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Teles electrified the indie rock scene with their power pop-hooked hit, Olivia

By fusing Manics-esque 90s Britpop with the high voltage energy of power pop and throwing some magnetic rock-licked indietronica synthetics into the electrifying mix which embodies Yorkshire’s indie rock spirit, Teles didn’t just hit the ground running with their latest single, Olivia, they blazed their dynamism right across it and scorched the earth with their exhilarated sonic signature.

You just can’t help getting swept up in the momentum as Olivia depicts the torment of seeing someone short-selling themselves in relationships, especially when the knife is twisted even deeper through a connection to the person who can’t see their value while looking past you. It’s a paragon of an indie rock anthem that is set to seal the outfit’s fate as trailblazers in the UK indie rock scene. It’s only a matter of time before they are as big as their sound. Your time is running out to see them in intimate venues; get on it.

Olivia will be available to stream from January 29th; stream the single on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Klary runs hedonistically hot in her EDM house anthem, Feel You

There’s only room for one supreme in London’s EDM scene; Klary dominated that space with the drop of her EDM house anthem, Feel You. Forget making a dancefloor move; Feel You is the kind of track that will inspire dancefloor inhabitants to MAKE the move.

With her siren-timbered vocal lines dripping luxe demure decadence over the ensnaring dark bass-drenched beats in the production, which pulls together meticulously well, knowing just when to intersect the euphoric swells and enticing drops, becoming anything less than infatuated with this track isn’t an option.

Since 2009, The Germany-born, Italy-raised artist has proven her determination to become one of the hottest names in the EDM scene. After a plethora of collaborative projects, she came into her own as a solo artist with the release of her debut single, Love Again, in 2021. For her latest release which lyrically and rhythmically locks into temptation and sin, she collaborated with the East-London producer and DJ Romello, who composed and penned the release, to a Grammy-worthy standard.

Feel You shook up the airwaves on October 20; use it to inject some fire into your Spotify playlists.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

On a Hill: Highline Trail pays the price on that warm summer evening on The Pressed Man

Known best for their award-nominated track from 2022 Emmie, Highline Trail hikes up the torturous mountain and shows us their impressive progression with the top new single to sing with on loud, The Pressed Man.

Highline Trail is a San Diego, California-based indie folk-rock band that fuses infectious soul and funky harmonies which might put all listeners into a trance-like state.

With a hugely extraordinary anthem to forge communities together, Highline Trail looks toward the top of the cliff and has a style that will shake the trees and bellow briskly a message to savour.

The Pressed Man from San Diego, California-based indie folk-rock act Highline Trail is a cinematic experience which takes us into a different world and embraces an old-school mentality. There are so many aspects to love about this fine release, which might put shivers down the spine of all eager listeners.

If you like music with a hauntingly exquisite aura, this is a song like no other.

Listen up on Spotify.

Find out more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Slizzy K Interview: Dropping new single Gone Head with impressive poise and determined focus

The A&R Factory Team had the pleasure of chatting with the rising Little Rock-based underground rapper Slizzy K recently. This curtain opening interview shows us how a young 12-year-old took charge of his own destiny with that instinctive grind needed to stand out from the noisy snake-ridden crowd.

We’re super excited to chat with you, Slizzy K. Thank you for squeezing us in today. How have you been and do you feel like your local music scene is returning to normal?

Slizzy K: I’m good, I’m good. I’ve been promoting my newest single “Gone Head” while working toward graduating. While accomplishing new things, I’ve been taking life day by day and making new plays. Since the pandemic, I can confidently say the music scene has been getting as close as possible to normalcy. Being able to participate in more concerts, in-person interviews, and interactions with my supporters is something I’m grateful for.

Please tell us more about your latest single Gone Head?

Slizzy K: To sum things up, “Gone Head” is an anthem. I wrote it after releasing “Girls Love Slizz” which was a bit slower. I wanted a record that could catch anyone’s attention. Over the Summer, I heard “FNF” by Glorilla which made me realize that my next record needed to give off that same turn-up vibe. After seeing a beat in my email by SK The Plug, I fell in love with it and sent it over to my engineer. The beat alone could speak for itself, so I knew with my compelling lyrics it’d be an anthem. After recording the song, me and my engineer came up with the idea to replace my voice on the “Gone Head” part with a group of girls instead. After hearing the final product, I still wasn’t 100% confident in the record, but listening to it with my friends and seeing their reactions made me excited to share it with everyone else. I soon fell in love with the record, but I wanted to make one more play before releasing it. I knew “Gone Head” was a hit and that a music video would set it over the top. Once October came, I sent my videographer the song and it gave him house party vibes. We took his idea and put it into action. All of my friends came over to the set location. Creating the video as if it were an actual house party, gave an authentic feel.

You released your first mixtape when you were just 14 years old? How has your creative process changed from the beginning of your career?

Slizzy K: Yes, at 14 years old, I released the first mixtape from my Slizz Season series. My creative process has grown while some aspects have remained the same. I’ve been able to incorporate life experiences throughout my music which led to showing a more vulnerable side of me. During the creative process, I often ask myself what I can do to be a more diverse artist. One thing that has remained the same is the storytelling through my music. I’ve always made sure to take in the conversations and events from my surroundings and turn them into art. Another aspect that I’ve always been big on is quality over quantity. I would rather have 8 of my best records on a project than 16 songs, where only 8 are up to my standards.

Do you have other hobbies and interests outside of music?

Slizzy K: I’m a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated which is a historically African American fraternity that focuses on the principles of brotherhood, scholarship, and service. We participate in several community activities like food drives, roadside cleanups, and engaging with students from local schools. I can honestly say, I enjoy being a light and a positive representation in my community. I also enjoy watching tv and movies because of my love for cinematography and acting. To me, acting is similar to making music because of the vocal and visual elements used. Lastly, ever since I can remember, I’ve been a Boston Celtics fan. You can always catch me going over their statistics on ESPN or watching the games. Go Celtics!

Claflin – what’s it like there and what’re you studying?

Slizzy K: I attend Claflin University, which is an HBCU in Orangeburg, SC. During my senior year of high school, the George Floyd case made me look into attending a Historically Black College/ University. The desire to be around goal-oriented people that looked like me also played a major role. I also heard about how supportive the students were at Claflin, which would be beneficial for me as an artist. I’ll be graduating in 2024 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. I’ve been able to create several lifelong connections and memories that I’ll always cherish. I’m appreciative of the connection I’ve made with photographers, videographers & content influencers on campus. I’ve had the opportunity to network to make the check work, as I like to say. As I pursue genuine relationships with my peers, I’ll continue to be grateful for all of the support I receive from my fellow Claflinites.

Who are your role models in the music industry and why do they grab your attention?

Slizzy K: Overall, I have 3 artists that I consider role models. Drake’s not only a diverse artist, but he was able to take over and dominate throughout multiple decades. He’s an artist that doesn’t care about sticking to the rap game because he’s able to sing while getting in his feelings too, which is something I truly admire. Another artist I look up to is 2 Chainz. He made me realize that it’s okay to include humor in my music. Although several artists focus on creating a tough persona, 2 Chainz demonstrated that adding jokes was an easy way to guarantee a smile. I also like his background story because it shows where his rawness and authenticity come from. Last, but not least, I’m a firm believer that you’re only as good as the people that you’ve helped develop, which leads me to my last role model, Lil Wayne. Lil Wayne has introduced us to artists like Drake and Nicki Minaj who are dominating the industry more each year. After achieving several of his goals, he didn’t stop with himself. Instead, he chose to work with upcoming artists and guide them along the path he paved. Drake, 2 Chainz, and Lil Wayne have success outside of their music, such as being in commercials and having large brand endorsements. They taught me that it’s not just about being a rapper, but about making a name for yourself outside of the industry too. All 3 of them not only talk about giving back to their community in their music, but they actually go back and donate, host drives, and build up where they started.

To end off, what do you have planned for 2023?

Slizzy K: Throughout 2023, I plan on focusing on my artistry and personal growth. I can also say that my supporters can expect new merch and many more performances. There are a couple of secrets I have up my sleeve that I’m waiting to announce, so be on the lookout for some surprises in the upcoming year.

Hear this fine single on Spotify. See more of the journey on IG.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Tatum Quinn is nobody’s fool in her fiery pop-rock anthem Short Supply

Montreal-born and raised Berklee college grad Tatum Quinn rolled with the pop-rock punches in her latest single, Short Supply. Not that she has to prove she is a force to be reckoned with after opening for Kool and the Gang, the Pointer Sisters and April Wine. But if any track asserts her unreckonable talent, it’s Short Supply, which galvanizingly proves that she’s nobody’s fool.

With atomically powerful pop vocals laying down the hooks over the stadium-filling crunchy guitars and adrenalizing percussion, it is all too easy to get caught up in the no holds barred account of Quinn’s lack of patience for usury hacks who will use emotional blackmail to claw their way back into a relationship they took for granted.

Ending the trailblazingly authentic anthem with “go fuck yourself” followed by an affable giggle, we couldn’t help falling in love with Quinn’s emboldening motive to create inspirational music that advocates empowered autonomy that little bit more.

Short Supply will officially release on November 10th. Catch it here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Working All Week: Khema Tempo waits for that call on the body-grooving Can’t Get Enough

After his proud city recently hosted the Commonwealth Games so terrifically, Khema Tempo has dropped a powerful track to show that we can easily overcome our differences on their explosive 2nd single called Can’t Get Enough.

Khema Tempo is a mysterious mask-wearing Birmingham, UK-based indie electronic dance duo who formed in 2019 by Mush and Nanti.

We met in our teens and spent the following years in and out of bands together, mostly writing and performing progressive rock.” ~ Mush and Nanti describing their connection

Showing us the right way to tackle any situation full on, Khema Tempo leads us bravely to that safe light which shall set free the demons forever. Performed with quality precision and expert timing, this is an ear-puller when you needed it most.

Can’t Get Enough from Birmingham, UK-based indie electronic dance act Khema Tempo is an anthem-like song for the ages that calls us to be better. Brushing away the tears and showing us what is possible seems to be this beautiful mission that might make your heart beat faster than before.

If you are looking for a natural boost to get you gritting your teeth into tackling your next challenge, this is it.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more via the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Norwood can’t wait for that passionate night that shall get the body grooving with ease on ‘Cheek To Cheek’ (ft. The Weather Girls and Terri B)

After impressing us with the dynamic single ‘Maskerade‘ from July 2021, Norwood returns with that heat-filled delight that will get your whole body feeling alive on the dancefloor with, ‘Cheek To Cheek(ft. The Weather Girls and Terri B).

Norwood is an Atlanta, Georgia-born indie electronic dance solo artist who makes those anthem-sounding tracks to get really excited about.

My goal during every performance is for people to escape for a few hours, dance like no one is watching, and feel empowered to love themselves exactly as they are and express themselves freely.” ~ Norwood

Featuring the iconic American female duo The Weather Girls and legendary disco diva Terri B, Norwood shows us a lip-quivering single of epic proportions with a finger clicker of note that shall steam up the windows. The vocals are crisp and rather wonderful, that shall get your whole soul awake again.

Cheek To Cheek(ft. The Weather Girls and Terri B) from Atlanta, Georgia-born indie electronic dance artist Norwood is one of the more passionate singles that shall take your mind away from any drama. This is a track to really get involved with, as we are blessed by sexy lyrics, fresh vocals and spark-filled production to stimulate your appetite all night.

Life is always so much better when you have something romantic to look forward to.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Future-proof The Youth: Erik “Blu2th” Griggs rises up outstandingly on the vitally important revolutionary anthem ‘IS IT THE END OR THE BEGINNING’ (feat. Hopsin)

Recorded at the legendary Dr Dre’s house and featuring one the rawest emcees in the game, Erik “Blu2th” Griggs shows the world that he can do it the indie way on his massively impressive debut single that will have you turning the volume up to the max called ‘IS IT THE END OR THE BEGINNING(feat. Hopsin).

Erik “Blu2th” Griggs is a world class American multi-instrumentalist, renowned music producer, and prolific songwriter. He was born in Ohio, raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and is currently living in busy Los Angeles, California.

He is best known for his involvement in the song ‘No Air, with Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown. On No Air, he’s the principle writer and co-producer with The Underdogs. He has written with the likes of The Underdogs, Tim & Bob, and Babyface to name a few. In his first three years in the industry, his work earned him a People’s Choice award, a BMI Song of the Year award, and a Grammy nomination.” – Erik “Blu2th” Griggs

The absorbing vocals are top quality here with a smooth beat that is haunting and has your attention totally locked in. The raps are raw and emotionally charged, as the lyrics combine to tell a story that seems to be so common in the USA right now. Things need to change as quick as possible before the rocks fall apart even further to cause a landslide like none other – with so many leaving Los Angeles already – to avoid the absolute mess that seems to be spilling all over messily like an overturned oil tanker.

IS IT THE END OR THE BEGINNING’ (feat. Hopsin) from Erik “Blu2th” Griggs, captures 2021 perfectly and has us invited into the stressful world that so many men and women of color see and face in America currently. Things are an absolute shambles currently with way too many dying for no reason, prisons full of people who shouldn’t be there, and a huge distrust with the law who should be there to help its citizens. This is a tremendous track that will strike heavily into your heart, as you wonder what and where the solutions will come from, before total carnage destroys even more innocent lives.

This might be one of the most criminally underrated and vitally important messages of 2021 already. Its up to us to open up our eyes and choose who to support. True peace needs to prevail, not unnecessarily profitable war. Black Lives Matter.

See this excellent music video on YouTube and follow his incredibly inspiring journey via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

LUV Cleo expresses his hurt with self-aware ”Life Under Vanity”

Washington, USA native LUV Cleo is tired of all the vanity out there in the world and he isn’t alone. He has just dropped another punchy R&B/Hip Hop summer ride-along anthem for 2020 with ”Life Under Vanity”.

After falling in love and the relationship not working out, this is a resentful track that showers us with a bouncy beat that will keep those pool parties in good spirits come summer time. LUV Cleo is top form here and knows that he won’t get anything free in life, he needs to be the one to go and grab his dreams and make them goals. Wasting time with someone that isn’t in it for the long haul & wasting time with other haters, just isn’t going to fly with him anymore. This shows a growing maturity from the young Emcee/Singer and not being in this music game for the wrong reasons is only going to help him rise up the charts.

Justin Ennis aka LUV Cleo from Washington shows us his vulnerable side with outstanding results and ”Life Under Vanity” hits the nail on the head, focusing on the fake & flaky environment that currently engulfs large parts of the youth generation right now in 2020.

Hear more from this growing Emcee who is stepping up his game all the time on SoundCloud.

Review by Llewelyn Screen

REWIND – Hey Child: Euphorically Tensile Progressive House

Think of all the key components needed to create a perfect euphoric Progressive House anthem. Then hit play on the radio edit of REWIND’s club hit “Hey Child” and count them as they work under the deft rhythmic mastery of the up and coming artist and producer.

The Radio Edit of Hey Child makes the high-octane vivid mix perfect for your multi-purpose playlists. But let’s face it, tracks such as Hey Child were born to become floor-filling anthems. Even in the frosty grips of January, Hey Child will have you feeling the Summer festival heat.

Hey Child Kicks off with teasing sauntering rhythms before the track seamlessly switches into a serving of unadulterated tensile energy. Thanks to the almost instantaneous hook which follows the prelude, you’ll be suitably immersed for when REWIND hits you with soaring melodies and dizzying climaxes.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast