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Madishu is a contemporary electro-pop cut above the rest in her hypersonically redemptive single, Naïve

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The Austrian electro-pop artist, Madishu, is off the sonic Richter scale in her latest single, Naïve. The piercing RnB-tinged electro-pop aesthetic will ensnare you from the first melodic hook, while the lyrical vulnerability pushes you deeper into the soulfully disarming hypersonic world, which will be a hit with any fans of 8 Bit-adjacent music.

If any artist can relinquish you from the shame of being naïve, it is Madishu with this addictively vindicating earworm which effortlessly demonstrates the beauty in sincerity when there’s such a scarcity.

“The song is about a toxic friendship I broke free from, and the journey I took in learning to value myself enough to no longer tolerate people who constantly take from me without giving back.”

After achieving viral renown via her collaboration with MOONBOY on the track Need U and off the back of her own original work, the Austrian singer-songwriter is a vision of visceral colour in a drab and dark world.

Naïve will officially stream across all major platforms on February 3rd. Hear it here.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast.

YME adrenalized self-liberation in her euphoric electro-pop hit, I Rule the World

Since making her 2021 debut, the Netherlands-hailing electro-pop sensation YME has established herself as one to watch alongside her producer, Marco Roosink, as she transcribes personal experience into vulnerably infectious earworms.

The independent artist’s latest single, I Rule the World is a triumphantly empowering track which does plenty more than testifies to individual strength; it shares the euphoria of self-liberation. As her vocals switch between ethereal soul to demurely playful grace, it’s impossible not to get caught up in the adrenalized helter-skelter hit that embeds entrancing elements around addictively encapsulating lyrics.

I Rule the World was officially released on January 19th; check it out on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

On Her Own: Anna Helen drops an unforgettable single to heal the pain with on Healing

Gracefully flowing from her gorgeously sweet 3-track EP called Twenty to Self, Anna Helen shows us the fight needed when you don’t receive that extra love needed on Healing.

Anna Helen is a fresh-faced and vocally brilliant Berlin, Germany-based indie pop singer-songwriter who makes music for others to face those life-changing challenges.

I started writing poetry and short stories when I was just 10 years old. Telling stories and trying to connect with others through words and art has always been the moving force in my life. Soon I discovered my love for music, started playing the piano and singing my poetry instead of reading it aloud. When I realised that through my songs I can speak up for others and take a stand as well as work through my own obstacles it became my goal to share my songs with the world.” ~ Anna Helen

Looking for a special light to take the darkness away, Anna Helen wrote this song for those who needed it most. She kindly washes away all the past hurt and slides our attention away into the moment to start the lets-get-better process quicker.

Healing from Berlin, Germany-based indie pop singer-songwriter Anna Helen is a rather sublime effort from an angelic goddess who is showing us the way to a better path. Performed with a superb tone and featuring so many lyrically intricate moments to treasure, we find a track to feel okay with again. Finally.

The storm does eventually pass after all.

Hear this top new song on Spotify. See more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Mike Marnelakis laid bitter-sweet affection intimately bare in his pop hit, I Can’t

Greek singer-songwriter, Mike Marnelakis, released the most superlatively bitter-sweet love song with his latest pop hit, I Can’t – definitively proving that the line of light and dark appears within us all, every emotion, and every phenomenon.

Starting with an acoustically strummed and stripped-back intro, the prelude and first verse laid affection down with intimately bare candour. His loaded with emotion vocals harmonically drift into the chorally polished tones, allowing you to drink in every ounce of apathy that inspired the carresively pensive single.

After the proclamation that there is no truth without pain, the progressively seamless single builds into an 80s jangle pop hit that will swell the hearts of The 1975 fans.

I Can’t is now available to stream on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Izzy and the Black Trees reached the pinnacle of empowering post-punk with their standout single, Liberate

London-based Polish powerhouse Izzy and the Black Trees barbed the post-punk genre with socially progressive spikes in the standout single, Liberate, taken from their second album, Revolution Comes in Waves. It’s easily the best thing to happen to post-punk since Christian Death unleashed Only Theatre of Pain in ’82; at least this LP is provocative for all the right reasons!

Izzy Rekowska’s organically magnetic vocal lines come alive around the calls for a better future for women the world over as the tribally awakening drums add a commanding backbeat around the psych-tinged guitars that will be a hit with Poison Ivy and Glenn Branca fans.

It isn’t every day you encounter a band that is so alchemically more than the sum of all creative parts. Izzy and the Black Trees have exactly what it takes to take you on a scintillating ride that opens your mind to the possibility of a future where feminist records only serve to show us how far we have come – not how far we have to go.

Following the release of the sophomore LP, Izzy and the Black Trees will be hitting UK festival stages, including Sound City in Liverpool – you won’t want to miss it.

Listen to Liberate and the LP in full on Spotify.

Follow the band on Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sorry For The Pain: Sensational Swedish angelic wonder Sofia Ilektra feels like the Lucky Charm

Sung with so much delightful grace and illuminating beauty, Sofia Ilektra rockets our tired souls into a whole new world of intrigue with her mesmerizing new single called Lucky Charm.

Sofia Ilektra is an experimental Stockholm, Sweden-based indie singer-songwriter, poet and creative director who is one of those rare artists who takes breaths away to be rejuvenated.

She’s often exploring introspective topics whilst blending playful, rhythmic vocals with soothing, ethereal tones.” ~ taken from Sofia’s Spotify page

Showing us how a self-enlightened essence can flip moods around with beautiful melodies, Sofia Ilektra is a tremendously luminous anthem for anyone who needs to be reminded that mindset is everything. Easing our apprehensions into calmer waters, we find a lifeguard-like song to rescue all of our concerns away with calming confidence to savour.

Lucky Charm from the enticing Stockholm, Sweden-based indie singer-songwriter/poet Sofia Ilektra is a supremely stunning soundtrack to get enthusiastic about as it’s pure and sweet on the palate. This exceptionally genuine spirit has reminded us that music is there to be cherished if made with love. Just like life should be right?

Soothe your ears on Spotify. See more vibes on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Umberto Bravo pulled the purity out of salaciousness with his sophomore synth-pop single, Sacred Sinner

Italian independent singer-songwriter and composer Umberto Bravo has unleashed his synthy sophomore single, Sacred Sinner, which modernises the 80s pop tonal palette with explorative vision and lavish layers of soul.

The mid-tempo ballad embellishes the 80s pop sound with gospel traditionalism through the vocals as the instrumentals push lush synth cords against consistently evolving guitars, which know just where to transfuse the gritty and transcendent tones to make the peaks and valleys of the emotional rollercoaster infinitely steeper.

Some view lust as a cardinal sin, but if anyone can make the case for the purity of salaciousness, it is Umberto Bravo in this carnally magnetic earworm that could rouse even the most sexually repressed puritans.

“Sacred Sinner is not a love song, let alone musical pornography. But it certainly goes against the traditional dynamic of the relationships of equality that exist between two people dealing with intimacy.”

Sacred Sinner was released on January 14th across all major streaming platforms, including Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Be Nice: Mexican-Austrian artist Paloma Amaya breaks out of the chains on Coming Home

Performed with so much heartfelt desire and unlocking the door to what is possible, Paloma Amaya returns with vocally impressive melodies to enrapture inside with Coming Home.

Paloma Amaya is a Mexican-Austrian singer-songwriter based in the UK who is best known for her work at various theatres in Vienna.

After first gracing the stage when she was just 2 years old, Paloma Amaya is the kind of musician who shall stop many in their tracks. Her flourishing vocal technique will surely warm spirits and change moods, as we are treated to a truly inspiring artist who hasn’t even entered her prime yet.

Coming Home from Mexican-Austrian singer-songwriter Paloma Amaya is a rather special track and shows us how a heart may heal up if it opened up again. Spectacular beyond any previous comprehension and taking us into this intricately designed anthem, this is a song to turn up loud when you know a new path is available.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Ziggy Sound returns with a sterling soundtrack to embrace on Life (Artee Remix)

After returning from the darkness recently with a superb single, Ziggy Sound returns with an explosive remix to surge sweetly inside with the much-awaited Life (Artee Remix).

Ziggy Sound is a prolific Vilnius, Lithuania/LA, California-hailing indie singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and business student who makes memorable soundtracks to heal with.

After blessing us with the visuals for Bring Me Back To Life recently, Ziggy Sound loves to see his lover smile and we are just along for the ride. Shining back to this world after being so lost for so long, we find a reinvigorated soul who projects his voice rather inspiringly.

Life (Artee Remix) from Vilnius, Lithuania indie singer-songwriter Ziggy Sound is a rebooted version of a memorable song. Sung with joyous liveliness, this is a stunning effort to feel alive and to change the course of destiny.

Fueling our emotions and with an extra juicy beat to get excited about, we are enthused to the core by a hugely talented creative who is only improving through time.

Listen up on YouTube. See more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Netherlands-based artist Yaybolo shows the universe what quality music sounds like on Spacewalker

Performed with heart-warming imaginative skill and with so much to submerge inside our hungry souls, Yaybolo has dropped a single so creative it will stir the minds of many who needed a new sound to believe in with Spacewalker.

Yaybolo is an Amsterdam, Netherlands-based indie EDM outfit fused together rather enticingly by Sebastian Skeete Mc Leed and Florian van Damme.

It started with the Bolo-drum. A self-made melodic, steel instrument that Sebastian Skeete Mc Leed and his brother Joey Skeete Mc Leed developed. They wanted to show the world that recycling is the way to go if we want to save this planet. After Joey passed away in 2018, Sebastian felt that he wanted to expand their vision by making an extraordinary collection of instruments out of recycled materials.” ~ Yaybolo

Created so elegantly and fused with so much incredible poise, Yaybolo has connected the universe together rather splendidly on this fascinating release.

Spacewalker from Amsterdam, Netherlands-based indie EDM group Yaybolo is a superb single to get excited about for its intrinsic value. This is a creative song beyond words and understanding that has been made with true love and care. With so much value on offer, we find a truly memorable single to savour.

Turn this up on SoundCloud. See more on the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen