Monelle is another R&B artist that you should seriously take note of. I rarely ever listen to an album and think to myself, 'wow, this album is actually perfect'. It's so perfect in fact, that I've struggled for some time on how I should describe this body of work. 'In Loathing Memory' is a smooth blend of Neo-Soul R&B that gives me the same feeling that an artist like Lauryn Hill does. I think her Spotify bio sums up her style quite well and it reads "Monelle is a South African poet, singer, and rapper". I think Monelle being a poet is what makes her music unique. Her melodies are soothing and you can kind of tell that she's been writing for some time. One of the many poetic flows she has can be heard on the chorus of 'Bad Day' when she sings "Catch me on a bad day I’m a piece a work yeah, tell me that I’m worth it ey. Love me on a bad day, you know I deserve it. Tell me that I’m perfect ey".
Monelle has this ability to make you really feel what she's saying in her songs. So much so, that every time I try to follow along with her on genius, I can't help but get up and start moving my hips because the vibes are just undeniable. I have to take a moment to talk about IORDN, who seems to be the main producer that Monelle works with. His feature on 'Good To Me', is nothing short of spectacular. He found the perfect blend between singing and 'sing-rapping'. He played the part of both the singer and the rapper in one feature. Monelle's 'In Loathing Memory' is one of my favourite listens from this year. Check it out below.