Traverse the pulsating landscapes of Hip-hop and R&B and venture into the exciting territories of “more” with our latest music review, “Gritty Grooves: Navigating the Nuances of Hip-hop, R&B, and Beyond”.
We spotlight audacious releases from independent artists unseen on the charts and a curiously compiled playlist.
Commencing this audial excursion, we meander through the modern culture of Hip-hop, where artists hit the right spots in our hearts with their lyrical prowess. Transitioning, we step into the creamy richness of the R&B scene, where we discover a range of soul-relaxing music styles. Pushing boundaries further, we unveil innovative blends of genres that fill our ears with an intoxicating mix of unconventional melodies.
Longing for a stimulating experience that will shake up your musical routine? Check it out, follow these rule-bending artists on Spotify, and tap your toes into our invigorating playlists. “Gritty Grooves”- because the beat can indeed go on!
1) JOE LINGTON – Je Pleure
In a sea of music saturation, JOE LINGTON emerges as a beacon of talent and proficiency with his latest album, “Black Desire.” Hailing from scenic Cork, Ireland, JOE LINGTON delivers an astounding performance that covers a spectrum of genres, including Contemporary R&B, ALT Rock Pop, and even Soul.
Diving into the depths of “Black Desire,” listeners will be captivated by the poignant themes that tackle racism and the complexities of love in relationships. The album boasts a versatile collection of tracks, such as the emotionally charged “Je Pleure” and the sultry “Mamacita.” One cannot help but be reminded of the raw, expressive power of influential artists like Prince and Sam Smith. “This album transports your emotions to another level,” praises one listener, proof of the exceptional prowess of JOE LINGTON.
For fans of Vocal Dance/EDM and Alternative Indie R&B, it is truly a delight to discover JOE LINGTON’s Irish-based culture infused with a contemporary twist. To experience the groove, funk, and dance in “Black Desire,” make sure to visit JOE LINGTON’s website, follow him on Spotify, and like and listen to the album on your favourite playlist.
2) NIGE B – U R What U R
Achieving a defiantly eclectic fusion, NIGE B, hailing from Saskatoon, delivers his six-track masterpiece, “U R What U R” Vol 1. His combination of hip-hop’s raw energy, jazz’s improvisational spirit, indie’s unadulterated authenticity, and post-rock’s sweeping grandeur summons the bravura of Kanye West and the lyrical profundity of Kendrick Lamar.
NIGE B boldly strings together artistic influences from across Turtle Island – from Seattle to New York, and even reaching out to Southern Africa and Nigeria. This amalgam of influences breeds a captivating blend of West African-based culture. As one reviewer puts it, his work is “a rich nosegay of aural multiculturalism”, his male vocals serenading listeners into a soothing reverie.
Dabbling in alternative pop with a tangible indie and R&B bias, NIGE B’s singer-songwriter credentials gleam with promise. His soaring, relaxing artistry draws listeners into a blissful melodic journey. Don’t miss out on this auditory delight. Click to visit his BandCamp, follow him on Spotify, like our playlist, and bathe your senses in his exquisitely crafted sounds.
3) JAMCIE – Sun Comes Up
Emerging from the heart of Exeter, UK, is an independent artist, weaved in the threads of the UK-based culture, who speaks volumes about atypical tunes – JAMCIE. His riveting single “Sun Comes Up” slowly creeps into the stirring world of Electronical Pop, setting itself apart with an infectious rhythm. This piece fits strikingly well in your workout routine, mirroring the euphoria of music powerhouses like Calvin Harris.
One can’t help but mention the spoken-word contribution and the super catchy male vocals, inciting an expressive garage dance vibe. “His music exudes a unique energy”, said a renowned critic, quite correctly. This tasteful concoction of an EDM base and hints of UK Rap is indeed a banger, bursting at the seams with captivating beats and authentic HIP-HOP elements. All this, packaged in easy listening tunes.
Taking a turn for the better, JAMCIE inextricably intertwines love song vibes with dance/EDM components, creating a blend of seductive beats and heartfelt lyrics that would make even Sia nod in appreciation. The “Sun Comes Up” track gives the audience a taste of his amazing range. Check it out, follow him on Spotify, and like and listen to our playlist. You’ll find yourself tapping your foot and swaying to the groove.
4) DANNY ONIONZ – ON THE DAILY (feat. WESTSIDE BOOGIE)
Chicago-based artist Danny Onionz showcases his exceptional talent in his latest single, “On The Daily (feat. Westside Boogie).” A mesmerizing fusion of boom-bap beats with classic US rap, the track stands out among his contemporaries. Crafted as a profound homage to Mac Miller and drawing inspiration from his song “Small Worlds,” this track perpetuates Miller’s introspective style. So, Danny Onionz’s unique style can’t be ignored.
“The lyrics cut deep, and the beats make you feel alive.” This powerful quote from our producer describes the music’s impact, proving that Danny Onionz is a force to be reckoned with in the US-based culture. With male vocals that add a super edgy touch, “On The Daily” tackles the struggles of anxiety and depression while reminding listeners that they are not alone in their battles.
5) JUVA – Sun’s Out
In the panorama of alternative indie R&B, an intriguing figure emerges from the effervescent Manchester music milieu. JUVA, a talented UK-based artist, brings forth his new unique single, “Sun’s Out”, a track that masterly blends different genres, binding together R&B and hip-hop influences with a pioneering emo rap touch. An audacious use of autotune further distinguishes his outstanding male vocals. This single is reminiscent of artists stretching from Frank Ocean to XXXTentacion, an impressive feat accomplished by an independent musician.
In “Sun’s Out”, JUVA artistically depicts British-based culture, with lyrical and musical illustrations that echo the joys of spending sun-soaked summer days outdoors. The track exudes a compelling vibe that mirrors the youthful energy of partying in the sunshine. It’s a charming sonic painting, as he stated, “Sun’s Out is all about those great summer days out partying outdoors whilst the sun shines on,” a line that not only describes his music but also hints at his upcoming and exciting summer collection.
Yet his magnetic music is not just to be passively consumed. He invites listeners to engage and become part of his journey. Therefore, for the ones fascinated by this infusion of alternative indie R&B with emo rap, or simply getting a taste of UK-based culture through a captivating melody, it’s high time to follow JUVA on Spotify. Explore his unique universe, like and listen to our playlist, and most importantly, let the “Sun’s Out” become your perennial summer anthem. Ignite your days with JUVA’s vibrant sound.