EMERGING ARTISTS

New Music: Kiki Rowe Releases Self-Titled Debut “Mini-Album”

Kiki Rowe Album

Earlier this month we helped introduce you to emerging artist Kiki Rowe, premiering the music video for her impressive single “Be Alright.”

Now, the Toronto based singer/songwriter makes her official introduction with the release of her self-titled debut mini-album. Featuring production from the likes of DJ Mustard and Ivan Barias (of Carvin & Ivan) the 8 song project caters to fans of smooth, yet powerful ambient R&B, with a twist of alternative and pop.

“The past year of my life has been completely dedicated to making this album. It’s the first complete body of work I’ve ever released, so it’s exciting and nerve-racking all in one,” said Kiki. “I self-titled the album because that was my way of introducing myself to the world.”

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.

Check out her debut project below:

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New Music: Victoria Monét – Nightmares & Lullabies (Act 1) [EP]

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Atlantic Records recording artist Victoria Monét makes her official debut with the release of her first EP ‘Nightmares & Lullabies (Act 1).’

Although she may be a new name to you, Victoria has been getting her strips in the industry writing for artists such as T.I., Nas, Diddy, Ariana Grande and Chris Brown. Now ready to deliver her own artistry, the L.A. based singer/songwriter showcases strong R&B/Pop melodies with stellar, ear pleasing vocals.

Led by the single “Made In China” featuring her label mate Ty Dolla $ign, the 5 track project also includes a feature from B.o.B.

Take a listen below, and if you like what you hear you can pick it up on iTunes now.

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New Music: Kehlani – Till The Morning

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One of our favorite young artists on the rise, Kehlani, has returned with a brand new joint to kick off the week. The Bay Area singer/songwriter puts her feelings on front street as she calls out her part time lover for only keeping their love on a night time schedule.

“How come every night I’m your everything, but I don’t deserve you by the morning, and to think I gave you all of me,” she sings over the Jahaan Sweet production.

This past summer Kehlani released her debut EP ‘Cloud 19,’ which spawned the standout singles “FWU” and “Get Away.”

Check out her brand new track below:

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New Music: Candice – Lesbian + Sampler

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Last year we were impressed by a new emerging singer/songwriter named Candice, aka Candi Kush, who Ne-Yo had signed to his Compound Entertainment imprint.  While we haven’t heard much since the release of her debut mixtape ‘Live From the Smokers Room,’ the R&B songstress has now returned with a brand new single, and 4 track sampler.

The single will certainly cause some to precede with caution just off the title, “Lesbian,” however it’s the perfect example that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Candice finds her man getting so obsessed with the number of previous lovers she’s had that she think he’s acting more like a “girl” than her. She bluntly shares the feelings that many go through when this topic comes up over the smooth track.

“I don’t want to lie to you, but you be asking me, things that if I answer with honestly, I’m gonna look over at you and suddenly there’ll be a vagina where your balls should be,” she sings. Continuing: “It’s like you get a kick out of asking me sh*t that’s gonna give you an excuse to act like a bitch, and I ain’t tryin to call you one, but if we keep this up than we gonna call it one.”

In addition to the new single, Candice gives us a taste of 4 stellar new songs, which will most likely be released on her upcoming project.

Take a listen below:

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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

Ben Stevenson - Summer Dealer

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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