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Chima Nice – Drink MF Drink: The Ultimate Summer Hip Hop Mood-Booster.

Nigeria-born, Georgia, US-residing hip hop artist Chima Nice turned to music as a form of expression inspired by American culture upon his relocation at age 15. In 2021, he’s an artist championing individuality and positivity through standout tracks such as, Drink MF Drink.

With this high-vibe by default charisma and bubblingly dominant cadence, it is all too easy to get hooked in by Chima Nice’s mood-boosting sound that may not be mainstream yet, but it has all the potential to be.

If your summer hip hop playlists need a shakeup, make Drink MF Drink a staple.

You can check out Drink MF Drink for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music RnB

All My Life: Cleveland’s Trusoul Davis brings that old school RnB back on ‘Waiting’ (feat. Cedrina)

Released off his latest eleven-track album called ‘Soul Fiyah‘, Trusoul Davis is done ‘Waiting‘ (feat. Cedrina) and wants to fly as far as possible high above all the small-mindedness in the world, with that special one who sweetly shares the same vision as he.

Trusoul Davis is a passionate Cleveland, Ohio-based indie RnB/soul artist born from the Morris Black housing projects. He was brought up in school choirs and has evolved into a singer with so much love for his chosen craft. He makes that clear soundscape that breathes new life into a stale genre that has somehow become the underdog, a far way from its former prime back in the 90’s.

This is the story about how his heart beats a bit faster when he sees her, his eyes are locked in and he wants to be with her so badly. His voice shows his self-confidence that she could indeed be what he is looking for, his strong vocals and forthright lyrics mesh beautifully with her captivating soundscape, that has you turning the lights down low.

Waiting‘ (feat. Cedrina) from Cleveland RnB singer-songwriter Trusoul Davis, shows you into his world as he believes that he is the one for her, as he has seen all the fake players mess the game up. He sings with truth and class, bringing back that special sound that has been missing for quite some in this diluted genre, that has just found that missing spark.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see his story develop on FB.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music

I wanna be loud, I have a dream: Sasa Zola speaks for those who can’t on the beautiful ‘What If’

As she shows the world that the quiet and downtrodden need to have their turn to speak up away from the unnecessary noise of this often harsh world, Sasa Zola is simply exquisite on her absolutely outstanding new single ‘What If‘.

Sasa Zola is an incomparable Bristol, UK-based based Italo-Senegalese singer-songwriter, model and ex pro windsurfer. She makes that rare type of music that touches your heart where it was thought unreachable before.

Her caring vocals and self-aware lyrics has you feeling so dreamy, sad and reinvigorated, all somehow at the same time. This is a sublime creative who loves to feel that adrenaline boil in her blood — as she sheds off the doubts from before — to bring us a sensational song with so such care and love, wrapped carefully into a beautiful bow of belief.

She blinks briefly and looks away from the hate of the world, as she draws all of her new-found belief to help others get through the day that seems so dark and sad. She sings right into your inner consciousness to have you feeling you have just witnessed something so exceptional, that you feel compelled to listen again and again.

What If‘ from the beyond remarkable Bristol-based multi-talented musician Sasa Zola, is an awe-inspiring track from a supremely talent woman who puts her heart and soul to everything that she does. Showing that true leaders speak up for those that can’t, this is a special song that needs to be heard by those who feel that they are helpless right now.

Hold onto that dream, you are not alone.

Immerse yourself into the striking visualizer on YouTube and see her vibrant IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music

Make The Moment Last: Fresh Baltimore band Ryan And Perry wish for a special ‘Tomorrow’

With a big smile on their faces and their tinted shades on to block the sun of the day, Ryan And Perry wake up our romantic senses so we can look forward to ‘Tomorrow‘.

Ryan And Perry are a highly motivated two-piece indie rock act from rural Baltimore in the USA. They make that freshly squeezed new school rock sound that is meshed with their appreciation of the legends before them, as they forge their own original path to the top.

This is the story about being so excited to start the day by thinking of that sweet love who you can’t stop thinking about, as they have your heart and you get all giddy inside just thinking about being around them.

Their sound is so timeless and you feel like they would be appreciated in any era. They make that positive energy type of music that seems to get sadly lost sometimes under the fake bling and stories that should be impossible to believe. This is that quality music that your whole family can enjoy, their likable tone makes you warm inside and feel rejuvenated again.

Tomorrow‘ from Baltimore indie-rock duo Ryan And Perry, is the youthful story of looking to the future with the one that you care about and taking those lessons learnt from before, to make sure you are self-aware enough to look forward to the next day.

Their energy is infectious and feel like these two genuine love what they do, as their music is joyful and honest. Life is about looking forward and never backwards after all.

Stream this new single on their Spotify and check out the IG for more visuals.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music

Show Me A Sign: UK-based EDM producer Vekken shows us the light with ‘Never Felt So Good’ (ft. Brooke Telling)

Dropping his debut single to have us thinking that hope is on the way, Vekken shows us that good times are coming back with his debut track called ‘Never Felt So Good(ft. Brooke Telling).

Vekken is a UK-based EDM music producer, who brings forth a real message from his creative imaginations, as he opens the door to positive energy to return again, when there was just darkness before.

With a whirlwind effect that has you smiling again, whilst peering through your window and looking a bit deeper than before. The atmospheric beat has you lifting the keys from the table and venturing out again to see if its safe outside again. This is the mood changer that is needed, as staying home and being glued to the screen and stuck into your pajamas like glue, has become way too tiresome.

Never Felt So Good‘ (ft. Brooke Telling) from UK-based EDM progressive house producer Vekken, is a catchy new single from a new artist that has decided to shove away the negative vibes, to score a goal with this awesome new single that will have you thinking that better days are ahead, no matter what it says on the news.

Watch this fine video on YouTube and check out his IG to see future releases and visuals.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music

Fake-Bit Rebel gave chiptune the melodic touch in their latest indie single, ‘Stolen Summer’.

Chiptune may not be your first choice of genre to delve into when looking for melodic and evocative tracks, but Fake-Bit Rebel with their latest single, ‘Stolen Summer’, may be set to change that.

Behind the choppy full-bodied lo-fi guitar, you’ll hear the indistinguishable beeps and boops which could only have transpired from 8-bit. When the two seemingly contrasting textures merge under the indie power-pop vocals, Stolen Summer becomes a track worth holding a lighter in the air for. Remember when that was a thing?

Given the track title, you can guess what Stolen Summer lyrically tackles, but what it doesn’t do is warn you how hard it hits emotionally. To give you an idea, it parallels what you’ll feel if you hit play on Third Eye Blind or Taking Back Sunday.

Stolen Summer is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

True Intentions: Exquisite New York singer-songwriter Sophia B is breathtaking on magnificent five-track EP ‘Catch Her’

To keep her soul alive during this horrid pandemic, Sophia B turned to music to perfect her sound with world class Australian producer Claire Protas, and the results speak volumes for this dynamic talent on the stupendously superb five track EP called ‘Catch Her’.

Sophia Beltran aka Sophia B is a tremendous multi-talented pop/folk/rock artist and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts student from New York City in the USA. She carefully makes that honest music which has you feeling uplifted and thoughtful, all somehow at the same time.

There are five quality tracks here with no fillers at all. Particular highlights are definitely  ‘Boys Are So Overrated‘, ‘Somebody To Me‘ and probably the song that has your heart beating faster; ‘Everyone Has Secrets‘. Her sensational style reflects gloriously into your eager mind and you feel like you are listening to an old soul, who only wants good energy in the world.

Catch Her’ from the soulfully sweet New York City solo artist Sophia B, is a quality release from a young musician who seems to capture your hearts attention with her crisply toned vocals, as her self-aware lyrics puts your mind into a positive mood. This is a humble talent who is only going to improve after each release — as she flies up high to conquer all her goals and reach those dreams — that she has manifested with that hard work put in.

Catching her live after the restrictions are over, is an absolute must.

Hear this wonderfully talented young singer’s EP on Spotify and see more on her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Hip hop Music

Shota J raises the temperature with their fiery rap track, ‘Tiempo’

Virginia-based hip hop artist Shota J has garnered plenty of hype with his latest bilingual rap track, ‘Tiempo’ which switches between Spanish and English and feeds both cultures in the sun-bleached beats which vibe with the same convictive soul as the likes of Nas and the Notorious B.I.G.

Whichever language their lyrical flex is wrapping around, you’re going to feel the energy that this fiery feat of hip hop contains. In a time when it’s hard to amass any amount of motivation or resilience, tracks such as Tiempo should be considered as playlist staples. Their energy is more infectious than COVID-19.

Tiempo is now available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Hip hop Music

Nicky L merges old school with new wave in his sophomore single ‘Curtains Closed’

New York-born hip hop artist Nicky L’s music journey may have started with the influence of Eminem, The Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac and Nas, but for their latest release, Curtains Closed, they drew in the stylings of XXXTENTACION and Juice WRLD to offer a unique combination of old school and new wave.

The track perfectly captures the bitterness of those young love catastrophes where you can tell that it will be a disaster from the start, but something forces you down that path all the same. It follows on from their debut release, ‘Little City Freestyle’, which served as the perfect introduction to Nicky L’s style where lyrically, he lays it all down on the line and through his delivery, you can hear their determination to join the ranks of NYC hip hop greats. Based on Curtains Closed, it seems likely.

Curtains Closed is available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music Pop

Conor Latcham brings realism to romance with their disco-pop track, ‘Do You Think You’re in Love?’

If you’re still sore from Daft Punk’s disbanding, the sonic indie disco pop grooves in Conor Latcham’s ‘Do You Think You’re in Love?’ brings all of the funk-laden consolation you could possibly ask for.

With Luke Marc Hughes (Tom Odell, Lewis Capaldi) on drums and Barry Grint (Bowie, Prince, Beatles & Oasis) in charge of mastering, the production matched the talent exhibited in the subversively relatable track.

Given the number of love songs hitting the airwaves (probably every second at this point), it’s nice to hear an almost-lovesong. It’s passion-driven; it grooves away from the sickly sweet proclivities of pop that allow all tracks alluding to love to sound like the lyrics were written by Disney screenwriters. We can see how Latcham came about their ‘blue-collar poet’ reputation. We can also see how he is going to take the scene by storm in 2021 and beyond.

You can check out Conor Latcham’s track, released by Trident Records, via Spotify and SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast