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Hip hop and indie-rock go pop-punk in Lewis Shepperd’s latest single, Take My Hand

Lewis Shepperd showed us the true extent of his versatility with the release of his latest single, Take My Hand, which obliterates the boundaries between indie, pop, rock and hip hop. The breaking artist hasn’t idled since we heard his last single, Follow You, which delivered a Kings of Leon style of cool and proved that his soulfully resonant talent should be as revered as Winehouse’s. Since then, he’s performed at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2021, received plenty of BBC airplay and garnered critical acclaim from across the board.

With rap bars mixed with his energised indie-rock vocals atop the instrumentals that continually shift through melodic grooves, tension-fraught build-ups and pop-punk style breaks, Take My Hand is a gift that keeps on giving.

As the garagey distorted rock licks towards the outro prove the value in the perpetual solidarity by depicting the chaotic state of the world, the lyrics remind you how sweet it is to have stunning souls around you. If that doesn’t hit the spot, you may want to check if you’ve still got a pulse.

Take My Hand is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Montrael became the voice of her heartbroken generation with ‘Project Twenty1’

Montrael

Rochester, New York-based singer-songwriter Montrael released her highly anticipated EP, Project Twenty1, as 2020 drew to a close; if you missed it, you missed a soulful soiree of style, sultry panache and urban poetry.

Montrael made her debut in 2018; since the debut, she has built a loyal fan following around her effortlessly resounding music where emotion always takes the reins and drives the tracks through moody trappy melodies and self-aware introspection. The young artist takes influence from Usher, Beyonce and Selena, while her inspiration lies in her commitment to being a youthful voice for this generation of RnB fans in need of soulfully empowering music.

Project Twenty1 is now available to stream and purchase in full via apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Shooting 3’s: DC rapper Chekmayte collects and bounces on move-filled ‘Chek Da Track’

As he stretches through on that new age pimp style that has him dusting off the competition like they weren’t there, to begin with, Chekmayte sounds in inspired form with the go-get-it new single all about just going for it on ‘Chek Da Track‘.

Chekmayte is a Washington, DC-based indie hip-hop artist. He is a top-shelf rapper who flows with an unmistakable style that is filled with his signature honest flow that pushes him into the limelight each time he shines.

A lyrical veteran emerging from the smoke building momentum, the work never stops.” ~ Chekmayte

Bringing his rugged flow to the fore with that likeable confidence, Chekmayte knocks any pieces off the board that doesn’t fit on this terrific new single that features a bass-thumping beat that needs to be turned up on full volume. This is that entertaining hip-hop that includes a real message, as we eloquently discover what the accurate course of action is when faced with those who talk a lot but bring very little to the table.

Chek Da Track‘ from the well-respected Washington, DC-based indie hip-hop solo artist Chekmayte, is a truth-uncovering single that shows us he can see through any nonsense that is thrown his way. This is a man that is never playing defensive, as he is throwing 3 point shots and not standing for any fake drama from the posers out there. With an old school delivery that drops the post off on time every time – this is a full-blooded release – that is all about doing what you do and ignoring anything that is trying to slow you down in making that well-deserved limitless paper stack.

Check this brand new single on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I Was Terrified: Lovable Portland folk singer-songwriter Tirlyn Sky tells us about the familar romantic dream on ‘I’m Okay With It’

As she ponders a time and place that felt so eerily similar and deja-vu like, Tirlyn Sky sings with growing confidence on a sweet story that will probably give you butterflies in your stomach with ‘I’m Okay With It‘.

Tirlyn Sky is a youthful 17-years-old Portland, Oregon-based indie-folk/pop singer-songwriter who sings with a likably shy nature and sings about love, life and finding your destined path in this overly-complicated world.

Music from other artists has helped me so so so much and it really does heal. Like, when you find that one song it’s literally therapy. You play it on repeat, you get to sing, yell, cry, and just express yourself. I hope I can bring that to people, and that would mean the world and so much more.” ~ Tirlyn Sky

There is much to love about a soulful artist like Tirlyn Sky, who performs with a natural smile and writes lyrics of real-life experiences. With a blossoming technique that seems to flow smoothly through your whole curious consciousness. this is a pure musician – who makes music to help herself and others get through any heartbreak or sadness – with the end goal being that ultimate recovery.

I’m Okay With It‘ from the Portland, Oregon-based indie-folk/pop solo artist Tirlyn Sky, is a journey through her late-night dreams as she sees the girl she likes right in front of her and forgets to breathe. Sung with a loving and heartfelt attitude and an authentic nature, you feel like she is only going to improve after each track. With more experience and the support of those who she respects, there is no reason why we won’t be hearing more gems from this lovely young musician who sings from the heart. Expressing yourself through music is a great way to fulfil all your creative urges after all.

Hear this delightful new single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Take Your Time: South London rapper ENIGMAR shows us how to get to our ‘Dreams’

Taken off his latest album called ‘Help‘, ENIGMAR plants the seed in our minds that shall assist us in getting to those much-wanted ‘Dreams‘.

ENIGMAR is a South London-based indie UK rap artist. He makes a vocally-stimulating blend of compelling music that guides you to a better mindset that helps you succeed in life.

Showing us his well-constructed delivery that is an enjoyable listen from start to finish, ENIGMAR raises the bar and shows us the way forward. In a dog-eat-dog world where things seem so gloomy and negative a lot of the time, this is a smart rapper who brushes off the standard-lowering distractions and brings in only positive words for us to learn from.

Dreams‘ from the South London, UK-based indie rapper ENIGMAR, is a bass-boosting encounter that takes you into a better position than before. He raps with so much conviction and inner determination, as he flows with a real certainty that is such a pleasure to witness. This is a track for anyone who is feeling down and who actually wants to get into a better place in your soul, as you grab hold of your destiny without anyone else telling you what to do.

Immerse yourself into this beat-filled track on Spotify and see more via the IG music channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Step Up: 17thekid is quite excellent on ‘Never Mind Who You Thought I Was’

With a boss mentality and a princess vibe that shows her elevation away from all small-mindedness that threatened to bring her down, 17thekid shows us that she is headed towards a radiant future that is only about those positive vibes with ‘Never Mind Who You Thought I Was‘.

17thekid is a multi-skilled bedroom rapper, RnB artist, drummer, singer-songwriter, music producer, audio engineer, and dancer, who makes a pure-sounding blend of faith-filled music that seems to brush off all the nagging doubt that was holding you back before.

Flourishing the airwaves with a 2Pac-like delivery, 17thekid reveals to us her lyrical ability that is absolutely razor-sharp and flows like an established vet. She sings and raps with a real self-enlightened attitude, that is rather sensational at times and is a real head-nodding experience that is a real flourishing effort.

Never Mind Who You Thought I Was‘ from the youthful indie RnB/soul artist and music producer 17thekid, is a track that reminds you to always be chasing your dreams and love-filled heart forever. With so many people waiting for your downfall, this is a track that takes you back to the old school ’90s when music seems to be at its peak. This is an extremely talented woman who performs with such phenomenal determination and shows us all her promise in this excellent effort.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more news on her journey via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

RIP: Bitvert sends fitting tribute to a true legend on the 8-minute mind-bender ‘Residue’

Residue by bitvert

Slamming the bass down with expert effect as he brings us a track that has been dedicated to a true legend who has sadly been lost, Bitvert takes us into the proper underground to see what is left inside on ‘Residue‘.

Bitvert is a London, UK-based indie electronic music producer and live performer who makes a truly expert range of ear-sizzlers beyond comprehension for most that shall take you to a place back in time when the world wasn’t so broken.

This is a fine addition to our ravenous ears and is a fantastic track to say thanks to the Windsor, UK-based Andrew Weatherall, the British musician, DJ and record producer known for helming Primal Scream’s Screamadelica, who tragically passed away due to a fatal pulmonary embolism earlier in 2020.

This track is dedicated to Andrew Weatherall. Patron of the underground. Rest in beats.” ~ Bitvert

Residue‘ from the London, UK-based indie electronic music producer and live performer Bitvert, is a roaring track that is edged with that truly hardcore sound that is so rare these days. He missiles in with a swarming bounce that takes you into a whole new world, as the speakers shake in anticipation for the next move. This is a sumptuous effort that shall have your whole soul feeling rather intrigued – and filled with that vintage sounding feel – that is a glorious listen for all fans of this genre.

Hear this bass-tumping new single on Bandcamp and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Feel The Music: Mister Dirty gets our hands all the way up on ‘Going Out Tonight’

Bringing us a raw party track that will have you feeling sweaty and ready for a fun night filled with naughty adventure, Mister Dirty turns up the bass and rips off his shirt on the brand new bounce-heavy single ‘Going Out Tonight‘.

Brian Bateman aka Mister Dirty is an original indie dance and hip-hop artist, photographer and model who is also an esteemed music producer.

Mister Dirty bring the passionate radioactivity with a sexy track that is all about having enjoyment and doing whatever you want when you are out with friends. The energy is electrifying here and you feel the pulsating vibe that transports you from dull into happy within seconds. This is a true party-starter at work here, as he blazes a path for us to enter the VIP section on such an enthusiastic listen.

Going Out Tonight‘ from the much-liked indie dance/hip-hop solo artist and music producer Mister Dirty is a lip-licking single that has your whole intrigued body ready for whatever this night has in store. The ladies are out and the eyes of the wolves are ready, as we are guided on a quick-fire journey into the club that is ready for life again.

Hear this buzzing new single on YouTube and see more via the FB page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Legends In The Making: LA’s rockers Left Of The Slash ride just right on ‘With Patience Along’

With their debut EP ‘Won‘ on the way in the next few months, Left Of The Slash tantalise us with their phenomenal new single which was written in 2003 that will unquestionably have your feet tapping called ‘With Patience Along‘.

Left Of The Slash is a magnificent alt-rock act from busy Los Angeles, California. After imprinting our eardrums with the catchy-riff gem ‘Between The Lines‘ in October 2021, there is much to commend about such a pulsatingly vibrant sound from an outfit that appears to only get better after each release.

Left Of The Slash sound truly motivated here and this might be their best release yet. There is a real razor edge here that sharpens your mind and has you feeling fully alert in the moment, as your bones just rattle in that unexplained excitement. This is the type of track to wake up with – as you jump up and down to feel alive again – with a top echelon act that unquestionably knows how to satisfy our broken hearts.

With Patience Along‘ from the high-tempo Los Angeles, California-based indie alt-rock band Left Of The Slash, is such a pure sound and shall shake your woke speakers awake with some aplomb. Featuring that trademark vocal sound that has you balancing the volume to get another listen, plus a stunning melody that grips you suddenly and never let’s go. This is that old school rock mentality that seems to be making a much-awaited comeback to the masses, due to its engaging soundscape that just feels so good on the soul.

Hear this powerful act on Spotify and see more news on their IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Endless Oceans: Breathlessly talented Slovakian duo Dennyiah are quite brilliant on ‘Sense of the Rain’

After soothing our heartbroken ears on the excellent ‘Autumn 2015‘ from September 2021, Dennyiah shows us a natural way to live on the beautifully-projected new single ‘Sense of the Rain‘.

Dennyiah is a world-class Slovakian indie-pop/country/soul and blues-fusion duo who make an important blend of musical soundscapes that actually matters, with eloquently-written lyrics that shall bring you much hope in times of apparent hopelessness.

Dennyiah is at its brilliant best with a supremely stunning earth-hugging experience that will have your whole sensitive body in euphoric raptures. They seem to make the type of rare stimulating sound that is so genuinely made – and filled with only positive energy – that wraps gently all of your fragile heart to help it feel better again after all the unnecessary destruction recently.

Sense of the Rain‘ from the brilliant soulfully-enlightened Slovakian indie-pop/country/soul and blues-fusion duo Dennyiah, is such a pure track that might send day-changing shivers all over your naked soul. The superb drum-filled beat is rather compelling and the stunning vocals of a glorious singer who is clearly in tune with the world’s core, takes you to a much better mindset than before. Music has the power to heal after all.

Hear this stunning single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen