Nia Ray from south Florida finally releases her EP, What Love Anyways that’s been anticipated since the beginning of the year. Earlier this year she gave us her bubbly single, “Lowkey” with a video that was aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Now with her latest EP, she reaches new heights within her musicality.
Although, “Lowkey” was cute and sparkly, What’s Love Anyways shows she’s an artist to take seriously. Her ability to write relatable lyrics while making songs to sing along to showcases Nia Ray as an artist who is promising. ‘What’s Love Anyway’ is an open book EP on Nia’s experience with love. The Miami songstress invites us in and shows vulnerability by giving us the ups and downs of a struggling relationship.
“Relationships are hard, but people always make love seem so easy.” Nia Ray continues, “I’m sure you’ve found yourself wondering, ‘I thought love was supposed to be this and that, could this be love that I’m feeling?’ Well…what’s love anyways?”
Her opening introduction titled as “Sober”, symbolizes her excitement and nervousness of falling in love with someone. It is a very up-tempo and uplifting record, that’ll make your spirit smile, while hoping for the best. On “Need More (Comfortable)” you get your trap-soulesque record that sits just right in the mix. Produced by DJ Luna, she brings an open field for Nia to do what she needs to done. A slick and tasteful bass-line along with a buttery rhythm, makes this song stand out among the rest. There’s also this tranquil transition that invites light shimmering keys and guitars that feels enchanted.
Nonetheless, Nia Ray checks off every mark to make a solid R&B project. We get ‘the getting ready to go out’ bops and the late night phone call records that’ll have us reminisce over an Ex, that we shouldn’t even think about. With this EP being her first debut, it’s exciting to what she will do next.
Ivysound raps with a purpose. With his latest stream of releases, the south Florida native comes with an underlying message that he hopes people would pick up. With “I Need You”, Ivysound expresses the beautiful wonders of being in love and showing that black love exist. On “Insecure”, he told a story about a relationship that’s poisoned by insecurities. The unashamed emcee continues the momentum with “Memories”.
“Memories” is a song about the dangers of living in your past mistakes and regrets. Consequently, living in those not so great memories can fabricate insecurities in oneself. However, Ivysound finds light within it all with his undying faith in Jesus Christ. With his unashamed faithfulness, he feels a sense of redemption. Through his undying love for Christ he gains a shining light that clears out his clouded thoughts. It goes without saying that there’s hope in recovery and a brighter future with Ivysound.
The young virtuoso raps over tender and charming piano keys with dusty yet savoring drums that will for sure keep your neck gyrating for its two and half minute duration. “Memories” is well suited for those moments of reflection and aspiration.
Earlier this year, the South Florida vocalist, Marlounsly has gifted us with “Honey” that was poised with seduction and delight. Which made us more excited for what she has next to come. With “Lie Again”, Marlounsly keeps up the momentum by delivering another record that’s exuberant. As the summer season comes to an end, the singer/songwriter, crafts together a feel good record that you may never get enough of. It’s an up-beat R&B record with tantalizing grooves.
Not only does, “Lie Again” do a good job of making you feel joyous and a sense of relief, that will for sure brighten your day, Marlounsly croons about a potential crisis in a relationship. ““Lie Again” is about how one lie could be someone’s breaking point. I felt like I was directing a movie when I wrote this!” She sings about honesty and someone who is fed up about a one-sided relationship.
With two back to back bangers, Marlounsly is an artist to keep on your radar. She’s proving to be an artist who is potent with their craft, making sure her music is an enjoyable listen.
Lada Beseda makes a return on our pages with her new single release, “Suicide”. On her latest single, Beseda shows off her different skill sets as an artist. Back in April, she dropped “Betrayal” that was a soulful yet somber record. Her vocals were angelic that pierces through your soul. On “Suicide” she takes a different approach. The Ukraine native, shows off her rap ability, showing that she’s versatile and capable of delivering top notch verses that will enrapture you.
“Suicide” is a song that’s targeted towards her haters. “I cringe when I think about the amount of time I’ve wasted in my life obsessing and humiliating myself on an endless quest for validation. I created ‘Suicide’ to tell listeners to stop caring so much about others’ opinions and just do what you love,”Lada Beseda explains.
The production on her latest single is nonetheless haunting and mesmerizing. Produce by Balance Cooper, “Suicide” possesses elements of trap and pop but it pushes beyond the realms of the genre. There’s moments of the song feeling dark yet alluring. With it’s cinematic and ambient sounds, it is a record that will for sure charm you.
PRODUCERS: Nick León, Julian Beats, Justin Wiggins, Lemonade Playboy, and Brian M
After much anticipation, Twelve’Len finally releases his EP, Tomorrow After One. Featuring 6 prolific songs that are served as appetizers to hold us over til his album arrives. Although these are just appetizers, Twelve’Len reminds us that the future of R&B is in good hands. Driven with soul, the Miami artist puts together a great project that’s imperative and dynamic.
“Jits” is ode to his day ones who have showed loyalty towards him since they were Jits. On “Liars”, Twelve’Len croons about dealing with deceit after a companion gone askew. Furthermore, his opener, “Atlanta for the Weeknd (ATL)” is a silky record that’s just perfect for those late night drives.
Overall, Tomorrow After One is an exceptional project that has us excited about his upcoming album. Alongside this release, it’s accompanied with a visual EP that you can view below.
Virginia native, Timothy Bright makes his CitrusRap debut with his latest single, “Knock Knock” that’s explosive. The Virginia native who is now based in California, puts together a thrill of a ride that you don’t want to end. Bright raps with an edge that is borderline insanity and is driven by strong emotions that are plastered throughout this track. Furthermore, listening to “Knock Knock” is the same as getting shot of adrenaline pumped through your veins. This is punk-rap at its best, packed with rage that at times it’s intense and exhilarating.
The Virginia artist draws inspiration from $uicideboy$, Tyler The Creator and our very own Denzel Curry, which explains his style of production and raps. Overall, Timothy Bright is someone we all should pay attention to. The team at CitrusRap are excited to see what he has coming next.
It’s always a joy to find new artists who are gifted with an immense amount of talent. In our exploration on finding new music, we staggered upon the promising, R&B singer, ZYA. The Miami singer, releases her sensual and sultry single, “Change” where her voice is reminiscent of soft velvet sheets. The R&B songstress creates an effortless song about feeling unappreciated over some seductive production that sounds heavenly.
“Change” is her very first single to ever be released and under the South Florida label, NuMiami – an independent record label that’s home to Savannah Cristina & Twelve’len. ZYA gives us her own take of some classic R&B tones that resemble’s the late 90s. With this being her first single, it’s an incredible introduction to her artistry. The team at CitrusRap are excited to see what will come next from her.