Posts Tagged ‘urban pop’

May 22, 2018

Just a few short features ago, we were sharing an immense song from Molly Moore entitled Catch and Release and gushing over its jazzy soulful R&B pop. Now, let’s turn to her beau, progressive soul swooner Brandyn Burnette and his new single, out on esteemed French label Kitsuné. The St. Louis transplant leaves our hearts aflutter with his every smooth and buttery vocals on the resplendent future R&B groover, the first track from Brandyn Burnette’s long awaited debut album which reportedly is on its way soon. Lavish flickering, swanky glimmering Layup showcases some of Brandyn’s best vocals yet. Grab the single, here.

May 22, 2018

I know this one’s been out for a moment, but we’re such massive fans of Toronto artist Jessie Reyez that we really couldn’t let an exceptional new song from her slip us by. It’s been a wild ride, falling for the R&B soul artist after encountering Figures and Shutter Island early last year and gunning for her as the next big thing. We even made it a point to catch her ONE set at SXSW last year, and we came back singing her praises and spreading the word about her as much as we could. Sure enough, Jessie Reyez has become quite the sensation since, and now she’s returned with Body Count, blessing us with her raw, emotive voice, so uniquely remarkable, and her edgy and bold sound, which often pushes the envelope when it comes to empowering women and other artists. Body Count is an anthem for self-love and expression, and its recent video, directed by Peter Huang, was inspired by the Salem witch trials, a historic moment when women were persecuted to the extreme. Reyez explains: “Sometimes for allegations of magic but often for low key sexual promiscuity or sexual selectiveness.  In short, you’re going to get judged anyway, so as long as you’re not hurting anyone and loving yourself, might as well do whatever you want. Whether that’s being celibate or being sexually free is your choice. Your body count is nobody’s business but your own.“ Stream/purchase Body Count, here.

May 1, 2018

The name ‘smoke + skate” sounds like some trendy label for a cool line of apparel, and perhaps it is in some little corner of the world. But the smoke + skate you’re about to find yourself falling hard for is a song, from a smoky voiced artist named Carlie Hanson who hails from Onalaska, Wisconsin. The urban pop ballad leaves us wondering why we haven’t already heard a lot more chatter about Carlie Hanson; her sultry simmering delivery and the bittersweet timbre of her nostalgic heartbreak track are more than magnetic. You can listen to more of Carlie Hanson’s music on Soundcloud, here.

March 12, 2018

Brand new on our radar despite having made her mark back home in Australia these past two years is Tiaryn, a singer songwriter who combines feel-good vibes and rich harmonious pop, then tops it off with her honeyed, luscious voice. It seems appropriate our first feature of her music is for a song named “Falling”, since we’re already falling head over heels for the artist and her soulful pop. It’s a truly sumptuous and sophisticated, opulent and plush gem that channels some Little Dragon and Emily King. You can listen to Tairyn’s Distance EP and some of her prior releases on Soundcloud, here.

February 9, 2018

I’m going to be “real” with you. I wasn’t planning on sharing this next one right now. It’s not on the current list of songs I’m making my way through on the blog tonight. But Soundcloud auto-played Chrystal’s brand new jam 2 Real, and I’m so enamored with it that I’m tossing it on, right here, right now. You might recall the UK artist from half a year ago, when we shared her bold and edgy, cheeky and biting single Waves. She’s back with more of that tart fire and needling spunk on playful and infectious 2 Real, a dancehall meets R&B pop dazzler that’s a straight shot for my MØ, AlunaGeorge, and Elliphant loving heart. It’s a snazzy and saucy tune with some jazzy keys and wonky synths to round out its sweet and spicy aroma. Purchase or stream 2 Real via alternate outlets, here.

February 6, 2018

Passion Soda sounds as good as I’d imagine a passion soda might taste. The electronica and urban pop hybrid comes from Montreal based singer sonwriter Matthew Chaim, who linked up with producers Noah Barer, Austin Tecks, and Simon Says to craft this melting, lilting anthem, a laid back track that’s also embellished with chill hip hop beats and an islandy charm. Passion Soda is lifted from his forthcoming debut EP, Homemade, expected to arrive soon. For now, stream/download Passion Soda, here, and quench your thirst for zestful spirited, heart wooing R&B pop.

February 3, 2018

I’m still rather disheartened by the fact that I had to miss out on Quinn XCII’s sold out show at my favorite little venue in San Francisco last year. I can only imagine how stupendous he was at Rickshaw Stop, and I hope he’ll be returning to San Francisco soon. The Detroit based artist has certainly been the man of the hour this past year, whether it was his solo music or the many guest stints made with a long list of noteworthy producers. Quinn XCII returns to breath some much needed warmth into our cold winter days with a reggae-inspired pop song named Iron & Steel. The balmy waggish, soulful and heartfelt urban charmer captures us with its laid back cadence, rolling beats, and perky vibe. Iron & Steel is out now on Columbia.   

February 2, 2018

A show invite sitting pretty in my inbox was my very first introduction to Titus Makin, albeit belatedly compared to the many fans he must have gained after having starred in the television show Glee. The Honolulu native has also made appearances on CW’s Star-Crossed and hit shows like Pretty Little Liars, NCIS, and more. Unfortunately, I can’t make his show in Los Angeles next week, but I can share with you his brand new single Suicide, so we can all swoon to his sleek satiny vocals and vivacious R&B pop. The video that comes with Suicide is a highly saturated feast for the eyes, with popping colors and Titus Makin’s charisma on full display.  Makin’s first two singles, Ropes and Good Love, garnered much acclaim across the board last year. Stream Ropes below in case you missed it before, like we did, and marvel at its sweeping pop vivacity. Titus Makin will be playing The Sayers Club in Los Angeles on February 8th. Follow Titus on his website, here.

January 23, 2018

British drum and bass and soulful electronica collective Rudimental teamed up with an impressive list of collaborators on their new single, These Days, which is lifted from their forthcoming third album. Soul pop sensation Jess Glynne, rap mogul Macklemore, and rising R&B soul artist Dan Caplen join forces with Rudimental on the magnificent hymnal. The brassy soulful anthem is available, here. Hopefully, the arrival of These Days is a sign of many more new Rudimental songs and collaborations to come as we await further news regarding the new album. 

January 11, 2018

We had our first Always Never experience when we shared Tilka’s lush future beats single Missing Home, on which the Toronto R&B singer/production duo transfixed us with smoldering vocals. The pair have since released a bevy of swooning singles, out of which the latest is an R&B soul track named Hopeless which they wrote, produced, mixed, and mastered themselves. It’s glaringly apparent that the gifted duo are an act to watch in 2018 as they enthrall and seduce us with their ethereal brooding, dark yearning serenade, reminiscent of The Weeknd and Majid Jordan. Download the single, here, and visit Always Never’s other singles on Soundcloud, here.