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George Beck – 90s/High: Nostalgic 90s Vocal Techno/House

George Beck dropped a music video for his song “90s/High” earlier this year. The title track couldn’t have been more self-explanatory: The nostalgia for the 90s rave dance scene kicks in vividly.

And the dance scene isn’t the only item that George Beck sings about in this old-school acid house/techno anthem. He is reciting his lyrics in an Underworld-style delivery, recollecting all the good stuff from the nineties, the clubbing and this song maker’s carefree youth and dominance of free will – representing a whole generation of people for that matter. Realizing that this is a contemporary recording is quite odd; the same goes for the VHS-imagery music video.

Naturally, this is a creation which shall generously give joy to people that dearly treasure these images, this mood, this lifestyle, even though this spiritual wealth might have been transformed to nothing more than a block of memories. Kudos to George Beck for blessing us with some precious name-dropping; everyone who was there/familiar with it all, will acknowledge and instinctively smile, for the rest there’s Wikipedia.

Thank you George Beck. This is “90s/High”, get nostalgic here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Love Me Jeffrey – Wet Feathers: Progressively Turbulent Alt Rock

LA Alt Rock artist Love Me Jeffrey has recently made their unmissable debut with the evocatively powerful single “Wet Feathers”. The single kicks off with dreamy layers of reverb-laden guitars which almost allow you to become complacent in the sonorous melody. Then, you get a taste of the distinction in the vocals.

The vocals are reminiscent of artists such as Evanescence’s Amy Lee’s, but dare I say Love Me Jeffrey’s vocalist offers significantly more emotion through her pensively dynamic vocal stretches?

Fans of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine are sure to appreciate the hazy Shoegaze instrumental arrangement which seamlessly picks up intensity as Wet Feathers progresses until you reach the melodically turbulent outro.

Love Me Jeffrey perceptibly isn’t your average up and coming band. With their captivating authenticity and ability to spill plenty of soul into their sound, their debut oozes with contemporary appeal. The extended length of the track may mean that it’s not the most radio-ready track we’ve heard this year, but Love Me Jeffrey’s talent is indisputable.

You can check out the official music video to Love Me Jeffrey’s latest single by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jango Flash Releases Their Latest Feat of Euphorically Alchemic Indie with “Acting on the Telephone”

If you could imagine what the Manic Street Preachers would have sounded like if they veered into Shoegaze in their Everything Must Go era, you’d be able to get an idea of what Jango Flash has created with their latest single “Acting on the Telephone”.

The single is an energetic feat of smoothly angsty 90s vibes twined with surges of euphoria which resonate through the eclectic semi-orchestral instrumental arrangement. To make sure those ethereal swells hit you with maximum impact, you’ll be treated to vocal chants which tease you into the fuzzy chaos which the guitars bring in the chorus.

Alluding to the magnetism of Jango Flash’s sticky-sweet Indie swagger is no easy feat, but as soon as you hit play on Acting on the Telephone, you’ll hear it for yourselves.

You can check out the official music video to Jango Flash’s latest single which was released on September 9th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jimmy Swagg Puts the Swagger Back into Post Punk with Latest Single “Maybe”

“Maybe” is just one of the Post Punk aural delights to be found on the second EP “No Holiday” from Jimmy Swag. The 90s vibe palpably runs through the punchy progressions, and there is sonic synths and angular riffs aplenty.

If you could imagine a hybrid soundscape between Public Image Limited, the Happy Mondays, and the Human League, you may be able to get an idea of what is waiting for you when you hit play. Alt-Rock rarely comes with this level of energy and swagger. I can only imagine how electric the live performances are when their tracks resonate with such punchy unrestrained conviction on record.

You can check out the latest single from Jimmy Swagg by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Melissa Le – One on One: A Sensually Soulful Revival of 90’s R&B Pop

Before the first verse to Melissa Le’s latest single One on One ran through I was awash with 90’s R&B Pop nostalgia (AKA heaven). I believe a fair enough amount of time has passed to get excited by the revival of the sound created by artists such as TLC and Destiny’s Child. Melissa Le’s vocals were subtly sultry and fairly domineering throughout the duration of One on One, yet she made the ingenious decision to team up with a rhythmically relentless Rap artist who lay down some of the most rhythmically relentless bars I’ve heard this year. There’s a massive anthemic vibe which flows right through One on One which makes the track infinitely infectious, I have no doubt I will be compelled to return to One on One time and time again.

You can check out Melissa Le’s latest single One on One on Spotify now, with that much potential, I’m sure you’d agree that it would be criminal to hesitate any longer before treating her fans to another rendition of her soulfully poised R&B Hip Hop Pop.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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King in The Belly – Behind: Filthy Rock & Roll

King in The Belly is an Aussie/Brazilian rock band like no other, their sonorously sweet sound is ablaze with contemporary pounding vision. Their style makes Buck Cherry sound squeaky clean. The band’s sound lusciously archaic with a strong Punk Rock undertone.

The vocalist’s natural lyrical ability goes lulls you into a false state of serenity before the track kicks in with a sneaky instrumental soaked verse. It starts out sounding like any other Shoegaze Indie Track.  I was set for 4 minutes of melancholy, nothing could prepare me for the gripping ensemble of chemistry King in The Belly cooked up; the pounding drum rolls, the heavy flow of the bass, and the effortless command of the guitar combined with some 90’s grunge angsty lyrics.

Even before the instrumental riff exploded I’d already added this band to my Alternative Rock playlist. Their debut album is due out early next year, I already know that’s not a sound that I want to miss out on.

Check out Behind on Spotify using the link below:

https://open.spotify.com/album/6RZp6aRH4OIbwwM4XDtJ2u

Head on over to King in The Belly’s Facebook page to tell them how awesome they are.

https://www.facebook.com/kinginthebelly/

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Nathan Degner – Willow Tree: Are We Back in The 90’s?

Nathan Degner is a singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music composer that is just starting to put all of his deft skills into practice with his upcoming album ‘Mr Badger’. It’s so delectably twee. I can’t help but love the name of the album. Romantics aside. The man reeks of talent. Seriously.

He has the home grown allure that a lot of British indie acts revelled in through the Brit Pop rock phase of the 90’s. I have no doubt in my mind that Nathan can contend with the likes of Johnny Marr, James Dean Bradfield, and Thurtson Moore when it comes to his guitar riffs and solo’s. When they’re put up against the punchy beat of the bass and it’s just irresistible. I’m sure he can be forgiven for the baseline being oddly familiar to the rhythm of Parklife by Blur.

Nathan’s voice definitely isn’t something that you hear every day, he’s followed in the footsteps of the likes of the Talking Heads and Nick Cave when it comes to the vocals which he eloquently conveys with almost apathetic command.

To check out Nathan’s new track Willow Tree, head on over to his website where you can download the track for FREE.

https://www.nathandegnermusic.com/

Stay connected with Nathan and all of his musical ventures on the links below:

https://www.facebook.com/nathandegnermusic/

https://www.instagram.com/nathandegnermusic/

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Blissful Red Release 90s Esque Track “Wonderwheel”

I have always really got a kick out of 90’s rock, and “Wonderwheel,” by Blissful Red is right up my alley in terms of that unique sound. The track starts off with a very authentic fingerpicking guitar riff, followed by   some climatic riff moments and some really great vocals. The track not only demonstrates Blissful Red’s gnarled guitar riffs it’s also a great example of how something so simplistic can give off such a classic sound.

The instrumentation isn’t over done with extra’s it’s a great guitar pattern with a nice cadence driven drum pattern; couple that with Blissful Red’s soothing narrative and you have the makings of an original track with great potential. I would like to hear Blissful release more of his vocals but I love the track and the easy listening sound his vocals add to the overall presentation. Overall pretty solid piece, although I can’t wait to hear more from this musical gem.