With Italian roots and currently in majestic Melbourne, Australia. You will want to turn up Treva and the Mojos real loud. The distorted sound at the beginning reminds me of a Radiohead song and then the vocals hit right in the stomach.
The band created this indie pop track back in 2012 and released it only now to inspire as it felt relevant and real during these times of COVD-19.
This is a band forging their own path and doing it their way. “In the Ditch” is all about getting ourselves out of that ditch and struggling to make it happen due to all the ugliness out there. I’m so inspired by this track as it’s so real. Millions have hidden away and might never emerge again as they are too scared to come out. It’s so important not to lose your mind right now and stay strong for whoever you care about in the world. Keeping your eyes open and looking to the stars for inspiration is the only way to survive and for our souls to be saved. This is a band with a massive future and their realness is for all to see and their music so stunningly crafted with love.
Stream this soulful band right here on their Spotify page.
Sheffield’s Laurie Vusolo is back with a new song and it’s a chilled track that reflects her current mood. ”On & Off” is all about love and what you are willing to do in order to keep the flame burning brightly. The UK has an abundance of incredible artists and once again we are treated to a simple yet beautiful song. This one hits straight to the heart if you have ever experienced the confusion of an on and off relationship- which can be so mentally taxing.
Sometimes your best efforts are not enough and the person you truly desire just doesn’t deserve your love as they are too stubborn to change. Or, are they are willing to make an effort?
With such a soulful voice, this soulful singer-songwriter takes us into her head with ”One & Off‘ and we find out more about her doubts but fascination with an on and off relationship. She knows the time is over and we are sitting on the outside of her apartment while she deals with these feelings. Laurie Vusolo is a wonderful talent. I love her voice and the calm manner in which she portrays her feeling with honest lyrics.
Stream more from this rising singer-songwriter with such soul on her Spotify channel.
The Melissa June Band has dropped their latest single ‘Your Name’ combining their country sound into this uplifting and intriguing piece.
Starting off with the calming sound of the violin that illuminates the background and adding in the fast pace strum on the acoustic guitar as the vocals begin to seep through. The vocal ranges are incredible and the high notes are hit perfectly, nothing is out of the tune and it all combines together in such an impressive way.
Tending to reach more for the high-pitched vocal throughout, having that melodic sound to it with the soft texture that is added, flowing in and out of the classic country instrumentation to create this enjoyable and interesting to listen to piece.
Listen to The Melissa June Band’s Your Name by heading on over to Spotify now.
Swedish artist Tilda Allie has released her latest piece ‘BOI’, a dynamic yet gentle soulful pop tune that lives up to the quintessential influences of RnB and Neo-Soul.
After a mellow start in the first verse, the song builds towards powerful melodies that allow Tilda Allie to explore her best vocal skills. From the second chorus onwards, her voice ranges from silky smooth to bold with just a touch of grit, before opening up into an all-in soul effort that, if you love guitar like I do, will thrill you with genuine blues licks. By the end of the song, we ‘ve fully transitioned into an electrifying RnB outcome.
Tilda Allie sings about how emotional abuse can lead to the loss of love for oneself. This is part of a 3-stage project that starts with STAGE 1: SADNESS. It’s about time we begin to explore the next ones.
You should believe these fellas, if you get down with soulful hip-hop, you should Lend Them Your Ear.
Okay, their name is Lend Me Your Ear and as someone who acknowledges that one of the first problems that new coming artists will have to face, is how they will name their project; Lend Me Your Ear has done a splendid job there, I’m sure you will agree. I mean, on probably the first artistic decision that they had to make, they gloriously hit the nail on the head.
And their name is only a small portion of this Austin, TX duo’s goodness.
Off their 2019 album called “Forbidden”, we have listened to the song “Luv EXP” (over & over & over). The music production is gorgeous to the bone. From the outstanding, vigorously cool rapping by both emcees to the beautiful instrumental, and God forbid if we don’t pay the proper attention to that sax; this sounds like body lotion for the soul.
This is a concrete artistic proposal that Lend Me Your Ear are offering here: hip-hop music that is digestible, splendidly ear-pleasing and simultaneously stuffed with artfulness. Play “Luv EXP” and get hooked.
Akwareal describe their music as ‘street pop’ and I find this quite accurate. They create musical pieces that are candy for the soul and they’re doing so without losing their sound’s delicate urban veil, as magnificently showcased on their new song called “Paint This Town”.
The brain behind the collective of Akwareal is Mr. Art Wnorowski. Wes Restkess & Pugs Atoms are doing such a courteous job on painting the canvas of “Paint This Town” by offering their vocals to it. Seriously, a tremendous job by both. There’s a calmly uplifting vibe all over the production, perhaps something that Flume would produce on a slacking day. Lyric wise it’s about lifting and empowering and making it; overall this is a to-go tune to start your day. You hit play and conceivable colors are splashing all over the place.
Don’t over think it, this isn’t a song to over think but to over feel; head over to Akwareal’s Spotify page and have this song blasting on your speakers when you will ride the subway to work tomorrow morning. Listen to this urban sonic wonder here
Anyone who has live duets with Toni Braxton and Patti Labelle on their CV is someone who has clearly paid their musical dues and as the slick and soulful strains of Gone emanate from the speaker you know that you are listening to something a bit special. Yet despite being able to name drop those and many other top industry names D. Ward isn’t content to sit on his laurels and live off of past glories and this track, and the forthcoming album Journeys are proof of his this.
Soulful pop and groove-laden R&B lay down a platform for his amazing voice as he tells a tale of lost love, a reflective and wistful memory filled with a heavy heart and boundless emotion. Sometimes there is something to be said for an act which pulls familiar musical heartstrings, sometimes you might prefer the sound of an artist working at the modern edge of the genre in question. With D. Ward you get the perfect blend of both.
King Kush is a young upcoming hip hop artist delivering a sound that is relaxing with a chill vibe, while also exploring interesting subject matter through rap and smooth melodies. His collaboration with Saint Tut on the track “Love Letter” does in fact delve into a Neo-Soul sound which features very laid back beats, delicate harp countermelodies in combination with a very smooth melodic chorus and steady rap verses. Another interesting point to mention is that the use of autotune on the vocal melodies does not take away too much of the expression, but rather smoothens out the melody to make it even more luscious.
In this particular song, King Kush tells us all about a particular situation which leads to the composition of a hand written love letter in the hopes of clarifying making things better. With a steady and convincing flow throughout the verses, also containing a light melodic character, the message is delivered clearly. Apart from the delicate and romantic melodies involved in expressing this situation, it is also interesting to note the harmonic progression within the underlying instrumental background, particularly the into, hinting at jazz inspired sonorities which add an added touch of sophistication to the whole sound while still conforming with the chill laid back atmosphere being created.
While it’s nice to get lost in an emotion or to experiment with an unfamiliar aesthetic, musicians know better than anyone that sometimes you need to be taken on more of a journey. TyC is an artist who can bring you from Point A to wherever you need, even a few places you may not know you need. Now Or Later is a song that starts with acknowledgments of longing. There’s no speed to it, no dance, no energetic expression, just a cool and calm explanation of sympathy. We’ve all needed a song like this before. TyC has other plans for us though.
When the chorus hits, the mood changes in a way that isn’t easily defined. Between the unpredictable beat, the almost tropical upbeat instrumentation and the soulful delivery of the vocals, Now Or Later passes the listener through a mixed crowd of different feelings. By the time you make it out to breathe in the next verse, the song is a completely different setting and the feeling is beyond oversimplified themes. At this point, it’s not about where we’re going or even where we are. This is a song that takes you for a ride and that’s more than enough reason to pump the volume and enjoy yourself. Featuring Sonny Step, this track has something for everyone.
If anyone is the master of the effortlessly soulful, infectious club groove, it is James Francis. Want It All is the perfect example of the man at work, building a dance floor future classic out of the bare minimum, a tight beat, spacious dynamics and an inherent soulfulness which comes from not only his great vocal delivery but an understanding of the less is more concept.
But keeping things simple is not the same as simplistic and here he proves that it isn’t just about using only a few musical building blocks, it is about using the right few, ones which perfectly complement each other and using space and atmosphere as the mortar to hold it all together. James Francis is about many things but most importantly he is about just getting on with the job with the minimum of fuss. Want It All shows just how wonderfully he excels at it.