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Goldielocks releases their latest pensively emotive 80s synth track “Dysphoria”

Dysphoria isn’t exactly the best feeling in the world. So, it came as no surprise that Goldielocks latest single “Dysphoria” ft. Elva Ray was a fairly pensive aural experience.

Usually, synth-laden EDM hits attempts to force-feed you euphoria, but with Dysphoria, Goldielocks wasn’t unsuccessful in creating a soundscape which accurately reflects the insidious disconcertment which comes along with doses of dysphoria.

Without a hint of shame, I’ll admit that I was choking back the tears by the time Dysphoria reached the outro. The Sydney, Australia-based artist and producer perceptibly has a deft ability utilise rhythmic pulses and ominous electronic effect to relay resonantly captivating melancholy. That may all sound a little bleak, but Dysphoria is still a stunning soundscape – especially with the inclusion of Elva Ray’s harmonically celestial vocals.

You can check out Goldielocks’ latest single Dysphoria for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Denim Dan’s – No Lies in Blue Skies: An Aural Offering of Eccentrically Expressive 80s Nostalgia

“No Lies in Blue Skies” is the title track from up and coming alternative artist Denim Dan’s 2018 album which is sure to be of appeal to fans of the indulgently charismatic sounds from icons such as David Bowie and Lou Reed.

Although, contained within Denim Dan’s soundscapes you will find chunkier riffs and a level of distinction which makes it clear that each one of his singles haven’t been composed to assimilate a former sound. Instead, it’s palpable that Denim Dan has poured his own eccentric expression to create accessibly smooth tracks which carry the perfect nostalgia of the sonic sounds of the 80s with a prodigal flair.

You can check out Denim Dan’s single No Lies in Blue Skies for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dozenz Releases New 80’s Inspired Single “Need Nobody”

Dozenz is a British born, Emirati based songwriter and producer with a passion for Britpop and highly energetic rhythmic play in lyrics. The blazing sound created, particularly in the latest single “Need Nobody” is sure to get any listener moving. With an extensive background in the music industry as a songwriter, performer and producer, Dozenz is capable of creating a truly authentic sound that features a blend of cultural influences and original artistic ideas.

“Need Nobody” is a track which features strongly Dozenz’s Britpop and 80s influences. Apart from this it also features a very modern and crisp sense of melody which makes it the next potential radio hit. This song is guaranteed to have you singing and dancing along and it’s highly energetic vibe radiates fun and excitement. Another interesting factor which makes the song so interesting is its instrumental and vocal arrangement featuring two vocals and a myriad of electrifying synth sounds. “Need Nobody” is Dozenz’s latest single but this is just the beginning of what he has to offer. This track is also followed by a five track EP and a new album which is currently in the making, so make sure to keep an eye out for what’s to come next !

-Sarah Marie Bugeja

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Dozenz – The Truth: 80’s Pop Hype with A Little Extra Bite

Dozenz is the latest solo project from British singer song writer and producer, that brings the essence of essential 80’s pop to life. His latest track The Truth borders on the classic sound with a contemporary hype. Fans of the genre are in for a treat. His latest track which is now available for download has quickly gained notoriety amongst fans with his unique approach to his music. Inspired by Britpop artists such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood for their playful approach to rhythmic energy and lyrics. Dozenz has created a sound that will almost surely end up just as notorious. He creates an infectiously atmospheric sound, that’s a rich synthesised cacophony as he mixes his unique brand of Hip Hop into the mix

The talent that lies behind Dozens is Saleh Hamed and his passion for mixing trailblazing anthems that are piqued with the essence of diversity. He creates music out of his passion for unity, and uses his platform to spread messages of positivity that can resonate within everyone. With such a charming reproach to music production, it’s hard not to love Dozens.

So, check out the official music video to The Truth on the Youtube link below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xEgjz8l8_w

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IVRY – Hands Off : A Retro Reinvention of Pop Magnanimity

IVRY is a Brooklyn, NY based Pop singer, song writer and producer, he’s thrown all of his deft talents together to create a sound with sharp hooks drawing to you into the beat. With a backbeat as infectious as Michael Jackson’s Thriller and just as retro the cross generational beat Is simply incorporating all of the best elements that pop has sampled since the 1970’s all the way up to the boy band sound that clogs up the radio waves today.

I adore the originality of the track, it’s evident that it’s not mass produced, polished to please the masses. Hands Off is a demonstration of pop music at its finest, with a beautiful raw element towards it. Right from the moment the beat kicks in, to the moment it fades out is absolutely flawless.

Hands Off is a track that invites R&B, soul, rock and synth into the mix. It takes a talented producer to create a sound today that sounds like it should have accompanied your favourite 80’s film. IVRY’s vocal range deserves a special mention, it’s fuelled by the magnetism of the singer as he skirts around the concepts of unrequited love.

Don’t Miss out on the infectious beat, check IVRY’s new track out on Soundcloud now

https://soundcloud.com/ivrymusic/hands-off

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Introducing CHMBRS With Her Debut Single ‘Rabbit Hole’ And Artistic Movement Visual Released Via Vevo

CHMBRS is an artist that blurs the lines between electronic music and indie pop. Their sound is dark and moody, yet somehow pleasing and appealing. Their recent single “Rabbit Hole” is a great example of the project’s attitude and drive.

The song begins with brooding, low-ended synth lines, while the vocals creep in and soar beautifully to the top of the mix. The production later comes to life with layers of dreamy synths and powerful beats. I particularly love the fact that this song is truly shape-shifting. The atmosphere of the track varies, from its ethereal and dark intro, up to the really rich choruses and uplifting textures of the arrangements.

Find out more about CHMBRS and don’t miss the stunning music video that was released to accompany the song, now available on Youtube. The video offers a great insight on the CHMBRS aesthetics, featuring some stunning choreography and a nice approach to cinematography.

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Morgan sets the bar with R&B track ‘Upgrade’

Singer and performer Morgan was aiming to set the bar higher with his most recent single, Upgrade – and we can certainly say he managed to accomplish that!

The track falls somewhere in between the beautiful melodies of R&B track and the energy of hip-hop, going for a unique approach that has the best elements from both words. The edgy 808-style beats and beautiful melodic synths are perfect to drive the sound of the music, making for a truly suitable backing track for Morgan’s unmistakable vocals.

His tone is clean, bright and lush, echoing the work of extraordinarily gifted performers, including Frank Ocean, Drake or even Prince, just to mention but a few. Morgan’s singing is a perfect showcase of his lyrical abilities, as well as his talent for crafting memorable melodies and hooks that will undoubtedly remain stuck in your head for quite some time to come.

Every element in this track is top-notch, ranging  from the audio production down to the lyrics, performance and the stunning cover photoshoot, executed to absolute perfection.

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Jakob’s Tier Release Rocking Track ‘Society’s Child’

Jakob’s Tier is a music project with a truly unique approach to rock and roll music and with a truly special approach on songwriting.

Recent single release, “Society’s Child” is actually featured within a full-length album release titled “Ernie”. This album features 19 tracks and it is actually a conceptual release where all the songs have a common underlying theme threading them together seamlessly around the character of Ernie, a lifer who has been suddenly granted a reversal of his sentence and is suddenly stuck with a cellmate for the very first time.

The song is particularly striking for its massive guitar riffs and pounding drums. This is an in-your-face rock and roll number that echoes the massive stadium-sized appeal of 80s Heavy Metal, but at the same time, it has the honest grit of punk and alternative rock. Think Guns’N’Roses jamming with Soundgarden.

The lyrics are thought-provoking and insightful, seamlessly tying in with the concept of the whole album. The song is a gateway to a story of society, but also about love, loss, and growth.

Find out more about the artist and listen to the music:
http://www.youngernie.com/

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A&R Factory Present: Lavoy

Blending and layering hints of modern Alt-Pop and 80’s nostalgia, Lavoy is Alternative’s answer to Ellie Goulding.

Since their polished synth-laden take on dance party rhetoric hit the airwaves in early 2014, the charismatic collective have brought new meaning to the term ‘entertainment’, while the unassuming audience finds themselves persuaded into letting the movement take over and soon realise they’ve given way to the luring sound. Founded on and fuelled by the principles of quality dance tracks and the pure elation the 5-piece displays while performing, the alt pop visionaries that make up Lavoy are ascending beyond the forest of new industry talent with a great bit of confidence and more fervor than most seem to muster in a life time.

“Friend is about the value of others individually and the influence that relationship can have on someones life. I wanted to make a statement on the currency of friendship… that a friend is alive in this particular time to influence a moment in ones life is a powerful thing and a position of great stature. Todays world has benefited technology advancement and many other thing in great ways, but we’ve unknowingly been distracted by these things and I believe the art of friendship is becoming a lost art and has been sacrificed up in exchange for convenience and ease. This song was written when we first left our home in Alaska and is highly influenced by our friends that we left behind when the band moved to Washington. There’s nothing quite like leaving home to cause you to stop taking your relationships for granted and seeing the value in them.” – singer Tyrell L. Tompkins

Lavoy’s forthcoming EP, produced by Casey Bates (Portugal.The Man, INXS, Pierce The Veil, MxPx) will be in stores later this year.

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A&R Factory Present: Dappled Cities

Taking cues from the likes of David Bowie, Spoon, and Todd Rundgren, the quintets new cut ‘That Sound’ melds 70’s-inspired pop with modern day indie-rock and sees the band move away from the strictly produced material of previous records.

Vocalist / Guitarist Tim Derricourt describes the writing and recording process –

“We found ourselves in Byron Bay making a fittingly relaxed and positive record, taking all that we love about weirdo indie rock and adding some of that sweet 70s good time vibes to it – mellow beats, plenty of cowbell, layers of harmonies – true splendour.”

Since their first single ‘Be Engine’ hit rotation on triple j in 2002, Dappled Cities have continuously put out critically-praised and fan-adored records, toured USA, UK and Australia and pushed the boundaries of their music with every release.

Their studio albums A Smile (2004), Granddance (2007), Zounds (2009), and Lake Air (2012), as well as Many Roads: B-sides & Rarities (2014), have placed the band firmly in the spotlight of the Australian music scene. They have received high rotation on triple j and community radio, triple j feature album (three times), and picked up two ARIA nominations over this time.

To coincide with the new release, Dappled Cities announce two shows: Northcote Social Club, Melbourne on Friday July 15 and Oxford Art Factory, Sydney on Saturday July 16.

Tickets to the upcoming launch shows are on-sale June 1 and will be available from www.dappledcities.com

‘That Sound’ is available 1 June 2016

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