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Cagri Raydemir shimmers through the genetic signatures on, ‘False Existence’

Warning us against the fake world that is trying to doom innocent souls into a moody world that is packed with darkly-lit alleyways that have no exit, Cagri Raydemir shows us what the boundaries are and how we can actually avoid the negative energy on, ‘False Existence‘.

Cagri Raydemir is a Munich, Germany-based alt-rock/blues singer-songwriter, music producer and sound engineer who holds business management and engineering degrees.

Having recorded at his home studio, he made all lyrics & music, vocals & instruments, arrangements, recording, mixing & mastering.” ~ Cagri Raydemir

After learning music when he was just 13 years old through guitar, Cagri Raydemir is on top form with a body-tingling display that showcases his genuine storytelling ability at its absolute peak.

False Existence‘ from Munich, Germany-based alt-rock/blues singer-songwriter/music producer Cagri Raydemir is a riff-filled world that shows us that retaliation is natural if you get pushed down into the mud for too long. With an underground ambience that pierces through your heart, this is a gloomy-but-excellent track that should send a shiver down your spine. The vocals might give your trembling core a real shake-up, as we are taken into a world that so many have tried to avoid for so long due to the treacherous rocks attached.

The world is real and being self-aware, is the only way to survive.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Ludwik Konopko shows us that its time to venture outside again with, ‘Sunday Alchemy’

After transmitting us into a more tranquil world of love on ‘Ana‘, Ludwik Konopko guides us to that safe road to be joyous with our friends and family again with his mellow new track to hold in high regard, ‘Sunday Alchemy‘.

Ludwik Konopko is a Ukrainian-born Polish guitarist and composer who integrates elements of jazz, flamenco, blues, folk, and world music into his compositions.

Ludwik Konopko was born in Lviv and has been living in Poland since 1991. He had his first public appearance as a guitarist at the age of 19, when he performed in an orchestra at the Lviv National Philharmonic.” ~ Ludwik Konopko

Lathering a serene love letter to help us deal with any anxieties that have been bogging us down recently, Ludwik Konopko reminds us that we can actually keep things simple if we change our habits and change that mindset which has been stretched beyond comprehension.

Often, he can be spotted unexpectedly outdoors in different cities of Poland where he promotes his records among people.” ~ Ludwik Konopko

Sunday Alchemy‘ from experienced Polish indie jazz/blues guitarist and composer Ludwik Konopko is a super single to brighten up everyone’s day. There is an easygoing nature to truly enjoy here on a beat that is rather positive, to brighten up our cold hearts that need so much warmth to heal up properly. The skillset on offer is a real treasure to behold, as we close our eyes and imagine a better place to swim peacefully inside with no worries.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Nav’s Hook sold his will for that glimmering happiness that turned unexpectedly cold on, ‘A Merry Dance’

Known best for his soulfully nostalgic performance on 2021’s ‘Letters‘, Nav’s Hook returns with his new single that is sure to get us all thinking deeply about those romantic moments you will never forget on, ‘A Merry Dance‘.

Nav’s Hook is an India-born and based, Cyprus-raised, indie alt-blues singer-songwriter who has lived in many different countries all over the globe.

Cyprus was the beginning of my musical experience where as a 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

After being inspired to make this song while reading an old archived article, Nav’s Hook returns to our lives with another truly excellent release that is made with his signature intelligent style. His powerful vocals are rather soothing and filter calmly in your throbbing heart, with a lyrically advanced single to learn from.

You’re surrounded by everyone who witnesses your descend, where in a fit of resentment you question the very idea of holding someone sacred, or having any faith in anything or anyone at all. Finally, accusing all that’s real around you to be a complete lie.” ~ Nav’s Hook

A Merry Dance‘ from Cyprus-raised, indie alt-blues singer-songwriter Nav’s Hook is an honest single with a brilliance all over the place, about feeling like you are out in the freezing cold now as the candles are out, and real-life starts to take over. Falling for that selfish soul is hard to take and we are carried on an incredible journey by a true storyteller, who is always looking to learn and evolve throughout this astonishing journey to the top.

Realizing that everything you thought true was a lie, is a suffocating feeling that can damage your soul forever if you let it.

See the visuals for the new single on YouTube and visit his IG page for more insights.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Rome-based Byron Blue Rose refuses to fall for this game again on, ‘Nelly II’

Releasing his 3rd single that takes us to a distressed place in his life that needs to be expressed, Byron Blue Rose wonders why his former lover sticks around and keeps on trying to control him in this sick game on, ‘Nelly II‘.

Byron Blue Rose is a Rome, Italy-based indie blues solo singer-songwriter who performs with many earnest sentiments and reflects the depressed world in its purest form.

Just another depressed artist? Kinda, but good as hell.” ~ Byron Blue Rose

With a raw feel that takes you to the edge of this mountain that is about to crumble and carry him down to the sharp rocks below, Byron Blue Rose has heard the wicked words and wants no part of what he is currently witnessing right now. His heart is cold and he wants this all to be a distant memory, so that he may start fresh and find a kind new lover with pure intentions.

Nelly II‘ from Rome, Italy-based indie blues solo singer-songwriter Byron Blue Rose is the kind of breakup anthem that takes you back to a place where stress reigned when the picture should have been just been packed with love and romance. He sings to us with real emotions and you feel the frustration, at being used and taken for granted by someone who he trusted once.

Sometimes the world can be so harsh, even if you deserve the opposite.

Check out this new single on Spotify and see more vibes on his IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Rock roots wrap around a murder mystery narrative in Robbie Rapids’ single, Who Shot Them Down

Through his multi-faceted talent, Robbie Rapids recorded his four-decade-era-spanning nostalgic rock track, Who Shot Them Down, while recording his murder mystery audiobook, Arc Road, and instantly became more intriguing than Nick Cave.

With a similar cool yet roots-deep vibe to Left Lane Cruiser, Robbie Rapids and his bluesy take on College Radio Rock which comes with Beach Boys nuances will surely make an impression on the airwaves. Lyrically, it is impossible not to get immersed in the narrative that spins the tale of a murder mystery that happened in 1964 through Rapids’ high energy Americana rock vocals.

Who Shot Them Down will officially release on April 29th, 2022. You can check it out yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

LA-based blues artist Mark Edward Fitchett turns up the volume and let’s it rip on ‘Standing Horizontal’

Taken from his brand new 12-track album called ‘Chasing The Blues‘, Mark Edward Fitchett makes sure that we are all around for the last call so we can hear this dynamic musician in action with the new speaker-sizzler called, ‘Standing Horizontal‘.

Mark Edward Fitchett is a Los Angeles, USA-based music teacher and much-loved indie blues singer-songwriter that brings us his whole toolbox on this smashing new single.

Over the course of 30+ years, he has taught several thousand students, many who have gone on to have professional music careers themselves.” ~ Mark Edward Fitchett

Showcasing his world-class abilities with this outstanding new track that shall have you dusting off those dancing shoes, Mark Edward Fitchett is rather splendid with a single so entertaining, you might need a quick nap afterwards to recover.

Teaching over these many years has actually made me a much better musician. This not only caused me to dig deeper into the blues and rock music I grew up with but also because of my many student’s different interests I would learn other styles not normally on my radar and ultimately incorporate them into my own bag of tricks.” ~ Mark Edward Fitchett

Standing Horizontal‘ from Los Angeles, USA-based indie blues artist and music teacher Mark Edward Fitchett sends a message to all those who believe that it’s too late to show the planet your music. He is on top form with real aplomb that shall take you to a happy place, on a new single that might send you to a nostalgic place in the past you fondly recall. Blues fans are in for a real treat here, from a masterful professional who shows us how it’s done.

Listen to this rocking new track on Soundcloud and see more via his website.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Chris Harris and Erin Newman send our minds into a deep place with the excellent, ‘Ballad of a Broken Friend’

Created at the cosy Quay West Studio, Chris Harris and Erin Newman show us inside a deep story about hopelessness when someone we care about is battling badly and you are worried about what will happen on, ‘Ballad of a Broken Friend‘.

Chris Harris and Erin Newman is a sweet combination of indie blues/soul and alternative rock who are both based in the UK.

A requiem of a tragic story told by a close friend. Everyone at some point has felt the harsh pain of their closest friend. They feel powerless in their efforts to help. They worry, stress and panic that the worst could happen. Ballad of a Broken Friend is an attempt to capture the emotions of anxiety, depression, and helplessness that we can all feel when a loved one is suffering.” ~ Chris Harris and Erin Newman

Bringing so much beauty to a worrying story that shall have you crying softly if you have dealt with this intense moment or been exposed to the emotions attached, Chris Harris and Erin Newman lead us inside one of 2022’s most authentic singles. They converge so wonderfully and you will find yourself getting lost in your own thoughts here, which has you wondering if you could have done more.

Ballad of a Broken Friend‘ from the UK-based duo indie blues/soul and alternative rock Chris Harris and Erin Newman, is a tremendous release that crashes hard into your healing soul. They sing with such love and tenderness, as each note has been made with that ultimate care that is so rare in this seemingly selfish world. This is a single to embrace warmly with your partner or friend, as you look above to try and find that star of hope to help you recover from previous worry and tragedy.

Music with heart and a real message certainly still exists.

Hear this fine new single on Soundcloud and see more on Erin’s IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Smethwick-based guitarist Skidders takes us to a happy place on ‘Aunty Bulgaria’

Taken off his brand new album that is due for a 4th May release, Skidders returns with the instrumental gem that will have you sliding your sunglasses on and living life to the fullest with ‘Aunty Bulgaria‘.

Steve Skidmore aka Skidders is a Smethwick, UK guitarist and writer who combines his love for blues, rock and jazz and makes vocal-less music to get our hearts smiling again.

Song selection is very eclectic, so hard to umbrella under one genre. But compositions range from rock, to blues, to reggae, to Celtic.” ~ Skidders 

Bringing us his West Brom toughness and blessing us with something so calm and catchy at the same time, this is a single that shall have you tapping your feet and clicking your fingers in utter delight from the humble Skidders. There are no flashy moves here, only pure love for music and guitar-playing of the very highest standard imaginable.

”Most self-penned songs are instrumental allowing him to showcase his unique style and sound. This also ensures compositions are well suited to TV and Film ‘sync’ use.” ~ Skidders 

Aunty Bulgaria‘ from the prolific UK-based guitarist/writer Skidders is a superb instrumentally compelling single from an underground artist who has total respect from his peers. There is so much to like here about the intricate sound here, that seems to blast a ray of sunshine out from the moody clouds that have been so prevalent lately. A single to get a tan with, this is one of those releases to flip your frown around so that you may see the positive vibes again.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more via the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Post-Punk Meets Nashville Rock and Roll in The Rhythm Bullies’ Latest Snarling Triumph, Smoke Rings

The Rhythm Bullies

Just when I thought I was getting to the aurally jaded stage of being unable to drop my jaw at new sonic amalgamations, The Rhythm Bullies came along with their discordant cocktail of 80s post-punk & Nashville rock and roll in their latest single ‘Smoke Rings’.

The bluesy psychobilly-Esque heat meeting the chillier post-punk tones under the Gothically drawled vocals and blisters of surf rock proved to be a viscerally alchemic combination. That’s before you factor in the hedonistic nihilist lyrics, such as “the world is burning baby, so grab a cigarette”. Smoke Rings finds a generously subversive way of saying the world is burning, whether we want to see it or not, so you may as well get accustomed to the noxious air.

With riffed-out solos that make the Black Keys and Bauhaus simultaneously sound pedestrian, The Rhythm Bullies have an immense amount of snarling potential. We can’t wait see what they do with it.

You can check them out via Facebook, their official website and Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Robbie Maroon has released his catchier than Corona funk-pop track, Rewind

“Rewind” is the latest jazzy rock-licked funk-pop track from the raw-soul-peddling Australian singer-songwriter Robbie Maroon. After being introduced to his sombre and spacey sound in 2019 through his single, Stepping Stone, this new profoundly hopeful approach to production is quite literally music to our ears. You can’t help but catch the positive vibes that radiate through the release that captures the chaos of our lives and releases us from it with the era-spanning old school grooves.

With vocals that sit somewhere in between Shinedown and the sultry timbre of George Michael, it’s all too easy to find yourself in the heart of the hook-filled track which comes complete with stabbing horns and layers of funk-riding progressions which pull together to deliver a nostalgia hit you’ve never tasted before.

Rewind was officially released on March 18th. You can check it out for yourselves on Robbie Maroon’s website or via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast