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Old Man Jasper bring the Delta Blues in their standout single “Find Your Peace”

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You can always trust Jacksonville Florida-based artists to trench up the filthiest Blues. But with Old Man Jasper’s latest single “Find Your Peace” you’ll also find an extra swampy serving of aural indulgence.

Through inventive use of guitar effects, the bendy rhythms hook you in right from the prelude and by the time the vocals slither into the mix you’re well and truly immersed within the serpentine heavy licks.

Find Your Peace is a prime example of how music doesn’t have to be adorned with frills and disconcerting experimentalism to grip you in 2019. Sometimes authentic talent is enough, and there’s a smorgasbord of it in Old Man Jasper’s latest offering of Delta Blues.

You can stream and download the standout single from Old Man Jasper Find Your Peace via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kavion Sabio makes his melodic R&B Pop debut with the single “Y.A.T.O”

“Y.A.T.O” is the melodically mused debut single from up and coming R&B Pop artist Kavion Sabio. His accessible hit fuses together elements of Synth Pop, R&B, and 70s Blues in a smorgasbord of transfixing rhythm.

With each progression in Y.A.T.O, you become even more immersed in the soulfully atmospheric soundscape. This track is definitely for anyone who appreciates the more experimental, synthy, and wavy side of Pop which revives vintage tonality.

Plenty of catharsis spills from the lush reverb as electronic effect fuses with delicate fingerpicked notes on the guitar while Kavion Sabio’s vocals sit in perfect synergy with the seamless progressions of the beat.

With the inspiration behind Y.A.T.O coming from rhythmic heroes such as Hendrix, B.B. King, and Miles Davis, you can be sure that you’ll be hitting play on a powerful nostalgically-inclined, yet contemporarily appealing track.

You can check out Kavion Sabio’s first single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sam McIntire spills viscerally caustic Funk-driven Blues onto the airwaves with their debut “Lately”

Up and coming artist Sam McIntire has made their bass-driven Indie Blues Pop debut with the melodiously smooth track “Lately”.

Instead of assimilating what’s on the airwaves a thousand times over, Sam McIntire layered his debut single with enough funk and groove to give the track a nostalgic 70s vibe. That 70s sound may have been borrowed plenty of times before, but it’s safe to say that Sam McIntire has made a distinctive contribution to contemporary Blues with Lately.

While most artists try and aim for the most poised and demure performances possible, Sam McIntire’s vocals are haunting enough to make Jack White’s music sound positively restrained. The way Lately unfolds lets the filter slip away from the vocals and allows the true artistic expression to bite through the soundscape.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Calumet serve a generous amount of soul with their Southern Blues single “Break Down on Me”

“Break Down on Me” is the latest single from up and coming Funk powerhouse Calumet, for this track, they’ve dialled down the Funk and allowed Soul and Blues to take its place, and we’re certainly not disappointed.

In a nutshell, Break Down on Me is a pure offering of catharsis. The infusion of warm vintage tonality makes Calumet’s latest single accessible right from the first verse as the shimmering ethereal nature reveals its arrestive potential. As you can probably guess from the title name, Calumet didn’t leave lyrical evocative appeal out of the mix. So, if you can draw your attention away from the mesmeric layers of Blues and Southern Soul, you’ll get to appreciate the honeyed candidness of Break Down on Me which alludes to how hard it can be to watch someone you love fall apart.

You can check out Calumet’s latest single Break Down on Me for yourselves by heading over to their official website where you will also be able to buy their album.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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EVERT OUTEN – TREATIN ME RIGHT: A blend of blues, rock and soul

Drawing from a Blues structure and with a steep Rock-y punch, Treatin Me Right is the latest single by Evert Outen released on 20 July 2019.

A hint of heartache and unhealthy relationships is the main message of the song and it’s developed around a mix of jazz vocals and powerful instruments for a final and more contemporary rock n roll feel.  

Since 2017, Australian born, London bred, Evert Outen has been bringing his music throughout town along with his bandmates Chris Booth (guitar), Jack Summerfield (drums) and the latest addition Harvey Small (bass), previous fan of the band, who contributed to creating a blend of blues, rock and soul. 

Review By Jim Esposito
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Mark Browning – Take Me to the Water: Soulfully Nostalgic Folk Blues

It’s been a while since a single quite literally gave me chills, yet Mark Browning’s Indie Folk Blues track “Take Me to the Water” from their latest album “Out from Nowhere” certainly succeeded. The soulfully nostalgic soundscape takes you right back to a time when Folk-Rock still had a visceral pull strong enough to draw you into the imagery of the lyrics. Yet, it is through the meandering instrumental progressions is where the deepest and richest expressions lie in the single.

Take Me to the Water is a track which is constantly evolving through stages of acoustic guitar-led melodies, glacial notes from the organ, along with quainter contributions from the violin and flute which all blend into the effortlessly mesmeric soundscape. If Nick Cave poured soul into his sound instead of macabre lyrical obscurity, I can’t help but feel it would share plenty of reminiscences with Take Me to the Water.

You can check out Mark Browning’s single Take Me to the Water for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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George Blue Galanos – I’m Dead Inside: Meet Your New Blues Rock Guitar Hero

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If you have a penchant for the snaking rhythms of Blues Rock and the raucous energy of Classic Rock, George Blue Galanos’ latest single “I’m Dead Inside” is an essential hit for your playlists. Alongside his fretboard mastery which joins the rich and harmonious melody to I’m Dead Inside, George’s vocals will leave you a little in awe. With his vocals veering more towards the Rock genre, there really is no understating how arresting the potent capabilities of his vocal capacity are. His soaring guitar riffs and breakdowns left my stomach in knots more than once during the progressively fluid duration of the slightly extended track. What more do I need to get you to say on this soulfully inspired, resonantly existential offering of thrashing aural decadence?

You can check out George Blue Galanos’ latest single I’m Dead Inside for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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