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Way Too Late: Kenesukoh floats away forever on i’ll be gone

Putting his previous struggles behind him and getting away from something he feels no love for anymore, Kenesukoh has dropped a quick-fire song to turn our ears up and this one is called i’ll be gone.

Kenesukoh is a Los Angeles, California-based indie shoegaze artist who loves to make soul-carrying singles to take others out of their mental struggle.

Packed with potential and piercing with a speaker-sizzle vibration, Kenesukoh is the type of modern-day musician who keeps things real throughout and certainly isn’t afraid to experiment.

i’ll be gone from the LA shoegaze single-songwriter Kenesukoh is a reminder that sometimes things end before we want them to. This is a single with minimal lyrics and is simply a daydream in real life, that seems to go so fast and take us into a surreal mindset which is hard to overcome sometimes.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

On a Hill: Highline Trail pays the price on that warm summer evening on The Pressed Man

Known best for their award-nominated track from 2022 Emmie, Highline Trail hikes up the torturous mountain and shows us their impressive progression with the top new single to sing with on loud, The Pressed Man.

Highline Trail is a San Diego, California-based indie folk-rock band that fuses infectious soul and funky harmonies which might put all listeners into a trance-like state.

With a hugely extraordinary anthem to forge communities together, Highline Trail looks toward the top of the cliff and has a style that will shake the trees and bellow briskly a message to savour.

The Pressed Man from San Diego, California-based indie folk-rock act Highline Trail is a cinematic experience which takes us into a different world and embraces an old-school mentality. There are so many aspects to love about this fine release, which might put shivers down the spine of all eager listeners.

If you like music with a hauntingly exquisite aura, this is a song like no other.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Your presence is costing me: Kiana Flowers is in no mood to have her valuable time wasted by clowns on Get To The Money

Sensing like love is a curse for her right now as she looks for a business model which will give her everything she ever wanted, Kiana Flowers drops a cash-filled track to sizzle up the sauces to gaining so much more than wack minimum wage on Get To The Money.

Kiana Flowers aka Mary Kiana Strayhorn is a San Diego, California-born indie hip-hop artist who grew up in Indy and has a self-motivated attitude which will calm the minds of those who are looking for something real.

Slicing away the nonsense like an angry butcher, Kiana Flowers lets it be known that she understands her value. Sick of big stories and even larger lame egos, she breaks away from anyone who has dodgy energy and races towards the bag instead.

Get To The Money from the motivated Indy-based indie rapper Kiana Flowers is a spirited soundtrack to encourage those who needed a reality check in finance building. Rapped hard and with purpose, we are shown the way through the vault door and away from Brokesville. Brilliant stuff really. An underground rap song at its purest.

Hear this fine single on YouTube.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Death can’t touch me now: John Leckenby sings with great faith on the Christian anthem, Promise

Knowing that his life is safe now despite the traumas of the world, John Leckenby is covered by the blood of Christ and has found his purpose now on the hugely motivating new single, Promise.

John Leckenby is a Fresno, California-based indie Gospel artist who shows us that he acknowledges the resurrection and sings with such love and care.

It’s like an anthem for my life,” said Leckenby. “It’s about the one promise that can sustain us in our lives, and that is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Promise from Fresno-based worship leader and songwriter John Leckenby is a stunning song which shall help many find welcome warmth on a cold planet. There is so much drive and honesty here which is so heartening to see as we’re treated to a delightful soundtrack, by an artist who guides us into his current mindset.

Showing us the way to living a meaningful existence, this is the perfect song for anyone who wants to believe again.

If love is all that you need to live happier, surely belief helps fuse everything together.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Didn’t Care: David Johnson Kim tells us how the game chose him on Journey Begins

Taken off the brand new 18-track album called The Butterfly Island, David Johnson Kim tries to defeat the demons and rise from the underground no matter the challenges that await his every move on Journey Begins.

David Johnson Kim is a Los Angeles, California-based indie hip-hop artist and music producer who helps us all find a real place to be in this seemingly complicated world.

I draw from my own personal journey and influences of my upbringing/culture with my faith being the center of the heart behind this album. It explores styles of music that I grew up with while connecting it to topics of nature, adventure, nostalgia, and a deeper longing for an eternal purpose in life.” ~ David Johnson Kim

Reminding us of a classic Beastie Boys sound, David Johnson Kim ushes in a new era of an old-school sound which will surely never die. This is tremendous stuff and shall rocket delightfully enhanced energy to make everything better again.

Journey Begins from the Los Angeles, California-based indie hip-hop artist and music producer David Johnson Kim is an ear-healing kind of memorable experience to dust off the hard knocks forever. Pouncing like a ravenous cat who is eager for a snack, we find a purring song to turn on no matter the mood of the world.

Surging through with so much venomous energy, this is a delicious single for all those who love proper lyrics and a flow to munch on happily.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Bring a bag of ice: Legitimate Pink is out there having fun with friends on Lets Kick It

From the gutter and now winning whichever way you look at it, Legitimate Pink shows us all the value of entertaining vibes with genuine friends who actually want you to succeed in life with the tremendously enjoyable summer track, Lets Kick It.

Legitimate Pink is a Los Angeles, California-born Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based indie RnB artist who has bravely moved on from her convicted felon past and now lives a family-friendly and faith-based lifestyle.

Gliding above the smog-filled skies and bringing us something to hold onto, Legitimate Pink has dropped a rather finger-licking-ly good song to snack on with the crew. This is the type of single which has been made for all the right reasons and Lets Kick It does exactly that. It makes everything okay again. The power of genuine music right?

Lets Kick It from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based indie RnB artist Legitimate Pink is one of the most positive tracks to embrace our minds today. There is a pure vibe here. Vocally fresh. Lyrically delightful and soothing all anxious hearts with a glorious melody, this is a summer song to turn up when those sunny skies are changing sour moods around for the better.

When the family is working together, life is just so much more meaningful.

Listen up and get that barbecue lit on Soundcloud.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Interview: Cheyenne Benton tells us more about her exquisitely Beautiful Chaos

Telling us more about upcoming shows and all the hard work and dedication required to be one of the best around, Cheyenne Benton leads us into her Beautiful Chaos and delivers with one of the most honest interviews we’ve covered so far in 2023. Featuring stress baths, the anarchic nature of the process and how it all started in 2019, this is a brutally eye-opening interview to bookmark forever.

Hi Cheyenne, goodness me we’re so happy to chat with you. How have you been coping with life and how do you usually start your day?

Thanks for having me – I’m grateful to have the opportunity to chat with you! That’s quite an interesting question – how I’ve been coping with life… with bi-weekly therapy sessions, writing new music, and stress baths. My mornings typically begin with being awoken by a boisterous vocal performance from my orange cat, Pony. I suppose lead singer disorder runs in the family.

Please tell us all about the creative process and vision behind your new album Beautiful Chaos.

The creative process was about as anarchic as the album title, if I’m being brutally honest. The ideas for this album came about in early 2019, I knew that I wanted to produce the record myself and I wanted to thematically explore the challenges I was facing at the time – unpacking heartbreak, existentialism, substance abuse, mental illness, self-discovery, and what it means to be a young woman in the western world. The record was tremendously crucial for me in that sense – the entire project itself was self-exploration for me, not only as an artist, producer, writer, and musician – but as a person.
If you listen to this album front to back, it tells the story – the journey from codependence to independence. It’s about everything you lose along the way, and everything you gain when you find the courage to let it go. Sonically, I wanted to explore different micing techniques, different musical influences, different creative ideas – so it really is a melting pot of everything I learned during my time in school for audio engineering, blended with what I was listening to heavily at the time and this new version of myself (both in my artistic life and personal life) I was trying to create.

We love live shows! What do you have cooking for June 1st, June 8th and June 13th for us all to get excited about?

We’re performing the full Beautiful Chaos Live set for the first time! This is a show my band and I have been working hard to perfect, and we are excited to bring these songs to life on stage in a live setting.

We are opening for the band Cub Sport on June 1st at the Casbah (7:30pm), and June 8th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on the Garden Stage (9pm). Both of these are San Diego shows.
We’ll also be performing as a stripped-back acoustic trio on June 13th at the Hotel Cafe as a part of the Writer’s Block Showcase (8pm) in Los Angeles.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Back when I used to perform in musical theater as a teenager, I remember one of my directors speaking to the cast at the time and sharing this word of advice – it doesn’t matter if it’s before, during, or after you exit that stage – you are always auditioning.
That has stuck with me and served me in so many ways throughout the years. I think a lot of people, especially in the music industry, forget that others are impacted by your words and actions – both in and out of the studio, on and off the stage. You’re constantly being observed and studied, often by people you don’t even know. So say what you mean, treat people with kindness, and just be aware that whatever you say and do in the dark will eventually be brought to light. If you can’t defend your behavior when the spotlight is on you – maybe there’s character work to be done, maybe it’s time to look inward.

I’m currently 42 and can’t imagine what it’s like being a 20-something inside this confusing world with so much potential. What feelings have been most abundant lately would you say?

I really have been enveloped in an all-consuming rage. Sometimes it’s quiet, and sometimes it’s loud. But it’s pervasive and ever-present. There is an abundance of potential, but also an abundance of injustice that I’ve felt on a universal level, but more recently in ways that have impacted me personally – ways that have been intrusive to my sense of self, my womanhood, and my peace. It’s a bit of a pendulum swing between succumbing to absolute nihilism and working on what is in my control – to be the change the world needs right now.

Where are you based and how is the local music scene in your area?

I’m based in San Diego, California. The music scene is dominated pretty heavily by bands with a lot of hard rock influence, which is neat. I don’t always feel as though I fit in as the feminine indie pop, synth pop, alt rock, flowery little gremlin I am, though. However, this past year or so I’ve felt more embraced by the community than I have in previous years – getting to perform at some really cool venues and even earning a San Diego Music Award nomination for Best R&B, Funk or Soul Song. I appreciate the niche following I am building here, and the local industry veterans who are willing to give my music a listen and a platform.

Last, what are the goals for the foreseeable future and where do you see your sound headed in the next few years?

I’m already underway on my next project – which I can only describe as caustic, scathing, and sardonic. I’m looking forward to leaning into more unpleasant feelings I’ve shied away from sharing in my music. I think I have this habit of always trying to look for the good. I think sometimes, it’s okay to admit that a situation was harmful – it doesn’t have to be wrapped up in a positive bow. I’m excited to embrace that, both lyrically and sonically in this next chapter – and eager for you to hear it.

Listen up and educate the soul on Spotify.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Take Me Away: Towse misses that special fire on We’d Start a Garden

With their highly-anticipated first release in 5 years, Towse is on top form on this delightfully mellow song to try and hold back tears with as the lost romance burns a hole into the heart on We’d Start a Garden.

Towse is a niche indie outfit who are signed by Green Eyed Records and performs with the kind of uniqueness which shall stimulate the mind of those who want something different.

A breakup song about the sadness and confusion of realizing you won’t be spending the rest of your life with someone.” ~ Towse

Written as part of the Song a Day for a Month challenge and recorded in both London and California, Towse drops a bedroom pop-soaked stunner to calm even the busiest of hearts. Kind in nature and relatable in every facet, we are treated to something rather brilliant.

We’d Start a Garden from the superbly visionary band Towse drops a song so deep, it will probably cause tears to stream down at unexpected levels of emotion. Showing us where to go in order to feel happier again and sung so beautifully, this is a catchy single for all the right reasons.

Healing takes time to fully heal most wounds after all.

Turn this up on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

To The Moment: Destiny Imani feels the total romance on Loving You

Dropped from her upcoming first EP called Out In The Open, Destiny Imani has decided on the future and will only stay in the moment of special significance on Loving You.

Destiny Imani is a Los Angeles, California-based indie RnB singer-songwriter who is known best for incredibly deep lyrics and gorgeous vocals.

Before the completion of this project, I was hiding in every sense of the word. I was hiding a part of who I was, who I loved, and who I wanted to be. Freedom came with the completion of this project as I found strength in the songs that came from my thoughts, feelings, and emotions. ‘Out In The Open’ is everything I have been told, everything I’ve thought, felt, and endured. It was my outlet and my form of expression. Now, as I prepare to release my first EP I feel an immense amount of joy and gratitude for having the opportunity to freely be ‘Out In The Open’”. ~ Destiny Imani

Conveying the vital significance of wholeheartedly embracing who you love honestly and truthfully without doubt, Destiny Imani is quite sublime on this romantically soulful experience. This is a walk-with-pride moment to be proud of when the head needs to be held up high to soak up each second like a hot bubble bath in winter.

Loving You from Los Angeles, California-based indie RnB singer-songwriter Destiny Imani is a stunning reminder of a pure message with a real genuineness to warm all cold hearts. Vocally supreme and melodic to the core of our smile. we are treated to an excellent song made for all the right reasons.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Made You Mean: Hot For Crime knows that the love has faded on the powerful No Te Quiero

Produced by the well-respected chart-topping genius Drew Fulk, Hot For Crime thunders into the lightning storm and somehow manages to stay completely dry on the ear-popping piledriver to win all wars with called No Te Quiero.

Hot For Crime is a Los Angeles, California-fused indie rock and roll band who love to fire up the crowd with the ’60s and 70’s enlightened soundtrack to turn up loud.

Their debut album meant to be played loud, preferably on your car stereo, with the top down, as you speed along L.A.’s fabled Sunset Strip, where they fit right in.” ~ Hot For Crime

No Te Quiero from Los Angeles, California-based indie rock band Hot For Crime is a rather fantastic single to delve deeply into when an extra burst of energy is needed. Weathering the storms and putting on one heck of a performance, this is probably one of the most uplifting tracks around due to its edgy fundamentals and an assortment of timeless brilliance for the soul.

Turn this up on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen