What Toronto RB acts can learn from the UK scene

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment British R&B is having a moment.More than ever, young artists from the other side of the Atlantic are pushing the genre forward and keeping it exciting.Nao, Jorja Smith, Mabel, Raleigh Ritchie and Ray BLK are all carving out distinct sounds and spaces in the London scene. Its eclectic and progressive energy allows it to rival mainstream North American R&B and soul. Twitter While Toronto’s scene has all the pieces to become its own mecca of R&B, it could take some notes from the British.The aforementioned UK artists are sonically diverse, whereas Toronto’s use more homogenous production styles. Woozy electronic beats, heavy bass and resonant 808s have become the official sound of Toronto R&B, and very few budding artists stray from this formula.In contrast, Nao, the patron saint of neo-soul, sounds nothing like Ray Blk, whose candid, stripped-back style sounds nothing like the haunting, lingering melodies of Jorja Smith.There are outliers in the local scene whose production and lyrics deviate from the norm, but they’re not earning the same recognition as musicians like the Weeknd, PartyNextDoor and dvsn.TiKA, who recently opened for Nao at the Phoenix, is one of these artists. Along with local acts Jessie Reyez, Charlotte Day Wilson, McCallaman, Unbuttoned, M.I.Blue and Daniel Caesar, she taps into soul music’s emotional vulnerability.READ MORE Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

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