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Don Bolo – Paseo San Roque: A Fresh Hit of Funk-Driven Instrumental Hip Hop

Don Bolo’s latest drop “Paseo San Roque” featuring DJ Dacel is a smorgasbord of rhythmic sounds incorporating everything from Hip Hop to Funk to Rock to Punk. Any fans of Mr Bungle or Mike Patton’s other inventive aural delights are going to want to check out the earthy, Jazz-infused, bendy notes of the up and coming artist’s latest instrumental offering.

Rather than creating an archetypal Hip Hop beat, Don Bolo has poured his experimental flavour into each unpredictable progression of his standout single, proving that when it comes to acoustically drenched Hip Hop the Ecuador-based artist is pretty much unrivalled.

You can check out Don Bolo’s latest drop which was released on November 5th as part of his “El Principo Del Fin” album by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Malcolm Duff – Goodbye for Now: Soulfully Arrestive Acoustic Folk

“Goodbye for Now” is just one of the stunning singles released this year by the soulful Folk Singer Songwriter Malcolm Duff. As with all of his expressive compositions the sentiment doesn’t just flirt with the superficial, his lyricism digs deep to orchestrate emotively compelling soundscapes.

With Goodbye for Now, the imagery in the lyricism unfolds at a visceral level around the full-bodied, tonally celestial acoustic Folk arrangements which flow with complete lack of restraint. All too often with more romantically-inclined music, it’s sterile with no sense of passion yet that’s something that Malcolm Duff could never be accused of. With the slightly extended length of the track, when it fades to a close, you almost feel as though you’ve been taken along for the journey after listening to the lyrics feeding perfectly into the transiently peaceful melody.

You can check out Malcolm Duff’s single Goodbye for Now by heading over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Thirteen13all – Move On (Nevermind Remix): The Reinvention You Never Knew You Needed on Your Playlists

For anyone who fell in love with Dennis Lloyd’s “Nevermind” (and I’m guessing that’s a fair few of you given that the track went viral) are going to want to check out Thirteen13all’s Hip Hop reinvention of the track with their single Move On.

With fresh lyrical hooks layered on top of the rhythmic beat, the feelgood vibes hit you that little bit harder, and if you thought that Nevermind was smooth, prepare to have your minds blown by what Thirteen13all squeezed out of the melody. With charismatically fluid Rap bars instead of the wistfully melancholic vocals, you’re treated to infinitely more bounce behind the single.

You can check out the official video to Thirteen13all’s latest drop Move On which was released November 22nd for yourselves by heading over to YouTube

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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M.Waisome – Outrageous: An Instrumental Hip Hop Portal Back to the 80’s

Even though M.Waisome’s latest single “Outrageous” starts off with an all-out aural assault, once the beat kicks in, it’s all too easy to appreciate the up and coming artist’s expressively playful style of instrumental Hip Hop.

The sense of nostalgia which he drove into Outrageous along with the other tracks which make up his latest album “Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl” takes you right back to the time when everything was a little simple through the use of friendly synth melodies.

In a time where it feels like the fabric of society is tearing apart at the seams, it’s all too tempting to slip into the 80’s allure. The samples used within the tracks on his debut are authentically used from the cartoons M.Waisome grew up watching as a child.

You can check Outrageous and the rest of the tracks from M.Waisome’s album for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jim X William – Dissociation: Soberingly Sonorous Trap

If Eminem’s Stan was released in 2018, I’m fairly certain that it would come out sounding a little something like Jim X William’s latest drop “Dissociation”. With a New Wave Trap style beat paired with haunting atmospheric harmonies Jim X William has just set the bar for the rest of his Hip Hop counterparts.

With so much emotivity, humility and honesty penned into the lyrics which are delivered through complete, unquestionable authority, you’re treated to a hard-hitting Hip Hop soundscape, which you’re not likely to forget in a hurry. The sentiment behind the track doesn’t lie embedded within self-aggrandization or self-pity, instead it’s perceptible that Jim X William served up a piece of his soul in the lyrical shots fired.

If you can get to the end of Dissociation without feeling sobered, I’d start to question whether you’re actually human.

You can check out Jim X William’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Naddiks – Let Go: Garage Punk with a Poignant Lyrical Punch

Remember when alternative music had that raw, unrestrained, untainted energy behind it?

You may have to think back to the glory days of Alt Rock when Rancid and the Offspring reigned supreme. Yet, for a contemporary hit of the infectious chugging melodies and raucous expression, the Naddiks have released their latest single “Let Go”. With a slight hint of Punk to the vocals you can taste the chaos in the composition whilst the instrumentals take care of the tight and scuzzy melodies with a fair few soaring guitar riffs thrown into the mix as the cherry on the cake. Despite the hard-hitting delivery of Let Go, the Naddiks poignantly penned the lyrics to express the importance of letting go of the small things in life and trusting in the powers that lie outside of ourselves.

You can check out The Naddiks’ latest single Let Go for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud. Good luck getting the angsty sticky-sweet melody out of your head.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alexa Van’s Debut of Angst-Driven Ethereal Expression

The first time of listening to Alexa Van’s debut single “So Angry” for a moment I wondered if Amy Lee changed her name and adopted a Bluesy Rock sound. Yet, as the single progressed it became evident that Alexa Van has one of the most distinctive voices we’ve heard from an up and coming female artist.

The range in her vocals is one thing, the power she uses to dominate the entire soundscape is quite another. Her voice isn’t just one which soulfully resonates, it’s expressively concordant whilst having the power to move tectonic plates. If any of that sounds like an exaggeration. Wait until the raw, celestial power of her angst hits you through her first single. Although the vocals give a lot for the instrumentals to contend with, the melody which they lace into the soundscape adds plenty of weight to the already colossal single.

You can check out Alexa Van’s single So Angry for yourselves by heading over to Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Swamp G – White Claw: Putting the Fire Back into Trap

Swamp G Is the up and coming artist putting the fire back into the Trap genre. His latest single “White Claw” which dropped on November 19th as part of the “Komodo” EP is the perfect introduction to the Austin, Texas-based artist’s stylishly orchestrated sound.

The level of harmony which sits behind the rattle snare and kicks is bordering on ethereal. Yet the harmony lies in perfect contrast to the unapologetically unrestrained lyrics behind White Claw. With the fluidity of his flow, and the intricacy in the meter and rhyme in the lyrics it’s all too easy to slip into White Claw which has been masterfully produced by DeCicco Beats.

You can check out Swamp G’s latest single White Claw for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Beyond Black’s Latest Transcendentally Sweet Drop is the Perfect Addition to Your Ambient Playlists

It is the ultimate testament of talent for an electronic artist to create a chilled soundscape at the same time as keeping the beat intricately complex, meandering and sharp.

The clear cut of the breakbeats which feed into the multi-layered mix of Beyond Black’s single “Living Sound” from his latest album does exactly that. In the absence of lyrics, the cinematic swells of the sound take care of the immersivity. If you’re looking for deftly mastered immersive beats to add to your playlists, look no further than Beyond Black.

You can check out Beyond Black’s latest single Living Sound for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now. Or if you feel like reaching an entirely new plateau you can listen to “The Living Sound” album in full.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Slutashia – Queen B: The Fierce Hip Hop Icon We’ve Been Waiting For

She’s fierce, she’s salacious, and it would be no surprise if Slutashia became one of the most important queer artists of our generation. Whilst most drag artists make do with lip syncing, this Oregon queen has taken her talent to the next level with her latest Hip Hop single “Queen B”.

With enough unapologetic attitude to leave her Rap counterparts audibly quaking, she lays down the playfully veracious lyrics on top of a melodically hypnotic beat. Rap artists have either got the flow, or they haven’t, Slutashia can count herself amongst the rare few with the ability to authoritatively wax lyrical.

Whilst the Ru Paul queens may try their hand at making their own tracks after the Drag Race, Slutashia is an artist whose talent stands apart from her identity. Yet, with her charisma feeding into her commanding prowess, you’re in for an aural and visual treat with Queen B.

You can check out the official music video to Queen B for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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