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Indigo – Distant Lullaby: The Sweetest Hit of Anachronistic Funk You’ll Hear This Year

Sometimes, the perfect contemporary aural gems are inspired by more anachronistic elements. Which is exactly how up and coming artist Indigo’s debut single “Distant Lullaby” was born, well, that and a generous serving of charisma too.

With melodies bordering on ethereal, harmonies as sticky sweet as what you could expect from the Beatles and the Beach Boys, becoming enamoured by the hype of the choruses is pretty much non-optional. But in terms of squeezing into a genre category, Indigo’s sound and style is far too voluptuous. Instead, each of the four members run with their own penchant for sound, blending them together to create an alchemically mellifluous smorgasbord of sound. You only need to spend a few second in Indigo’s presence to appreciate that they are the anti-scene edge lords, and; I probably don’t need to tell you how refreshing that is to listen to. I’ve definitely caught the hype – and you will too.

You can check out Indigo’s single Distant Lullaby for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jetpack Syndrome – Gift: Unadulterated Aural Experimentalism

Any fans of John Grant can prepare to be instantly enamoured by Jetpack Syndrome’s latest single “Gift”. In an ingeniously immersive mash up of 80s Synth Electronica, Hip Hop and sardonic wit, the up and coming artist has curated his sound to sit neatly on the contemporary curve.

The level of experimentalism found within Gift proves that Jetpack Syndrome have just what it takes to create infectiously fresh tracks. The level of progression found within the soundscape ensures that there isn’t a hint of predictability. From a fairly archetypal Hip Hop beat, Gift transcends into fairly wavy, sonic aural chaos as the track starts to draw to a close, but even as Jetpack Syndrome tests the boundaries of music it is still perceptible that there is an infinite amount of talent put into the way the multi-layered instrumental arrangement fits together so tightly.

You can check out Jetpack’s exciting new single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Belicose – TOGO: A Hauntingly Atmospheric Mix of Hip Hop, Electronica & Rock

I’ll be honest, I had trouble picking up my jaw as I listened to Belicose’s latest track “TOGO” unfold through each of the strikingly mesmeric progressions.

But it’s not every day that you happen across an artist who can pour so much soul into a hauntingly atmospheric soundscape.

While many artists may put Hip Hop and Rock together, Belicose may have just pointed out that the essential element missing in that cocktail is Alt Electronica.  While the prelude is as haunting as a track from Echo and the Bunnymen or the Cure, the track quickly transforms through the addition of reverb-soaked guitar and layers of fuzzy synth. Instrumentally, the track would be fitting in any David Lynch soundtrack, but the resonantly soulful vocals add an effervescent dynamic to the otherwise ominous sound. In short, Belicose is one of the most prodigally inspired artists we’ve had the pleasure of checking out this year. While your average listener may not have the attention span for a 6-minute extended progressive track, its an audiophile’s delight.

You can check out the official video to TOGO for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MALICIOUS PATRICIUS – climbinsideureyes: Hypnotically Concordant Genre Defiance

The up and coming master of mesmeric melodies has made his return with a brand new EP featuring the hauntedly cathartic single “climbinsideureyes”.

With elements of Shoegaze, Indie, Psychedelic Rock and minimalist Electro the single unfolds as a dreamscape offering a generous serving of transcendence. While climbinsideureyes may borrow many elements from a smorgasbord of genres, it is an expressively endearing work of genre-defiance.

The reverb-laden mix of instrumentals bring the catharsis while the phantasmic vocals bleed into the soundscape, still allowing the poignant lyricism to sting you with the visceral amount of passion. With a sound you’d expect to hear on a David Lynch soundtrack the London-based artist could very well stand to be the prodigally concordant son of experimentalism.

You can check out climbinsideureyes along with the other tracks from MALICIOUS PATRICIUS’ 2019 EP for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dekalog with Fien Desmet + Amazumi – DENIAL: A Stylish Smorgasbord of Alt Pop, Rock & Rap

If you’ve found yourself stuck with the belief that it is all but impossible for an artist to create a brand-new sound, you may want to check out the striking new single “DENIAL”.

The almost overwhelmingly distinctive single came alive through the combined forces of Dekalog, Fine Desmet and Amazumi and throughout each progression of the sound you get a taste for each of their individualistic styles. Kudos have to go to producer Sonny Dhanowa of Blue Ghost Records who wrapped Denial up as a sweet package of Alt Pop, Rock, Electronica and Rap in one stunning track.

The strength of the vocals on this track really can’t be underestimated. There are only a handful of artists who carry the same vocal prowess as Fien Desmet who perceptibly makes light work of hitting every note the soul-shatteringly dynamic vocal range. But it’s so much more than talent, there’s also a potent injection passion and an ethereal offering of soul. How Amazumi’s Rap bars tilt the energy of DENIAL was a genius twist in the track which Dekalog cooked up. There really is no exaggerating how deep you will fall into the textures DENIAL

You can check out the official video to DENIAL for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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AUBRI GREEN’s Latest Single “Starlight” Brings Together Trap & Alt Rock In an Emotively Arrestive Soundscape

Even those with no particular affinity for wavy Trap are sure to find plenty of appeal in AUBRI GREEN’s contemporarily fresh single “Starlight”. Instead of relying on digital effects to create an authentic mix, AUBRI GREEN also incorporated acoustic instrumentals to give the multi-layered track a distinctive Rock edge. Along with the melancholic notes of the guitars, you’ll hear the kick and rattle of the drum pads with the mesmeric catharsis from the lush synth. And if that wasn’t enough, the sample of orchestral strings definitely will be. Bringing all of those elements together was never going to be an easy task, but producer 226 made sure that every pitch sat at the perfect level to ensure Starlight is as hard hitting as AUBRI GREEN intended.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Voquel Kemistry – The Messenger: The Quaintest Act of Genre-Defiance You’ll Hear This Year

Everyone loves the psychedelic melodicism of the Beatles, just as everyone loves the experimentalism of Frank Zappa. If you can imagine the two soundscapes meeting in the middle, what you will be left with would sound awfully similar to the sweet lo fi masterpiece “the Messenger” by the up and coming artist Voquel Kemistry.

The latest single, just as with their debut EP is an act of genre-defiance; a melting pot of quaint instrumental arrangements which won’t fail to leave you warmed with the ingenuity which lies in Voquel Kemistry’s expression. Vocals don’t come much rawer and more authentic, and instrumental arrangements don’t come much more eclectic. The end result is uplifting, yet, don’t expect your average ‘good vibes’ sound, just a completely charming hit which won’t fail to leave you wanting more from Voquel Kemistry.

You can check out Voquel Kemistry’s latest single the Messenger here, in the meantime, head on over to Spotify to check out the previously released EP.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kat Robichaud – Criminal: Archaically Arresting Aural Alchemy

It will always be my not so humble opinion that there aren’t enough theatrical aural masterpieces being created by overwhelmingly powerful vocalists in the 21st century. So, to hear Kat Robichaud’s ethereally visceral latest single “Criminal” was an all too welcome change from the singer songwriters who make the habit of writing restraint into their sound.

Although Kat is largely influenced by artists from the 70’s Glam era, there’s still a strong reminiscence between her work and the likes of Amanda Palmer, Emilie Autumn, and Scarlett Sails. The sultry vocals weave around the soaring, quivering violin pulls which twist around the tentative piano melody which all together makes the perfect platform for Kat’s salaciously arresting vocals.

If you have a penchant for archaically decadent soundscapes you can check out Kat Robichaud’s single Criminal for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now along with the artist’s former singles and albums.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Matthew Bertram’s Melancholically Orchestral Debut

Not every artist and pianist makes their debut with a whopping 16-track album, yet it’s clear that Matthew Bertram is not your average composer. His ability to create a soundscape which would be of equal appeal to fans of orchestral classic compositions as it will be to fans of melancholically mused artists such as Radiohead certainly spells future commercial success for the breaking artist. “Ready” is just one of the songs to feature on the album, and whilst they may all stand as a testament to the diversity of Matthew Bertram’s style, Ready has its own uniquely beguiling charm.

The high production quality of Ready allows the track to flow with a cinematic amount of immersivity which sweeps you up in the subtle rises and falls of tonality. Although the lyrics are relatively few and far between within the single, their careful positionings throughout the track amplifies the emotive energy which swells from the acoustic instrumentals mixed seamlessly with electronic effect.

You can check out Matthew Bertram’s album “Vivid” out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra’s Eclectically Mesmeric Latest Single

With Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra’s latest single “Waiting for Superman” you’re treated to a smorgasbord of influences from a heady mix of genres. From Rock to Folk, To Psychobilly to Ska, it’s all in there. And it’s a sound that any fans of Gogol Bordello are sure to appreciate. Yet, the up and coming artist’s sound is by no means a reincarnation of anything which has ever existed in the soundwaves before. There’s a hypnotic amount of chaos which makes their sound endearingly indulgent. Each progression is as immersive as last due to the eclectic instrumental arrangements, from the haunting waves of the organ, sporadically primal drum patterns, violin licks and ska rhythms, damn, they’ve pretty much got it all! And the vocals are absolutely the cherry on the cake. The vocalist possesses that rare alluring tonality which draws you into the imagery contained within the lyricism.

You can check out Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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