On September 21, 2023, up-and-coming American singer-songwriter, Klay Cartier, unveiled his latest single, ‘On The Low,’ through Kult Klassic Studios. Hailing from the American Midwest, Cartier has garnered significant acclaim from influential publications like CLASH Magazine, NOTION Magazine, WordPlay Magazine, Music Crowns, CLOUT, and more. ‘On The Low’ has already made its premiere and received enthusiastic support from EARMILK, maintaining Cartier’s upward trajectory.
‘On The Low’ is classic R&B at its best: soulful, sultry and catchy. Exuding his usual suave demeanor on the record, Cartier flexes his vocal muscles over a simmering and dreamy R&B beat. Wrapped in velvet, glistening with emotion, his voice and timbre is incredibly effortless and easy on the ear. Exploring the topic of forbidden love, Klay Cartier refuses to hold back, candidly referencing a lover who may or may not belong to him and their romantic explorations, emboldening her to keep their relationship ’hush-hush’ as they go about their provocative adventures. His unapologetic and raw delivery is refreshing, albeit brazen, emitting a real sense of personality and attitude, the perfect fit for a nostalgic R&B track of the highest caliber.
Klay Cartier had this to say: “I’m so excited about this release because I’m finally giving people what they want. I’m showcasing my natural ability in R&B and I’m bringing back that classic R&B. This song is sexy, sultry and definitely an ode to the early 00’s R&B.”
New to the scene, singer Amber Jones has not held back. Her first song, newly released, is a clean R&B song that sounds anything but amateur. She is clearly taking her work seriously. Titled ‘Blueberries’, her new song is simultaneously a youth anthem and a confession.
Too tempted, the nurse-by-day gives into the good time and now has shared it with listeners. It’s worth noting that the single was mixed and mastered by engineer Scott Welch who has experience tinkering with the creations of GRAMMY Award-nominated group Tank and the Bangas.
Amber Jones unpacks the song further: “’Blueberries’ was inspired by life choices, life choices that I haven’t necessarily been proud of. Life choices that I paid emotional consequences for. But it is these choices that have led to not only maturity but a more straightedge lifestyle.”
Klay Cartier is an emerging artist who dabbles in the deep end, where the borders between genres have evaporated into mist. His latest offering, a percussion-heavy (or should I say heavy percussion) single titled ‘Good For Nothin’’, showcases his ability to veer off into new lanes without changing course.
To this end, he shared: “I recorded and worked on this song over a year ago. I knew I wanted to step out of my wheelhouse like I usually do, and it pushed me to make this incredible song. I took aspects from R&B, Pop, Rock, and Latin genres and mashed them together to create this electrifying experience for the listener.”
Signed with Kult Klassic Studios, his latest offering is a bare-bones production. This is not to say that it is by any means sparse, but rather that the focus on the raw physicality of the drum rhythms mixed with Cartier’s unblemished voice makes for an essential and directed work of art.
Fearless and profound band KARMACODA shared a new LP Lessons In Time and the song ‘Time Flies’,both via Sola Musa Music on the 28th of October. The San Fransisco, USA-based band has consistently mesmerised their fans with their universal sound that is likened to the music of the likes of Paloma Faith, and Adele among others.
The new LP Lessons In Time is a careful mixture of reinvigorating vocals and satisfying downtempo. The 13-track LP takes listeners on a musical feast: for example, ‘Lovely’,thefirst track, is a euphoric downtempo song that attains the bliss point with its layback piano notes followed by leisured drums beats, and the second track ‘Fly By’ is a beautiful R&B song that is accentuated by the crash and ride cymbal and the hi-Hats, producing a sound that is light and sophisticated. The tenth track, ‘beyond the pale’, contains a special blend of jazz saxophones and melancholic vocals resulting in a ballad that explodes with emotions.
The dynamic band KARMACODA tell us about the songwriting philosophy adopted for this LP: “The songs on Lessons In Time were written from reflecting on my life, looking back in time, reliving my best memories. No regrets. These songs are lessons in time. I decided it was time to tell it, not all of it, but some of the more memorable moments while resting in where I am today”.