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Fernando Peters has made their intriguingly exploratory debut with the album “Living Low”

Fernando Peters may not be a household name, but the artists who he has composed for and played as a session artist with are.

The Brazilian artist has kicked off their solo career with the intriguingly explorative album “Living Low”. The tracks it contains may not fall neatly into any genre category, but they safely fall into the realm of cathartic ingenuity.

The best introduction to their indulgently transcendent style is “Island Inside”. With smooth licks of Jazz within the ambient soundscape along with undefinable artfully intimate textures, it’s no great stretch to say that you’ve never heard anything like this before.

The vocals which resonate as ethereal whispers slide in at the mid-point in the progressive soundscape which may be unpredictable at every evolution, but you’re safe in the deftly experienced hands of Fernando Peters.

You can check out Island Inside along with the rest of the album by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Trak Doe serves up transcendently smooth grooves with “Guitar Smooth”

https://youtu.be/ukKUuSIWvU8

If it has been a while since a soundscape has left you rhythmically entranced, you’ll definitely want to delve into the transcendent textures offered by up and coming artist Trak Doe’s recently released single Guitar Smooth.

Guitar Smooth finds the perfect balance between ambience and vivaciousness. The vibrance of the notes charge up the energy while the tenderly meandering notes lead you to relaxation. With the crystal clear iridescence, it’s hard not to succumb to the serenity in the instrumental Latin RnB track.

You can check out Trak Doe’s single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Mike Soto drops beautiful trance-y electronica with new single ‘Leslie’

https://soundcloud.com/mike5oto/leslie/s-MdXSzptbyU2

It’s 40 years since Brian Eno’s ‘Music For Airports’, but Eno’s notes around form and atmosphere still hold true; ‘Leslie’, then, is the lead track from Mike Soto’s debut album ‘Memories’, 2’44” of downtempo, chilled wandering piano phrases over a background of electronic beats, swells, and trance-y ambience.

It’s reminiscent of the more melodic parts of Eno, Helios’ ‘Caesura’,  or Anitek’s ‘The Refractory’; downtempo but not downbeat, uplifting but not overpowering. It’s a nicely crafted piece, quiet and unobtrusive, the kicker at 1’39” catching you unawares and snapping your attention back to the repeating piano motif before it fades away to nothingness at 2’44”.

Tastefully done, Lo-Fi, and subtle, Mike Soto’s debut album ‘Memories’ is on iTunes; check out Mike on Facebook here.

Review by Alex Holmes

Zach Kenney – Don’t Forget Me: Ambiently Compelling Electronica

Up and coming Electronic artist and producer Zach Kenney has recently released their debut album Misplaced Thoughts, a collection of stunningly immersive soundscapes which allow you to explore the artist’s expression, your own mental frequencies and the resonance in between.

We’ve all had a little more rumination time than usual recently, Misplaced Thoughts is the perfect soundtrack for those quiet and complacent moments. While each track is a pleasure to get lost in, the best introduction to Zach Kenney’s sound is “Don’t Forget Me”.

Whether it was the title of the instrumental soundscape or the all too potent morose sting of the ambient and almost hopeful electronic notes, Don’t Forget Me ironically became an unforgettable aural experience. Ambient hits of catharsis don’t come much sweeter than what you will find in Don’t Forget Me.

You can check out Zach Kenney’s single Don’t Forget Me along with the rest of their album via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Lose yourself in the dreamy Jazz-laced layers of Young Dad’s ambient Hip Hop single “Shine on You” ft Symone.

Shine on You is the concluding single on breaking Hip Hop artist Young Dad’s dreamy jazz-laden album “On a Flight from Phoenix”. Expect warm tones, organic good vibes, and pure downtempo aural bliss.

To create an indulgently dynamic track, Young Dad teamed up with vocalist Symone whose magnetic harmonies perfectly match Young Dad’s soulfully inviting Rap style.

His words are as resolving and connectable as the smooth ambient rhythms which Shine on You was crafted with. My soul feels suitably lighter after hearing it.

If you’re in need of some aural catharsis yourselves, you can check out Shine on You for yourselves along with the rest of Young Dad’s 2020 album via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Take a Transcendent Aural Trip with Alt Electronica Artist Taūv’s Ambiently Atmospheric Debut Album

In 2019 Electronic artist and producer Taūv dropped their debut self-titled album. We’re incredibly glad that the intricately layered soundscapes which take you on a transcendental trip to a completely new aural plateau ended up in our ears.

The ambiently psychedelic tones make it all too easy to immerse yourself within the mixes and follow the unpredictable progressions as they seamlessly contort under Taūv’s deft command.

Each of the tracks was atmospherically arrestive, but within the album, you’ll find a dynamic array of sounds. Each mix unfolds as a snapshot of the artist’s psyche when he orchestrated them. In “A Stroll with Birds” you’ll be fed birdsong and tranquillity. In “Losing My Shit” you’ll get a taste of the artist’s shadow side through the phantasmal layers which are weaved into the futuristic mix.

You can check out Taūv’s album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify. Prepare for 34 solid minutes of electronically crafted alchemy.

Keep up to date with the latest releases from the artist via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Dozy Boi – Reality: Absorbingly Exotic Jazz-Soaked Chill Hop

UK-based Up and coming Hip Hop artist and producer Dozy Boi has recently dropped their sublimely cathartic Chill Hop album “Here”, you might want to prepare your Lo-Fi Chill Hop playlists right about now.

While each single carries an arsenal of ambience, the best introduction to Dozy Boi’s tension-stripping approach to production is the standout single “Reality”.

The only interruption to the soft mellifluous Jazz-soaked beats is a vocal sample which implores you to question your perception of reality. Ordinarily, that would drive me into an existential crisis, but thanks to the absorbingly exotic textures found in Reality, it’s all too easy to succumb to the smooth and comforting vibes.

You can check out Reality along with the rest of Dozy Boi’s debut album which dropped in May 2020 for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

YAN x TIM FLAIR – MOB VILLAIN: Ambiently Arrestive Hip Hop

American Rapper Yan teamed up with Dutch producer Tim Flair to drop the hazy, dreamy, lyrically ingenious feat of Hip Hop “MOB VILLAIN”.

With subtle nuances of Jazz weaving around the ambiently arrestive Trap beats, MOB VILLAIN organically drips catharsis. And through YAN’s Rap bars, you’ll get to soak up all the soul which was thrown into the melodically blissful mix.

You can check out YAN x TIM FLAIR’s track MOB VILLAIN for yourselves by heading over to YouTube. Your vibe-out playlists will definitely thank you for it.

If it’s your bag, give their channel a follow. MOB VILLAIN is the debut single to be released from YAN x TIM FLAIR’s collaborative EP “Late Nites & Summer Days” which has been produced to freshen up your Summer Hip Hop playlists.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

U.V.P – Spread Your Wings featuring LiBa: Entrancingly Progressive Leftfield Electronica

https://uvpmusic.bandcamp.com/track/spread-your-wings-feat-liba

Bristol, UK-based Electronica artist and producer U.V.P dropped their latest track Spread Your Wings in collaboration with LiBa on June 12th.

The seductively structured feat of artfully downbeat electronica may be slow to start, but the extended mix carries an arsenal of progressive innovation. After building up to an entrancingly danceable sun-soaked soundscape, Spread Your Wings guides you through a myriad of progressions, each is as adrenalizing as the last.

LiBa’s distinctive and almost genre-less vocals found perfect synergy with U.V.P’s deftly crafted beats and allowed collaborative chemistry to drip from Spread Your Wings.

We may not be celebrating summer dance hits in the usual way this year, but whatever mood the Leftfield earworm catches you in, it will definitely be sweeter by the time you get to the outro.

You can stream and purchase U.V.P’s track Spread Your Wings via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

London’s Will James reminds us of real values with bluesy classic ‘’Bo James’’

https://soundcloud.com/willjamesch/bo-james/s-T6B4igR2y1b

I do what I love, I don’t need to sell my soul. Ah yes Will, you are absolutely right. In a crazy world, full of fakeness all over, this is the kind of music that is so good for the soul. It’s authentic, has elements of Jazz, Blues and all that good stuff.

I can imagine going to watch Will at a small, basement club, full of real music fans. This is the kind of place that warms my heart. Will’s voice is strong, he holds his tone well and man, this guy can write.

London native ‘Will James’ would be a treat to watch live I’m sure. He is a part of the street musicians in the City, playing as much as possible and inspiring those locals and tourists that bother to listen to good music. This is a true solo artist and one that I hope gains much love worldwide. Will & Bo James have soul and that is rare.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen