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I See You: Mai Cohen recalls that fond memory transforms her mood on Somebody New

Realizing that you miss your ex is a striking moment in life. Mai Cohen takes us deep into her current picture that presently feels rather steamy and guaranteed to get the slow dance happening right now on Somebody New.

Mai Cohen is a Tel Aviv, Israel-based RnB/soul solo singer-songwriter who has been performing live since she was young and grew up in Hong Kong.

When she was 16, she participated on the second season of ‘The Voice – Israel’ and made it to the quarterfinals.” ~ Mai Cohen giving us further insight into her career so far

Packed with a delightful vocalist and a speaker-hugging mix to change your day around, Mai Cohen is at her natural best on the quality single to warm up any room with Somebody New.

Somebody New from Tel Aviv, Israel-based RnB/soul artist Mai Cohen is such a sweetly wrapped treat to keep in your coat pocket all night. Sung so beautifully and combining class and a vivid imagination to admire, this is a tender release when you know you would rather be with your ex right now.

Sometimes you just know what felt right when you needed it most.

Listen up to this fine single on Spotify and see more news on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Messing Up My Mind: André Molina feels that supremely obsessive love change everything on I NEED U!

With his hopeless romantic aura that will simmer in rather warmly, André Molina feels like his mood has completely changed on the catchy new single to hold on to with I NEED U!

André Molina is a Jersey City-based indie pop solo artist who blends in his proud Philippines heritage with a striking array of vein-popping performances to feel enriched by.

Pulsating with a pure vocal experience that will take you for a ride of discovery your heart had been missing, André Molina is quite fantastic and shows us how much his lover means to him. Vocally charged and packed with that cheeky wink, this is a single to treasure for its brave honesty.

I NEED U! from Jersey City-based indie pop solo artist André Molina sends us into a love-pierced I-want-you-right now soundtrack for summer. Laden with romantic memories, steaming in passion, and interwoven in sweet kisses, to show us how relationships should be.

Listen up on Spotify and see more on the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Rachel Burns beat the odds in her theatrical retro-soul track, I Did It

Slip into the retro soul of Rachel Burns’ latest pop single, I Did It, which spins a tale of triumph over trauma and adversity. The journey from surviving to overcoming to thriving is scarcely pretty; the Washington, DC-based singer-songwriter brought a profound amount of grace to the subject matter regardless.

The Gospel-Esque backing vocals take Burns’ soul-awakening vocal timbre to mind-blowingly celestial heights. When she stretches for those stridently high vocal notes, you’ll get a first-hand account of her resilience and the resilience that most of us have to muster to piece ourselves back together.

Inspired by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, Rachel Burns has exactly what it takes to become a legend in her own right with the theatrical twists to her signature sound, which plays with nuances of blues, country and jazz.

I Did It will officially release on September 30th. Check it out on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

South Carolina’s Jimmy Swagg seeks salvation in his latest rock hit, St. Mary

After decorating The Whisky A Go-Go and The Viper Room with his righteous rock gravitas, one of the hottest acts in LA, Jimmy Swagg is here with his salvation-seeking melodic rock single, St. Mary.

St. Mary does away with the usual Rock n Roll cliches and makes a spiritual aura the centre of sonic gravity in the intricately paced admission of frailty, which never gives way to self-piteous ennui. Instead, Jimmy Swagg trailblazes with his canderous outpour of vulnerability that is laced in hope for redemption around the slick riffs and tension-building rhythm section. It is a sanity saver of a playlist staple if we ever heard one, and his international fanbase is more than inclined to agree.

St. Mary is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Let You Stay: California’s Sophie Reynolds just wants a sign on tell you everything

Taken off her upcoming EP, Sophie Reynolds just wants a reason to give a budding romance a chance even if it could all fall apart so quickly on her beautifully honest new single, tell you everything.

Sophie Reynolds is a 21-year-old indie South Pasadena, California-based singer-songwriter, pianist, and guitarist who first started performing her original music in 2018.

Surrounded by music, Sophie grew up singing all over the house, at church, and school showcases.” ~ Sophie Reynolds

Gloriously genuine and soothing all ears with a dreamy disposition that will be hard to forget, Sophie Reynolds is rather special on this gorgeous soundtrack for those who want to make sure first, before opening up their precious hearts. Guiding us into her mind so thoughtfully, we find an outstanding young artist who tells a story that many of us have faced in our lives.

tell you everything from South Pasadena, California-based singer-songwriter Sophie Reynolds is a romantic single that is laced with realness about that precise moment where everything could change for the better or worse. Sung with a calming nature that will have you closing your eyes and imagining that look of wonder from a past lover, who was just waiting for that all-important reassurance.

Sometimes you just have to stop for a few minutes to see if they are real or just a passing memory.

Listen up to this lovely release on Spotify and see more on her IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Charlie Diamond is the last of the die-hard romantic dreamers in his latest serenade, The Star Studded Girl and the Sunset Kid

The Star Studded Girl and The Sunset Kid by Charlie Diamond

Armed with his harmonica, acoustic guitar and poetically romantic sensibility, the Connecticut folk singer-songwriter, Charlie Diamond, orchestrated the ultimate outpour of affection in his latest single, The Star Studded Girl and the Sunset Kid.

Released on September 5th, The Star Studded Girl and the Sunset Kid carries Bob Dylan-style overtones, with outlier dreamer candour as the affirmation of his artistic autonomy. With the almost spoken word versing of the lyrics, which takes you to breathtaking landscapes and even more arresting attests of passion, it’s the ultimate aural escapism for die-hard romantics.

The Star Studded Girl and the Sunset Kid is now available to stream and purchase on Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Shelia Moore- Piper exudes untaintedly pure uplifting soul in Single Lady, featuring rapper Tyrik Tell.

For her standout track, Single Lady, the multi-award-winning Houston-hailing Christian soul artist, Shelia Moore- Piper collaborated with one of the smoothest rappers in the game, Tyrik Tell to speak to the fairer sex through a classy empowering RnB earworm, which proves just how visceral feminine power can be.

With Piper’s harmonic pitch-perfection mixed with Tell’s luxe rap verses, the seductive magnetism of the pure untainted soul is strong enough to pull you right into the centre of the epiphanous jazzy mix, produced by the BDM Upgroove Music brand.

Single Lady, part of The Love/Soul Session Vol. 1 Ep, is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Spotlight Feature: I, Harappan. unveiled his celestially unshackling dance pop meets folk single, THE FREE ONES

Splicing ancient spirituality with dance-pop, the London-based experimental artist, I, Harappan. describes his upcoming debut album, The Harappan & The Devil, as a genre-bending epic, combining cosmic horror storytelling with funk, disco pop and RnB.

The celestial single, THE FREE ONES, is an unforgettable introduction to his strident mystique, which uses traditional progressive house structures around a folkish sense of beguile, which resonates through the soulfully beckoning lyrics and the profound command of his vocal timbre which scarcely seems of this century. While the beats appeal to your rhythmic pulses, the lyricism unshackles you from the illusory chains that keep us all grounded in antipathy. It is a sonic awakening like no other.

Here’s what I, Harappan had to say on his debut release:

“A long ago, in the forgotten city of Harappa, in the land of river and stone, there was a child forged of bronze. The tribe of the Unicorn lived amidst the broken and beautiful Himalayas, birthing fortress worlds of twisted screens and dead white light; though lost to time, their stories live on.

Free Ones is the first release from my debut album, “The Harappan & The Devil”, an uplifting cosmic pop experience about never giving up, inspired by ancient mysticism, Tolkien & Diana Ross.”

THE FREE ONES is now available to stream on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Warick Pond picked up the pieces with the aching soul in his single, The Wreckage

Taken from his seminal album, Open Roads, Warick Pond’s standout single, The Wreckage, carries the solemnity of Tom Waits, the contemporary Americana edge of Kurt Vile, and the mellow melancholy of the Verve.

Reminiscences aside, the American singer-songwriter puts his own authentic beauty into aching soul through the resounding quiescence of his guitars, which match the gentle outpour of visceral emotion through his Americana-tinted vocal timbre.

When an artist can create such a profoundly emotional soundscape with minimal production and understatedly passionate vocals, you know that you’ve just come across a one-in-a-million entity. Enduring the agony of hopeless romanticism fleetingly became worth it through the resonance extended by Open Roads, which captures the enduring loneliness of the human condition and how tightly we cling to connections which can turn to past tense in the blink of an eye.

The Wreckage is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

MUNBOI walks us down Memory Ln. in his latest stoically philosophical hip-hop aural installation

With his philosophy-laced rap flows, the UK alternative artist MUNBOI is becoming one that an increasing number of fans turn to for stoic poetry. Fresh from the release of his 12-track debut album, EUDAIMONIA, the producer, engineer, and artist is well on the way to the 1-million streams club.

The standout single, Memory Ln. unfurls as an intricate organic amalgam of hip hop, pop, RnB, and experimental sonic textures while MUNBOI looks to the past for answers in the present. His vocal energy truly becomes the epitome of stoicism as he twists common tropes to deliver lyrical sanctity through lines such as “I was sitting on the edge, I just needed a little push”, and “nothing really matters so we be risking it all now”.  Update your chill indie playlists accordingly.

His debut album EUDAIMONIA is now available to stream in full on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast