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Meez x Iff – Phone Me: Off the Hook R&B Hip Hop

Since Meez x Iff’s latest track “Phone Me” dropped on May 2nd, the R&B Hip Hop single hasn’t failed to amass plenty of attention. Given the resonance behind the lyricism in the track, it is definitely no wonder why; Phone Me is one of those rare R&B tracks which doesn’t over romanticise modern relationships. There are plenty of tracks about getting high, and plenty of lovelorn tracks about failed relationships on the airwaves, but it is so rare for the two to come together in such a striking way.

The downtempo beats in the minimalist Hip Hop track set the perfect platform for Meez x Iff’s poised and reflective vocal style which makes it impossible not to get hooked into the narrative of Phone Me – it’s quite literally off the hook.

You can check out the official video to the latest track from Meez x Iff for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Raye Nicole proves to be one of the most powerful voices in Alt-pop with single “Not Sorry, Oh Well”

Women have been far too apologetic for far too long, and it tracks such as “Not Sorry, Oh Well” by up and coming singer-songwriter Raye Nicole which sticks an aural flag in society to mark the progress we’ve made. Female artists constantly get called “unapologetically fierce” or some variation on the term, but what did female artists have to be sorry about in the first place?!

Aside from the effortlessly powerful narrative behind Not Sorry, Oh Well, the LA-based artist uses her ethereally raw vocal talent to lay down the lyrics in the Alt Pop Rock track over a bed of stylistically orchestrated Rock instrumentals. As the track progresses, you come to appreciate the sardonic playfulness wrapped up in the radio-ready soundscape along with Raye Nicole’s experimental creativity which sets her apart with absolute distinction.

You can check out Raye Nicole’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Disparate Souls – Victim on the Hill: Quaintly Mournful Blues Folk

There was no forgetting the masterfully bluesy melancholy contained in Disparate Souls latest EP “Poetry of Reason”, off the heels of the success with the EP they’re back, and they’re seemingly on a mission to make sure that your heartstrings feel suitably yanked. Their latest single “Victim on the Hill” is about as cheery as the title suggests, but for anyone with a penchant of cathartic aural lachrymose soundscapes, prepare to be as enamoured as we were.

Any fans of the pensively mesmerising allure of artists such as Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Jeff Buckley and Joni Mitchell are sure to appreciate Victim on the Hill – which may just be their best single yet.

Given the extended duration, you get plenty of time to truly invest in this single which invites you to share in a quaint yet mournful tonality which will stick with you for long after the track fades out.

You can check out Disparate Souls’ latest single Victim on the Hill for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ckeelay brings in the future of guitar-driven Alt Indie Pop with latest single “Outside”

Californian experimental Pop artist Ckeelay has taken R&B Pop to the next level with his latest single “Outside” featuring Enzo Langston. I can say in all honesty that I’ve never heard such mesmeric guitar effects layered into an R&B Pop track in my life.

Considering that Outside was self-produced, mixed and mastered by Ckeelay themselves, I can’t help but find myself in absolute awe of the sheer amount of talent which is contained within this mix. The reverb-soaked Jangle Pop rhythms sit against the drum pads as though it’s the most natural thing in the world, and under Ckeelay’s deft command, it absolutely is. Then, there’s the addition of Ckeelay’s powerfully magnetic vocals which perfectly rest above the aural alchemy.

The experimentalism is one thing, the seamless ingenuity of the completely prodigal soundscape was something else entirely; and you’re definitely going to have to check it out for yourselves.

Ckeelay’s single Outside is available on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Beth De Bacci releases her resonantly poignant latest single “Undercover”

It would take a stone-cold heart not to be instantaneously sobered by the candidly exposing nature of Beth De Bacci’s latest single “Undercover” which was released on May 17th, 2019.

While there’s certainly no shortage of lovelorn soundscapes on the airwaves, Beth De Bacci uses her unique ability to allude to an emotion which I’m positive will resonate with plenty of people. The sentiment of having to put on a mask to be around someone has never been so poignantly captured before.

Beth De Bacci may be a young artist, but her vision, maturity, and ability to say much more than she puts into her lyrics will no doubt see her find plenty of acclaim after the release of Undercover. All of that is without mentioning the visceral power of the passion she poured into her vocal performance which fused so perfectly with the Pop melody.

You can check out the official video to Beth De Bacci’s latest single Undercover for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SEAFAWN – SAFE & SOUND: A Viscerally Momentous Act of Genre Defiance

“SAFE & SOUND” was the first track to be released by up and coming Alt Pop EDM artist SEAFAWN – and the single is just as enamouring as the artist’s chosen title.

Straight from the prelude, you hear SEAFAWN smash the genre boundaries and limitations as the artist plays with viscerally momentous electronic build ups while using a melancholic vocal tone which will keep you hooked into the lyrical narrative.

The lyrics in SAFE & SOUND stretch far beyond what you’d expect from what could loosely be described as a Pop hit, prepare for plenty of hits of metaphysical poetry. And considering the level of distinction in SEAFAWN’s honest and vulnerable vocals, we have every faith that SEAFAWN will be an artist to watch in 2019.

You can check out SEAFAWN’s single SAFE & SOUND for yourselves now by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hip Hop artist Jay September reaches deep into the psyche of the Instagram famous with latest single “Famous”

“Famous” is just one of the singles found in up and coming Rap artist Jay September’s latest album “Elevators” and I’m sure it won’t be the only one which will hit like an absolute tonne of bricks.

Plenty of Hip Hop & Rap artists allude to contemporary issues with their tracks, but Jay September’s approach will quite literally drown you in empathy. The striking narrative forces you to consider the darker side of ‘Instagram fame’. Perhaps the most powerful aspect of the track is Jay September’s ability to place himself in the mindset of a young woman searching for stability and validity in the 21st century without a hint of prejudice.

Extended tracks aren’t usually a common feature in Rap – especially ones which don’t rely on lyrical repetition, but Jay September proves just how powerful Hip Hop can be when you truly invest in the narrative and throw poignantly bruising poetry into the mix.

You can check out Jay September’s single Famous for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sunny Birla – These Words: Need a Reminder of what a Powerful Contemporary Pop Ballad Sounds Like?

Some ballads have the ability to instantly draw you into the honest edge to the soundscape, but they’re few and far between; especially when you hit play on a track from a brand-new artist – why should we care what strangers have to say? But every now and again, you stumble across a sound so harmoniously and ethereally compelling you’re reminded of what a truly powerful track is. Which is exactly what happened when we checked out Sunny Birla’s latest single “These Words”.

While 80s ballads still retain a visceral pull, nothing quite compares to a soundscape which alludes to emotions which are so raw and fresh. Instead of using the usual orchestral and piano-led arrangement, Sunny Birla used a more acoustic Pop instrumental soundscape to set the perfect tonality giving These Words a Folk-style narrative feel.

You can check out Sunny Birla’s latest single These Words for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Matt Brown – Solid Ground: A Smooth Serving of Neo-Soul

If you’re looking for a smooth serving of sonorous Neo-Soul, look no further than up and coming West Beach, Florida artist Matt Brown’s latest single “Solid Ground”. The single moves at a tentatively cathartic pace spilling ambience as it progresses. Yet, that doesn’t detract from the arrestive rhythms from the acoustic Neo-Soul jazz instrumental arrangements which ooze as they carve out indulgently mellow Mood Swing Jazz

If Matt Brown’s effortlessly honeyed vocals weren’t enough, for the track the artist borrowed the lyrical magnetism of Drew Dockerill, while the vocals may be few and far between around the instrumental segments in the track, they set the perfect tone for the soothing single. If tracks such as Solid Ground were more prolific on the airwaves, then I dare say we’d all be a lot less highly strung.

You can check out Matt Brown’s single Solid Ground for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NOTFUNK Release Their Latest Sticky Sweet Synth Wave Drop “On My Own”

Any fans of harmonically infused emotively mastered Synth Wave Pop will appreciate the latest single “On My Own” from up and coming artist NOTFUNK.

Uniquely, EDM track allows the lyricism to be the main focus, as NOTFUNK use the lyrical verses allow you to follow a poignant narrative with the light analogue synth notes carving out progressive melodies complete with euphoric drops.

Erica Rosa Cappiello’s vocals sit high above the mix which composer, producer and sound designer Tiziano Cappiello crafted, with the artist’s deft talents combined On My Own serves as an antidote to the sterility so commonly found in EDM music. It’s perceptible that they allowed their creativity and expression to carve out a soundscape which won’t fail to resonate as organically indulgent.

NOTFUNK’s latest single On My Own will be released on June 21st and will be available to check out here

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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