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Ricky Akira transcends the notion of genres with his authentically amorous latest single

London-based artist and producer Ricky Akira’s latest single “Donnie We Will Be Stars” proves that the concept of genres is pretty much outdated. Instead of trying to find their own sound within a pre-existing one, Ricky Akira went all-out with the authenticity in this endearingly masterful release which your soul won’t fail to recognise.

With playful polyphonic tones contorted into tranquil and cathartic rhythms, the instrumentals will make sure that you’re hooked into the progressions. While Ricky Akira and their female guest vocalist will run you through a sticky-sweet tale of romanticism and ambition.

The ‘cute factor’ may be high with this release, but Ricky Akira’s sound is anything but novelty, it’s a sure sign of amazing things to come for the charismatically magnetic artist. Watch this space.

You can check out Donnie We Will Be Stars for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Alt Hip Hop artist Skvwalker teases what’s to come on his upcoming LP with the standout single “Time Again”

If it’s been a while since a feat of Hip Hop made your jaw drop, hit play on up and coming Hip Hop artist Skvwalker’s single Time Again featuring Isnotcynical produced by Olivier Bassil & Brian Shiel.

Skvwalker promised to deliver ‘not your average Hip Hop beat’ with Time Again, he definitely didn’t disappoint. EDM, Pop and Hip Hop all converge in the high-vibe euphorically-produced mix which packs in some insanely unpredictable progressions.

Each element of Time Again is flawless, but it’s the rapid changes in the rap bars will leave your heart in your throat. It wasn’t just the beats which transfixingly built up, but the vocals too. If the bars ran any faster they would have been supersonic.

Naturally, we’re all too excited to hear the rest of Skvwalker’s LP Broke Music which is due to drop on August 1st.

You can check out Time Again for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Jessonio – Step Ya Game Up: Nostalgia-Invoking Funk-Driven RnB Pop

NYC artist, singer, songwriter and producer Jessonio has recently dropped their vibing Funk-driven feat of RnB Pop “Step Ya Game Up” and invoked plenty of 00s nostalgia.

You’ll be thrown right back to the time when Usher dominated the airwaves while appreciating Jessonio’s charismatic flair as soon as you hit play on the seamlessly progressive mix. Whether Jessonio is laying down Rap verses or effortlessly hitting harmonic highs, his vocal magnetism never falters.

If you’re on the lookout for fresh new feel-good hits for your Urban Pop playlists, you definitely won’t be disappointed with the smooth grooves in this immersively sweet earworm.

With a new album in the pipeline, you’ll definitely want Jessonio on your radar.

You can check out Step Ya Game Up for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Remykid has all the bells and whistles for Buzz Me Alert

The kick drum is the driving force behind London rapper Remykid‘s new single Buzz Me Alert. This song  is a purely plaintive protestation against a high maintenance lover’s demands. It’s a simple enough rhyme: ” She wants that juice, she wants that cash, that bag…” He is candid about his love: “She says she wants money, I give her money.” He’s not complaining. It is what it is. “I’m working for da money…” It’s the best this poor sap can do. “I live my life, woe woe woe,” he mumbles dejectedly for he’s still on her ‘buzz me alert.’
This is clever minimalist grime rap – the syncopated breakbeat telegraphs this mournful yet catchy lamentation while at  highlighting the bitter sweet tensions of giving in to the demands of a loved one’s wanton materialistic desires to keep her pleased. Relationships are fragile, retaining the affections of someone can make for a complicated love life.
As sorrowfull as these bars are, the beat of Buzz me Alert is dope yo! Our hero’s fragile love narrative is underscored by the jagged electronic sound that pulsates and characterises this song of love and materialism. Granted, the autotune is arguably a tad overdone and the kick drum somewhat overpowering, but with a little more time in the studio, coupled with a solid production engineer and some  remastering tweaks, this rap will linger.
Don’t be deceived though: This song will have you ‘ O nah nah nah-ing’  long after the track’s stopped playing. Check out this catchy, buzzing new single here:

Review by Annesh Ramklown


RnB Pop Artist Aica Has Dropped Her Second Single “Goodluck”

Up and coming R&B Pop artist Aica dropped her second vibrantly nostalgic single Goodluck in February 2020, fans of 90s R&B Pop, you’re going to want to hear it.

Straight from the first verse, there’s the rhythmic accessibility which pulls you into the instrumental groove. And just as magnetically, Aica will draw you into the vocal melodies with her naturally soulful dynamic vocals which makes the empowering conviction in the lyrics really resonate. If you’re looking for a feel-good urban earworm to add to your playlists, look no further.

Goodluck is the first single to be released from Aica’s upcoming EP, we’re officially stoked to hear the rest of the release.

You can check out Goodluck for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Alt Pop Trailblazer Daniel Light Has Released Yet Another Melodically Relatable Track with “Sunset”

South Carolina Singer-Songwriter Daniel Light has amassed plenty of hype around their melodic fusions of Pop, RnB and Hip Hop since making their 2018 debut.

Since then, they’ve mastered the art of putting infectiously uplifting fresh beats alongside humility-soaked introspection. Lyrics in Pop tracks which reflect reality may be harder to find than a needle in a haystack. Yet, Daniel Light’s 2020 single “Sunset” is a vibrant minefield of stark resonant emotion.

Sunset is a stylistic groove-filled interplay of optimism and raw introspection which will undoubtedly see Daniel Light garner plenty of acclaim in 2020 and beyond.

You can check out Daniel Light’s latest single Sunset for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Loosh – Get Out the House: Polyphonic Hip Hop Pop

Loosh’s latest Alt Pop single “Get Out the House” is exactly what you want to hear when you hit play on a new artist.

It’s got that instantaneous draw as your mind attempts to get to grips with a beguilingly fresh new soundscape, and the progressive track has quite the aural trip in store. From polyphonic key solos to Hip Hop-style grooves to moodily convictive Alt Pop vocals, Get Out the House contains it all plus plenty of other intricate nuances which affirm that Loosh puts innovation and expression at the forefront when writing their tracks.

If you’re as tired as assimilative uninspired music as I am, go and restore your faith in contemporary musicians. It may have been bad timing to release a track called Get Out of the House just before the world went into lockdown mode. Yet, we can appreciate the sentiment all the same.

You can check out Get Out the House for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Rome – 4get: Sentimentally Soulful RnB Hip Hop

If you hold any preconceptions about the Chicago Rap scene, prepare to throw them out of the window after you hit play on music from breaking RnB Hip Hop artist Rome.

Since they made their debut in 2017, Rome has been responsible for the creation of plenty of urban aural alchemy. Yet, the perfect introduction to their sentimentally soulful songwriting style is “4get”.

There may be plenty of melancholy in 4get. But Rome was able to infuse fractures of optimism within the instrumental melodies which offset the plaintive emotion which comes as a courtesy from the softly versed vocals and the humble introspection found in the lyrics. If you want to check if your soul still works, press play.

You can check out Rome’s standout single 4get for yourselves via Spotify where you’ll also be able to find their more recent releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


DK – Okay: Soulfully-Sweet Inventively-Fresh Polyphonic Pop

We can always tell when good vibes have been made the cornerstone of a single, and it’s all too evident that Urban Alt Pop artist DK made it the essence of his recently released single “Okay”.

Throughout the tonally vibrant track, you’ll hear the repetition of the mantra “I’ll be okay”, with plenty of inspiring introspection in between. By the time you get to the outro, don’t be surprised if the playfully polyphonic mix has lifted your spirits and organically offered a heavy serving of optimism. It’s impossible not to be endeared by the feat of Hip Hop, Pop, Soul, and RnB.

I have a feeling of any fans of Nintendo-style chiptune tracks will definitely want Okay on their playlists.

You can check out DK’s latest single Okay for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Alt Pop Artist Nolai Has Dropped His Latest Single “Without You”

After his debut single dropped in Summer 2019, artist and producer Nolai’s sound has attracted a feverous amount of attention. With his magnetically mellow charismatic vibe, it’s all too easy to see why.

His latest single “Without You” is a melodically dreamy work of contemporary EDM Pop mixed with elements of Hip Hop and R&B. With ethereally-light reverb softening the beats in Without You, the track unravels with an ambient feel. Yet there’s still plenty of fire in the concordant mix –, especially through Nolai’s energetically passionate vocals. And with lyrics which transcend the usual lyrical Pop tropes, Nolai is pretty much a triple threat.

Without You is the first single to be released from Nolai’s debut EP “Wild Thoughts” which is due for release in March 2020. Make sure you keep up to date with all of his future releases via Facebook.

You can check out Nolai’s single Without You for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast