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D’Andre – Dancing Queen ft Java & CassLitAF

Instead of waiting until summer to drop their smooth grooving up-vibe RnB Hip Hop drop, US artist D’Andre treated fans of soulful urban melodies to their latest sun-kissed mix “Dancing Queen” on December 13th.

In collaboration with Java & CassLitAF, Dancing Queen became a mix full of smooth rhythmic danceable hype. With everyone from Jay Z to Bob Marley to Michael Jackson to Usher influencing the up and coming artists sound, they were free to run with their rhythmic expression without all too much consideration to genre constraints. Their expressive freedom definitely resonated in Dancing Queen.

The EDM Hip Hop beats offer a light intricacy while the vocalists constantly switch-up the vibe of the track making it a dynamic feat of romantic urban soul from the prelude to the outro.

You can check out D’Andre’s latest drop for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Legacy LDM – SOLO 独奏: The Trap Mix Your Vibe-Out Playlists Have Been Waiting For

Legacy LDM’s latest Trap track SOLO 独奏 moves beyond fluid, and into the realms of the transcendental.

The rhythmically concordant beats have been polished to perfection to give the track a juicy cathartic feel. SOLO 独奏 would be captivating as an instrumental track, so you can see Legacy LDM’s equally as buttery smooth RnB Trap bars as an extra added perk.

This is the radio-ready grinding track which your vibe-out playlists have been waiting for. They’ve perfected the art of creating an ambient urban jam which still has plenty of energy and momentum to offer.

You can check out SOLO 独奏 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Akwareal – Paint This Town: Soulful Street Pop

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

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Donovan Lowe – Feel The Same: Contemporary Urban R&B

All you 6lack and Frank Ocean fans (and I know you are legions) gather round. The Bay Area R&B recording artist Donovan Lowe has a juicy suggestion for your “Sadboi” playlist.

“Feel The Same” (featuring Young Al) has such a bizarre production, this a leftfield take on today’s R&B, presenting a more dangerous, wilder side of contemporary urban music, just like The Weeknd did in his first trilogy. The production of this thing is a gun; when listening on headphones you are being bombarded by this sarcastic beat from left and right.

This artist has all the potential to blow up any time. This is cutting-edge music, without any unnecessary technical blah-blahs, it is short and to the point. And there’s a wide market to feast upon it. Even though the impression one might get from Donovan’s appearance could be he is leaning towards a more old-school R&B thing, like Anthony Hamilton. However, this is so 2019-2020 music.

“Feel the Same” (featuring Young Al) is included in Donovan Lowe debut EP called “Loving U In Secret”. Stream it the song

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Authentic Bros – Traveller: Explosively Sublime RnB Hip Hop

If you haven’t checked out Birmingham, UK Hip Hop duo Authentic Bros’ standout track “Traveller” yet, you’ve missed out on some of the freshest Rap to drop this year.

Their explosively sublime mix of big-beat, Grime, RnB, and Dance comes together as a hyped smorgasbord of complementary elements. Yet, it’s so much more than your average genre-mash with the infusion of Eastern rhythms which refreshingly mix up the monotony commonly found on the airwaves.

I would compare Authentic Bros to other artists, but no artist on our radar has ever dropped an earworm quite like Traveller before. It’s layered, it’s soulful, it’s pioneering, and most of all, it’s perceptible that the artist put accessibility in the heart of the mix. The melodies may be distinctive, but that doesn’t prevent them from taking hold as they create the perfect platform for the Rap bars which run like spoken word poetry.

You can check out the latest track by Authentic Bros for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DOUG C JR – This, Babe: Silky Smooth RnB

In 2017, up and coming R&B Soul artist DOUG C JR made their debut with the silky smooth single “This, Babe”. Despite the ambience of the soundscape, This, Babe hits incredibly hard through the melodiously ethereal instrumentals which create the perfect platform for DOUG C JR’s naturally magnetic vocals.

Each syllable offered by the lovelorn lyrics resonates with conviction, and it’s practically impossible not to succumb to the potent servings of soul as DOUG C JR switches their vocals up from baritone reverberance to harmonic highs.

In all honesty, it’s R&B music which I hit play on with the most apprehension because so frequently it unfolds as assimilation of exactly what has come before. But with DOUG C JR’s authentic and original offering of unadulterated Soul, there’s no doubt that there’s a space for his sound on the airwaves.

It would be an aural crime not to see another release from DOUG C JR in the near future.

You can check out This, Babe for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Barry Wilson Music – Persuasions to Enjoy: A Quaintly Mesmeric Urban Genre Mash

I have a feeling that Barry Wilson Music’s latest single “Persuasions to Enjoy” will go down to the music buying public like marmite. And that’s absolutely what I love about the single.

It’s a little awkward, and that’s not even a criticism, there are teams of urban artists trying to stamp down their slightly nerdy style with Hip Hop, but no one does it quite as inventively as Barry Wilson. For Persuasions to Enjoy the Cork, Ireland-based artist teamed up with vocalists Shaool and Kala who both brought distinctively refreshing offerings of harmony. Instrumentally the single is sporadic, yet the elements of Jazz, Funk and Neo Soul were seamlessly weaved together.

Head on over to Spotify to hear Persuasions to Enjoy that was official release on October 19th.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DynamicMP – Insomnia: The Ultimate Urban Lullaby

If you’ve ever had insomnia, you’ll know that it sucks. Thankfully, DynamicMP’s single Insomnia is much sweeter. The East London based artist created one of the most conceptual beats that I’ve heard from any Urban soundscape in a long time.

The concordantly mesmerising piano prelude seamlessly introduces the track which slides into a slightly R&B Pop arena before you’re hit by the full Grime Trap momentum of Insomnia. As sweet and sensual as DynamicMP’s crooning is, your full respect for the up and coming artist is handed over when he kicks into one of his Rap verses which prove that London based urban artists will always raise the bar when it comes to haunting and gritty lyrics. How he managed to keep the piano melody running throughout the duration of the track so seamlessly against the rest of the harsher electronic instrumentals was enough to win me over alone.

You can check out Insomnia for yourself by heading over to Spotify now, you can also check out the rest of DynamicMP’s 6-track 2018 EP ‘Rise’.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Issa Bibbins – Undiagnosed: An Aural Offering of Urban Trepidation

Undiagnosed gets off to a trepidation start; the tentative progression of the latest single by Issa Bibbins doesn’t fail to grip your attention and drag you into the heavy sentiment of the slow and sonorous R&B Hip Hop track.

Undiagnosed is steeped in raw, visceral melancholy as Issa verses some of the most honest lyrics I’ve heard in a long time as the beat runs through with ambiently cathartic fluidity. The lyrics to Undiagnosed alludes to the effects of violence and gun crime on communities and across the globe alike. Whilst we have heard many tracks tackling this issue as of late, there is something poignantly devastating about Undiagnosed. The usual kicks and snares of the 808’s get mixed up with classical strings to amplify the heart-wrenching sentiment which is entrenched within the lyrics. By the time the track has ran through, you’re left sobered yet uplifted by the beautifully orchestration which Issa Bibbins has brought to life with his soulful Urban style.

There aren’t too many Hip Hop artists pouring as much soul into their tracks as Issa Bibbins; that’s just one more reason why you should head over to YouTube and check out the official music video for yourself.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rokyøøt – My Statement: Urban Guitar-Driven Hooks

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of checking out Rokyøøt’s debut track ‘Big Time’, it’s safe to say I haven’t forgotten their prodigally fresh sound since then. The London based artists combination of guitar hooks and rhythmic rap flows isn’t something that easily alludes your memory. Rokyøøt’s latest track My Statement is a resounding offering of Alternative Hip Hop that could only have ever been born out of London. If the Arctic Monkeys think they’re conceptual with their latest album they may need to check out Rokyøøt to see how a successful Indie Hip Hop crossover works. If they can pack that much of a punch with a two minute track, I’d love to hear what they can lay down in an extended track. The recording quality of the track may be a little Lo Fi but for me that just seems to add to the infinite texture of Rokyøøt’s ever evolving sound.

You can check out Rokyøøt’s latest track My Statement on SoundCloud now and join me in the bitter-sweet anticipation for their next release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast