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Blackpool EDM artist The Future Collective Have Dropped Their Latest Mix

Blackpool, UK-based EDM artist The Future Collective have proven themselves to be more than worthy of their title with their latest Future House mix “Funky Sound”.

The mix has all the makings of a guaranteed floor-filler including lashings of Funk and shimmering groove-deep euphoria. The solid beats, hype-infusing vocals, and immersive build-ups all keep you suitably entranced throughout the mix. Funky Sound stands as a testament to The Future Collective’s talent when it comes to creating rhythms to appeal to your own rhythmic pulses.

You’ll have to wait a little bit longer before you can check out the latest release from The Future Collective. In the meantime, you can head over to their SoundCloud and check out their earlier releases and keep up to date with news of releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dez Money – I Want Your Love: Playlist Worthy Alt Rock

Dez Money’s standout single “I Want Your Love” is the kind of track you press play on, and your soul immediately knows about it.

The sublimely nuanced combination of Pop and Rock has a slight nostalgic appeal, yet, there’s no doubt that I Want Your Love deserves a space on contemporary airwaves. By offering a similar sound to U2, Ben Howard, and Coldplay, the single is immediately accessible. But the true appeal of I Want Your Love lies the pure alchemy of hearing such a familiar sound from a breaking artist as they stamp down their own signature style.

The punchy percussion and shimmering guitars feed into an eclectic almost overwhelmingly full-bodied arrangement which borders on ethereal. Dez Money offers everything you could possibly ask for from a breaking artist.

Check out I Want Your Love for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Boorook – Your Name I Call: Indigenous Aboriginal Electronic

Uprising self-produced artist Boorook is presenting quite a unique song here. “Your name I Call” is a chain of hypnotic beats featuring vocals that I wasn’t expecting. I mean the track’s artwork should have given me an idea, as we see the artist wearing traditional indigenous Aboriginal gear but I wasn’t ready for this. This is an interesting piece of artistry.

The type of vocals on “Your Name I Call” is quite a surprise, as it’s not the first vocal style I would expect this Future Garage-type of beat to wear. The vocal delivery has a standard pattern throughout the whole song, and that’s what it should be. Almost no transitions take place during the song, only a standard singing and a beat stays the same throughout the whole track with a few pauses in between. The lack of further action is far from negative, as the electronic nature of the music contradicts the world-music vocals, it’s intriguing as it is.

This is definitely a song to play on your headphones when walking in the woods at night.

If this is where you are now, hop on Soundcloud

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Wanderings – The Light Inside: Tension-Stripping Ambient Electronica

https://wanderings.bandcamp.com/track/the-light-inside

South-London based Ambient Electronica artist Wanderings has recently made their debut with the tension-stripping serene single “The Light Inside”.

There may be a quietude to the single, but there’s also a striking amount of passion-driven momentum which resonates between the spaces of the looped piano notes, gentle effervescent guitars and hazy electronic effects. Each seamless burst of sound is delivered with deft execution.

The Light Inside transcends cathartic aural escapism and encompasses true ambient ingenuity in a way which demonstrates Wanderings’ deep understanding of how to appeal to the human psyche.

You can stream and download The Light Inside for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now. Make sure to follow the page as Wanderings’ debut album is set to be released in early 2020.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Crouton Cannon – Credit: Funky Dance Rock

Indie Rock can have many faces: It can be depressed, it can be spooky, and it can be innovative. The song “credit” doesn’t fall into any of these categories; it’s a fun song featuring some cheerful lyrics and a chorus you can get up and dance to. And it’s splendid!

Crouton Cannon is a band that draws quite apparent influences from acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, Vulfpeck and Steely Dan. Consequently, there’s an apparent funky element to their music. Judging by this song, they must not be the band that takes themselves too seriously or the band that would hesitate to satire themselves. I mean, there are enough bands in the genre that appear all gloomy and serious, so this is a welcoming change, isn’t it?

“Credit” is written by Alex Marshall, their guitarist. It features female vocals that are satisfying but nothing to write home about. It also features a couple of funky guitar riffs and you can dance to the chorus. Nothing to over think, just a song to have a good time. I’ll take it.

Watch the music video for “Credit” here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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WD-HAN – Spaceman: A Riotous Smorgasbord of Indie, Blues and Rock

Australian artist WD-HAN has been making colossal waves with their absorbing mix of high-octane Indie, Rock and Blues for quite some time. Yet, December 6th marks the release of their most riotously sweet single yet “Spaceman”.

Sure, you’ll get the sultry, swampy, Bluesy Americana licks. But you’ll also be hit with potently fierce energy both from the filthy winding instrumentals and the vocals which match the veracity. The lyrical depth is the icing on the cake.

Spaceman was inspired by the frustrations of modern living such as dealing with the existence of Donald Trump and wanting to escape the planet. Naturally, Spaceman spills plenty of catharsis. It acts as an aural invitation to share your anger over the fact the world seems to be becoming more and more ludicrous. If you aren’t angry as WD-HAN, you really should be.

You can check out Spaceman for yourselves via Spotify or Apple Music here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Down In Splendour – Alice Underground: Kaleidoscopically Carnivalesque Psych Rock

There may be plenty of Alice in Wonderland-inspired tracks, but you’ve never heard anything like Down In Splendour’s take with “Alice Underground”. The UK-based international collective of musicians merged elements of Post Punk and Psych Rock together in a pioneeringly eccentric soundscape which will stick to your synapses like superglue.

If you could imagine what Queens of the Stone Age Would sound like with a more carnivalesque and kaleidoscopic tone, you’d get a good idea at the psychedelic alchemy contained in this uniquely beguiling single. You’re hooked in right from the prelude in Alice Underground, with each progression, you receive the artfully immersive aural payoff for surrendering your conscious to the inventive track.

You can check out Alice Underground which was released on November 29th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Daniele Montagner (Ensemble Voyagers) – Kaos : Experimental Ritual World Music

You should be open to experimental world music in order to endure this song -let alone truly enjoy it. If acts like the experimental fusion group Goat from Sweden excite you, then you have to keep reading.

The song that we will be putting under our microscope today is “Kaos” and there’s quite a lot going on. During its first seconds the song brings to mind a shamanistic ritual; shortly after we can hear a tambourine and a drum kit, both playing simultaneously yet on different tempos. Although slightly disharmonic, this does not create any confusion, while in various points female ethereal vocals alternate with ritualistic chanting; the percussion will not stop until the end of the song. It ends with a dramatic finale.

Interesting sound, blending sounds that although the average urban listener might not be too familiar with, it will be a pleasant listen for the curious listener. If you’re intrigued enough to visit Daniele Montagner Facebook page, you will see that a photo of three roosters adorns his header photo, which I find perfectly aligned to the weirdness of his music.

If you consider yourself a curious listener, click here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Jr. Rhodes – Unconscious: Ominously Flawless Hip Hop

The hype around Canadian Rap artist Jr. Rhodes’ recent releases is easily understood. Their bass-driven ominously flawless feats of Hip Hop offer plenty of dark atmospheric appeal combined with rapid-fire lyrical waxing which only artists as revered as Busta Rhymes could keep up with.

Their recently released single “Unconscious” contains reverberant synapse-rearranging basslines which create the perfect platform for Jr. Rhodes relentlessly rhythmic versing. There’s also a heavy serving of wit thrown into the lyrics which take you through the dark depths of Jr. Rhodes psyche. Yet, it’s not all dark and gritty thanks to the playful vocal samples which make it evident that Jr, Rhodes isn’t an artist who takes themselves too seriously.

It’s not all too often we get to hear Rap artists which have seen their inception this year throwing such innovative earworms onto the airwaves.  Jr. Rhodes is perceptibly one to watch.

You can check out Unconscious via Spotify. Make sure to check out the rest of the prolific production machine’s releases, their debut EP is due to drop on December 6th.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nikitaa – Majesty: World Music R&B

Nikitaa just released a song that has the potential to fill up that world music R&B void for you.

“Majesty” has an interesting intro, there’s a Disney-like distorted flute. As the first verse kicks in, the world music percussion is very warming while the flute goes a bit in the background in order to re-appear during the chorus. The vocals are satisfying, but in any case, I do not feel like this is a suitable track for Nikitaa to showcase her vocal range, however she works her magic on the track and we look forward to future releases. This is a highly danceable R&B tune which one could only hope to find its spot among all the other dance floor hits this year.

It is apparent that Nikitaa’s music draws influence from many artists across the globe. We should also say that the song’s lyrics are anything but mindless; she has released a lyric video for “Majesty”, watch it here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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