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Danilo Melds Thick Electronica, Smooth R&B On 'All I Want' EP

Danilo’s “All I Want” EP is classic late-night makeout music, and there’s not a damn thing wrong with that. Bedroom R&B in all senses of the term, every track is carefully constructed, showcases Danilo Riggs’s lovely tenor and righteous songwriting chops, and has every intention of getting in your pants.

As for the actual music, if the lyrics are a bit one-note on the subject of horizontal samba, the composition more than makes up for it. There’s true thick funk on “Liberty,” dense, almost synthwave production backing “Bringing it Back” and churchy organ and a slowdance ballad rhythm on “So In Love Master.” Danilo shows real understanding of all those forms, keeping them tied together tight in service of the EP’s overall vibe rather than getting lost in the details. 

At the heart of it all is Danilo’s voice. A clean, soulful tenor capable of soaring to Raphael Saddiq-level heights, it sets clear, sweet melodies for the eclectic songwriting to build around. It’s a voice to make even a lonely listener smile as it ranges across the register without missing a note.

 

Between the superb vocals, interesting songwriting and righteous commitment to makeouts past and future, we’re happy to recommend “All I Want” to anyone who has romantic aspirations this summer, or for that matter just feels like a sweet groove of an evening. “All I Want” is Danilo’s first EP, and we at The Deli are excited to see what comes next.

 

-- Matt Salter

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Dauntè Winterz "Motivation"

Dauntè Winterz has released his latest single, "Motivation", his third of 2021. Winterz, who was raised on the West Side, uses his personal struggles to create deeply personal R&B.

The single is accompanied by the Finn Bjornerud directed video below.

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VIDEO: Ah-Mer-Ah-Su Drops “No One,” 2021’s Summer Empowerment Anthem

Self-described L.A.-based “poptronic princess” Ah-Mer-Ah-Su has released “No One,” a track from her upcoming Hopefully Limitless EP, due late this summer, along with an accompanying music video filmed in collaboration with filmmaker Roge Stack. Judging by the track’s life-affirming lyrics and club-ready sound, she may have released this summer’s first big Alt Pop empowerment anthem.

The track starts with a tropically psychedelic keyboard flourish, before Ah-Mer-Ah-Su’s effervescent, nimble lead vocal enters in full, buoyed by impactful, elastic bass and fizzy but hard-hitting electronic drums, making for a formidably danceable rhythm section. Later, saxophone and chorused lead guitar lines deliver a refreshingly non-clichéd dose of carefully-arranged 80s pop bliss.

The lyrics are seemingly self-addressed and allude to the challenges the black trans artist has undoubtably had to face on her career path. With lines like “you dont’ got it easy / you’ve always had to work / for it and so / work it you do,” it’s clear that the challenges, although formidable for Ah-Mer-Ah-Su (the name is a paraphrase of Amaterasu, the goddess of the Sun in Shinto, the indigenous religion of Japan) have been taken on with the same deftness and grace as her songwriting and vocals.

Overall, “No One” delivers the kind of catchy vibes that fans of Laura Mvula, Robyn, and Whitney Houston will enjoy, while also delivering a glimpse of an artist on the rise. Gabe Hernandez





DRAMA "Don't Hold Back"

DRAMA has released a new single and video called "Don't Hold Back". This is the duo of Via Rosa & Na'el Shehade and this is their first single since the release of their early 2020 album, Dance Without Me.

It was recently announced the DRAMA will be performing at Lollapalooza this year, July 28th to August 1st. Daily tickets and line-ups for Lolla will be arriving today, June 2nd.

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VIDEO: “Half Life” Finds appleby Brimming With Life

Photo Credit: Annie Rhodes Kane

L.A.-via-Chicago artist appleby spent much of his early childhood competing on the international tennis circuit, before reassessing his priorities as a young adult, shifting to pursue his music-making ambitions. Judging by his latest single, the soothing yet cathartic “Half Life,” and its accompanying zen-like poolside video, it seems his dedication to honing his craft hasn’t wavered a bit.

The track begins with a simple repeated electric piano note, setting the stage for appleby’s soulful harmonized vocals to enter shortly thereafter, followed by warm and full-bodied piano chords, all of which are later joined by a skittering electro-acoustic beat that propels the track just enough to inject it with energy without shattering the overall life-affirming vibe. The track gets fuller throughout, but it never gets too busy. And all the while, appleby’s vocals—which brings to mind other alt-soul auteurs such as Moses Sumney—keep things comforting and uplifting until the track gently crescendos, his vocal finally fragmenting like the beat.  Perhaps it’s a fracturing or, possibly, a transcendence? 

There’s hardly any help in his lyrics, which find him in a state of limbo: “I’ve been stuck in this half-life full time / and I don’t know what to do.” In press releases, though, appleby describes the genesis of his latest track as “…organic and borderline magical…” If that’s the case, here’s hoping he indulges his taste for both on his upcoming releases. Gabe Hernandez

 

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