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Relive your digital traumas with RnB Pop artist Jace Heyman’s debut single “Drunk Text”

If you’ve ever sent a life-ruining drunk text, Jace Heyman’s debut single may bring back some raw memories, but the smooth melodious rhythms offer plenty of consolation.

The Hertford-based R&B singer-songwriter’s debut perfectly encapsulates that hideous feeling of still being in love with someone and feeling your heart break a little bit more when you know that you can’t convey those emotions anymore.

With a sound which grooves along with the contemporary curve and the fact that their first release has added a distinctive voice onto the airwaves, it’s hard not to be excited by the prospect of Jace Heyman’s sophomore single.

Drunk Text is available to stream on all major services via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Shakes – Called Up: Atmospherically Convictive Hip Hop

If it has been a while since a Rap artist has made your jaw drop with their rhythmic vocal prowess, be prepared to feel a little gormless while listening to the bars in Called Up. Which is just one of the tracks which you will find on the up and coming Hip Hop artist Shakes’ debut EP “Fifteen Minutes”.

With the same relentless waxing lyrical flair as the likes of Eminem, you can’t help but find respect and adoration for Shakes. Meanwhile, the instrumentals make it all too easy for you to drink in the convictive bars, the beats may be minimalistic, but there’s no denying that they are alluringly efficacious all the same.

You can check out Called Up along with the rest of Shakes’ debut EP Fifteen Minutes for yourselves by heading over to apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Take a smooth ride with DYYNVMIC’s fresh new Hip Hop drop “Coupe”

Californian Hip Hop artist DYYNVMIC dropped the official video to their blazing new Hip Hop track “Coupe” on September 26th and gave the airwaves yet another boost of wild electric urban energy by doing so.

DYYNVMIC doesn’t just offer perfectly metered grooving Rap bars, but a magnetically enigmatic personality which draws you deep into their vibing mix to ensure the hooks don’t fail to leave you ensnared. Their cheeky and endearing approach to production in Coupe will undoubtedly leave DYYNVMIC in good stead when it comes to rising up from the underground.

You can check out the official video to Coupe for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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QL waxes lyrical in their latest Hip Hop call to arms “Chasing Stars”

‘Chasing Stars’ is the newest release from Hip Hop artist QL, a new name coming out of the Vancouver music scene, featuring vocals from Marietta Prod and produced by Anno Domini. From their debut album ‘HearAfter’, ‘Chasing Stars’ is both a call to arms and statement of intent, the rolling piano part and Prod’s vocal carrying the melody behind QL’s self-deprecating rap and beats.

Sure, there’s an obvious Eminem comparison to QL’s lyrics and delivery, and overall there’s a subtle Black Eyed Peas vibe to the track, but neither of those observations is intended as a criticism, more an indication of the strength of the track; this is great, lyrical hip hop that really does deserve a listen. And then several more.

Check out QL on Facebook and YouTube.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Chiron Loxton – Hotshot: Grimily Melodic Hip Hop

If you like your Hip Hop grimy, atmospheric and ingenious, delve into the latest track to drop from Somerset-based artist Chiron Loxton.

With Hotshot, Chiron Loxton found the perfect balance between authenticity and accessibility. Any fans of Post Malone and Yelawolf will appreciate the easy melodic grooves, while urban fans of the grimier inclinations will appreciate the witty vocal hooks which sharpen the bars just enough to pull you in and keep your consciousness consumed by the convictive lyricism. There’s little chance of your attention faltering once you hit play. It’s artists like Chiron Loxton who put the UK on the map when it comes to Hip Hop.

You can check out Hotshot for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Crillfingers brings in the future of Hip Hop with “Redemption”

If you’re looking for redemption in the form of a wit-soaked atmospheric feat of Alt Hip Hop, hit play on the latest colossal drop from the trailblazing artist Crillfingers.

If you thought Saul Williams could achieve an enticingly ominous tone, you may just feel chills creeping across you as you follow the fast-paced progressions in Redemption which comes with complete with an entrancingly tribalistic feel.

When most Rap artist claim that their sound is the future, they’re usually wrong. But God damn, it’s hard to argue with Crillfingers after they dropped Redemption in Sept 2020. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Redemption for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lucas Ramsell: “Instagram Models” – Life through a Lens.

Lucas Ramsell is a London-based Hip-Hop/RnB artist, mixing his confessional indie inspired lyrics with sharp urban production.

Prior to lockdown, Ramsell had just come off a run of gigs including The Alternative Escape, Cargo and O2 Academy2 Islington with his group DBA; now he’s dropped ‘Lockdown: The Playlist’, a collection of ‘ten tracks, ten different vibes’, all put together with Ramsell’s vocals atop instrumental tracks composed by his friend and collaborator the multi-platinum producer Jackson Romain (Gunna, Chris Brown, Offset). ‘Instagram Models’ is laid back urban RnB, an edgy urban vocal in the style of Skepta or AJ Tracey over chilled vibes from Romain, telling the story of a world of influencers, photo-ops, and falsehood; Ramsell’s London, in four-minute microcosm.

You can check out Instagram Models via Spotify.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Jamal Plummer has revived the smooth 90s RnB style with “Higher”

Jamal Plummer has revived the smooth 90s RnB-style with their standout single “Higher”. If your playlists are lacking in inspirational urban aural gems, there’s plenty of resolving optimistic soul found in the radio-ready release.

The amorously accordant single captures that all too rare feeling of absolute contentment. Not just contentment within a romantic relationship but harnessing that passion and pouring it into every area of your life. If Higher doesn’t compel you to approach life with a rejuvenated sense of purpose and ambition, I don’t know what will.

You can check out Jamal Plummer’s single Higher for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lo-Ke gives us a taste of “That Good Life” with his latest single ft Shadow Kyd

That Good Life” is the latest single to drop from breaking Hip Hop artist Lo-Ke. No, it’s not another Rapper ostentatiously versing about excess and Hennessey. It’s potentially the most inspiring perception-shifting Hip Hop track we’ve heard this year.

The wisdom-soaked wordplay in That Good Life ft Shadow Kyd is in tune with the contemporary collective consensus. We’ve all had an opportunity to rethink what constitutes as a good life, if you haven’t seen the light and stopped desperately wanting to amass wealth, shiny things and your own hareem, Lo-Ke may just turn that light on for you with That Good Life.

The melodic Indie Hip Hop Pop track is sure to go down well with fans of Post Malone and Yelawolf, or anyone who appreciates organic good vibes and lyrical enlightenment.

You can check out That Good Life for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Big Frank – Jealous: Floor-Filling RnB Pop

US RnB Pop artist Big Frank has dropped plenty of fresh hits, but their groovingly euphoric floor-filler “Jealous” is the perfect for their authentically soulful approach to Pop.

The sonic fuzzy synth lines fizz around the snappy danceable beats while Big Frank lays down their playfully harmonic vocals. Jealous may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s plenty of magnetism in Jealous thanks to the high-energy vocals which definitely won’t fail to pull you into the eccentric mix.

If you’re looking for more aural odes to hedonism for your playlists, you’ll strike gold with Jealous.

You can check out Jealous for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast