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The Meta4 Revue – Maltese: An Entrancingly Stylistic Infusion of Blues, Art Pop and Electronica

NYC has spawned an innumerable number of sensational artists, another act which can be added to that list is the smoother than smooth up and coming Electronic Blues Pop act The Meta4 Revue.

May 2020 saw the virtuosos of stylistic soul drop their debut album “Magnum Opera”, the perfect introduction to their ambiently entrancing funk-soaked style is undoubtedly “Maltese”. It doesn’t take long for the magnetic grooves to pull you into the Bluesy feat of Electronically crafted Art Pop which you’ll undoubtedly want to give repeat attention.

I never thought I’d see the day where I’d get to hear an artist offering more sensual evocativeness than Cigarettes After Sex, but here we are.

You can check out the debut album from The Meta4 Revue by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Travie Austin – “Black and Blues”: The ‘Classy and accomplished’ new album released this week.

Hailing from the Southside of Chicago with its history of steel mills and factories, singer/songwriter Travie Austin follows up 2019’s ‘Scrapbook’ with ‘Black and Blues’, nine tracks and 32 minutes of laid-back blues-inspired bops.

Like his hometown, “Black and Blues” is a melting-pot of influences. Infectious, soulful, and downright funky at times, Austin crosses genres with ease; as the title suggests, there’s a definite bluesy feel across the album, but this is interspersed with some tasty fusion piano breaks a la Brad Mehldau or Austin’s inspiration John Legend, and the Gary Clarke Jr. and Julian Lage-influenced guitar lines peppered between the electronic beats and breaks.

Austin showcases his versatility with some heavier riffage on ‘I Earned It’ and the Rodgers-style syncopation across ‘Funk Take Over’ and album closer ‘Final Get Down’.  Overall, “Black and Blues” is classy and accomplished, uplifting and funky; you can hear the album on Spotify and check out Travie on his official website.

 

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Alt RnB artist John Garrison has made their debut with the eccentrically funk-infused single Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That

https://open.spotify.com/track/2KgJE2bVKYkcKljS8a86B8

There may be a serious amount of soul in breaking artist John Garrison’s debut single Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That, but that didn’t stop him from showing his magnetically playful side in the funky grooving hit.

With lyrics like “I’m just loving that someone wants to see me smile” your soul would need to have checked out not to be endeared by the debut. If the lyrics don’t do it for you, their buttery smooth vocals and the infectiously melodic beats may just do the trick.

Any fans of the American Funk Rock band Wild Cherry will be equally as enamoured by John Garrison’s captivatingly flawless radio-ready single which is accessible from the first hit. Naturally, we can’t wait to hear what comes next.

You can check out John Garrison’s groovingly distinctive feat of RnB for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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UK Indie Rock artist Jamie Blackburn has dropped their anthemically-charged hit “Just Like Lennon Said”

Up and coming Indie Rock virtuoso Jamie Blackburn has recently dropped their anthemically-charged hit Just Like Lennon Said.

As soon as the massive chorus took hold, I was flooded with the nostalgia of being a teenager and discovering Sum41, the Offspring, Green Day for the first time.

Just Like Lennon Said carries the same energy of Iconic Pop Punk artists while offering plenty of the Isle of Man-based artist’s own ingenuity which comes from mixing elements of Blues, Rock, and British Old School Punk.

Behind the sonic aural euphoria, you’ll find the intricately absorbing guitar lead work which earned Jamie Blackburn his virtuoso stripes. You didn’t think it was just hyperbole, did you?

You can check out Jamie Blackburn’s single Just Like Lennon Said for yourselves by heading over to Spotify where you’ll also catch their earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Harlow Bluesy Rock band Touch of Blue bring out sizzling ”What’s On My Mind”

Touch of Blue were founded way back in the good old days of 1987. The three original members of the band have hand-crafted a smooth style of guitar based and classic sounding Bluesy Rock which is truly their own. The band have a wide range of music influences and these are mixed into a pot of delicious music for the soul.

What’s On My Mind” is the new song from Touch of Blue and the track starts off in triumphant style that never lets go. With clear vocals that keep you listening, you can feel the band has played together for so many years. They know what each other is going to do and this is a pleasure to hear.

The boys from Harlow who are based all over England now and are on top form here. ”What’s On My Mind” is a great song that puts me on a good mood. It’s all about not knowing exactly what the journey is but you know it’s not going to be an easy ride. It will all be worth it if you can be with her however.

Check out more info on this experienced band with 30 years in the game on their Soundcloud.

If you wish to watch this awesome band live then get to their Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Mike Lenson Band – Gimmie Something Real: A Soulful Attack on Fake News in a Post-Truth World

https://mikelensonband.bandcamp.com/track/gimme-something-real

Mike Lenson Band orchestrated a fierce attack on fake news with their vibrantly absorbing latest single “Gimmie Something Real”.

The powerhouse UK-based quartet allowed the track to offer plenty of funk and groove through their unique genre-crumbling which puts Soul, Jazz and Blues in the same high-octane melting pot.

With organ wails and trombone solos adding plenty of fire to the eclectic instrumental arrangement, the progressions of Gimmie Something Real will leave you even more immersed with every unpredictable turn.

It may not be your usual serving of Soul, but the frustration directed towards the state of our post-truth world is sure to offer plenty of catharsis for anyone who feels the same.

You can stream and download Gimmie Something Real for yourselves via Bandcamp.

To keep up to date with the latest releases and tour dates (when they start happening again) you can connect with Mike Lenson Band via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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CHARI + The Howlin’ Truth have dropped their mould-shattering fiery feat of Alt Blues “Fight For Me”

CHARI + The Howlin’ Truth shattered the Soul Blues mould with their fiery Alt Blues track “Fight for Me”. The adrenalizing hit has quickly garnered plenty of attention with Soul fans who quickly realised that there has always been a gap in the market for aggressive Soul.

If you’ve looked at the state of the world recently, you’ll realise that the fiery aggression is more than justified, it’s essential. It compels you to feel the artist’s boundless frustration with the lack of progress in a society where saying that black lives matter is still a controversial statement for some. The track was written as an ode for all the lives who have been wrongly taken too soon. It’s a promise that the fight will continue and an invitation to join in and be as bold and unapologetic as CHARI.

Fight for Me is crafted with roots-deep rhythms and other timeless elements of Blues. Yet with the high-octane energy which every element of the track was crafted with, it hits so hard you’ll never forget the first impact.

With mind-bending super-sonic instrumental breakdowns and sleek infusions of Hip Hop, Rap and kaleidoscopically distorted Psych, Fight for Me unravels like nothing I’ve ever heard. If you put Led Zeppelin, Skunk Anansie and Ray Charles in an aural blender, you may just get an idea of what is in store when you hit play.

Rapper, songwriter and vocalist CHARI has my undying respect, love and adoration after hearing Fight for Me. I can’t wait to hear where she takes her aural revolution next.

You can check out CHARI + The Howlin’ Truth’s second single Fight for Me for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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”Livewire” by Redgrave Jones is a Trip-Hop jazzy journey for the ages

Luckiest Girl In The World by Redgrave Jones

You have always has a feeling that you are a bit of a trouble maker and can be temperamental. You are always straight to the point and people respect that. Being a live-wire can be tough and people expect you to be the life of the party. You are worthwhile and have a heart of gold.

Los Angeles in California is the home of the sultry-voice goddess of a musician, Redgrave Jones. I’m blown away on my chair listening to this single. I wish I could see her live with the band. Her voice transfixes me and I feel like she controls my every move while listening. Redgrave’s style is diverse and you can see that she is inspired by different genres.

Livewire” is taken from her ”Luckiest Girl In The World” EP from 2017. This is an incredible song with loads of trip-hop jazzy soul laced with a beautifully stunning bluesy bow-tie full of goodness. A dazzling effort here and I am excited to hear more from Redgrave Jones as she is such a tantalizing talent.

Stream this incredible track via Bandcamp right now.

Find out more about this LA artist on her Facebook page.

Review by Llewelyn Screen

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Up and coming crooner Wil Pearson has released their latest sultry earworm “I Wish You Well”

Up and coming artist Wil Pearson has recently released his sultry feat of Easy Listening “I Wish You Well” which proves that he definitely isn’t your average crooner.

The contemporary twist which he puts on the timeless Jazz-infused style strips away the archaic connotations of the genre and replaces it with contemporary accessibility. If his meltingly magnetic vocals weren’t enough, there’s also a strikingly cinematic instrumental breakdown where the electric guitar and the brass battle to dominate the otherwise serene Bluesy soundscape. Mindblowing feels like an understatement. If you could imagine what it would sound like if Michael Buble, The Arctic Monkeys and Slash collaborated on a record, you might just get an idea of what is in store if you hit play on I Wish You Well.

You can check out Wil Pearson’s single I Wish You Well for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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London’s Will James reminds us of real values with bluesy classic ‘’Bo James’’

https://soundcloud.com/willjamesch/bo-james/s-T6B4igR2y1b

I do what I love, I don’t need to sell my soul. Ah yes Will, you are absolutely right. In a crazy world, full of fakeness all over, this is the kind of music that is so good for the soul. It’s authentic, has elements of Jazz, Blues and all that good stuff.

I can imagine going to watch Will at a small, basement club, full of real music fans. This is the kind of place that warms my heart. Will’s voice is strong, he holds his tone well and man, this guy can write.

London native ‘Will James’ would be a treat to watch live I’m sure. He is a part of the street musicians in the City, playing as much as possible and inspiring those locals and tourists that bother to listen to good music. This is a true solo artist and one that I hope gains much love worldwide. Will & Bo James have soul and that is rare.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen