Hailey Livingston – Clap Black – LP Review

Hailey Livingston is an RnB creator from Los Angeles (USA) who released the LP Clap Back on the 11th.

Hailey Livingston
Hailey Livingston

An eleven track album which contemplates the complexities of interpersonal relationships with friends, lovers and family.

This is an atypical recommendation to the music typically featured and although instinctively not something I would typically recommend, particularly with numerous tracks adding vocoder effects, which, as longer stay readers always finds me antagonistic, I do strongly suggest adding to the playlist of ‘essential bookmarks of life in the ’10s’.

The sheer depth of emotional connectivity makes Clap Back an album of its time with a narrative of contemporary confusions of life in a world contrasted by pixelated and physical relationships.

The three, to me, stand out tracks of the eleven on the album are the opener Meet Cute, which sets the tone for the release as a whole with its heady fires of early day relationship expectation and latter day confusion.

The sixth song – I don’t Hate Men?, a piano led composition, is a more melancholic and jaded perspective of disappointment and abusive power imbalance.

My pick of the release being the penultimate song, Elegy, which though of sad countenance recalls fondest memories of strong familial ties.

Clap Back – Hailey Livingston is available on iTunes.*

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Francine Belle – Beautiful Heights – Single Review

The England based RnB creator Francine Bell released the single Beautiful Heights on the 15th.

Francine Belle

Francine Belle

A song inspired whilst asleep, there is also something of a dreamscape to the luscious ballad as it spreads through the room in waves of pulsing electronic percussion and through the quiet hazy layers of the composition launches the expressive and expansive vocal that glistens in the light like a sparkling diamond.

The well controlled and defined voice, whilst undoubtedly that of an experienced and skilful singer is also able to capture the emotion of Beautiful Heights and although the spotlight of the track, retains a sense of the tender fragility of the song which affords the piece a connection with the listener rather than merely a performance for the audience – a difficult balance within the remit of the style of the music.

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Tasha – Kind Of Love – Audio

The US RnB musician Tasha releases the début LP Alone At Last on the 26th of October.

Tasha

Tasha

There is a luxurious texturing that pours, like golden honey, out of the speakers, in the first track to surface from the album – Kind Of Love.

A song which encompasses the concept behind the Alone At Last as a whole. The seven track LP, which is available on bandcamp, creates space where the listener can recharge their batteries and allow themselves room to relax in readiness for another day of battles in a world in which social injustices are too often seen as strengths of purpose as they drive wedges between the very people who have the most in common.

Whilst tender in delivery, the music has an underlying steely spine which affords the songs their succour.

Kind Of Love is the middle of the seven track album.

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Dwight James & The Royals – Need Your Loving – Audio

The US RnB outfit Dwight James & The Royals will be live launching their forthcoming LP on the 19th at The Jefferson Street Pub in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Dwight James & The Royals

Dwight James & The Royals

The first song to surface from the album Need Your Loving was released as a stand alone single (available on bandcamp) on the 12th.

On the basis of the smoochy soul blues of Need Your Loving indicates that the 19th will be a steamy night.

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Salvatore Manalo – Rolling – Audio

The US RnB creator Salvatore Manalo released the EP Salvatore on the 11th.

Salvatore Manalo

Salvatore Manalo

For reasons I am unable to fathom, I do seem to be in a slip-slide mood these past few hours with yet another smooth-groove feature rather than the normal bristling styles of music that predominately features, though I guess we all need down time on occasion and the delight of music is the moment in to which it fits emotionally.

From the five track EP (available directly from Salvatore Manalo) the second song Rolling.

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