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London’s H A Z E is back with a fab new alt-pop direction on ‘King’

Formally of D Haze the Band, the mysteriously enchanting London-based H A Z E aka Hazel Smith is back with ‘King‘. She wrote this song and you just know that its going to be incredible. A change of direction is blowing in the wind and we need to join her for this riveting ride.

Hazel is inspired by styles such as synth pop, retro wave, prog rock and electro and this is some hair-lifting music for the soul. Made for fans of Billie Eilish, Radiohead just to name a few, H A Z E has this uncanny ability to stretch you mind and heart here. Her vocals are so awe-inspiring and the music accompaniment is rather splendid.

King‘ rattles you, it blends into your veins and you need to catch your breath. H A Z E is a musician who has taken the brave step of re-inventing herself. She is so creative, courageous and as a performer you can’t help but like her sultry vocals. H A Z E steps up big and delivers a fine new single.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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The ultimate Indie power couple The Civil Union has released their synthy sweet Pop Rock track “You&I”

You&I” is the synthy sweet Pop Rock earworm orchestrated by the Indie power couple The Civil Union which puts to shame all of the artificially composed love songs which consistently flood the airwaves.

When they say, “You and I are the only thing that needs to happen”, you believe it. The passion, determination and unfaltering love resonates just as much through the lush synth lines it does through the dual vocals as they coalesce under vocal reverb for a retro-futuristic effect.

The Civil Union had to triumph over adversity for the release of their debut self-titled album. The album which became so much more than a project. It turned into purpose, catharsis and the testament of the love that breathes between them.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Xeren Lia – Swipe Right to Drown: A Sultry Dark Pop Earworm Which Pays Ode to 90s Industrial Rock

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Swipe Right to Drown is the third single to be released from Texan Alt-Pop artist and producer Xeren Lia. It threw me right back to the 90s while greeting me with galvanizingly fresh energy.

Not many artists manage to replicate the sex appeal of Nine Inch Nails while simultaneously offering authenticity, but Xeren Lia manages it with ease. The soundscape may be slightly more turbulent than Trent Reznor’s sultry rhythms, but that perfectly ties in with the theme of Swipe Right to Drown which was penned after a bad breakup and a serial-dating experience. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Desperately aching for connection, for something visceral, only to get wrapped up in superficial affection we want to scrub away the next day. I really hope I’m not alone there. But what I suppose I’m trying to say, is that Swipe Right to Drown is one of those tracks which stir up a smorgasbord of unexpected emotion and will set every one of your senses alight.

That definitely doesn’t happen every day. You won’t want to let this release slip you by if you’re a fan of the darker side of Pop.

You can check out Swipe Right to Drown for yourselves by heading over to apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cami Bex is due to make her empoweringly salacious pop debut with “Type”

Cami Bex

Aussie Pop artist Cami Bex’s debut single Type is a melting pot of smooth grooves and empoweringly sultry lyricism which defies convention.

While some artists think that they need to be misandrists or crass to create feminist Pop hits, Cami Bex chose to utterly own her sexuality with some tongue-in-cheek attitude. And there’s even deeper lyrical context if you look past the flirty vibes. Type offers a nuanced assurance that even if you are messed up, you’re someone’s idea of perfection. If we’re all being a little honest with ourselves, we all need to hear that from time to time.

With producer Jordan Leonard on-side for her debut, Type was never going to fall flat. We’re stoked to hear what comes next.

Type is due for official release on November 6th. You can pre-save the single via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sorry Little Sharky – Beauty in Futility: Cavernously Absorbing Alt Pop

Beauty in Futility” is the latest vocally-led Art Pop single from singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and producer Sorry Little Sharky, it’s also one of the most arcane singles which have fallen into our ears in 2020.

Not everyone’s larynx is capable of exuding haunting mesmerism, but perceptibly, Stef Schultz’s is. Even if Beauty in Futility was an acapella track, you’d still be absorbed by the cavernous feel to her vocal stretches. But alas, it is not, the deft instrumentals and effects find the perfect way to compliment her vocals in the playfully compelling composition which her vocals consistently dominate.

You can check out the official lyric video to Beauty in Futility by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Belle Scar is set to release her most transfixingly arcane Dark Art Pop single yet  

The Eeriness is the arcanely transfixing forthcoming single from Montreal-born, London-based multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer Belle Scar.

It’s almost a paradox how the soundscape unfolds as raw and cinematic simultaneously, but Belle Scar achieves it with her vocal timbre which is enough to make your soul quiver. The resounding vocals don’t just project power, but plenty of striking emotion which won’t fail to resonate as you listen to the artful instrumentals set up tribalistic intensity behind some of the best vocals we’ve heard this year. Belle Scar would seriously give Miley Cyrus’ larynx a run for its money.

You’ll be able to watch the surrealist official music video to The Eeriness for yourselves from November 11th. In the meantime, you can head over to Bandcamp and check out her equally as mesmerising releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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FingersHand – Gotta Feeling: Psychedelically Sweet Alt Electro Pop

From the intro in FingersHand’s latest single “Gotta Feeling (Something’s Going On)”, your soul is soothed, and your imagination is set alight.

It’s always refreshing when artists write music to indulge in an intrinsic pleasure rather than orchestrating tracks with aggrandized ideas ambling around their minds and worming their way into the soundscapes. Gotta Feeling is practically a breath of warm, kaleidoscopically cathartic air.

There’s a playful and almost juvenile air to Gotta Feeling, despite the maturity in the talent which allowed them to cook up such a psychedelically sticky-sweet earworm.

FingersHand captured the same soul-filling vibe as offered by the likes of ELO, but with their delectably unique brand of retro-futurism, there was plenty of distinction found in the playful Polyphonic Alt Pop hit.

You can check out FingersHand’s latest single Gotta Feeling for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ricky Akira transcends the notion of genres with his authentically amorous latest single

London-based artist and producer Ricky Akira’s latest single “Donnie We Will Be Stars” proves that the concept of genres is pretty much outdated. Instead of trying to find their own sound within a pre-existing one, Ricky Akira went all-out with the authenticity in this endearingly masterful release which your soul won’t fail to recognise.

With playful polyphonic tones contorted into tranquil and cathartic rhythms, the instrumentals will make sure that you’re hooked into the progressions. While Ricky Akira and their female guest vocalist will run you through a sticky-sweet tale of romanticism and ambition.

The ‘cute factor’ may be high with this release, but Ricky Akira’s sound is anything but novelty, it’s a sure sign of amazing things to come for the charismatically magnetic artist. Watch this space.

You can check out Donnie We Will Be Stars for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MASSIVESAD – Re: Builds: A Melancholically Mesmeric Playlist Essential

It’s been a while since a new track literally gave me goosebumps. Yet, the chill crept across me before the first verse hit in MASSIVESAD’s melancholically mesmeric Alt-Indie single “Re: Builds”.

The Floridian artist and songwriter found the perfect balance of smoky, sludgy atmospherics and striking soul in Re: Builds’. The track starts as a melodic and almost Neo-Classic Electronica score before the soundscape gains momentum and starts to offer electrifyingly static aural turbulence. The evolution in the track perfectly captures the feeling of losing control after starting out with poise, grace and good intent.

You can waste your time attempting to pigeonhole each beguiling component in Re: Builds. Or you can simply let the alchemy unfold in this truly pioneering single which doesn’t ostentatiously throw aural futurism in your face. Instead, there’s a real sense that MASSIVESAD through themselves completely into the candid and evocatively transfixing release. And in the process, they created one of the aptest tracks for our dystopic and dark times. 

You can check out Re: Builds for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Two of Us have dropped their Melodic Indie Pop earworm “Always Attracted to the Wrong Kind of Girls”

Finnish Pop Rock trailblazers Two of Us blessed the airwaves with their energetically melodic Indie Rock hit “Always Attracted to the Wrong Kind of Girls”. We can’t help but be endeared by the stadium-filling sound and the playful charisma offered in this deeply relatable track. It’s got earworm written all over it.

You can hear the fourpiece’s hunger in each component in the track. The viscerally electrifying vocals, the way the growls of the bass lock into the rhythmically galvanizing drum beats, and of course, the soaring solos which bring a dizzying amount of depth to this high-octane hit. It’s enough to make you feel 16 again. Unless, of course, you’re already 16. Then you should probably heed the warning that you’ll probably have a fair few disastrous relationships ahead of you.

You can check out Always Attracted to the Wrong Kind of Girls for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast