RKZ – “Favourite Song”

Burban, Hip Hop, R&B, Rap, Soul, UK Asian

Score: 7.2

With a beat that makes you screw your face up in the most cliched way, even prompting an “Ooooooohweeeeeee!” or two, “Favourite Song” is a musical treat. RKZ is still in a highly experimental phase in his arc, both drawing heavily from the Soulquarians movement and combining it with his own burgeoning confidence. Dope. Ass. Shit. (Reviewed by Rahul)


RKZ – “Still Oceans”

Burban, Hip Hop, R&B, Rap, Soul, UK Asian

Score: 6.8

It’s refreshing to be able to type the title of the review and not have to stick a “Featuring” into it. This is just RKZ on his own, with a track from his forthcoming mixtape “Science X Soul”. You can perhaps start to sense the general musical theme he’ll be deploying – a juxtaposing of Soul-ful vocals, perhaps some live instrumentation but an underlying theme of Science (be that electronica or the hip hop variant). “Still Oceans” is a lush summer track with a barely-there chorus, an addictive guitar strum and RKZ’s relaxed rhymes. It’s pretty damn cool. (Reviewed by Jesal)

RKZ – “Find You”

Burban, R&B, Soul, UK, UK Asian

Score: N/A

RKZ is in a soulful mood. One might even say he’s truly discovering the Soulquarians stage of his career, and it certainly shows on this sultry offering, “Find You”. We will be having a more in-depth look at the various tracks taken from his forthcoming EP “#SOULar” upon release, so stay tuned. (By Jesal)

Rita Morar – “Piya”

Hindi, Pop, Soul, UK Asian

Score: 7.0

If you basically ignore the nicely shot performance video, and opt in favour of focusing solely on the song itself, “Piya” is an interesting number from a fascinating talent. Rita Morar is an artist with a God given talent (and we do not say that lightly). She’s sings equally well in different languages, but also knows how to inflect those vocals with a raw, overpowering emotion, seemingly at will – when she sings in English, yet in a Hindi style, that’s when our spine really tingles (we’re sure that Abi Sampa must be a fan). After all that, however, it must be noted that the quiet storm beauty of “Piya” needs assistance when it comes sequencing. There is a beauty in brevity, and the chorus is simply repeated too often, meaning that we can’t help feeling it is a touch overdone. It feels barbaric to simply state the chopping a minute off this song would increase our affection for it, but when all the other parts of it have functioned so admirably, it genuinely does come down to something so basic. Still, there is so much to admire here – moreso with Rita Morar than “Piya” perhaps, but it’s essential listening nonetheless. (Reviewed by Jesal)

Sid Sriram – “Elevate”

Classic, R&B, Soul

Score: 9.0

“Elevate” helps to confirm the hype about Sid Sriram, as he turns in a genuine tour de force performance that sets him apart from his peers. Everything stands up to close analysis: the lyrics, his epic vocals performance, the studied production, even the incredible visuals. Yet, that would be to miss the point – this is a song that makes you feel a certain way, and there is no point dissecting such work to death. It’s about experiential learning, so the only way to understand why this is so special is to just watch, listen, hear and absorb with your heart wide open. Stunning. (Reviewed by Jesal)


Static turns to stars, give me room to breathe
this smoke turns to thoughts, invisibly repeatedly
Dreaming in my head, eyes wide open
Open up these gates in my mind
Flood all these streets, let it all go
Cleanse my body, body and soul

Elevate me, burn away everything that suffocates me
No hesitation
Elevate me, burn away everything that suffocates me
and take me away

My mind is a goldmine and landmine at the same time
And I’m trying, to carefully walk the line
Between greatness and insanity
chaos and serenity
Don’t want these clouds to bury me
So I’m fighting for this clarity
I’m fighting through the ugly searching for beauty behind my eyes
where the unknown never ends and the thoughts never lie
let me transcend from the haze depths, far into the heights
elevate me, elevate me, well before I die


I found this little flame, told her all my secrets
All my stories, fed her all my deepests
thoughts from my brain, from my veins
and everywhere else inside me
knowing she’d see what I’d see
Now I’m here, with this fire all around
Yea I’m here, lift me up lift me up off the ground
Take me higher take me higher

RKZ – “Superstars” (Featuring Sian Sanderson)

Burban, Hip Hop, R&B, Rap, Soul, UK, UK Asian

Score: 8.0

Ignore the basic video, it’s just a placeholder. “Superstars” is dope, easily one of the best cuts from RKZ’s adventurous “Words of Adrenaline” mixtape released last month. Gifted the Great pulls a blinder on production duties, successfully bringing to mind to the Soulquarians era. Sian Sanderson’s vocals are dead-on perfect, truly a subtle delight. In fact, if we set aside any sampling issues, this genuinely could have been a gold standard song in RKZ’s catalogue – which makes it a bit frustrating that the star himself is simply good. There are some clever lines, but we’ve heard RKZ go harder than this, and with tighter delivery. Admittedly a petty qualm in the grand scheme of things, as “Superstars” still manages to delight in more ways than one. (Reviewed by Rahul)