Vicky Farewell: Are We OK?

To announce her debut album, Sweet Company (slated for 8 April), singer-songwriter, producer, arranger and engineer Vicky Farewell releases “Are We OK?” The song, combines R&B with pop,  jazz, soul and even psych—resulting in a sparkly but sincere tune, carried by her sweet, featherweight vocals. “‘Are We OK?’ was the first song I ever wrote and produced to completion on my own,” she says. “Honestly, …

KAYA feat. Kuya: Harana x Half Free

Romantic and dreamy, “Harana x Half Free” by Brooklyn-based rapper and poet KAYA comprises two parts. The first half, “Harana,” is an R&B-laced take on the Filipino rural serenade tradition where young men formally meet single lady visitors. Then, the tempo picks up for the hip-hop counterpart, “Half Free,” a term KAYA uses to describe the Filipino diaspora in NYC. This section sees KAYA, along …

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MEYY feat. Jelani Blackman: Rain Belgian-born, London-based R&B artist MEYY teams up with British rapper, singer and songwriter Jelani Blackman on the mesmerizing “Rain.” The track languidly flows across four minutes, with smooth verses from Blackman and ethereal vocals by MEYY. The late-night tune appears on her Neon Angel EP. She says, “It’s about diving into a new love story after a break up as …