Where the opening moments introduce that soulful RnB melody, that moment of memorable familiarity that’s likely to stay with the listener long after listening, the later sections introduce contrasting levels of energy – and performances that impress in a totally different kind of way.
After taking a two-year hiatus from making music, Stephon Foster’s return brings through the uniquely ambient RnB track that is Boy, I Quit.
There’s an ongoing sense of emotional intensity to the track – the whole thing seems to slowly but surely gather momentum, appearing as if the pace is increasing; the performance becoming more and more impressive and indeed mesmerizing as it progresses.
Mizü has held close to the original groove and idea of the track, and arranged around this a select few layers and intricacies that help give it a totally new feel.
It’s not an easy song to sing in itself, but the vocals here somehow go above and beyond – meandering effortlessly from the delicate whispers to the passionate peaks of the central line.
Laura Clare brings together creative trip hop beats and long-form RnB-style melodies for this single – the sort of melodies that fall seductively at the end of each line, reinforcing the theme within.
Tanya Nolan and Kirko Bangz go big on this latest single, bringing through those soulfully smooth RnB vibes – alongside a string of lyrics and creativity that undoubtedly hit with a little more grit and attitude than the average offering.
A superb bass-line and some thoughtfully chosen synths and samples help make this an easy hit. Lightly soulful, breathy vocals offer the finishing touches and the driving factor behind the song’s ideas and that subtle ear-worm of a melody.
Consequences is a smooth yet dark RnB track with an indie edge and some superb production. Grassett and LUURK alike bring an expressive and professional approach to the project, and the music is all the more immersive as a result.
The very idea of Loved You So is that of conflict or contrast – the verses deal with turmoil and anger, they drive with cursing and resentment, whereas the hook resolves and juxtaposes this in a mighty way; with the sheer, inescapable power of love and the control it can have over us.
Queen Calida gets real in a soulful and impressively minimalist manner on this latest release. The track is notably raw, but this adds beautifully to the inherent sense of honesty and authenticity that you get from the sound.
Timeless offers a fine balance between melodic pop and synth-driven, down-tempo EDM. At the height of these winter months, this makes for the perfect kind of smooth, RnB soaked track to help keep things warm.