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Talk It Through: David M Fiori wants that young love joy on ‘Stronger Than Me’ (feat. London Lawhon)

With a groovy vibe and an honest story about taking charge in a relationship, David M Fiori is thoroughly tremendous on his new track featuring striking vocals that will have you nodding your head all day on ‘Stronger Than Me(feat. London Lawhon).

David M Fiori is a New York City-born, Las Vegas, Nevada-based artist, bass player and music producer. He is a legend in the US music scene who knows talent when he sees it, and is a well-respected musician who makes that world class sound.

David Fiori has spent years perfecting his technical sound and unique style, with writing projects that include. Netflix, Marvel Studios, and Nissan, Chevy, Kraze Capone, and Triga, Jasmine Saldana Diaz , Solomon Child from Wu-Tang Clan and currently London Lawhon from American Idol.” ~ David M Fiori

Featuring a soulful singer who has such a succulent vocal ability and matched with a fresh riff that has you in the mood to reach your goals no matter who is bringing you down, this is a top track full of everything you need.

With reflective lyrics about wanting to keep the love alive and to not be a babysitter all the time – this is a fine song packed with a style that has you realizing deeply – that its actually important to keep things in perspective, to achieve that much-wanted long-term success.

Stronger Than Me(feat. London Lawhon) from the multi-talented Las Vegas-based musician and music producer David M Fiori, is that true story about wishing you could be looked after for once. You desire that person who is totally mature and not stuck a reality tv-type mindset, who supports your vision, and takes you on adventures you only thought possible in dreams. This is the type of track which makes you really think, if indeed you are actually with the correct person after all.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Ism has dropped his iconic cross over single, Grey Matter.

Any fans of John Grant’s deadpan witty drawl, Daft Punk’s danceable grooves and Nile Rodger’s guitars will soon get suckered into the latest electrifying indie synthpop track, Grey Matter, by up and coming artist Ism, featuring the soulful vocals from Roo.

Grey Matter is just one of the infectiously experimental singles found on Ism’s latest album, Blue Artist, that seamlessly entwines disco, funk, hip hop, synthpop and indie – to energizing effect. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Grey Matter is one of the best crossover tracks since RZA and Paul Banks formed Banks & Steelz.

Grey Matter is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Somewhere Far Away: Ivy Eye are simply excellent on nostalgic 2nd single ‘Make My Way Out’ (To The Sun)

With their dark sunglasses hidden slyly under their stylish space helmets with a ciggie or three waiting to be lit when they reach the optimum height up above, Ivy Eye skillfully shatter all preconceived ideas on how modern music should sound on their follow up to the massive worldwide debut hit ‘Peace of Mind‘, as they bring us more joyous euphoria to salivate over on ‘Make My Way Out(To The Sun).

Ivy Eye is a UK-based music production duo who somehow take a futuristic torch and shine in dynamic disco, fresh funk and uncontaminated pop pureness, to heal our broken hearts one song at a time.

The infectious track explores elements from the House and Nu-Disco genres all whilst keeping the duo’s classic Disco/Funk influences as the driving force. Moving into more sonically lush territory,” ~ Ivy Eye

There is so much to love here as the story of wanting to escape this evil planet rings home true, as you pick up the phone and say yes to the offer of joining them on this exciting journey to a new place. A better place. Somewhere safe and kind, with heart-healing music leading us to the peaceful finish line, where you can lather joyously in treasures that fill more than your easy-to-break pockets.

Make My Way Out(To The Sun) from the well-received UK music producers Ivy Eye, is a sensational performance that is filled with happy droplets of scintillating vibrations to keep you coming back for more. They prove that funky music with soul will always have a place in our welcoming smiles no matter what other fads are doing the rounds, as this is just pure unadulterated brilliance all the way though. Music with a bounce like this, is always welcome on life’s ever-evolving jumping castle.

Hear this groovy wonder in the sky above on Spotify and find them hanging out in the coolest spots via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I Let You Slip Away: Chicago’s Babybrutha shows his respect for Paul Weller on ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ (The Style Council cover)

Written by the legendary UK musician Paul WellerBabybrutha reminds us of our often-selfish ways that need to be extinguished quickly before they ruin our lives on ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf‘ (The Style Council cover).

Babybrutha is a Chicago-based four-piece funk/rock/soul band founded by the lead vocalist and bassist Tim Lee. He makes that soulfully relevant type of music that strikes passionately into your heart, and has you thinking reflectively about your life.

Paul Weller originally wrote this classic for The Style Council and it is the only cover on the album. Tim Lee has always been a fan of Weller’s and this is one of his favorite songs. The lyrics are the same but the arrangement is all Babybrutha.” ~ Babybrutha

This is the true story about wishing you could take back the moment you took that special soul for granted until they stopped answering your calls, as you think about your actions and vow to never let this happened again.

With a softly spoken vocal ability that shines through so peacefully, there is such a calming nature intertwined into this classic cover song which has you enjoying his terrific guitar-playing. This is a man who usually performs his own music and was so inspired by this true classic – that he felt was important to share this honest track – in this often-selfish world that needs to hear this message.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf(The Style Council cover) from the Chicago-based multi-talented funk/rock/soul act Babybrutha, is a new release that sends a tribute to the incredibly skilled songwriter Paul Weller, while also showing his qualities with a peaceful display that will have your feet tapping along. This is a very introspective track which has you thinking so deeply, as you wish you could have some moments back to change what transpired before in your life.

See this new music video on YouTube and find out more on the the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

First Thing I Think Of: The Rah Band remember those loving footprints on ‘Vapour Trails’ (feat. Funmilayo)

As they wholeheartedly miss that sweet love so much but refuse to let the memory fade, The Rah Band have our pulses racing quickly on their single which recalls that love which will never leave the earth with ‘Vapour Trails(feat. Funmilayo).

The Rah Band is a legendary Richard Hewson-formed pop/dance band who first started performing together back in 1977 and were massive back in the 70’s and 80’s. They have formed a collaboration with the wonderful British singer Funmilayo, as they have a terrific energy together, which has our feet tapping all the way through.

It’s a story of celebration. It’s a metaphoric gasp of fresh beautiful air, like everyone coming out Noah’s Ark after the flood. For all the people we’ve lost during these strange times, ‘Vapour Trails’ is a celebration of their lives. It’s like the people you’ve lost who have left their footprints in the sand, it’s a celebration of them. It feels as if I wrote that song back then, as a message for today. It’s more relevant now than it could ever have been when I first wrote it. I knew that I had to refresh and release this track after the pandemic year that we’ve all endured.” ~ Funmilayo and Richard Hewson 

We are taken onto the windy beach by a singer who is on top form here, her vocals are so passionate and flourishing with so much real love, as the band skillfully take us back to memory lane with a supreme effort.

Vapour Trails(feat. Funmilayo) from the old school pop/dance act The Rah Band, shows us a path which was so easy to remember. The love was so strong and always takes your mind into an amazing place, with a remarkable romance that you will never forget. It takes someone supremely caring to always remember their life, as its so easy to forget in this copy and paste world. This is an ode to the past, from true musicians who grace us with a story that is so relevant, during these very challenging times.

Stream this new lyric video on YouTube and see more via the Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Tom Tom Park embraces authenticity in his single, ‘Adore Me’, featuring Disc Eyes.

For his latest feat of hyper disco-pop, Netherlands-based songwriter and producer Tom Tom Park teamed up with vocalist Disc Eyes to create a vibrant funk-riding hit that surpasses energetic and moves into the realms of mania – in the best possible way.

The dancey beats, dizzying synths and funky basslines are reminiscent of what you will find on Daft Punk and the Weeknd records. But Adore Me comes with an even deeper sense of soul which is where the influence from artists such as Donna Summer comes into play.

Given that Tom Tom Park has already received praise from one-half of the Scissor Sisters (Jake Shears), he scarcely needs our approval. Yet, notably, his boldly eccentric approach to disco deserves to be met with rapturous acclaim internationally; digging authenticity out of disco in 2021 is no easy feat.

Adore Me is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Don’t Freak Out have released their endearingly explicit jazz neo-soul pop single, ‘Shit Cars’

‘Shit Cars’ is the latest endearingly explicit neo-soul jazz-funk track by the off the cuff artist, Don’t Freak Out, who play with elements of RnB and hip hop to bring a sense of easy accessibility to their endlessly eccentric releases.

The extended-release keeps your synapses on full alert right up until the outro as it grooves its way through jazzy interludes, rap verses and choruses that make an obscure earworm out of Shit Cars.

With each member of Don’t Freak Out being a seasoned professional, they set themselves apart with the nuance of their sound just as much as they do through the uniqueness of it. Given that they quite literally paid ode to shit cars with their latest release, that says something.

Shit Cars is due for release on June 11th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Get your nostalgia hit with Smooth Retsina Glow’s funk-pop jazz-fusion single, Memories Made

‘Memories Made’ is just one of the singles that alt-rock outfit, Smooth Retsina Glow, has toured the US with since making their debut in 2020; with international airplay and 60 shows under their belt, they’re well on their way to shedding their ‘up and coming’ status.

With enough funk to give Nile Rogers a run for his money and sticky-sweet pop sensibilities to the female vocals, Memories Made is a tranquil yet equally enlivening track. There are serious melodic grooves in the rhythm section but with the choppy staccato guitar chords, there’s plenty of upbeat energy pouring from the heart and soul of this nostalgia-inducing track.

You can check out the official video to Memories Made by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

V!V passes the vibe check with her electronic funk-pop earworm, ‘MY NRG’.

Funky moody pop may sound like a paradox, but that’s exactly what will greet you when you hit play on the latest single released by alt-pop singer-songwriter V!V.

MY NRG is the sophomore single from the Detroit-born Chicago-raised artist that delved into Chicago’s music scene by collaborating with up and coming rappers and vocalists. After taking plenty of inspiration from Tyler, the Creator, V!V started to create her grooving loops to flow with her vocals that can only be described as radiant.

MY NRG comes with a smorgasbord of attitude, but it is all in the name of demonstrating the importance of protecting your energy and knowing your worth. It is an infectiously empowering track that you will need on your summer pop playlists as soon as you hear it.

MY NRG is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

A Little Crazy: The Fiddle Revolt impress again with the reflective ‘Garden of Eden’

As they dodge the sneaky snakes that threaten to bite them on the foot as they walk innocently around to forget this challenging time, The Fiddle Revolt keep their energies constant to remind calm despite the possible venom awaiting on ‘Garden of Eden‘.

The Fiddle Revolt is an experienced Akron, Ohio-based multi-dimensional rock, funk, soul, blues, RnB, pop and reggae band. They make that deeply created vibe that is a throwback to the good days, when the vibe was uplifting and full of only positive music with meaning.

This song was written as a response to the current state of the world. Through the global pandemic, one very important fact was realized: you don’t get lost time back.” – The Fiddle Revolt

The members first started playing together as the backing band for a country artist. The band grew tired of being stuck in one genre with one front man. Unable to convince the lead man to allow for more experimental use of their talents, and with their creativity being stifled, the five members decided to leave and form their own band.” – The Fiddle Revolt

Garden of Eden‘ from a band that certainly keep it real always and are called The Fiddle Revolt, is a terrific single that is full of catchy solos. strong vocals and raspy riffs, that makes you smile deep inside your tired soul. This is a single to throw on and enjoy –  despite the sad tone of losing time due to this disastrous and pesky pandemic – as its unpretentious is a welcome eye-warmer to filter good vibrations into your soul again.

Stream this groovy track on Spotify and see more via their IG adventures.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen