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Dylan James – Come Alive: Pensively Progressive Trap

Heavy New Wave Trap artist Dylan James has recently released his latest single “Come Alive”, and in the short time since the release hasn’t failed to amass plenty of hype around the haunting atmospherics of the single. It’s not every day we get to describe Trap as haunting, but the veracity of the beats paired with heavy vocal effects and deeply compelling lyricism come together to create a chilling alchemy.

Come Alive is the second single which was released after the success of Dylan James’ debut single “Wanna Feel” which acted as an open aural invitation to share in the same pensive emotion through which the track was born.

While the internet isn’t exactly short of Hip Hop artists, Dylan James has been able to set himself apart with a discernible level of distinction. I wouldn’t hang around in putting this breaking artist on your radar, it won’t be long until your mates will think you’re a bit of a loser for not locking into the talent of this exceptionally promising artist.

You can check out Dylan James’ latest single Come Alive for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nicole-Marie Combines Vintage Keys with Visceral Emotion in Single “Dream Come True”

Up and coming recording artist Nicole-Marie has recently released their latest album “Oaths of Abundance” which resonates similar to what you could expect Fleetwood Mac to sound like if they had a stronger affinity for Pop.

Contained within the release is the single “Dream Come True” which may just be the perfect introduction to Nicole-Marie’s accessible take on Pop music. With Dreams Come True, you’ll get a slightly vintage feel off the keys within the track as they collide with the soft guitar work in the multi-layered mix. Nicole-Marie’s vocals have a tangible Country Blues influence giving the Pop single a discernibly distinctive edge.

You can check out Dream Come True for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now, where you will also be able to check out the rest of Nicole-Marie’s latest album.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sonic Eater – Into the Wild: Wanderlust Musings Paired with Mellifluous Melodies

There are very few artists with the ability to effectively weave stark wanderlust imagery into their soundscapes. Amongst them happens to be up and coming US-based artist Sonic Eater with their latest EP “Sun Eater”.

While acoustic Folk musicians may be relatively limited with acoustic guitar chord progressions, this didn’t stop Sonic Eater from creating a soundscape which would take you on an aural imagining of the landscapes which are alluded to within the singles. While each of the cathartically blissful singles on the album carried their own quintessential charm, there’s no better introduction to Sonic Eater’s well-textured and soul-splintering style. You’d be hard pressed to find an easier melody to slip into for the first time!

You can check out Sonic Eater’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cedric Robinson Knight Releases Their Latest Smooth R&B Hip Hop Jam “Back Up Off Me”

“Back Up Off Me” is the latest single from up and coming Hip Hop R&B artist Cedric Robinson Knight who laid down a laidback rhythm paired with infrequent yet effective lyrical versing.

With the single which was released in March 2019 Cedric Robinson Knight proved they can weave together indulgent instrumental melodies which sit in perfect synergy with the lyrical layering. There’s plenty of spatial effect put to good use; ensuring that throughout Back Up Off Me you never let your attention slip from the magnetism of the beat. Yet, the lyrical depth of the single was left fairly shallow. If Cedric Robinson Knight dared to pair his poignant production style with compelling lyrics, there’d be no stopping him.

You can check out Cedric Robinson Knight’s latest single Back Up Off Me for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Chris Mackenzie – Lazy: A Debut of Resonantly Filthy Pop

While there may be no shortage of Pop Rock singles, none have ever quite resonated in the same way as up and coming artist Chris Mackenzie’s debut single “Lazy”.

The caustically indulgent and reverberantly salacious guitar-led rhythms carve out a distinctive new edge which is sure to leave many people who find themselves with a penchant for filthy Pop enamoured. Let’s be honest, we don’t have many other options.

Even though the lyrics are left fairly simple, they paint a much bigger picture on people’s conceptions of ‘lazy’ people. Lines such as “I don’t want to go to sleep because I’m crazy” give a poignant and candid view to what Chris Mackenzie was really alluding to with the aural wormhole of emotion which is Lazy. Behind every ‘lazy’ person is a reel of torment which goes (mostly) unseen by the world.

Check out Chris Mackenzie’s stunningly fuzzy Pop hit for yourselves over on SoundCloud. You’re in for an emotive treat.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nate Fenwick Teams Up with Evie Clair for Their Latest Single “Young Fighter”

Nate Fenwick teamed up with the celestially talented Evie Clair for their latest single “Young Fighter”. Expect big choruses and even bigger vocals from the high octane hit which runs through spilling plenty of visceral imagery through the lyrics from the very first verse.

Young Fighter is a track best cranked up to a high volume; allow the potency of the anthemics to envelop you as you appreciate the authentic raw energy which has been fed into the single through the power of the harmonics combined with the heavy instrumental arrangement. There really is no overexaggerating the ethereal power of Nate Fenwick’s and Evie Clair’s vocals finding the perfect amount of synergy within this track. But we’re sure you’ll find plenty more reasons to fall in love with it yourselves!

You can check out Nate Fenwick (Featuring Evie Clair)’s latest single Young Fighter for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zeb – Out of Control: The Ominously Hypnotic Hip Hop Playlist Essential

With a prelude as instantaneously compelling as a score from Game of Thrones by Ramin Djawadi, you don’t have to wait around for long before you’re hooked into the flow of up and coming Hip Hop artist Zeb’s latest single “Out of Control”

While the ominously orchestral layers start to take a back seat when the mix is in full flow, they still feed into the commanding energy which Out of Control contains. The multi-layer mix sets the perfect atmospheric ambience behind Out of Control while Zeb uses the aural alchemy of the beats as a platform to lay down authoritatively fresh Rap bars.

If every breaking Hip Hop artist attacked their soundscapes with the same stylistic prodigal flare as Zeb SoundCloud would be a much different place.

You can check out Zeb’s 2019 single Out of Control for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hip Hop & Rock Sit Inseparably Combined in HRK The Hip-Rock Kid’s Debut Single “More HRK”

It’s tracks such as HRK The Hip-Rock Kid’s debut single “More HRK” which prove that Hip Hop and Rock were always destined to be inseparably combined. While I love 808 beats and the other archetypal layers of traditional Hip Hop, there really is nothing which comes close to listening to a searing electric guitar riff sat within the mix.

Yet, it has to be said that HRK The Hip-Rock Kid creating a track which was centred around their own hype for a debut single was a slightly risky move. Hip Hop has always been a genre where poignant parables alluding to current socio-political disparity and relatable relevant issues have been celebrated. So, I’d love to hear HRK The Hip-Rock Kid lay down some compelling lyrical depth within their upcoming tracks.

You can check out HRK The Hip-Rock Kid’s latest single More HRK for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Axel Jansson – Wanna Know You: Candidly Organic Alt Rock

What have the National, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Axel Jansson got in common? For a start, their commitment to ensuring their soundscapes are as emotively compelling as possible. Yet, Axel Jansson’s instrumental style is far more reminiscent of the undiluted raw Rock energy from the likes of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen.

With Axel Jansson’s latest single “Wanna Know You”, from the very first verse you’re hooked into the organically raw and candid narrative of the Alt Rock single. Of course, there was no forgetting Axel Jansson from his 2018 single “Everything I Crave”, creating compellingly striking singles is something that the up and coming independent artist seems to be in a habit of doing. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world wakes up to the distinction in Axel Jansson’s soulful sound.

You can check out Axel Jansson’s latest single Wanna Know You for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cordova – Glass House: Hard Rock Rhythms, and Even Harder Hitting Lyrical Depth

“Glass House” is just one of the bitingly energetic Hard Rock singles from up and coming artist Cordova’s latest album “Stone to Throw”. Expect anything but an archetypal hit from the five ingeniously inventive artists who came together to provide aural affirmation that guitar-led music is far from dead in the water.

The chunky riffs, raw vocals, and the relentlessly rolling rhythms are just three of the reasons why you shouldn’t hang around putting Cordova on your radar. The instrumental progressions within Glass House were anything but predictable, the clever intricacies which they included will no doubt compel fans of bands such as Drowning Pool, Buckcherry and Godsmack in a brand-new way. If the riffs got any meaner, I think I’d be crying.

You can check out Cordova’s latest single Glass House out for yourselves by heading over to the band’s official website now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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