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…

Vlade Kay Unveils Brand New EP ‘Interlude’ Ahead Of Debut Collaboration with DJ Snake

For years, VLADE KAY has been a prominent figure on the pop music scene in his native country Russia – and now he’s planning to make waves across the globe. The first wave comes in the form of his brand new EP, ‘Interlude’, released last Friday (15th November) via Subtone/Kobalt.

Inspired by The Weeknd and Michael Jackson, the 19-year-old singer and dancer will take you on a ride through an atmospheric bed of seamlessly smooth alternative urban and pop music with his melodic/trance-like vocal instrument.

The album comes ahead of Vlade’s major debut single featuring DJ Snake, set for release via Mad Decent in December, with a music video (directed by Drew Kirsch) to be shot in Dubai in January 2020.

The highly anticipated collab with DJ Snake – who has over 7 million followers on Instagram – is sure to place Vlade under the one-to-watch radar for 2020.

Check out Vlade’s first installment of international dominance below…

Song of the Day: Summers Over – Icey Stanley

Coventry-based rapper, singer and songwriter, ICEY STANLEY returns to the blog’s Song of the Day top spot with his latest single, ‘Summers Over’.

Maintaining an upbeat and laid-back melody as we enter the cold winter months, ‘Summers Over’ has created major buzz on social media and in his hometown since its release late last month.

Icey’s latest offering follows his single ‘Someone’, released back in July and EPs: ‘Mid Summer Drip 2’ – released with Birmingham’s Mr Macee in August –  and ‘Still No Love In February’, released in February. His firmly established position in the Coventry hip-hop scene has led him supporting UK artists including JME, Fuse ODG, Meridian Dan, Big Narstie, Lady Leshurr and Devlin on stage.

Check out Icey’s joint below: