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Horse and Chariot – Some Emotions: Colourfully Psychedelic Vintage Alt-Rock

Californian Alt-Rock artist Horse and Chariot released their latest single “Some Emotions” on June 25th and the vintage psychedelic warmth which it contains definitely isn’t something that you want to miss out on.  While it will remind you of the colourful concordance found in iconic hits from the 60s, this funk-riddled hit resonates as a contemporary pioneering feat complete with masterful production quality.

Around the depth of the basslines, you’ll be able to sample intricately weaving, constantly evolving guitar rhythms, and appreciate how neatly the vocals sit atop the melodic mix. Horse and Chariot certainly didn’t hold back when it came to pouring playful charisma into the mix either; making Some Emotions an incredibly accessible track from the first hit.

You can check out Horse and Chariot’s track Some Emotions for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Singer-Songwriter Sham Chewali Releases their Latest Single “the certainty of failure”

Manchester-based Experimental Folk artist Sham Chewali released his latest single “the certainty of failure” on July 29th and shared with the world a poignant and incredibly resonant message weaved into a mesmeric bed of acoustic organic textures.

The prelude and following verses may have you under the impression that you’re listening to an archetypal Indie Folk single unfold, yet, Sham Chewali has thrown in some unpredictable progressions including sharp switch-ups in tonality. The soft almost spoken-word vocals transform into reverberant powerful growls as Nick Cave-style ominous keys, complete with orchestral layers are thrown into the mix.

Usually, with music, you’re able to determine if it has been uplifting or melancholic, yet, with the certainty of failure, you’re left with the same conflict of emotions as Sham Chewali alludes to in the lyrics. It’s definitely a track which needs your repeat attention.

You can stream and download Sham Chewali’s latest single the certainty of failure for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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J.Marco Johnson Releases their Latest Indie Soul Pop Single “Tell Me How I’m Supposed to Feel”

Acoustic Indie Pop doesn’t come much more delicate than J.Marco Johnson’s latest single “Tell Me How I’m Supposed to Feel”.

Any fans of Bill Ryder-Jones are sure to appreciate how J.Marco Johnson has orchestrated his deftly gentle soundscape with cathartically ambient vocals and fingerpicked acoustic guitar.

While we could definitely appreciate the honestly, lightness and candidness of Tell Me How I’m Supposed to Feel, in parts, it felt as though the track was slightly overly extended due to the pace the minimalistic melodies moved at. But if you’re looking for soothing concordance, you won’t go far wrong hitting play on Tell Me How I’m Supposed to Feel which still stands as a testament to J.Marco Johnson’s mastery on a fretboard.

You can check out J.Marco Johnson’s latest single Tell Me How I’m Supposed to Feel for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Emanuel Giella releases their latest single “No Need to Lie” ft. Maritza Ruiz

“No Need to Lie” is the irresistibly up-vibe summer drop from the up and coming Reggae R&B artist Emanuel Giella. To create the sticky-sweet urban feat of mesmerism, The Mexican American singer-songwriter teamed up with vocalist Maritza Ruitz to make the perfectly pitched harmonies even more evocative.

The instrumental arrangement in No Need to Lie will also throw in plenty of surprises, it’s safe to say that we weren’t expecting orchestral strings to be weaved into the mix around the sun-soaked rhythmic beats which seamlessly combine electronic effect and acoustic instrumentals.

We’ve heard a lot of Summer vibe-out hits this year, yet, the arrestive rhythms found in No Need to Lie definitely aren’t something which you hear every day.

You can check out  Emanuel Giella’s single No Need to Lie for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Luddy Releases Their Latest Reggae Slow Jam “Gye Makoma” ft. C-Tea

Up and coming artist Luddy’s latest single “Gye Makoma (Take My Heart)” featuring C-Tea is potentially the most ambient offering of Reggae-Infused R&B that you could possibly slip into. Describing the downtempo mix as mesmerising almost feels like an understatement. The chemistry between the two vocalists whose harmonic vocals sit in perfect synergy with the organic beats is something that you’ll have to experience for yourselves to fully appreciate.

While tracks usually gain momentum as they progress, Luddy has flipped the archetypal structures and allows the soundscape to become slower, yet even more immersive as the track seamlessly moves toward the fadeout. It is only when you reach the end of Gye Makoma that you can truly appreciate the urban aural alchemy which Luddy has cooked up.

You can check out Luddy’s latest single Gye Makoma featuring C-Tea for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alex Forte Releases the Vibrant Up-Vibe Hip Hop Drop of the Year with Latest Single “Money Pool”

Rather than easing you in gently with their latest single, Alex Forte has thrown you into the Hip Hop Pop deep end with their latest single “Money Pool”.

It’s fairly impossible to encapsulate just how much charisma has been thrown into the quaint and colourful soundscape which takes plenty of influence from Old School Hip Hop for the rhythm while the production remains well and truly in 2019.

Trap artists may have given experimental electronic effects a bad rap, yet, Alex Forte has proven with Money Pool that under rhythmically dexterous hands, plenty of soul, and high-vibe energy can be squeezed from wavy electronica.

The Cleveland, Ohio-based artist has a perceptible and admirable determination to introduce melodicism back into Hip Hop, he also simultaneously proves that you can orchestrate a playful track without compromising on the grind and authority which many listeners seek out in Hip Hop.

You can check out Alex Forte’s impossibly endearing earworm Money Pool for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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ASH releases their sticky-sweet summer R&B Pop hit “Sugar Honey Iced Tea”

No, it’ not the iconic Northern Irish Rock band, it’s the up and coming experimental EDM R&B Pop artist ASH with their latest summer drop “Sugar Honey Iced Tea”

Despite the title, this track is definitely not just for those who find themselves with a penchant for Iced Tea; it’s a sticky-sweet serving of euphoric Pop which comes with an ample infusion of romanticism. So, wherever you are in the world, you can soak up a little of the LA sun which has been poured into this indulgently warm soundscape which sets itself apart by choosing to adopt less than archetypal electronic effects to create the perfect combination of bass, uplifting rhythms, and quenching tonality.

You can check out ASH’s single Sugar Honey Iced Tea for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Surreal Satori – Something in Everything: Melodiously Restorative Soul Pop

“Something in Everything” is the latest indulgently melodious Soul Pop single from the up and coming artist Surreal Satori. While the airwaves are in no short supply of breaking Pop artists, that should be of little consequence to Surreal Satori with her hypnotically restorative vocals and mesmerising rhythms. With Something in Everything, you’re treated to experimentation with rich, organic textures in the instrumental arrangement which offers an accessible level of soft groove and funk.

What Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen are to melancholic soundscapes is what Surreal Satori is to cathartically ambient Pop. There is a light ethereal feel to Something in Everything; as the melodies ebb and flow you find yourself arrested by the each and every delicate and perfectly poised progression.

You can check out the official video to Surreal Satori’s latest single Something in Everything which was released on July 19th by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Giant Buddha Makes Rock n Roll Filthy Again with their Latest Single “Let It Go”

Giant Buddha’s latest Indie Rock single “Let It Go” kicks off with reverberant indulgent baritone vocals humming over an instrumental arrangement which is gearing up for a masterful offering dark, psychedelic, Rock.

It’s not long until you’re enveloped in the commanding rhythms; hearing the angular pulls of the guitar as they weave around the melodies pulling you through this feat of instrumental ingenuity while the dynamic vocals will treat you to many different facets of filthy Rock n’ Roll expression.

Anyone who possesses a penchant for a slightly vintage sound complete with unadulterated Rock n Roll should find plenty to appreciate in Let It Go. Some instrumental arrangements are tight, but it’s almost as though Let It Go sits in its own straight jacket squeezing out blissfully colourful Rock euphoria.

You can check out Giant Buddha’s latest single Let It Go for yourselves by heading over to their official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lil Sleep The Sandman – Sticks: An Ominously Raw Hip Hop Lullaby

Lil Sleep the Sandman has cooked up an ominously raw Trap lullaby with their latest Hip Hop track “Sticks” which unravels with an arrestive amount of downtempo bounce and grind.

Sticks draws you into an ambient mix of contemporary dark Trap after setting you up with an eerily archaic prelude, but the haunting piano keys remain a firm fixture behind the Trap beats.

The intricate kicks of the 808s and unpredictable effects create an atmospheric platform for Lil Sleep the Sandman’s authoritative vocals to verse the playful lyrics which spill a notable amount of charisma into Sticks. The track which features Wifi has been polished to absolute perfection, allowing you to appreciate each of the textures found in the multi-layered mix.

You can check out the latest track from Lil Sleep the Sandman for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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