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sP – Terra Earth: Great Music Comes in Times of Great Unrest

sP certainly didn’t make it easy to capture the energy in their prodigally quintessential sound. Upon hearing their single “Terra Earth” from their latest 2018 EP “These Are Not Wars” I was captivated in every intricately seamless progression, each verse, each use of spatial effect. Naturally, a sound so transcendentally arresting is going to leave you a little lost for words.

But the first thing you should probably know is that to find a similar concordantly soft sound would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. With elements of Post-Punk, Alt Rock and Pop with a Folkish sentimentality the track unfolds from the delicate prelude into a progressive extended track. As instrumentally sublime as Terra Earth is, the lyricism is what hits the hardest.

As the world crumbles, sP are there to serve us aural salvation from the disparity we see piling around us. The intellectually informed narrative of Terra Earth won’t fail to leave you hooked in the track and eager to devour the rest of their EP.

You can check out sP’s single Terra Earth along with the rest of the EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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POLITIK – Rage On: Arrestingly Hypnotic Indie Electro

London Grammar fans, you’re in for an absolute treat. With such a stark vocal reminiscence between Hannah Reid and POLITIK’s vocalist Nicola Mayer with their latest track “Rage On” it was hard not to become instantly consumed by the arrestingly hypnotic Electro Pop composition.

What was orchestrated instrumentally in Rage On transcended the empyreal melodicism which even the chart-topping artists can muster. The Cape Town, South Africa-based trio use their cinematic style to build a momentous amount of potent energy with subtle yet anthemic build ups by mixing elements from a myriad of different genres. I have no doubt that POLITIK can unite fans of ambient electro pop and alt rock simultaneously with their gripping visceral sound.

If practice makes perfect, I can’t wait to hear what POLITIK create in the future with their honest, raw and celestial sound. Considering Rage On was released back in 2017, I’d say it was definitely time we were treated to another ethereally stunning release.

You can check out the official video to Rage On by POLITIK by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Myles Smith – Darker Days: A Perfectly Polished Offering of Urban Pop Rock

During the prelude to the first track on Myles Smith’s latest EP “Darker Days”, I prepared myself to drink in yet another reinvention of Jangle Pop. Yet, from the very first vocal note, I was sold by Myles’ mesmeric style as a lyricist and vocalist.

Whilst “Brighter Days” may have been fuelled with a quintessentially quaint Indie Pop anthemic aura track two “Broken Love” takes a melancholic turn proving that when it comes to diversity Myles has yet another box ticked. It is with Broken Love the resonance behind the vocals truly hits you. There really is no overstating the raw captivating magnetism of Myles Smith’s vocals. With track three “3”, you’re back to his high-vibe style which veers away from Pop Rock into Urban EDM, before the EP takes it down-tempo once more with “Darker Days”.

You can check out Myles Smith’s EP Darker Days for yourself by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dventilate – Ocean: A Polished, Cathartic Offering of Contemporary R&B

NYC-based R&B artist Dventilate has recently dropped his latest single “Ocean”, now, when I say R&B, you might want to throw everything you’d anticipate from an R&B track out of the window. Because rather than creating an assimilation of an urban Soundscape you’ve encountered time and time again, Dventilate has proven that he may well be the prodigal son we’ve been waiting for.

The dynamic hit unfolds with a soft, soulful melody, it’s polished, it’s tranquil, and the cathartic effect is pretty damn potent! Under the synth-driven melodies is the rattle and snare curtesy from 808s in an archetypally Trap style ensuring Ocean is as fresh as it is deep. All of that is without mentioning the arrestingly smooth vocal capacity possessed by the up and coming artist.

Before I make any more accidental ocean-related puns, you can check out Dventilate’s latest single Ocean for yourself now by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tischa Kent – Faking: Cher Has Never Had Competition… Until Now

Oh God damn. There is no preparing you for the weight behind Tischa Kent’s vocal power in her latest track Faking. The lack of a prelude was a risky move, yet it irrefutably paid off. You’re left bruised by the pensive poignancy of the lyrics before the first verse even runs through. The stripped back EDM Pop beats set the perfect platform for the Canterbury, UK-based up and coming artist to lay down her heavy, yet soaring vocals. Yet, when the beat drops, it drops and bleeds synth reverb over Tischa Kent’s resounding harmonies. With a vocal style which sits in between London Grammar’s Hannah Reid and Cher it really is staggering that she’s still an unsigned artist. Someone give the girl a record deal.

You can be bowled over by Tischa Kent’s latest single Faking yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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There are Electro Melodies, and then There’s What Peter Lee Cooked Up in His Latest EP

Who doesn’t love a friendly keyboard? In my not so humble opinion not enough Electronica artists use the instrument’s nostalgically reverberant essence which can contort into atmospheric aural alchemy. Which is exactly what Peter Lee did with his latest EP ‘TESTING TIMES’. Whilst I wouldn’t ever care to hear another archetypal 80’s Electro revival, the soundscape that Peter Lee created was far from anything I’ve heard in the Electronica genre.

Track one ‘Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained’ is a mere appetiser to the dark, fuzzy groove of the layers of lush synth pierced by the deftly placed drum hits contained in track two ‘Nearly Never’ With his concluding track ‘In the Face of Adversity’ there was a dark tonality which served as an indicator towards the deeper more resonant approach behind the up and coming recording artists sound. Each instrumental track on the EP packs a palpably unique punch and comes alive through Peter Lee’s experimental production and composition methods. You really couldn’t ask for more diversity from a 3 track EP.

You can check out the EP for yourselves from September 6th, 2018 on Spotify. Until then, you can take my word on the decadently euphoric groove-addled release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Katy – Livelihood: Jazz-Driven Urban Contemporary Pop

Every once in a while, you’ll stumble across a track that you never knew you needed in your playlists. Livelihood is the latest single from a Cleveland, Ohio based trio who infuse sounds from a myriad of genres to prove that there ARE new directions for music to take.

Their instrumental arrangements are nothing short of genius, and as for the vocals, if they don’t move you, then I’d be worried that you’re a little dead inside. Vocalist, songwriter and bassist Cathalyn has an overwhelmingly sultry vocal style which adds the perfect layer of harmony to the already viscerally sensual track. If all that wasn’t enough; the guitar riff which helps to draw the track to a close won’t fail to leave you in awe of the guitarists deftly melodic prowess.

I’ll never tire of hearing the haunting yet tantalising notes of an organ gliding over soulfully contemporary urban pop mixes. Yet, the up and coming, prodigally pioneering trio the Katy utilised the lucidly ethereal instrument in a way like I’ve never heard before with their funk-fuelled, Trap-driven urban offering of soulful Pop.

You can check out the latest single Livelihood by the Katy by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Stony Bobby feat. Jammy – Hot Girl: Hottest Hip Hop Collaboration of 2018?

I love the disclaimer in the prelude to Hot Girl by Stony Bobby feat. Jammy is a ‘true story’, it brings an element of realism to the Hip Hop Rap track which you’re often hard pressed to find in the contemporary urban arena.

Yet, there’s something beautifully unique about the collaboration produced by Trellgotwings. I love how Stony Bobby and Jammy played around with elements of humour in the official video to Hot Girl, they certainly don’t take themselves seriously, but with their sound it’s a totally different matter. The old school 808 beat has a progressive Trap flow from start to finish. There’s a little more repetition in the lyrics than what I’d usually appreciate, yet with Stony Bobby’s unarguable charisma, I’m sure there aren’t many things he can’t get away with.

Hot Girl is just one of the tracks of Stony Bobby’s debut album ‘GOT THE GLOW’ which you can stream in full on Soundcloud

You can check out the official music video by Stony Bobby feat. Jammy on YouTube

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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D’Z ft Freddi Lubitz – Conviction: The Soul Funk Track to Shape Up Your Summer Playlists

Conviction is an instrumentally sensual, and vocally resounding masterpiece of a track. Jazz fan or not, you can’t dispute that this track is packed full of poignantly orchestrated sound which is made even heavier by the sentimentality behind the track by D’Z ft Freddi Lubitz. D’Z’s New Orleans Groove Jazz Funk sound isn’t something that you’d necessarily expect to come out of the Netherlands, yet the Arnhem based songwriter, producer and drummer composed one of the most tantalisingly perfect anthems to introduce the summer. I can quite honestly say that never in Jazz Funk track have I been bowled over by the lyrics at the same time as the massive sound which creates an up-beat cacophony of high vibe electricity.

If you’re on the hunt for some feel good Jazz Funk you can check out Conviction by D’Z ft Freddi Lubitz on SoundCloud or through his website now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Metaspion – Old Rules Don’t Apply: Quintessentially Warming Folktronica

I can’t remember the last time an EDM put a smile on my face. There’s something charismatically warming about Metapsion’s new upbeat jangling track Old Rules Don’t Apply. The instance warmth and resonance of the track comes from Metaspions genius infusion of Folk and Electronica to create folktronica. You’d expect the combination of those genres would be like eating fish with cheese (yes people do that), but it works. It not only works, it’s absolutely beautiful, whilst being frustratingly hard to capture the essence of this magnanimous hit through my words, no matter how flowery they may be. Metaspion started out as a rock musician, but shared the same sentiment that I do, that there’s not really many more places you can take rock music without it sounding like a revivalist assimilation of sound. Unlike Metaspion, I was never going to be the one to break the wheel of the constant re-churning of sound.

You can check out Metaspions 2018 debut single Old Rules Don’t Apply on Spotify, whilst you get excited for his album release in May 2018

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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