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.
At only 19 years old, Jorja Smithhas already attracted major attention to herself in the UK. So much so, in fact, that BBC Music has placed her at number 4 on their “BBC Sound of 2017: The Top Five” list. What’s more impressive is that she was able to make this list with only one official project. That project is a 5-track EP she released this passed November titled Project 11.
Although Project 11 was her first EP, Jorjahas enjoyed some success due to some powerful singles including “Blue Lights”, a track inspired by the life of crime, which she wrote when she was 17. The music video for “Blue Lights” is chilling and expressive, and, according to Smith, the song’s artwork was done by a friend. She also showcases more of her “DIY” skills with her music video for “Where Did I Go” which was recorded on her aunt’s staircase.
Now, as she continues to spread her wings, she plans on using them to fly over to the United States and make a few new additions to her fan base. Two of the shows will be held in NYCwhile the other two will be in California. Her first show is a free VEVO event that will be held at Greenpoint Terminal and will include performances from 070 Shake, Kiah Victoria, and AJ Tracey as well.
Overall, Jorja Smith’s passionate vocals, thought-provoking content, and creative pen game are a lethal concoction that make her long-term success that much more inevitable.
Take a listen to Project 11 below. Also, check out her interview with BBC here.