Emerging R&B crooner BLAKK SOUL offers the perfect dose of escapism, while we all remain in lockdown, with brand new soothing single ‘Smoke N Chill’, released yesterday (9th April).
Laced with the familiar sounds of laid-back ’90s R&B – that easily puts you in the mind of Jodeci and Bryson Tiller – the DrewsThatDude-produced single is sure going to set the mood for couples and partners.
Managed by Little Brother MC Rapper Big Pooh, the multi-hyphenate has been credited for his songwriting, background vocals, and co-production on work by industry heavyweights including Playboi Carti, Dr. Dre, Macklemore, Anderson Paak and Little Brother.
Look out for more material from Blakk Soul as he is set to release his album ‘Take Your Time’ later in the year…but for now, check out this super-smooth joint below…
Described as the “the future” by BBC Radio 1 DJ and tastemaker Mistajam, XAMVOLO drops a vibe-heavy single ‘In Love & War’ – a cross pollination of soul, electronica and R&B – ahead of his EP.
In the last 12 months, the 24-year-old has risen to the attention of critics and music fans the world over thanks to his impressionist re-imaginings of neo-soul, jazz and pop. He’s played Glastonbury, sold out multiple headline London shows, been compared with everyone from D’Angelo to Anderson Paak and released an acclaimed EP and debut album, ‘All The Sweetness on the Surface’.
‘All The Sweetness on the Surface’ is powerful and emotive collection of song
writing mastery and a testament to XAMVOLO’s cinematic method of creating worlds within his
music, it tells a neo-noir story of a protagonist who finds themselves confronted with a hive
containing a black honey substance that can grant them their every desire.
The album is split into two parts, life before the discovery of the black honey and the grim consequences of life after, in which we’re shown the dark side of getting everything you ever wanted at the click of a finger. The bulk of the album was produced by XAMVOLO himself, but also sees collaborations with heavyweight producers AV and Paul Phamous (Frank Ocean) as well as Bruno Major, Fred Cox and Freddie Joachim.
Listen to the master at work with ‘In Love and War’: