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.
Topping our Sounds of R&B & Soul round-up this time around is Steven Bamidele’s ‘Dark Sense Of Humour (Farfisa)’, which is nothing short of a captivating journey of identity and emotional complexity. This track draws from the intensely personal experience of his displacement as a child, and as such the lyrics explore themes of racial identity and self-reflection, fueled by influences ranging from Marvin Gaye to Solange. The chilling chorus contrasts with vibrant verses, reflecting the shift from carefree childhood to anxious adulthood. With synth textures, syncopated beats, and haunting falsetto vocals, the track combines both experimental musicality with meticulous production. ‘Dark Sense Of Humour (Farfisa)’ is utterly mesmerizing.
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The Swiss-born, Berlin-based artist Ay Wing simply mesmerizes with her delectable and vibrant neo-soul sound. Her single ‘Release Me’ is an eclectic indie soul alternative R&B anthem of personal liberation. It’s such a dreamy and nostalgic vibe that accentuates her attention to musical details, creating a captivating experience. With a soulful and heartfelt message, the song empowers listeners to break free from codependency and reclaim their lives. The catchy chorus and upbeat production inspire a sense of control and self-empowerment. ‘Release Me’ is a powerful message-in-a-bottle sent across the seas of the internet of Ay Wing’s liberating journey towards personal freedom, delivered with infectious energy and style.
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‘Hot Girls’ is a powerful musical statement from Shuba, who skillfully incorporates her Indian roots into the melodic chorus, showcasing her unique musical identity. With influences from Eminem to Ariana Grande, the artist has crafted a sound that is entirely her own the rising star. This bold pop anthem seamlessly blends electronic and acoustic elements, creating an empowering celebration of women’s strength and beauty. Having already garnered support from esteemed publications and acclaimed artists, Shuba is a commanding presence in the R&B-pop world.
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Aryeè The Gem is the Atlanta-based singer and songwriter who has shared her stunning new R&B jam, ‘To It’. Following the success of her debut single ‘Spring’, this artist delivers a soulful and introspective track that explores her personal journey and growth. Produced by Trakmatik, the song sets the stage for her upcoming debut solo EP. Accompanied by a captivating music video directed by MOM, ‘To It’ showcases this creative’s powerful nature and her quest for freedom and self-discovery. With heartfelt lyrics and a refined visual aesthetic, Aryeè The Gem also invites listeners to embrace their emotions and recognize the importance of facing life’s challenges head-on.
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Hanorah’s debut album Perennial is a captivating exploration of emotions and musical roots. The Montréal-based multidisciplinary artist combines R&B grooves and soulful ballads to create a rich tapestry of sound. In the accompanying music video for album track ‘The Drudge’, directed by Brittney Canda and Monse Muro, Hanorah grapples with the challenges of daily life, symbolized by close-proximity strangers who weigh her down. Through a transcendent moment of musical freedom, Hanorah discovers empathy and connection. The video’s colorful cinematography and intricate choreography amplify the powerful message. Both the record and ‘The Drudge’ are stunning demonstrations of Hanorah’s talent as both a musician and storyteller.
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Taelyn’s song ‘Growing Pains’ delves deep into the heartbreak and introspection that follows the dissolution of a meaningful relationship. The fusion of R&B and pop elements creates a melodic backdrop for Taelyn’s soul-stirring vocals, which beautifully convey the lingering questions and emotional turmoil. With the momentum generated by his debut single, the up-and-comer continues to captivate listeners with his heartfelt lyrics and genuine vulnerability. The strategic promotion of ‘Growing Pains’ ensures its reach to a wide audience, further solidifying Taelyn’s presence in the music industry. This poignant track leaves an indelible mark, resonating with anyone who has experienced the complexities of love and loss.
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We’re wrapping up this week’s R&B & Soul round-up with Bemi’s single ‘lonelyafternoon’, featuring mmedelali and brian brown. It’s a mesmerizing blend of soulful R&B and introspective lyricism. The track immerses listeners in a contemplative atmosphere, capturing the emotions of a solitary afternoon. Bemi’s smooth vocals effortlessly glide over the hypnotic production, creating a captivating sonic experience. The collaboration with mmedelali and brian brown adds depth and texture to the song, with their impeccable delivery and heartfelt verses. ‘lonelyafternoon’ is a poignant exploration of introspection, vulnerability, and the complexities of solitude, showcasing the Chicago artist’s talent and the undeniable chemistry between the featured artists. It’s a soul-stirring track that resonates long after the song ends.
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