There’s no denying a love that’s right, but sometimes it’s just not and you need to let go. Cheska Cruz’s new single “Right For Me” is filled with a quiet confidence making a statement that cuts straight to the point: If you ain’t right for me / Then I don’t mind being alone. This one is a vibey slow burner, starting out with an earnest, sparse piano arrangement and building up to a full rhythm section with layer upon layer of gorgeously stacked vocals. It all culminates in a pitched down ending, leaving us with a pointedly dark moment. The Toronto based singer-songwriter shifts from her signature sound to a more traditional style of R&B on this record. This song specifically holds a significant meaning for Cheska as it also signifies the shift she made in her life to branch out and pursue a music career full-time. She’s just getting […]
In AMEN DENIRO’s sultry new single “The City”, he invites listeners into the world he reigns supreme, his city. In seducing a new romantic interest, AMEN perfectly blends his silky vocals with an other-worldly sound that’s heavy on the low end. In a good way! The 21 year old Quebecois artist first started developing his sound in church at an early age and later used music as a means to escape the hardships and struggles surrounding him. Despite the negative influences standing in the way of his musical goals, he continued to hone his craft and establish himself within the Canadian R&B scene. With a smooth sound similar to beloved artists like Khalid and Giveon, this young artist is sure to turn some heads.
“Mulholland Drive”, the second single off the upcoming LP on Mixto Records by King Canyon is an ode to Los Angeles and the perfect song for a Sunday morning cruise down the iconic road. As if having Eric Krasno wasn’t enough to get you in the mood, this track also features the legendary Derek Trucks. The combination of these two guitar masters results in a groove as smooth as a baby’s bottom. King Canyon was founded during the pandemic when the two-time Grammy winner Eric Krasno came across Otis McDonald’s music online and reached out to connect. Using Pedál, a remote collaboration tool, the two musicians along with Otis’s collaborator Mike Chiavaro began working on what would become the King Canyon album. Just to gild the lily, Krasno brought along guest performers like Son Little and Derek Trucks, who lends his guitar magic to “Mulholland Drive”. The resulting album is […]
The new album ‘Love Potion No. 9’ by emerging R&B artist Judaea, is an intimate look at the past few years of her life. The album opens with the ethereal intro track “Going My Way”, a song that speaks to themes of self-empowerment, self-love and determination for a better life. Across eight tracks, she shares her story of struggling with losing love and finding it again in herself and others. For me, creating music is about creating a moment and living in that moment, celebrating the love and light in that moment & then playing it over & over again. Judaea’s sound is a synth driven mix of R&B and Pop, paired with her soft and sultry vocals. Though lyrically a very personal and emotional album, her slick production and top notch songwriting manages to get your head moving along the way. In the leadup to her album release, Judaea’s single “I Wanna Feel” […]
K. Roosevelt’s brilliant new album ‘Solstice’ will have you locked into a dreamlike trance, consumed by the deep vibe he conjures up. With washed out synths, funky basslines and laid back grooves, this record is the perfect soundtrack for those sexy LA summer nights. Standout tracks include “Love Blind”, “Day Glow”, and “Impress Me” featuring R&B singer Arin Ray. ‘Solstice’ is the second independent LP from the Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer following five years of releases on Interscope and Def Jam. Starting his journey at a young age following in the footsteps of his father Keb Mo, Roosevelt started out as a drummer and expanded from there into the musical polymath he is today. This week his song “Day Glow” appears in the new Freeform series ’Everything’s Trash’, no doubt the first of many placements to come on this record! Check out his latest video for the single “Golden Hour,” off the […]
Meet K. Sparks, a hidden gem from South Jamaica, Queens known for his authentic lyrical flow and dope beats. His new single “Live Ya Life” is aptly titled, hitting on a positive note about keeping on the right path despite life’s daily struggles. Producers Phlocalyst & Mr. Käfer give the track a dusty vintage soul vibe, with laid-back beats and jazz-infused electric piano. The slow sensual horns paired with Spark’s smooth cadence come together with the production to create a chill hop masterpiece. With more than 20 full-length studio album releases to his name and radio play on the legendary hip hop station Hot 97, K. Sparks has been a fixture of the NYC hip hop scene since he started putting out mixtapes back in 2005. He’s no stranger to the sync world either, landing placements on the hit Starz series Power and with brands like Monster Energy, Powerade, Calvin Klein, Marie Claire, Vans and Forever 21.
Los Angeles-based artist/producer K. Roosevelt hits us with “The Voodoo” on the lead single from his upcoming full-length album “Day Glow”. Reminiscent of modern jazz-adjacent R&B artists like Thundercat, Kamasi Washington and Anderson .Paak, the track features K’s signature sparse, soulful vocals nestled perfectly between a laid-back beat and mellow slap-bassline. The son of acclaimed blues artists Keb’ Mo, it’s no wonder K. Roosevelt is one Cool M.F. First cutting his teeth as a drummer and then moving on to guitar, piano, vocals and beat production, K has evolved from an instrumentalist into a multifaceted artist, writer and producer. His first break as an artist came in 2012 with a feature on The Game’s “Can’t Get Right”, followed by a string of successful collabs with Jhené Aiko, Hit-Boy, Rapsody and Mahalia. K continued writing, producing and featuring on records up until 2018 when he released his eponymous debut EP on […]
Have you ever felt so consumed by love that it feels like your soul is on holiday? In “Soul Holiday”, the first single off of Chewii’s highly anticipated full-length album Fragments of Me, the Quebecois songstress dives deep into the overwhelming and all-consuming effects of love. The sultry, dreamy, yet melancholic song imagines the idea of the perfect holiday one would never want to end. You grant my dreams And make my life complete A text from you Can turn my day so sweet Time seems to stop And us is all I need Collecting all these treasured memories Following Chewii’s debut EP entitled Black Skin Lullaby which dealt with themes of social justice and racism, her new album pivots to a modern take on love. With a wide range of influences including Aretha Franklin, Alanis Morisette and Erykah Badu, the Montreal-born soul singer, producer and songwriter is creating her own lane in contemporary R&B. Fragments of Me was co-produced by her […]
In a powerful tribute to her grandmother’s resilient spirit, Pop/R&B songstress Alyxx Dione’s new single “WILDFLOWER” is an inspirational self-empowerment anthem. “My grandmother was someone who truly marched to the beat of her own drum. After being disowned by her family for dating outside her race, she began to embrace everyone who didn’t look like her and began to create a community around her that she called family. She never took no for an answer, and was extremely strong-willed to get what she wanted and I believe that is why my grandmother called herself “wildflower”. A wildflower is someone who is resilient, can grow in any situation, and lives life on their terms! I wrote “WILDFLOWER” as a reminder for myself and for all those who has ever felt different, out of place, misunderstood or unappreciated to continue to bloom! It is our birthright.” Alyxx Dione got her start with […]
We’re often asked what kinds of songs are in high demand and low supply for sync, and one of them is “sexy but not sexual”. It’s a tricky balance, but you know it when you hear it. Chi-town native Johari Noelle absolutely nails this vibe with “Get Free”. In the opening minute of the song her soft and sultry voice sits atop a subtle dancehall rhythm, then out of nowhere a smooth drum fill launches us into a Badu-esque neo-soul groove. Johari wrote this song to try to bring ease and joy to herself and others, just like that old adage you can’t love anyone until you first learn to love yourself. “My music is about getting out how I feel and being very present in that moment. It’s important for me to embrace myself in a way that empowers me to feel each emotion and remain in touch with […]