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Jasmine Hood – Bothered with You: A Soulfully Raw Pop Debut

Essex based singer songwriter Jasmine Hood may only be 14 years old (yes you read that right it wasn’t a typo) but her astounding vocal talent has already seen her sharing stages with the likes of Robbie Williams and Coldplay. After touring in West End musicals Jasmine has started her solo venture and has created a debut single which is amazing beyond even the most flowery words I can throw at this review.

The Pop scene may be overcrowded, but with her standout style there isn’t a chance that in a few years’ time Jasmine will be a household name. With a stronger vocal range than I’ve heard in the Pop arena in a long time and such empowering lyrics there is really no questioning her aural prowess as a songstress. Bothered with You in no way seems like it was pensively penned by a 14-year-old considering that the lyrics are as mature as the vocal arrangements are soulfully resounding. The piano backing melodies were the perfect soundscape to lay down her soaring raw vocals.

You can check out Jasmine Hood’s latest single Bothered with You on Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mick Mersse – Sun Down: Experimentally Eccentric Hip Hop

If you’re tempted to draw the conclusion that all Hip Hop Rap is a little samey, I wouldn’t blame you. But, before all hope in the genre is lost, I’d highly recommend checking out the up and coming Urban artist Mick Mersee’s experimentally eccentric single Sun Down.

Sun Down packs in a dizzying amount of progression into the mix to create an urban beat that is anything but repetitive. Each synergetic shift in momentum allows the New Jersey based artist Mick Mersse to switch up the hype with a little help from his fellow Rap & R&B artists !Llmind, D. Banks & Richie.  The beat is atmospherically lucid as it is resonantly grounding thanks to the hard driven bassline of Sun Down, but it’s evident that Mick Mersee’s talents really lie in his ability to drop Rap bars in one breath and R&B crooning in the next.

You can check out Mick Mersse’s single Sun Down from his 2018 album Leavin’ My Legacy on Spotify now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Luna Waves – Mystery Loves Co.: The Seamless Fluidity of Reverb-Soaked Jangle Pop

If there’s anything I love more than a fabulous play on words, it’s a resoundingly arresting offering of a sound that could be loosely described as Post Punk; but honestly it’s so much more.

If the palpably piercing, reverb-soaked melodies contained within Luna Wave’s latest track Mystery Loves Co. doesn’t move you, I’d probably check if you still have a pulse. The upbeat Jangle Pop riffs carry right through the progression of the track which flows with seamless fluidity. Whilst I adored the vocals I would love to hear a little less restraint through Luna Waves’ (AKA Rob Muir) future vocal offerings.

Mystery Loves Co. is just the first aural offering Luna Waves has in store for 2018, you can expect the debut album release of Seafoam Dream (Part 1) on July 27th, 2018.

If you’re a fan of The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Smiths or Interpol you’ll almost certainly want to make Luna Waves debut single Mystery Loves Co a major feature of your playlists. Head on over to Spotify where you can check out the instrumentally flawless offering of resonant Post Punk for yourselves.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Johanna Klingfors – All the Same: A Jazz-Soaked Debut of Contemporarily Style 70’s R&B

As a recording artist Johanna Klingfors is as captivating as she is eccentrically playful in her aurally alchemic approach as shown with her first Jazz soaked single All the Same. The girls got a point, you get to a certain point in your life and you realise just how repetitively monotonous and predictable behaviour becomes.

Johanna projects her earth-shatteringly resonant lyrics into the mic through her not so self-apologist low range vocals which absolutely dominate her single All the same; no matter how much Funk & Groove is thrown in by the instrumentals. You don’t need an artist bio to tell you that the raw lyrics round the Swedish singer, songwriter and pianists lyrics are highly personal, that much is perceptible for how she carries her soulful, attitude-riddled vocals throughout the track. Even with her stylised inclination towards the vintage sound, it can’t be said that her sound isn’t prodigal; Christina Aguilera may have attempted the soundscape many moons go, but she didn’t even come close to Johanna’s Bluesy expressionism.

You can check out Johanna Klingfors’ latest single All the Same on Spotify now, if you have a particular penchant for 70’s R&B you really don’t want to give this one a miss.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Paul Canning – Shot to Pieces: Pensively Raw Indie Rock

You can probably hazard a guess that Shot to Pieces won’t be the happiest song that you’ve heard all year, but what you probably can’t anticipate from Paul Canning’s latest standout single is just how poignantly perfect it is.

The lyricism is on point, there’s an atmospheric edge that lucidly carries through from the prelude right up until the track draws to a quiescent close and the vocals are as arresting as they come from a melancholic Indie Soft Rock track. There’s raw music, and there’s Paul Canning who seems to have perfected the ability to create captivatingly haunting melodies. Put it this way Shot to Pieces may be one of the most grounding tracks since Lou Reed produced Perfect day in 1972. Whilst that may seem like very high praise; there’s a reason why the London based singer songwriter toured the world with his infectiously endearing vocals. Also, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few decades you may recognise the name of the infamous band 10cc that Paul will be lending his vocals to this year on a 2018 tour.

Shot to Pieces is just one of the stunning singles from Paul Canning’s latest album The Outside Looking In; head on over to Spotify where you can check it out for yourselves.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Filson – Hard Act to Follow: Arrestingly High Vibe R&B

Up and Coming R&B Hip Hop artist Filson has just dropped his debut mix Hard Act to Follow; after checking it out I can confirm that there are relatively few Urban artists who can captivate you within a track while you’re barely out of the prelude.

The sonorous intro to the track sets you up for a romantically inspired offering of soulful R&B which will stick with you for long after it’s faded out. Whilst it can’t be said that you really got the best idea of Filson’s vocal range through the track you certainly got a taste of his rhythmic instrumental style which has been influenced by the Funk and Groove offered by World Music. Filson uses a mix of digital effects and acoustic instruments to create his arrestingly high-vibe R&B in a prodigally pioneering way that allows him to shine so much effervescently brighter than the rest of his competition.

You can check out Filson’s latest single Hard Act to Follow on Spotify now, I’m sure you’ll join me in agreeing with Filson is indeed a hard act to follow.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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A//lara – Stars: An Ethereally Arresting Alt 90’s Crossover

A//lara (AKA Nicolas Lara) has just released his latest single Stars and nothing, absolutely nothing could prepare me for how much I was going to adore the track. Stars is the ultimate crossover between Post Punk and Shoegaze; there are very few genre infusions that can create an aural cocktail as potent as what A//lara cooked up with his latest single. The dreamy melodies are packed with the fabulously fuzzy reverb, whilst at the same time, you get the piercing hooks from the guitar and bass, even Peter Hook would be pretty bowled over by the ethereally creeping synergy that allows this track to be resoundingly transcendental.

If you’re a fan of Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Joy Division and Lauren Lakis I can personally guarantee that you’ll find Stars as chilling and captivating as I. The Californian artist has one of the deftest sounds I’ve ever heard when it comes to orchestrating an imaginatively dark soundscape curtesy of the muted Jangle Pop Indie riffs and the quiescent vocal offering which doesn’t bleed into the rest of the mix which is archetypal of most Shoegaze outfits.

You can check out A//lara’s stunning new single Stars on Spotify now. Prepare for an instant hit of ethereal catharsis.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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I Am Soyuz – Still I Fly: Concordantly Cathartic Folk Pop

I Am Soyuz has to be one of the most refreshing, quiescent Indie Acoustic Pop singer songwriters I’ve had the pleasure of checking out this year. The ethereal aura which accompanies her sound drives the emerging artist’s composition to a point which goes so far beyond compelling it offers an almost transient melody.

The chord progressions within her latest single Still I Fly may not be the most pioneering I’ve ever heard, yet that doesn’t seem to matter once she starts to lay down her poignant folkish vocals on top of the track. The acoustic guitar starts to bleed into the synth of the track accompanied with some classical strings for good effect. As the track draws to a close you realise just how infectiously compelling and cathartic I Am Soyuz’s come back single Still I Fly actually is.

You can check out I Am Soyuz’s latest track Still I Fly on SoundCloud now. Be warned, there’s no forgetting that melody once you’ve heard it.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fox Parlor – Short Love: A Grindingly Nihilistic Offering of Southern Alt Rock

As Oscar Wilde once said, every great romance was ruined by the notion of forever. Fox Parlor have backed up that iconic statement with an equally impressive offering of good old grinding Southern Rock n’ Roll orchestrated around the same sentiment. Whilst the four-piece powerhouse collective’s style is safely rooted in the classic Rock styling their sound is anything but archaic thanks to their quite angsty instrumental sensibility which contrasts against the vocalists soulfully effervescent rendition of the nihilistically romantic lyrics.

The riffs are just as punchy as the chorus is catchy with Short Love, it’s a track that greets you with that rare sense of amiability. The atmospheric edge encapsulated in the soundwaves is more infectious than it would first appear; the melody has a way of sticking with you for long after the track has drawn to a raucous close.

You’ll be able to check out Fox Parlor’s latest single Short Love from June 28th, 2018, in the mean time you can head on over to Facebook & share in the hype that has been building around their much anticipated release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Soi Fabulous – Fallen Angel ft. Sheena Chochan: A Sobering Soundscape of Operatic Rock

For anyone who has spent a considerable amount of time amongst creatives and musicians there is one glaring issue. Soi Fabulous addresses this issue with such poignancy in her latest single Fallen Angel ft. Sheena Cochan the track would have been haunting if it wasn’t so God damn soulful. The issue of course Is the tragic consequence of drug addiction. Whilst many artists glamorize the issue, but Soi Fabulous tackles the issue in an aurally astounding way through her extremely progressive yet poignant track Fallen Angel. What starts out as a relatively operatic yet subtle track the guitar-driven rhythms kick in providing a raucously melodic progression packed full of sobering, angular, crunchy riffs to help drive the sentiment home. Soi Fabulous’ vocal range is almost as hard hitting to the lyricism in Fallen Angel which has massive viral potential, not just for the sentiment, but also for the pure talent on display from Soi.

You can check out the official video to Soi Fabulous’ track Fallen Angel on YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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