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Alt Latino Artist Young Swan Has Made Their Debut with the Stylistically Exotic Single “Lagunita”

If you’re looking for exotic, and rhythmically stylistic urban grooves, look no further than the debut single “Lagunita” from up and coming Latino artist Young Swan.

The production on Lagunita may not be the smoothest, but the track still boasts a fiery danceable flow which is arrestive from the first verse. Bringing Papu in on the mix ensured there was plenty of dynamic versatility written into the mix which will keep you hooked right up until the soft fade out in the outro.

Perceptibly, Young Swan has plenty to offer to the airwaves, their track not only boasts a solid structure, but it’s also an energetic adrenalizing mix which you won’t forget in a hurry.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Flamma – Licked Off My Face: Wit-Soaked Relentlessly Energetic Grime

https://open.spotify.com/track/1MzVky4armkwnqdwGgINR0

Flamma’s recently dropped track “Liked Off My Face” makes Dizzee Rascal sound as edgy as Mary Berry.

Their relentlessly energetic drop is just one of the tracks which you’ll find on their 2020 6-track album “Rise”. Each track stands as a testament to their pioneering approach to Grime, but there’s no better introduction to Flamma’s explosively expressive style than Licked Off My Face. If any Grime track can get you in the mood for hedonism, it’s Licked Off My Face.

While you’ll find plenty of grit in the wit-soaked Rap bars, the flawlessly intricate multi-layered beats are as polished as you’ll find in Grime.

You can check out Liked Off My Face along with the rest of Rise for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Enero Trappings – BIG HOOKS: A Debut of Chillingly Ominous, Lucidly Light Trap

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIfzrGW4cCA&feature=youtu.be

Experimental Trap artist Enero Trappings dropped their chillingly ominous mix “BIG HOOKS” on January 23rd, 2020 and blew us away with their avant-garde production style.

Even though BIG HOOKS is an incredibly dark and despondent mix, the textures have been left light, lucid, and nothing short of mesmerising. If anyone could be aptly referred to as the Thurston Moore of the Trap genre, it’s Enero Trappings.

The short and sweet mix may be just 1:22-minutes long. But it’s the perfect introduction to an artist who perceptibly refuses to follow the beat of anyone else’s 808s.

You can check out Enero Trappings’ single BIG HOOKS for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Airospace Has Revived Old School Hip Hop Once More with Their 5th Album “Sorry to Bother You”

https://open.spotify.com/track/38Gg0VGcdyFeZ6XvBj2fIL

Airospace has revived the old school reflective Jazz Hip Hop vibe once more with their 2019 album “Sorry to Bother You”.

While each of the nine tracks offers a sublimely restorative aural experience, there’s no better introduction than the title track. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more lucidly cathartic instrumental arrangements in contemporary Hip Hop. Yet, Airospace isn’t an artist who holds anything back their lyrics or the delivery. It’s pure vitriolic conviction which will compel you to hang off each and every word.

Even the humility in the title is enough to picque your interest. It isn’t exactly easily found within Hip Hop, yet, Airospace has an ample reserve of sweet humble expression. It was all to easy for us to warm to the album. Thanks to the smooth and polished production, we’re fairly certain that your reaction will be the same as ours.

You can check out Sorry to Bother You along with the rest of Airospace’s latest album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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