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Paranoid I Might Die: Wildly creative New Zealand/South African rapper HAZLE feels that heavy head brewing on ‘warped walls’

Inspired greatly by Tyler The Creator and Kanye West, HAZLE brings that money and greens vibes with a little taste of that classic Oros Orange Squash too on ‘warped walls‘.

Jordan aka HAZLE is a New Zealand-born, South Africa-raised indie hip-hop artist. He is a youthful artist with big dreams, and raps with an abundance of enthusiasm that has you listening so closely to his authentic vibe.

Growing up my ears were open to all genres of music, I just never realized until last year that music was my calling.” ~ HAZLE

His quick on the mic style is so extremely likable, he flows like a man possessed to find the true path that he seeks without fuss. The genuine rap style is rather breathless at times, his lyrics are supremely intricate and made with so much excellent creativity. This is a man on a mission to reach the top as he climbs up the music mountain without any clips attached, his mind is alert and ready for anything presented for him to conquer.

warped walls‘ from the highly motivated New Zealand-born rapper HAZLE, is a unique track featuring his distinctive South African accent at times – as he tells us the story of feeling so paranoid at the moment – in this rather weird world that doesn’t feel real. The walls are closing in and he doesn’t know what the future holds, but is going to smoke up and let life guide him through the blade-filled clouds, to find that true self-enlightenment.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

All Of Me Or None Of Me: Perth-based RnB artist Tyler Wade only follows his true ‘Instincts’

As he wonders if they want him for the real person or just the idea of what he is when the lights are bright, Tyler Wade realizes that he is on the right journey via his fresh new track about keeping it genuine on ‘Instincts‘.

Tyler Wade is a Bulawayo, Zimbabwe-born, Cape Town, South Africa-raised, Perth, Australia-based indie RnB/hip-hop artist.

Although new to the music scene, I write and release every song with true intention and the ambition to make it to the global stage.” ~ Tyler Wade

This is the striking story of seeing fake love wherever you go, as you look into peoples eyes and wonder why they just can’t keep it real. Former friends only want to hear about your latest track and potential lovers seem to want something else, rather than the actual person you are.

Made with smartly penned lyrics which clearly come from the deepest part of his heart – he sings with such meaning here with crystal clear pure vocals –  that gives you shivers of absolute euphoria at times.

Instincts‘ from the Australian-based, Zimbabwe-born indie RnB/hip hop artist Tyler Wade, is a terrific track that shows us his talented for both rapping and singing. He has a Drake-type vibe going for him and brings his own flavor into the mix too, as his worldly travels have him in enlightened mood. This is a quality artist who it feels like is only going to get better, as he soothes our speakers with a top performance here, with a relevant subject which we all need to know about.

Following your inner intuition, is the only way to sift through the fake and real in this strange world.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Eyes Lock For The First Time: Flow-Key, Sappho and Daydreamer bring that South African energy to life on ‘Talowame’

Produced by Daydreamer and powered by indie label Third World Order, Flow-Key is in top form with a quality new single about being free called ‘Talowame‘ (feat. Sappho).

Flow-Key and Sappho are two promising South Africa-based indie singers/rappers. They are joined by experienced producer Daydreamer, on a tremendously enjoyable track that feels rather special due to its authentic vibe and joyful atmosphere.

Talowame is a neologism. The crew made it up to encapsulate the concept of “experiencing ultimate freedom” or simply put “to be free.” ~ Daydreamer

This is the story about meeting someone who you lock eyes with quickly. You smile at each other and you just know that the energy is just right, as you are clearly meant for each other.

Made with a beach freshness and featuring some catchy Amapiano (a style of house music that emerged in South Africa in 2012) with Kris Swartbooi (a.k.a “Krissidance”) and Alex Karantges (a.k.a “Piros”), at the helm, this is a head-bobbing track you just can’t help but love.

Produced, recorded and released independently by young creatives from the friendly city of Gqeberha/Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The song was released with a music video also made by the artists of the song with the assistance from fellow young aspiring creatives of the bay.” ~ Daydreamer

Talowame‘ from Flow-Key (feat. Sappho), is a smooth energy release which is a bright experience to savor from one of the more genuine areas in the world you will ever visit. Made with a pure innocent vibe, local dancing at its best, and a breathtaking beat which will take you to happy places, this is one of the most freedom-inducing tracks you will hear all year.

See this new music video on YouTube and see more on the IG channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

That True Love: Soulful Nigerian Gospel singer Remilekun sends praise to the special ones who do so much on ‘Mama’s Song’

With a truly heartfelt reminder to the Mom’s out there in the world who did all they could for their family, Remilekun sings with so much grace and kindness on her latest single ‘Mama’s Song‘.

Remilekun is a Nigeria/London, England-based indie Gospel singer-songwriter, worship leader, concert leader, fifth of seven children, and a Chemical Engineering graduate. She makes that sterling blend of music from the soul, which is packed full of genuine love, as her vocals shine a bright light of pure goodness.

Dedicated to my loving mother and to all mothers, fathers who stood as mums, everyone all over the world who raise the nations and generations with untold courage, perseverance, ceaseless sacrifice and great love. This is to thank you for all you do.” ~ Remilekun

Mama’s Song‘ from the Nigerian indie Gospel singer-songwriter and worship leader Remilekun, is a rather special effort from a singer and leader who performs with a delightful style. Her intentions are so pure and authentic, as she sends a special message to all those Mothers who often feel forgotten. Times may be good or they may be bad, but through all the days that may lead you to different places around the planet, this will always be a true song to turn to for spiritual guidance.

See the music video here on YouTube and check out the IG music page for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

That True Love: Nigerian singer Eluozo (feat. Rapping Kat) helps our hearts beat lovingly again on ‘One In a Million’ (Remix)

Powered by indie label 3 Shots Productions and remixed by Franky G, Eluozo shows us all his hard work is paying off handsomely with a hot summer track to groove happily with (feat. Rapping Kat) on the new tropical love single which is ‘One In a Million’ (Remix).

Francis Eluozo aka Eluozo, is a supremely motivated and very inspiring RnB solo artist, music producer, and flourishing entrepreneur from Nigeria. He is a passionate creative who genuinely wants to see growth from others, as he performs with a caring edge that most do not possess and wish they had in their locker.

A good start is no guarantee for a good finish, but start good regardless, good is always good.” ~ Eluozo

He sings with such a confident essence, that smells so beautifully warm and has the scary world feeling rather peaceful again. You feel so relaxed in your all-knowing stomach – as you refuse to let go of that sweet love who you treasure so much – even if you can’t be together right now.

One In a Million (Remix) from the multi-talented Nigerian music producer, keyboard player and solo RnB artist Eluozo, is that Afro-Beats fused single that has you believing in romance again. This is that happy-to-go-slow type of feel, that has you wondering if that true love really is so rare as they say. The vocals shine after the cloudy skies and you find some peace on this freedom-finding new track, that is best played loud and with those loved ones.

Hear this new fresh track on Soundcloud and see more on the IG music channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I Wanna See Ya: Art.I.Ficial truly knows what he wants tonight on ‘Hey Mamacita’

Taken off his debut five-track EP named ‘The First Kumming‘, Art.I.Ficial politely asks her to join him for the after party back at his place, on the late-night track all about connecting your eyes together as one with ‘Hey Mamacita‘.

Art.I.Ficial is an indie Liberian-American Anime rapper, songwriter, and music producer. He is a highly creative artist who is fairly new to the game but has the music soundscape born deep in his veins, and you can feel his wonderfully rare chemistry on each part of this exciting track.

This is a steamy story all about stating your intentions and leaving nothing to luck, as you flow into the conversation like a smoke-filled dream. He tells it straight up and isn’t being too pushy, as he sees what he likes and wants to make sure that she is feeling the hot vibes too.

Hey Mamacita‘ from the emerging Liberian-American rapper Art.I.Ficial, shows us a man with one thing on his mind and she knows it. He smoothly speaks to her and leaves her heart beating so much faster, as his words are deeply toned and with so much charm.

This is a late-night track with so much to enjoy, as it sums up our mood away from the doom and the constant gloom, that is slowing passing like the ravishing wind.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see his IG music page for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

They Taking My Money: Superlative South African artist Evida fights bravely on to dust off those cash-grabbing ‘Demons’ (feat. Luna Florentino)

With his much-anticipated new album ‘Mirror For A Miracle‘ on the way soon and after moving into the solo universe lately, Evida returns with his latest hit single that eloquently sums up the current climate in his troubled homeland of South Africa called ‘Demons(feat. Luna Florentino).

Evida is a highly skilled Johannesburg-based Afro-pop/Euro-dance solo project from the multi-talented and award-winning music producer, singer-songwriter, and much-respected South African artist Liam Jones.

Originally a group project, Liam is now striking out on his own as his brother and partner, chose to focus on their personal lives.” ~ Evida

With a sensationally striking beat that brightly lights up your sluggish mood like a match on petrol, you feel the rare quality swirling into your curious mind as you take a step back to immerse yourself in such a high class single. The vocals are crisp and pure, with supremely articulate lyrics that are so honest – and let you into the mindset of self-aware souls – who know where they are headed in this strange rat race.

Demons(feat. Luna Florentino) from the excellent Johannesburg, South Africa-based music producer/singer-songwriter and two-time SAMA (South African Music Awards) nominated artist Evida, is a treasure chest of truth that opens up with an unlatching of lyrical and beat-making skills, that captures your imagination so vividly. These are two quality artists who know that the demons are hunting them, but choose to rise up consummately above it all, to find their true path instead of finding the easy way out like so many weakly do.

This is one of those true summer classics that needs much more love as we all fight through the darkness inside our easy to-grow selfish souls – to find that self-enlightening light within – to be better in all aspects of our life.

Stream this world class new single on Spotify and see more of his gold-finding adventures via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Find Your Spirit: South African music producer Kindred Music SA drops crisp atmospheric ambient EP to heal our souls with ‘Before We Dream’

After having our hungry bodies grooving in utter delight with his ‘Exposed‘ album from March 2021, Kindred Music SA returns triumphantly with more delightful tunes to help us replenish our lost energies with his six-track release called ‘Before We Dream‘.

Mckai Du Toit aka Kindred Music SA, is a prolific Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa-based ambient composer, DJ, and music producer. He makes that sky-gazing soundscape and thumping foot-tapping techno influenced vibe, which has you looking around calmly, and finding true peace through the ear-warming music.

Kindred Music SA started playing acoustic instruments at an early age, inspired by rock, soul, reggae and jazz from the era of the early 60’s, up to the late 90’s.” – Kindred Music SA

All six track are rather sizzling like a tasty classic Spur burger, however particular gems must be ‘Day Dream‘ and ‘Counting Sheep‘. These are sure-fire winners that has your curious lips tingling in admiration and your blood-thirsty heart beating rather quickly – as you imagine being on that sweaty dance floor – and pulling out all those moves you have been aching to use again.

Before We Dream‘ from the hard-working South African music producer, DJ and owner of Pocket Food Audio named Kindred Music SA, shows us a home-studio made collection of superb songs, which will surely help you feeling so glorious again. This is a skillful musician who is clearly only getting better, as he has us daydreaming rather sweetly again.

Hear his marvelous creation on Spotify and see more of his vision via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Prog rock meets grunge and flirts with hardcore in Touch by Mirror’s latest single, Something New.

Touch by Mirror

Prog rock meets grunge in South African artist Touch by Mirror’s single, Something New; it’s exactly what it says on the tin. So, if you have heard enough ripped-off Nirvana riffs to last a lifetime, you will definitely appreciate the alternative artist’s explorative instrumental inclination and complex time signatures.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if the styles of Porcupine Tree, Thrice and Alice in Chains merged, you will get a good idea of how Something New unravels. While, lyrically, Something New is the perfect track to vent your societal angst through; it unravels as a poignant snapshot of the tension that has turned social discourse into a cesspit of distraction and senseless misdirected anger.

After entering Cape Town’s alt-rock scene in 2020 with his debut EP, ‘Solitude’, Touch by Mirror is well on his way to bringing his soulful take on hardcore into the mainstream.

Check out Touch by Mirror via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Tell Me What You See: Tremendous Tanzanian artist Brian Simba effortlessly dims the lights on ‘Temptation’ (ft. The Only1Pabo)

With the cool shades on to keep the mood real intimate, Brian Simba gets us in the mood to find our lover on the sensual new single that will have you breathless called ‘Temptation(ft. The Only1Pabo).

Uncle Guni aka Brian Simba, is a confident East African artist who is based in the busy streets of Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania. He smartly makes that party music which has you feeling fresh and ready to meet that special person in your life.

This is the bodily-attracted story of knowing what you want and keeping things real chilled, without any extra effort to mess things up. You fondly look into each others eyes and the feeling is definitely mutual – you smile broadly and the fuse is lit so bright – just like fireworks on New Years Eve night.

The smooth class here is supremely suggestive – as the reminiscent thoughts flow so deeply into your mind – as you remember that incredible person who makes your heart beat a couple of times extra fast, like a speedy Olympic sprinter.

Temptation(ft. The Only1Pabo) from the thrillingly focused Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania artist Brian Simba, widely opens up the door to what is possible in this world if you let it happen the right way. This is a late-night cruise track that will have you a bit out of breath, as it heats up the windows and you has you turning the volume right up.

See this steamy music video on YouTube and check out the IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen