EP Review: Crisis – Phé

With downtempo, electronic soundscapes and an occasional soaring of the guitar riffs, PHÉ gives afterhours R&B as we know it a dark and sinister makeover through her latest EP entitled EP, ‘Crisis’.

Through the dense(ish) arrangements, the Vancouver-born/Los Angeles based singer/songwriter’s crisp and sassy vocals poke through, offering the EP that much-needed lightness.

If you love a contemporary take on soulful R&B, then you’ll definitely enjoy this pretty neat package. Check her out below:

Must Listens: Incredible, Crisis, About Us.

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EP Review: The Sickness – Redd Tunes

Featuring a collection of tracks that could be appeasing to nostalgics of the old-school, London-based rapper/producer REDD TUNES slaps down his first project of the year, entitled ‘The Sickness.’

With loops of chill-out sounds that could be easily associated with Fila high tops (unlaced, of course), slick tracksuits complete with thick gold chains, this set pays homage to the real art of britcore and also expresses the concerns of the commercialisation of its parent – hip-hop – suppressing the realism of the sub-genre.

But there’s no chance of that as REDD TUNES and featured artists on this EP, are on a mission to keep the britcore vibe alive. The Sickness EP is a strong reminder that music is an extension of one’s expression – and not a commodity.

This set is definitely worth a trail; check it out here

Must Listens: Kill The Alphabet, The Dopeness, Golden Era.

 

 

 

Mixtape Review: Beanstock Records Presents: U.K.K.K (Unkle Kuzzin Keet Kolbang)

Straight out of Boston, hip-hop collective BEANSTOCK have risen with their first project of the year titled ‘Beanstock Presents U.K.K.K’, which sees the record label’s recruits adopt a different sound…

The 13-track set boasts a menacingly dope drive in which the gang describe as ‘Grit-hop’. Tracks such as ‘Big New Face’, ‘Ginger’ and ‘High Maintenance’ momentarily interrupts the mixtape flow with a joyous bounce of old-school R&B and a funky swag.

The project is a true testament that these guys have no problem at all in reinventing their sound..and this is the very reason why they set tongues continuously wagging in their hometown. See song recommendations below and head right here to listen to their latest joints.

Must Listen: Sit Back & Listen, Above Us, Marked For Death, High Maintenance 

EP Review: All In Me – Laolu

LAOLU‘s 2018 single, ‘How To Feel’ has got me fired up enough to look out for her debut  EP, ‘All In Me’…and judging from the strong support she received from BBC 1xtra and The Best Line Fits, it seems that I’m not the only one left hanging for the nine-track set.

Kicking off with a moody introduction through single ‘Buffering’, the EP predominantly delves into the haziness of smooth R&B and soul. Fifth effort, ‘Disconnect’, showcases a flair of the blues, intensifying the spine-tingling sensation presented in the EP. ‘So Right’ momentarily breaks away from the collection’s misty theme by injecting a smooth chirpiness of the Afro/reggae-esque bassline.

Those who admire the musical prowess of artist H.E.R, will definitely warm towards the South-East London songstress, who wants to offer the listener a fresh perspective on traditional R&B/Soul – and she does it perfectly through ‘All In Me’. Check her out below:

Must Listens: Disconnect, 20’s, Love Lost Found. 

Mixtape Review: Hypebeast (Just Do It) – Various Artists

Are you in the mood for some Big Sean, Snoop Dogg or Jadakiss? Well Galafati Music Group has once again hooked up with Conradz Productionz for the 16-track mixtape titled ‘Hypebeast (Just Do It)’. Showcasing the slickest beats around from hip-hop staples, there are some promising come-ups (including Galafati himself) that add extra lick into the mammoth production.

So serious hip-hop heads: I urge you to head right here and download your copy for FREE. Enjoy!