Chicago-bred singer, producer and all around incredible artist KeiyaA released one of my favourite albums so far this year with Forever, Ya Girl. Her debut album is soulful, eclectic in its production (it’s almost entirely self-produced) and just mesmeric throughout its 16 tracks. She continues to be a powerful voice too, and it’s always inspiring seeing her growth as a musician.
Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist maassai says she likes “shit gritty and fucked up.” Her idiosyncratic and incredibly poignant music is a reflection of her spirit, as she raps with intent and purpose throughout her projects. C0N$TRUCT!0N... and C0N$TRUCT!0N 002: The Caution Tape are good starting points with her music, but obviously check out her whole discography and support!
Dallas, Texas artist Liv.e has been one of my favourite musicians for a while now. Her soulful and unique voice, coupled with eclectic, funky and soulful production makes her one of the more idiosyncratic and intriguing artists in recent years. Her upcoming studio album Couldn’t Wait To Tell You will definitely be one to remember when it is released, so I’m very much looking forward to it.
Tawiah is already an established UK soul legend. She’s been around for a while now, but it wasn’t until 2019 when she finally released her debut studio album Starts Again. The power, pain, soul and emotion in her voice are all beautifully translated in her music, with lush and textured instrumentation that ranges from stunningly soulful, funky, dynamic and mellow. She’s a true trailblazer for neo-soul in the UK.
New York-based Afro Latina producer, composer and all-round inspiring artist JWords has released some of the most innovative music over the last few years. Her loud and punchy production is poignant throughout EP’s like SÍN SÉNAL and Year 2300, and she continues to push boundaries with each release. A young and talented woman destined for more greatness!
Miami, Florida producer Suzi Analogue is already a legend within the electronic music scene. Having been around for a while, she has had a diverse, eclectic and fascinating career so far, creating hard-hitting, almost menacing music. ZONEZ V.4 is an example of her dynamic and exciting production, with bass-heavy and beat-heavy compositions that make me want to jump around and break shit. Her most recent EP SU CASA came out earlier this year so I recommend you check that out!
Over the 5-6 years or so, London-based singer and producer Emmavie has established herself as a household name for the music scene here. Her incredibly punchy, lush, textured and soulful production is met by gorgeous vocals, and her 2019 album Honeymoon (one of my favourite albums of that year), is example of this. A vibrant, instrumentally rich project with so much soul and funk it’s ridiculous. An artist to celebrate!
Georgia Anne Muldrow
I just had to include one of the pioneers of neo-soul. Georgia Anne Muldrow is a legend and has been for years now. Her catalogue is expansive that ranges from her work with her SomeOthaShip (co-founded with her partner Declaime) to her solo material. Last years’ VWETO and Black Love & War are great places to start, but I’d also recommend her excellent projects A Thoughtiverse Unmarred and Overload. So dig into her discography and get acquainted because boyyyy, she is incredible!
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