Daily Yinz – Princess Nostalgia – Ugly Lovely

Futuristic pop producer/songwriter/singer Princess Nostalgia returns with the effervescent "Ugly Lovely." An ode to the duality inherent in all people-- be it the devil/angel, yin/yang, or Shakti/Shiva archetype--"Ugly Lovely" celebrates both the darkness and the light, acknowledging that, in the end, "It's only me/Division makes for chemistry/Endlessly." The song starts off with a few passages … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Princess Nostalgia – Ugly Lovely

Daily Yinz – RΛUL – Glimmer

RΛUL is a Pittsburgh-based solo artist who creates a dreamy, digitized strain of R&B; Rose (The Flower) is his latest EP. "Glimmer," my favorite track from Rose, floats by on a bed of pillowy synths, washed out strings, swirling, reversed vocal samples, and leisurely breakbeats. Hard-hitting pulses of electro bass keep things from drifting off, … Continue reading Daily Yinz – RΛUL – Glimmer

Daily Yinz – Lyn Starr – ’96 Corolla

The newly released Tierra sees rapper Lyn Starr flex his R&B muscles to impressive effect. For someone who has mostly stuck to rapping on past releases, Lyn Starr's singing on Tierra sounds assured and effortless; I guess it's safe to say that the artist has pulled his own Awaken, My Love! with this one. "'96 … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Lyn Starr – ’96 Corolla

Daily Yinz – INEZ – Reload

BLKNVMBR (a monthlong project highlighting Black R&B musicians in Pittsburgh) closed out with a single release from project cofounder INEZ. "Reload" is rawer, more hard edged, than most anything I've heard from INEZ. Sure, 2019's Voicemails and Conversations included biting shoulder brush-offs like "Pardon Me" and jealous lover jams like "Insecurity," but this new single … Continue reading Daily Yinz – INEZ – Reload

Daily Yinz – Brittney Chantele – Be With You

Brittney Chantele's new single picks up the romantic thread of 2019's A Fire On Venus, rather than the more political one of this year's The Golden Opportunity. "Be With You," released alongside "Leave Like That," is a trap-tinged ballad whose featherlight instrumental, all pillowy hi-hats, hazy melodic swatches, and wavering guitar plucks, provides ample space … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Brittney Chantele – Be With You

Daily Yinz – Robin Grayson – Hold You Down

Robin Grayson is a Pittsburgh R&B artist who recently released her debut EP, Hold You Down. The EP's title track is a warm, yearning ballad that showcases Grayson's melismatic singing style, full of multi-syllabic runs, notes that slide easily up and down the musical scale, and a few sublime falsettos for good measure. Grayson promises … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Robin Grayson – Hold You Down

Daily Yinz – Joziah Council – One Thing

Pittsburgh R&B artist Joziah Council drops a self-directed music video for "One Thing," a lush slow jam released in September. Council's vocal style, smooth as a glass of aged whiskey, recalls that of trap'n'b crooners like Bryson Tiller and Partynextdoor. Where the former specializes in I'm-Salty-At-My-Ex torch serenades and the latter in louche come-ons, though, … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Joziah Council – One Thing

Daily Yinz – Lucid Vizions – Notice Me (ft. Moo Wupp)

Pittsburgh's Out for Duckets Entertainment has a knack for summer romance tunes, with singer/rapper Lucid Vizions's "Notice Me" representing another breezy entry in the label's catalogue. Anyone who's ever had a crush on another person will feel this song, because it pines harder than a Christmas tree farm (terrible pun, I know). An understated instrumental … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Lucid Vizions – Notice Me (ft. Moo Wupp)

Daily Yinz – KeyDaIntro – SummerBabyBlues (ft. Ensilence)

KeyDaIntro is a Pittsburgh singer, rapper, and producer whose debut album, Fleeting Thoughts, contains eight tracks of sumptuous, velvety R&B goodness. The music on Fleeting Thoughts creeps along like a bead of sweat dripping down a sauna-bound forehead, jazzy keyboards and snail's-pace percussion melting together into a semi-solid pool of late-June-afternoon energy. The slinky "SummerBabyBlues" … Continue reading Daily Yinz – KeyDaIntro – SummerBabyBlues (ft. Ensilence)