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Endless Oceans: Breathlessly talented Slovakian duo Dennyiah are quite brilliant on ‘Sense of the Rain’

After soothing our heartbroken ears on the excellent ‘Autumn 2015‘ from September 2021, Dennyiah shows us a natural way to live on the beautifully-projected new single ‘Sense of the Rain‘.

Dennyiah is a world-class Slovakian indie-pop/country/soul and blues-fusion duo who make an important blend of musical soundscapes that actually matters, with eloquently-written lyrics that shall bring you much hope in times of apparent hopelessness.

Dennyiah is at its brilliant best with a supremely stunning earth-hugging experience that will have your whole sensitive body in euphoric raptures. They seem to make the type of rare stimulating sound that is so genuinely made – and filled with only positive energy – that wraps gently all of your fragile heart to help it feel better again after all the unnecessary destruction recently.

Sense of the Rain‘ from the brilliant soulfully-enlightened Slovakian indie-pop/country/soul and blues-fusion duo Dennyiah, is such a pure track that might send day-changing shivers all over your naked soul. The superb drum-filled beat is rather compelling and the stunning vocals of a glorious singer who is clearly in tune with the world’s core, takes you to a much better mindset than before. Music has the power to heal after all.

Hear this stunning single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Stuck At This Job: Salt Lake City-based blues rapper BC Roadz imagines counting all those ‘Stack$’

With his highly innovative style that is assuredly worth many a listen, BC Roadz drops his new track taken off his latest 6-track EP called ‘AD‘, with the money-counting ‘Stack$‘.

BC Roadz is a Salt Lake City, Utah-based indie self-described beatmaker/blues rapper who makes a sterling blend of compelling music that has you thinking about levitating your life upwards.

As he daydreams about this new life that he has set himself out to get while plodding through his dull job, BC Roadz discloses his wildest dreams on a beat-filled track that has your curious mind in absolute awe of the creativity on offer. There is much to commend about someone who is aspiring to be diverse and not just make the same sound like everyone else.

Stack$‘ from the highly-entertaining Salt Lake City, Utah-based beatmaker/blues rapper BC Roadz, is a dream-sharing single that is all about telling the world what you would do if you had enough money to do whatever you wanted. With an inventive style that is a ravishing mix of blues and hip-hop. Featuring a confident tone and eloquent vocals that seems to lift your own mood away from a lazy slumber, this is a top track that deserves acclaim for its exuberant inventiveness.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more news on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Meet the Tom Waits of this Generation in Vince Chinaski’s Debut Album, Never Painted Black.

Vince Chinaski

Copenhagen’s most prodigal up and coming singer-songwriter, Vince Chinaski, has released his debut album, Never Painted Black, which opens on the title single and instantly arrests you in the Avant-Garde neo-classically inclined feat of psych, jazz and folk.

Without any hint of hyperbole, Vince Chinaski deserves to be just as revered as Tom Waits for the way he pulls new sonic intrigue from a timeless sound. With Louis Armstrong reminiscences in the cinematic jazzy score that flows at a teasingly mellow pace that leaves you desperately eager for the next note, Never Painted Black is beyond absorbing.

Its mind-meltingly artful gravitas becomes even more visceral towards the outro as the Chinaski’s crooning timbre starts turning dark and scuzzy vintage rock guitars feed kaleidoscopic discord into the release.

Chinaski’s debut album will be available to stream on all major platforms from November 26th, 2021.

Check out Vince Chinaski on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Soundcloud. 

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Samuel Ashton – Breathe Easy: Meet Your New Favourite Soul Serenader.

Samuel Ashton

Samuel Ashton’s latest single, Breathe Easy, is definitive proof that people who say they don’t make music like they used to are as ignorant as they are apathetic in their searches for diamonds in the commercial rough.

Breathe Easy is the ultimate soul-blues serenade between the jazzy, mellifluous ambience in the instrumentals and the timeless vocal panache. Ashton’s vocal notes effervesce with passion while trying to instil tranquillity; his sound is practically ASMR. In our disquiet reality, he really is a breath of fresh air (pun semi-intended).

Breathe Easy is due for official release on November 25th. You can check it out for yourselves on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Zach Butler has made his funked-up blues debut with ‘Selfish’.

Some artists try to portray themselves as icons, and some become iconic through their instant accessibility; Zach Butler safely and funkily falls into the latter camp. His debut single, Selfish, is a soulfully rendered feat of experimentalism that finds its vibrancy by grasping at the roots of blues and ripping them out in grooves that are almost technical enough to resonate as avant-garde.

Even though there’s plenty of distinction to grasp through the lyrics and vocals that carry the charisma of a cult leader, the guitars are on a whole other level. As soon as he starts to play in the progressively choppy despite being smooth single, you get the sense that he carries a deep passion for the technicalities of expression. The up and coming Atlanta-based artist takes influence from the guitar styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Mayer. For songwriting influence, he looks to the likes of Stephen Day and Jordy Searcy.

Selfish is now available to stream on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Jazz and blues infuse in the neo-classic gravitas of Robert Johnson’s album, So The Story Goes.

Robert Johnson

Recording artist and record label owner Robert Johnson has spent the last few decades smoothly taking the world by storm. His knee-weakening vocal timbre has appeared on national commercials; he has shared stages with Bob Hope, Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flack; he has appeared in regional productions of iconic shows and won plenty of awards along the way.

Most recently, he has released his highly-anticipated album, So The Story Goes, which will be an instant nostalgia hit for jazz fans and the gateway soundscape for many future Jazz fans.

The album starts with the ardent single, Everything Must Change, which cinematically explores the roots of jazz, blues and RnB before pulling them all together in an exploratively invigorating yet teasingly serene score.

Check out Robert Johnson on his indie record label, Jakarta Records Ltd.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Keep Your Cool: Gothenburg-based soul artist Otson reminds us to look up and enjoy the ‘Sunshine’

With a bluesy ambience radiating through the clouds above our mindset to bring a much clearer perspective to proceedings, Otson shows us that by keeping that temperature just right you can achieve anything you set your heart to with ‘Sunshine‘.

Otson is the alias of the Gothenburg, Sweden-based indie-soul/blues musician and mightily skilled music producer Otto Nilsson.

We feel so welcomed by a really talented musician who projects his positive message to the world, which is intertwined into your thrilling consciousness. The lyrics are so well written and the melodies catch you feeling so much more positive than before – which is only a blessing in this wind-filled world – that can shake you around like a rollercoaster at any moment.

Sunshine‘ from the energetically proficient Gothenburg, Sweden-based indie-soul solo artist and music producer Otson, is that ravishing ray of fresh air that comes in after a long stormy and unfulfilling year. He sings with such a likeable style and has you thinking that anything is actually possible, despite what happened before in the past.

This is one of those truly absorbing tracks – that has your happy heart warmed by all the heat – which your healing body just needs to capture before the rains come down again.

Hear this top new single on Spotify and see more moves on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

It Looked Pretty Weird: Steve Andrews doesn’t mind being called the bugman on the excellent ‘Butterfly In My Beard’

Songs Of The Now And Then by Steve Andrews

Taken from his recent 10-track Northstone Studios in Bridgend recorded album ‘Songs Of The Now And Then‘, Steve Andrews shows us his inner kindness and tremendous skill-set that he has been born with on ‘Butterfly In My Beard‘.

Steve Andrews is a free-thinking green beard loving Cardiff, Wales-born, Lisbon, Portugal-based indie blues singer-songwriter, naturalist and acclaimed author.

Andrews is an ecoacoustic and eclectic singer and songwriter who has played at Glastonbury Festival on several occasions and was there as an MC for the Avalon stage in 2002 and 2003. He also appeared twice at the Green Man Festival and has two tracks on the CD album on Double Snazzy.” ~ Steve Andrews

This is one of the most entertaining releases from an artist who it feels like you need to see at least once in your life, as you enjoy his highly likable stories which takes our mind into a better place from this toxic world. The energy is alive with that real fire – that has you moving closer to keep out those cold winds – which can strike you down at a moments notice.

Butterfly In My Beard‘ from the Lisbon, Portugal-based indie blues singer-songwriter Steve Andrews, is a terrifically sung track from a true underground legend of the music world. He performs with a real purpose and you feel so compelled to turn up this track, as being truly free is the whole point of life after all. Just the innocent butterfly, we need someone loyal to look after us, while we find our strength to fly wherever we need to go.

Hear this lovely new song on Steve’s Bandcamp and see his socials via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Birds Over Arkansas have released their emotionally-charged slice of Americana ‘Sunflower’.

The melodically unorthodox outfit, Birds Over Arkansas, ended their five-year radio silence with the release of their highly anticipated emotionally charged slice of Americana, Sunflower, which reinforces the ‘good things come to those who wait’ idiom with Adamantium strength.

With the sweet choral vocals harmonising against the practically effervescent acoustic melodies as they weave through intricate rhythms, Sunflower is practically a gateway to another dimension. You’d be hard-pressed to find more escapism in a soundscape from any other up and coming outfit. It carries the sweetly sonorous appeal of Elliott Smith paired with a matchless cinematic roots-deep folk twang. We can only hope that Birds Over Arkansas has more aural salvation in the pipeline.

Sunflower is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Everyday Struggle: Cowboy Diplomacy urge us to stay strong on ‘Easier When I’m Stoned’

Filled with a daydream-like energy that reminds us to stay positive despite this hard world full of extreme challenges, Cowboy Diplomacy are back with an inspiring track to help us to keep a smile beaming bright despite the pressure of this weird world on ‘Easier When I’m Stoned‘.

Cowboy Diplomacy is a top notch Austin, Texas-based indie rock/blues band, who perform with a tremendously uplifting texture that feels so good in your awaiting ears.

This is a song I believe we can all relate to,’ says frontman Ian Cochran. “Sometimes life and the realities that come with the everyday struggle, can be overpowering and almost painful to deal with. We all have our vices to cope with our hardships: Whether that be drugs and alcohol, eating habits, spending habits, etc. This song is about the “unfortunately” timeless feeling of leaning on other things besides oneself to find fullness and happiness when the realities of life become overwhelming.” ~ Cowboy Diplomacy

This is the type of song to close your eyes with – as you feel like you are in a dreamy state that shows you the way forward – as the kindness is so easy to hear, with intricate melodies to take you into a reinvigorating trance of healing.

Easier When I’m Stoned‘ from the Austin, Texas-based indie rock/blues act Cowboy Diplomacy, is the true story all about finding ways to survive when you are feeling so exhausted from all the wildness in this strange planet we live in. Sung with a calming tone that has your whole heart beating with excitement – and played with a peaceful atmosphere – this is an excellent single that brings relief to your stressful day.

Hear this brand new track on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen