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Mark Millar sings the psych-tinged blues in the standout single from their sophomore album ‘Killer’

After honing-in on their craft in popular UK touring bands, Mark Millar finally made their debut in 2019 with the solo album ‘On the Journey’. Inspiration has been flowing ever since, leading to the release of their sophomore album, ‘Take Me to the River’, featuring the stunning spin on psych-tinged blues rock ‘Killer’.

Lofty blues guitars perfectly complement the 70s style rock vocals which bring a Jim Morrison kick to the soundscape which allows Mark Millar to humbly show his lifetime of experience perfecting blues bends.

You can practically hear vultures circling above the deserty full-bodied semi-orchestral instrumental arrangement which allows classical strings to pull off the intricate soulful progressions which will serenade you as much as the vocals.

You can check out Mark Millar’s album Take Me to the River via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Catt Christine, lead singer from The Freedom Ledges, shares debut solo single ‘Let’s Begin’

Catt Christine

If a CV fronting LA blues/rock mainstays The Freedom Ledges, your own Catt and the Haunted Blues, and Mojo Sonic, isn’t enough, on ‘Let’s Begin’ Catt Christine teams up with LA Funk/Soul artist and multiple award winner Cliff Beach and producer Alex Romero for this powerful slice of soul-inspired blues rock. Christine’s Grace Slick/Alannah Myles/Alison Mosshart rich vocal tears from the speakers, alternately gruff and raucous and soft and sensual, sitting atop the distorted guitar, grooving bassline, and brushed Texas shuffle drums.

Having to resort to remote recording due to the pandemic restrictions is never easy, but to get a genre like this to sound this organic, fluid, and spontaneous takes some doing; making it sound as if all the musicians are jamming in one room requires some serious production skill, yet with ‘Let’s Begin’ you can imagine the groove, Persian rugs, candles and throws, and some serious grins from the players. That’s the vibe the track conjures up, all down-home swagger and serious soul-groove. If this is just the ‘beginning’ for Christine then it bodes extremely well for what comes next.

You can hear ‘Let’s Begin’ across all major streaming platforms from February 12th, with a pre-save via Distrokid. In the meantime, check out Catt Christine on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Only Love: Melbourne six-piece band Rambal heat up our anxious mood with funky new album ‘Hold Your Fire’

Stylishly bringing us their freshly squeezed positive groove vibrations that soothes all worries away, Rambal are back with their highly-awaited new album called ‘Hold Your Fire’.

Formally known as Justin Yap Band, Rambal, is the ambitious six-piece soul/funk/blues outfit from the creative shores of Melbourne in Australia. They inspiring make that unifying music that asks for acceptance from us all to peacefully alter the world to a state of peace and love, no matter who you are or where you are from.

This fantastic ten-track socially conscious release has so many gems inside, the glow feels quite right as your senses are alive again. Particular highlights-there are no fillers here-has to be ‘Follow Me Down‘, ‘Another Tomorrow‘ and ‘Step In‘.

Your body grooves with their energy as they take you on this exciting journey with a smile, each track made with care and purpose as you float into another world, that is so much better than the one we are in right now.

Hold Your Fire’ from the lovable Ozzies Rambal, is a soulful journey through their fascinating world, as they tell us to get rid of unnecessary weapons and negativity, remembering that we can indeed live in a peacefully content world, with so much love and calm energy illuminating from our bodies.

Stream this wonderfully crafted album on Spotify and see their IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Benny Elom lays down ethereal soul in their indie jazz fusion single ‘I Do’

Essex, UK-residing Afroitalian R&B singer-songwriter, Benny Elom, has released their ethereally soulful single ‘I Do’ which unravels as an all too indulgent blend of RnB, jazz and soul.

The mellifluous single explores romantic uncertainty without lacing any bitterness or melancholy in the soundscape, instead, through their humility, the artist reminds us how pure love can be. With his affably honeyed lyricism, his mesmerising vocal timbre and the sense of modernity which he brings through jazz fusion, Benny Elom’s sound is a recipe for success.

You can check out Benny Elom’s latest single which officially released on February 5th via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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cp howes plays the ‘Situational Worldwide Blues’

cp howes

Wisconsin-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, cp howes, lyrically captured the monotony of a lockdown lifestyle while freeing us from it with his liberatingly soulful infusion of Blues, RnB and Gospel in their latest single ‘Situational Worldwide Blues’.

‘situational worldwide blues’ sounds like it should be a paradox, the clever juxtaposition drives home the devastatingly unifying reality of our lives while refusing the listener to be saddened by it. The honkytonk piano, shimmering organ wails and the unique acoustics of a cigar-box-6-string guitar ensure that nothing but good vibes are transmitted on the airwaves through Situational Worldwide Blues.

You can check out cp howes’ latest single here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Hip hop and blues fusionist Avery Jacob has released his latest cavernous stormer of a single

Vibe alchemist and hip hop/blues fusionist, Avery Jacob has been on our radar ever since the release of their 2019 single, Sprit Cookin’. With his ability to exude the charisma of 1,000 cult leaders, we couldn’t help getting excited about how they’d follow on from the stormer of a soul-filling single.

Now that the world is infinitely more dystopic and depressing than when we were introduced to Avery Jacob, his luminary style is more visceral than ever. Their most recent release, ‘Storm Coming’, lyrically reflects the depressive thoughts which have implanted in our minds over the last 12 months as drum rolls trigger a tribal impulse to get adrenalized instead of apathetic.

The cavernous rolls of thunder which join Avery Jacob’s signature bluesy acoustic bass bends is enough to make Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl sound tame. Hit play, and you’ll find out how Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction felt during the adrenaline-shot-to-the-heart scene.

Storm Coming is available to stream via Spotify.

Head over to their official website for more info and ways to listen.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Just one night: Hannah Reem sings so gloriously on fantastic second single ‘Beg Steal Borrow’

With no scheme in mind, Hannah Reem is looking for one night to be with her crush she has eyes for, on the stunning new single ‘Beg Steal Borrow‘.

Hannah Reem is a phenomenal Hampshire, UK-based indie soul/jazz/blues singer-songwriter, with a voice so massively incredible, your heart will be alive and replenished with that genuine love again thanks to this special talent.

She delightfully fuses that rare kind of music together, that is blooded from her North African roots and British upbringing, you shiver as she sings right into your heart to give you a thrilling feeling of hearing that golden voice, that has your hairs standing up straight to attention.

This is that story about being alone for so long during this horrific pandemic and your desires are awakened when you see him. You just want him for one night ,so you can satisfy your urges and show him what he is missing out on. Your eyes are firmly latched onto him and you want him to realize that this will be a night he won’t ever forget.

The smokey blues and dynamic jazz influence fills you up instantly like a cuppa hot chocolate on a winter’s morning, as she has that tremendous tone inside her luscious lungs. You love the soul food that makes your mouth water with stupendous delight as you close your eyes, wondering how she sounds live on stage with the bright lights and warm embrace of the loving crowd.

Beg Steal Borrow‘ from the wonderfully cheeky cool Hampshire singer Hannah Reem, is that succulent and tasty single that you have been desiring to enter your body, that just takes your breath away instantly with her effortless charms and world class vocal delivery.

Hear this dazzling talent on Spotify and see more on her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Nathan Rodd revived old school alt-folk blues with their sonorously sonic single ‘Natalie’

How do you make old school alt-folk blues just as mesmerising as Tom Waits did in the 70s? You’ll find the answer in up and coming artist, Nathan Rodd’s, debut EP ‘Slowly’.

The standout single ‘Natalie’, finds the perfect balance of sonorous sonic power and delicate intrigue right from the intro. From there on out, pulled along by the tightly packed, intricately progressions which bleed nuances of jazz. But there’s nothing nuanced about the full-frontal emotion which unequivocally confirms that romance is still alive in 2021.

The distinctively raspy whisky-stained vocals give the soundscape an archaic touch while the masterfully dynamic production makes sure that Natalie wouldn’t be out of place on contemporary airwaves.

Nathan Rodd’s debut EP is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ten Gram Tang take us on a riot of retro bluesy rock with ‘Vintage Slide’

Smoky, sultry, husky, and bluesy, with a wicked swagger and singer/rhythm guitarist Paige Lee’s amazing vocals ‘Vintage Slide’ is the third single from Boston, MA., retro-rockers Ten Gram Tang, and it’s simply stunning. Dragging in 60’s and 70’s rock and blues references left, right, and centre – Hendrix, Joplin, Grace Slick – mixed with some more modern touchstones in the form of the Tedeschi Trucks band, the White Stripes, The Dead Weather, Beth Hart,  a dash of Melissa Etheridge, a huge dose of Elle King, with some of Lorde’s ‘Perfect Places’ melancholic breathiness, a bit of Lana Del Rey, and perhaps some Linda Perry in the background.

That by itself is a pretty heady mix, and Lee’s vocals really are that good, but once you throw in guitarist Connor Powell’s killer lead work throughout the track, and the stop-start groove driven by Kevin Reilly’s bass and guest/co-writer Michael Samse’s staccato drum patterns, you’ve got a stunning 4’20” of bluesy 70’s-inspired retro rock’n’roll with a large helping of soul thrown in for good measure.

Ten Gram Tang release their debut album in February 2021, but in the meantime, ‘Vintage Slide’ is an absolute must-have.

Hear ‘Vintage Slide’ on Spotify, and check out Ten Gram Tang on Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Escape the 21st century in the timeless tones of T.C. Tumbleweed’s Alt Folk single ‘Louise’

Folk-punk became an infinitely more enamouring genre with the release of Swedish-born singer-songwriter T.C. Tumbleweed’s latest EP, ‘Out of Tune’, with old school blues thrown in for good measure, plenty of timeless tones are revived, but through this humble exhibition of their amiable talent, it may as well be your first time cruising through upraising bluesy rhythms with shimmering organ wails bringing a touch of the celestial.

The standout track, ‘Louise (Love is Only a Day) is set to enamour fans of 70s era Stones, Bob Dylan, Frank Turner and Gogol Bordello alike. If you could imagine what Nick Cave would sound like if he had a soul, you’ll get an idea of what is in store when you hit play on the instantly enrapturing track which is impossible to pick apart. It becomes so much more than the sum of all parts with the swathes of emotion delivered in equal measure through the soulfully compelling vocals and the instrumentals which exhibit a level of prowess which affirms that T.C. Tumbleweed definitely deserves a spot on your radar. He’ll probably reserve a spot in your soul by the time you hit the first chorus.

You can check out T.C. Tumbleweed’s EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast