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Henry – You Don’t Need to Know: Smoothly Sentimental RnB Soul

You Don’t Need to Know” is the smooth new soulful jam from up and coming Dublin RnB artist Henry. Elements of the past and the future accessibly combine in the soothingly sentimental soundscape.

The tempo may be low, but the level of evocative appeal is off the charts in the stylistic and slick mix which perfectly accommodates Henry’s soft and sensuously harmonious RnB Pop vocals.

Ireland may not be known for its massive RnB scene, but that may be set to change now that Henry is dropping his accordantly soul-soothing hits on the airwaves. He’s irrefutably one to watch. Up and coming RnB artists who can truly revive the genre and make it ooze contemporary appeal are worth their weight in aural gold.

You can check out You Don’t Need to Know for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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YT HellaKingin has dropped their grooving RnB Hip Hop hit Friday Night featuring Heartbreaka and Dale Keano

Pop, RnB and Hip Hop all euphorically converge in the high-vibe grooving hit Friday Night which is the latest release from breaking US Hip Hop artist YT HellaKingin.

To add even more dynamism and fire to the mix, YT HellaKingin hooked up with two urban legends in their own right, Heartbreaka and Dale Keano. Soul spills in equal measure from the romantically sweet lyrics, the warm beats and vocals as they switch between arrestive Rap versing and smooth crooning. And thanks to the flawless production, tracks don’t come much more radio-ready than Friday Night.

In short, if you’re looking for an entrancingly tropic aural pick me up, look no further.

You can check out the official video to YT HellaKingin’s single Friday Night which premiered on May 29th via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vibe out with Dirk Diggler’s transfixing Ambient Trap single “VONTAZE BURFICT”

Every now and again, you’ll hit play on a Hip Hop track which utterly consumes you from the first verse. If it’s been a while since you’ve struck aural Rap gold, hit play on Dirk Diggler’s standout single VONTAZE BURFICT.

It’s playful, it’s convictive and it offers a fresh new approach to Party Hip Hop. While the beats will leave you hypnotised, Dirk Diggler’s bars which rest atop of them get you in the mood for hedonism.

VONTAZE BURFICT is just one of the tracks which you’ll find on their 2020 release CODIRK-19, while each track is as indulgent as the last, VONTAZE BURFICT is a mould-breaking feat of Trap which is all too easy to connect with.

You can check out Dirk Diggler’s track VONTAZE BURFICT for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fiery Lyrical Conviction Meets Ambient Beats in GV’s Standout Hip Hop Single “Lil Min”

Breaking Hip Hop artist & activist GV made their debut in 2018 with the firestorm of a Rap album “Calm Before the Storm”. If you let the release pass you by, there’s no better time to hit play on the collection of adrenalizing convictive tracks which tackle issues which are (unsurprisingly) just as prevalent today.

The perfect introduction to GV’s fiery approach to ambient Hip Hop is Lil Man, a mould-breaking feat of Hip Hop where ambient dreamy beats create the platform for GV’s justifiably aggressive vocals which verse the hard-hitting, raw and real lyrics.

The lyrics may invoke a smorgasbord of emotion, but the smooth and hazy production makes sure that any anger thrown your way in Lil Man hits you accordantly.

You can check out GV’s single Lil Min along with their album by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Marlee has dropped their ambiently trippy soul-soothing exotic feat of Alt Hip Hop “Dope”

Chances are, you won’t hit play on anything trippier than Alt Hip Hop artist Marlee’s recently released single “Dope” this year.

The wavy ambient experimental mix draws you in with the hazy multi-layered beats which Marlee uses to lay down his mellifluously soulful RnB-style Rap bars.

The exotic deftly polished mix allows you to immerse yourself in 3:32-minutes of pure unadulterated escapism. If you’ve paid attention to the outside world recently, you’ll know just how essential aural escapism is. You can either look at the news for your impression of society and humanity, or you can delve into dreamy soul-soothing hits such as Dope.

If any up and coming Hip Hop artist and songwriter deserves to top the charts in 2020, it’s Marlee. Their high vibe is infectious.

You can check out Dope along with the rest of Malee’s tracks by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Arcenio Cayetano has dropped their atmospherically intense Hip Hop debut “Ttab”

If it has been a while since you heard a Hip Hop debut worth getting excited about, hit play on Arcenio Cayetano’s first officially released single Ttab.

Ttab kicks off with an artfully arrestive prelude which will ensure that you’re well and truly transfixed by the time Arcenio Cayetano’s high-vibe unapologetically salacious bars kick in.

The up and coming artist made stylistic comparisons hard to make with the way the mix constantly evolves. Expect to find nuances of RnB, Pop, Trap and Old School Hip Hop weaved into the futuristically fresh, atmospherically intense track which was polished with precision by Mango Tree Productions.

You can check out Arcenio Cayetano’s single on all major streaming platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Travis Tropeano has dropped their latest fiery free-style Trap hit “32oz Pt 1”

Underground Hip Hop artist Travis Tropeano dropped their latest blazing freestyle Rap track 32oz Pt 1 on June 5th. With crisp and clean Trap beats alongside Travis Tropeano’s succinctly metered Rap verses, getting immersed and energised by 32oz Pt 2 is pretty much non-optional.

If there’s any genre which has thrived despite the lockdown, it’s Hip Hop, and Travis Tropeano is just one of the boundlessly creative urban artists compelled to keep us all entertained with their non-relenting talent. Prepare for plenty of sharp hooks when you hit play and a melody which will stick with you long after the short, sweet and snappy hit has faded to a close.

You can check out 32oz Pt 1 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud. Make sure you give Travis Tropeano a follow, as 32oz Pt 2 is in the pipeline and due to drop.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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From the EP Sooner Than You Think, Omo Aston drops his new single Man On!

Irish singer and songwriter Omo Aston has dropped his new single Man On! from the EP Sooner Than You Think.

Unfolding from Afrobeat sounds rooted in his Nigerian descent and outlining a paramount part of the arrangement, the song is like a gust of fresh air for an R&B-derived hip hop effort to the likes of artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean. Despite being in the scene since only 2018, Omo Aston prides himself on having achieved thousands of streams without any other support but his talent and an ever-evolving sound that gets to explore features of Soul and even Jazz.

While still being an emerging artist, he’s already gained awareness and appraisal by Irish urban magazines, and it’s fair to expect he’s going to deliver on that pledge in his upcoming project in 2021.

But for now, you can head over Spotify and check out Man On! for yourself.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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Fourstars has dropped their latest feat of curve-creating Trap with “Barcelona (Dreamer)”

Breaking Hip Hop artist Fourstars has recently dropped their latest feat of curve-creating Trap “Barcelona (Dreamer). In the process of doing so, they broke the Trap mould and deservedly garnered plenty of hype around the release.

Not only did they create a sweet vibing accessible mix with the help of producer OFEY, but there’s also plenty of lyrical playfulness making it all too easy to warm to Fourstars. After lyrically reeling off a list of reasons to envy them, they roguishly point out that you’re wrapped up in a narrative of a fantasy. In a world of Trap artists either trying to make you envy them or respect them, it’s incredibly refreshing to hear an artist play on that stereotype.

With their sweet instrumental hooks alongside inventive lyrical waxing, there’s plenty of commercial potential behind their sound. You won’t regret pressing play.

You can check out Fourstars’ latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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King Yash – To Dada and Ma: The Most Candid Hip Hop Track You’ll Hear This Year

Hip Hop doesn’t come much more wholesome than up and coming artist King Yash’s single “To Dada and Ma”. The shimmering beats in this lucidly light mix create the perfect platform for King Yash’s almost spoken word verses which hook you from the first verse.

Only after hearing King Yash’s track did I realise how absurd it is that expressions of familial love are never heard on the airwaves. There’s just a sea of facades spitting self-aggrandized bars in the hope that they’ll resonate. To Dada and Ma is an all too refreshing exception. The 90s-vibe frill-free track serves a stark reminder to show gratitude to the people who have spent a considerable amount of blood, sweat, and tears to bring you into the world.

You can check out King Yash’s single To Dada and Ma for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast