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Lo-Fi Sludgy Shoegaze and Post Punk, converge in Nikolai Parker’s latest despondently sweet single “June”

https://nikolaiparker.bandcamp.com/track/june

Boston, Massachusetts-based Alternative artist Nikolai Parker dropped their latest single “June” on June 16th, we’re already hooked on the sludgy immersive aural despondency.

The progressive soundscape starts with chorally absorbing guitar notes floating high above the steady rattle of the drumbeats, but as June progresses, the momentum picks up and discord starts to bleed through.

In true Shoegaze style, Nikolai Parker’ vocals bleed slightly into the mix. Yet not so much so that the lyrics are lost in the melancholically-tinged soundscape.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Nirvana and Slowdive collaborated on a record, you’d be able to get a good idea of what is in store when you hit play on June. Aptly. the track is as dark and stormy as the month of June in 2020. Admittedly, after hearing Nikolai Parker’s release, it felt increasingly harder to feel morose.

You’d be hard-pressed finding a more indulgent infusion Shoegaze, Post Punk, Grunge and Lo-Fi Rock from a contemporary artist.

You can stream and download June for yourselves via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Wild Sundays have served up a fresh slice of American Indie Pop Rock with their debut single “Exception”

https://wildsundays.bandcamp.com/releases

Exception” is the debut single from the Boston, Massachusetts-based Indie Pop Rock newcomer Wild Sundays. Prepare for a rhythmically slick soul-soothing Indie earworm before hitting play.

The anthemic energy of Exception is nicely paired with the intimately candid lyrics and vocals which invite you to aurally swim in the depths of the vocalist’s authentic and sincere expression.

With most Indie tracks, you can immediately guess who the artist is trying to assimilate. But Wild Sundays pull from a variety of sub-genres to deliver an overwhelmingly contemporary resounding sound which will appease Rock fans of all inclinations.

Whether you love to listen to Bon Jovi, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, or Manic Street Preachers, you’re sure to appreciate Exception.

You can check out Wild Sundays’ track Exception for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vinyl Disciples & Myah Marie lust for that endless summer with ”Craving California”

Sometimes you just know what you want. You lust after the summer skies and frolicking in the pool with your sunglasses on. You swim all day and party all night. This is the life we all crave at the moment but sadly the world is on pause for the time being. Luckily, there is some incredible music out there to make us happy and here is a real gem of a dance song that will cheer you up.

Vinyl Disciples & Myah Marie have teamed up to bring us an absolute gem. This track is all about summer and comes right at the time I was thinking about booking a trip to Greece. California would be nice of course but the US is in the grips of a wild time so that idea is on hold for the time being.

Craving California” is a sun-soaked picture of an ideal weekend that is sumptuously vocalized by the breath-taking talent of Myah Marie who takes us on a sparkling daydream. With Mishaal Alireza, Mete Aslan and Edwin Matos on the beautiful Boston-made beat as Vinyl Disciples, we are in safe hands. Bring on summer.

Stream this happy new track with all the good vibes here on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Former Dentist Mova drills holes with comeback ”Gone To Stay”

Loving someone so much and falling for them is such an incredible feeling. If they don’t feel the same way back, things will always be tricky. They could fall in love with you someday but are you willing to wait?

Boston local and former Dentist Mova is back and with a bang. He missed music so much and decided to turn his hobby into his life.

Mova shows us that desiring someone that is always breaking your heart isn’t a healthy way to live. With a catchy beat and clear lyrics, he brings us into the picture of romance with his on and off lover. From a distance, Mova reflects on what this has done to his heart and he eventually realizes that he must move on otherwise the pain will carry on. This is a good song and will be popular with the younger generation. It won’t be surprising to see the track explode once summer holidays begin.

Stream the comeback from this Boston based artist who is fired up to be back in the music game. Check out his Spotify channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Boston-based artist Buddha-Ty intrigues with debut single ”Middle Way”

Some artists are just wildly unknown. Their music somehow struggles to reach the cream of the crop without a big budget. I feel like this is one of those times where an emcee needs some love. Buddha-Ty is the name and he is a rapper from Boston in the USA.

Middle Way” is the debut track from this young artist with loads of potential. His flow is consistent and he doesn’t try too hard to get his message across. Buddha-Ty has been waiting for this moment and he wades in deep here with a distorted bass bin blurry beat. He has come up from the basement with tales to tell of his new found confidence and creativity. This is a new emcee who’s flow will develop with time and it will be fascinating to see if his style changes in time. I love the beat and it has an extra electronic feel to it and this adds so much authentic energy to the debut. Freeing minds and sending his positive message is all this promising musician is after and he has succeeded without being arrogant about it.

Check out the debut from this innovative Hip Hop artist from Boston on his SoundCloud.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Fancy J commits to a well-rounded dream pop sound with ‘Forever’

Pop vocalist originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Fancy J has released her new pop track ‘Forever’. 

Smothered with a healthy glaze of lo-fi R&B production, ‘Forever’ soars into high pitched vocal notes with Fancy J providing an almost ethereal atmosphere in her crooning. The track is a gorgeous, dreamy number and doesn’t hold back in covering listeners in a wall of emotionally vulnerable lyrics and undulating vocal drawls. 

Hauntingly beautiful at its apex – the track will sing to the ears of those who enjoy lo-fi melodic dream pop with oodles of R&B influence and ‘Forever’ shows Fancy J has the chops to make it into any moody pop playlist. 

You can check out Fancy J’s ‘Forever’ on her Spotify page here.  

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Lovable Boston native Kerrin Connolly Geek-Rocks her way in the game with ‘’Thanks for Playing’’

This is a solo artist on the rise. With catchy songs and a genuine nature, the world needs more artists like this to cherish- especially during lockdown. 

The cat lover, self-confessed nerd- all with a gorgeous voice- sings her way into the hearts of the world with her new single ‘’Thanks for Playing’’ from her new album Almost, big things are coming for this humble singer from Massachusetts in the USA.

Kerrin is the cute girl next door who keeps on smiling at you and who loves to sing all day. Her music is light-hearted and she is clearly fascinated by the supernatural. Let’s enjoy Kerrin’s fun vibe and remember that life should be enjoyed despite the daily challenges.

Hear more of the wonderful Kerrin and order the new album here .

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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ZeNith releases Rap track Diamonds ft SADI

Boston-based rap duo ZeNith has dropped their recent track ‘Diamond’ ft SADI a Rap and R&B infused single.

Pulling inspirations from Kendrick Lamar, talking about important topics to do with mental health, upbringing, love through their talent of creating meaningful lyrics as they turn it into their own style through their way of Rap. It’s a fairly short track, but you do get a taste of what they have to offer in that time, the pulsing beat that comes through the vocals as the lyrics are repeated in the background in a more distorted deep tone.

Incorporating the sound effect of a record being mixed, and the flow of the variety of sounds that intertwine into the overall rhythm of the track, the vocals are very much keeping it at that low-pitch, keeping it honest and explicit and having that fast pace to it keeping it engaging and upbeat.

If R&B is your thing and you’re looking for new music to listen to be sure to check this one out by ZeNith.

Check out ZeNith ft SADI’s recent single by heading on over to Spotify for yourself now.

Review by Karley Myall

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glo – Control: Youthful Melancholy in Bloom.

glo are an enigmatic electronic-indie duo from Boston, MA. Their new track Control is hot off the press and we’ve got caught up in the pure sensual energy that the charismatically talented female vocals convey in a timeless sense of fragility.

The lyrics written by the talented singer song writer are packed with a sense of liberating female sexuality. It’s a rare treat to hear such an honesty behind the lyrics which are sang through such stark serenity. Lady Gaga eat your heart out. The production is packed full of alluring energy which allows their music progress with a transgressive sense of wonder to create the perfect 21st century ballad.

Control is fuelled with innovative sound grounded by its compelling structure, it’s packed with thunderous synthesised effects which really make the track come to life. The melancholic steeped vocals are not too dissimilar to the works of many contemporary artists such as London Grammar and Lorde. However, their command over their sound is far more poignant. They allow the soundtrack to take you through a whirlwind of evocative emotion. There’s a sweet nativity found in the youthful melancholy of the talented lead vocalist.

Check out Glo’s debut track on the SoundCloud link below:

https://soundcloud.com/glotheduo/control

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Ari B releases infectious pop track ‘Dance Into The Party’

If partying is serious business then the music that acts as its soundtrack certainly isn’t. At least the end result should sound carefree and joyous but that isn’t to say its construction should be anything less than meticulously and expertly put together. Ari B walks just such a line. Yes, it may seem just like the perfect seasonal pop song, the soundtrack to a series of summer parties, but look a little deeper and you will see just how clever the inner workings of the music actually is.

Infectious pop built on a lazy funk groove, soulful vibes hung on a skittering dance beat, a winding down club classic, it is all of these things and more. This young Bostonian popster believes that “the purpose of art is to take us away” to act as a catalyst for escapism and Dance Into The Party is nothing if not a ticket to forgetting the world and finding your own pop-funk space, if only for 4 minutes and 22 seconds. But then again who could only just play the song once?