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Fourth Born – Last Cigarette: Up-Vibe Funk Soaked Alt Rock Empowerment

Up and coming Ontario-based artist Fourth Born released their latest single “Last Cigarette” on June 8th and offered listeners a poignant metaphorical message wrapped up in a soulful up-vibe Funk-soaked Indie Blues Pop arrangement.

There are very few ‘good-vibe’ tracks which manage to shimmer with a vibrant tonal iridescence, but Last Cigarette achieved it with discernible ease in the short and sticky-sweet single Last Cigarette. The single alludes to the empowerment of letting go of what no longer serves you before embracing the excitement which lies in change and possibility, and the message definitely doesn’t fail to resonate.

The offbeat acoustic rhythms carve out the perfect platform for the soulful, stripped back Bluesy vocals which sit in perfect synergy with the intricate progressions of the instrumentals. In short, it’s one of the most captivatingly sincere tracks which we’ve checked out this year. So do your soul a favour and stick Fourth Born on your radar, he’s irrefutably one to watch.

You can stream and download the latest single from Fourth Born for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Holographic Children – Pleasure: Discernibly Atmospheric Alt Electro Pop

“Pleasure” is the slightly disconcerting, impossibly striking single from the up and coming Alt Indie Electro Pop artist The Holographic Children.

Somehow, the soundscape resonated as both Lynchian, and a track which you’d expect to find in a Stanley Kubrick film score, which follows on from a prelude which was as archaically haunting as the phantasmic classic Mr Sandman.

Each progression of the single offered a new unpredictable wave of 80s inspired Synth Pop, which has the ability to easily get under your skin and bed down in your soul. It may not be archetypal by any means, but the artful expression contained in Pleasure which will be included in the upcoming album release “Pink Pleasure Loveseat” is about as authentic as it gets.

You can check out the latest single from The Holographic Children for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Becky and the Keys – Cold Water Creek: Soulfully Vintage Country Blues

Looking to delve into a vintage soundscape which will strip away the suffocating pressures of the 21st century? Granting you 2:26 minutes of indulgent aural escape is the latest single “Cold Water Creek” by the up and coming Northern Ireland-based artist Becky and the Keys.

Whatever you’re expecting from the soundscape from that description alone, throw away your preconceptions and prepare for Becky Baxter’s soulfully dominant vocals to bring a vivacious serving of Country Blues which may as well have come from the swamps of Tennessee.

Cold Water Creek is a timeless single which brings a stiff serving of the contemporary resonance, making sure that once you’ve heard the rich tones in the warm and full-bodied arrangement, there’s little chance of you forgetting them.

You’ll be able to listen to Cold Water Creek for yourselves from the date of release on July 26th, 2019.

Keep up to date with all of the artist’s latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cucurbitophobia Invites You to Feel the Fear with their Latest Piano Composition “Requiem”

As someone who loves nothing more than eagerly ingesting the ominous tones of film scores which are fraught with tension, having the pleasure of discovering up and coming artist Cucurbitophobia, was an incredibly refreshing experience in melancholic aural gloom.

While many artists who create instrumental tracks endeavour to express emotion with the different textures, tonalities and timings of the notes, perhaps none do it as well as Ambient Neo-Classical Avant-Garde compositions such as the latest piece “Requiem”.

The NY based artist whose title is the official term for fear of pumpkins (we couldn’t help but be incredibly enamoured by that) has a deft command over their soundscapes and the ability to orchestrate a soundscape which envelops you until each rhythmic pulse in your body is intricately connected to the progressions.

You can throw yourself into the aural alchemy of Cucurbitophobia’s latest piece Requiem for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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IAMGENRE – Better: The Sincerest R&B Pop Hit You’ll Hear This Year

“Better” is the latest single from contemporary up and coming R&B Pop artist IAMGENRE which doesn’t just scratch the surface of superficiality it delves deep into the artist’s humility and finds raw, undiluted introspection. Right from the first verse, the weight of the single resonates, and you’re safe in the knowledge that you’re going to be immersed in sincerity, passion, and iron wrought emotion.

Even around the melancholy contained in Better, the choruses are catchy, the instrumentals are concordant, and the general vibe behind the single which alludes to the regret of not trying harder is an impossibly easy soundscape to slip into. Yet at the same time, the melodious earworm has a way of putting your own life into perspective as you listen to the pensive lyrics inspire you to be a better human being. You probably owe it to yourself as much as you owe it to IAMGENRE to check out their latest track.

You can check out IAMGENRE’s latest single Better for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kima Otung Offers a Striking Serving of Neo-Soul with their Debut Single “Morning”

The lyrics in Kima Otung’s debut single “Morning” aren’t just clever, they are cutting, I can only imagine how lyrically lacerated the narcissist who inspired this track feels after hearing to the striking Neo-Soul Pop ballad.

The soft, yet, transfixing melodies allow Kima Otung’s dominantly magnetic vocals to take all of the focus in Morning which never lets you dare to draw yourself away from the narrative of the single which gives a chilling account of dealing with the aftermath of narcissistic abuse. Considering that more and more people are becoming aware of the issue, I can’t even imagine how many people will find comfort and catharsis in this single.

There’s really no overstating just how powerful Morning is as a single, so it’s probably a good idea to make good use of your own eardrums to get a better understanding.

You can check out Kima Otung’s strikingly soulful single Morning for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Factual – Echo: Artfully Atmospheric Hip Hop

“Echo” is the extremely progressive New Wave Trap single from the up and coming artist Factual’s debut album “Wicked Path”. After a string of successful singles, a full-length release from Factual was hotly anticipated from the fans who had come to appreciate the artist’s incredibly distinctive approach to Hip Hop. The single may be a little slow to start, yet, once you get to the track’s momentous sweet spot, you’ll know Echo was more than worth the patient investment.

Factual let his vocals run clean in Echo over a solid, polished, and rhythmically rendered Trap beat which was soaked in reverb to make the tonality of the single match the title. It isn’t all too often that we encounter artfully atmospheric Hip Hop, but we’re definitely here for it.

You can check out Factual’s single Echo for yourselves along with the rest of their 2019 album by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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90s Alt Rock Influenced Newcomers Tripper and the Wild Things Have Made their Debut with the Single “Caramel”

If you’re always on the lookout for raucously melodious revivals of 90s Alt Rock, you’re sure to find plenty of sticky-sweet aural nostalgia in the debut single “Caramel” from the up and coming artist Tripper and the Wild Things”.

Fans of Dinosaur Jr, the Pixies, Nirvana, and Sonic Youth definitely shouldn’t hang around before tuning into the grunge-soaked soundscape which may borrow fuzzy elements from the past, but there’s no disputing that Caramel is a track which practically drips with contemporary appeal. Instead of attempting to create a perfectly polished soundscape with excessive effects, Caramel isn’t so much a diamond in the rough, but both of them combined giving the track that comfortingly vintage raw appeal.

You can check out Tripper and the Wild Things’ single Caramel for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Br3nz – Scars: Emotively Ironclad R&B Soul Pop

“Scars” is the latest single from up and coming R&B Pop artist Br3nz who has orchestrated a touching soulful ballad which rings with melancholy, but still offers plenty of comforting catharsis.

The simplicity of the soundscape amplifies the raw energy which has been projected into Scars which alludes to the bitter-sweet emotion of dealing with the ghosts of your past while trying to outgrow them. The lyrics were slightly illegible in the verses which hindered the resonance of Scars, yet, the instrumental arrangement made sure that you were never without emotively iron wrought tonality. The addition of orchestral layers within the contemporary R&B Pop mix which also incorporates Indie guitars was an act of ingenuity, as I’m sure you will come to appreciate for yourselves once you listen to the intricate yet momentous build ups in Scars

You can check out Br3nz’ latest single Scars for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Erin Gibney allows Country Blues to evolve in her latest single “July”

As you can probably gather from the title of Country Blues artist Erin Gibney’s latest single “July” the track was released with the intention of allowing the listener to embrace a sunny sonorous soundscape going through the motions of ritualistic summer lovelornness.

The New Jersey-born Nashville-based artist’s sound has been perceptibly influenced from moving to the home of soulful Country Blues, yet Erin Gibney has endeavoured to inject plenty of bold distinctive energy into her music. While narrative lyrics have become a fairly standard feat in Country music, with July, there was evidently little intention of holding anything back from anyone lucky enough to stumble across this exposing, poignant, and deftly orchestrated single.

You can check out Erin Gibney’s latest single July for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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