Album Review: The Come Up – Dorian Thorson

DORIAN THORSON‘s debut album, ‘The Come Up’ encompasses all the stages of a relationship – from setting your eyes on the one for the first time to carrying heavy languages from a break-up.

A bed of airy soundscapes kicks off the album, through ‘Fallen’ and ‘Better’, joining the catchy urban b-line for a harmonious union where Thorson’s vocal performance oozes swagger on both productions.

The ten piece set shifts to afterhours mode through third offering ‘Flex’, boasting a sugary tranquil overtones coupled with that head-rolling b-line becoming more prominent. Further along the line, tracks such as ‘Forgive me’ and ‘Trust Issues’ possess a similar vibe but with a tag of toe-tingling trap/soul added to the drive.

Finishing off the album are ‘Luv U’, which continues the trip/soul vibe, picking up slight speed, and ‘Her’. The latter could be described as the odd ball of the album – and I mean that respectfully – as the piano centric production provides an intimate setting which encourages the prospective listener to really soak up the delicately heartfelt vocals provided by the man himself.

‘The Come Up’ is one of those albums that you can check in from five – or even ten years from now –  and still be pleasing to the ears. His debut offering should put him firmly on the one-to-watch radar for 2020.

Have a listen below…

Must Listens: Better, Flex, Forgive Me, Trust Issues

Breana Raquel has questions in her new sizzling R&B single, ‘Q&A’

19-year-old songstress BREANA RAQUEL returns with the release of ‘Q&A’, a catchy slice of sizzling R&B, setting the young songwriter in a league of her own. Having built a loyal online following over the last year, which currently stands at over 30,000 followers on Instagram and over 10,000 on TikTok, Breanna is making huge waves right now, making ‘Q&A’ her biggest release to date.

Best known for her guest-star role on Criminal Minds, as well as her recurring role on CBS’ Seal Team, Breana is also an actress that is taking over televisions around the US. The multi-talented star is taking advantage of every opportunity that comes her way and her success has not gone unnoticed.

The Maryland native has been quietly building an organic buzz with golden R&B sensibilities over the last year, with the release of her debut EP ‘Beginners Love’ back in February.

When asked about the new single, Breana stated: “I wanted to release a song that was closer to the style of music I listen to now. I wrote a lot of the tracks on my EP when I was 16/17, and I wanted to introduce everyone to the 19-year-old Breana Raquel.”

Well here she is! Check out her sizzling hot joint below…

Song of the Day: I Wanna Dance/Lost Revisited – Heartstreets (ft. Karim Ouellet)

Montreal duo HEARTSTREETS (Gab Godon and Emma Beko) spent years perfecting their craft by releasing a string of critically acclaimed tracks.

The lead single off their 2016 debut You and I EP, ‘Cruising With You’, was an anthem that summer, garnering over 2.5 million streams. Following this success, Heartstreets shared the stage with the likes of Gallant, The Internet, Daniel Caesar, Charlotte Cardin, Busty and the Bass.

Their debut full length album, ‘Why Make Sense’ was released in February. Now, just a few months later, the duo have revamped some of the record’s key tracks on ‘Why Make Sense Revisited 2’.

The latest single/mashup, ‘I Wanna Dance/Lost, is a blend of the duo’s silky, smooth R&B sounds over hard-hitting beats, giving it somewhat a mainstream/likeable feel.

Check them out below…

Jessica Wilde blends old soul with savvy street defiance on new single ‘Out Of My ooo’

Following her debut ‘Cry For Me’, which was premiered as BBC Radio 1xtra’s ‘Record Of The Week’, Brixton raised singer JESSICA WILDE is ready to sweep you off your feet with a sassy new single ‘Out Of My ooo’.

The single bursts with classic soul style blended with street savvy defiance. This creative fusion reflects her multicultural upbringing; brought up on her St Helenian mother’s obsession with jazz and soul, Jessica doused it with hip hop leanings and set it a light.

With its brass, bouncy bass and finger-clicking strut tempo it’s impossible not to get hooked on ‘Out Of My ooo’ and its attitude infused swing. It’s the type of top songwriting that has seen Jessica sign a publishing deal with Sony ATV and work with luminaries such as Ghetts and Tough Love. Another of her self-penned tracks ‘Strangers Love’ was recently released by renowned Korean K-pop label SM Entertainment and her recent co-write with Rudimental, ‘More Than Anything’ featured vocals from Emile Sande and made their album.

The session at Ne-Yo’s Hollywood studio, with producer Kizzo (Ne-Yo, Afrojack) was a defining moment for Jessica – not only because she survived a bizarre, high speed LA crash moments before the recording began, but because her own project was borne and the basis of her upcoming singles took form. Three months in LA, and several purposefully missed flights later, Jessica returned to London, ready to showcase herself and her music to the world…

With its festive glow and stylish addictive refrain ‘Out Of My ooo’ is set to put Jessica Wilde firmly on the map this winter as an unmissable diverse artist who embraces the best of classic songwriting and instills it with bite.

Check it out below…

Song of the Day: Relationsh!T – ShiesDaGod

Hailing from Montreal, Canada SHIESDAGOD makes his entry on the blog, claiming today’s hot spot with single entitled, ‘Relationsh!t’

Over a instantly catchy beat, the fiery emcee goes through the trials and tribulations of being in a relationship – an agony that we all experience at some point in our lifetime!

Go check him out below…and if you like what you’re feeling, why not check out more of his tracks on Spotify….enjoy!