Sounds of R&B & Soul: Ame, Brianna Yancey, Hugh Klein, Moonchild, Khamari, Ulrika Berg, Odreii, Freedust

R&B and soul are two of those classic sounds that haven’t wavered over the years, instead they’ve continued to evolve and branch out into exciting new frontiers. So without further ado, let’s have a listen.

Dominican singer, songwriter, and actress Ame’s fusion of sultry R&B sounds and Latin rhythms offers a unique addition to the rapidly expanding Latin R&B scene. Her latest single, ‘Remember’, encourages listeners to recall their goals and not let anything stand in their way. The easygoing instrumental provides a small contrast to the song’s personal lyrics about getting through tough times and making sacrifices to succeed. With tracks like this, we understand why Ame understands songwriting as therapeutic, but she also writes with the hope her songs connect with those who have gone through similar experiences and it helps them with their journey and healing process.

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Brianna Yancey is a talented singer-songwriter based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her musical style incorporates elements of neo-soul, R&B, gospel, and pop. Brianna has been singing since she was two years old, and her passion for music shines through in her dynamic voice. She released her first indie single, ‘One Day’, and has made several musical and stage appearances. Brianna has been writing her own songs since she was five years old and is determined to pursue her dreams of taking her musical career to the next level. With her wide vocal range, love of music, and natural talent, Brianna is poised to make a name for herself in the music industry. Expect to hear great things from this powerful young artist.

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Hugh Klein’s latest single ‘Lead The Way’ is a heartfelt plea for intimacy and affection, conveyed through his smooth and soulful vocals. The track is a gentle blend of unison melodic lines and softly brushed percussion that creates a warm and inviting soundscape. The song showcases Klein’s deep connection with romance, evident in his choice of inspiration, including warm evenings, chilled red wine, and floral scents. ‘Lead The Way’ is a beautifully crafted neo-soul offering that demonstrates Klein’s musical exploration into intimacy and love, leaving the listener with a sense of warmth and tenderness.

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Built on a bed of acoustic guitar tinges and layered vocals, Moonchild’s ‘The List (Acoustic)’ is powered by the groove of the reworked bassline, with gentle percussion and claps. The accompanying music video is a stunning visual postcard to a decade of touring. The vintage U.S. National Park poster-style animation, directed and edited by Phil Beaudreau, perfectly captures the band’s nostalgia and growth. The glistening acoustic reimagining of ‘The List’, originally released on their renowned album ‘Voyager’, showcases Moonchild’s appreciation for new instrumentation, their live shows’ influence, and their constantly developing creative perspectives.

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Khamari, a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist artist based in Los Angeles and originally from Boston, has announced his debut album, A Brief Nirvana, which is set to release on May 26th. The announcement comes with a new single titled ‘Right My Wrongs’, which reflects on a past relationship and features a sample from Darondo’s 1972 hit ‘Didn’t I’. Khamari’s music has already earned him over 10 million cumulative streams, and he has been nominated for R&B Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards.

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Taken from her brand new album, Ulrika Berg’s latest single ‘Do You Want It’ sets the tone for her debut album perfectly, with its infectious R&B groove, playful melodies, and smooth, warm vocals. The song is a sensual and empowering invitation to explore love and desire, with the artist’s confident delivery and catchy hooks drawing the listener in. The production, co-produced by Freemonk and the artist herself, is slick and polished, with a satisfying blend of electronic and organic elements. With ‘Do You Want It’, Ulrika Berg proves herself to be a rising star to watch in the world of R&B music.

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Montreal-born R&B soul singer-songwriter Odreii has been making waves in the Canadian music scene since the release of her EP and single “Runs In Mi Blood” in 2019. With a musical background that includes studying in London and winning songwriting contests, Odreii’s debut album “Sweatin’ Gold” dropped in 2021 and was followed by performances in Toronto, Montreal, New York, and Los Angeles. She also won Rolling Stone’s Battle of the Bands and performed at various festivals and venues across Canada, including the Montreal Jazz Festival. In 2022, Odreii continued to impress with performances at Canadian Music Week and festivals such as M for Montreal and Visa For Music in Morocco.

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Freedust’s latest single ‘Worth Your While’ is a groovy fusion of neo-soul and alternative R&B, with UK and world influences evident in the catchy melodies and lighthearted vocals. The song features classic Freedust elements, such as their signature double bass and vinylistic drums, but also incorporates more contemporary sounds with beautiful synth arpeggios and chord patterns. Founded by Italian composer Daniele Carmosino and Swedish singer Lisa Widmark, Freedust creates a unique blend of funk-soul, breaks, and electronic music, with a vintage vibe that feels both classic and new. ‘Worth Your While’ is a fun and uplifting addition to their already impressive repertoire.

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