No words that I write will ever give this body of work the adulation it deserves. It is incredible. Tawiah for years has shown the world just how incredible a songwriter and musician she is. How vocally she had an immense range and ability to touch listeners souls with her tone control and power on the microphone.

Borders is probably my favourite track but there is many I could choose from and I think it’s the kind of album that when you go back to it you could find a new favourite to fit your current chapter because the songs are that good. This album will stand the test of time.

In another place and time this would be receiving Grammy and BRIT nominations. She would be embarking on a world tour to promote it. though this is however unlikely to happen I think it is safe to say that anyone that spends anytime with the album will find at least one track that touches them, makes them want to turn it up, sing-along and most importantly enjoy .

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Probably my favourite RnB tune of the year. I remember at the top of the year listening to an Eric Lau interview and he mentioned how he had been working on the mixed for the forthcoming album and it got me very excited. Emmavie has always been incredible but hearing someone like Lau co-sign made me think she is gonna be moving things to another level and I wasn’t wrong. Her album has a whole other level of quality then anything she has previously dropped. Her production style a mesh of Timbo Neptunes and Neo Soul from the golden late 90s early 00s era is music to my ears and she pulls it off perfectly. The production in this tune again just incredible. I think this album will solidify her status in the industry as someone you should be working with not only as a songwriter and producer but also as an artist.

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When I have needed to get my head down and to work this has been my go to track. I find myself bopping my head to the beat and as the track builds I start typing and getting productive. Ezra Collective have been one of my favourite musical discoveries of the year ( late to the party I know). Their combination of soul jazz and hip hop is I think the closest any UK act has come to emulating the early work of Roots making HipHop music LIVE. Obviously there is so much more to there music (plenty of West Indian, African and British references in their music) than this and plenty of other gems to discover on their incredible album “You Can’t Steal My Joy” but this first track sets the tone for the album and gives this undeniable bop your head vibe that I just love and of course they bring the HORNS good and proper!!! Quality.

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Consistent quality content are all Blue Lab Beats keep giving me. I fell in love with this tune when it first dropped. The groove is insane with a range of instruments coming together to create a wall of sound to get your whole body moving. The video made me fall in love with the tune even more making me want to dance like everyone in the video. The tune is taken from a solid sophomore album “Voyage” from the pair and I see no reason why going the way they are going they will not go on to do more in 2020. 

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Kinda tune that makes you want to fall in love for the first time all over again. A really real raw ride or die love song set to modern RnB production. It’s simple to the point and gets your head bopping. Whilst her soft sensual vocals allow you to hear and feel every vocal that she delivers to the fullest. You get to the end of the song wanting to be that one or have someone singing that song about you. Definitely holds off to long to bring the horns in but otherwise no criticisms. Quality tune. The rest of the album follows similar suit and is easily one of the albums of the year. Etta Bond is one of the strongest artists in the game and leaders of RnB in the UK game.

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I feel like this track sums the year this lady has had. little simz absolutely killing it on every level cementing her boss status in the game. Not playing the grime card she has not been included in many MC conversations but anyone that knows KNOWS this right here is one of the best MCs in the world! Incredible wordplay and flow hard beats and an absolute BOSS, hands down one of the albums of the year.

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Far from an emerging artist but I couldn’t ignore the impact this latest body of work has had on the country this year. His visuals have been incredible, giving an accurate display of the culture. Given he is an MC in my age bracket I can relate to his lyrics with greater ease then other younger mcs out there and the beats as well feels like grime for grown folks (shoutout Jodi and Blue Brit School alumni). Its just great to see someone who has been going for as long as his has playing his position as an elder in the game and delivering on every level setting the standards. Gwarn! 

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Rukhsana Merrise. What this woman does with her sound is just magic. Refusing to go into any box she makes music, songs and art that she loves, that also bring the best out of her amazing vocal. This song is an embodiment of that. you hear country, you hear folk, you hear pop, you hear RnB, you hear soul, all these influences brought together and it works. Reasons why??? 1. Production is on point, 2. As I mentioned earlier the voice sounds wonderful on the track and keeps you hooked and 3. Its a bloody good song. A truly amazing artist that should not be slept on at all.

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P Money “money over everyone 3″ Was really surprised how much I took to this album. Not my genre of choice at all but i have grown up in the garage era there are elements that I can’t deny. When the snare doubles up and the tune picks up I wile out on the regs in the car. His flow is ridiculous too. And I mean you can’t really deny a tune with that title. Sick tune sick album.

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I’ve been a fam of Romderful for years since the Soundcloud days (thanks Emmavie for putting me on). His use of live instrumentation in his production style has always stood out to me as well as the head nod to all things great about the 00s Neptune productions that used to rock the party. This track from his album takes me back to those days. In Jay Prince you have a quality MC and lyricist who can ride the beat given to him and enhance the tune taking it to another level. Romderful is one of the country’s best talents and I hope this album has more people reaching out to work with him and make some music he has got so much to bring to the table get into it absolute vibe!

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