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From Sydney with fury: Bambibrains releases his new track Postcode

From Sydney with fury – not quite, probably ardour – Bambibrains has released his new track Postcode.

There’s a halo of 80’s wrapping the arrangement and the overall structure of this song, whether it is for the reverbed drums or the studio maneuverer used to compress the vocals. Whatever it is, there’s a vast harmony made up of a mixture of keyboards that’s best appreciated if listened to in stereo – a very contemporary (and original) pop trick.

Production-wise, it’s an impressive recording effort powering up on the song’s memorable melodies that although essential and catchy, still contain lyrics that don’t merely describe commercial topics but dig deeper for both internal and external contemplation.

Even though Bambibrains claims not to be everybody’s cup of tea, Postcode proves he can appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Check him out for yourself on Soundcloud.

Review by Jim Esposito.

The Star Prairie Project strives for freedom with ‘Home of Hope’

Country and Americana artist The Star Prairie Project has released new track ‘Home of Hope’. 

Self described ’brainchild’ of Nolen Chew Jr. – a songwriter from Star Prairie, Wisconsin’ – The Star Prairie Project have projected talents strongly with ‘Home of Hope’. Inspiring music, especially in times like these as many Americans will agree, can go a long way to finding one’s feet and ‘Home of Hope’ delivers on this optimism with toe tapping goodness put to all-American loving drawl and a tightly woven guitar sequence.

Countrified goodness is good for the heart and soul – and this is one for americana lovers all over to throw up on to their playlists for the long-haul.  

You can listen to ‘Home of Hope’ on The Star Prarie Project’s Spotify page now

Bug Operator releases new ethereal electro ‘Unblinking’

Electronic music producer Bug Operator has released a new track ‘Unblinking’ from their latest project Extraordinary Popular Delusions (And the Madness of Crowds).

Sparkling into place with some Mike Oldfield-esque keys and twinkly pads, ‘Unblinking’ doesn’t blink before cutting into a more driving European club-inspired space with a harsh saw bass coming into play alongside a heavy dose of reverb-heavy drums. It has a videogame style playfulness that doesn’t tire too long on one single melody, and you can hear an intelligence in the track’s frequency mix which gives it the feeling of an experienced production. 

‘Unblinking’ will work better for those who enjoy electronic music that wouldn’t feel too out of place in a more soundtrack-oriented playlist, and it’s worth checking out if you want to explore the edges of the internet’s vast denizens of hazy, ethereal, mildy-experimental electronica. 

You can check out Bug Operator’s ‘Unblinking’ on the artist’s YouTube channel here.


8 Evolutions – Spirit Guides: A Joyful Journey Into Existentialism

Tackling a difficult subject matter takes a lot of bravery but doing it in a lighthearted way, through music, takes a level of artistry and courage that 8 Evolutions prove they have in spades! Their latest release, ‘Spirit Guides’, tackles questions about the afterlife head on, in a positively uplifting and fun way, through youthful but classic rock, layered guitar riffs, and a strong lead vocal.  The harmonies are tight and on point so, all the singers out there, no need to edit your ears or suspend musical reality in order to enjoy the track! It’s all good.

8 Evolutions are the real deal. The fact that they are gifted musicians is irrefutable. Their workmanship is crystal clear and their authenticity sets them apart from their peers. With that said, ‘Spirit Guides’ is a perfect example of song writing gold. The seamless flow from the verses to the chorus and then the bridge, is genuinely epic. Its original while being satisfyingly familiar and it’s the type of track that is sure to put these guys indelibly on the map.

Don’t take our word for it! Have a listen to ‘Spirit Guides’ here at Soundcloud and let us know what you think, Have fun!

Review by Susan Harriott

Philip James Turner & The Crow Mandala – The Loneliest Boy in the World

If you’re looking for a slice of smile-inducing sonic juicy funk-laced Alt Rock, I couldn’t point you in any better direction than the title track from Philip James Turner & The Crow Mandala’s second album “The Loneliest Boy in the World”

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Bauhaus or The Cure injected a little humour and arcane synth chaos into their music, you may be able to get an idea of what is on offer through the Loneliest Boy in the World. Despite how much playful personability has been injected into the track, it still remains incredibly stylistic. In short, even the most pretentious goth’s aural voids will be filled by this sticky-sweet jam which was never in danger of resonating as saccharine.

If The Loneliest Boy in the World was adapted into a Rock Opera, I’d be amongst the first with tickets.

You can check out The Loneliest Boy in the World along with the rest of the album via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Primary Colours – Trip Advisor: Cosmic Riff-Driven Alt-Indie Rock Alchemy

“Trip Advisor” is the instantly enamouring latest single from Newcastle-based Alt Indie experimentalists Primary Colours. Whatever the key to creating a hit instead of just a track, it’s contained in the colourful mind-melting textures of Trip Advisor.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Velvet Revolver, Desert Mountain Tribe, and the Legendary Pink Dots collaborated on a record, you’ll be able to get an idea of the kind of cosmic riff-driven alchemy which Primary Colours offer.

Call me jaded, but there aren’t many bands who can leave me feeling as adrenalized as I felt listening to Trip Advisor for the 1st time (and the 5th). That probably has a lot to do with the volatile kaleidoscopic raucous energy contained in the track. After hearing it on record, I’m making it my mission to hear it live. I can only imagine how blisteringly transcendent a live set from Primary Colours would be.

You can check out Trip Advisor along with the rest of their mesmeric back catalogue via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Roussett – We Might Just Do This All Day: Hypnotically Psychedelic Alt Indie Pop

“We Might Just Do This All Day” is the psychedelically serene latest single from up and coming Alt Indie artist Roussett.

If Elliott Smith experimented with spacey and colourful tones, I’d imagine that it wouldn’t sound all too different from the ethereal catharsis found in We Might Just Do This All Day which would be haunting if it weren’t so soothing. The lucid layers gently weave through their Jazz-infused progressions as the delicately amorous vocals find the perfect synergy alongside them.

I don’t make Mr Bungle comparisons lightly. But the soundscape perceptibly shared the same kind of ingenuity which you’d find in the hazy, oceanic avant-garde tracks such as Retrovertigo and Pink Cigarette.

There will be plenty more to come from Roussett in 2020, so do your blood pressure and get them on your radar.

You can check out Roussett’s latest single We Might Just Do This All Day for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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