EP Review: Manic Pixie Dreamgirl – Adanna Duru

I’m was very curious by the meaning behind the name of ADANNA DURU‘s latest EP ‘Manic Pixie Girl’. Apparently, she picked up the term whilst studying at University of Carolina and embraced it, as those three words sums her up perfectly – very quirky and weird, but stunning and unique; something that can often be overlooked by others (particularly from a male chauvinist).

Irrespective of the misinterpreted views, she extends a part of herself through this body of work which introduces an idyllic and tranquil alt R&B – piece through title track ‘Manic Pixie Girl’. Still obtaining an air of soulful tones,  ‘One Way Street’ brings on the meatiness to the seven-track set with the dense sub-bass drive, adding an electronic/downtempo vibe. The woofing bass becomes the main feature of following tracks ‘Too Late’, ‘Trip’ and ‘Dreams That Keep You Up At Night’ – a retake of Destiny’s Child hit ‘Bills, Bills, Bills’ – without comprising or drowning out the futuristic/R&B – ish overtones.

The serenity returns with her cover of Daniel Caesar’s single ‘ Death and Taxes’, showcasing a refreshingly atmospheric soundscapes floating throughout the production.

With complexities that runs riot throughout the EP shows that this exciting newcomer from LA boldly wears her ‘Manic Pixie Girl’ badge – and makes no apologies for it. Through this bitter-sweet EP, Adanna encourages others to be themselves.

Listen below:

Must Listens: The Way Street, Too Late, Doll

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Song of the Day: Just Fine – Desiree Dawson

If you’ve experienced any uncertainty filled with a rollercoaster of emotions, you’re not alone as DESIREE DAWSON went through the exact same thing, through in her latest single, ‘Just Fine’.

Canadian singer/songwriter teamed up with producer Cody Taylor to document her turbulent journey in a soothing combo of soulful pop. Delivered in her raspy, jazz/soul vocal instrument, Desiree, despite the turbulence, holds on to the fact there’s calm after the storm and she’ll be just fine.

So remember, you’re not alone in a maze called life – this song’s for you…check out ‘Just Fine.’

 

 

EP Review: There’s Beauty In The Black – Dewey Quinton

While most artists shoot out uptempo summer releases that compel most of us to work every muscle in the body, DEWEY QUINTON took a different direction with his latest EP ‘There’s Beauty In The Black’, dropped last month.

Airy tones accompanied with a downtempo bass dominates the five-track set, where Quinton sheds some light on the melancholic fusion, through to his relaxant flow, which is masked with an electronic effect.

This mini package may not provide those hell-raising moments in the clubs, but it is perfect for those chilled out days. With darkened soundscapes that blissfully reverberate throughout the production, the EP definitely displays that there’s beauty in the black. Check it out below:

Must Listen: Wake Up, Swerve 

Song of the Day: Different Crowd – VRWRK

Following the news of their signing to X-Ray touring (Gorillaz, PJ Harvey, T-Pain) plus the announcement of their headline show at London’s Corsica Studio on 1st November 2018 (get tickets HERE), London-based electronic – pop trio VRWRK (pronounced VR-WORK) have unveiled their soothing pop-tronic single ‘Different Crowd’, released via Run Tell Secrecy.

Taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘On the Outside’ – out on the 10th August – ‘Different World’ has caught the attention from the likes of The Line of Best Fit & The Independent and was well-received by fans when performed at their live shows across the globe – from a sold out show at Birthdays in Dalston, where they’re based, to headline shows at major festivals in Europe (Amsterdam Dance Event, Eurosonic, Pukkelpop), and even Egypt later this summer.

Check out the music video to ‘Different Crowd’ below:

Song of the Day: Gladiolus – Yvonne Hercules

Singer and self-taught musician YVONNE HERCULES drops her stunning cross-genre single entitled ‘Gladiolus’ into today’s hotspot.

Encompassing of old school blues with a little folk and alternative music, ‘Gladiolus’ explores the movement of Winter into Spring and how this metaphorically corresponds to a journey from a place of death into a place of life or hope. The thought-provoking lyrics are reinforced by Yvonne’s haunting and well-poised vocal.

‘Gladiolus’ is taken from her new EP of the same name and follows her single ‘Roving’, which  received support from Clash magazine, Line of Best Fit, Afropunk, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and others.

This is absolutely breathtaking…have a listen to ‘Gladiolus’