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Spotlight Feature: Cuttaman 100gran rides his own new wave in his vindicating rap hit, Bump My Music

Cuttaman 100gran

After opening for Pastor Troy in South Carolina, recording records for Dr Dre and performing in front of 8,000 people at a concert in Rockingham, NC, the Charlotte, NC-hailing luminary rapper, Cuttaman 100gran, is here with his latest single, Bump My Music.

Slick with style and vibing with an infectious attitude, Bump My Music is the ultimate middle finger to the people in your life that stay on the sidelines instead of getting behind you. Paying homage to his muses, Cuttaman 100gran rides his own wave while staying in the fast lane with his sharply steady rap bars and beats that break the hip-hop mould.

Any fans of Kevin Gates, Roddy Ricch and Rod Wave will be addicted once they get a taste of the grinding urban aesthetic that balances hard-hitting percussion with wavy reverb production – engineered by the legendary sound designer, Bungies.

“When you have women in your life that are inspired by your stories, telling them becomes a lifestyle. Them being around me on a day-to-day basis makes every lyric that much more surreal. Their enthusiasm inspired the track.”

Stream Bump My Music on Spotify and Apple Music. Follow Cuttaman 100gran on Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Salt Lake City electronic artist TRILIIIGY transmits our minds into an exhilarating vortex with Harpy

Brooding in with much vehemence and certain authority, TRILIIIGY slices open the creaking door with an ominously dynamic impact which will surely open many minds up again on Harpy.

TRILIIIGY (formerly Z3LDA) is a Salt Lake City, Utah-based electronic artist, computer programmer and music producer who sends shivers down many shaking spines.

Using Ableton Live as a DAW and mostly working with Splice samples alongside an MPC.” ~ TRILIIIGY

Heavy in nature and a warm embrace into our awaiting earlobes, TRILIIIGY has dropped a rather thrilling experience to soak all worries deep into the swimming pool of possibilities.

Harpy from Utah-born electronic artist and music producer TRILIIIGY is a quality listen which shall swap many moods around with a superb performance. Lathered with a truly intense track which will thunder through with much force, this is a rather incredible single to sizzle all doubters away into a faraway memory.

See this moody gem on YouTube. See more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Forgot How To Breathe: Kayla Friend longs for that sweet kiss again on valentine’s day

Witnessing that torn page and reminiscing for a tender touch to change the day, Kayla Friend propels us through the lonesome nights and sings with such an affectionate beauty on valentine’s day.

Experienced in both the desert and the big city life, Kayla Friend is a Hemet, California-born indie singer-songwriter who appears to have the resourceful tendencies needed to succeed.

In some strange culmination of recent events, Kayla Friend’s valentine’s day is an accurate representation of our current world. There is so much love to give. Some would say endless. Somehow however something is off like a cruel game is being played on those who crave a genuine touch. In a sometimes meaningless and plastic time for humanity, this is the sad reality when the heart gets broken too many times.

valentine’s day from the San Antonio-based creative Kayla Friend is such a sweetly-toned track to rid all worries away into the closet. Helping us heal with a true story, this is a hold-me-tight-single for anyone feeling rather let down. Reminding us to go back into the moment and appreciate the love, no matter how short the kiss was.

Love can be harsh sometimes after all.

Hear this fine song on Spotify. See more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

We Won’t Recover: Denver harmony masters Better Weather sees that perfect day turn grey on debut track Too Close For Comfort

Initially facilitated by Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Better Weather performs with so much seriously genuine skill and carefully crafted eloquence on their debut single Too Close For Comfort.

Led by music producer/songwriter Skyler McCoy, Better Weather is a proudly University of Denver Lamont School of Music student-fused music project who lathers lush vocal harmonies into our hearts.

‘The band has a debut album in the works, which draws inspiration from a variety of genres, ranging from 20th century classical to modern indie and pop. All the musicians are classically- or jazz-trained and play multiple instruments, and three of its members happen to have perfect pitch.” ~ Better Weather

Bringing the world a reminder of why a debut song is so special, Better Weather has dropped a sure-fire timeless classic to play on repeat whenever those reflective moments eerily resonate at a precise moment in time we can’t explain.

Too Close For Comfort from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music project Better Weather is one of those dreamy songs that many will truly correlate to. This is the story of remembering a previous love which sadly moved on, with tiny fragments still looming no matter the time or day. Projected so calmly with a world-class mentality which shall soothe all memories away for the better.

Hear this fine single on Spotify. See more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The Sun Hit an 80s New Wave Atmosphere in Sabet and Doherty’s Single, At the Brink of Dawn

Docking their boat at the harbour of 80s new wave atmosphere, the soundtrackers, professional songwriters and producers, Sabet and Doherty, orchestrated a sonic depiction of when the sun hits in their single, At the Brink of Dawn, taken from their sophomore EP, The Secret.

Starting with cavernously choral angular guitar work in the same vein as Slowdive, the instrumental aural escapade builds into a feat of full-bodied beguile through the percussive fills brought by Doherty, best known for his work with Ben Folds and They Might Be Giants.

The oceanically cathartic testament to the collaborative chemistry that spills between the two artists is a unique invitation to slip array from the fray of typically structured music and become part of the flotsam while you trust in the expert orchestrators, who drift you into one of the sweetest 80s rock crescendos towards the outro.

At the Brink of Dawn is now available to stream on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Chicago alt-metal originators, Dust Biters, expose their bleeding post-hardcore heart in ‘Progeny’

With a tumultuously rapturous sound that could only have stemmed from Chicago, Dust Biters’ lead single, Progeny, from their album, Guilt, is a viscerally maniacal feat of tightly off-kilter ingenuity.

As Nick Kinsley dynamically volleys between hitting all the right vocal notes, he throws plenty of evocative punches along the way. In the same vein as Against Me! Dust Biters heighten their sound to the nth degree through a combination of instrumental prowess and bleeding post-hardcore heart.

In the space of three minutes, Progeny moves through as many tonal shifts as some bands do in an entire LP. Yet, with the way that the uninhibitedly wild progressions bind together with melodic adhesion, it’s always easy to follow their raw groove-led lead.

If they make it to the UK, I will be the one with a near-broken neck at the front.

Check out the Radio Cut of Progeny on Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Transcend gravity with Marcus Liuzzi’s spacey 80s synth pop serenade, No One Better Than You

There was no forgetting Marcus Liuzzi after his lasciviously hooky 2022 single, 2 Night Stand. He’s swooned in with the Chris Isaak 80s vibes once more in his proclamation of enduring passion, No One Better Than You. The synthy, spacey pop tones push the single beyond the earth’s atmosphere, transcending gravity and every pop archetype that came before it.

No feeling quite matches the sensation of earnestly upholding someone as the reflection of perfection in your eyes – especially when their own self-image is dimmed with doubt, leaving you compelled to celebrate them to put back the shine in their tear-streaked aplomb.

“you feel as though you’re broken, you’re not the only one, you put your trust in someone else, and look what they’ve done” may just be the most compassionate lyric penned in the last decade.

Listen to No One Better Than You on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

I’m Not Going Back: Bay Area-based trap artist Salvarez hasn’t been the same lately on 30

After questioning his purpose lately on the multi-lingual gem for us to savour for its frankness, Salvarez thinks profoundly about the next step of his life with the superbly detailed new single called 30.

Salvarez is a San Francisco Bay Area-based indie trap artist who swerves through the doubters and takes us for a ride to remember on each track.

With his new EP Otra Vez on the way,  Salvarez hungrily extinguishes all haters with a comprehensive rap display. This is the kind of track to play loud when extra motivation is needed, to move on from a stagnate state of affairs.

30 from San Francisco Bay Area-based indie trap artist Salvarez is a lyrically astute single which will wake up anyone from a sleepy slumber. Drenched with a true insight into a relatable feeling which can consume many for too long, we find a hungry artist who is ready for anything.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify. View more on the IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Pat & Mac drop the skin-munching soundtrack for zombies on Flesheater

With a sizzlingly intriguing track that might cause slow hearts to quicken like at the end of the first episode of The Walking Dead Season 1, Pat & Mac shows us what inventiveness looks and sounds like on the incredible visuals for the blood-guzzling new track called Flesheater.

Formed by Pat Durkin, Pat & Mac is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based indie rock act that makes an experimental blend of riveting music to interweb inside.

Pat produces all of the music completely DIY, with an influence from horror movie and video game soundtracks as well as classic rock, synth pop, and heavy metal.” ~ Pat & Mac

In the second collaboration with animator and director Sean Bayles and taken from Impost3r Syndrom3, Pat & Mac shall lead us away from the darkness and into a thoughtfully fascinating light. Each second is a well-executed endeavour which is masterfully done with originally at its core.

Flesheater from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based indie rock act Pat & Mac is a truly unforgettable song to get energised about and shall enter our lives when the nibble is on. If you’re a fan of ravenous zombies and a memorable beat to forget previous worries with, this is a perfect tonic when the munchies set in late at night.

Hear this fine new single on YouTube. View more on the IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

$LADEGEEKIN reinvented West Coast hip-hop with his intricately experimental hit, REDO

Indio, California rapper, engineer, and producer $LADEGEEKIN, has dropped his sophomore hit, REDO. If it has been a while since a hard-hitting hip-hop production has left an ever-lasting mark on your rhythmic pulses and psyche, delve right into the hit that makes it impossible to resist the mesmerism in the beats.

After an intro of inventively arranged effect-laden guitars, $LADEGEEKIN starts to bridge the gap between alt-hip-hop and the West Coast style. Even with the passion poured into the narratively vulnerable bars, they keep an assuredly steady pace to become the centre of gravity within REDO.

His debut single, $our Diesel, was impressive. With his sophomore single, he’s proven that he’s got exactly what it takes to make his way up from the Cali underground hip-hop scene. Save a spot on your radar. We’d put money on more infectiously intellectual hits being in the pipeline.

REDO was officially released on December 25th. Hear it on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast