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Lara Stevens – INDIFFERENT: Distinctively Striking Pop Rock

“INDIFFERENT” is the latest distinctively striking single to be released from US Alt Pop artist Lara Stevens. It may not be your archetypal merging of Pop and Rock, but the beguilingly haunted soundscape holds plenty of ominously artful appeal.

Expect no hint of assimilation in the vocals which layer INDIFFERENT with an almost baroque feel whilst the doom-laden heavy Rock instrumentals carve out atmospheric indulgence.

Lara Stevens’s aural style may not be in demand in the mainstream, but for anyone looking for raw creative expression unhindered by attempts to make their sound as accessible is sure to become enamoured by her bold ingenuity.

Lyrically, there are reminiscences to Radiohead’s iconic hit Creep. But dare I say that Lara Stevens owned her idiosyncrasies in a far more daring way with INDIFFERENT?

You can check out Lara Stevens’ single INDIFFERENT via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dai Lo – Side Boo: High-Vibe RnB Grind

Monogamy may be going out of trend, but Dai Lo has proven with their latest release that Trap-infused RnB Soul mixes never will.

The official music video to “Side Boo” dropped on November 16th offering a modern take on romanticism, and an even more contemporary take on the RnB genre. The polished EDM beats put plenty of hype behind the infectiously catchy track which comes with a heavy serving of viral potential.

The Toronto, Canada based artist teamed up with L.3.G.I.O.N for the production, ensuring that the melodies popped, and each pitch sat at the perfect level to allow Side Boo to unravel with plenty of high-vibe grind.

You can check out the official video to Dai Lo’s latest release for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Singer-Songwriter Keenan Willard Has Made Their Debut with “Like You Do”

“Like You Do” is the powerfully arrestive debut single from up and coming singer-songwriter Keenan Willard. If you’re on the lookout for rhythmically soulful Indie Blues Pop, look no further. The perfectly polished single offers a massive sound complete with plenty of visceral emotion through the lyrics and Keenan Willard’s animatedly charismatic performance.

With their striking reverberant vocals, I’m sure I won’t be the only one wondering why they’ve been keeping their talent to themselves prior to the release of Like You Do. I can’t quite remember the last time I experienced a literal jaw-drop moment at vocals in a prelude. But I’m fairly certain that I won’t be the only one excited about the potential of this astoundingly talented artist.

You can check out Like You Do for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sarah Khatami – Boy Toy featuring Myia Thornton: Playlist Worthy RnB

“Boy Toy” is the sixth magnetically hook-filled single to be released from breaking R&B artist Sarah Khatami. In the short time since her inception, she’s become renowned for her ability to inject vibrant new energy into the R&B genre.

While there may be some reminiscences of 90s R&B in her sound, the empowering vibes in her radio-ready tracks such as Boy Toy have well and truly earned their spot on contemporary airwaves.

With a bassline which will remind you of Arctic Monkeys iconic hit Do I Wanna Know?, Sarah Khatami’s dynamically flawless vocals, and the unfaltering conviction in the lyrics, Boy Toy is a playlist worthy hit. Bringing in Myia Thornton for a Rap verse ensured there was plenty of diversity in the track which continued to make seamless evolutions right from the prelude to the outro.

You can check out Boy Toy for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Malmo – The Light (of Roy) featuring Cadence XYZ: Euphorically Indulgent Dark Electronica

While Malmo’s Bladerunner Memories tracks left us hooked on their finely crafted sound, their latest single “The Light (of Roy)” was like nothing we’d ever heard before. Darkwave EDM blends seamlessly with anthemic Pop to create a momentous mix containing plenty of laceratingly sharp hooks.

Euphoria entwines with dark ominous tones leaving you with a taste of disconcertment but sated on the infectiously anthemic energy of the electronically engineered single.

Instead of creating your archetypal build-ups, their extended nature in The Light creates urgency and intensity which is rarely found in Electronica. Malmo’s deftly executed beats combined with Cadence XYZ’s vocals created a chemistry which will be hard to forget.

You can check out Malmo’s latest mix for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Archie Baker – Casual Happiness: Timelessly Resonant Blues Rock

Archie Baker’s single “Casual Happiness” may be a unique mix of Blues and Rock, but the Soundscape from the Sheffield-based artist contains plenty of timelessly familiar appeal.

The concept of ‘causal happiness’ is beguiling in itself, so, it’s no surprise that we found ourselves incredibly enamoured by the single.

Casual Happiness emits the resonance of a track you’ve had on repeat for the last decade, yet with every seamless evolution in the serenely experimental track, you’ll be left in ardent awe. The extended Blues riffs offer an emotivity which almost allows them to feel anthropomorphic. Just why I felt a lump in my throat listening to the soaring nuanced licks I can’t be sure, but what I can be sure of is that Archie Baker is an artist which is well worth putting on your radar.

You can check out the official music video to Casual Happiness which premiered on November 7th via YouTube. Or you can add it to your Spotify playlists.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vintage Funk and Contemporary Indie Combine in Team’s Debut Single “Day by Day”

Vintage Funk and contemporary Indie are rarely found in the same soundscape. But up and coming Alternative artist Team have proven that the two elements make for an alchemically absorbent aural-mash with their debut single “Day by Day”.

Team perceptibly has an arsenal of experimentalism at their disposable allowing them to cook up nostalgic tracks which also offer plenty of distinctively authentic appeal.

The synths lead the ay through the rhythmic mix which spills plenty of soul as it progresses coming together as a defiantly empowering track full of deep grooves, and mellifluous ardency. Their alternative edge alone ensures that Team’s sound has a massive amount of commercial appeal. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Day by Day for yourselves via Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bluebyrd – Song for the Duped: The Dark Folk Protest Song Everyone Needs to Hear

There was certainly no forgetting Folk artist Bluebyrd after the release of their debut album “Uneven Ground” which was released in 2018. The melodious charm which the soundscapes exuded offered an aural serenity not easily matched.

Their latest single “Song for the Duped” may not offer the same blissful tones, but it’s the dark, angsty protest song which everyone needs to hear right now. As we contend with gaslit Daily Mail readers frustration is an inevitability. Thankfully, Song for the Duped offers plenty of cathartic salvation and dares you to not resign to the apathy. Instead, the single compels you to carry the same smiting attitude as offered in this masterful Americana-inspired Dark Folk Track.

You can check out Song for the Duped for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tropico Don – Orion’s Belt: A Debut of Arrestive Indie Pop

Indie Pop debuts don’t come much more exciting than Tropico Don’s which came in the form of the meltingly melodious single “Orion’s Belt” which was released on November 17th.  Atmospherically warm Shoegaze Indie guitars carve out the perfect introduction for Tropico Don’s smooth and naturally alluring vocals which poignantly verse the lyrics which offer plenty of catharsis of their own.

With plenty of subtle progressions, and not so subtle distinctive aural flair, Orion’s Belt is a track which is all too easy to slip into and enjoy the arrestive qualities. Nothing about the production of Orion’s Belt gives any indication that Tropico Don is fresh from her inception. We’re already stoked to see what follows.

You can check out Tropico Don’s debut single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sove – Not the Same: Concordantly Absorbing RnB Soul Pop

Contemporary R&B Soul Pop doesn’t come much more concordantly absorbing as up and coming artist Sove’s latest single “Not the Same”.

The fluid bluesy guitar rhythms weave between the solid and steady EDM beats creating a perfectly synergetic platform for Sove’s poised and nuanced vocals to rest upon. Sove’s latest single may not be reflective of her previous releases, but it is a testament to how much her talent has progressed in the short time since her last upbeat Pop hit. Even the percussion exudes ferocity in Not the Same, but the weight truly hits in the mix of empowering conviction and vulnerability, ultimately proving that vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness.

You can check out Not the Same for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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