If ‘Blues Hip Hop‘ is on the rise, then C.S. Armstrong is a name you’re sure to remember – diving deep into the heart-wrenching soul of bare-all blues, gripping gospel and ready to tell you the Truth Be Told.
For anyone and everyone who says “they don’t make music like this anymore,” you need to hear ‘Rain In The Ghetto‘. Armstrong renders and recreates the raw yet celestial sounds of rhythm and blues with deep-edgy vocals, before taking listeners on a tough trip down memory lane in ‘Real (Where I Come From)‘.
Simply unparalleled, merging emotion-fuelled melodies with gritty gasps of relief, the Houston-based artist reveals all; everywhere from an abusive upbringing and overcoming leukaemia to surviving years on-end in the army, to finally finding his feet and thus, the ultimate “reason to be here.”
And for this 32-year-old artist on the rise, that ‘Reason‘ couldn’t be any clearer to listeners – it is, and always will be, music.
Three years after the successful release of their breakout LP Yesterday’s Tomorrow, Phony Ppl make an illustrious return with their sophomore album mō’zā-ik – a musical, genre-defying gem, baring nothing but the truth about lust, love and all the pending intervals along the way.
To merely categorise mō’zā-ik. as an R&B/Soul album wouldn’t pay this rare musical breed any justice.
Simply put, the Brooklyn-based five-man group are fearless – moving your mind to the sweet-sounding amalgamation of funk, soul, gamesome lyrics, R&B, and delectable shades of jazz, bossa nova and of course, the quintessential sax to gift your senses.
The unmatched vocal flair of lead singer Elbee Thrie, together with the band’s impeccable instrumentals, are what make Phony Ppl one of the industry’s most unique groups.
Phony Ppl explore what it means to fall in love with someone but never really know if they’re “yours” in the plush track “Think You’re Mine“, before proving one of the year’s best tunes in the funk-fuelled testament “Before You Get A Boyfriend“.
To end the album, Phony Ppl surprise listeners with an empyrean and passionate ode to the countless black lives taken by police brutality in the beatific melody “on everythinG iii love“.
A divulgence of personal musings, Love & Affliction embodies a superlative blend of R&B, neo soul, synth-pop and indietronica as KWAYE proves the ultimate chameleon.
His incredibly diverse musical style is both aberrant and invigorating, while his seraphic vocals in “Paralyze” resonate the likes of D’Angelo, before flickering flames with rock refrain “Made For It“.
Not only is he a must-watch artist, but everywhere from an emboldened aesthetic and unparalleled compositions, to an unprecedented range effortlessly brought to light by his inimitable voice, KWAYE manifests a genre all of his own.