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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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T.A.C Overdose of You: Urban Dancehall Pop

Would you believe that there are Pop acts in the UK that haven’t been chewed up and spat out by the X Factor? It’s true!

T.A.C or Taking All Chances are a vibrant celebration of Pop and Reggae with an R&B Dancehall infusion hailing from London, UK who prove to be the full package when it comes to urban Pop music.

The band undeniably have a more mature take on the genre that many acts out there today are severely lacking, making this a band that doesn’t just cater to 15-year-old girls.

it’s clear that they didn’t weren’t just on a mission to churn out another Pop hit to clog the radio waves with their latest track. Their style is pure soul to create evocative mind mash hits such as Overdose of You

Their debut track Overdose of You tackles those tragic boyband harmonies to create something contemporary, and more importantly, not cringe worthy, with their collective diverse arrangement of vocals, even throwing in the international vocals in a similar style to Chase & Status for a little added flair.

Check out their latest track via SoundCloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/yasset-roldan/overdose-of-u

Head on over to their website for more information on upcoming releases:

https://yanroldan.wixsite.com/takingallchances/the-band

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Ebony Joi – Joi to The World

It is the season when when “twas” and “tis” become an accepted part of the language for the first time since the seventeenth century, gaudy jumpers, or these days possibly onesies, replace having an actual personality, people talk about how A Wonderful Life is the best film ever made and Mariah Carey is every other song on the radio or jukebox. It is also the season when it seems acceptable to release unnecessary and poor quality versions of Christmas classics. That’s why we need Ebony Joi so much.

Eartha Kitt ’s iconic Santa Baby may have been flogged within an inch of its creative life over the years but Ebony Joi has found the perfect new format for the modern age. It loses none of the sultry soulfulness of the original but adds a modern sassy R&B vibe to this new delivery, a slow and sensual grove which wanders wilfully around the beat like a jazz diva and throws in a bit of urban street smarts. Most often there is no need to try to reinvent songs which have all but passed into musical lore but if you do why not give them the perfect make over?

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SAR Releases Fresh Track “Gully Girl”

SAR is a young British rapper with a sound that is fresh and enjoyable to listen to with an underlying cool attitude. In his latest release “Gully Girl” he delivers a song that features a great balance between rap verses and slightly more melodic choruses while also keeping a steady flow, clear pronunciation and a solid beat. Furthermore, the music video that accompanies the song goes really well with the music and lyrics while also displaying a soft feminine sensuality that portrays the imagery of “Gully Girl” sensibly.

Starting off the song is the gradual development of instrumentation into the main beat which results in a punchy groove that carries you along while also enhancing the effectivity of the lyric rhythm. As the pre-chorus and chorus unfold it is interesting to hear some melodic aspects emerging and this makes the song even more memorable and well crafted. The vocal delivery remains steady and on point throughout, without becoming monotonous or unintelligible, and the rhythmic variations between the verses and choruses adds more dimension and character to the song as well. Throughout the whole three minutes SAR shows that he’s definitely on the right track, creating material that is enjoyable to listen to and fresh! Check it out !

Sarah Marie Bugeja

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Edgar Crespo walks the perfect line

Just how do you get ahead of the competition in the mainstream electro, dance, pop market? That’s the trick isn’t it? Pitch a sound and a style that is too radical, too out there and whilst you will pick up a few new fans from the fringes and underground scenes, you risk loosing the main target audience. Create a sound which is too similar to the centre of the fashion curve and you risk being lost in the noise of the competition, or worse brandished a copycat act trading on a sound already associate with more established artists.

That’s the clever thing about Edgar Crespo, he understands the balance between the tried and test and new, between the comfort zone and the exploratory high and Let’s Go is proof of that fact. Smooth and soulful, built on R&B grooves and hypnotic rhythms it also moves the genre forward brilliantly. It will resonate with the early hours club dance floor set as much as the after party chill out, it is music for the late night drive and perfect for setting a chilled vibe around the house. It ticks boxes in any number of genres from dance to pop to modern soul to R&B, very soon this song is going to be everywhere.

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B7ayre Tells The Truth

The term urban music is, like pretty much every journalistic label, too general, too vague, too broad to be of any real use when it comes to discussing music and Bahamian artist B7ayre is the perfect example of why. Yes, most of his references come from music that can be described as contemporary and urban but, as always it is the way that you put those building blocks together, what you can fashion from the raw materials, that makes all the difference. And unlike many artists following the paths beaten by others through familiar territory, he takes his own direction.

Cannot Lie mixes cool and slow burning hip-hop beats with sassy R&B grooves and a confident rapped vocal delivery and whilst the ingredients are easy to see the flavour that results from the mix is totally unique. It somehow matches uptown clubland chill out sophistication with sun drenched beach vibes, the cool of the late night after party with the warmth of the day time party tune. Not only the best of both worlds but music for all seasons.

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