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Cucamaras – Glass Jaw: An Antagonistically Sweet Indie Anthem

In the early 00s we were inundated with gritty, raw, antagonistically sweet Indie anthems. Yet, finding a current up and coming artist with that same visceral bite, is like finding a needle in a haystack. It’s easy to claim Rock n’ Roll is dead without hearing explosive tracks such as “Glass Jaw” by Cucamaras.

The fourpiece band have recently released their debut 3-track EP “Until the Meter Runs Out”, and Glass Jaw is the perfect introduction to their progressively immersive sound. With their throbbing basslines, soaring riffs and vocals sitting in such a tight energetic arrangement its impossible to see how Cucamaras could stay on the underground.

While there is some reminiscence in the sound to The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, and the Black Keys, there is plenty of distinction in their Indie style which mainly falls down to the snipingly arrestive lyricism.

You can check out Cucamaras’ single Glass Jaw for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mr LTEE Drops His latest Afrobeat Hit “Body Bad”

There’s no denying that up and coming Afrobeat artist Mr LTEE has an enviably rhythmic style when it comes to wrapping together sun-soaked world beats. His latest single “Body Bad” is fuelled by feel good vibes complimented by salacious romanticism. However, I couldn’t help but feel that the track would have benefitted from a little more lyrical depth and for the lyrics to stand out a little clearer in the mix especially when it comes to the verses. The instrumental arrangement packs in plenty of acoustics to give Body Bad a natural, organic feeling while the smooth production on the track ensures that not one note the multi-layer beat falls flat.

You can check out Mr LTEE’s latest single Body Bad from his latest EP “My Time” which was released on February 11th, 2019 by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Since November – First Final Frontier: Orchestrally Piercing Indie Electro Pop

“First Final Frontier” is the latest track from Since November; the artist with the ability to compose orchestral indie melodies which will leave your stomach in knots with each subtle swell of the intricately rendered soundscape.

The Helsinki-based artist Since November consists of Tomi Mäkilä on vocals and instrumentals, and Jukka-Pekka Flander on drums & rhythm programming. Together they create a sound with mesmeric vocal capacity which rests so easily in the vibrancy of the arrangement they put down in a uniquely cinematic multi-layer mix of Indie, Pop and Electronica. Despite the amount of energy which floods through First Final Frontier, it still resonates with a cathartic concordance.

Considering that First Final Frontier was only the second single from Since November, it would be naïve to believe we’ve seen the best from the up and coming artist with First Final Frontier.

You can check out the hauntedly Lynchian official video to Since November’s latest single First Final Frontier for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Taylor Briggs – So So Bad: Rhythm Driven Urban Pop

Plenty of up and coming artists have tried their hand at creating the perfect smorgasbord of Pop, Indie, R&B & Hip Hop. Yet under the deft hands of Taylor Briggs his latest single “So So Bad” is a rhythmically infectious earworm with massive commercial potential. Music fans of all different persuasions will all find different reasons to fall in love with the sound. For Alt fans, there are plenty of chunky riffs whilst R&B lovers will find a massive amount of appeal in Taylor Briggs’ harmonically honeyed vocals.

The track keeps the perfect balance between emotively smooth vocals, dark and moody electronica, Jangle Pop guitars and urban rhythm. Around the euphoria of the choruses you’ll find of plenty of instrumental intricacy from LA-based Taylor Briggs who writes, produces, mixes, and masters all of his own tracks. With the ability to get all of that down to a fine art by the age of 20, that’s a clear sign that he’s definitely to be trusted with the future of genre-defying hits.

You can check out Taylor Briggs’ latest single So So Bad for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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J. Varice – Mufucka: Resonantly Raw Hip Hop

Mufucka is the raw and grittily immersive latest Hip Hop track from up and coming Rap artist J. Varice. Released as an ode to fatherhood (or a lack of). The track doesn’t hold back through the candid lyricism which is by far one of the best elements of the track.

Any fans of Drake, Cardi B, Kanye, and Kendrick Lamar are sure to appreciate the smooth multi-layered jazz-infused beat which J. Varice cooked up with a little help from producers Nique Musiq and Don UnionMusic. While in some parts it felt as though the meter in the Rap bars could flow a little easier, J. Varice has still cooked up a solid track which is sure to resonate with anyone with a less than perfect upbringing.

You can check out J. Varice’s latest single Mufucka for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Promenade Cinema Live Review: The Ethereally Cinematic Evolution of Synth Pop

Ritual Noise, Lancaster, February 9th, 2019

Synth Pop has taken many forms since the pioneers started to lay down the synth lines, but the under the deft hands of Promenade Cinema their hauntedly striking soundscapes resonate with absolute distinction.

After hearing their debut album “Living Ghosts” and falling in love with the polished sound, there was the slight doubt that a live set would give that same cinematic indulgence which the duo is quickly becoming renowned for. The cynicism slipped away as the raw power of the vocals gelled with the melodies filling the room with their expressively magnetic sound.

With arrestive baritone vocals from Dorian reverberating around Emma’s harmonies the vocal texture allowed the candid lyricism to conjure darkly poignant imagery. Yet, unlike what you’ve grown to be accustomed to with darkwave, there’s a unique warmth with the Sheffield-based artist’s stylistic approach to their sound.

With the influence of 70s & 80s synth and film scores being fed into the undiluted emotion of their music comes with a flood of viscerally danceable euphoria. Promenade Cinema may lean on the inspiration from artists of decades past, but they’re still the safest hands for the evolution of Synth Pop to be in right now.

You can check out Promenade Cinema’s debut album Living Ghosts for yourselves by heading over to Spotify or grab yourself a copy via Bandcamp.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ghost Atlantic – Along Those Lines: Atmospherically Indulgent Post Rock

If you could imagine the intro to Echo and the Bunnymen’s “Killing Moon” colliding with the expressive spoken word lyrical style of John Grant and the melodic mesmerism of the 1975, you’d get an idea of how prodigally inspired Ghost Atlantic’s latest release is.

In true Post Rock style, they carved out their signature style through atmospheric indulgence which won’t fail to leave you with chills.  “Along Those Lines” is just one of the standout singles from the Seattle-based rhythmic powerhouse’s latest album “Down to My Last Million” which was released on January 26th, 2019. The reticently sweet progressive single stands as a testament to Ghost Atlantic’s organic style through which they capture the raw emotion in the lyrics and transform it into aural alchemy.

You can check out Ghost Atlantic’s single Along Those Lines for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Coco Valli – Seaside: Alt Pop Perfection

How a single can simultaneously devastate you at the same time as leaving you uplifted is the mark of a flawless masterpiece. While many may see the intricacy, quality, or level of talent on display as what makes a good track, what really matters is that ability to hit the sweet spot with your melody and leave the listener with no choice but to succumb to the allure and resonance of the soundscape.

That’s exactly what Coco Valli did with their latest single “Seaside” which is an unfiltered, sonorous work of Alt Pop Perfection, the duo evidently have a deft hand in conjuring a dreamy soundscape which keeps the instrumentals simple, and he vocal range diverse. From unrestrained screams to pitch-perfect Pop vocals versing romantically lyrics, you’re treated to it all with Seaside.

Coco Valli’s up and coming single which will be released today on February 14th – the perfect timing for an Indie Pop ballad to have you grabbing or the tissues on Valentines day.

You can check out the Seattle, US-based artist’s earlier releases by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pirlo – Nonchalant af: Psychedelic Alt Prog Rock

“Nonchalant af” is the latest single to be released by Alternative Prog Rock artist Pirlo. With the single the up and coming artist managed to weave a ballad out of apathy into his Psychedelic mix of Indie colliding with Pop and Rock.

Kicking off with a tentative piano melody and progressing into an intricately immersive Rock soundscape Nonchalant af is a quaint single which won’t fail to leave you enamoured which mainly falls down to the playfully pensive lyricism.

Naturally, the vocal style to Nonchalant AF runs like muted poetry allowing the theme of jadedness flow right through the track. But clearly Pirlo wasn’t nonchalant about the production of his latest single. The extended 8-minute mix allows for plenty of room for you to slip into the mix and explore the constantly evolving soundscape.

You can check out Pirlo’s latest single Nonchalant af for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Abigail Jerri – Let’s Play: Reggae Rhythm With a Pop Polish & A Pinch of Prog House

Summer may not be here quite yet, but that’s no reason we can’t prepare ourselves for it with sun-soaked beats such as Abigail Jerri ’s latest single “Let’s Play”.

With Let’s Play you are treated to a smooth mix of Reggae and Pop which all pulls together as a melodic work of uplifting rhythm. There is no better introduction to Abigail Jerri ’s arrestive approach to Pop than Let’s Play which packs in plenty of salacity around the feel-good vibes of the single. With an already radio-ready production behind Abigail’s releases it’s all but impossible to imagine that she will be an up and coming for much longer’; she’s definitely already arrived. With a natural vocal talent, ability to create an instantly accessible track, and a soulful charisma, there’s not much that can stand in the way of Abigail Jerri ’s future commercial success.

You can check out Abigail Jerri ’s latest single Let’s Play for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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