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Amore Et Bellum – Devil is a She: Bewitchingly Rhythmic Alt Rock

As you’d expect from a Kansas based Alt Rock collective named Amore Et Bellum their sound is sultry, sublime and sonorous. The dreamily angular guitar melodies carry the perfect pitch of resonance around the veraciously seductive vocal styling of the female vocalist who is incomparable to every other female vocalist around to date.

In Amore Et Bellum’s latest single Devil is a She you can expect cataclysmic instrumental breakdowns from a band that share so much synergy it’s almost dizzying. Not for one moment does the track remain stagnant as the instrumentals glide through progressive rhythmic progressions as they seamlessly switch for rich, warm dulcet tones to pounding and raucous Alt Rock.

You can check out the title track from Amore Et Bellum’s latest album Satan is a She which was released June 2018 on SoundCloud now. Each one of the eight track carries its own brand of beguilingly ethereal style, yet there’s a beautiful taste of low down and dirty America infused into every tantalising soundbite.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Laren Taylor – Here We Are: Putting the Urban Soul Back Into Pop

Here We Are is the latest single from Laren Taylor; who may be one of the freshest voices in Pop we’ve heard this year. Her vocal offerings are soaked in attitude, her digitally rendered beats are on point, and the track is polished to absolute perfection.

The only criticism I would have with Laren’s latest single Here We Are was the amount of restraint that was put around the lyricism which becomes evident through the rhyming couplets. Whilst the lyrics are catchy and relatable, they just didn’t carry as much weight and resonance as they could have. Having said that, the up and coming artist has some serious stand out talent that I’m sure we’ll be hearing more of in the future, her vocal range is nothing but impressive, and her stylish approach to sound creates an ultimately infectious vibe that won’t leave you questioning her prowess as an Urban Pop artist.

You can check out the official video to Laren Taylor’s latest single Here We Are which was released in April, 2018 on YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Eye Candy – Plague Dancing: Sonically Cathartic Shoegaze

Ever hear a track and know without any shadow of a doubt that you will love it in the first 10 seconds? No, I know, it doesn’t happen all to often, but the fuzzy guitar reverb that introduced Eye Candy’s latest single Plague Dancing was enough to put me on tentative edge for the sonic soundscapes that followed the prelude.

The verses which inched their way to the chorus in Eye Candy’s latest single definitely didn’t disappoint when the concordant bliss of the pensive guitar melodies unravelled around the vocals from the experimental Psychedelic artist. The aural ingenuity behind the track is as conceptual as it gets, you may be able to draw comparisons to the artists sound, yet the lyricism and strained vocal offering was nothing if not hauntingly organic.

Any fans of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive are going to want to check out Plague Dancing for themselves. Head on over to Bandcamp where you can stream and download Plague Dancing along with the 2018 album Maxims from Nature. Prepare for a state of pure catharsis, in fact, after listening to the album, you may as well prepare to be catatonic.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LUV DOT GOV – Pretty Enough: Pensively Punchy Alt Rock

Radiohead fans; you’re in for an absolute treat. LUV DOT GOV have recently dropped their latest single Pretty Enough, to say it’s a melancholic masterpiece wouldn’t be an exaggeration. For me, it’s always easy tell when artists create music for the right reasons, and it’s tracks like Pretty Enough that open a line of communication between the artists and their fans, in a way not to dissimilar for my eternal hero Amanda Palmer.

Pretty Enough is an enthralling offering of insecurity, if the lyrics paired with the music video don’t move you, it’s safe to say that you’re dead inside, and all that’s without mentioning the raucously powerful Alt Rock instrumentals which really bring the track to life, the angular, punchy, sludgy Grunge guitar riffs wrap around the tight drum rolls and palpitatingly heavy bassline. If all that wasn’t enough the keyboard throws soaring synth into the mix which adds a piercing amount of resonance to the mix.

You can check out the official video to LUV DOT GOV’s latest single Pretty Enough which was released on June 21st on YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Spadey – Poured Up: Finally, A Refreshing Hip Hop Track About Getting Twisted

Usually excessive effects over vocals will grate on me like nails on a chalk board, yet Spadey pulled something miraculous out of the bag with his latest Hip Hop single Poured Up. Despite his latest single being a Lo Fi mix, it was polished to perfection to provide the perfect amount of bounce to the beat.

The inventively playful lyrics are just another aspect of the track which makes it one of those devilishly morish tracks you can’t just listen to once. With the amount of hype that swells over around every single second of the track it’s no surprise that Hip Hop Rap fans all over the world have found an appetite for Spadey’s experimentally organic track which you’re almost definitely going to want to stick on your party playlists after you’ve soaked up the high-vibe beats. If the lyrics, beat and flawless versing weren’t enough to sell Spadey’s sound then his charisma which he allows to bleed all over the track will undoubtedly leave you wanting to hear more of the Dubtown, US based artists mixes.

You can check out Spadey’s latest single Poured up by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hannah Campbell – Run Like Wolves: Empoweringly Uplifting Folk Alchemy

There aren’t many tracks that I would refer to as a masterpiece, yet, with Hannah Campbell’s latest single Run Like Wolves that almost sounds like an understatement.

With Run Like Wolves which was released July 6th the up and coming artist mixed it up from the traditional non-lexical vocables with her sultry howls amplifying the context and intent behind her latest single. Generally, you aren’t often treated to such sultry vocals from a Folk Singer Songwriter, yet Hannah Campbell is clearly not your archetypal artist. The inspiration from the track came from the novel ‘Women who Run with the Wolves’ which highlighted the fierce, powerful, nurturing nature of femininity. Because for anyone who hasn’t noticed, women aren’t having the best time ever right now – but as long as there are artists such as Hannah Campbell creating empoweringly beautiful tracks such as Run Like Wolves, I’d say it isn’t all too terrible. Hannah’s vocals are one thing, but the instrumentals are quite another. There’s a haunting, creeping instrumental resonance which bleeds over the rhythmically upbeat melody of Run Like Wolves, the jangly guitar dances through the chord progressions to create a viscerally captivating offering of Folk Alchemy.

You can check out Hannah Campbell’s latest single Run Like Wolves for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ghengis Kang – Never Sober: Nostalgic Beats to a New Wave Rhythm

Straight from the intro I was sold on Ghengis Kang’s new single Never Sober; which may have had a lot to do with the 90’s videogame walkthrough music vibes I was fronted with when I hit play. Yet the nostalgia factor is just one reason why it was so easy to fall in tune with the stylish Trap beat to Never Sober.

Never Sober may be short mix, but within the two-minute delivery Ghengis Kang packs quite the punch with his lyricism. It may not be anything new for a Hip Hop Rap artist to spit bars about getting high, yet Ghengis Kang attacked the soundscape with a brand-new approach. The gritty realism to the lyrics allowed the verses to really resonate through the mid-tempo unaggressive lyricism.

Any fans of Lil Peep, Yung Lean and Post Malone will want to soak up the idyllic new wave beats on offer from the US based Rap artist and producer. I’d expect to hear a lot more from the up and coming artist in the future.

You can check out Never Sober for yourself on SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Emily Rath – Can’t Say No: An Empoweringly Raw, Timelessly Classic Ballad

Emily Rath has proven with her latest single that the two key ingredients to a soul-splittingly poignant love ballad are soul and sass.

The up and coming songstress’ style is raw, unedited, and undefiled by contemporary demands of the Pop industry. The acoustic piano melody creates the perfect platform for Emily to place her perfectly pitched vocals which verse some of the most viscerally deep lyricism I’ve heard in quite some time. The lyrics carry so much weight through the San Francisco based performers tentative yet empoweringly beautiful vocal range which add to the blissful ambience of Emily’s latest single Can’t Say No. We’ve all been there, we’ve all felt driven away from our own passions and realities to cater to someone else’s appetites, but thankfully, Can’t Say No will be the soundtrack to many people’s empowerments after they drink in the powerfully reflective and resonant lyrics which are so much more than just an offering of introspection.

You can check out the stunning official video to Emily Rath’s latest single Can’t Say No, which was released on July 2nd on YouTube now.

Keep up to date with Emily’s future releases by connecting with her via Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Now – Big Dick: A Surprisingly Quiescently Sweet Alt Rock Offering

Yes, the title is a little phallic, but rest assured the soundscape created by the up and coming artist Now is anything but quiescently sweet. Now is a New York City based instrumental powerhouse headed up by the insanely talented vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Allen Childs who brought together a synergetic line up to help him bring his inventive soundscapes to life.

Big Dick throws off every archetypal aural restraint as the Rock trio flow through free form extended, intricate breakdowns and melodies which pack in plenty of hooks that are sure to keep you coming back for another taste of their organically blinding instrumental style. Yet, the ultimate cherry to the cake has to be the Beatles style playfulness around the vocals, although I’m sure you would never hear John Lennon or Paul McCartney bragging about their endowment, in fact, the iconic Pop act’s style seems a little stale after I’ve checked out Now in all of their experimental glory.

You can check out Now’s crassly named yet, ethereally beguiling latest single Big Dick which was released July 2018 on SoundCloud now along with the rest of their six-track EP ‘Now or Never’.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hondo Les – Opp Hunt: The Most Stylish Hip Hop Rap Track of the Summer?

Hondo Les’ latest drop Opp Hunt is one of those rare kinds of Hip Hop track which has you hooked by the beat before the prelude has even finished fading into the first verse. The multi-layer beat carries an almost dizzying amount of bounce as it weaves through the synth and the kicks of the drum machine which add the perfect amount of hype to this veraciously stylish Hip Hop Rap track.

Vocally, Hondo Les proves that he can stand against his contemporary Hip Hop artist with the ability to switch up the pacing in line with the pitch of the beat which has been polished to absolute perfection. Whilst Hondo Les may not have the most feverish Rap Flows, it’s hard not to get caught up within the momentum of his enigmatically versed bars.

You can check out Hondo Les’ single Opp Hunt on Spotify now, as debut drops go, you really couldn’t ask for more. The emerging artist has stamped down his authoritative style in one single drop.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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