EP Review: Nocturne – Dani Darling

Since DANI DARLING came under the NLM radar, with neo soul single, ‘2:22’ her musical direction has taken a detour – a massive detour. Her shift of direction comes in form of the six-piece EP, ‘Nocturne’.

Classic soul meets new hazy lo-fi soul, in this EP, largely in an experimental and almost stripped back setting, that’s immediately appealing. Third effort, ‘One Of Us’, displays use of sound spanning from the Golden Hollywood era, fused with a mesmerizing lo-fi hazy tone providing that four-on-the-floor pattern.

With the exception of concluding piece, ‘Stranger’, all of the singles were no longer than two-and-a-half minutes long; it’s a shame, as I would like hear more!

With her delicate vocals serving as a backdrop for the genre-bending combo, DANI DARLING proves that a great soulful piece doesn’t always have to feature the classic powerhouse performance as the main focal point. Have a listen below:

Must Listen: One of Us, Stranger

 

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EP Review: Echo – Turya

TURYA‘s latest EP ‘Echo’ is immediately compelling thanks to the acoustic and intimate setting which, at times, is accompanied with a bed of airy electronic and folklore soundscapes, featured in title track, ‘Echo’, ‘Magical Moments’ and remixed version of her well-received 2017 single, ‘Rain’.

However what makes this South London singer/songwriter so intriguing and captivating is her stellar vocal performance in third effort, ‘There Will Be A Place’, which heavily draws influence from, what I believe it to be, the technique of Hindustani singing.

It’s great to see TURYA back on full form by pushing her Hindu beliefs/bohemian influences further into the forefront. To be honest, I didn’t think she could top her previous EP, ‘Ocean’ – but hands up, I was soooo wrong, because this mini collection is something else.

Check her out below:

Must Listen: Echo, Will There Be A Place, The Man with the Child in His Eyes

EP Review: Intermission Vol.1 – Ricardo Williams

The build-up to the release of RICARDO WILLIAMS‘ EP, ‘Intermissions Vol.1′ has been PHENOMENAL, especially when it comes to the Come Over challenge – one of the singles from the collection – which offers different remixes of the original. More recently, R&B queen Teedra Moses graced her soothing vocals on the afterhours joint.

Now, finally, the big man of UK R&B has graced his presence with the eight track set, released via BBC 1Xtra DJ Ace’s label Recordbox late last month.

After the introduction, a very familiar mist of afterhours sets the tone with Williams’ powerful vocal instrumental effortlessly piercing through the bed of feathery soundscapes, starting with the original version of ‘Come Over’. That misty and airy tones continue on all the way through with tracks, ‘He Ain’t Me’ and ‘All I Need’.

In just a few years, It has been great to witness such a journey where a upcoming homegrown talent, who (in my opinion) exceeded his mission on pushing REAL R&B to the forefront, to flourished into one of the most promising R&B powerhouses to excite, not just his UK hometown, but across the globe.

There’s nothing else left to say, a part from go check-him-out below:

Must Listens: Come Over, He Ain’t Me, All I Need

EP Review: My Body My Soul Vol.1 – Natty Boi Zoe

NATTY BOI ZOE‘s latest EP, takes on a rather lascivious view of his love interest…

Displaying familiar samples of afterhours vibes and atmospheric/alternative take on R&B, the self-proclaim street poet delivers his yearning lust for his significant other in a cross between a velvety freestyle and his new-found spoken word signature.

‘My Body, My Soul Vol.1’ is definitely a collection for hanging out with some friends..or that special one…but for all those shrinking violets out there, the lyrics may be too hot to handle…but if you dare to have a listen, check it out below…

Must Listens: 7am, Smile Luv, Something To Tell, Beauty

EP Review: The Blu Tape 4 – Dizzy Rambunctious

In the past, DIZZY RAMBUNCTIOUS has dropped a series of bluesy projects – and I have to say his latest EP, ‘The Blu Tape 4’ is the most diverse body of work that he has dished out.

A laid-back, Massive Attack -esque number along with an equally laid-back boombap-ish killer (featured in ‘No Interludes’) and an upbeat and idyllic EDM delight were added the urbanised soulful jazzy vibe, featured in the previous blue tape collections.

If you know of this New Jersey-based beatmaker, then you know he’s on a serious mission take a bluesy soulful combo to new heights…and if this is your first introduction of DIZZY RAMBUNCTIOUS, well this is the perfect opportunity to hop on the ride and sample his almost instrumental pieces below.

Go on, hit that play button below….

Must Listens: Shame On You, No Interludes, Lead Me To Your Love