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Drink Some Cherry Wine: Leeds singer Pixia keeps it real on dark-pop gem ‘If I’m On Your Mind’

With a compellingly intriguing style that is fused together so sweetly with her dreamy voice that has you starstruck, Pixia smartly wants to keep things real simple in this overly complicated world with ‘If I’m On Your Mind‘.

Anna-Rose aka Pixia, is a mysteriously creative Leeds/Manchester-based dark-pop singer-songwriter from the underrated North England. She has our minds in a much better place with her undiva-like qualities that shines through and gives you hope again.

Pixia’s dark and dreamy style is composed of ethereal vocals against bell, synth, and string instrumentals. Morphia marks the first project in Pixia’s dream of creating dream pop music with a dark, distinguished undertone.” – Pixia

This is the true story about making sure that you are both on the same wavelength, as you don’t want things to get messy with annoying drama, that belongs on reality tv. With an entrancing beat and luscious vocals that are inter-webbed by self-aware lyrics, this is a glorious song to put on repeat.

If I’m On Your Mind‘ from the inspiring Leeds/Manchester-based dark-pop indie singer-songwriter Pixia, shows us happily into the romantic spark that is flaming the room, as she just wants to talk about real things and keep it all so chilled. With a bottle of tasty cherry wine ready to be heartily consumed with the right company, this is exactly the right mindset to have in this rather strange world.

Stream this new single on Spotify and check out the IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The Moontown Project evoke dancefloor nostalgia with their indie electro vignette, ‘Mademoiselle’

The UK duo The Moontown Project is back with their indie vibes, post-punk lyrics and genre-evading electronic beats with their latest single, ‘Mademoiselle’.

Ingeniously, the Moontown Project captured club atmosphere in a way that doesn’t give you that stir-crazed desperation for life to return to ‘normal’, but in a way that allows you to vividly revisit the times that came to you on a dancefloor and will stay with you forever.

With their second single, the Moontown Project’s sonic palette consisted of two step rhythms, funk-riding bass and synth lines that tie the track together and create an immersive electro house vignette of dancefloor culture and euphoria.

The duo that consists of Will Swain-Smith on guitar & lead vocals and Guy Molony on keys, bass & lead vocals made waves in London prior to their recent relocation to Leeds which marks a major shift in their career and determination to allow their sound to resound far beyond the districts of London.

Their debut single has already received attention and airplay from BBC Introducing: London, Amazing Radio, Hoxton Radio, Independent Music News and Soundwave Magazine. After signing with Stogey Records, they are set to truly come into their own in 2021.

They have major plans to take their fusion sounds on tour across the country, and thankfully, fans won’t have to wait for long before another ethereal release from The Moontown Project. Don’t just get them on your radar, get them in your gig diary.

Mademoiselle officially released on May 14th; head over to Spotify to hear it.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Moontown Project remind us how sweet intemperance can be with their latest single ‘Moon Honey’ featuring Archie Weir

‘Romantic’ encounters may have been reduced to awkward interactions on Tinder during lockdown, but the Moontown Project is here, with their latest 70s disco-inspired single, ‘Moon Honey’ to remind us how sweet intemperance can be.

With their highly-anticipated single, created in collaboration with Archie Weir, The Leeds & London-based indie electronica duo paint vivid amorous imagery by sweeping right across the tonal palette. Moon Honey shows how serious the Moontown Project are about bringing colour to our increasingly monochromatic planet.

If you’ve ever hit an indie disco dancefloor, you’ll know exactly which scenario Moon Honey depicts; that moment when you barely want to think about your life beyond strobe lights, music and strangers who tempt you into hedonism. The deep funky guitar chops and grooves combined with shimmering synths create the perfect platform for the mischievously soulful vocals to float on in the enlivening radio-ready single.

The Moontown Project take inspiration from artists who defy genre constraints such as MGMT and Gorillaz. They’re just as adept when creating a balance between accessibility and cross-genre experimentation. With their tendency to take from techno, electro-funk, house, hip hop and indie, The Moontown Project’s spacey synth-heavy sound is a recipe for commercial success.

The lockdown-born project which consists of Will Swain-Smith (guitar and vocals) and Guy Molony (keys, bass vocals) have already amassed plenty of airplay and adoration on BBC Introducing, London and Amazing Radio. When restrictions are finally lifted, I have no doubt that the Moontown Project will be here to make sure that our moods are lifted in venues. Get them on your radar.

Moon Honey is now available to stream on Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases from The Moontown Project via Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Moving out the shadows: Chris Dawkins has shown ‘Love & Sacrifice’ for so long and now its his time to shine (ft. Georgia Harrup)

Chris Dawkins shows his underrated class on the terrific new single ‘Love & Sacrifice‘ (ft. Georgia Harrup).

Session musician, co-writer and soul/jazz musician Chris Dawkins has been in the shadows for too long and 2021 marks the wave that will flow in our souls, so we can truly appreciate this extremely skilled creative.

Taken off the new eleven-track album ‘Painting Colours‘, this is his 2nd LP and is released with the guidance of underground Leeds based record label Released Records.

This is an experienced journeyman who is now on a mission to gain a truly worldwide audience that appreciates quality music.

This electronic layers mesh so sweetly with the stunning vocals that soak so much love all over your body as your neck and back shiver in delight. This natural energy is a spectacular addition to a world that needs so much inspiration and a light out of the dark bunker beneath us.

The story about needing to know that they will be there for you all the time and not just when things are all rosy and sweet is a blessing on our hearts and a true story. You want them to be there and now its up to them as you have placed full faith.

With the honey-coasted vocals of the lovely Georgia Harrup in full flow, this is the perfect song for Chris Dawkins to showcase his talents the world. ‘Love & Sacrifice‘ is what has happened before and now, with his labels full support, this marks a new chapter in the life of a humble musician who has paid his dues and now is thrust into the limelight to be brightly shone to the masses.

Hear the rise of an underground legend on Spotify and see his story on Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Ride the celestial highs and sonorous lows in L.H.B.’s standout single ‘You Are Fire’

If your Ambient Electro Pop playlists are crying out for some fresh ingenuity, Leeds, UK-based artist and producer L.H.B.’s standout single ‘You Are Fire’ won’t disappoint.

With celestial highs and sonorous lows within the artist’s dynamic vocal arsenal, you’ll feel every ounce of emotion poured into the contemplatively resounding single. As the lyrics conjure imagery which sits synergistically against the glitchy yet lush Synth Pop melodies, it is all too easy to get lost in the captivating mix.

Stylistically, it sits somewhere between the overwhelming prowess of Lady Gaga’s more stripped back hits and one of Empathy Test’s melancholically tinged works of Synth Pop. Expressively, L.H.B. is in a league of her own.

You can check out You Are Fire along with the rest of L.H.B.’s album Down Yonderland via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Party it up at home with ‘Tequila Movement’ thanks to entertaining Leeds producer Big Jadavid

Even though the UK is engulfed in another lock down- much to the searing frustration of the locals- great music is made each hour. This is one of those times as Leeds based EDM producer Big Jadavid has just blessed our party-hungry souls with an absolute ripper called ‘Tequila Movement‘ that Shane Warne would be proud of.

With a sweaty beat that reminds you of the good times in the local nightclub, Leeds based EDM producer Big Jadavid gives us something to be happy about with ‘Tequila Movement’, a pumping dance single that has a smashing beat and lyrics that helps us reminisce about being friends, meeting new friends, and drinking those tasty but headache-fueled shooters. The power of the song is like a strong wave in the ocean, and is equally refreshing for the tired hearts out there in the world.

This is an entertaining EDM song that pushes our mood up all the way to 10, and doesn’t stop the whole way. A welcome track to help us forget about previous worries, even just for 4 minutes and 15 seconds.

Here is the Spotify link to hear this new track.

Find out more on the Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Neontown give us a party beat of love with new single ‘Electric’

Neontown show us their stuff on the party-filled beat that is all about love on ‘Electric‘.

Neontown is a pop duo based in Leeds in England. Jac and Aure are the creatives behind the exciting duo, and they are the writers, producers and performers of Neontown’s music. They both come from Italy and have a very similar background after meeting at University and they love making music together. This is a determined team and they shine here.

You have feelings for her so much and you just want to see her. You have gone out tonight and you are hoping that she is there too. After a while, you notice that she is and your stomach gets butterflies. This is the person that you like so much and you just want to dance and be happy. Will this work out and will there be sparks in the air?

Electric‘ from Neontown is a passionate song all about love and this is a great beat that grabs your attention. The Leeds duo get us dancing on this new track.

Click here for the Spotify link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Dangerbirds – Red Tea: Kaleidoscopically Entrancing Melodic Jazz

‘Immersive’ isn’t usually the first adjective which comes to mind to describe a standout track from Jazz ensemble but discernibly, the Leeds-lauded Jazz outfit Dangerbirds are anything but archetypal.

After forming in 2018, Dangerbirds took their time crafting their transcendently warm album “Shapes”. Part Ambient Jaz and Part Progressive Melodic Instrumental Rock, the album is a deluge of complexity weaved into trustable rhythms. The standout track is undoubtedly Red Tea, it may not use typical time signatures, yet, you’ll want to surrender your pulses to the alchemy weaved by virtuoso-level composer and guitarist Sam Horan regardless.

Never let it be said that Jazz can’t be accessible and fit for contemporary airwaves.

You can check out Red Tea along with the rest of Dangerbirds debut album Shapes via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Cub\cub has captured the alienating chaos of lockdown in their feat of Ambient Electronica “False Spring”

https://soundcloud.com/user-12064490-607493505/false-spring

Leeds, UK Artist and producer Cub\cub took a unique approach with their COVID-19-inspired latest release “False Spring”. The ambient soundscape captures the chaos and alienation with poignant precision.

With the hazy vocal whispers ethereally floating above the stylishly dreamy synths which carve quiescently consoling melodies, finding resolve in False Spring is all too easy.

As a fellow nihilist, I have to applaud Cub\cub’s tendency to orchestrate mixes containing optimism and hope while never leaving out the relatable dread and fear which resonates in their atmospheric sound.

You can indulge in the smooth ambience of False Spring yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Neontown slide into the club with cool party track ”One Of Us”

Neontown are here with their dance-pop style melodies and bring the vibe with debut track ”One Of Us”.

Producer Auree and guitarist Jac are both from Italy and are now based in Leeds in England. They are a brand new duo that are self-confessed misfits and want to share their message with the world.

One Of Us” is a song that makes you want to touch the sky and dance all night. Neontown bring the highest of energies for this dance-pop track that is full of star-gazing beats and catchy vocals. The duo might be very new to the scene but the music is of an act that have released many a song.

Neontown are fully in the mood here on ”One Of Us”. This is a track that is going to be played loud in the clubs when they open up again as this outfit reach for the stars on this release. Their music is pure and you can tell that they have fun making songs together.

Here is the Spotify link to hear this new party track.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen