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The LOOP – See Me Beyond My Skin featuring MZ Starr & Marcia

Boston-based RnB pop duo the LOOP made their debut in February 2021 with their soulfully interrogative single, ‘See Me Beyond My Skin’, featuring collaborative artists MZ Starr and Marcia.

It’s the pinnacle of elegance as it confronts subconscious and conscious prejudice and invites the listener to look deeper when attempting to understand women of colour. The single possess plenty of sonic power, but the real weight in this single is how it allows you to find compassion for people who are in view but never truly seen.

Hopefully, one day, tracks such as See Me Beyond My Skin won’t need to exist; for now, we’ll have to heed the words of artists such as the Loop who are bringing that day closer with their melodic grooves, unfiltered lyrics and harmonically sweet vocals.

See Me Beyond My Skin is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Let’s Roll: ShoTunez gets that risky ride music just right with ‘Ladada’ (feat. Locci Primo)

As the blue lights almost ruin the days adventures in the wild, ShoTunez slides into a hidden alleyway just in time on ‘System Failure‘, to live one more day on his new street-hop single called ‘Ladada‘ (feat. Locci Primo).

Emerging Los Angeles, California-based, Boston-raised indie artist/producer ShoTunez, creatively showcases his wise talents by having his calm ear to the bustling’ streets below, as he willingly brings us a soundtrack that captures what its like to live within seconds, of it all ending for a grab at a few money bags loaded with exciting treasures.

They rap with that hardened edge of nearly seeing it all out there, their stories of survival reign true with a slick beat that has you putting your hoodie up to hide from the cameras, your head low as you nod your head to this underground track.

Ladada‘ (feat. Locci Primo) from LA-based producer/rapper ShoTunez, catches the mood just right in this crazy world where you have to take a few sly risks to truly make it. With an ear-bending style that is all real life hustle, this is a top track that is all about that ride to make some money and live more comfortably, despite the massive risks if you get caught from behind.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see the IG for more news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


Gotta Be Careful: Boston rapper Ace Capone knows the next move needs to be the right one on ‘HeadSmoke’

With the blaze game on the tightly rolled every time he’s hungry, Ace Capone rips a freestyle quick-fire track to tease us into his next creation on ‘HeadSmoke‘.

Boston, Massachusetts rapper Ace Capone, drops that raw street-hop trap that has you in a flux of emotions, as this rapid energy of a video has your head spinning, as to who he really is.

The mysterious raps has you thinking extra deep as you transfix yourself into his state of mind. The money is slowly starting to build up and he is seeing results, as the pressure mounts up too and loyalties are tested real quick. Its crazy how a maddening pandemic can actually help you truly find out who your real friends are, and who definitely isn’t.

HeadSmoke‘ from emerging Boston rapper Ace Capone, is that raw new track to let us know that he is keeping his eye on the prize, as he gets his music collection ready to blow up. The team needs to be strong however, otherwise all the cards will fall down like a ton of bricks and fold it down to the ground, to be locked up forever.

Check out the video on YouTube.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


It Won’t Be Alright: Charlson returns with contemplative new single about moving apart on ‘You Say’

Lovingly taken from his debut one thousand-mile journey album called ‘U.S. 285‘, this is all about finding that true meaning and purpose in life, as Charlson returns with the reflective single called ‘You Say‘.

Charlson is a thoughtful alt-rock artist based out of Boston and Las Vegas in the USA. He makes that perfectly tuned road trip music, that has you thinking deeply about those flashback moments you wish you could take back, as well as those memories you want to make going forward.

This is the story about a lukewarm love that was going strong but things have changed and you feel that they are moving far away, as you want to instead move closer.

His honest voice reflects the pain with a groove energy, that catches your attention as you sing with him on the mellow chorus. There is a lot of intricate acoustic melodies with that old school 80’s feel that gets into your veins, as you gaze outside and wonder where that lost love really went after all these years.

You Say‘ from Charlson, is a sad tale about how you want to be with them so much, but you feel like they are actually driving away whilst saying the exact opposite. Their eyes are telling you the truth and they are locking away information that you need to know, as the relationship ends you wish that your love could burn bright like it was before.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


Waited for the summer: Lee Smythe reminisces on the days he felt alive on ‘When I Was Young’

The prequel to his latest 6-track gem ‘King Of Cups EP, Lee Smythe carefully dusts off the family picture book to show us what it was like ‘When I Was Young‘.

Lee Smythe is a genuine Los Angeles, California-born, Boston in Massachusetts-based indie-folk songwriter, who sings with that authentic old school feel that gives off that classic style, so rare and highly welcome in this plastic-filled world.

With his classy hat, clean suit and smoothly clipped beard looking fresh for action, he slides in the side door with a grin and a toasty performance, that has your whole body warm in delightful comfort.

This is the story of remembering when you were innocent back in the day and had that extra zest for life as a young kid should, going to the beach and recalling those crazy stories with friends, when you did dumb things but it made you wiser. The days are going faster now and you feel like you should probably get back to that part in your life and go on adventures that might scare you, but will get the blood flowing and inspire you again.

His voice is a good time on the curious ears, as he takes you back to those fun days through a vocal delivery that is strong and so pleasurable for all your senses, his terrific guitar style only makes this a memorable experience.

When I Was Young‘ from Boston’s Lee Smythe, is that classic track that will remain timeless, the efficient manner he portrays has you smiling and remembering the good old days with friends you haven’t seen for too long.

Stream this quality single on Spotify and follow his life on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music RnB

Be your own trendsetter: Riah Dawn shows such grace on sipping ‘The Tea’ of self-love and possibilities

Riah Dawn flourishes like a shining star that dispels all self-doubt away like a true angel does, on the breathtaking single ‘The Tea‘.

Boston, Massachusetts-born multi-talented R&B/Soul singer-songwriter, violinist, cellist, drummer and pianist Riah Dawn, makes that rare real music about her life growing up as an adopted child, finding her identity and figuring out what she really is passionate about. After this recent self-discovery, she has decided that speaking about her story and fusing her poetry into art, is the best way to inspire others to love themselves and to follow their hopes and passions to the fullest. This is indeed a role model musician to appreciate and to listen to her intently.

We are let into this fascinating R&B-fused story by a singer with a truly stunning voice, who has learnt that you need to work with what you are given in life and to not worry about what you don’t have. You are a special person inside and out, with so much value and the future possibilities are endless, if you love that person in the mirror, while being self-aware and staying open-minded.

The Tea‘ from the soulful multi-skilled Boston native Riah Dawn, is the type of song you feel compelled to listen to again and again, as she has such a pure voice that helps you to unwrapped any self-doubt and throw it away. Opening yourself up to new and exciting possibilities is the only way to truly grow and to follow those goals and dreams you have deep inside you. This is the type of artist that shows you where the key is, as she has been there and knows what it feels like.

Unlocking that happy side of you is possible, if you believe in yourself enough and want to walk through into the sunlight.

Hear this wonderful song on her Spotify and learn more about the lovable Riah on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


Feelin’ real hot right now: Weapon flame their music to the world on ‘Fire’

Taken off their latest hot 5-track EP called ‘Winterlude‘, Weapon bring the ‘Fire‘ and keep on cookin’ during these dark and gloomy days, to rise up and keep us all in the right zone.

Weapon are a riveting rap duo based outta Boston in Massachusetts, USA and feature former hoopers Tyshawn aka Fantasy plus Darren aka DFizz45. Together as one formidable team, they make that street-hop real story-filled melodic hip-hop that makes you feel good, so you can get through the day and feel alive.

With a smooth flow, these two talented rappers leave no doubt about their emotions right now. They are both feeling like this is their time to give back to the music world that has given them so much. They give us a top performance that shows their incredible lyrical ability, over a sumptuously tasty beat for the ages.

Fire‘ from Boston rap duo Weapon, is a look into the lives of two emcee’s who are feeling good right now and want to share it with the world. They rap with effortless abandon and show that things can be happy with clear skies in this dark and gloomy world.

When you feeling good, spreading this positive vibe is a much-needed element to inspire others to reach their goals. With so much negative energy around, this is the reason why music was invented in the first place. Assisting others when they are low, so they can aim high again and get those three points every time.

Hear this toasty gem on Spotify and see their rise to the top on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music RnB

The kitchen got too hot: Jesenia shows undeniable greatness with story about vanishing ex on ‘Do Me Like That’

Jesenia drifts through the distant memory of a former lover that made the wrong decision via her spectacularly hot new single called ‘Do Me Like That’.

Jesenia is a Boston, Massachusetts-based R&B/Hip Hop singer-songwriter/emcee who is an artist you need to know about. She projects sultry soundscapes into the sunset-lit sky and makes you feel like you are floating with her- on a calming cloud of love and grace.

This is the vividly descriptive story of how her ex made her feel lathered in open-popping moments and things were going well, when all of a sudden they folded on her like a pack of cards. She sings about shining throughout the pain and moving on, while also remembering how she helped him so much,

When the time came to help her when she needed it most, they sprinted out the door like Usain Bolt. This is the true test of a thriving relationship and to see who is your rock and who is not.

Her dynamic voice is so smoothly delivered and the aura she brings in her mic appears very authentic. This is a strong woman who has been through so much growing up and has seen dysfunction right before her young eyes. She seeks to uplift the sad with music that wets your ears, so it can ease your pain tenderly-even for a few minutes during these tough times.

After finding much success on TikTok recently, the new-found fame hasn’t gone to her head and you can feel the humble nature of a motivated woman that wants to reach the top and do it the right way.

Her intoxicating energy makes you smile and even though the subject matter is sad, you feel like you have just heard a special talent who’s voice transcends into your curious speakers and you feel a warm glow inside your happy bones.

Do Me Like That’ is one of the best songs out there at the moment and Jesenia is here to stay for a while. She shows so much class throughout and doesn’t need to show any ass to reach her goals.

Hear this fast-rising voice of a genuine goddess on YouTube and see how she flourishes with that extra inner self-belief on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


Collaboration extraordinaire: Boston’s Falls So Fast drops excellent new indie-rock single ‘Here’s To’

Falls So Fast are back with a deep new indie-rock single that will have you thinking about life’s journey on ‘Here’s To‘.

A Boston-based collaboration between Electric Treehouse Studios owner/guitarist/mix and sound engineer Alec Francesconi and singer/guitarist Todd Stephany,

Taken off their latest seven-track album ‘Pace‘, this is the story and memory of celebrating the journey of life and remembering those that are not with us now. The passionate vocals transform your mood and helps you remember those memories that stick out and have molded you into who you are today.

Falls So Fast like to take their songs and work with trusted artists in their area, to create a fusion of various influences to make songs that are authentic and easy on the ear. With a genuine style like this, these are the kind of rare musicians that make it worthwhile to support, as they have the right attitude and hunger for that pure music that is often lacking these days.

Here’s To‘ from Boston’s Falls So Fast is the type of song that you turn on to remember those amazing memories as you pour one out to those lost and thinking about those you don’t see anymore, whether they have moved or have changed.

Life is a long and winding trail that can bite you sometimes but can also fill you with moments that make you smile and laugh, as you have a cold one and take your time, to keep the important memories fresh forever.

Stream this wonderful creation on YouTube and see more on their Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


Helping people survive and playing music to heal: Boston’s The Fever Breakers show inspiring compassion on ‘The Human In Me’

Hospital employees want to do more to help out and decide to form a band with exceptional results. This is a rare moment that inspires so many though this wild pandemic and Boston’s The Fever Breakers are top quality on new single ‘The Human In Me‘.

”We are a Band made up of racially and socio-politically diverse hospital employees and craft our socially themed songs in the basement of a Boston based hospital using a piano used for cancer patient music therapy.”- The Fever Breakers

When you can think outside the box like this, good times are on the horizon for their listeners. This is a Trans-Atlantic collaboration with the legendary Stu Epps and the classy effort is a pleasure to hear and I feel so relaxed here, the stunning sounds cools down the heated soul that has seen way to many flames for one lifetime.

The splendid piano drifts through the open window that is for fresh air but is now for fantastic tunes to heal. The vocals shine through and adds a sunset kind of vibe here. This is a story to help us smile and move our bodies again, putting extra energy into the blood flow without needing CPR.

We all want to live again and be free from this horrific pandemic that has changed and bent the world upside down. Through music we can heal and Boston’s The Fever Breakers put their work duties and passion to play music together to unite us all together and make the world a better place on ‘The Human In Me‘.

View the video here and see how they balance life on FB.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen