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Rowanna Chown – Cry My Art Out: Feistily Infectious Alt Pop

If you think the title to up and coming artist Rowanna Chown’s latest single “Cry My Art Out” is ingenious, wait until you hit play on the fiercely punchy feat of Alt-Pop. Rowanna Chown makes Lady Gaga sound positively tame.

By taking influence from both 80s Madonna-style Pop and Backstreet Boys-style 90s Pop and weaving them into a danceable high-octane mix Cry My Art Out dripped with commercial potential. The radio-ready hit which dropped on July 27th is sure to see Rowanna Chown propelled from the underground. If she doesn’t have what it takes to be a household name, I don’t know who does.

Without any hint of exaggeration, Rowanna Chown exudes pure Queen energy in Cry My Art Out. You can bask in the feisty regal grace of the single by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ella has released her fiercely redemptive Pop single “Oops Oops”

If you like your Pop artists unapologetically fierce, breaking artist Ella has all the empowering attitude you could possibly ask for in her latest release “Oops Oops”.

If you turn on the radio, you’ll hear plenty of artists offering lovelorn introspection and abrasively sweet love songs and little else in between. Ella took a very different approach to contemporary Pop. Her redemptive single is a powerful reminder to women that you don’t need to turn into a snappish dolt every time you’ve been romantically screwed over. While we can’t exactly condone financial exploitation, we make no bones about celebrating this stellar radio-ready feat of Pop.

You’d be hard-pressed to find Pop hooks which are sharper than the ones that will grab you in the 90s-inspired perennial Pop earworm.

You can check out Oops Oops for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Ryan Xo is set to release his most evocative feat of Synthpop yet with “Soul Food”

Ryan Xo

We’ve all had a pretty soul-sucking 2020 so far, so breaking Pop artist Ryan Xo sought to address the balance with his latest single “Soul Food” and it’s safe to say that he succeeded.

His seductively soulful Synth-Pop single offers a serious amount of authentically amorous evocative appeal. With the slightly Retro Pop-vibe, it’s accessible from the first hit. Any fans of the 90s Pop sound under a contemporary production will undoubtedly want to make Soul Food a firm fixture on their playlists.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Soul Food yourself. In the meantime, you can check out Ryan Xo’s earlier releases on SoundCloud.

Follow them via Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with the release info.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Raphi poured soulfully organic good vibes onto the airwaves with her Lo-Fi Pop track “When We Gonna”

Raphi

It’s safe to say that up and coming Pop artist Raphi is on creative fire during lockdown. Her latest track “When We Gonna” is just one of the organically soulful singles which she’s written and co-produced during quarantine to share some much-needed good vibes on the airwaves.

She definitely succeeded with When We Gonna which borrowed nuances of 90s RnB Pop to infuse in a modernistic resonantly uplifting Lo-Fi Pop earworm. Between the funky basslines, Raphi’s instantly magnetic vocals and the distinction which lies in the production of the track, When We Gonna demands repeat attention.

When We Gonna is due for official release on May 22nd, in the meantime you can head on over to Facebook to keep up to date with news on the release, and you can check out Raphi’s former releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vana Blu – Scarred: Sticky Sweet Soul Pop

After hearing Vana Blu’s unforgettably soulful hit “T-Erase-Her” in 2019, we were all too eager to ingest his dulcet tones in his first single to drop in 2020 “Scarred”.

Once again, the London-based Pop artist had us instantly hooked into their indulgent genre-defying approach to music. Scarred may offer accessible and familiar tones from 90s Pop icons, but Vana Blu’s effervescent charm takes his sound to the next level.

Amplifying the commercial potential is the palpable sincerity behind each vocal note delivered in Scarred. As you can guess by the track title, the lyrics are fairly raw. Yet with the elements of Synth Pop, RnB, Soul, and Funk, the melodies in Scarred bring vibrancy and optimism to the soundscape.

It’s impossible not to warm to Vana Blu. So go ahead and get toasty by checking out Scarred for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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FACEF8 – Made it Out: A Stylish Hit of 90s Pop Nostalgia

If contemporary Pop has moved too far from the smooth rhythmic offerings from 90s Pop for your liking, FACEF8 has released her much anticipated 2019 single “Made it Out” to take you right back to the iconic era of Pop. With layers of R&B and Hip Hop feeding into FACEF8’s polished multi-layered beats serving as the perfect platform for her smooth vocal style, there’s no sweeter hit of Pop nostalgia.

Yet, despite the amount of passion which the French-born London-based singer-songwriter poured into her single, there was a discernible lack of distinction in her sound to truly set her apart from what we’ve enjoyed time and time before. But that’s not to say FACEF8 doesn’t possess the talent which will allow her to stamp down her original style.

You can check out FACEF8’s latest single Made it Out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast