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Jay Karnell – There for You featuring BADKids: A Vibing RnB Funk Pop Jam

As RnB goes, it’s rarely as unapologetically experimental as Jay Karnell’s latest single “There for You” featuring BADKids.

Within the mix, you’ll find a smorgasbord of different influences, from Funk to Indie to EDM, to Pop, it’s all in there and weaved together by the artist’s soul and charisma.

Around the electronic beats, you’ll be able to appreciate the ever-absorbing presence of Blues Funk riffs which take the track to the next level. With their vocals and lyrics, Jay Karnell kept their style much more archetypal. So despite the creative originality in There For You, any Seal fans will be in for a treat when they hit play.

You can check out Jay Karnell’s vibing RnB Pop Jam for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Spoken Word Poetry and Blues Pop Combine in Dom Reynolds’ Latest Single “Jealousy”

After an absorbing spoken-word prelude, Dom Reynolds’ latest single “Jealousy” kicks off as a cathartically indulgent Blues Pop soundscape which will enamour fans of John Cooper Clarke and RnB Soul alike.

That may be a slightly unexpected pairing of styles. Yet Dom Reynolds’ experimental Funk-addled style is all the more captivating for the fact that he’s aurally ripped up the rulebook.

Charlotte Neal’s strong, yet smooth harmonic vocals work alongside the deadpan spoken-word delivery throughout the track. Which not only creates a potent amount of collaborative chemistry but also ensures that the lyrics resonate with maximum impact.

The ambient slow jam comes with a nuanced infusion of Psych. When Jealousy is in full flow, you’ll be suitably mesmerised by the colourfully warm tones.

You can listen to Jealousy by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Magnolia Red – Ancient River: A Glacial New Take on Americana Rock

Magnolia Red has created a brand-new trajectory for the timeless Americana Rock sound with their single “Ancient River”.

The Norweigan artist alchemically created a single which simultaneously exuded warmth and a hauntingly ethereal chill. The eclectic instrumental arrangement sits organ wails around guitar riffs which are so glacial they weave in elements of Post Punk.

While, for the most part, the full-bodied sound makes it hard to pinpoint where the mesmerism is pouring from, the distinctively virtuosic guitar solos take Magnolia Red’s sound to a pioneering new level. They demand repeat attention.

Blues riffs have never sounded colder or more phantasmic. In perfect contrast to the instrumentals are the inviting, nostalgically beguiling vocals which will instantly enamour any fans of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Naturally, we’re hooked.

You can check out Magnolia Red’s latest single Ancient River for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Josh Rosenblum Band – Hangin’ On: Vivaciously Virtuosic Blues Pop

I’ve been hooked on Josh Rosenblum’s nuanced euphoria-inducing Blues guitar style ever since hearing their standout single “Stormy” from their sensational 2018 album “Outlier”.

Their elevated, punchy, porously passionate Funk-soaked Blues Pop offers an unparalleled amount of energy which sugars the airwaves, making it practically impossible to feel bitter when you’re ingesting it. It also helps that their ability to craft infectiously happy melodies is practically arcane.

As someone who finds themselves predominantly drawn to music on the more pensive side through fear of encountering vacuously plasticised feel-good tracks, I’ve even surprised myself with how much adoration I have for their latest single “Hangin’ On”.

The raw human emotion projected into the single wasn’t hindered by the phenomenal production which ensured that Hangin’ On would become a radio-ready hit. It simply amplified the resonance which pours from the track which boasts an insane amount of commercial appeal. I’m fairly adamant there never has, and never will be Blues Pop riffs on the airwaves which share a stark reminiscence to Josh Rosenblum’s. His ability to humbly demonstrate his virtuosic prowess at the same time as creating such accessible music is tragically rare, but the shortfall has more than been made up for through Hangin’ On.

After signing with Pacific Records, we’re fairly convinced that massive things are in store for the Josh Rosenblum Band in 2020.

You can check out Hangin’ On which was released on February 7th along with all of the artist’s earlier releases via Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases and tour dates via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Country, Rock and Pop Converge in Kylee Stone’s Hit Single “Homegrown”

Up and coming Country Pop Rock artist Kylee Stone released her latest single “Homegrown” on January 31st and made Country music more accessible than ever.

It’s easy to see that Kylee Stone could follow in the footsteps of the likes of Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus after the release of Homegrown. There’s plenty of familiarities to be found in the timeless style of the track. But the distinction lies in the talent offered by Kylee Stone and her band.

No review of Homegrown would be complete without mentioning the insanely mesmeric lead guitar work. With riffs which would rival Slash’s, this emotive and soul-inspired single is taken to the next level. If any track could simultaneously appease Rock, Pop, and Country fans, it’s Homegrown.

You can check out the official music video to Kylee Stone’s latest single Homegrown for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Curtis Simmons – She Just Likes Champagne: Virtuosic 70s-Inspired Psych Blues Rock

Any fans of Psych-infused Indie Blues will undoubtedly want the UK-based artist Curtis Simmons on their radar.

After perfecting their virtuosic 70s-inspired talent working as a session musician for the likes of Polydor Records, Curtis started his own hypnotically rhythmic solo project and enlists the help of his band The Renegades to transform the live events into unmissable high-octane stage shows.

“She Just Likes Champagne” is just one of the standout singles which Curtis Simmons has released since their project started in 2014. Expect rolling serpentine rhythms, riffs which will make you feel as though your intestines have been rearranged through the tight winding intricacy and smoky Garage Rock vocals.

With artists such as Bowie, Rolling Stones, Costello and the Velvet Underground influencing their sound, it was never going to fall flat. But in She Just Likes Champagne, it’s more than perceptible that they’ve added their own nuanced flair to the 70s sound.

You can check out the official music video to She Just Likes Champagne for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LIVE REVIEW: Amigo the Devil, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 04/02/2020

There will never be anything as beautiful as someone who has seen the dark bringing the light with their music. And that’s exactly what happened when Amigo the Devil graced Manchester with his amicably macabre approach to Folk.

Within the realms of Dark Folk, you’ll find plenty of dark and twisted lyricism. But Amigo the Devil (Danny Kiranos) goes beyond that. He digs up the storytelling roots of the genre and exposes the complexity of 21st-century sentience with the addition of humour which will touch even the staunchest of existentialists.

I hadn’t quite anticipated how emotional a live set would be. Yes, you can practically hear each drop as his soul pours out through his lyrics on his records. But seeing the stinging conviction behind each word amplified their veracious meaning in a way I could never have anticipated. Yet, every time I was moved to tears, I was forcibly shifted back to laughter with his quick humility-soaked wit.

The words “crowd participation” usually send shivers down my spine. Yet, with Amigo the Devil, it’s almost a knee-jerk reaction to get caught up in the experience and become part of it in solidarity with his candidly expressive bravery.

Given that there’s a fairly eclectic array of instrumentals on their recorded material, I was slightly dubious how he could recreate that live armed with just an acoustic or banjo. But his inventive request for the audience to help out with foot stamping and clapping percussion was infinitely more immersive than any backing band could have been. He’d instilled unity in the room quite early on in the set by reminding us that death is one of the only commonalities which we’re certain to share, that will probably only sound depressing if you’ve never been to an Amigo the Devil Show.

It’s all too evident why a cult-like fanbase surrounds him. I think I’ve been indoctrinated, and I couldn’t be happier. If you get a chance to see him live, take it.

Artist Links:

Spotify, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Soupcan and the Spaceman – Heartbreaker: Darkly Delectable Psych Blues

In recent years, I’ve heard Psychedelic tones revived under a plethora of different guises. But never have I encountered anything quite as darkly absorbing as the latest single to be released from Soupcan and the Spaceman.

The production may be lo-fi. Yet, considering that Heartbreaker resonates like they just pulled it from the deepest pungent depths of the Mississippi Delta, all will be forgiven as you ingest the raw unpolished caustic aural divination.

With some spacey cosmic Bowie vibes mixed into the viscerally ominous soundscape which should appease any fans of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, the distinction isn’t hard to find in Heartbreaker.

The instrumental progressions aren’t left to swim in a sea of reverb. Instead, the swampy Blues retain their organic winding serpentine charm. And the constant evolutions in vocal style will make sure that you’re as invested in the first verse as you were in the last.

You can check out the latest single from Soupcan and the Spaceman for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mancana has made their debut with the infectiously catchy Psych Pop Rock Earworm “Living a Lie”

Manchester-based Alt Rock newcomer Mancana dropped their debut single “Living a Lie” on January 13th. The sticky-sweet soulful Americana-inspired hit affirmed just how lacking the airwaves are when it comes to naturalistically good-vibe feats of Rock. Mancana along with a whole host of other deftly talented artists more than made up for the shortfall.

The constantly evolving rhythms seamlessly sweep across a diverse tonal palette. From striking cutting Blues progressions to effervescent Jangle Pop to the euphoric ringing warmth of Psych Pop. Their sweet harmonic tones and infectiously catchy melodies transformed Living a Lie into one of the most welcome earworms we’ve heard in a long time. Living a Lie drips with 60s Psych Pop/Garage Rock nostalgia, but with Mancana’s personal charm, there’s no better revival to aurally throw yourself back in time with.

Additionally, with a bio like “A casual northern chancer with a penchant for the rock/country/Americana sound. Good honest & wholesome, like your Nan’s Sunday roast.” How could we not instantly become enamoured by Mancana?

You can check out Living a Lie along with the B-side single “CalifornIA” for yourselves by heading over to Apple Music or Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie Soul Pop artist Font Leroy has released their latest ethereally warming single “BUBBLE”

Up and coming Indie Soul Pop artist Font Leroy has recently released their latest tonally hypnotic, sublimely sensuous single BUBBLE.

Kicking off with smooth popping Indie Blues guitar licks, BUBBLE quickly evolves into an ethereally atmospheric rendition of rhythmic ambient Soul Pop which boasts a palpable amount of mature ingenuity.

If you’re anything like me, sometimes, you’ll feel a little like you’re living in a bubble, shielded from the world and all its varying atrocities and you’ll know just how sweet acknowledging that feeling is. That’s exactly the sticky-sweet vibe Font Leroy offers through this magnetic lullaby of downtempo Pop which carries the perfect pinch of Psychedelia which amps up the power of the trippy transcendent tones.

In short, it’s a flawless track and your blood pressure will probably thank you for having it on your playlists.

You can check out BUBBLE for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast