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Ricky Racks has dropped a Grime Trap playlist essential with their latest single “Trapstar”

“Trapstar” is the arrestingly slick latest single to be dropped by up and coming London-based Trap artist Ricky Racks. The beats may be modern and offer plenty of contemporary appeal. But the Rap verses and the lyrics bring back the most missed elements of Old School Hip Hop.

Ricky Racks’ verses practically drip venom and hold a stark mirror up to society in true Grime fashion. Combine that with the fact that it’s practically impossible not to get caught up in the smooth flow, and you’ve got a Trap hit.

With the playful and light beats creating the perfect contrasting platform for Ricky Racks to lay down their vitriolic verses, Trap tracks don’t come much more authentic than this. Get him on your radar.

You can check out the official music video to Trapstar for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kaleido Bay – Liberation: A Vitriolically Charged Alt Rock Playlist Essential

From the moment you hit play on UK Alt Rock artist Kaleido Bay’s latest single “Liberation” the frenetic energy pulls you in. It’s a high-octane convictive aural force to be reckoned with, but it definitely isn’t without its melodicism.

With juicy choruses, anticipation filled-breakdowns, and mind-blowingly dynamic instrumentals, we can quite honestly say that we’ve never heard anything like this before. They promise to deliver a full tonal palette, and sure enough, there’s a frenzied kaleidoscope of colour in Liberation.

It’s punchy, it’s riotous, and it’s innovative enough to offer little in the way of reminiscences to other artists. Yet there are faint elements of Metal, Rock, Post Punk, Punk, and No Wave all weaved into the mix making Liberation indulgently accessible from the first time you’re fronted with the angsty aural alchemy.

The fact that I wrote this review on the same day which the Manic Street Preacher’s celebrated the 20th anniversary of Masses Against the Classes feels serendipitous. Just as I was mourning the lack of vitriol found in politically-charged music, Kaleido Bay crashed onto my radar.

You can check out Liberation along with Kaleido Bay’s earlier releases via Spotify now.

Follow the band on Facebook to keep up to date with their releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SHA-BENGEZ – Shawty: Sticky-Sweet Wavy Trap

If you like your Trap on the wavier side, you may just find a playlist essential in up and coming Hip Hop artist SHA-BENGEZ’s recently released single “Shawty”.

With their accessible approach to Trap, there’s no room to wonder why SHA-BENGEZ isn’t short on acclaim. They may be relatively fresh from their inception. But that freshness resonates within their smooth concordant style.

With shimmering lashings of reverb over the solid Trap beats, there’s a lucidly strong platform for SHA-BENGEZ to lay down their slick verses. Shawty may not offer anything new with the lyrics, but sentimentally sweet Hip Hop tracks will always be timeless.

You can check out Shawty along with SHA-BENGEZ’s other releases via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hannah Savage – Feel Something: Adventure-Seeking Contemporary R&B

Hannah Savage is a singer, actress, dancer and all-around artist from Philadelphia, PA. And I tell you what; you’re in for a treat with her new song called “Feel Something”.

This is a stunningly sensational R&B song that features well done soft and lustful vocals. On top of that the lyrics are rather meaningful, they scream a craving to truly experience and live life. This is a type of song that although musically is leaning towards a specific music genre (which would be R&B/Pop) it can be linked to so many different moods: Sexy, introspective, joyful, mellow, the whole nine yards. Also, don’t let get started on the production; it’s splendid. Gentle music aimed to be played at the club just moments before the sun rises.

I would definitely encourage all contemporary R&B to keep an eye on Hannah Savage, as she is releasing her debut EP called “Temporary” on 01/02/2020. Until then, check out “Feel Something” on her Spotify page.

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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ZVK – Self Love: Conscious Hip-Hop

When you visit ZVK’s profile on Instagram, you can read in his bio section: ‘antisocial. introvert. insomniac.’. And judging by the song ‘Self Love’ I find his statement a valid one.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a rap aficionado, a rap purist or a new age trap kid; the pure and relaxing vibes of this song will get you hooked. This instrumental is a piece of music to fall in love with. ZVK’s British accent is another element that I find enjoyable. The chorus features some smooth R&B female vocals by Lou May that give eargasms; during the verses, ZVK is spitting some introvert, substantial bars.

Hip-Hop used to be the place to go if you were looking for pivotal lyrical content; and we’re happy to be in a position where we can see young music makers still stand by that principle. To see them Use this music format as a medium to stream some of their inner thoughts in such a cordial illustration.

Feel the ‘Self Love’ here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Manny XO Drops Their Latest Rhythmically Flawless Afrobeats Single “Afrodisiac”

While many contemporary Dance artists have forgotten that Afrobeats make the world’s best dance music, that fact hasn’t escaped Manchester-based breaking artist Manny XO who is soon due to release their latest single “Afrodisiac”.

Not only is the track an ingenious play on words but it’s also an instantaneously rhythmic single which doesn’t wait around before pulling you in with the almost immediate instrumental hook.

The rhythmic beats stick to the perfect tempo to make Afrodisiac a mix you can listen to and appreciate the vibe, all whilst remaining danceable. Manny XO’s R&B Pop-style of vocals are as equally entrancing as the instrumental mix that they sit in perfect synergy with.

With all of Manny XO’s hits getting plenty of well-deserved attention, it looks like there’s another Manchester music pioneer looking to make even more musical history for the city which always nurtures distinctive talent.

Follow Manny XO as he sets the pace for the release of his biggest record of the year “AFRODISIAC”via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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