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Gina Brooklyn – Warning: Soul-Drenched Folk Pop

If you’re looking for the perfect infusion of Folk Pop and Soul, I wouldn’t waste another moment before hitting play on Gina Brooklyn’s latest single Warning. Because God damn, it’s haunting, it’s captivating, and I’m pretty sure it’s like no other soundscapes you’ve treated your eardrums to before.

To say her vocals are unique would be a pretty big understatement, they’re breathy and delicate yet at the same time there is so much strength being poured into the mic which sits perfectly above the tentative acoustic instrumental progression of the track. The piano melodies paired with Gina Brooklyn’s evocative lyrics and vocal styling and absolutely bowled me over. I can’t begin to allude to how refreshing her raw and organic style is. Warning is perfection, right down to the sudden halt of the track which just makes you need to devour more of the up and coming artist’s music. I for one am hoping it’s not too long until she heads back into the studio to treat us to another sensually electric single.

You can check out Gina Brooklyn’s latest single Warning out for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rick Cedana ft. Nasrene – Gold: The EDM Collaboration of the Summer

I’m calling it, it will be a crime against humanity if Rick Cedana and Nasrene call it quits on their collaboration after the release of their single Gold.

The beat behind the Electro Pop hit is absolutely flawless and Nasrene’s vocals are just the cherry on the cake around the veraciously lush swirls of synth which are dripping with sweet reverb. The drops which lead up to the chorus are sure to make you appreciate Rick Cedana’s deft talents as an EDM artist. Any fans of Avicii, Tame Impala and Ellie Goulding are sure to appreciate the aural alchemy that the two recording artists have cooked up. Usually, when you’re treated to such a solid beat the lyricism is barely up to scratch, but it’s safe to say that isn’t an issue with Gold. The track contains the perfect amount of infectious bitter-sweet romanticism

You can check out the official video to Gold out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now. I’d do it now, before It goes viral and you’re the last one to check out one of the most stunning Electro Pop songs of the Summer.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Naanie – More: Urban Attitude Doesn’t Get Much Sweeter Than This

Up and coming Boston recording artist Naanie’s single More is perhaps one of the sweetest attitude-soaked tracks I’ve heard this summer. The track may have been released three years ago, yet it’s as contemporary and fresh as any other 2018 release, it also proves that Naanie shouldn’t hesitate to get back to the studio to create some more sultry tentative beats that carry a pure soulful vibe.

Her vocal range is absolutely awe inspiring, her ability to stretch notes without the slightest quiver is intoxicating. Even though that More is steeped in female empowerment, the groove of the R&B beat makes the track perfect for all genders to enjoy. Pair that with the visceral harmony that pours from emerging artist’s vocals and you’ve got one hell of a track.

I can’t help but be excited imaging how polished Naanie will be on her aural return.

You can check out Naanie’s single More for yourselves by heading on over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Yogi Bairlines – Keep on Partying: One for Your Unapologetically Punk Playlist

When the prelude to a track has you bouncing, you know you’ve just stumbled across an absolutely stellar single. It makes the review part quite hard, but the energy behind Yogi Bairlines latest single Keep on Partying is as infectious as it is intoxicating.

The lyrics are exactly what you’d come to expect from a Garage Punk Rock party anthem. Keep on Partying came together as an infusion of Anti Nowhere League and Andrew WK. Yet, what really sold Yogi Bairlines for me was the fact that it was actually tangible that they were having fun whilst the track was recorded. The recording quality may not be the best you’ve ever heard, yet this just amplifies the raw energy that the band have mustered through the heavy instruments and even heavier vocals.

You can check out Yogi Bairlines single from their latest album Cracked Out by heading over to YouTube now.

Keep up to date with the band’s latest releases by following them on Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast – who has officially been inspired to grab a beer after listening to that track!

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David Wakeling – Almost Everything: Viscerally Compelling Indie Alt Rock

David Wakeling has described his latest track Almost Everything as ‘A Sonic Palette of Longing’, and well, I’m stumped to find better words for the viscerally compelling track. The Portland US based artist fused elements of Classic Rock, Indie, Americana and Post Punk to create a mix that any self-respecting audiophile will want to drink in. Whilst his vocals were dulcet and sweet the instrumentals absolutely stole the show with the sweet reverb which swept across each instrumental progression. Each of the acoustic instruments sat in perfect synergy as the track seamlessly meandered through the track.

With a slightly extended run time, you’re treated to plenty of lush guitar hooks and intricately euphoric melodies. Almost Everything is fairly different from anything else produced by the emerging artist, he’s injected the perfect amount of raucous vibrance to create the perfect Indie Anthem. It’s safe to say I have a firm favourite, yet his other tracks with a more Folk sensibility are equally as captivating.

You can check out David Wakeling’s latest single Almost Everything by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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$olo Kenny – Gettin’ Straight to It: Your New Friday Night Hip Hop Anthem

When a track has as much bounce and energy as $olo Kenny’s latest track ‘Gettin’ Straight to It, it really is just common sense to add it to your party playlist.

The level of hype came both from the Rap bars and experimentally veracious Hip Hop beat. Thanks to BigBoyTraks the production is absolutely on point. The single which was released in August 2018 followed a captivating progression which was as immersive as the gritty, upbeat bars. $olo Kenny’s unapologetic lyrics gained him instant respect from me, and I’m sure they’ll have the same effect on you too. There is no shortage of Rap artists lyrically stamping down their authority, yet the waves of charisma that hit you in the verses is enough to separate $olo Kenny from the rest of the up and coming artists on the scene.

Gettin’ Straight to It may only have been The Greenville, US based artists second single, but he’s already stamped down his style. I have no doubt that this will be the last we hear from him.

You can check out $olo Kenny’s latest drop by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nathan Degner – Cucumber: Uniquely Inspired Lo Fi Art Rock

I’ll try to withhold judgement for the incredibly phallic title of Nathan Degner’s latest EP ‘Cucumber’. Which, I suppose won’t be too difficult given the sweet sentimentality the first track unfolded with. It became clear that the up and coming recording artist has a very unique approach to his Acoustic Folk sound, which, is never a bad thing, yet, I can’t help that fear of the archetypal drove the title track to the EP to a level of novelty. I have no doubt that Nathan Degner is an artist with the ability to create serious music which any self-respecting audiophile would be willing to lap up. The lyrics bring a sobering touch to the three tracks on the EP, yet, the vocal styling which had a touch too much comedic effect detracted from the artist’s ingenuity.

Yet, if you’re looking for a playfully experimental sound, you really can’t go far wrong with Cucumber.

You can check out Nathan Degner’s latest EP out for yourself by heading over to his official website now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blood People – Shapeshifter: Female-Fronted Pop Punk isn’t Dead

By the sounds of Blood People’s latest single Shapeshifter Pop Punk Riot Grrrl has made a come back with a fiercer bite than ever. The female vocals carry an undeniable reminiscence to Brody Dalle and Courtney Love, yet the punchy, angular instrumental melodies carry all of the bouncing hype of bands such as the Offspring and Rancid.

In short, every second of the angsty progression won’t fail to leave you in a state of empowered euphoria as you listen to the aggression spill from the vocalist’s gutturally raw style. There’s a fabulous drawl to the vocals as lyrics weave into the amplified sound. I can only imagine what Blood People could bring to their live performances. Even though Blood People carry a lot of essence from time’s past, they’re undeniably one of the most conceptually pioneering acts to be gracing Chicago with their aural wrath.

You can check out Blood People’s latest single Shapeshifter for yourselves by heading over to their website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cult Fantastic – Screens: The Track Which Will Make You Think Twice Before Seeking Validation

After watching the video to Cult Fantastic’s latest single Screen you will never look at the laughing-crying emoji the same again. In fact, the Alt Rock, Jazz-hyped may have just driven me into an existential crisis with their wittily ingenious commentary on the 21st century disparity of Social Media-fuelled narcissism. It’s clear that the concept was a massive part of the orchestration of Screens, yet the instrumental and vocal passion and talent cannot go un noted. Cult Fantastic’s pioneeringly experimental sound is one that is barely comparable to any other recording artist on the scene to date. However if you loved the playful vibes from acts such as Eagles of Death Metal and Liam Lynch paired I’m sure you’ll appreciate the eclectic instrumental arrangements. If not, who doesn’t love Bowie-esque vocals?!

Head on over to Cult Fantastic’s website where you can check out the video to Screens for yourself. If you are drowning in the vapid toxicity of the millennial age Screens is more than effective as a flotation device.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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John Lowell Anderson – Night Run: Progressively Experimental 80’s Inspired Indie Electro

I’ll be honest, with the prelude to John Lowell Anderson’s single Night Run I was well and truly prepared for a rendition of a sound that has been recreated a thousand times over. And whilst 80’s inspired Synth Pop was great back in the day, it’s been done to death. Which is why I was so pleasantly surprised as Night Run seamlessly progressed into a soundscape which I can honestly say I’ve never heard the like of before.

The sultrily pensive vocals draw you in whilst simultaneously spiking you with the raw emotion which has been projected into the mic. The digital instrumentals fuse together with the vocals for an almost unrivalled offering of synergised harmony in the perfect revival of nostalgic Electro.  The melodies are held together by the bridges which utilise the popping, gliding guitar riffs to guide you through Night Run.

You can check out John Lowell Anderson’s single from his latest album ‘Dusk/Dawn’ out for yourselves now by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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