The Cleo Sol that i remember from a few years back was a great vocalist dropping good R&B music. It all went quiet and I feared that she was another artist that had fallen by the wayside. Thankfully she was busy cooking up this wonderful collection of songs.
Grown, classy, slick, quality Soul music. This project with it’s orchestral arrangments, guitar licks, power piano chords and soft warm bass lines is reminiscent of some of the best soul music of the 70′s. The stories she tells however are very much 2018 and her lyrics are key component to the brilliance of this project.
With wonderful songwriting and production the final component is Cleo’s vocal which is just divine over these songs. Its like velvet smooth and soft floating over the music. She’s never trying too hard hitting her notes effortlessly whilst still conveying the pain, frustration and angst found in the songs.
I can’t find fault with this body (which is saying a lot if i’m content with their being no horns). Any of the tracks could have been my favourite track of the year its that good. Salute Cleo Sol, thankyou and I hope we hear more of the same in 2019.
I loved everything about Nao’s first album. The sophomore album has defeated many a great artist over the years… thankfully not this one.
She once again has released an album that feels like it is completely on her own terms not trying to adhere to any kind of industry standard other than quality songwriting and vocals.
On the first album i loved the bright upbeat numbers but on this one its the balads and dark ones that have me hitting repeat on the regs. “Make it Out Alive” and “Orbit” are insane with singalong hooks filled with the emotion of the song. But the title track “Saturn” is the one.
Its so good hearing Kwabs’ deep tones on a record again. Opening the song he sets you up for the epicnessess that is to come. Those first lyrics are just magical. Nao comes in and the two deliver this perfect lovers duet. Like the other songs mentioned the hook has you singing along and (me anyway) belting it out in the car. I love that its piano led and the lazy beat keeps the tune ticking over leaving the focus on the vocals.
Amazing song, amazing artist and my favourite album of the year. Quality.
Barney Artist dropped an album… YES! Since he first talking about the album being finished on the Are We Live podcast to hearing the lead singles i couldn’t wait to get my ears around it. It didn’t disappoint Hip Hop at its finest.
Listening back to his previous projects and then taking in Home is where the art is you can hear his progression as an artist and how he has developed his sound, style and message. There’s a level of quality and class to each track that is typified in my favourite track Merchants.
The piano and trumpet give it a jazzy dark feel with the strings adding another layer of darkness. His flow and lyrical goodness tell his truth connecting with the production of the track creating a wonderful piece of art.
And thats it, this is his art. Its just real. I think that is the reason he has the evergrowing fanbase he is developing. He speaks his truth and tells those tales from his words. He’s a hard guy not to like and you hear that in his music.
Brilliant first album peeps go take it in or play it again.
What a tune. Everytime i listen to it I hear a different tune or sound that i didn’t before, making me love it even more. Be it the elegant strings, guitar links or the sick Stevie Wonder synth lines that come in at the end break down (favourite part of the song those harmonies and adlibs toooo goood) it is all just marvelous.
There is just an overall polished tone tone to this tune that just gives it a major label quality that can be hard to find in an independent artist on the rise. Her voice also has a class that is sublime. Delving into lower tones helps her to standout even more. Her harmonies and BVs add this whole other layer to the track, never too much never too little.
Just a class act that is doing everything right can’t wait to enjoy what she brings in 2019.
Slick… this guy his voice, his sound is just slick, so cool and calm he hits his notes effortlessly. The production and songwriting throughout all of his releases this year have this cool summer breeze flow to it.
You can’t help but bop your head or nod from side to side, 2 step or sway. Its just vibsey music and I absolutely love it! There is an MJ esqness to his voice and sound but it is entirely his own. Not RnB, not soul, not pop just slick and cool. love love his music get into it.
Xover the debut album from Blue Lab Beats was one of the albums I was eagerly anticipating dropping in 2018 and it didn’t disappoint. Merging styles and sounds it was/is a quality piece of work.
Timeless is a track that I think encapsulates what they do. Soulful Jazz and Blues to a MPC devised Hip Hop Beat background. I love the piano and it dominates the track but as mentioned the beat gives a groove to have you bopping your head.
The Vocoder has me thinking of Teddy Riley and Blackstreet at their best and gives it the Jazz feel of the sound they recieve much recognition for championing and champion it they do but their music represents so much more. Get involved!
Ruby Francis is the future. She has this energy about her that is just infectious be it through her live performances, dance routines, beat making or tracks like this one you can’t help but catch her vibe!!!
There has been a steady stream of quality releases from Ruby throughout the year this one being my favourite. Her brand of RnB, 80s, Neptunes inspired funk soul can be found in all of her productions. Sharp stabbing synth sounds that combined with electro claps and hi-hats get you bopping your head. Her youthful vocal hs a fiesty bashfulness to it that draws you into the tune more with each listen.
As I said at the top Ruby Francis is the future, ridiculously gifted and talented that more and more people will discover in 2019.
Hayley Cassidy’s talent is just undeniable. It doesn’t mater how long she leaves it between giving us some music her voice still owns every track.
This is a great reflective track looking back and thinking back about how things were, when life was that much easier. The RnB production is onpoint and I love the way she rides the beat at the at the end as it picks up.
I was hoping this single would lead to more but nothing has dropped as of yet. I do hope that at somepoint in 2019 we do get an album from Hayley. I can’t not think it would be something very very special.
Two longtime Music is Remedy favourites Cherri V and Sincerely Wilson combined to deliver this modern day RnB classic.
Vocally the two are impeccable complimenting each other beautifully. The way they are able to use their voices and tone to show the emotions of the song is so impressive and the production really does allow their voices to just shine.
Taken from the quality EP Brown Eyed Soul Vol 1 full of decent RnB songs that see Cherri do what she does best with her powerhouse vocal. Check it out.