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Zero Day – Skeletons: The Band Who Proves Metal Does Have a Soul

God damn. Zero Day’s latest single Skeleton’s is sexy. I’m not sure if that’s the effect they were looking to achieve with their raucously heavy Hardcore metal anthem. But I thought being brutally honest was fitting to describe the bands less than delicate sound.

In parts of their track Skeletons I could have sworn I was listening to Chris Cornell busting out his timelessly ethereal vocals, which tells you just how sexy (there’s that word again) Zero Day’s vocalist is. There’s a synergetic balance between Metal and Rock within Zero Day’s pioneering sound allowing you to really resonate with the evocative vocals and heartfelt lyrics behind Skeletons. Instrumentally you can expect a captivatingly heavy, progressive, riff driven sound that will translate like no other Hardcore sound you’ve experienced before. So, if you like your instrumentals heavy whilst actually being able to make out the lyrics, you really don’t want to miss out on Zero Day’s sound.

You can check out Zero Day’s latest track Skeletons on Reverb Nation now which is just one of the tracks which was released as part of their 2018 EP ‘Out of the Ashes’. For any fans of Staind, Pantera, Incubus and Tool you’re in for a treat.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Abigail – Avalanche: A Pensive Approach to Upbeat Rock Pop

Fans of Paramore, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift & Avril Lavigne (does she still have fans?) rejoice, there’s a new soulfully sensational Pop Rock singer on the scene. Where Abigail has been hiding with her empoweringly resounding sound I have no idea, yet, all I can say is I’m so glad I found her. Her 6 track 2017 album Avalanche is full of domineeringly orchestrated soundscapes which will stay with you for long after the album has faded out. It is evident that Abigail poured her all into her first ever album, with track names such as Sober, Hurt Alone, and Gaslight, her pensive approach to her Pop Rock style may be reminiscent to many other acts that have come and passed before her but there’s no disputing that she’s in an element of her own. Her concluding track on the album Gaslight was one of the most evocative sounds I’ve heard for anyone who has ever dated a narcissist, consider the track an essential listen. Just grab the tissues first.

You can check out Abigail’s frankly spectacular album Avalanche on Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DJ Billi – Drunk Drivin’: The Hottest Hip Hop Collaboration of 2018

Dj Billi’s latest self-produced track Drunk Drivin’ is a high energy mix with some experimental effects thrown in to create one of the freshest Hip Hop Rap singles I’ve heard produced in 2018. To create Drunk Drivin’ teamed up with the feverously talented Jake Ortiz, Jewelry Boii Nova and Gabe Gizz. Throughout the mix you’re treated to a constant switch up for vocal energies for that ultimate progressive effect through the track. The only thing that let the side down for me, was the effects put over DJ Billi’s vocals, I have no doubt his bars sound sweet enough without so many effects dampening his obvious rhythmic talent. Also, I’m not 100% sure this track was actually about drunk driving?

You can check out DJ Billi’s new collaboration Drunk Drivin’ on Spotify now along with his earlier singles.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Cheeky Bastards EP Review: Rhythmically Distorted Organic Garage Rock

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot from a band named the Cheeky Bastards. Some abrasively out of tune Punk played by musicians that would always be trying to ‘borrow a cig’ at best. Yet, as soon as I hit play on the first track to the Cheeky Bastards 2017 self-titled EP ‘Seine’, my prejudices were blown out of the water and I was doused in the London, UK based duo’s filthy riffs and quite frankly sexy rhythmic licks. Whilst there is a hint of the revivalist sound riddled into their unfathomably glorious style, their Alt Rock mix of sounds are as organic as they get. Their textured sound switches from furiously distorted Garage Rock to more laid-back Blues Rock within their debut album. Tracks such as ‘Trouble Maker’ show that the Cheeky Bastards have a soft side after all (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d have to write). ‘Trouble Maker’ was the type of track you’d expect Rock fans to hold up a lighter to during a live performance and was by far the best track to conclude the EP with. Now I’m left insatiable for the Cheeky Bastards next releases.

You can check out The Cheeky Bastards debut 4 track EP on Spotify, fans of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Cramps, Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster and Super Furry Animals won’t want to miss out on their raucously sharp rhythmic fury.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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phZD – Impulz Album Review: Pensively Rhythmic Urban Ambience

If you’re a fan of ambiently chill Hip Hop, you’re going to need to check out phZD’s latest album Impulz. Each of the 16 tracks is as transient as the last. Putting a pin on phZD’s style is almost impossible due to their refusal to be limited by genre. Their soundscape pushes against every musical boundary known to man to create their electrically charged, high vibe tracks. Whilst there is great diversity in style in the album, there’s no disputing that the two rap artists pour their heart and soul into every mix. The Flint, Michigan based duo, may be emerging now, but I have no doubt their cinematic approach to their sound will see them going far in the industry. Their dynamic approach creates a synergy that has simply never been mixed before. I hear a lot of urban music from emerging artists, and I mean a lot. Yet I have never stumbled across a sound as pensively rhythmic as the tracks from phZD’s album.

You can check out phZD’s self-produced 2018 album Impuz on Spotify now, expect a lot of emotion, depth, and pure aural alchemy from the phZD.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jamie Hancock – Hennything: Virally Infectious Club Hip Hop

Whilst I do love a good play on words, it’s hard to repress my distaste for Rap songs about drinking Hennessey. I’m unsure of the sheer number of tracks that have been produced about Hennessey, but at least Hennything is the cream of the crop.

Hip Hop Rap artist and producer Jamie Hancock has the vocal style, he has the rhythm so the lack of originality when it comes to the lyrics let the track down. Yet that didn’t stop Hennything going viral with over 666k streams on SoundCloud alone. Whilst Hennything is undoubtedly has flavour and bounce, I would hope the lyrics would have more bite.

Hennything was just one of the tracks which came off Jamie Hancock’s 2018 demo ‘Sincerely Me’ which for the most part is spectacular. The spoken word intro to the first track on the demo is as heart warming as it comes. Each of the 12 tracks on Sincerely Me is an ode to Jamie Hancock’s diversity, which stands as testament to his organic talent as a Rap artist.

Check out Jamie Hancock’s latest track Hennything on SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Unknown But Not For Long

The Unknown is the perfect sound for the modern music fan, just the right blend of old school familiarity and new sonic thought and the result is a slick and groove-laden, R&B infused track, one perfect for the clubland dance floor and pop picker alike. There was a time when R&B sat on one side of a certain musical divide and music deemed cooler or more cultish sat on the other. One of the aspects of our non-tribal, post-genre musical world, is that as the various barriers have been kicked down, as rules and traditions have been abandoned, the more commercial has been allowed to merge with the underground, or more importantly a whole generation of musician has grown up not even knowing that those restrictions even existed.

Maddy Rose weaves a clever song. Its more understated moments have wonderful backward glancing moments that revel in the golden age of soul and R&B, the more driven parts of the song stride confidently into a bright new dance-pop future. And that of course is the art of song crafting. As the music industry wanders further into a music by numbers situation, using templates that provide more of the same to catch the pop fan dollar, the rise of such brilliant blends of cutting edge pop and old school integrity, of artists who understand the long game and the cyclical nature of music, rather than the knee jerk reaction to this week’s fashion, are essential. Such music makers are the only real way forward. Welcome to a glimpse of the future.

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Amelia Moore – Perfection: Abrasively Honest Pop Perfection

Guess who just found a new favourite Pop artist?

Finding a Pop track with lyrics as clever as the ones that paint the picture of contemporary frustration as well as ‘Perfection’ is like finding a needle in a haystack. The fact that the track is called perfection is pure irony. Amelia Moore used her latest track to showcase her talents as a lyricist as well as a vocalist and independent musician. With a similar style and approach to sound as artists such as Kate Nash the Lawrenceville, Georgia based artists slightly spoken word style along with her beats won me over after the first verse. The Ambient Trap Electronica Pop instrumentals behind the track is just one of the elements that made Amelia Moore’s style shine brighter than the rest of the up and coming Indie Pop artists on the scene to date. Her narrative of what it’s like to live amongst our 21st century Instagram addiction is one that I’m sure any millennial with wifi can connect with.

You can check out Amelia Moore’s latest Pop single on SoundCloud it would be pretty rude not to connect with her on Instagram too.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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High Math – Hallelujah: Cinematically Ethereal Electronica

High Math have just dropped their latest mix of Hallelujah (Cathedral Mix), the Electronically inclined producer created an ambiently warm rendition of the timeless club classic which would never play to an empty dancefloor. The synergy that’s weaved into the layers of the beat could only be described as cinematically uplifting. High Math’s approach to creating music was never going to result in sub standard mixes given his penchant for abstract in every corner of the art world. High Math doesn’t just create music to listen to, he creates music for his fans to connect with, through his expert knowledge of meter & rhyme. Each track High Maths has put out with a little help from his record label Pythagoras has been a transcendental journey through pacifyingly blissful synth.

You can check out the high-vibe electronica mix Hallelujah by High Math on SoundCloud now & Follow High Math to keep up to date with his latest remixes on Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cecilie Dimma – Ice Cream: Soul R&B with A Contemporary Pop Kick

When I first hit play on the latest hit by Cecilie Dimma, I thought I was going to be immersed in yet another predictable R&B & Soul track, yet Cecilie Dimma blew the cobwebs of my expectation with her latest track Ice Cream. The Copenhagen, Denmark based artist’s latest collaboration piece is hot off the press, released on April 6th, 2018, just in time to treat her fans to the sounds of summer. What creates a better summer vibe than songs about Ice Cream, right?

The R&B bassline still pounds behind the beat of the track which has been pioneeringly composed to add more synth than you could possibly shake a stick at in the Urban Electro Pop mash up. Cecilie’s sultry voice is flawless, combined with the rhythmic flow of Rapper Gavin, you really couldn’t ask for more from a contemporary R&B artist. Whilst the subject matter to Ice Cream wouldn’t be to my usual taste, there was something enigmatic about her passionate lyrical approach to the track which gives me high hopes for her upcoming EP ‘Addicted to the Drama’.

You can check out Cecilie Dimma’s latest track Ice Cream on SoundCloud now, head on over to Facebook to show some love & keep up to date on her new releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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