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Hayden Brenen x L.D.N – Mi Cariño: Exotically Fresh Urban Alt Pop

For their latest release, London-based Pop artist Hayden Brenen teamed up with L.D.N to create their fieriest drop to date “Mi Cariño” which is sweet enough to simultaneously appeal to Pop, Latino, Rap, and Hip Hop fans alike.

With the smooth harmonic Latino Pop vocals mixed with L.D.N’s grimy yet charismatic Rap bars, there was an insane amount of sun-kissed chemistry in the mix – and that’s even before you consider the vibrantly rhythmic beats.

The exotically danceable single is a celebration of aural multiculturism. Neither genre or geography could constrain the euphoric energy in Mi Cariño. Perceptibly, it was a track born from pure creative expression.

You can check out Mi Cariño for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Wyatt Roberts – Hate My Friends: Genre-Crushing Urban Alt Indie

Indie RnB Soul Pop artist Wyatt Roberts dropped their latest album “Hate My Friends” on January 3rd and made RnB Pop more melodic than ever.

You’ll hear plenty of urban/alternative crossover tracks on the airwaves already, yet Wyatt Roberts has firmly put his own infectiously sweet stamp down on in true pioneering style.

While each track is as evocatively captivating as the last, there’s no better introduction than the title track. The title track will allow you to imagine what Simple Plan would have sounded like if they incorporated Indie Post Punk, and RnB Trap into their sound. And that may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s easy to see that there will be plenty of Alt Pop fans who see the ingenuity which has been weaved into Hate My Friends.

While it feels like Hate My Friends would have been a stronger track if the lyrics ran a little cleaner. It’s still an incredible track which I’d recommend to anyone who is always o the lookout for something a little different to add to their playlists.

You can check out Hate My Friends via Spotify and iTunes.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Sarah Reynolds – I Need Love: Expressively Powerful RnB Pop

Sarah Reynolds

You’ll find plenty of minced words and sentiment on the airwaves, but with up and coming artist Sarah Reynold’s latest single “I Need Love” you get a fresh cut of emotion.

Sarah Reynolds’ expressively powerful take on an RnB gives you the same iron-wrought emotion of a traditional ballad. Yet I Need Love is a track which takes its own distinctive form through the modern stylistic instrumental arrangement and Sarah Reynold’s tensile evocative vocals.

The open and unabashed lyrics are transfixing from start to finish. No one really likes admitting that they need love; there’s a socially constructed sense of weakness which surrounds it. I Need Love forcibly blew those perceptions out of the water and served a sharp stark reminder that everyone needs love. With that in mind, I Need Love is undoubtedly one of the most powerful singles on the topic of love I’ve heard in a while. And what better date for it to be released on than Valentine’s Day?

I Need Love will be available to stream on all major platforms including Spotify from February 14th.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Julian King – Neva Needed: Soul-Deep RnB

Up and coming R&B Pop artist Julian King dropped their latest mix “Neva Needed” on December 7th. With their contemporary approach to R&B which resonates through the nuanced vibrant beats, you don’t even need to get to the chorus before deciding that Neva Needed is a hit.

Julian King’s R&B Pop-style vocals find the perfect balance in the mix. The momentum may ebb and flow, yet the hooks will make sure that your attention is never in danger of faltering. If Julian’s king’s vocals are good enough to get him on the Voice, they’re definitely good enough of a reason to put him on your radar.

You can check out Julian King’s latest single Neva Needed for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Brandon Rivers – Delete My Number. Resonantly Smooth Urban Pop

RnB Soul Pop artist Brandon Rivers dropped his most evocative track to date with “Delete My Number.” The single perfectly captures the frustrations of 21st-century dating and just how difficult it is to technologically break-free.

There’s plenty of wistful romantic resonance to soak up in the smooth Urban Pop Jam which also drips with commercial potential. With Delete My Number. Brandon Rivers has found the perfect balance between delivering pioneering futurism while keeping their sound accessible.

With Trap beats combined with melodic Indie licks and RnB Pop harmonic vocals, Delete My Number is a rhythmically arrestive earworm which packs an emotive punch that you’ll want to be bruised by more than once.

You can check out Brandon Rivers’ latest single Delete My Number by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Noah Fabray has dropped their latest meltingly amorous urban pop hit “House Bunni”

Noah Fabray appeared on our radar with the unexpectedly compelling track “Insta Hoe” in 2019. And they have left us equally as transfixed by their first release in 2020 “House Bunni”.

With the lucidly smooth feat of RnB Soul Pop, they brought crooning right into the contemporary. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d say. Yet, Noah Fabray’s quintessential charm is insanely potent in House Bunni. It’s sweet, it’s sublime, and if you can allow the track to mellifluously make its way to the outro without falling enamoured with Noah Fabray’s vocals, I’ve got some bad news about your soul.

Much like their previous single Insta Hoe, House Bunni provides a unique narrative on all the things that are a little bit wrong in the world. Yet, with the soulful sticky-sweet air to the single, you can’t bring yourself to entertain the idea of existentialism that the world is a little toxic and capitalistic. If WW3 broke out, I’d want Noah Fabray to be the one to break the news.

You can check out Noah Fabray’s single House Bunni for yourselves via Spotify or Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Trap artist JOON has just dropped their 5th Trap Pop Earworm with “Ink Dries”

After up and coming Hip Hop artist JOON’s latest drop “Ink Dries” featuring Aadie Rip, we’re even more excited about the artist’s potential. By infusing subtle charismatic Pop elements into Ink Dries, it became an accessible immersive track right from the first hit.

That certain inexpressible factor which transforms a track into a hit is well and truly present in Ink Dries. Whether it was their playful experimentalism with the beats and atmosphere, their evocative and energetic vocal delivery, or the tight, solid construction of the mix, we can’t be sure. But what we can be sure of, is that JOON deserves a place on your radar.  Ink may dry, but infectious upbeat bang-on-trend vibes drip from JOON’s latest release.

You can check out Ink Dries for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Cowboy Black – Hosting: A Lucidly Light Urban Genre-Mash

“Hosting” is just one of the lucidly mesmerising singles which you’ll find on up and coming alternative artist Cowboy Black’s self-titled debut album which dropped in 2019.

Through a gorgeous mash of Pop, Trap, RnB, EDM, and Soul, Cowboy Black was able to compose an ingeniously cathartic debut record. While each soundscape is tension-strippingly sublime, there’s a palpably magnetic feel to Hosting which draws you right into the centre of the polished eccentric production which offers a full tonal palette. Even though there are hints of melancholy which will resonate through the lyrics, vocals, and slightly colder instrumentals, overall, Hosting exudes a tonally sweet and warm vibe which you’ll undoubtedly want to indulge in time and time again after you’ve heard it.

You can check out Hosting along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Miles Casper – Hit the Spot: Entrancingly Fresh RnB Trap Pop

Miles Casper has followed on from the success of their first two singles with the equally as melodically smooth Pop Trap track “Hit the Spot”. You can’t help but feel and move to the rhythmic grind in Hit the Spot. It’s not all too often we can dub Pop Trap entrancing but Hit the Spot does exactly what it says on the tin.

By switching between harmonic Pop vocals and perfectly metered rapid-fire Rap bars, Miles Casper created a dynamic hit which you’re immediately hooked into from the prelude right up to the outro.  There’s also a lot to be said for the seamless fluidity of the lush instrumentals. Not to mention the radio-ready finish which they were able to achieve on the production.

The 19-year-old Melbourne-based artist and producer plans to drop a single each month in 2020. If any Alt Pop is worth having on your radar this year, it is Miles Casper.

You can check out Hit the Spot for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


BagBoyzzz – Paradise featuring Lexxii Mari: Idyllic Hip Hop Pop Escapism


Breaking artist BagBoyzzz kicked off their 2020 by dropping an unmissable feat of Pop infused Hip Hop in collaboration with Lexxii Mari. The distinctive hit is an aural ticket to paradise which you’ll immediately want to add to your playlists to make sure you don’t lose it.

The lucidly light and vibrantly intricate instrumentals merge elements of Trap and contemporary smooth downtempo Pop to ensure that the soundscape offers the serenity which you’d expect from Paradise.

Paradise is a rare collaborative single in which the synergy between the artistic collaborators is perceptible at every progression. Lexxii’s hypnotically harmonic vocals were the perfect fit for the smooth flowing oceanic beats in Paradise. Here’s to hoping that we’ll hear more from them in the future.

You can check out the latest single from BagBoyzzz for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast