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Big Soda – Open Wound: Soul-Fizzingly Sweet Psych Jazz Pop

We found it all too easy to become enamoured by Big Soda’s latest Psych Jazz Pop single Open Wound. It wouldn’t be out of place in a David Lynch soundtrack. But abstract ingenuity isn’t the only incentive to hit play. Big Soda makes it impossible not to be endeared by the effervescent charm which has been instilled into the mix.

The dreamy, melodic, genre-mashing progressions in Open Wound paired with Big Soda’s playfully soulful crooning allowed the track to unfold with a sublime soul-fizzing adorable appeal.

The track may not have been orchestrated with adorability in mind. Yet, that’s just what gives Open Wound its organic adorable magnetism. Expect a sure enough serving of improvised aural catharsis when you hit play.

You can check out Open Wound along with earlier releases from Big Soda for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Wade C. Long – Norm’s Place: Arcanely Constructed Alt Jazz

Up and coming LA artist Wade C. Long’s mesmeric blend of RnB, Jazz, House, and Gospel has made him one of the most distinctive artists we’ve heard in quite some time.

Their recently released single “Norm’s Place” is arcanely stunning. Yet rather than just offering a pleasant aural delight to lose yourself within, you’ll be hooked into each progression as you come to appreciate the ingenuity of Wade C. Long’s improvisational style. He found the perfect balance between chaos and catharsis in Norm’s Place. Dare I say David Lynch wouldn’t be able to orchestrate a soundscape as mind-melting as this?

With the usual time signatures safely out of the window, the jarring stabbing notes cut through the concordance of the lucid instrumental harmonies and efficaciously invite you into an aurally altered state.

You can check out Wade C. Long’s single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joey Rodriguez – Loathsome Blues: Meet Your New Jazz Blues Guitar Hero

If you’re not compelled to hit play on up and coming Jazz & Blues artist Joey Rodriguez’s latest release “Loathsome Blues” for the melancholically intriguing name alone, there are plenty of added incentives infused into the soundscape itself.

The first being the sheer talent of Joey Rodriguez as an instrumentalist, it’s not just about the technical ability possessed to create such absorbing riffs, but it’s their ability to lace each note with resonant emotion. With the percussion and bass setting a solid backbone of the track, Joey Rodriguez’s Bluesy riffs are free to soar above the rest of the arrangement. And that’s all before the archaically inspired vocals kick in. Even though Joey Rodriguez may have borrowed a few dulcet tones from decades past to create Loathsome Blues, through the production there’s still a modern, sleek feel to the track.

Jazz and Blues may not be commonly found in the UK top 40, but it is tracks such as Loathsome Blues which make the genre more accessible than ever.

You can check out Joey Rodriguez’s Hendrix-style riffs and Blues Pop vocals for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast