Big-band vibes and uplifting Gospel choirs aplenty kick off this Faith-focused compilation album from California’s Elmark Music Label.
Seeing the stunning talents of Erica B & Shaunté Daurice step into the spotlight, Where Is Your Love stylishly blends breathy, expressive & emotive vocal qualities, with a partly organic, piano-led soundscape, and an underlying trip-hop aura.
Fusing a simple yet addictive string riff, with a contemporary beat and a doubled-vocal line that digs deep into personal relations and reflections on life – RianMusic’s The One is a uniquely recognisable song that quickly leaves its mark.
Thoughtful soundscapes take their time to build, showcasing someone who utilizes the very art of sound design and musicality, in line with lyricism, to pave his way as an artist. A brilliant album, quite probably his best to date.
There’s a certain vulnerability and juxtaposing passion to everything they do, which ignites a sense of nostalgia and a renewed belief in the power of alternative rock music.
From The Soul is a uniquely relevant and smooth, contemporary pop hit, but it comes with more than a few layers of personality and power that effectively elevate the entire track way above many of its peers.
Armed initially with only an acoustic guitar, soulful vocals and a poetic, hopeful yet realist outlook, Bobbo Byrnes paints a powerful picture with his decidedly relevant new single.
Peaches takes the form of a classic trip hop single in many ways, igniting nostalgic connections to the likes of Portishead & Zero 7. The further along it moves though, the more it begins to pave its own way – the more intricacies you pick up on that effectively paint a new kind of picture.
In a world overloaded with similar sounds and hip hop that copies and kicks it with the last big release, Papiwthawork takes only that which matters to him, and builds upon it a sound of his own; with his own stories, his own sense of character, and his own big dreams.
There’s a fifties feel to the melodic development, and to Rae’s performance style. This long-form melody seems soaked in smokey jazz bar vibes, yet the lyricism and indeed the rhythm of the track often leans in a more contemporary direction.
“My mom would get annihilated drunk and play the same Rolling Stones concert (Steel Wheels) on a VHS (1990) instead of a kids show, so by the age of 6, I was building Lincoln Log Guitars and Smoking a white crayon, Keith Richards was my Dora or whatever kids watch these days. “
Emerging with something of a classic driving rock ballad vibe, Flame is a quickly addictive and familiar piece of music and writing, though with a notably poetic back-bone that lays out a series of detailed images and scenes that perfectly suit the emotion and energy of the music.