems 2’ which dropped on Valentine’s Day. The concluding single ‘Last Breath’, featuring vocals from Ria706 is a testament to the up and coming artist’s ability to create a vibe and allow it to swallow you whole.

Last Breath is a soft jazzy declaration of love that may play with some cliches within the lyrics, but thanks to the intimacy of this stripped back and minimalist affair, the sincerity overrides the familiarity of the sentiment.

Girl Problems 2 is now available to stream and purchase in full via apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The LOOP – See Me Beyond My Skin featuring MZ Starr & Marcia

Boston-based RnB pop duo the LOOP made their debut in February 2021 with their soulfully interrogative single, ‘See Me Beyond My Skin’, featuring collaborative artists MZ Starr and Marcia.

It’s the pinnacle of elegance as it confronts subconscious and conscious prejudice and invites the listener to look deeper when attempting to understand women of colour. The single possess plenty of sonic power, but the real weight in this single is how it allows you to find compassion for people who are in view but never truly seen.

Hopefully, one day, tracks such as See Me Beyond My Skin won’t need to exist; for now, we’ll have to heed the words of artists such as the Loop who are bringing that day closer with their melodic grooves, unfiltered lyrics and harmonically sweet vocals.

See Me Beyond My Skin is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

About ‘Last Night’ – Beatnik drop us some deep cut soulful grooves.

There’s an immediate familiarity around Beatnik to anyone who’s ever whiled away their entire teenage school holidays playing the old coin-op road-race game ‘OutRun’ over and over, or spent, say, 29 hours straight watching 70’s cop-show re-runs on Paramount. Not that we’ve done either, of course. Heaven forbid. But it’s exactly that sort of jazzy, funky, 70’s disco-tinged soulful chill that leaps out of the speakers when hitting ‘play’ on ‘Last Night’; a deep-groove old-school funk-pop dance track, all wandering bass, off-beat drum fills, syncopated Nile Rodgers-style guitar chords, Rhodes piano, and stabs of perfect, jazzy brass, all underlying keyboard/vocalist Peter LaBarge’s awesome soulful vocal delivery.

It’s an absolute killer of a track, a bouncy, beach-and-palm-tree infused love letter to South Florida wrapped up in Acid Jazz Brand New Heavies Chic-meets-Jamiroquai catchiness; we’ve been humming the chorus refrain from ‘Last Night’ all day since first listening to the track, and – given the amount of music we get to review – there doesn’t get much higher praise than that.

‘Last Night’ is taken from Beatnik’s ‘Night Shift’ EP, due for release on April 1st. You can pre-save ‘Night Shift’ through BandCamp now, listen to ‘Last Night’ on Spotify, and follow Beatnik on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes