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New Rock City – Da Ratman!: Bop-Worthy Dark Punk Rock from NYC with Scuzz

Da Ratman! - Single by New Rock City

With a scuzzy punk rock viciousness that could only have ever come from NYC, New Rock City’s latest single, Da Ratman!, is a blackened bop-worthy hit that could single-handedly and simultaneously restart the New Romantic and Horror Punk scenes.

With no two singles from the duo ever the same, they keep their fanbase guessing what revivalist tones they will deliver next. Based on Da Ratman! It’s safe to say that they know just how to pull different stylistic elements together to energetically complement each other. It’s as hooky as any Misfits track, jangly as Johnny Marr’s licks and comes with devilishly macabre undertones in the same vein as The Creepshow. Da Ratman! is a firecracker of a track that no one will regret hitting play on.

Da Datman! Is now available to stream and purchase via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Ain’t Got Time: New York alt-RnB artist PARTYNXISE makes his moves despite the haters on ‘Talking About Me’

With a floor-thudding intro beat that surges into our beating sensitivities with breakneck spirit, PARTYNXISE strives to disregard those small-minded people who just don’t get his style on ‘Talking About Me‘.

PARTYNXISE is a flourishing The Bronx, New York-based indie alt-RnB/soul solo artist and music producer who has recently emerged on the scene with his comforting vocals and profound lyrics.

While everyone is masking their sound behind money woman and materials. PARTYNXISE talks about the dark truths of life, addiction, depression and anxiety. There are happier moments as well but not every day there’s a happy ending.” ~ PARTYNXISE

PARTYNXISE sends us a booming new single that is furnished with an imaginative endeavour, that is such an explosive experience for your ears that might need to have a massage to calm down. There are high-tempo vocals here paired with a dynamic desire, that takes you to a place that is quite euphoric at times.

Talking About Me‘ from The Bronx, New York-based indie alt-RnB/soul solo artist and music producer PARTYNXISE, is a freshly-brewed track from a youthful artist who just desires to be the biggest artist in the world. There is something somewhat unique about his music that is packed with authentic vision, that shows us a man who is only going to go upwards towards his manifested dreams.

Check out this new single on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Get Me Outta Here: NYC’s Ceb pretends that the ex doesn’t exist on ‘Makes Sense’

As she appears so crushingly heartbroken but tries to get over a past relationship rather hastily, Ceb puts on that expensive dress and dances until she feels like herself again on ‘Makes Sense‘.

Ceb aka Caroline Baniewicz is a Dallas, Texas-born, New York City-based indie-pop singer-songwriter who makes that honest music about love, life and finding your destined path in this overly-confusing world.

Ceb puts all her emotions into her music so her loved ones will be able to tolerate being around her. She is a bedroom artist, recording music with her keyboard and MacBook Air, despite the noise of NYC outside her window.” ~ Ceb

With her lovable style and sumptuous vocals simmering breathlessly into the window by your bedside, Ceb displays so much maturity in deciding that she is in charge of her own destiny. She sings with a real authentic personality and saturates each note with understandable emotion – to give the world a real sense of where is headed – in this unfortunate quick-swipe and recently-altered time warp that needs to be changed back to that old school romance.

Makes Sense‘ from the Dallas, Texas-born, New York City-based indie-pop singer-songwriter and multi-creative Ceb, is that all-too-familiar story of feeling so low but trying to rise up. After feeling so disappointed, the drinks sink in and you start to feel that you are actually so much better single as that person in the past was obviously completely wrong for you. Moving on despite the empty feeling inside your stomach is the way this courageous woman is headed and rightly so. Life is about being happy after all.

Lather your ears on Spotify and find out more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Trapped Up: New York emo rapper Francois feels like he is going insane on ‘Junkie’

Dropped off from his fire 8-track recently-released debut EP called ‘Broken Record‘, Francois rips his ex to pieces who broke his heart and made him feel like he wasn’t worth the time on ‘Junkie‘.

Francois is a 20-year old Scotchtown, New York-born, Newburgh, New York-based indie emo rapper, gamer and singer-songwriter who started making music when he was 17.

Music was a big part of Francois’s childhood and helped him battle depression and anxiety growing up.” ~ Francois

Francois sings and raps with a gusty edge that is such a bass-busting listen – that shows us a creative who is releasing his true emotions – that keeps on bringing his mind back to those romantic moments that were thought to last forever. This is a powerful effort that keeps you locked into the story and grips your curious mind, as you nod your head to an artist that flows with an efficiently illuminating technique.

Junkie‘ from the New York-based indie emo hip-hop artist and singer Francois, is really heartbreaking track from a man who is feeling the brunt of those sensations that are slamming hard in his face. He is endeavouring to get over her but just can’t seem to stop thinking about that cute smile – and the laughs that were so prevalent – as we hear the passion swirling genuinely through your speakers at home. This is one of the more break-ups fueled singles you will detect all year, from a rising artist who carries his heart on the sleeve and doesn’t ever hold back.

Hear this quality new single on Spotify and find out more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Bronx Boom Bap: Dana X Rico Nasty – AgainxAgain

Dana

Dana brought boom bap hip hop into the millennial age with their latest dark track, AgainxAgain, featuring Rico Nasty. While old school hip hop fans can grasp at the nostalgia in the domineering mix, the new generation can get exhilarated by the clever hooks and versatile talent.

The featuring vocalist brought an incredible dynamic to the track; once the rapid-fire bars start to unravel, you can appreciate just how magnetic the drawl and deadpan preceding bars were. Throughout his career, the Bronx, NY-based artist has proven that his vocals can complement any beat, and he knows just how to create a laceratingly sharp vocal hook. He’s definitely one to watch.

AgainxAgain will be available to stream from November 26th, 2021, via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

I Can Hear The Sadness: Brookyn’s Cassidy Haley urges us to look further than the lies on ‘White Noise’

After being well-loved in the performance art arena for many years after making his well-respected name in music almost 10 years ago, Cassidy Haley sings with such caring intensity to help us to see more than what is been told in this strangled-for-truth world on ‘White Noise‘.

Cassidy Haley is a Brooklyn, New York-based multi-skilled creative, fashion model, stage performer, and solo indie-pop artist.

Interdisciplinary artist pursuing emotive expression and global transformation through all mediums from music to fashion to film.” ~ Cassidy Haley

With a marvellous artistic video that has your entire heart bouncing with enjoyment, Cassidy Haley shows his hunger for helping to educate and galvanize the world to join hands and solve all these issues we have currently. The message is one of doubt that the powers in charge can actually look at anything despite profit, as he sings with a steel-like strength that has to surely inspire many.

White Noise‘ from the highly talented Brooklyn, New York-based multi-skilled creative, fashion model and solo indie-pop artist Cassidy Haley, is such an affectionate effort from a true artist who sees more than most. He wants the world to do better, be more truthful and make sure that we don’t damage this planet any further with our misdeeds. With a cinematic feel and an optimistic soundtrack, this is a song to really take note of for its straightforward message.

Keeping the world alive for those who have not been born yet, should be the mission of us all.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

You Should Have Listened: Riodine leads us into the harrowing tale of the ‘Judge’ (feat. Neomatik)

Judge (featuring Neomatik) by Riodine

Fusing hip-hop and rock into a concoction that just tastes fantastic in our thirsty palates, Riodine brings us the legend of the unjust day when the truth subsequently came out on ‘Judge(feat. Neomatik).

Riodine is a Russian-American Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-born, Staten Island, New York-based indie rock solo artist.

Featuring members of Neomatik, Riodine brings a large ensemble to this rap giving this track a party feel. If you can imagine the Beastie Boys teaming up with Biz Markie, then you would have Judge. This offering revolves around the theme of breaking the law and standing before the Judge awaiting sentencing.” ~ Riodine

Riodine and Neomatik are quite splendid collectively on this your-time-is-up track that crashes your attention to a sudden halt, as you clutch the volume button and up it to a level that has you acknowledging such a glorious effort. This is the tale about seeing the warning signs and making sure that you don’t fall into the same trap, as this old friend who is in huge difficulty.

Judge (feat. Neomatik) from the well-versed Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-born, Staten Island, New York-based indie rock artist Riodine, is a terrific fusion of speaker-hugging sounds that takes you into a painting that has been so eloquently projected. The time has come to speak and the story keeps on evolving, as the sweat starts fermenting and you worry what the consequence will be. Made with an ode to the legends of before who have tried this tasty mixture before, this is a highly memorable effort that will get you moving and grooving all evening long.

Check out this smartly-crafted new release on Bandcamp and see more of the energy via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Holding My Heart: Brookyn’s Elly Kace is absolutely wonderful on ‘I’

Taken off her just-released 11-track concept album named ‘Nothing I See Means Anything‘, Elly Kace simmers down all of our distress with her exquisite 3rd single that will have your heart feeling so much more relaxed than before with ‘I‘.

Elly Kace is an award-winning Brooklyn, New York-based world-class opera singer, pop artist and certified JM Vinyasa yoga instructor.

We find a thoroughly engaging musician who has just taken the brave step of moving into the pop realm – and she certainly defies all the odds stacked against her – with a truly mesmerizing performance that puts you into a transformative state of new-found awareness.

Elly Kace’s musical life so far has been defined by ceaseless curiosity and passion. Already an established and acclaimed opera singer, her winding and award-winning career has found her performing across the world.” ~ Elly Kace

After having to flee her brand new career in Italy due to this horrid pandemic during 2020, Elly Kace took time to reinvent herself during this time at home. We find a truly excellent talent who was spurred on by her absolute love for yoga, as she uses her outstanding vocal ability to bring us a wonderful single that is one of the best so far in 2021.

I‘ from the Brooklyn, New York-based indie-pop artist and all-around star Elly Kace, shows us an extraordinary singer who sounds reborn from a restrictive environment that is in the rearview mirror now. She flourishes to mind-bending heights with a vocally-advanced single that has your whole body in absolute euphoria, with an ear-bending encounter to truly behold and remember forever. This is that soul-healing track for us to be inspired with, as Elly leads us into a better place than before.

Hear this stunning effort on Spotify and see more from the superb creative on her IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Stalking You: Brooklyn rapper Romayne is the lone ranger in this frightful town with ‘Watching Who’

With his laser-locked eyes pierced and ready for that moment to make that all-important move, Romayne returns with the not-joking new single that will have you on edge looking around called ‘Watching Who‘.

Romayne is an Atlanta-born, Brooklyn, New York-based model, videographer, music producer, and indie trap/soul hip-hop artist who loves to flow with a genuine ripple that streams a wave of thought-provoking music at all times.

A featured model in music videos with Fetty Wap, Tory Lanez, J Lo and others.” ~ Romayne

He takes his sunglasses off and cleans them up for a second until his mind is distracted by that person who he can’t stop looking at. This is that kind of story – which has you totally intrigued – by perhaps someone who you shouldn’t even be looking at.

Rapped with reckless abandon by a man on a mission, you feel his intent swirling from the seas of this heavy track that shows you his moves tonight. The night-lit sky of a beat is rather eerie and a bit freaky at times, as you blend in with the crowd to see what is really going to go down here.

Watching Who‘ from Brooklyn, New York-based indie trap/soul/rapper and all-round creative with an eye for detail Romayne is a haunting track from an artist – who has his binoculars on right now – as he looks for that sweet person who totally encapsulates his inner soul, to burst with excitement. With a crisp beat that has you bobbing your head around all groovy, this is a fierce track that needs to be taken seriously.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Spotlight Feature: Wally Hoak opens up in his dark pop hit, HARD FEELINGS

Dominican Republic-born, Brooklyn-based dark pop prodigy, Wally Hoak, has been garnering plenty of hype since making his debut in 2020. His most popular track to date, Complicated, has racked up over 33k streams since the release, and based on his latest single, HARD FEELINGS, it is unlikely that his career will stop gaining traction any time soon.

In HARD FEELINGS, raw emotion is projected into dark, thorny synth lines as reverb swirls around the 808s under Hoak’s emotionally sultry vocal timbre. Lyrically, it became the ultimate ‘don’t talk to me, I’m angry track’ as it alludes to the alienating emotions that sting at the surface in the wake of toxic relationship dynamics.

Hoak went so far beyond scratching around at surface level with HARD FEELINGS; he cut right to the marrow. Naturally, we can’t wait to hear the next confessional masterpiece.

HARD FEELINGS is now available to stream on Spotify.

Connect with Wally Hoak on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Review by Amelia Vandergast