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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

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Marenikae – Gidi: Soulfully Grinding Urban Beats

I can’t say I’ve ever had the pleasure of immersing myself in an Afro Merge beat, thankfully Marenikae’s latest single Gidi was the perfect introduction to the sensual, soulfully resounding soundscape.

Rather than just creating yet another R&B Soul Track, Marenikae took a prodigal approach to her sound and created a track that will stay with you for long after it fades out. It’s grinding, it’s alluring and it’s getting added straight to my playlist. The international sounds that were weaved into the mix create a multi-layer sound that are impossible not to get caught up within. Marenikae’s vocals are soulfully full of attitude, pride and attitude. If that isn’t impressive enough, Marenikae writes all of her own music and uses her melodic vocal timing skills which she polished as a spoken word poet. It’s safe to say I’ve found a new idol in Marenikae.

You can check out Marenikae’s latest single Gidi on SoundCloud now, which is just one of the standout singles from her album AJEBUTTER which was released in April 2018.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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New Blends In Urban Music

If R&B is built around sleekness and Hip-Hop comes from an edgier place then they find perfect union in 77cousins musical creations. They manage to blend a slick urban vibe with a slow rolling R&B groove and the heavy kick of hip-hop backbeat. And whilst it is easy to level accusations of self-aggrandisement at many artists working in similar fields today, Long Time manages to mix up heady and soulful sounds with street level sassy and a whole slice of humour, when was the last time music managed to encompass all of that in one take? This is actually right on target and also perfect for both the commercial market and the more discerning, underground listener.

If this track shows that they know how to pen the perfect genre-fluid song, the album it comes from really opens things up and proves that they can take their music in almost any direction they like, rooted in the same core elements of soul, hip-hop, trap, electronica and R&B but not afraid to push those sounds into fascinating new territories. Even in the crowded urban musical scene 77cousins are certainly one to watch.

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Artdayn – Home Movie: An X-Rated Synthy Ensemble with Plenty of Soul

Artdayn is the brand-new musical project by Miami based urban artist Daynel Artiles. His fresh new synthy approach to RnB & Soul is one that I can definitely get behind. His debut track Home Movie is a pulsing mix of contemporary 80’s sounds narrated through unfiltered gritty lyrics that really put this Synth Pop RnB ensemble in a league of its own. Not one element of this track is understated, the thrashing, swirling chaos of the track encapsulates the essence behind the track which should probably come with its own PG warning. Artdayn started his project in 2017, each of the singles he’s brought out runs with it’s own elemental fury, his genre-defying sound gets mixed up every time he puts out a new track. Yet Home Movie is without doubt my all time favourite hit produced by Artdayn. Every second of the 4:40 track is an atmospheric experience of the pure aural alchemy that has been so deftly produced. The almost haunting intro leads you into a labyrinth of complex Electronica layers which really make the listening experience a palpably sonorous experience.

After listening to Home Movie, I realised that this sensually composed masterpiece may just be the only overly X-Rated track I could really immerse myself in. With its pinch of romanticism against Artiles veracious sexuality Home Movie could only be described as stunning. The tentative pacing which is strategically placed around Artiles raunchy Human League-esque vocals is enough to get anyone hot; if the breakdowns and build up’s don’t leave you needing to catch your breath, you’re probably a little dead inside. The orchestration that created the resonance between the Soulful and earthy vocals and the carnality of the beat stands as testament Artdayn’s bordering on genius rhythmic talent. Perhaps what I adore the most is the versatility in the vocals, he switches from a soaring vocal range to a pensive flow which really allows you to swallow the melancholy on offer through the lyrics.

Home Movie was released at the start of 2018 and has not failed to get the attention of Urban music fans. The tracks universal sound is beautifully resonant, so it should come as no surprise that Artdayn’s fans are falling over themselves to praise the South Florida artists sound.

I have no doubt that a record deal isn’t on the cards for Artdayn if he keeps putting out dope tracks to the same standard of Home Movie, the tracks perfectly polished production results in a dope hit that you’d have to be pretty broken not to appreciate.

South Florida residents may have already been introduced to Artdayn’s sound as he’s made quite the name for himself as the singing Uber driver. I mean, what better way to put your music out there than bringing your passion into your day job and dousing unsuspecting passengers to a rendition of music with infinitely more soul than you would find on the radio. If Artdayn doesn’t get signed, there is something seriously wrong with the music industry. Before watching his micro car concerts, I had no idea that Artdayn was going to be so enigmatically charming. The singer songwriter and graphic design artist is most definitely the whole package with his inspiration to positively influence his listeners lives with his music. After checking out Home Movie, he’s most definitely made an impression with me.

To check out the sublime X-Rated track head on over to SoundCloud

Or you can head on over to Artdayn’s official Website to check out his earlier mixes and videos of him wowing his passengers as he takes them on a journey of pure RnB soul.

You can connect with Artdayn & show your support on Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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RT releases debut single; Gunz and Roses Ft. Ceize

When the feeling is right, the music goes a little bit overboard to take absolute control, and in that moment the beat becomes hallucinogen. This song will leave you with such feeling when you listen to it.

Anyways, with the right talent, attitude & character, success becomes inevitable. This song is a perfect example of what you might wanna call “The-Right Banger-For-The-Moment”. RT (Real Time) has been surrounded by a massive genre encompassing range of music whilst growing up, and he brought all those influences together on his debut album; ‘Rated RT’.

Gunz and Roses Ft. Ceize is the first single from his upcoming album and RT’s debut single.

Trust me; you’ll be splashed by a strawberry avalanche on this one – right from the very first seconds you hit that ‘Press Play’.

If after your first 15 seconds of taking a listen to this song and you still didn’t smell some sort of sprinkled afro-pop icing on this cake over here, then you definitely haven’t been acquainted to that special kind of sound that comes from the east-side. There’s this sensational feeling and vibe that comes with music with such pedigree, you just can’t help but love it.

Just imagine what a song by Nonso Amadi will sound like when Emmy-G makes a cover of the song in a cool afternoon studio session. Now that’s how you’ll get something very similar to ‘Gunz and Roses’.

This artist is evidently so talented and to even think that he’s got a good taste for dope beat makes this song more spectacular. RT cites Bob Marley, Jay-Z, Notorious BIG and 2Pac as his idols and biggest inspirations in forging his own unique music career.

The title Gunz and Roses contains its own connotations, the song itself is about the “Yin and Yang” of life. Taking inspiration from the legendary Rock band of the same name, “Gunz” refers to the negatives in life (hate, war and violence) however “Roses” signifies love, nature and growth, all the positives in the world.

The melodious hook of the song is enticing and very beautiful. The rap style, the lyricism, the flows and the rhyme are all double checked. This song is an incredible creative piece that could subtly pass as a new success mantra. Nice piece of work here from RT. I look forward to seeing more of his work.

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Mollie Jay – Brand New: The Revolution of Repetition

Brand New is the debut track from Mollie Jay, a rhythmically stylish Urban EDM artist from Washington DC, the title track is a cutting-edge mix from her latest album dropped in December 2017 featuring the notorious rapper Benjah. With no room for repetition, this track bounces between various audiophile delights.

Whilst Mollie Jay can definitely stand on her own two feet in her urban mixes, Benjah’s harsh lyrical sensibility really kicks this track into focus before it slams into verse going from a pretty ambient mix into something Mary J Blige would consider raucous.

Brand New gave me an infamous amount of respect for Mollie Jay’s music, the beat is lit, with drops that will separate you from your stomach for at least a minute. Within its HIP Hop EDM sound, the track incorporates pounding instrumentals over the backing track with almost no element of repetition of this track. Each verse runs with a completely different flow, it’s edgy unpredictability is definitely one of the highlights of the track put against Jay’s enviable vocal range and the amount of styles she mixes into the four-minute track.

You can check out Brand New on Soundcloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/molliexjay

-Amelia Vandergast.

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Callum. – Black Sheep: Urban Beats from The UK Underground

Underground UK Hip Hop artist Callum dropped his debut track Black Sheep back in September 2017, how it hasn’t yet gone viral is a travesty to the Rap scene. His spoken word poetic lyrics flow to a mid-tempo beat, mixing the New Wave with Chill Hip Hop and a little bit of Trap for good measure. The cheeky 420 friendly lyrical charmer lent a deft had from Flip who produced his track Black Sheep to perfection, locking down the tight vibe of the track, yet still blinding listeners by the witticism that dominates the rhythm. The pace that the rhythm and rhyme follow is palpably alluring and pertains the ability to lull you into a transient state before the lyrics really start to hit you as the track closes.

Any fans of Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, are going to want to head on over to SoundCloud where you can get your first taste Callum’s up and coming flavour by checking out Black Sheep:

https://soundcloud.com/callum123455/black-sheep

If you like what you hear, show some support and give Callum a follow via Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/callum101996/

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hip-Hop Duo Raph x TT Release Newest Single ‘Roll With’

When you’re in an audacious state of mind, you could barely miss the feeling this nice song dole out on a regular each second; it’s ever-stunning as the crescent moon.

This is a smash hip-hop rap song whose delivery is very smooth; just like when the “silk” kisses the “satin” in the pristine air, you’ll surely be dazzled by this feature alone when you listen to this song.

Comprising of two creative individuals hailing from Birmingham, UK, Raphael and Timon, Raph x TT write, produce and master their music themselves, allowing them full creative autonomy and ensuring that the end product is exactly what they set it out to be. Raph and TT can typically rap about the simplest version of any given idea and they actually look beyond themselves. TT arrives for his turn on the carousel, and he skillfully painted us a beautiful dreamscape with his style of flow and deep sexy voice, this was the defining moment for me in this song.

Their newest single exemplifies the versatility of the duo, with a catchy R&B piano hook overlayed with British hip-hop lyrics. Taking inspiration from the likes of Stormzy, Not3s and Lotto Boys and even from main stream artist Ed Sheeran, Roll With is British urban hip-hop with a twist.

Raph and TT are more likely gonna be categorized to be in the league of Wiley, JME and Skepta because they somewhat have same musical sound and style with them.

The laydown of an enjoyable piano sound that doubles as a chill track and a groovy record makes the song even more memorable. The production is also a note-worthy to be mentioned as one of the nice features of this track. Raph and TT meshed so well to exude same flash velocity of technical brilliance in this song.

This is a great song and y’all should go check it out.

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Lilian-Debrah.

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June – Natural Love: The Discord of Humility

Ohio based R&B singer songwriter and artist June has create one of the most synergetic tracks of 2017 with his Soul inspired rendition Natural Love. For any fans of the delectability of Kendrick Lamar, you’re in for a treat. The mid-tempo mix is more than just a track that belongs to a genre. It’s raw, human, scorned emotion in lyrical form.

His debut track Natural Love is backed by a pounding and resonant track the ominous synth beat drifts in and out, perfectly complementing the melancholy of June’s vocals as they traverse through his pensive lyrics. The track doesn’t just skim the surface of emotion, it reaches deep into the psyche, haunting you with the staggering parallels which he offers you through the verse.  The humble humility flows through his lyrics to trap you into his torment which he projects into the track.

Throughout his discography, he’s created a truly elective mix of sounds, some steeped in 80’s synth, whilst others he chooses the acoustic guitar to accompany the humble humility which he shares through his sound.

Head on over to SoundCloud to check out Natural Love along with June’s other Singles:

https://soundcloud.com/rnbjune/natural-love

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Sinnie Kravitz wonderfully upsets the Balance

The art of any cover is bringing something new to a song. There are many ways to do that from a faithfully reworking using a new voice to a complete deconstruction and rebuild to the point where the song almost becomes a musical anagram of the original, both options have varying degrees of success depending on just how invested the listener is in the original song. Sinnie Kravitz has found a whole new approach. He takes a much shorter version of Roy Wood’s Balance and uses this merely as his platform on to which he builds a whole new vocal.

As the inherent sweetness of the original plays out in the background Kravitz adds a more robust vocal sound, one that comes from the harder streets, speaks with an authentic voice and raps tough in contrast to the tender R&B vibe it is threaded through. The result is actually something which is part cover and part creativity, a familiar slice of music subsumed by a wholly new creation. The lines between comfort zones and the cutting edge just became much more blurry.

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