Listen: Rising Artist LoVel Premieres New EP ‘Backseat Memories’


Harlem-based R&B artist LoVel gained serious attention earlier this year with the Fetty Wap-assisted burner, “The Move.”  While the single inches closer to one million streams, LoVel brings his fans and new listens a wavy and thrilling new free-release with his Backseat Memories EP.

Aside for two features (from Justin Rose and Maxxx Flair), the majority of the eight-track project is a pure demonstration of LoVel’s talents. And they’re on full display as soon as Backseat Memories gets started with “Show Off,” a vocals-first joint that sways and subtly bounces over light keys and drums. Another instant standout is “Personal,” a psychedelic swim through the innermost thoughts of a man trying to get out of a relationship because he knows the girl deserves better. It also transitions smoothly into what feels like a post-breakup night of debauchery in “All That,” which includes a more direct vocal turn from LoVel—yes, the man can rap, too.

Despite an evident mixture of emotions, Backseat Memories’ sonic focus remains strong and superbly cohesive. Sure enough, you can thank LoVel for that, as he and Lee Al-Taquan (who together form The Hittas) produced the entire EP. Each track on here is connected to one another, allowing the listener to jump around without the feeling that they’re listening to a completely different artist. It’s a rare notion at a time when so many others are trying to appeal to everyone. Instead, LoVel’s carved out a lane for himself, and it’s a musical trip well worth taking; just make sure you have a designated driver.

Stream Backseat Memories now below:

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Listen: Newcomer Kiana Brown Releases ‘Duets’ Mixtape

Kiana Duets

Meet emerging artist Kiana Brown, now remember her name.

This 18-year-old singer/songwriter has been performing since she was 3 and was first signed by Kidzbop at age 14.  Shortly after, she was signed by RCA Records, but the deal was short lived due to her growth as a young lady and artist with her own views of her career.

Continuing to pursue her passion Kiana linked up with Grammy-nominated producer/songwriters Jeremy ‘Jremy’ Skaller and Jared Cotter. Together they helped craft her debut mixtape entitled ‘Duets,’ which aptly features Kiana adding her own touch to 7 of her favorite tracks from this year, including songs by Drake, Miguel, Trey Songz and more.

Kiana flexes her soft and sweet vocals throughout her verses and creative harmonies, at times enhancing the tracks with the addition of a female perspective.

She is currently in the studio with the Phat Boyz (John Legend, Miguel), and The Orange Factory (Tinashe, Jay Sean, Janet Jackson).

Check out her mixtape below:

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Listen: MICK & Leon Bridges – Coming Home to Texas (Mixtape)

Coming Home to Texas

One of our favorite DJs, Mick Boogie, and one of our favorite new artists Leon Bridges, have united to bring us one of the best projects of the year.

Earlier this summer, Bridges released his Columbia Records debut album Coming Home, and now the critically acclaimed LP has gotten the remix treatment thanks to MICK and a crew of emerging beatsmiths.

Selecting 7 standout cuts from the album, producers Chi Duly, Hasan Insane, Chris Rockaway, Donnie Houston, Jett I. Masstyr, and TedyP re-envision the cuts with hip hop styled soul samples from Texas based artists. In addition, two cuts feature guest verses from rappers Bun B and Slim Thug.

“Leon Bridges is an underground king who made a classic album with a timeless sound,” explains MICK. “I wondered what would happen if I remix that with timeless classics from the state of Texas? This is the result.”

If you haven’t experienced it yet, Coming Home is an outstanding, soulful body of work, it is available on all digital outlets now.  It’s remixed counterpart can be streamed below and is available for free download here.


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New Mixtape: Teyana Taylor – ‘The Cassette Tape 1994’


The grind don’t stop for the gifted Teyana Taylor. Following her long-awaited debut album VII last year, TT has returned with a 90s inspired mixtape entitled “The Cassette Tape 1994.”

The G.O.O.D. Music singer takes it back to her favorite era of R&B with the 5-track project, which includes a nostalgic blend of samples from the likes of Bell Biv DeVoe, and Tony! Toni! Toné!, with production by her mentor Kanye West (“Your Wish”), Da Internz (“Touch Me”), and J.R. Rotem (“Undercover”). Her boyfriend, Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers, even makes an appearance on “Who’s Gonna Make It Home.”

Teyana is currently on the road playing shows with Chris Brown on his “One Hell of a Nite” tour, which wraps up on Sept. 19.

Press Play below!

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Listen: Trevor Jackson Goes Deep On ‘In My Feelings’ Mixtape

Trevor Jackson In My Feelings

Rising R&B heartthrob Trevor Jackson is finally here giving us a new project. Titled ‘In My Feelings‘ the singer/actor shows off his growth as an artist and performer on the 14-song set, which includes collaborations with rappers Kevin Gates, Mystikal, IAMSU & more.

Starting with some wise words from his grandmother, Trevor pens “songs that feed the soul” but doesn’t shy away from gliding on the dance floor.

“For me, I wanted to go away for a little bit. It’s still me. I’ve just been through a lot. That also caused my music to change, my vision to change. But yeah, I’m super excited,” he explained to VIBE. “I think a lot of people at first were like, ‘Wow, crazy,’ because they were expecting the typical young, R&B artist thing. But I’d rather be different. I want to say something. With this new music, I’ve just been able to tap more into myself. My vision-they can relate to that.”

In addition to his new music, fans can catch Trevor on the next season of ABC’s “American Crime” co-starring Andre “Andre 3000” Benjamin, Regina King & more.

Take a listen to his new project below:

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Mixtape: DJ Chris Styles & ThisisRnB – ‘Fresh Radio’ (August ’15) (Hosted by Wash)


Summer moves fast, and while we missed last month, we would never let the year’s hottest month pass by without a new mix for your speakers! For the new edition of our “Fresh Radio” mixtape series with DJ Chris Styles of Sirius XM’s ‘The Heat,’ rising Interscope Records singer Wash joins us as the guest host.

As always the 60+ minute live mix features some of the hottest R&B singles climbing the charts and rockin the clubs right now, including tracks from The Weeknd, Chris Brown, Sevyn Streeter, Eric Bellinger and many more. Plus exclusive interlude breaks from Wash, who is working on his forthcoming debut album.

Stream and download the new mix below!

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New Music: OVO Newcomer Roy Wood$ Releases Debut EP ‘Exis’

Roy Woods feat. Drake - Drama

OVO Sound’s newest signee, Roy Wood$, makes his official introduction with the release of his debut EP ‘Exis.’

Building a quick buzz as of late, thanks to his Drake affiliation and feature on his single “Drama,” which was premiered on the OVO Sound Beats 1 Radio a few weeks back, the Toronto native wastes no time giving listeners a deeper feeling of his sound.

Following in the footsteps of PARTYNEXTDOOR, Wood$ delivers catchy melodies with a mixture of singing and rapping over moody and vibey tracks.

Take a listen to his debut project below:

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Listen: Tink Releases New Mixtape ‘Winter’s Diary 3′


Rising Chicago rapper/singer Tink has been on fire since signing with Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group, but she keeps things cool this summer by releasing the third installment of her acclaimed mixtape series ‘Winter’s Diary.’

The 10-track mixtape, which follow last year’s Winter’s Diary 2: Forever Yours, features production from Timbaland, DJ Wes, Jelan Abrams, and Cookin’ Soul. Tink shows her versatility, going from singing to rapping, on the introspective collection.

Next up, look out for her debut album Think Tink featuring the Aaliyah-sampled single “Million” and a collaboration with Missy Elliott.

Stream Winter’s Diary 3 below:

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