[R&B] AMiR – Save Me

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Save Me
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“Save Me” is the first of what we hope are many songs from artist AMiR. As I write this the UK musician has less than 25 followers on Soundcloud, but that is sure to rise given time. “Save Me” will sink in and more projects will come. Then there’s no telling where AMiR will be.

R&B with pop or hip-hop has been a staple on the airwaves for a long time now. “Save Me” fits right into that category, but has a sort of unblemished quality to it. Sometimes R&B can feel a bit forced to sound like something, but the vibes that AMiR puts out are all genuine. As a trend, we’ve noticed song lengths starting to wane, so it’s nice to hear something that’s closer to the four minute mark that doesn’t get dull at any moment. AMiR may just be the hot new ticket in town, so don’t miss out.

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[EP Review] Sonder releases emotional and minimalist project, “Into”

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The triumvirate of Atu, Dpat, and Brent Faiyaz have spent the better part of the 2010’s coming into form and finding their signature styles. As some of the more prominent, talented producers in the experimental hip hop / R&B realm, Dpat and Atu both gained a fair amount of recognition among the initiated in 2013. Vocalist Faiyaz made his splash in early 2015, steadily gaining popularity since. Upon signing their allegiances with the Soulection family, both producers released dazzling, emotional projects – both still land favorably on the ever changing bulls-eye of quality music.

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[R&B/Soul] LIOHN – Over U

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Over U

All the tracks we post, we love. Some tracks really stick out though, and one of those we have for you currently. “Over U” by LIOHN is one of those songs that enters your ears and proceeds to take over your entire being. Even if you’re not someone who is going through the hardships the song presents, it still strikes just the right chords.

“OVER U” has been on repeat since we first clicked play. Soft, seductive and sweet, this single does everything right. The vocal performance is as good as it gets and the instrumental alone is enough to be a hit. Together, they work in tandem to bring us one of our favorite songs of 2017. From the start, you’re entranced, and at the end, you just want it all over again. Stream the song today and grab your copy of it through the digital service of your choice.

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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 70: New Year, New Vibes

artworks-000195689243-uj5hic-originalMusic Ninja Radio is a weekly podcast recorded and broadcast live on San Francisco’s BFF.fm  from 4-6PM PST every Friday. 

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Episode 70: New Year, New Vibes

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This week we were ambushed by quality music across genres and, in this episode we share just a few of our favorite discoveries mixed in with some slightly older cuts you may have forgotten about. Oh, and also, brand new music from Jamiroquai! Continue reading

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[R&B/Hip-Hop] Jaalid – Rogue (feat. Guepy Georges)

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Rogue (feat. Guepy Georges)

Litt Music jumped behind a solid record from the Boston artist Jaalid. Together with Guepy Georges, “Rogue” was created. This R&B meets hip-hop jam is just what many listeners are looking for. With Drake changing the game, a ton of people are trying to flex this type of music, but not all can do it as well as Jaalid.

“Rogue” is one of those songs you put on repeat without thinking twice about it. By the second time through you already know the lyrics and are happy to sing along, even if your voice is less than satisfactory. Jaalid and Guepy Georges whisk you away on a smooth ride that never gets old. From the captivating instrumental to every syllable, “Rogue” has what it takes to make a big impact in hip-hop. Give it a chance, you won’t regret it. Head on over to iTunes for a copy as well!

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[Album Review] Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Jardín

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Musical identity is a nebulous concept that has a significant impact on how listeners interpret, relate to, and appreciate music. It is an amalgamation of many characteristics–only one of which is the sound itself. It determines how we categorize and, often, immortalize musicians (i.e. Biggie and Tupac forever enshrined as icons of a classic era in hip-hop). The release of a debut album is an artist’s single best opportunity to assert their artistic persona–a musical first impression is as important as any. Take Kanye West’s The College Dropout, or Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon Pt 1; two hugely popular albums that put soon-to-be breakout stars’ skills and talents on full display. In a similar vein, Gabriel Garzón-Montano’s debut LP, Jardín, is a bold declaration of Garzón-Montano’s ingenuity– one that gives him the potential to be a mainstay of today’s crowded music landscape.

Brooklyn native Garzón-Montano is the son of Colombian and French immigrant parents, and his heritage certainly contributes to his musical identity. He cites his father’s Colombian roots as a source of inspiration. That appreciation of salsa and cumbia manifests itself in the funky and rhythmic nature of several tracks on the album. Garzón-Montano attributes his original love for music to his mother–a classically trained musician who passed those skills down. The two contrasting influences mix beautifully on “Bombo Fabrika,” a track that features cello accompaniment alongside a syncopated groove that subtly commands you to dance.  Continue reading

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[Electronic] Zuma – All Nite feat. Lenis Kim

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Simple and sensual are the first words that come to mind when we listen to San Diego based artists, Zuma and Lenis Kim’s new collaboration “All Nite.” The track, released via the Artist Union, melds crystal clear vocals and production suited for what many say is meant for the summer months, but we’ll have to disagree with that one.

The melodic melody could be enjoyed anywhere from the beach, a winter wonderland walk in the snow, to relaxing at home. Far from boring “All Nite” may not have a lot of frills but has an ability to create a sense of calm within the listener. This is Zuma and Lenis’s first collaboration, but hopefully not their last.

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