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Pete Jackson proves we’re all in this together with their entrancing Alt Darkwave hit “MASS HOUSE ARREST”

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Delectably dark, yet euphorically rousing, MASS HOUSE ARREST by Sheffield-based artist and producer Pete Jackson is the feel-good Dance drop we never knew we needed.

Listening to high-energy tracks may be a bitter-sweet experience now, given that nightclubs are inaccessible, but you can class MASS HOUSE ARREST as a refreshing exception.

Starting out with a steady minimalistic beat, the track gently eases you into the momentum, only after ensuring you’ve had a suitable hit of catharsis. Then, the track amasses scuzzy distortion as it gains traction and the sound of Pete Jackson’s crunching guitar tones start to coalesce. Mid-way through the extended mix, the Dark Pop vocals work their way in, any fans of And One, Apoptygma Berzerk and Covenant will definitely approve.

I genuinely don’t know where my sanity would be if it wasn’t for artists such as Pete Jackson who are solidifying the culture bubble which protects the real fans of art, music and culture.

You can check out MASS HOUSE ARREST for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Aeropryme – Closer: Bass-Driven Retro Wave

The fact that dancefloors are inaccessible right now got a whole lot sadder after we heard the colossal new drop “Closer” from up and coming artist Aeropryme.

The entrancingly bass-driven feat of retro wave threw us right back to the time when Pendulum was dominating the airwaves, while simultaneously unravelling as an ecstasy-dripping treat for any fans of the Human League.

Yet, you’ve never heard anything quite like Closer, with pops of 80s nostalgia, a progressive nature from start to finish and the masterful production skills of Pandora Nightz, it’s an unforgettable mix that you’ll want to give repeat attention to.

You can check out Aeropryme’s track which dropped on September 26th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Fox at Night serves up playful polyphonic nostalgia with “Childhood”

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Scottish-born, Madrid-based EDM artist and producer The Fox at Night (Andrew Macfarlane) has prepared 5-minutes of solid aural ingenuity for you to revel in with their nostalgically sweet single “Childhood”.

The playful polyphonic tones make it all too easy to immerse yourselves in the authentically enticing mix which picks up momentum at an incredibly teasing pace. Mid-way through the track, you’ll be in the midst of a trancey yet delicately soulful soundscape which boasts elements of Progressive House, but it will be easier to tell you that you’ve never quite heard anything like this before.

You may need a moment or two to realign your rhythmic pulses once Childhood has faded to a close.

You can check out Childhood for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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London singer Rea can’t control her love on ”You”

You get the feeling deep in your bones and you just know it’s right. You feel like a teenager again and can’t stop thinking about them. Breathing properly can be hard sometimes and you pinch yourself. Is this actually real?

Rea is a quality singer from the UK and she effortlessly shows her emotions on ”You’‘. Formally from the Midlands, she is now based in buzzing London where she can stay close to all the best venues. Signed to Streets Music, I feel like we are witnessing a future star that is just getting started. Her voice is majestic and I can’t stop listening to her. The vocals are so clear and the love story is so relevant. The feeling of meeting someone that makes your heart flutter like a happy bird is a sight to behold.

Classically trained from a young age in piano, cello and clarinet, and vocals, this is one impressive resume. Add poetry to that list too. Influenced by Emeli Sandé and other artists in this genre, Rea strides through impressively to create her own lane in the music industry. This is a huge talent and her pop infused music is on full display with her scintillating performance on ”You”.

Get this new song in your ears right here on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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London’s BR3NZ deals with heartbreak on ”Other Side”

Dealing with earth shattering heartbreak is a soul crushing hit to the stomach that can take days, weeks, months and possibly years to fully rejuvenate from, if at all.

London’s BR3NZ depicts this vivid picture of pain to such a high level here that we all need to a get a stepladder to have a proper look. ”Other Side” is 2020’s ultimate breakup song.

With a flickering start, the smooth buildup takes us to the lyrical beginnings where the story unfolds. BR3NZ sings in a such a cool and mellow manner, each sentence is carefully crafted to have maximum impact. Dealing with memories of an ex-lover that you remember so vividly, with such love and affection can take you back to some great times. However, then you remember that they broke down your body armor and joined you inside. Then, just like that, it’s all gone and now they walk past you like a stranger.

A descriptive storyteller who laces summer beats on a sad song is a sight to behold. BR3NZ gets everything right with his new single ”Other Side” as this bouncy house beat with lo-fi appeal, blends nicely into a edm/ r&b banger that is perfectly made to hold your lover close, this is a warning that constant communication is needed to avoid that spark flaming out suddenly.

Get this single in your ears via his Spotify channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Caribbean Roots and Hard Dance Beats Clash in JP Backhouse’s Viral Worthy Track “OMG”

If it has been a while since you discovered an EDM artist which left you instantly obsessed with their sound, pointing you towards JP Backhouse’s latest Hard Dance mix “OMG” would lead you in exactly the right direction.

The Curacao-born artist used the influence of Caribbean and Latin Rhythms in their hard and driving mix which would melt the minds and arrest the bodies of anyone lucky enough to be on a dancefloor when it drops.

You’ll also pick up on a few borrowed elements of Hip Hop which infuses even more adrenalizing momentum into the colossal mix. OMG is pretty much the definition of aural insanity. There’s something insanely infectious about the meeting of exotic sunny rhythms and the stylistic European EDM tones. The two genres have never merged quite like this before.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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AREEN has brought in the future of EDM Pop with their single “Backoff Shut Up”

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US-based EDM artist and producer AREEN is due to drop their simply mesmeric single “Backoff Shut Up” which finds the perfect balance between driving Electronica and sticky sweet Future Pop.

The progressive pioneering ingenuity which went into Backoff Shut Up stands as a testament to their ability to construct a solid track. Not to mention their talent when it comes to piercing you with the soul projected into it.

Usually, you’d be hard-pressed to find visceral emotion within an EDM mix. Yet, with a chorus which will absolutely floor you, Backoff Shut Up is a track which you’ll struggle to forget. Even from the first verse, you’re thrown headfirst into an intensely romantic soundscape.  Warming to AREEN after hearing the track isn’t a possibility, it’s an inevitability.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Backoff Shut Up for yourselves. But in the meantime, you can head on over to SoundCloud and check out their recent releases – they’re all gold.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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It’sDub! – Devil Eyes: Mind-Bending Bass-Driven Alt EDM Hip Hop

There’s trippy Hip Hop, and there are mind-bending hits such as It’s Dub!’s latest single “Devil Eyes (Crash)”. Part Trap, part bass-driven EDM, the mix acts as a testament to both the US artist’s ingenuity and to their production talent.

The tonality shifts from creeping and ethereal to caustic and reverberant throughout the mix. But one thing which remains a constant is the amount of energy which has been projected into Devil Eyes which comes with plenty of rhythmic grind.

I’m fairly certain that no one who is lucky enough to stumble across Devil Eyes will be able to resist cranking up the volume and letting the violent lashings of bass leave their synapses rearranged. While it’s hard to find stark reminiscences to another artist’s in Devil Eyes, It’sDub!’s experimental approach could easily be put in the same league as Mike Patton’s.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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ENTT – Gonna Rain Anyway ft. IAMSUUBI: Flawlessly Absorbing Alt EDM

When it comes to Electronica, finding any amount of distinction can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Up and coming London-based Alt Electro trio ENTT’s latest single “Gonna Rain Anyway” ft. rapper IAMSUUBI is an indulgently magnetic exception to that rule.

The artfully arrestive vocals hook you in from the prelude and evolve in-line with the captivatingly progressive soundscape which gains momentum leading into a genre-mash of EDM, Rock, Pop, and Rap.

Genre-contorting may not be anything new. But there’s no one else around right now creating music which is accessible as it is authentic with the same blend of tones as found in Gonna Rain Anyway.

Hit play and expect powerfully dynamic vocals, absorbing beats, and a fiery tonality. ENTT even found room in the mix to throw in a few intricate riffs for the more Rock-inclined listeners.

You can check out the official music video to ENTT’s latest single Gonna Rain Anyway via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast