The returning single from rising RnB singer IYVES is everything a return should be. The aptly titled “Gold” is a love ballad showcasing her sexy and beautiful vocals over a slick captivating beat. The song explores the endless depth of feelings that come with a true and fulfilling love, i.e. ‘Gold‘. The kind of love that is hard to find as it is rare. So once you do, it feels like a dream. What clever and fun word play from IYVES.
“finding someone that treats you better than you’ve ever experienced,” a feeling that you didn’t know was physically possible to feel. The song begins with skepticism in her voice and in the lyrics, but progresses to an understanding of how rare and special this circumstance of love is”. – IYVES
The song fuses a number of genres overall including RnB, Electronic, Pop, Soul, and even Rock. “Gold” has quite an sexy, and enigmatic vibe overall as it’s a good slow burn. To learn more IYVES and to stream this song look no further than below. ⬇️⬇️
Maya B is the Los Angeles based R&B singer and songwriter recently signed to Capitol Records
I chatted with Maya Babout her latest single “Dollar to a Diamond“, music, touring, and even her favorite children’s book …
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Red Vines or Twizzlers?
MAYA B: Red vines. I have them in every green room.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: For my readers at The Reclusive Blogger can you us how you got started as singer and songwriter? Who and what inspired you to take that journey?
MAYA B: I’ve been writing and singing ever since I can remember honestly. I fell in love with music when I was 5 and started making music when I was around 7. What made me get into music was my mom putting my sisters and I into a girl group. As time went by I started taking it very seriously.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Let’s talk about your current single “Dollar To A Diamond”. Can you tell me more about the creative and writing process behind it?
MAYA B: Yeah, so Hydrate (upcoming producer) and Soulshock made this track one night together and played it for me the next day. I fell in love with it and started writing. I wrote and we recorded “Dollar To A Diamond” in a single day.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: You not only also express yourself as an singer-songwriter but in other art forms as well. What’s a typical creative process like for you?
MAYA B: I don’t have a creative process set in stone honestly. It’s ever-changing because I hate structure haha. The only thing that’s inevitable when I create is: I like looking at photos or colors when I write a song. I like listening to music when I paint or draw.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Since you are currently on tour. What are three must have items for you?
MAYA B: My beats headphones because I’m an antisocial fuck. My iPad because I draw my digital art on there. And my lucky pants because lucky pants are a must.
TRB: Switching gears now … What was your favorite children’s book as a kid?
MAYA B: ‘No David, No’ for sure!
TRB: Are there any artists that have been “On Repeat” for you guys as a band lately? What music have you been digging?
MAYA B: We’ve been jamming to Juice WRLD and we all really love jazz so the guys recently put me on to Gretchen Parlato. I’ve been listening to a lot of XXTENTACION, King Krule, Brigitte Fontaine, and Celebration.
TRB: And what’s next for you, Maya B?
MAYA B: I’m gearing up to release my EP. I’m super excited for everyone to see some different sides of me. I’m also getting ready to drop the “Dollar to a diamond” video.
TRB: Anything else you would like to add? Thank you for your time!
The guys of Tropic are back with another soulful cover …
Remember Tropic? The soulful Electro-R&B Pop duo I recently introduced you to. Well, now they’ve dropped a brand new cover. This time the groovy duo take on one of my faves, Frank Ocean and his hit “Thinkin’ Bout You”. Tropic is a group who is quickly becoming quite well versed in the world of cover songs. Most notably with their unique and fresh update on Earth Wind and Fire’s“September” (see my review here).
The duo, consisting of singer Jo-BSebastian and producer Phuse aka Jarel Hill do justice to this cover as well. Once again Jo-B’s slightly husky tone (which also are very reminiscent stylistically of 80s R&B singers) glide along beautifully and the way Jo-B plays around with wording through vocal ad-libbing, pair perfectly to Jarel’s futuristic yet soulful production on this cover. Altogether the combination of the two creatively adds a new perspective on the Frank Ocean track which has become quite the groundbreaking track. So as I had mentioned prior, to do it justice is to do a song in your own way, which Tropic has successfully done.
Tropic, the soulful Electro-pop duo I very recently introduced you to just dropped a brand new song and it’s a lit one. The band who I just Interviewed here, have released a sexy cover of the “Earth Wind and Fire” classic “September”. Singer Jo-B Sebastian’s glossy vocals glide wondrously along the slick electronic production from Phuse aka Jarel Hill. Giving way to a super groovy electronic reimagination of the 70s Uber classic jam. The subtle addition of vocal chops on the choruses, adds a fresh new vibe to the track as well. The song is updated just enough to have it fit in with the plethora of today’s electronic-based R&B tracks, while still keeping the integrity of that era, song and Earth Wind and Fire.
“Earth, Wind & Fire are one of the many inspirations we both share, and while no one can do it like they can, we felt the need to show our respect and admiration for one of our favorite artists with this heartfelt cover of one of their biggest hits. We definitely put our own Tropic twist on the track, but we hope it still has the familiarity of a song that everyone and their mother knows and loves.” – Tropic