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8udDha bl0od – 8888: Avant-Garde Glitch Wave Psych Rock

Glitchy electronica meets psych-rock in Brighton-based artist 8udDha bl0od’s latest instrumental single 8888; the avant-garde production allows the static electronic effect to bite into the old school rock n roll guitars which drive you through the indulgent chaos of the soundscape.

As 8888 gears toward the outro, tribal energy starts to tear its way into the release before a sharp and sudden close affirms just how immersive the single was, once your rhythmic pulses are at a loss with the silence.

Even with the artist’s ever-evolving sound, you can appreciate the signature style of 8udDha bl0od that ensures each of his releases come with a psychedelic kick and dirty rock tones that bring familiarity to his otherwise eclectically obscure releases.

Listen to 8888 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Oli Morris takes us on a tour with the Acid Jazz-inspired ‘Bimal’

Oli Morris

It’s always a pleasure to review something a little bit out of the blue and unexpected, and when it’s from someone as accomplished as Oli Morris that holds doubly so. A saxophonist and composer originally born in Northridge, California but now living in Bristol, Oli studied music at the University of Chichester, but soon found himself an in-demand session player and live sideman, performing at Bestival and Glastonbury as well as decamping to Rockfield Studios with festival favourites Cut Capers.

Shortly before the world paused and ‘roadmap’ took on a new, Covid-related meaning, Morris returned from a month-long backpacking tour through India. The result, featuring a collective of Bristol’s up-and-coming music glitterati, is ‘Bimal’, a jazz-neo-soul fusion in two halves, featuring the stunning, silky-smooth vocals of Chrissie Huntley wrapped around Morris’ masterful saxophone, interspersed with Snazzback’s Eli Jitsuto’s deliciously restrained guitar parts and the oh-so-cool jazz-funk rhythm section of Sam Fox and Andee Liu. There’s some serious Rare Groove and Acid Jazz smoothness here, echoes of the Brand New Heavies and Incognito mixed with touches of Galliano’s ‘Joyful Noise Unto The Creator’ around Ruaridh Wilkinson’s Rhodes piano-work; it’s chilled, mellow, and it’s got some serious soul.

Check out Oli Morris here or on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

Slip into the choral catharsis of 8udDha bl0od’s ambient single, ‘3ye 0f 7he jAgUAR’

‘3ye 0f 7he jAgUAR’ is just one of the recently released singles from the prolific and unpredictable Brighton-based artist 8udDha bl0od; once again, he’s experimented with his style and instrumentation and achieved in portraying organic expression that benefits the listener just as much as the creator.

4-minutes of unadulterated catharsis may seem like a dream come true in the chaos of our frantic modern world, but that is exactly what you will find in this easy to surrender to surf-rock-inspired ambient track.

Where birdsong would be on your archetypal meditative soundscape, 8udDha bl0od implanted chirping electronic glitches to cut through the choral tones spilling from the dreamy minimalist guitars. It’s mesmerising from the first note to the last, for the sake of my own sanity, I hope to hear plenty more ambient tracks from 8udDha bl0od in the future.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s latest single by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Brighton’s prodigal son 8udDha bl0od returns with his latest vintage psych-rock storm, ‘O’

Brighton-based artist 8udDha bl0od can always be counted on to cook up a psychedelic, largely reminiscent-less storm with his new material. That is exactly what you will melt into when you hit play on his recently released single, ‘O’.

The mostly instrumental garage psych rock track is infused with sunset-strip-style-sleaze. It is guaranteed to be a  hit with any fans of King Gizzard, the Oh Sees, The Mars Volta and John Dwyer. The vintage guitars may send a few hazy postcards from the 70s in the intro and the former verses, but as the track gears up for the outro, a contemporary no-wave-Esque protestive punk attitude starts to bleed through and leaves you utterly transfixed.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s latest single by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Brighton’s prodigal son 8udDha bl0od is back with his latest psych-rock track, ‘O’

Brighton-based artist 8udDha bl0od can always be counted on to cook up a psychedelic, largely reminiscent-less storm with his new material. That is exactly what you will melt into when you hit play on his recently released single, ‘O’.

The mostly instrumental garage psych rock track is infused with sunset-strip-style-sleaze. It is guaranteed to be a  hit with any fans of King Gizzard, the Oh Sees, The Mars Volta and John Dwyer. The vintage guitars may send a few hazy postcards from the 70s in the intro and the former verses, but as the track gears up for the outro, a contemporary no-wave-Esque protestive punk attitude starts to bleed through and leaves you utterly transfixed.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s latest single by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

VALE takes us on a journey with debut single ‘Outrun The Sun’

The debut single from Brighton-based artist VALE, ‘Outrun The Sun’, was produced entirely in lockdown and totally DIY – but that’s not to understate the quality or the passion here. Growing up in Switzerland and a classically trained pianist Vale wrote her first song aged six, but her passion for electronic and pop music came to the fore as she studied composition and songwriting at Brighton’s Institute of Modern Music.

‘Outrun The Sun’ is a cute little electronic-pop single in the style of Sia, Billy Eilish, or Dua Lipa; a more subdued verse and then upbeat, catchy chorus with a nice little hook on the ‘what if we outrun the sun’ vocal line. It’s a great little summery pop song, instantly familiar and with that proper ear-worm quality that means you can’t help humming it for hours after listening. Expect to hear a lot more of Vale in the coming months.

‘Outrun The Sun’ is out now; you can hear it on Spotify. Follow Vale on Facebook or Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

Brighton’s Jacko Hooper treats us to an intimate exhibition of relatable fear with his latest single, ‘This Was the Earth’

Being no stranger to Jacko Hooper’s all-consuming music, I thought I was prepared for what was to come in his latest single, ‘This Was the Earth’. Considering that it perfectly captures the sense of drowning while contending with your thoughts in a world where normality and certainty seem like too much to ask for, I was wrong.

With instrumentals mimicking internal conflict paired with Hooper’s vocals which reach deeper than most, This Was the Earth is an intense listen, but the single isn’t without catharsis. With baroque keys adding a touch of theatrical intensity to the semi-orchestral folk-pop single, you can’t help but find yourself overcome by the fact that it seems to unfold like an aural piece of fine art.

Not only is Jacko Hooper a phenomenal artist in his own right, but he also runs the label and promotions company, Folklore Sessions which has showcased over 200 live acts at their monthly shows. I was lucky enough to find myself at such an event in 2018, with Paper Hawk and Josh McGovern joining Jacko Hooper on stage, each act left me more transfixed than the last with their uniquely hypnotic command of modern folk.

The official music video premiered on March 11th; you can check it out for yourselves via YouTube.

You can check out the other artists involved with Folklore Sessions here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast