EMERGING ARTISTS

New Music: Jordan Bratton feat. Fabolous – Danger

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Emerging artist Jordan Bratton is set to release his debut EP in late November. Today, we get the first taste of the project in the form of “Danger,” a synth-heavy, self produced track featuring Fabolous.

The song serves as a warning about the fast life and how quickly you can get caught up and spiral out of control if you’re not careful.

“There are a lot of temptations and distractions out here, and sometimes you gotta remind yourself to stay true and focused. I remind myself with this song,” explains Jordan.

Take a listen below:

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Premiere: Newcomer Kiki Rowe Releases “Be Alright” Music Video

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Many of today’s most prominent and exciting young artists have emerged from outside of the U.S., and our northern neighbors have birthed a large amount of these acts. A brand new name to add to the list of Canada’s rising stars is Kiki Rowe, who will be releasing her self-titled debut album on October 28.

Featuring songs produced by the likes of DJ Mustard and Ivan Barias (of Carvin & Ivan) the 8 song mini album is recommended for fans of smooth, yet powerful ambient R&B a la The Weeknd and Frank Ocean. The album has been preceded by the lead single, “Be Alright,” which instantly intoxicates with its lush production as Kiki professes the power of the love she is willing to give to her man.

“Babe, wait, listen to the words I’m sayin, it seems like me and you be fadin, this ain’t a little game I played in,” she softly coos. The cinematic visual plays off the songs commanding allure and emotion as a camera follows Kiki around the balcony of her building at dawn.

Born Keandra Shan Lal and raised in Mississauga, Kiki’s given name draws origins from the term “inspirational writer.” In addition to songwriting, which draws heavy influences from Usher and Tori Kelly, Kiki is also an accomplished pianist, taking first place in Ontario’s Conservatory of Music for Best Piano Composition in 2009.

Kiki Rowe will be available for free download October 28.

Check out the premiere of her new video below!

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New Music: Ben Stevenson – Summer Dealer

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Up and coming Toronto Alt-R&B singer Ben Stevenson makes his first appearance on ThisisRnB with a vibey tune titled “Summer Dealer.”

The smooth and mellow gem, produced by Happy Perez (Frank Ocean, Miguel) is the lead single from his upcoming EP Dirty Laundry. Stevenson’s falsetto glides over Perez’s vaporous piano-laden instrumental as he daydreams over his ex, and their perfect times.

“I can’t call it, I think I’m folding, your dirty laundry, caught in the winding river / Let the water lift you up, fill your cup,” he softly sings.

​Ben’s Dirty Laundry is due out November 4 via Culvert Music.

Take a listen below:

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New Music: Audrey Rose feat. Troy Ave – That Love

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Introducing Audrey Rose. A R&B newcomer from New Jersey who has been slowly impressing listeners with covers of hit singles such as YG’s “Who Do You Love” and Schoolboy Q’s “Studio.” Working with Power 105.1’s DJ Suss One, the emerging singer/songwriter has been recording her debut project, which is due out later this fall.

Ready to make her official introduction, Audrey has now released the first single off the project, “That Love” featuring a rap verse from Troy Ave. With a fitting NYC feel, the breezy single features a sample of the classic Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five single “The Message.”

Audrey shows off her vocals as she calls out her ex for taking her love and devotion for granted. “You know the real, can’t lie I made you better / Where would you be if I never held you down,” she sings.

Take a listen to Audrey’s debut single below…What do you think?

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Listen: Tangina Stone – Cops

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The beauty of living in this wonderful city is you can always stumble on some dope talent by accident, then on purpose. I remember seeing Tangina Stone perform this song in NYC a while back when I didn’t even know it was her, and I can remember thinking, ” Dope song. F’d up storyline, but dope record.” So, it was pretty awesome to find this record while perusing the interwebs, as well as getting hold of her latest project, an EP titled The Fall, which was released early last month.

Yeah. I’m late, but better late than never. What I heard has placed her sound on my radar, and being that this Ohio native lives in Brooklyn now, I’m pretty sure I’ll be seeing her perform around more often.

And, it also seems I’m not the only one who’s partial to this up and coming artist, as we all should congratulate Tagina, one of her records was just featured as theme music to an episode of, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.

Check out the record after the break.

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New Music: JP Cooper – Satellite

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Well this is a nice surprise.

This past summer we introduced you to an artist by the name of JP Cooper with his EP Keep The Quiet Out, but he’s been a little silent himself since then.

It seems as if the quiet spell is over though as the talented Island Records singer has released a new song titled, “Satellite“. Singing out, “Back against the wall for you, I’ve never felt so small,” the UK crooner belts out about the only woman for him.

Take a listen to the song below!

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New Music: Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Fantasy

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Up and coming singer/songwriter Alina Baraz grabs our ears with breezy and sunny, soulful tones on her brand new single “Fantasy,” a collaboration with Danish producer Galimatias. The 20-year-old Ohio native delivers a refreshing Alt-Soul tune, which opens as a sultry slow jam and quickly picks up the rhythm with a tropical swing.

“I could be your private island, on a different planet, anything could happen / Listen to the waves, let them wash away your pain,” she softly sings over the lush vibey production.

“Fantasy” is taken from the duo’s forthcoming EP Urban Flora, due out later this fall. Take a listen below:

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New Music: Rochelle Jordan – KILLAH (Mixtape)

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Ohhh, what a surprise this is…

Toronto songstress Rochelle Jordan, who often lays low between releases, blessed us earlier this week with a remix to her smooth track “Lowkey” featuring JMSN, but now the singer surprises with the release of a brand new mixtape.

The project titled “K I L L A H” is hosted by DJ Kitty Cash, and features 12 tracks of previously unreleased B-sides, and remakes of tunes by Ameriie, Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Drake, and more. She enlists frequent collaborator KLSH and Machinedrum for additional production.

Rochelle’s debut album 1021 is expected to drop next month.

Stream her surprise new project below!

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