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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

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

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

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

Rico Suave shines a light on the beauty in vulnerability with ‘Say It Back’

Rico Suave

From the moment you hit play on Rico Suave’s latest single, Say It Back, you instantly understand how he came about his moniker with his passion-driven approach to hip hop.

Say It Back is the lead track from the affectionately titled release, Hope You Love Me After. Each of the eight tracks pulls the listeners’ attention to the beauty in romantic vulnerability, proving that even though it’s terrifying, there’s nothing more beautiful than going all in, despite the blows that may follow.

With nuances of RnB and its downtempo grooves, Say It Back paints a picture of romantic anticipation as it reminds you of your own soul’s capacity to feel. In a world as dystopic and loveless as ours Rico Suave on the airwaves is a godsend.

Hope you Love Me After is now available to stream and purchase via the apple store.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Cush Wallace establishes himself as the new West Coast hip hop heavyweight with ‘AMMO’.

LA-based alt-rap artist instrumentalist and producer Cush Wallace is well on his way to securing a place in West Coast hip hop history. His latest EP, DRICO II: THE RISE OF FREDERICO DOWN BY PICO, stands as a testament to his trippy and atmospheric style and his cuttingly sharp wit.

His Afro-Latino roots pull through in the standout single, AMMO, which runs his tens of thousands of listeners through the weight put on him from his haters. Being the inspirational artist that he is, he lyrically fights his way through adversity and shines as before the track reaches its gritty outro.

Cush Wallace is so much more than your average I-downloaded-garage-band-3-months-ago kind of rapper; the classically trained multi-instrumentalist mastered the guitar and cello, those melodic skills notably lent themselves to AMMO.

AMMO is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Gotta Take My Swing: Bay Area-based RnB artist Phil Q makes his move at the bar on the ‘Silhouette’ (feat. Triimurtii)

Inspired by the bar scene from the famous movie Crazy Stupid Love, Phil Q finds it hard to take his eyes off her on the smooth new single all about seeing if a former stranger wants to go home with you on ‘Silhouette(feat. Triimurtii).

Phil Q is a solo Bay Area-based indie RnB artist and music producer who loves to always be evolving and cleverly blends in jazz, hip-hop, and electronic treats for us to munch on joyously.

When he writes, he draws inspiration from the Bay Area nightlife, immersing his listeners through meticulously crafted lyrics that tell his story, from exploring SF to speeding down I-880, vibing to chill music and deep conversation.” ~ Phil Q

Phil Q performs with a loving edge that has you smiling radiantly, as you dim the lights down and wonder if this is something special or a one-night thing. He sings with a smoothly-lipped ambience and the tight production has you feeling like this is a quality groove – to add your romantic playlist – the next time you meet someone who has your heart beating quicker than usual.

Silhouette(feat. Triimurtii) from the tremendously-skilled solo indie RnB artist and music producer Phil Q, is a loved-up single that is all about getting to know your new lover who you want to treat right. You don’t have much time but you want to feel the vibe with her, as you feel like there is a spark here and you want to see how far this flame can heat up. Sung with a bar-feel and a twinkle in the eye, this is a stunning single that will have you wondering if this chemistry is going to blend into your smiles together all night.

Hear this terrific new track on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Inside Your Mind: OXYG3N tells us the real story on ‘Channel 33’ (feat. Highndeaf)

With a brooding rhythm that is notably threatening and gets your nervous heart pounding as fast as a voracious lion stalking its prey, OXYG3N asks us to turn on a new mindset so that we can see things so much clearer than before on ‘Channel 33(feat. Highndeaf).

OXYG3N is a Corona, California-based underground hip-hop emcee, Cannabis Stock Fund advocate, NFT Art creator, crypto investor and music producer.

He started making music due to his older brother being a producer too and is influenced by Ab-Soul, Lil Wayne, A$AP MOB and 50 Cent.” ~ OXYG3N

OXYG3N shows us his astonishingly hard bars that slam down with some force like a thunderbolt from the shadowed sky, to speedily awaken those who need to open up their sleepy eyes. There is a full-paced tempo here that doesn’t let up, as the booming beat keeps you locked tight into this vividly described picture.

Channel 33(feat. Highndeaf) from the prominent Corona, California-based indie hip-hop artist and music producer OXYG3N, is a really powerful track that is one for those real music fans who love this storytelling genre that will never die. You feel the hungry nature of this experienced artist that urges us all to slide those sunglasses off and take note of these troubled times with waves so big, that many will not make it through to shore. The world is unnecessarily cruel like that sometimes.

Hear this fine new single on Soundcloud and see more news via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Donnell Isaac inspires passion in our uncertain landscape in Everyone Needs Love featuring Sonny King

Soul singer Donnell Isaac’s latest single, Everyone Needs Love, is an RnB wisdom bomb that will even get romantic nihilists into the groove and mood. With the gospel nuances, the US-based artist prays at the altar of passion and invites his listeners to kneel with him.

The remix featuring Sonny King spills sublime indie-funk while it serves the essential reminder that ‘everyone needs love like they need a heartbeat’. The romantically indulgent track does plenty more than point out a life necessity; it proves that love doesn’t come easy, but when it does, it’s matchless.

The remix of Everyone Needs Love is now available to stream on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast