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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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SmileEatingJesus – Polar Vortex: Controversial Gutter Pop

There’s controversial music and then there’s up and coming band SmileEatingJesus. Whilst their artist title is enough to potentially anger anyone who believes in Jesus, their latest album title “Anne Funk’s Diary”, will be enough to enrage plenty more people. With all disrespect to historical figures and religious icons aside, the soundscapes to the tracks on the album especially “Polar Vortex” were more than agreeable. With a sludgy garage rock style, their standout track Polar Vortex unfolds as a melodic indie arrangement, one not too dissimilar from what you’d expect from a more experimental Beatles track. Whilst there were no faults to be found within their approach to sound, it’s unlikely that’s what I will be remembering SmileEatingJesus for.

You can check out Polar Vortex along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NIX Releases Smooth, Chill And Mesmerizing Track “Don’t Wake Me Up”

Nix’s brand new fresh tune “Don’t Wake Me Up,” from her album “The Shift” is a one of a kind mixture of sonorities that you just can’t categorise under any one style. It is current, smooth, cinematic, etherial and also contains interesting elements of dub thrown in the mix as well.  It is impossible to try to put this song in a box and this breaking of boundaries and mixture of elements is what makes it so authentic and one of a kind.

The artistic vision behind this song is clearly crafted with very convincing compositional and production techniques. Simultaneously the vocal part is smooth, luscious and etherial, adding to the hauntingly beautiful mixture of sonorities. With a wide use of sonic space, an interesting choice of ethnic sounding instruments to highlight specific moments and a brilliant underlying cinematic sense, the song is mesmerising, and not lacking of a catchy chorus either. Listen to “Don’t Wake Me Up” now on Spotify and I guarantee you will not be disappointed !

Sarah Marie Bugeja

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VAL – Haunted: Joan Jett Fans Better Pay Attention

Ever been uplifted by a track titled ‘Haunted’ before? No? I wouldn’t wait another moment before you hit play on VAL’s single off their latest EP ‘Sincerely, Troubled You’. The rhythm-soaked composition brings with it the imagery of a dirty whisky-drenched dive bar, and isn’t that just what you want from a sultry American Blues Rock track?

With an intro not too dissimilar from something Joan Jett would use, it’s easy to predict what kind of track will unfold. Yet, VAL have a way of infusing deep soulful grooves into their music in a way I can honestly say I’ve never heard before. There really is no overselling the strength in the vocals as the female vocalists provides the perfect narrative through the lyrics to truly allow you to become immersed within the concept of the track. We’ve all been haunted by the living, but now, thanks to VAL we have the perfect soundtrack to whilst revelling in the bitter sweet emotion.

No review of Haunted will be complete without deserved praise for the artist’s choice to conclude with a “yeyah” after the instrumentals have faded out.

You can check out Haunted for yourself by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Wetzlar – Waiting: The Artist Making Radiohead Sound Positively Euphoric

Interpol fans, you’re in for a treat with Wetzlar’s latest single Waiting which was released July 20th.

Usually, I’m not a fan of excessive vocal effects, but there is something about Wetzlar’s ingenious mix and production that made the reverb pouring from his melancholic vocal offering devastatingly beautiful. With Wetzlar’s earlier releases such as ‘City Life’ the tonality is purely neo-classical as you listen to the deep swells of the piano against the uplift of the tentatively stroked higher notes. The same instrumental momentum is carried through to Waiting as you listen to the acoustic instruments create an almost overwhelming sense of dread and trepidation.

The vocals to Waiting were allowed to bleed into the track, in a way not too dissimilar to Shoegaze bands such as Slowdive, and My Bloody Valentine. Yet, Wetzlar has his own deeply pensive style which comes to life through the Lo Fi production that allows Waiting to remain tentatively raw.

You can check out the haunting official music video to Wetzlar’s equally haunting latest single Waiting on YouTube now.

Head on over to Facebook to connect with Wetzlar and keep up to date with all of his latest releases (that I’m praying I won’t have to wait too long for).

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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