Long Beach continues to be a hotbed for rising R&B talent. 25-year-old singer-songwriter-producer Tempest (Tatiyana Bello) continues to refine her sound built on addictive hooks, sincere lyrics and transparently tender vocals. Bello collaborated with production trio Louie Lastic, Los Hendrix and Jay James for an eerie yet gloomy production.
She tells a narrative of torn partnership and decisive desires based on a true story. Throughout the track, Tempest can be found wistfully singing lyrics: You were everything I wanted, till I got everything I wanted from you”. “Sorry to Say” reminds us that love can be blindsiding and unforgiving.
In the Lakewood Mall directed video, Tempest is captured in the catch 22 of euphoria and heartache. The split-screen approach allows viewers to identify their familiar realities: being the bearer of bad news or unfortunate receiver.
One thing is certain, Tempest has been a budding musical starlet. Check out her electrifying-jazzy performance of “Sorry to Say” with the Ghetto Kids courtesy of Village Music Group below. I recommend you also listen to “Young Playa Footage” and “Don’t Say My Name” on Soundcloud.
Los Angeles based composer and multi-instrumentalist Jay James has been focused on translating emotions into cinematic and serene compositions. Since graduating college, he had the opportunity to produce Lonr and B.K Habermehl’s “Right On Time” alongside Grammy-nominated producer Jeff Gitty and Payton Long which was featured on a new episode of Issa Rae’s HBO show Insecure.
Following two projects, It’s Beautiful and When All Is Said and Done, the Ghanian producer is currently crafting a third upcoming album — titled GLORY, which is set to release later this year. Today, Jay released its first video under the same name featuring themes of growth and maturity.
“Glory” is an ethereal blend of soulful jazzy instrumentation. Violins grace listeners’ ears as light high-hats transcend us into ethereal, hypnotic space. A pulsing metronome serves as a heartbeat bracing for what’s next. He builds on this energy with rippling bass-lines against melancholic keys to create harboring resentment. His production concludes with with vibrant electric guitar and crisp reverb.
He has also released a visual for the track directed by Noah Kentis.
Visually, the 22-year-old undergoes his own personal cathartic resurrection. Jay is found in a somber-lit room. There is a point of curiosity with a hole in the wall: how it got there and what caused it. Nonetheless, a dark figure possess the mind and space as an ominus incubus. He confronts this demon in a suffocated space.
Glory is about pushing past “the darkness” and inevitable harsh realities of life and allowing oneself to see and appreciate the light and “glory” in it.Jay James
This album will include inspiring elements of soul, jazz, and hip hop. Like his other bodies of work, listeners can expect GLORY to be versatile and inviting.
Phoenix raised producer Mitch built his lane through crafting sounds that define ambiance. His industry catalog includes pen and vocals on YG’s 2016 Red Friday track “I Know” and production credits from 2013 sinister cut “IDGAF“. Now days, he is actively expanding his skillset through singing and songwriting after moving to Los Angeles.
Mitch recently released his spring single “Like This” featuring Southside Chicago’s R&B darling Ann Marie. The accompanying visual, directed by Brilliant Garcia, revisits their unspoken bond in a lap of luxury.
DJ Switch’s tantalizing production allows him is quick to set the tone that satisfaction is a priority. The chemistry may be undeniable between the pair, but one thing is clear: he can’t be compared.
Ann Marie’s verse balances Mitch’s grit with glossy expression. She passionately sings: “When we in that bedroom, boy, I’m right up in my element.. Stop playin’ these games, you know I own it like a resident”. Both artists match energy.
“I wrote the record about a girl I was dealing with at the time. We had recently broke up, and it inspired me to write “Like This”. I used it as an outlet to let her know she would never find another love like this. And speaking on his collaboration with Ann Marie, Mitch elaborates: “I was on tour with Dani Leigh in Chicago last year and my homegirl put me on to Ann Marie. I thought she was talented and had a real genuine appeal about her. And thoought she was the perfect fit for the female perspective.”— MITCH
“Like This” is a glimpse of what Mitch has in store this summer: an upcoming project titled Better For You. Ty Dolla $ign, Yung Pinch, Waves and Ilham will make their appearances. His creative message will focus on “being your best for the one you love”.