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The Fever Breakers – Bully: Cathartically Resounding Blues

If you were starting to feel sad about the summer draw to a close, the Fever Breakers have released the sun-soaked sultry Blues anthem that may just ignite that summer euphoria once again.  Bully may be short and sweet, but it packs quite the sultry rhythmic punch. Lyrically the single didn’t quite match the euphoria of the instrumentals, yet the simplicity only increased the accessibility of the sound. The Boston based outfit have taken Neo-Jazz to the next level with their cathartically sensuous style, yet, their admirability extends beyond their soundscapes. With all their music, they tackle current societal issues, which will become plaintively clear as you listen to the narrative of upbeat disparity unfold.

You can check out the Fever Breakers latest track Bully for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now. With a lyric video which attacks Weinstein, Putin, and misogyny in general it’s hard not to be a little overcome by the conceptualism of the track. Usually, tracks tackling such issues have some undertone of anger, yet somehow the Fever Breakers created a good-vibe hit which you’ll want to listen to time and time again every time you feel like your hope for humanity is slipping away.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Uncle Nef – Beat to Eat: The Slickest Groove You’ll Hear this Summer

Uncle Nef took an admirable direction with their latest single Beat to Eat, just how many genres they managed to pack into the progression of the track is mind blowing alone. There isn’t a hint of predictability to the track, usually tracks follow the monotony of structure yet the sultry groove of the Funk-infused melodies seamlessly entwined as you were treated to the archaically constructed Blues track. Alongside Beat to Eat, Uncle Nef released another spectacular single ‘St. James Infirmary Blues’ which is more than deserving of a mention. The artists stripped the sound right back and it’s safe to say Blues has never sounded sexier. Any Nick Cave fans are sure to love St. James Infirmary Blues.

With so many artists trying to recreate Blues with a futuristic twist, I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to hear Uncle Nef take it right back to the roots of the genre by offering traditionally styled sticky sweet melodies that are all consuming. It should really come as no surprise that the Jazz Blues duo hail from New Orleans.

You can check out Beat to Eat for yourselves here or head on over to Uncle Nef’s BandCamp page where you can check out the rising duo’s earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Johanna Klingfors – This Hurt of Mine: The Soulfully Anachronistic Singer of 2018

Johanna Klingfors anachronistically visceral latest single This Hurt of Mine will audibly transport you back in time where vocal offerings were as prolifically sultry and as soulful as her own. Sadly, the Pop genre has glossed over the decadent bluesy timeless styling, yet as long as there are artists such as Johanna taking hold of the vintage sound to weave a creative contemporary spin around it I wouldn’t say we have it all too bad.

With a 1920’s inspired, funk and groove addled, rhythmically dizzying acoustic backing This Hurt of Mine carries a concordantly resonant waves of emotion separate to the lyrics. But let’s be honest, even if Johanna was versing the ingredients of a microwave lasagne you’d still be captivated. So, her ability to pensively pen raw and personable lyrics is just the icing on the cake when it comes to Johanna Klingfors.

You can check out Johanna Klingfors latest single This Hurt of Mine for yourself by heading over to YouTube.

This Hurt of Mine was the second release from Johanna’s EP ‘My Soul, the Blues & Other Stories’, you can find out more about her music by going across to her official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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New Music From Carlos Saunier Is Inminente

The phrase Sax lead Jazz may, to those who walk more mainstream musical paths, conjure images of high end lounge bars, department store lifts and cocktail parties. Thankfully artists like Carlos Saunier prove that such music can be both sophisticated and accessible, effortlessly cool and far removed from such cliched images. It also walks that fine line between refinement, of slick deliveries and late night sensuality that lies at the heart of jazz music and the wilder, more experimental sonic explorations of the free jazz movement, where rules are made to be if not broken then at least bent out of shape.

And like all great jazz ensembles, Saunier surrounds himself with musicians who are both team players and virtuouso soloists in their own right. Happy to serve the song as readily as they are to head off in some dulcet flights of fancy. Inminente is a brilliant collection of jazz instrumentals wandering between the understated and the virtuosic, the expected and the eclectic, where rhythm sections and beats just as easily become focal points as they do the engine room of the music, where guitar notes seem to flow rather than get played and where sultry and shining saxophones seduce the listener.

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Ross Avant – House of Blues: Rhythmically Resounding Old School Blues

Some music is a little hit or miss, and some music hit’s you like a tone of pacifying bricks; Ross Avant is a Soul artist who irrefutably creates the latter. His timelessly mesmerising compositions of sound carry an infinite amount of resonance to get caught up within as you listen to his standout single from his EP ‘Dream of Surrender’. The multi-instrumentalist’s ability to command sound ddoesn’t come into question throughout House of Blues as he lays down compelling piano melodies which have a way of contorting your emotions right the way through the rhythmically compelling old school blues. The New York based artist is no stranger to the stage lights after he performed with the world-renowned Jim Cullum Jazz Band, yet, it wasn’t until 2017 that Avant recorded his first solo EP which received critical acclaim.

You can stream & download Ross Avant’s latest single House of Blues from his most recent EP Dream of Surrender on BandCamp now. With Ross Avant’s forthcoming album set to be released later this year, he’s definitely an artist to keep on your aural radar.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alex ja Armottomat – Sateisena Sunnuntaina: International Indie

Alex ja Armottomat is a Helsinki based artist, who, lets face it, you’ve probably never heard before, so it’s my job to tell you just how sensational this Indie Rock collective is when it comes to orchestrating tracks that make your heart skip a beat, even if you have to read the lyrics as subtitles.

Alex ja Armottomat’s latest track is accompanied by one of the most poignantly depressing music videos that the 21st century has seen, yet, in all of its quaintest charms it melts your heart paired against morosely muted vocals and the unmistakable rhythm of a raw acoustic Blues guitar.

Their debut track Sateisena Sunnuntaina was released last December, in all of it’s soulful Blues Rock Pop glory which is impossible to compare to other artists out there, it truly is in a league of its own with its strangely uplifting glory.

If you feel like adding a little culture to your music collection, make sure you check out the official music video to Sateisena Sunnuntaina using the YouTube link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kys1JCjDFu8

-Amelia Vandergast

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Harry & The Howlers – Hell in High Heels: The 21st Century Evolution of Psychobilly

Harry Jordan may just be the woman to bring Psychobilly into the mainstream, for years I’ve adored acts such as The Cramps and Mad Sin, but there always a disconnection, a sense that the vibe could never be translated into this time. Harry Jordan, a Birmingham, UK based artist has infused the nostalgically tired sound with her contemporary female empowerment mixed with her blues sensibility to create her sensational debut track Hell in High Heels.

In some ways, the track came across as a rounded international sound, with elements from the past and future delectably combined to create a rampant Rock & Roll track with a unique blues/jazz sensibility thrown into the mix.

If you’re a fan of The Creepshow, Vince Ray & The Boneshakers, The Meteors or The Radiacs; Harry & The Howlers then Hell in High Heels is going to be a breath of fresh air to your tired old playlists. She’s taken a sound which often loses authority in delivery by putting her own Femme Fatal stamp upon it to bring that old Psychobilly sound into a new era.

Check out Hell in High Heels using the SoundCloud link below:

https://soundcloud.com/harryandthehowlers/harry-and-the-howlers-hell-in-high-heels

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jason Scott – Great Scott!

Whilst it is pretty much impossible to find music which totally encapsulates America as an idea and an entity, by virtue of its size and diversity, cultural blends and creative explorations, there is some music which when heard makes you think of no other place. The bleak and emotive howls of early blues, wild eyed jazz ensembles, the heartland rock of the likes of Petty and Springsteen and the evocative roots sound which is at the heart of Jason Scotts music.

When I’m Good and Ready is like a snapshot into the American music psyche, mixing rootsy blues, country and old school rock and roll into the ultimate soundtrack  for any film which wishes to pin point a sense of place in the space of eight bars. It feels as if the song could come from any time in the last 80 years and be playing in any bar, basement club, juke joint or truck stop you happen to stumble upon. But whilst the setting may be universal, few artists could get it this deliver something this deftly wrought, this effective, this seemingly effortless.

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Julez – A Great Energetic Combination Of Rock & Blue

Julez is a young and talented musician hailing from the NYC/NJ area. Her sound is a great combination of blues, rock and pop, going for a very energetic approach.

When you think of blues music, most of you might think of old-timey music with a retro feel. While Julez still retains a charming old-school tone in her songs, her offering is also compelling and modern. This talented young artist is able to project the blues into the new millennium, catering to a new generation of fans. In partiuar, Julez excels as a live performer, as she can truly kick things up a notch on a stage, where she can get to engage with her audience. Having said that, Julez is also a great studio artist, as shown on his recent studio release.

“Back To First Steet” features 7 exciting blues/rock numbers that highlight the artist’s flexibility and creative vision. Her sound makes me think of influential performers the likes of Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin or Lucinda Williams, showcasing a whole new different personality.

Armed with her trusty Fender start, Julez is all about conquering her audience with immediate lyrics and unique vibes.

Find out more and listen:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jul3zofficial/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/julez_official/

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Holyphants Never Forget



The wonderfully named Holyphant merge the drifting desert blues sound with a darker and more ephemeral vibe, one which is built on shifting dynamics, from ambient moods to classic rock salvos, and the bleak and wasted stoner rock vibe. Throw in some brooding gothic undercurrents and some hypnotic interludes and you are about half way to nailing down their meandering and mercurial sound.

It’s a lot to back into one song but it shows a clear understanding of the rocks rich and varied history and a deft hand when it comes to blending past styles into a gloriously new sound. It wanders progressive landscapes planting defiant rock seeds, waters them with alt-rock nourishment and prepares for the blooming of a whole new post-genre, all inclusive rock movement.  Knowing where you come from is the key to knowing where you are going and Hallucinations prove beyond doubt that Holyphants never forget!

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