Entries by Musicians And Melody


By Ashley Lyle, Billboard  Up-and-comer OneInThe4rest steps into the spotlight with his infectious pop/R&B banger “Jiu-Jitsu,” featuring Chris Brown. Years before a burgeoning songwriting career that included working with Nicki Minaj, French Montana, Big Sean and Tyga, among others, the artist born Melvin Moore was a young boy living in Kansas with his parents — his mom did theater […]


By Caroline Sullivan ‘This is my dream,” says Rachel “Raye” Keen at the end of the evening, glass typically half-full. Outside, it’s freezing; inside, it’s a basement with obstructing pillars and a stage so cosy that she and her three musicians are almost literally cheek by jowl. Yet dreams are subjective, and for this teenager […]


By Vanessa Okoth-Obbo Real Ting is the first project of the impressive rising young London MC Stefanie Allen (aka Stefflon Don). The mixtape is a slightly rocky intro, but her raw talent shines through. In late 2015, then-ascendant South London rappers Section Boyz made their presence felt with “Lock Arff,” the breakout single that netted them […]


By Rolling Stone and Jane Chardiet Palberta Sounds Like: Basement-show Beefheart For Fans of: The Raincoats, the Residents, Half Japanese Why You Should Pay Attention: After two well-received cassette full-lengths, Brooklyn/Philly noise-rock trio Palberta are finally going straight to vinyl for their third album, Bye Bye Berta. For their first release for Brooklyn’s Wharf Cat Records, […]


Artist Biography by Mark Deming An experimental duo whose music is a witty yet sensual fusion of funk, pop, R&B, Latin, and electronic influences, Buscabulla were formed by Raquel Berrios and Luis Alfredo Del Valle, a pair of Puerto Rican émigrés living in Brooklyn, New York. The two first met in 2011, when Del Valle […]


By Simon Spreyer, AllMusic Essex, England-born Anne-Marie Nicholson was no stranger to performing by the time her debut EP dropped in 2015, having shared the stage as a 12-year-old with none other than Jessie J in a West End production of Whistle Down the Wind. She also auditioned for Les Miserables without telling her parents, […]


By Alex Macpherson, FADER After six years on the come-up in U.K. hip-hop, the queen of banter battle rap is going global. Around six years ago, Melesha O’Garro got a job that most wouldn’t expect of a woman who stands at just over five feet in her Nike Jordans. “People always laugh, but you know […]


By Rolling Stone Sounds Like: A 21st-century folk music makeover For Fans of: Lorde, Feist, Sylvan Esso Why You Should Pay Attention: Last spring, the internet caught a video of Pharrell Williams being bowled over by “Alaska,” the skeletal debut single by then-NYU student Maggie Rogers. Rogers, who grew up on a farm and played […]


By Mindofagenius.com Together, Dante and Drew are THEY., two like minds determined to shatter expectations and trash perceived genre parameters. Their debut album, Nü Religion: hyena, cannot be boxed in as simply R&B. Listen a little harder—to the minor chord guitar ripples on “Motley Crew,” the jarring futurist verses of “What You Want,” with its […]


By Rob Wacey, AllMusic Hailing from Catford, South-East London, Ray BLK (real name Rita Ekwere) is an R&B singer/songwriter known for her introspective and socio-political lyrics. She grew up heavily influenced by music, having grown fond of Timbaland and Missy Elliot performances on music channels such as MTV Bass, and grime artists on Channel U. […]