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Peaceful meditation music: Coal Field Hotel send us on a glorious journey via ‘Wistful’

Coal Field Hotel breeze through the door with aplomb on their excellent multi-genre single called ‘Wistful‘.

The Chicago, Illinois electronic outfit aim to provide listeners with a bucket full of fusions that include post-rock, chillout, ambient and downtempo experiences, that reaches down at your soul and lift you up from any bad vibes that you may be feeling. They make music for the love of the art-form and this is felt in the real tender touch of their wonderful creation.

Wistful‘ is from the five-track album of the same name that dropped in 2019, forms a web of beauty around your heart and never lets go as this is such a deep instrumental song, full of mystery and ultimate intrigue. The way they massage your soul is quite captivating and the acoustic elements add so much to this electronic marvel for the ears to enjoy.

The symmetry that they are able to bond us together with is a sight to behold and you can’t help feeling so much more relaxed after this. This is that special mediation music to take you places you never thought existed.

Wistful‘ from Chicago’s Coal Field Hotel is a layered beauty that only has love and peace inside with a soundtrack to what life should be like. Everyone at one, bonding over music like this while we are floating in the air, looking at all the incredible trees and seas of life below.

This is a song that is best played late at night, when you are staring at the stars, looking for the extra motivation deep inside your bones.

Hear this gem of a track on Spotify and see the visuals on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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That moment of realization that hits home hard: Chicago producer/lyricist duo SnapDibz drop real Hip Hop truth seeker ‘Dead2Me’

Atlanta native emcee Snap and Chicago producer Dibz have joined forces to power in with lots of excellent lyrics and potent production that has created the new SnapDibz hard-hitting track called ‘Dead2Me‘.

The ominously vivid electric energy that flows up from the dark seas of doom is the way this Hip Hop track starts and you know that this is going to be extra special. This intuition is proved correct this time and the honest lyrics clamp our souls with the story of how someone close wasn’t there when you were drowning, with no way out. That feeling of betrayal is described in detail like a Picasso painting, the picture of how you had your hand up and asked for help, but received nothing but crickets in return; is tough to take and you blame yourself.

His cutting edge lyrics mixed with this perfectly built beat is sharp like a Victorinox knife, that cuts real deep and twists your bones. The anger and regret in his voice bubbles up and can’t ever be popped, as the realization of being betrayed sinks into your brain. The time to heal and take stock of who will really be there for you is now on the top of your agenda.

The realistic truth is, a lot of people are only friends with you as they see something they like, it might not be visible at first but their true colors will show you in due time, no matter how well you think you know them.

Dead2Me‘ from Chicago’s SnapDibz is a truthfully sad reflection of our reality TV based world that has created monsters from merely showing how fake life can actually be successful. The power here on the beat and lyrics should be a stark warning to us all, that we need to be so careful who we let into our sea of life as they can turn the other way when you are struggling to breathe, leaving you to save yourself with no lifeguard around.

Feel the realness on Spotify and follow the max-skilled duo on their IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Chicago emcee Blac Samurai shows ever-growing consciousness with ‘Brand New’

Chicago emcee Blac Samurai shows ever-growing consciousness with ‘Brand New‘ and this is a strong effort here in the cloudy world of 2020.

Born and raised in Chicago, Brandon Watkins decided on the name Blac Samurai. This was a name that was created by the Wu Tang name generator as he is a huge kung-fu fan and the legendary Wu-Tang Clan.

You feel a bit different today. This is a brand new feeling that you haven’t had to deal with before and it feels strange. You want to feel normal again, you want to get back in the zone again.

Taken off ‘Compendium‘, this is a sterling effort, full of lyricism that is rare to hear these days with so much mumble distorting the speakers all over the world. This is that A grade music, full of skills and thought.

Blac Samurai is one of those Hip Hop artist that raps about real things and there is no flashy fake glitz and glamour here. ‘Brand New‘ is a quality track, made with that extra bit of class, filled with raps that make your mind drift away. This is a terrific single from the Chicago-based emcee and he further cements his name in the upper echelons of the Hip Hop game.

Click here for the Spotify page.

Head through to the Insta page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Cloverchild brings in the future of Funk with “Down Deep”

https://cloverchild.bandcamp.com/track/down-deep

Chicago-based Indie artist Cloverchild blessed the airwaves with lashings of futuristic Funk with the release of their album Fool’s Paradise which dropped October 2nd.

Hit play and immerse yourself in a high-vibe medley of Disco tones, playful electronica and Rock-inclined rhythmic prowess. The perfect introduction to their charismatically compassionate approach to Indie is “Down Deep”. If you could imagine what it would sound like if you came across John Grant on a good day, you’ll get an idea of the groovy soulful appeal which Down Deep has to offer.

You can check out Down Deep with the rest of Cloverchild’s 2020 album via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Startin’ Lineup & Ryanne Abraham go for fun times again with ‘Day Drinkin’

The Startin’ Lineup & Ryanne Abraham go ‘Day Drinkin‘ and this is a terrific song that helps us reminisce easier times.

This Chicago-based Hip Hop/R&B group comprises of rappers, singers, producers, writers plus sound engineers to keep the engine running smoothly.

This is the summer anthem that we all needed. A song about just enjoying yourself during the day, staying away from the wolves of the night, all in the name of pure fun. Your close friends are right by you, the day is but a youngster and you want to enjoy the day with a few innocent shots of your choice.

Taken off the latest EP ‘Summer League Madness‘, this is a mellow party anthem for those weekend days when you want to have fun. ‘Day Drinkin‘ from The Startin’ Lineup & Ryanne Abraham is the song our tired bodies needed to remember those times that will happen again, when the world calms down.

Click here for the Spotify link.

Head through to the Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Ross Alan sings his way out of heartbreak with ”Sagittarius”

The ever-evolving Ross Alan is a pop singer-songwriter who resides in Chicago in the USA. He returns with his vibrant new single called ”Sagittarius”.

Formerly known as Ross Jernigan and now residing in Chicago, Ross Alan has re-branded name-wise and with his new album, ”Cold Blooded” that dropped on July 10th- he is only rising high in the music world.

Sagittarius” is all about thinking that you are over that special person in your life. Things were good and then they fell apart unfortunately. Are you truly over them? This is the story here and the feeling is that Ross is over that lover now but will it last is the question.

Ross Alan does well on ”Sagittarius” and shows off his strong voice with a solid effort here. He is real talent who is only just getting started.

Stream this new R&B/Pop song right here on his Spotify music channel.

Head to Facebook for more music news on this artist.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Chicago emcee Tae Gwapo scorches the mic with touchdown track ”Visions”

Tae Gwapo is a Chicago based indie emcee with a fine flow and he get the MVP with his new track called ”Visions”. This is a life-lesson masterclass with a sumptuous beat that bellows through the speakers with hauntingly beautiful female vocals added in to complete the team.

What are you main goals? This is the story here and the real advice continues. People are either gonna love or hate you. That is facts that might seem hard to understand at first but it will sink in eventually. Tae Gwapo has seen it all and he fully aware of feeding your team and keeping your eyes wide open in this crazy world.

Tae Gwapo’s ”Visions” is without a shadow of a doubt my favorite Hip Hop track of 2020 and this song serves a purpose. This quality storyteller who is on top form and shares his view of the world on this one. I like how self-aware he is and how the fame hasn’t gotten to his head. If anything, it has made him wiser. Turn this up and hit that repeat.

Stream the video on YouTube.

Read up on this top notch emcee here on Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Dreamy Hip Hop lofi-electro with ”Breeze” from Locke Aizen

Chicago emcee Locke Aizen is a fan of a few genres and you can get lost in his music easily. The dew-tipped pleasurable beats that make me so chilled inter-lock like a web of tricks on my heart. This is lofi-hip hop with lots of experimental legs to bite your earlobes just a little.

Breeze” does exactly what the name states. This new track from the US artist breezing into my soul and doesn’t unlatch in the slightest. This is the follow up to the smoky-filled ”Clouded’‘ a song that is also produced effortlessly by Keagz.

Locke Aizen flows in with his new creation ”Breeze” and I am highly impressed here. There is a sad realization here that perhaps he can’t be with the person he feels he should be. The vibes are solid here and this is a terrific song for 2020 to stop the decline.

Let the breeze in your ears here on Soundcloud.

Head to Bandcamp to support this fine young artist.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Jesus Ayala Jr drives in with grungy garage-rock single ”Chance”

Jesus Ayala Jr is a garage-rock singer from Chicago in the USA. Together with an American White Fender Stratocaster, Jesus aims to relive the glory days of the early-2000’s Garage Rock/Indie Rock/Post-Punk Revival era. He is inspired by bands such as The Strokes, The Killers, The Vaccines, Weezer and Arctic Monkeys.

“I’m nostalgic for the nights that people went out to smoke cigarettes, drink cheap beer, and listen to rock bands. The scene changed on me when I was old enough to go out, so I hope we can recreate that” says Jesus.

Ayala Jr.’s new track is an introduction to his guitar driven music. There are lots of catchy choruses, clever lyrics, melodic guitar riffs, star-crossed lovers, ambiguous love triangles and troubled high school principals covered in his music.

Chance” is a splendid song that serves us up a tasty garage mix of quality musicianship from this talented artist. The grooves are deep and the track is a story of life and 2nd chances. Going for your dreams is the message here and not letting go.

Head through to Soundcloud to hear this brand new song.

For live show news head through to Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Chicago’s Chandler Joshua sends deep message with ”Who Are You?”

https://soundcloud.com/chandlerjoshua/who-are-you

Who are you really inside? Do you look at the mirror and not like what you see? This is an age old problem that has engulfed our world. With Social Media dominating our lives, self-love and mental health is even more vital these days. You need to love yourself in a humble manner to fully love someone else.

”This song is about someone who hates who they see in the mirror, someone who recognizes that they are no one, and tries to convince themselves that it does not bother them, when it is one of the most overwhelming things in their life.”- Chandler Joshua

Who Are You?” from Chandler Joshua is a sad song. No question. This is an artist that is in pain as he does not like what he sees and is trying to convince himself that it doesn’t bother him but it does. The vibe is deep and meaningful and let’s hope this song helps him grab out of the hole that he is in. Let’s hope this young Chicago artist is able to go outside more and meet that special soul that helps him. He shows promise with his music and it will be interesting to see what kind of style he puts out next.

You are someone Chandler. We believe in you.

Click on the Soundcloud page to hear this song and more from this young artist.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen