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Jim X William – Dissociation: Soberingly Sonorous Trap

If Eminem’s Stan was released in 2018, I’m fairly certain that it would come out sounding a little something like Jim X William’s latest drop “Dissociation”. With a New Wave Trap style beat paired with haunting atmospheric harmonies Jim X William has just set the bar for the rest of his Hip Hop counterparts.

With so much emotivity, humility and honesty penned into the lyrics which are delivered through complete, unquestionable authority, you’re treated to a hard-hitting Hip Hop soundscape, which you’re not likely to forget in a hurry. The sentiment behind the track doesn’t lie embedded within self-aggrandization or self-pity, instead it’s perceptible that Jim X William served up a piece of his soul in the lyrical shots fired.

If you can get to the end of Dissociation without feeling sobered, I’d start to question whether you’re actually human.

You can check out Jim X William’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Naddiks – Let Go: Garage Punk with a Poignant Lyrical Punch

Remember when alternative music had that raw, unrestrained, untainted energy behind it?

You may have to think back to the glory days of Alt Rock when Rancid and the Offspring reigned supreme. Yet, for a contemporary hit of the infectious chugging melodies and raucous expression, the Naddiks have released their latest single “Let Go”. With a slight hint of Punk to the vocals you can taste the chaos in the composition whilst the instrumentals take care of the tight and scuzzy melodies with a fair few soaring guitar riffs thrown into the mix as the cherry on the cake. Despite the hard-hitting delivery of Let Go, the Naddiks poignantly penned the lyrics to express the importance of letting go of the small things in life and trusting in the powers that lie outside of ourselves.

You can check out The Naddiks’ latest single Let Go for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud. Good luck getting the angsty sticky-sweet melody out of your head.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alexa Van’s Debut of Angst-Driven Ethereal Expression

The first time of listening to Alexa Van’s debut single “So Angry” for a moment I wondered if Amy Lee changed her name and adopted a Bluesy Rock sound. Yet, as the single progressed it became evident that Alexa Van has one of the most distinctive voices we’ve heard from an up and coming female artist.

The range in her vocals is one thing, the power she uses to dominate the entire soundscape is quite another. Her voice isn’t just one which soulfully resonates, it’s expressively concordant whilst having the power to move tectonic plates. If any of that sounds like an exaggeration. Wait until the raw, celestial power of her angst hits you through her first single. Although the vocals give a lot for the instrumentals to contend with, the melody which they lace into the soundscape adds plenty of weight to the already colossal single.

You can check out Alexa Van’s single So Angry for yourselves by heading over to Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Swamp G – White Claw: Putting the Fire Back into Trap

Swamp G Is the up and coming artist putting the fire back into the Trap genre. His latest single “White Claw” which dropped on November 19th as part of the “Komodo” EP is the perfect introduction to the Austin, Texas-based artist’s stylishly orchestrated sound.

The level of harmony which sits behind the rattle snare and kicks is bordering on ethereal. Yet the harmony lies in perfect contrast to the unapologetically unrestrained lyrics behind White Claw. With the fluidity of his flow, and the intricacy in the meter and rhyme in the lyrics it’s all too easy to slip into White Claw which has been masterfully produced by DeCicco Beats.

You can check out Swamp G’s latest single White Claw for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Beyond Black’s Latest Transcendentally Sweet Drop is the Perfect Addition to Your Ambient Playlists

It is the ultimate testament of talent for an electronic artist to create a chilled soundscape at the same time as keeping the beat intricately complex, meandering and sharp.

The clear cut of the breakbeats which feed into the multi-layered mix of Beyond Black’s single “Living Sound” from his latest album does exactly that. In the absence of lyrics, the cinematic swells of the sound take care of the immersivity. If you’re looking for deftly mastered immersive beats to add to your playlists, look no further than Beyond Black.

You can check out Beyond Black’s latest single Living Sound for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now. Or if you feel like reaching an entirely new plateau you can listen to “The Living Sound” album in full.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Slutashia – Queen B: The Fierce Hip Hop Icon We’ve Been Waiting For

She’s fierce, she’s salacious, and it would be no surprise if Slutashia became one of the most important queer artists of our generation. Whilst most drag artists make do with lip syncing, this Oregon queen has taken her talent to the next level with her latest Hip Hop single “Queen B”.

With enough unapologetic attitude to leave her Rap counterparts audibly quaking, she lays down the playfully veracious lyrics on top of a melodically hypnotic beat. Rap artists have either got the flow, or they haven’t, Slutashia can count herself amongst the rare few with the ability to authoritatively wax lyrical.

Whilst the Ru Paul queens may try their hand at making their own tracks after the Drag Race, Slutashia is an artist whose talent stands apart from her identity. Yet, with her charisma feeding into her commanding prowess, you’re in for an aural and visual treat with Queen B.

You can check out the official music video to Queen B for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ensemble Voyagers – El Cant dels Ocells: The Cinematically Medieval Composition Taking Christmas Music Back to Its Roots

We all have pretty fixed ideas about what Christmas music should be about, yet, Ensemble Voyagers’ latest release “El Cant dels Ocells” (translation: the Song of the Birds) has taken it right back to the origins of tradition. The end result? A hauntingly atmospheric offering of traditional music which won’t fail to captivate you through the mesmeric vocals which accompany the acoustic instrumentals through the tentative yet cinematic progression. El Cant dels Ocells is both a traditional Catalan Christmas song and a lullaby which celebrates the birth of Jesus. So, whilst it’s slightly more pious than your average Christmas single, it’s infinitely more authentic.

You’ll have to wait a little bit longer to check out El Cant dels Ocells, but in the meantime, why not head over to Spotify and check out some of their earlier medievally inspired, contemporarily reinvented soundscapes?

You can keep up to date with all the latest news of the Italian artist’s release via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Razzie’s Daring Hip Hop Ode to the Power of Femininity

“Pu**y Power” is the latest drop from up and coming Hip Hop artist Razzie. Whilst there are plenty of rap artists set out to objectify women in their lyrics, there are very few male artists out there wanting to celebrate their power. Razzie did all of that and more with the fresh beats he laid down to serve as the perfect platform for his hard-hitting lyrics. His commanding lyrical style laces a Dancehall Reggae tonality into the soundscape which is further accentuated through the acoustic, primal rhythms he lays down in place of the harsh snares.

Pu**sy Power is the second viral-worthy track dropped by Razzie, and with his infectiously fresh approach to Hip Hop demonstrated in both pitch-perfect tracks, I’m pretty sure we haven’t heard the last from the Miami-based artist.

You can check out the daringly empowering single out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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THE NITE – Alienation: Industrially Indulgent EDM

Whilst many may try their hands at the genre, creating a stunningly textured Industrial EDM mix takes a fair amount of aural command. Which is exactly what emerging artist THE NIGHT proved they had in their possession with their debut EP release.

“Alienation” is just one of the seamless, pitch-perfect singles on the 4-track release which will take you right back to the roots of the genre, yet the single will still resonate as more than just an assimilation of already so commonly regurgitated sound. What so many artists EDM artists fail to do is weave some ingenuity into the lyrics, and it’s safe to say THE NITE isn’t lacking in the ability to pen pensively salacious lyrics.

You can check out THE NITE’s single Alienation for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LAV.ISH – Hippy Kids: Commandingly Soulful Hip Hop

“Hippy Kids” is one of the recent singles to be released from the up and coming Hip Hop Rap artist LAV.ISH; who has kept his flow old school, yet, his dynamic approach to Hip Hop is refreshingly contemporary. With a slight R&B vibe to the smooth soundscape you get none of the crass abrasion of your average Hip Hop, instead, the layers of the velvety light melody make it all too easy to slip into the perfectly produced mix. To make the track even sweeter, he teamed up with Zander Merone, together the artists combined to create a lucidly hypnotic beat to rest their rhythmically ingenious bars upon.

So, if you’re looking for a commandingly soulful offering of Hip Hop to add to your playlists, you can check out LAV.ISH’s latest single Hippy Kids for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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