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Not Today: The Big Three miss those classic days with the blues/rock-soaked ‘The Old Ways Are The Best’

Taken off their ‘The Big Three EP‘ from December 2020 and after impressing with ‘Head Over Heels‘, The Big Three skillfully show us their mightily memorable sound with the latest single on a reminisce-train journey with ‘The Old Ways Are The Best‘.

The Big Three is an indie rock, rhythm and blues band based in London, England. They have been passed the baton by the former members, to keep this classic name alive forever.

The Big Three were a Merseybeat group from Liverpool. They are best known for their 1963 recording of ‘Some Other Guy‘ and their close connection to the Beatles.” ~ The Big Three

The vocals are full up with absolute precision and containing a compellingly entertaining style, as they have our mind alive with a beaming smile attached. With a band who back him up terrifically, this is a wonderful effort that certainly has the dance floor buzzing with excitement again, after a long time away.

In 2017 Bill Kenwright released and toured the sell-out musical Cilla The MusicalThe Big Three (played by Jay OsborneChris Weeks and Tom Dunlea) appeared in the show and doubled as the show band. Following the tour the three players were ‘handed down the baton’ to become the next generation of The Big Three by original members Brian Griffiths and the late Johnny Hutchinson.’’- Wikipedia

The Old Ways Are The Best‘ from London-based The Big Three, shows us a formidable band on a real mission to make sure that those classic standards are kept closely into our memories with a tremendous display. This is a vintage track which will have you feeling in an amazing mood – as you soak up the legendary vibes which have been reinvented by a terrific outfit – who respect the past, but add in their own modern twist to keep us totally enthralled.

Stream this top new single on Soundcloud and check out their socials via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Jane Allison proves why she’s the next soul-folk sensation with her single, ‘Don’t Spill Water’

Soul-folk sensation Jane Allison has released her latest single, Don’t Spill Water; with disco, funk, psych-pop and blues-rock written into the mellifluous mix, it’s impossible not to get swept up by the vibrant energy.

The Welsh singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actress seems to emanate as much magnetism on screen as she does through her captivatingly narrative singles. She may stay true to the storytelling roots of Folk, but when it comes to her sonic style, that is where the bold experimentalism grips you.

Through the choppy staccato chords and rich ABBA-Esque vocals, Don’t Spill Water is an intoxicating invitation to strip yourself of the resentful weight you carry through life. That’s a reminder that we all need from time to time.

Don’t Spill Water is now available to stream on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

I’m Here To Help: London’s Ze-LuJ reaches his hand out like a true leader as he is a real ‘Friend in Need’

With a calming energy that is so effortless and one of the most peaceful songs you will ever hear, Ze-LuJ shows us what is needed in this often-selfish world that needs way more kindness on ‘Friend in Need‘.

Ze-LuJ is an indie 80’s and 90’s rhythm and blues musician based in London, England, who performs as a hobby. He makes that smoothly filtered type of vibe that has you feeling really calm and relaxed after a tough day at work or school.

His vocals are so smoothly delivered and with a style that is so rare these days. The video is simple and made to show you that he isn’t about the flash or the cash, as he just wants to make music that will truly help others get through their day.

Friend in Need‘ from the London-based indie blues artist Ze-LuJ, shows us a fresh video that is all about doing what you can to be there for your old and new friends, who might need you to survive. With a mellow electronic beat that is combined with his original bluesy vibrations, this is a track to put on when you are feeling rather low and need someone to be there for you while you recover.

Staying positive and keeping an open mind, is the only way to stay happy in these challenging times.

Stream this new video on YouTube and see more his Twitter music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Take These Broken Wings And Learn To Fly: Lawrence Ryan releases sterling cover of The Beatles classic ‘Blackbird’ (Live)

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With a terrific vocal ability and masterful guitar skills to match, Lawrence Ryan is highly impressive on his cover for The Beatles legendary single called ‘Blackbird’ (Live).

Lawrence Ryan is a soulful solo indie blues/rock singer-songwriter from Brooklyn in New York who now resides in New England. He is a skilled musician who has had experience in bands, but now performs solo.

After moving to New England, his songs and voice became the mainstay of several Northeast area bands. One of which was the blues/funk band Lux Radio. As lead singer and guitarist, he has opened for national acts such as Meatloaf and Cub Coda of
Brownsville Station.” ~ Lawrence Ryan

This is a song that was all about the U.S. race riots in mid-1968, that caused so much shock all over the world due to their intensity. The track is a metaphor of the struggle for the black civil rights movement and is sung with much vigor, from a singer who knows how important this release is.

Blackbird’ (Live) from the solo blues-filled New England songwriter Lawrence Ryan, shows us into a world that has come back after many years with tensions bursting underground, that have now surfaced into the forefront of television sets globally. He sings with a true sense of responsibility and this is a courageous effort from a quality musician.

Hear this audio on YouTube and see more of his journey via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Bobtail Yearlings – Willy the Cocoa: Honkytonk folk pop

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Bobtail Yearlings’ release, Willy the Cocoa, is quaint enough to make Neutral Milk Hotel sound straightlaced and Nick Cave unimaginative.

The baroque indie folk-pop single tells a tragic story by using stark lyricism to paint a portrait of societal anxiety through whimsical observations and the insinuations of lament at the duality between the lives of the privileged and disadvantaged.

Despite the sombre scribing of the death of a mentally disabled man, in its essence, Willy the Cocoa is an uplifting single that won’t fail to leave you mesmerised with the artist’s quintessential charm.

The honkytonk track may not be everyone’s taste, but anyone with an infinity for avant-garde will find that their intrigue pays off this time around.

You can check out the audio webcomic that accompanies Willy the Cocoa for yourselves here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Just The Words On The Page: Nav’s Hook wishes there was more written on the soulfully reflective ‘Letters’

As he wonders what might have been had they had more time together, Nav’s Hook takes time to reminisce on this groovy blues gem called ‘Letters‘, that has you lighting the fire and thinking back to the good days that are sincerely missed.

Nav’s Hook is an India-born and based, Cyprus-raised, indie alt-blues singer-songwriter, who has also lived in various countries. He comes in with over twenty years experience in the music game, and has recently started this new project.

Cyprus was the beginning of my musical experience where as an teen I regularly tuned into a British radio station called BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) where anything and everything “British Rock” was played. Of course, later time spent in America only furthered my passions into the kind of music I always wanted to make.” – Nav’s Hook

His superbly toned vocal range is filled with so much easy-to-hear class and the soundscape here is of the highest standard, as you feel the warm energy and totally admire the quality here. The carefully-penned lyrics are so honest and have you thinking back to those moments you certainly wish you could have back.

”‘Letters’ came about while going through a box of old letters. It’s that “dim the lights down with a drink in hand” kind of Rhythm & Blues story of dealing with separation and finding closure in written letters. But sometimes they were so beautifully written that instead of moving on, you found yourself slipping into reverse mode.” – Nav’s Hook

Letters‘ from the India-based indie alt-blues singer-songwriter Nav’s Hook, shows us a man on a mission to express his new art. He flood our minds with a memory that he cherishes so much. As he now sits down by the fire with a beverage, and marvels at these incredible times, that makes him wonder could of transpired if the timing had been different.

See this top lyric video on YouTube and find out more on his FB music channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Rob Quo leads the conversation with his vintage psych-pop single, ‘Talkin’ Bout the Truth’.

London-based Singer-songwriter and emissary of soul, Rob Quo, has released his EP, Let It Spin, which captures his vintage-inclined style at its most accordant and psychedelic.

If you can imagine what it would sound like if the Zombies covered ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’, you’ll get an idea of the hazily sticky-sweet vibe Rob Quo orchestrated with the lead single; Talkin’ Bout the Truth.

The EP marks the singer-songwriter’s transition away from folk and blues and into the realm of experimental aural eclecticism. With an LP in the works, due for release in 2022, the old school crooner is well worth a spot on your radar.

Talkin’ Bout the Truth is now available to stream via SoundCloud.

Follow Rob Quo via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Light My Fuse: New Jersey blues royalty Matt O’Ree Band splendidly spark up that real ‘Rock N Roll Hoochie Koo’

Singing the blues away and getting back on top where they belong after an unforeseen time away from playing live to reflect, Matt O’Ree Band are at their crowd-yelling best with the ultra catchy new visuals for ‘Rock N Roll Hoochie Koo‘.

Matt O’Ree Band are a highly rated five-piece blues-rock act from New Jersey, USA. They jump effortlessly on stage and turn everyone’s mood around – as they are a band that bring the house down – with their world class sound which is absolutely timeless.

Former guitarist for Bon Jovi, NY/NJ Blues Hall of Fame inductee, and crowned King Of The Blues by BB King himself, Matt O’Ree has been a driving force in the blues/rock music scene for the last twenty years.” – Matt O’Ree Band

You feel their stunning presence on this terrific track which is all about brushing away the bad vibes and rolling around in goodness again, with such an array of greatness on each second here.

Over the past few years, The Matt O’Ree Band has done what most area bands do. They’ve played their shows, developed their sound, released their records, and very quietly built a massive fan base in the process. What makes this band different from all the others is that their local fan base includes Bruce Springsteen, David Bryan (Bon Jovi), Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MG’s), John Popper (Blues Traveler), Bernie Worell (P-Funk) and Hubert Sumlin (Howlin Wolf), all of whom had volunteered to perform on the band’s album, Brotherhood.” – Matt O’Ree Band

Rock N Roll Hoochie Koo‘ from the New Jersey-based Matt O’Ree Band, shows us a group in real top form as they sing with so much belief, the guitar riffs are quite tremendous and we are treated to such a gem on this wonderfully constructed track. This is a song the whole family can jive with, as the vibe is so alive and has you reaching for those dancing shoes again. Life is so good when there is quality music like this, to help forget all those worries.

See this exciting new lyric video on YouTube and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Mya Luv gives us another perspective on heartbreak with her single, ‘Fairytales and Lies’

Mya Luv

Mya Luv explores the relationship between fantasy and deception in her latest single, Fairytales and Lies that runs through as an ensemble of indie, jazz, blues and neo-soul; each progressive unpredictable twist leaves you more immersed in the tale that the soulstress alchemically weaved.

Mya’s rich, deep and direct vocals allow you to fall into the release, hook, line, and sinker while the soundscape shifts from accordant indie guitars to a jazz infusion complete with a soul-filling horn section. Discernibly, the sweetest spot in the soundscape is when the bluesy guitar work starts to bring a New Orleans-style into the experimental but instantly accessible soundscape.

Fairytales and Lies is available to stream via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Unwriters deliver serious sonic flavour in their blues-funk-rock single, ‘The Devil’s Run’.

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Italian alt-rock outfit The Unwriters have unleashed their latest blues-funk-rock single, The Devil’s Run (Freedom & Justice); any fans of Black Midi will want it in their ears. Despite the, quite literally, devilish sensibility to the single, there’s a potent amount of soul weaved into the psychotropic release.

The funk-riding bass lines, reverb-drenched choppy guitar chords, snapping percussion, and psych-heavy synths all pull together to offer some serious sonic flavour that you’ll want to devour time and time again.

The Unwriters may be relatively fresh from their inception, but between them, they have over 25 years of experience in the industry, which goes a long way in explaining the level of maturity in their highly nuanced sound that dabbles in everything from old school hip hop to gospel.

The Devil’s Run is now available to stream and download via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast