Jo Rhomeo’s latest single ‘Dance With Me’ is an energetic electro-Disco anthem. Combining the best elements of Dance, Disco, and Electronic Jo Rhomeo crafts a tune that is guaranteed to move feet, bodies and everything else possible on the dance floor. With deep ambient synth chords echoing behind a 70s-esque guitar riff, slapping percussion, and electronic bass Jo Rhomeo commands the listener to center stage. ‘Dance With Me’ has the intensity to control any party or dance floor, a vicious vitality that is felt throughout from start to finish.
Raw Soul’s latest EP is an introspective offering. ‘In Another Life…’ details the inner workings of an artist’s psyche -the paranoia, anxiety, and doubt- all brilliantly within 6 tracks. ‘Lord Of The Flies’ kicks off the project with hard hitting snares, a dense bassline and theatrical horns. The grit displayed on the opener is sedated for a somber reflective performance on the Soulful and Jazzy ‘Fountain Of Youth’. The melancholy mood strikes an emotional chord as Raw Soul spills his emotions with an honesty and vulnerability that is missing in most modern music. ‘Floating’ featuring Dana Hernandez continues the lush soundscape as Raw Soul continues the artistic insight while Dana Hernandez serenades on the Soulful chorus. ‘Land Of The Snakes’ covers the stress of friendships and relationships gone sour with an additional verse by Won00. Raw Soul vents on ‘Missing This’ with lyrics like ‘All the people tend to merely call it rhyming but I call it therapy’ acting as an encompassing theme for the EP. Pondering on life playing out another way, the authenticity and emotion felt throughout ironically is a sign for a life on the right path and each track on ‘In Another Life…’ is just an epiphany of the evident. ‘Penny For Your Thoughts’ concludes the project with a hint of optimism, the ultimate coincidence is the realization that these discomforting self deprecating thoughts are the outcome of most true artists naturally coping with the confusion of having a true calling in world that is too coy in conceding. ‘In Another Life…’ is a beautiful project that is proof from Raw Soul that this life is THE life.
Winston Salem, North Carolina’s own Kal releases his latest soulful single “Rollin’ (Winston Slide)” just days before his 22nd birthday. Over a plush instrumental with a filtered vocal sample that is on the verge of muted, heavy bass, nonstop hi hats, Gospel chords and Trap drums Kal flawlessly flows. Delivering a memorable chorus with ease and switching in and out between sung lyrics and rapped one liners with a swagger that is both nonchalant and powerfully precise. “Rollin’ (Winston Slide)” is both rider music and party anthem, with the dance directional hook Kal combines the cool composure of Trap with the power of a party.
GSoulja displays inner divinity with his latest single ‘God’. Over a somber instrumental that has an intricate piano melody, shaking 808 bass, fast paced hi hats, and traditional Trap drums GSoulja gets introspective. Covering the ills of inner city life from materialism, murder, struggle, oppression, and depression in 3 minutes. GSoulja maps out the peaks and valleys of slum life while maintaining an optimism that manifests as a faith in God which spiritually doubles as a faith and assurance in self. The chorus displays a discovery of personal destiny, the line ‘I’mma say you chose this road so you gotta play them cards’ acts as more than a raw lyric but instead a revelation.
Hunnitball guns down all competition with his rapid fire flow on ‘Truth (Interlude)’. Over top a soulful instrumental that combines a chopped sample of Lenny Williams ‘Cause I Love You’ with modern day Trap, booming 808 bass, fast paced percussion, and filtered transitions Hunnitball displays an ear for greatness from every era. With lyrics boasting opulence, struggle and triumph Hunnitball flawlessly deconstructs the instrumental to make an instant jam with a perfected flow, candid references, a masterful cadence and an unmatched swagger all in under 2 minutes.