"Too Soft" is the latest release by Interscope recording artist Melii. The lovely, vivacious Dominicana has worked with some of the industry's biggest names -- including Cardi B. Based in Harlem, USA, Melii is synonymous with a laid-back, smooth lyrical flow and melodious riffs. Her braggadocious style has earned top praise among hip-hop and R&B listeners and critics alike. With unparalleled beauty and a fashion sense that transcends a myriad of musical styles, Melii's new music video for "Way Too Soft" cements her presence as one of -- if not the hottest new sensation on the hip-hop - R&B scene.
The video is James Bond-esque with captivating visuals and vibrant aesthetics. Each frame is accentuated by Melii's compelling lyrics that make you snap your fingers and tap your toes. This head-nodding ballad oozes sexiness with English -- Spanish fusion words that are uniquely layered. You are sure to bounce, shake, and roll with every verse in this urban pop jam. The video showcases a contemporary essence that adds a storyline to the song, making it a true hit for months and years to come.
If you love new R&B fused with rap, "Way Too Soft" is sure to dazzle your earbuds and electrify the soul. Check out this excellent track and video, which is currently available on YouTube. Follow Melii on the social media platforms for the latest on her musical escapades and releases.
"October 7th" is a beautiful ballad by renowned R&B singer Antoine Dunn. Dunn is an accomplished lyricist and multi-instrumentalist whose angelic voice is inspired by gospel and contemporary R&B music. His latest release is a well-crafted track with a smooth delivery and romantic essence. "October 7" is an enchantment of love and happiness that celebrates the best that relationships have to offer. With his Sam Cook-esque lyrics, Dunn has created a wonderful masterpiece of soothing vocals, fantastic guitar riffs, and a unique composition overall.
This heartwarming ballad combines elements of old-school, traditional R&B with modern love songs. Dunn belts out lyrics with a deep, soulful voice that sends shivers up your spine. The Cleveland-based singer is also the nephew of famed gospel artist Veronica Dunn. Antoine has charted on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and is an active international performer. He has even opened for Avant, Musiq Soulchild, and Anthony Hamilton tours.
If looking for the perfect inspirational ballad during these challenging, trying times, this one is it. Antoine Dunn delivers a superb performance on this track that further echoes his unmatched vocals and magnificent presence. His fantastic range reaches the skies in this original song that fuses various musical genres: R&B, rock and roll, love songs, urban contemporary, gospel, and more.
Click the link below for a soothing, R&B and love song fusion that will melt your heart and even bring a tear or two to the eye. If you love gospel-inspired music, "October 7th" will leave you wanting more!
This is a R&B Music Review of Nova's latest single. Nova's "Replay" is as different as songs come. It successfully combines a steady drumbeat/synth over an acoustic guitar to make an explosive Afro hip hop. It's a unique blend of island smoothness and slick metropolitan. This perfectly blended sound hits the ears like a salve: it cures all your pains.
Nova is a Nigerian artist making music out of Toronto, Canada with DoozyBeatz. His rhyme is spoken with a rhythm that moves with the music. The lyrics clearly tell of the relationship that demands a replay of their sexual escapades. The song is rich in Nigerian flavor spiced up with drops of electro-house and tropical influences. "She told me run...a replay", there's no doubt what the song is promoting, and he does it with that suave, seductive beat in the background.
Play "Replay" along with many of Nova's previous hits and you've got an evening of relaxation mixed with slow dancing and fun. Once again, he's working with a team that can produce the kind of sound he specializes in, DoozyBeatz. This slow groove offers a steady beat you can move to when you're bouncing
Nova/Novagotthatheat is an excellent example of what Nigeria gives today's music. He's a lyricist extraordinaire with a gifted ear for beats and layering sound. You can almost hear his childhood musical influences through the sounds he creates. There's a combination of the familiar mixed imperceptibly with the new and forward-thinking. This umpteenth release by Nova just reminds us how talented he is and leaves us wanting more.
The new E.P. by Calvin Ross and 2c's, "Erotica" is composed of four songs for a total of 13 minutes and 13 seconds. Calvin Ross is a Tennessee/Detroit/Tennessee Resident who began making music at the age of 17. This R&B music review will evaluate Erotica's songs: "Bank", "Winner", "Face Down", and "DIOAS".
"Bank" starts with laughter and moves into a bouncy rhythm that keeps you moving. For three minutes and 12 seconds "All I know is you Keep me going back to the bank", is the refrain. The song consists of a magical blend of wind instruments and a pleasant blend of percussion instruments melding superbly with keyboards.
"Winner" is a song with dripping water sounds supporting the male vocals and rap. The sound of the overlapping male voices sends out a reverberating sound that has a soul-reaching effect.
"Face Down" is a rap that starts out "HOT" and heats up! This rap lays it down. "She wants to ride in a fast car...Make that booty drop, YEH!" Watch the room take the floor. No one can stay seated with this playing loud. At the end, you're still moving as it slows down any only the synthesizer is to be heard.
"DIOAS" starts with unique sound effects blended with humming and then layers on great male vocals. For four minutes and one second the song vacillates between smooth moving vocals and serious rap, that reminds his lady, "Can you do it on a stick...All that as... in them jeans, compliments on how they fit". The rap reminds her what's waiting for her and encourages her, "Don't be shy, No, NO. Can you do it on a stick baby?"
Calvin Ross's environments clearly have an influence on his sound. You can hear both Tennessee and Detroit in his choice of music. Ross blends the pace of 20's rap with the subtle accents of the South. "Erotica" reached #30 on the hip hop albums itunes charts. It has also reached over 100k spotify streams.
This is a R&B music review of Antonio Ramsey's song, "Nights in Malibu", featuring Milaniaa Monroe is a dreamy tune. Voice manipulation is the common theme. This sweet and soulful voices are delayed, subjected to reverb, and distorted, and they still sound good. Using these methods reduced the need for instrumentation. The song creates it on instruments using the voices of Ramsey and Monroe.
A synthesizer fills the background with enough groove to support the lyrics. "Nights in Malibu is a total to three minutes and 42 seconds. It has the flow of a song that could easily provide the backdrop for a motion picture filled with action as a romance somehow manages to thrive. It's got the feel of a soundtrack and its emotion stimulating.
Antonio Ramsey's funk trap is the soulful expression of his new lifestyle as he takes up residence in California after being born in South Florida and living for a time in Atlanta, Georgia. Both sides of the country have their own unique flavor of soul and when combined are expressed through Antonio. With Uncut Muzik/Empire this is his first single released, "Nights in Malibu", but this is his second E.P.
He's one soulful baritone we'll be hearing more from soon. He'll be crooning solo and with another artist like the talented Milaniaa Monroe. Afterall, he started his career performing as a show opener for Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton, Lyfe Jennings, Bobby Brown, and many others. So, as "Night in Malibu" rises the charts, we can look forward to hearing much more from this smooth baritone.
With her latest EP being released only a little over a year after dropping her debut EP, 2019's Recovery, it is clear that Alexis Finley is showing no signs of slowing down. Her latest offering Sensitive Savage makes this edition of our R&B Music Review.
Structurally, this offering is much unlike its predecessor that had an intro track and featured a rapper. Instead, Sensitive Savage gets right into the music and features Finley, herself, in all her glory. Like its predecessor, however, this offering continues the familiar journey of great songwriting coupled with her signature sublime production floating below her smooth, fluttery, vocals. Working out on her own imprint, Finley this time around further modernizes the kind of sound that made the late 90s and early 2000s R&B stars like Aaliyah, Ashanti, Tweet, and Truth Hurts as popular as they were in the genre -- further lending to the familiarity of her sound. This familiar feel along with Finley's uncanny ability to sound 'street' and club-friendly while maintaining soulful, vocal flows allows her to create a sound and commit to steadfastly pursuing a lane that is all her own.
The EP's title perfectly embodies Finley's lyrical approach on this project as she takes the independent woman route without producing perspectives devoid of any sort of vulnerability and 'feelings;' notions that are shied away from by her contemporaries in today's R&B music. She explores her own brokenness and heartbreak from betrayal in love. Yet, as the project progresses, it is clear that she is the type to heal wholly and fully and remain strong, forthright, confident, and for all intents and purposes 'savage' -- all while remaining sensitive and in her Feelings (track 3).
Even the interlude - Time Wasted - which follows the opening track Good Morning Regret - is intentional and aptly placed. By the time we get to the end of Broke It (the project's 4th track), we see Finley taking the reins of her confidence and sensuality again on Talk That (track 5). By the time we get to the closing tracks Like Me (number 6) and Can't Deny (number 7), we see a no-nonsense woman who is in full control. A woman who has managed to hold on to both her vulnerability and confidence. She knows what she wants and is unafraid to walk away from what she does not want - like a true Sensitive Savage. This could be a movement. This is the kind of project that you listen to from start to finish to fully embrace the story. Thankfully, the songs are great and there are no skips on this project. A solid project.
R&B Singer Antonio Ramsey returns with an infectious feel-good track titled “Nights in Malibu” Ft. Milaniaa Monroe.
The soulful singer wanted to lift spirits during the unprecedented time of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic by taking listeners along for a ride to a wavy night or two in Malibu as rapper Milaniaa Monroe’s delivery nicely compliments the track as well. Grab a bottle of champagne, take a listen, and feel the rhythm!
Antonio Ramsey on “Nights In Malibu”
“Anybody that knows me knows that a major part of my creative process is being out and about and connecting with people. These memories, moments and stories are the heart of my music. Since COVID-19 brought the world to a social stop, it’s been challenging to make sure that I kept the same vibes and soul in my music as if the pandemic never existed. I wanted music that would make people feel the same way in the car, at home or in small circles as they would in arenas, clubs and festivals. I had to find a way to keep all the funky stuff connected. Enter my bro B. SIms, who felt the same way. Our mission was with “Nights In Malibu” was to quiet the heavy noise and create sounds to bring that ol’ thing back. We took on a mission to do what was seemingly decided impossible, until we heard a track by Mantra Beats and knew it was the gas we needed to start a fire! The lyrics flowed, beat rode and the combination of the two was the sonic getaway that we needed to create – for the culture and for the world.
About Antonio Ramsey:
What becomes of a striking vocal talent that was born and bred for entertainment in South Florida, polished and primed in Atlanta and is currently being presented in the Los Angeles performance sector? Undoubtedly, the debut of a conceptual lifestyle music genre, “Funk Trap” and a comprehensive new talent, Antonio Ramsey. Antonio is destined to dominate the charts and update what we know to be the soulful sound of today’s man.
The raspy baritone and soon to be vocal paramount has opened shows and shared stages with fellow celebrated performers including Fantasia, Lyfe Jennings, Anthony Hamilton, Bobby Brown, Vivian Green, Bobby V, Chubb Rock and more.
Currently, Ramsey is hosting and producing his own digital platform Social Cypher all while promoting his newest single “Night In Malibu” ft. Milaniaa Monroe from his 2nd EP. Antonio will be the first artist to release under his latest venture with UncutMuzik/Empire.
Ramsey, who is heavily inspired by James Brown, Plies, Jodeci & Bruno Mars, has made cameo appearances on television networks and streaming platforms such as WeTV, Netflix, VH1, MTV, Bravo, and NBC. He also starred in a short film ‘The Audacity’ that can be found on Amazon Prime Video.
This year will continue to usher in everything from new music to forthcoming movie roles for Ramsey. He shows no signs of slowing down as he releases new heat to get you through 2020.
Supported by a really artistic visualizer at 40K plus views and counting, Yas VW comes out the gate swinging with her debut single. The single is so good, we have to keep reminding ourselves that she is indeed a new artist. The confidence in the vocal and style is impressive. Lyrically, Yas VW's style is reminiscent of a Jhene Aiko, while sonically she feels like a melting pot of all our contemporary favorites. With sounds reminiscent of everyone from H.E.R. to Ella Mai, and Dani Leigh (and even R&B veterans like Ciara and Pop-R&B singer/songwriter Stacie Orrico), Yas VW demonstrates on Weakness that she can hang with the best, be reminiscent of the best, and still stand in her own greatness with a sound and approach that is all her own. Of all the artists she reminds us of sonically, Yas feels the most like a new school Stacie Orrico.
Weakness has undeniable top-40 appeal and sounds like any other R&B hit we hear on the radio these days, and in a good way. It feels very familiar, yet refreshingly new and different. It also doesn't hurt that she has an undeniable 'it-factor' to go with her undeniable talent - yes, we are using that word a lot. When you listen to the song for yourself, you'll understand why and perhaps find yourself doing the same. We are looking forward to hearing (and seeing) more from this rising starlet.
Born in Montego, Jamaica and raised in Bronx, New York by a family comprised of many professional DJ’s, DJ Mark Da Spot (MDS) was quickly influenced by New York’s finest: DJ Kid Capri, Jam Master Jay & Biz Markie. Discovered in New York while spinning at upscale, exclusive clubs such as China Club, Sweet Sixteen and Lotus, MDS met Justin Timberlake who proved to be a catalyst as the superstar hired him as his DJ. This new gig required him to move to Los Angeles and the rest is history.
It was no surprise that DJ Mark Da Spot would soon take over at most popular Hollywood clubs including, Area, LAX, Day After, Playhouse, 1Oak , SBE venues , Poppy’s , NightNGale ( GreyStone ) , Boosty Bellows, Hyde Hollywood and many more. After hearing and admiring his style of blending Funk and Oldies, Prince hired MDS to DJ various parties for the artist, which lead to touring with Prince for years to come. Known for his scratching skills and ability to create mash-up blends with all types of music including: Hip Hop, Reggae, Rock, R&B, and Pop, he has become known as a “Crowd Mover” and in turn, one of the most sought after DJ’s in town. Spinning alongside popular celebrities such as Prince, Hugh Hefner, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Hart, J.Cole, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and NBA superstars Michael Jordan & LeBron James. Annually, MDS participates in events for NBA All-Star Weekend, Espys, CIAA, SXSW, Pro-Bowl, Essence Festival, Oscars, BET Weekend to name a few.
Coming from humble beginnings, one of MDS favorite aspects of his chosen career is travel. DJing both domestically and internationally, his most recent work has taken him to Las Vegas, Denver, New Orleans, Austin, NYC, Chicago as well as Canada, India, Australia, Iraq, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, London, and Amsterdam.
Being entrusted as a Tour DJ has also been groundbreaking for MDS. Prince not only hired MDS for his private events, he also brought MDS along for several tour runs. From 2011-2013, the Christian Audigier Tour took him to Australia. 2014 & 2015 found MDS with Kevin Hart for his HartBeat Weekend tours. As amazing as those experiences have been for DJ Mark Da Spot, the rare opportunity and life changing experience to DJ for the troops in Iraq has been the highest honor.
Being a businessman, DJ Mark Da Spot decided to broaden his portfolio with Top Floor Entertainment, a company he started comprised of other crowd favorite DJs. TFE took off quickly and put him on the map not only as a crowd favorite DJ but also a successful event coordinator/promoter in the tough-to-succeed city of Hollywood. While continuing to DJ his own events, he also works with the most notable Event Promotions teams in LA. These events regularly put MDS in front of major celebrities and industry influencers including Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Jay Z, DeRay Davis, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Hart, Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Vanessa and Angela Simmons, the list goes on. BET’s 106&Park resident DJ for the final 3 years, DJ Mark Da Spot was awarded 2014 and 2015 Salute The DJ award and 2014 Global Spin Award for Regional Club DJ of the year.
What’s next for DJ Mark Da Spot? Radio is an obvious “next step” for this Crowd Mover. Currently a resident DJ for 1Oak , Ballet Hollywood Wednesdays, Entrée & VIP Fridays, Argyle Saturdays, and summertime daytime party PentHouse Hollywood he also travels to Scottsdale, AZ for several monthly gigs. He continues to maintain Top Floor Entertainment as well as other business ventures. Recently signed to OnCue Agency based in LA, for DJ Mark Da Spot, the sky truly is the limit.
Most recently DJ Mark Da Spot Became the West Coast Brand Ambassador for Curtis ’50’ Cent Jackson Branson Cognac and Le Chemin du Roi Champagne who also won Gold in San Diego international Wine & Spirits 2020 Challenge.
What made you decide that you wanted to become a DJ?
My interest in DJing began very early in my life. As a child, I watched my uncles DJ Caribbean parties throughout New York for many years before I decided I wanted to DJ. They taught me the craft of entertaining through music and I quickly realized that Djing was my calling.
As I grew as a DJ, I was able to meet other DJs and artists such as Kid Capari, Fat Joe, and Big Pun, just to name a few. Meeting these successful individuals who come from where I come from was very motivational, as I was able to recognize Djing and performing through a professional lens.
What goals do you have for the next year?
Goals for the next year include continuing to promote my brand, and to open a lounge sports bar in San Fernando Valley CA. I’ve actually been working on opening a sports bar for a while now as I believe it’s time I expand my entertaining abilities. I want to create an environment we’re people feel comfortable lounging at a luxury sports bar with priority customer service.
Who inspires you the most musically?
I would say my friend Nipsey Hussle has inspired me the most musical. I witnessed his success first hand and I will forever be inspired by his willingness to use us platform to tell his story and uplift is people.
If you could tell our audience one thing about yourself, what would it be?
One thing about me is that I find comfort and pleasure in motivating others. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for a handful of individuals who gave me chance and believed in my talent. I appreciate these people and I pay it forward by being a blessing to others. Also, throughout my career I kept God first and this alone will take you very far in life.
"Paradise" by Michael Kay is a unique vocal and musical experience for R&B lovers. This beautifully-crafted ballad combines elements of new wave with contemporary pop and soulful R&B. The jam has a smooth, steady thumping beat with original lyrics performed by the deep-voiced Michael Kay. The song is perfect for lounging, driving, or those romantic escapades with your significant other.
With a sound that is strikingly similar to Johnny Gill, Michael Kay has his own unique vibe that connects today's urban contemporary sound with yesteryear's ballads. As an ode to romantics and lovers, this single penetrates the mind, body, and soul with eternally feel-good vibes. The orchestration, music, and Kay's incredible lyrics and range will make you want to play this song over and over!
The guitar riffs on the track have an old-school essence that brings me back to the days of Terrance Trent D'arby. Michael Kay combines a range of musical styles and genres in this captivating, compelling track that is enticing and engaging. If you love smooth, steady, and slow -- yet vibrant R&B numbers, this one is undoubtedly it. Everything sounds great in this song from start to finish. I love the way the melody and lyrics seamlessly blend in with the wonderfully-created composition and musical background.
For a cool take on the R&B style, check out "Paradise" by Michael Kay by clicking the link below. I guarantee you will love his fantastic voice and how the entire song melts the heart and soul.