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Edenhill has taken indie pop to anthemic new heights with ‘Reliever’

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Elements of anthemic EDM pop and indie jangle-pop coalesce in the sophomore release, ‘Reliever’ from up and coming London-residing artist, Edenhill, who may be one of the only artists with the ability to unite club kids and indie kids through one release.

Sonically angular guitars bite against danceable beats and experimental synth lines which almost bring a touch of psychedelia into the radio-ready soundscape which bleeds mainstream pop potential. While the instrumentals bring the authenticity, Edenhills vocals bring the accessibility and ensured that Reliever became one of the most infectious perennial pop earworms we’ve heard recently.

Reliever is due for official release on January 8th, you’ll be able to check it out via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alexa Marino is ‘Laid Bare’ on her stunning new single

New York based singer-songwriter Alexa Marino has spent the last twenty years honing her craft around NYC venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Shrine World Music Venue, The Bitter End, and Groove, all the while studying vocal technique. Now, she’s marrying her brand of narrative beauty and storytelling lyrics with a superb voice on her debut album ‘Laid Bare’, and it really has been worth the wait.

‘Laid Bare’ – the single – is the lead (and, obviously, title) track from the album, co-written with and produced by established New York musician Alex Hayes, and it’s an absolute cracker; poppy yet soulful, intense, beautiful, with a style a little reminiscent of Florence and The Machine mixed with Natalie Imbruglia and Katie Melua, Hayes’ production sparse yet mellifluous, a lovely mix of electronic instrumentation managing, unusually, to still sound organic and ‘real’, perfectly matching the timbre of Marino’s voice.

The rest of the seven-track album is excellent and out now, but ‘Laid Bare’ is the perfect taster of Alexa Marino’s undoubted talent.

Check out ‘Laid Bare’ on Spotify, and follow Alexa Marino on Facebook now.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Ideaad6 – Renaissance: Meet Your New Alt RnB Pop Earworm

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Ideaad6 broke into the Pop scene in 2019, as 2020 drew to a close, he dropped his experimentally conceptual album, 35MM, which gives a panoramic view of his all-encompassing approach to production.

The standout track, Renaissance, is the perfect introduction to Ideaad6’s raw, compelling and intimate sound. With classical strings weaving ethereal atmosphere in the trappy electronic track which pulls in gritty nuances of Alt Rock and RnB, Renaissance may be a genre-defying track, but the accessibility was never compromised in the entrancing hook-laden hit.

Describing a track as hard-hitting and soulfully hypnotic should be a paradox, Ideaad6’s alchemic approach makes it a transfixing upraising reality.

Ideaad6’s album 35mm is now available to stream via their official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Retain 2021 optimism with Kerrin Connolly’s release ‘New Year (I’m Counting on You)’

New Year (I’m Counting on You) is a euphoric slice of Indie Pop Rock from up and coming artist Kerrin Connolly. The energy, soul and resilience contained in the anthemic hit may be the antidote to 2020 apathy which we’ve all been looking for.

The grounded optimism contained in New Year is potent enough to transfer into your own hopes for the new year. With the year we’ve all had in 2020, I don’t really need to tell you how invaluable this track is to the airwaves. The nuanced lyrics don’t serve salty reminders of the year just left behind, instead, they invite you to see the opportunity for reinvention and to cut the ties which bound us before the clock struck 12.

Kerrin Connolly’s latest single is available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ristlynn takes us with him in his funk pop hit ‘I’m Going Down’.

Anchorage, Alaska-hailing artist, Ristlynn, dropped their debut single, ‘I’m Going Down’, on November 20th. The party pop-rock anthem has already received an exponential amount of attention; it is almost like we are all simultaneously experiencing the most confusing period of our lifetimes and need an aural pick-me-up.

Timeliness aside, I’m Going Down is a riotously enamouring single, while the instrumentals adrenalize, the lyrics raise an eyebrow and ask “really?” at self-destructive behaviour patterns which have previously been mindlessly glamorised by alt-rock artists. The single was penned during a transitional phase where the artist was starting to acknowledge the pitfalls of hedonism-aided avoidance, I’m Going Down is a subversively-titled reflection of that turning point which led to the commitment of making positive change.

Through pulsating bass, funk-riddled riffs, snappy rhythmic temper and Ristlynn’s sardonically charismatic vocals, you will be pulled into the infectious piece of hyperpop rock from a plethora of angles. Ristlynn’s talent is exhibited throughout the release, but it is in the chorus where he proves that he deserves a spot on your radar with their soul-filling sound. Especially, as there will be plenty more to come in 2021 and beyond.

Any fans of Panic! at the Disco, Prince, Maroon 5, Fallout Boy and Maroon 5 will undoubtedly find the same appeal in the artist’s funk-pop earworms.

You can check out the official video to Ristlynn’s single, I’m Going Down, via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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RONA MAIRI – Sliding Away: When alt-pop becomes art-pop

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If you hit play on any alt-pop debut this year, make it RONA MAIRI’s stormer of a single ‘Sliding Away’ and test your capacity to feel.

Sliding Away may not be the most polished single that you’ve heard this year, but it is all the better for it. The piercingly resounding alt-pop single transcends directness and delivers unapologetically confrontational soul. Maybe not the sticky-sweet and superficial soul that is prevalent in the pop charts, but you’re in for an evocative experience all the same as the tremulous electronic track plays havoc with your rhythmic pulses.

The Scottish singer-songwriter’s original aural passion fell into the lap of grunge, but as exhibited in Sliding Away, her contemporary inspiration comes from game-changing producers such as Lorn, Clams Casino and Shlohmo. After hearing Sliding Away, it would come as no surprise if RONA MAIRI started to share the very same acclaim as the luminary producers who compelled her to share her distinctive vision with the world.

You can check out Sliding Away for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt RnB Pop artist Srujanika has made her debut with ‘Rags to Riches’

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Tokyo-based singer-songwriter Srujanika has made her 2020 debut with the Alt R n’ B Pop single ‘Rags to Riches’ which squirms free from the constraints of archetypal R n’ B and runs through in a truly authentic style.

The self-proclaimed Queen of Darkness poured plenty of moody alchemy into the track which was penned to revere anyone who has succeeded in the quest for success, despite adversity. In a society where the rich, powerful and famous are mindlessly applauded, Srujanika offers a nuanced view that success lies in the journey.

Her unapologetically bold style may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Rags to Riches poured straight out of the soul to suit acquired tastes and people who don’t mind raw and direct intimacy in their tracks.

Rags to Riches which was released on December 15th is now available to stream and download via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BexX feat. Lady Nade remind us that optimism isn’t cancelled with ‘All That You Dream’

For their latest single, ‘All That You Dream’, Bristol, UK-hailing artist BexX teamed up with Lady Nade and went bolder than ever with their ‘Genrefluid’ sound. Non-conformity has never sounded more soulful.

Jazzy, sultry, eclectic, and infinitely sublime are all apt adjectives to allude to the dynamic mesmerism on offer in All That You Dream, but discernibly, the single offers much more than words alone ever could. The theatrically baroque soundscape conjures plenty of imagery as it invites the listener to cast away nihilism and pessimism when taking the next step. As plenty of people are now in the position of not having much of a choice in taking change in their stride, there’s no danger of over-exaggerating how essential All That You Dream is.

The humbly artful exhibition of mould-breaking talent provides 4:32-absolving minutes of escapism which simultaneously reassures you that optimism isn’t cancelled.

You can check out All That You Dream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hide and go seek is over: New York City singer-songwriter Ximone Rose is refreshingly reflective on the incredible ‘i Found Me’

Ximone Rose is transcendent on her new single ‘I found Me‘ and this is that peaceful pureness that is hard to find; unless you look deeper underground.

The former child-actor, creative and wonderful NYC singer-songwriter Ximone Rose, has a rare ability to change your mood with one note of music.

This is the story about how we all need someone to help you find yourself again. We all walk down the dark road and get lost sometimes. The world is confusing and our minds get wrapped up with so much plastic that we all need a lifeguard in the sea of life; to pick us up so we can reset our perspective.

Her voice is like a floating angelic memory, each word is made with such tender loving care as she weaves her way into our broken hearts so lovingly. The way she keeps her tone so effortless is absolutely mind-blowing and you feel like a huge weight is lifted off your tired shoulders. This is properly made music that has that extra class that you can’t teach. She was born with this gift that she has chosen to use, rather than walk into the other side of the music scene, that can cloud your innocence so quickly and scar you for life, weighing you down like a cement brick tied to your feet.

Feeling that youth inside you is so important in this serious world and being happy again should be high on your priority list. Ximone Rose shows us what really counts on ‘I found Me‘. She is a special talent who’s music will make you think and lift you up over any obstacle you may be currently facing.

Hear this top track on Spotify and see her music journey on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Rae Kelly Soars High With Stunning New Track ‘Ignorant as Icarus’

Dublin-born singer-songwriter Rae Kelly mixes heartfelt, philosophical, and evocative lyrics with a blend of mildly jazzy pop piano to produce a beautiful, delicate, and charming new single in the shape of ‘Ignorant As Icarus’. Kicking off with some real Tori Amos/Amanda Palmer vibes with the solo piano and vocal section before the rest of the band kick in, it’s an intriguing mix of repeating bass motif and keyboard behind Rae’s stunning, lilting vocal.

The delivery is divine, dropping down to an almost choral middle eight, Kelly’s vocal becoming one more instrument in the mix before slipping back to poetic, storytelling, questioning lyrics once more.

There’s some serious talent on show here, Kelly’s voice exquisite and graceful whilst her lyrics are engaging and thought-provoking; there’s no mistaking the ‘early years’ training of Kelly’s church choir experience in her confidence and soaring mezzo-soprano range, but there’s some avant-garde pop perfection on display as well, all capped off by the stunning piano and bassline of the track. Now back writing and recording after an enforced hiatus, hopefully, there’s much more to come from the sublime Rae Kelly.

You can hear ‘Ignorant As Icarus’ on Spotify and follow Rae Kelly here or on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes