When dreampop blends with hip hop, how does it sound? North Carolina’s indie pop outfit THE MYSTERY PLAN and rapper BIG SUPREME show us just how beautiful and deep it can be. ‘Silver Lining’ is the lead track from their latest album ‘You Also Have Eyes’, co-produced by the legendary John Fryer. The new chill video sees these two artists joins forces amidst high cocktail hour.
Big Supreme says “I was truly in a period of stagnation musically… When I heard the music The Mystery Plan had put together, I just let it play and let the spirit speak through me. What came out of it was a message of hope for 2021 and beyond… at the end of every struggle in life, there’s a silver lining.”
Check out the official video for the banging single below…
Comprising of vocalists DaCosta, Jean Carter and producer ghettoblasterman, Los Angeles-based R&B/Hip-Hop trio YOUR GRANPARENTS make music that hints to the nostalgia of previous decades without feeling dated – and their single ‘Sunlight,’ is a true testament to that statement as the single oozes a smooth neon blend of hip-hop & neo-R&B which arguably takes you back to the nineties.
Sunlight is taken from their album, ‘Thru My Window’, out now via The Orchard. Nodding towards the realms of funk, soul, hip-hop, rock and blues, the self produced/written album is an alternative commentary on love in early adulthood. Illustrated through the joint perspective of Your Grandparents, the narrative portrays the origins of a budding relationship and its potential complexities.
Why not check out the video for ‘Sunlight’ (highly recommended):
AC3‘s second solo single ‘Essence’, sees the Irish rapper taps fellow rap artist JAY.P to work their magic on a summer-charged, Afroswing beat by JBJ.
AC3 displays his vocal capabilities with flowing melodies while singing about a broken relationship. Upon completion of recording, he felt something was missing and approached JAY.P about laying down a verse. JAY.P spices things up with his straight to the point rap verse.
Expect a string of pumping music and striking videos from this promising upriser…but for now, check out the video for ‘Essence’ below…
Contrasted with DEVN‘s care-free, upbeat introduction on his anti-love summer anthem ‘Freak Freak’, the multi-talented artist slows the pace and flexes his vocal chops on the sentimental latest single ‘Foreva’. The song finds the Charlotte, North Carolina newcomer embracing love with ethereal vocals that float over smooth production.
“‘Foreva’ is about being afraid to lose the feeling of love, and having the desire to hold on to a special romantic relationship that lasts forever.” – DEVN
Check out the official video for the single below…
On the back of signing a new music partnership with Crep Select, London-based Belgian Congolese songstress LYNE NSONGO follows up with her latest single titled ‘Royal’, produced by Ocean and engineered by Hot Money (Stefflon Don, Krept & Konan, Stormzy). Serving as the first taste of her upcoming sophomore EP, the song sees Lyne speaking to women, wanting to make them realise their worth and their royalty, with the London-based singer, songwriter and producer affirming that “you were made of gold, handmade by the only One”.
Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Royal’ and her desire to create empowering and inspirational music, Lyne Nsongo says, “The song comes from discussions I had with some of my female friends who were at very low points in their lives, I just want to lift them up and make them see their worth. I’ve realised that it’s my calling to deliver this empowering message through my music. If I can become an inspiration for girls out there to follow a good path in life, I believe I will have achieved my purpose in life. I have a gift and I want to use it to impact my world”.
Born in Belgium, Lyne Nsongo grew up in a very musical household, and honed her skills in music academies and dance classes as a child, before developing her sound further with collaborations with her brother and producer D.E.W.I. Now living in London, she comes with support from the likes of Trench Magazine, Red Bull, Capital Xtra, Missguided, Reprezent Radio and GirlsIRate, and is fast-becoming one to watch in the UK’s resurgent R&B music scene and beyond, as she brings her genre-bending slant on the genre and her hopeful inspirational message to the forefront.