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Monique Angele brings back that tender love and much-needed hope on Sing Together on Christmas

As the sleigh bells ring and so many prepare for a special time of year, Monique Angele shines a light on what it all really means for humanity who just need to feel peace for a few hours on Sing Together on Christmas.

Monique Angele is a much-loved Australian/Canadian operatic piano pop singer-songwriter who loves nature and makes memorable songs filled with imagination.

Christmas is a time where we all want to be together, sing together and love one another. Through difficult times we should all try to love one another and care for each other.” ~ Monique Angele

Showing us where the love needs to be in this time of year when many are rather lonely, Monique Angele sings with so much joy and care which shall warm the souls of so many. This is such an incredibly beautiful effort that is a much appreciated entry in 2022.

Sing Together on Christmas from Australian/Canadian operatic piano pop singer-songwriter Monique Angele is one of the more healing entries anyone is ever likely to hear. There is so much supreme class on offer, which is made with true intentions and extraordinary poise.

If we all join hands as one, anything is possible.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The alt-rock originator, djamesk13, struck again with his grungy proto-punk single, And That’s Where It Ends, And So It All Begun

And That’s Where It Ends, And So It All Begun” is the latest tonally sublime single released by the London-based alt-rock originator djamesk13 (David Kemp).

If Dinosaur Jr veered away from grunge and towards proto-punk and made a pit stop at 90s Britpop to pick up a bit of extra guitar swagger, the sonic result would be in a similar vein to this nostalgically produced hit.

The distortedly and poetically orchestrated single provides a definitive discourse on the nature of our lives which runs through like pre-determined chapters of destiny. Lament it or live it to the max, but that’s the nature of being, captured in the lyrical hooks in this epitomisingly sludgy earworm.

And That’s Where It Ends, And So It All Begun was officially released on November 19th. Catch it on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Jaytovxn is on the prowl in his dynamic rap track, Pink Panther

Using the Pink Panther theme tune in his hot summer hip hop drop was a bold move for the 18-year-old Southern rapper, Jaytovxn, but given that the official music video racked up over 40k streams before it fell into our ears, it more than paid off.

His track, Pink Panther, with Ja Morant is a fiery, polished new wave production that lures you in with its convictive charisma, collaborative chemistry and the concise delivery of the bars that snap as hard as the beats.

If you loved the creativity within Pink Panther that uses conceptual twists and turns to keep you immersed in the artistry, you’ll be a sucker for Jaytovxn’s recently released EP, Eclipse. It stands as a testament to the luminary’s ability to meld genres to create his blazing signature that others will undoubtedly be keen to forge and assimilate.

Watch the official music video on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Maria Lane is back with a new release: “Crying In A CVS”

Maria Lane is an artist who developed a very personal and one-of-a-kind twist on her sound and lyrics. From the energy of indie-pop to the intimacy of acoustic music, Maria Lane is all about keeping an open mind and avoiding getting stuck in the usual categories and genre definitions.

“Crying In A CVS” is the title of Maria Lane’s recent studio work, and it serves as an excellent introduction to the sound and feel of the artist. On one hand, the song features a huge, vibrant tone with so many details and interesting sounds. On the other, this is a very instinctive, relatable piece of music that the audience is certainly going to connect with on a much more personal level, highlighting Maria Lane’s songwriting skills. This is highly recommended to fans of artists like Olivia Rodrigo, Francis Moon and Daughter, among others.

Find out more about Maria Lane, and listen to her recent release, “Crying In A CVS”, which is currently available on Spotify.

Wacko Fest presents: “This Is Fine.”

Wacko Fest is a project with a truly one-of-a-kind sound and style. What makes the artistry of this musical act so special is that it all started in a very serendipitous way, just from friends having fun and jamming together. The spontaneity at the heart of Wack Fest is still a huge and vital component of this release and a really good example of why their formula is so exciting and always connects with people. Wacko Fest’s most recent work, “This Is Fine,” drops on November 25th, 2022. This is a great introduction to the band’s music and a fantastic example of the broad scope that fuels its artistic endeavours overall.

This release is highly recommended to fans of jangly, melodic and energetic indie rock.

Find out more about Wack Fest: http://www.wackofest.com/

Dj Nebifar Interview: Meshing World of Warcraft and music together rather splendidly on Barrens Chat

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We sat down with Dj Nebifar recently who let us deep within the music and gaming worlds. Filled with so much passion for his craft and so much more, this is an inside look into the life of a highly skilled creative who is only just getting started.

Thank you for taking the time to speak to us today, Dj Nebifar. Please tell us more about your latest releases and what the vision was behind the projects?

Dj Nebifar: Well, I made 2 albums and called them “Barrens Chat”. It’s a well-known location amongst the WoW community where people usually hang out and chat, and that’s where I drew the inspiration. The WoW community. I always wanted to create music for the people, something they can turn on in the background and do their favourite things and enjoy the moment.

What’s it like to be a musician and a World of WarCraft player?
Dj Nebifar: I listen to my music all the time as I play WoW so it feels like I did something good for this world and I hope the rest of people will feel the same way.

How can the music scene be better for its artists and fans?
Dj Nebifar: I think we definitely need more exposure, especially for new aspiring indie artists, I know a lot of new indie artists (myself included) that create wonderful music that are kind of lost in the shadows, and maybe having a new way of connecting artists and fans would do a lot.

How did you get started in the music industry and what do you enjoy most about it?
Dj Nebifar: I have been listening to my own playlists and noticed that I got tired of my favourite music due to the lack of new releases especially with genres I can relate to, so I decided that the best way is to create the music myself. The most enjoyable thing is when people listen to your own music and give you feedback saying that they like it and can relate to it.

If there was one country you could tour, where would it be and why?
Dj Nebifar: I bet it will be somewhere in Europe, Ive been to Tomorrowland and I wish that one day I will go back there, but as an artist.

Last of all, where can we find you live next or do you have any exciting projects lined up for 2023?
– Both of my releases are on most of the streaming platforms. And I am currently on a trip to Asia, getting inspiration for next album! You can follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tch.nikita/ if you want to catch me live or get new updates on my whereabouts.

Listen up on Spotify. See more news on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Freak out with the anthemically resonant single, Trauma, from the Atlanta indie powerhouse, yin.

Discussing inter-generational trauma no longer has to be confined to the therapy sessions you can’t afford, and posting statuses online that will result in a cascade of patronising care reacts. Atlanta’s most relatable alt-indie three-piece, yin, is here to make sure of it with their latest single, Trauma.

The infectiously maniacal high energy lets you ride the rare peaks that intersect the depth of the isolated lows. Strap yourselves in for the most anthemic indie jangle pop guitars you’ve ever heard as they sail through the dynamism that brings Take on Me to mind with the eccentrically soaring climactic choruses that leave the 1975 and Bleachers in the archetypal dirt.

In the style of Yung Blud, yin pair euphonic sonics with dark lyrics that make no bones about alluding to the dark places we drift into and all of the even darker thoughts that keep us company during the bouts of anxious madness that late-stage capitalism has left us to linger in. With their debut LP, Someone Who Isn’t Me, set to release on November 22nd, all eyes and ears should be on yin right now.

“There’s something really wonderful and terrible about being human in the modern age. We’re all struggling with the mere fact that waking up and convincing ourselves that we don’t hate each other is normal, and there’s always this emotional and spiritual push to try and love and cherish the little that we have to call our own. We just want to be honest about all of the sad parts as well as the really amazing happy parts.”

Trauma is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Rapper and producer, JaefKae is razor-sharp in his Reggaeton hip hop single, New Machete

With a danceable versatile flavour like no other, the Chicago-hailing rapper and producer, JaefKae, burst onto our radar with the genre-fluid beats in his latest single, New Machete.

The tropic earworm picks at the roots of hip hop, Caribbean Dancehall, Reggaeton and Soul and plants the seed for a fresh new sound, defined by kaleidoscopically colourful instrumentals and the effortlessly high-vibes in the vocals.

During his career, JaefKae has opened for Nas and Pusha T, taken his high-energy performances across Chicago, and used his platform to represent his Afro-Purto Rican and Japanese descent, be a force of resistance against police oppression and to fight for black liberation.

His moniker comes from JFK because his 200-song discography “will blow your f***ing mind”. Considering that New Machete completely dominates your psyche before flooding it with dance-worthy rhythms and elevated talent, JaefKae had every basis to be that bold when settling on the pseudonym that will ripple across the globe attached to his infectiously upraising tracks.

New Machete is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Joe Astley sings the everyman blues in his world-class single, Suburbia

Joe Astley

Drawing parallels between Bitter Sweet Symphony, sans the bitterness, Joe Astley’s orchestral feat of folkish rock, Suburbia, taken from his forthcoming debut album, is for anyone who has ever felt the gravity of their hometown dragging them down more insidiously than anywhere else.

The opening lyric, “this city’s got it in for me, there’s a thousand other places that I wish to be”, delivered through harmonic lines that soak the record with sepia-tinged lament as they resound over the rugged acoustic guitar chords, orchestral strings and soaring electric guitar notes as they wind old school Americana into the release starts the single on a sombre note.

The profoundly uplifting release seamlessly progresses into a defiantly strident score through the refusal to fade away into the misery that soaks the streets of working-class towns and cities across the UK. The Wigan-based professional singer-songwriter and instrumentalist sonically attested to the bleakness scribed in Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier while simultaneously pulling beauty from the destitution that his accoladed career is pulling him from.

As some artists bemoan the current climate of the music industry, Joe Astley is thriving as definitive proof that with the right balance of tenacious songwriting, insurmountable talent and effortless charisma that immerses you into the emotional states he orchestrates, success is still in the sightline.

Between his residency at the Cavern Club, SKY TV streaming the live run-through of Suburbia, his debut EP on the shelves in HMV, and all his singles charting in the iTunes top ten, it’s impossible not to feel giddy when anticipating his next move.

The launch of his debut album, Twenty-First Century Times, on January 20th, 2023 will undoubtedly open up even more roads for Astley as he takes his boy-next-door resonance wherever he goes.

Purchase Suburbia on Apple Music or add it to your Spotify playlists.

Follow Joe Astley on Facebook & Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast