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: 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. 

EP Review: Mum’s House, Philosopher – Otis Mensah

Straight from his mama’s house, OTISH MENSAH knuckle down and crafted what could be described his autobiographical collection, coming in the shape of his latest EP, ‘Mum’s House Philosopher.’

With the help from his brother and producer, The Intern, ‘Mum’s House Philosopher’ sports a smooth boombap/soulful grooves as featured in track, ‘Outside the Cave’. Over the hypnotic arrangements, the North England street poet churns out one-liners that encourages the listener to step back and perhaps view their life and today’s society from a fresh perspective.

Regardless how you perceive this mini collection, it will provide those moments of euphoria. So get your happy on and check it out below:

Must Listens: Buffer Rings, Outside the Cave, Solar Eclipse.

EP Review: Insomnia – Be Kreative

NEW LEASE MUSIC regular BE KREATIVE‘s latest EP ‘Insomnia’ predominantly delivers piano-led overtones which works heavenly against the contrasting dense-heavy drive.

Although the above combo provides an instantly likable mainstream vibe, the collection also brings on a flicker of that similar sound of R&B, dreamy boombap and that real gritty lick of urbanised hip-hop, where BE KREATIVE‘s and guest vocalists were consistently confident in delivering a crisp and lucid flow.

‘Insomnia’ makes pleasant listening and is an adequate introduction to Houston rapper. However it would be great for him to really experiment with various genres in order to get ahead of the game. I say this because I KNOW he can do it with ease – and who knows, maybe he has those plans in the pipeline…check him out below…

Must Listens: Onward, Mirage, No Love

 

EP Review: EP1 – Yore

The elegant flair of the piano keys, later joined woeful yet heavenly contribution from the violin, introduce YORE‘s debut five-track offering, entitled ‘EP1.’

The LA’s singer/songwriter’s soulfully yearning vocals delicately pierce through the atmospheric soundscapes which runs throughout the project; a perfectly balanced combination that instantly draws you in a state of euphoria.

Co-produced with Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Robin Hannibal (Kendrick Lamar, Dvsn, Little Dragon) ‘EP1’ firmly puts YORE in the spotlight as one of the most intriguing and exciting artist to break out this year. Check it out below:

Must Listens: Knew Better, Angel Eyes