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Sirens Wailing: SERVAN refuses to be stopped by the bullets on Dark Times

Leading from the front and educating us all about what is really going on inside those distracting flares, SERVAN opens up the door and exhibits leadership qualities amongst the madness of the shattering world on Dark Times.

SERVAN is a Cologne, Germany-based indie hip-hop artist and music producer who is known as a conscious artist who has created GUERRILLA Blues and formulates an electric blend of realness featuring jazz, soul and G-Funk.

The artist, producer and political activist with Kurdish roots fights for a change in today’s mass culture back to a HIP HOP culture that functions as a revolutionary tool of social criticism.” ~ SERVAN

He’s the modern-day hero we needed. SERVAN is his name. Making real music is his game. He takes his well-respected standing seriously and weaves a web through the lies and unties the truth in Dark Times whilst shining the light to help us all see what we need to view. Right now. Before it’s too late for humanity.

Dark Times from Cologne, Germany-based indie hip-hop artist SERVAN is one of the more eye-opening tracks around and might shock those who haven’t really opened their eyes recently. Lyrically on point and with a moody beat to play on maximum volume, to show us all what the world has become.

There is a real edge here which is striking and comprehensively to the point, from a revolutionary creative which is so sick of the pointless bloodshed being spilt due to greedy so-called leaders only caring about themselves.

View this top music video on YouTube.

See the vision continue on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Love Is A Lie: Eka Laki wants to move on forever with I Give, You Take

Taken from her bilingual looper-filled 9-track debut album In my reality and with eight music videos on the way, Eka Laki shows us that splendidly real Pharrell Williams, James Blake, and Rosalia-inspired energy on I Give, You Take.

Eka Laki is a Cologne, Germany alt-pop singer-songwriter who performs in both English and Georgian with RnB, afrobeat and EDM all wonderfully fused together.

Eka relaunched her career in 2018. Over the next four years, she released seven singles, created covers on Twitch, and directed her music videos. In 2019 she participated in a contest for female songwriters and won a trip to a songwriting school at Musikmakarna in Sweden.” ~ Eka Laki

After feeling her buttons pushed and fed up with the toxic situation, the barefooted angel Eka Laki wonders if the ex-lover actually gave a damn. Sensing the denial and fake love showered in like a bee sting, she looks for that reinvigorated liveliness to wrap around her cold heart like a hot shower after being stuck in a freezing lake.

I Give, You Take from Cologne, Germany alt-pop artist Eka Laki is a reborn single for anyone who needs to move on from the past. Produced with raw frankness and projected as a light away from the dark corner of doom, we find a tremendously insightful single to embrace for its genuineness.

When you feel like your body has been used for all its previous compassion, it’s best to move on.

Turn this up loud on Spotify. View more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Interview: Mariele Jankowski is the Bergische Land storyteller the world needs on The Long Song Of Mary Green

We had the huge pleasure of chatting with the incredibly passionate German artist, Mariele Jankowski. Telling us more about her new single due for release on the 3rd of March 2023, The Long Song Of Mary Green we find out more about the process of picking up something special which will change your life musically. Helping the world heal, we find a modern-day poet who just wants this planet to be a better place.

Hey Mariele. We appreciate you chatting with us today. How have you been coping with all the mayhem and where in the world are you as we speak?

Mariele Jankowski: Hello. Thanks so much for having me. At the moment I am in a hamlet, where I grew up, east of Cologne in the hobbit-shire-like hills of the “Bergische Land” in the west of Germany. It’s a stormy, slightly gloomy day today, which I love.
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks lately, having been on a mostly virtual promo tour for my debut single. But so far, it’s also been really rewarding, knowing that there are lots of people who anticipate wanting to hear what I’ve created during the last year. So I’d say it’s a positive-stress-experience.

Other than that it’s slightly daunting to see what’s going on in the world at the moment.. I find it hard to not be swept away by it all emotionally. I’ve spoken about this with a friend who’s also a musician and we both agreed that especially in these times it’s essential to do our job well as musicians and try to create emotional relief, comfort, hope or any other mental outlet for others through our work.

What do you feel is the best breakfast to start a day with?

Mariele Jankowski: It might seem boring, but I love a cup of black tea with oat milk and two toasts, one with marmite, the other one with marmalade, preferably homemade. And if I’m feeling fancy I might drink some orange juice and swap the tea for coffee.

Please tell us all about your debut release The Long Song Of Mary Green and what was the inspiration behind it.

Mariele Jankowski: “The Long Song Of Mary Green”, my debut single, which is coming out on 03/03/2023, is about the human nature of wanting to reach the end goal of eternal happiness, the one thing that’ll make everything perfect. But your problems won’t go away just because you move to a different city or a different country, so you have to continue your journey, keep moving and find your inner peace and happiness within the journey, not its destination.

I wrote it after I had met Cosmo Sheldrake for the first time after his first post-lockdown concert in Hampstead Heath, London, on a beautiful sunny day in 2021. It seems to have been very inspirational because afterwards, I couldn’t stop writing down words that floated through my head. On my way home I felt like a funnel, letting all the outer world filter into my brain: the window of a bookshop, a guy on a motorcycle who looked like Brad Pitt, the endless walking on the sidewalk and the inner voice to keep on walking. I nearly missed the entrance to Camden station and when I got home, the lyrics were basically finished.

How would you describe your music to a complete stranger?

Mariele Jankowski: My producer and friend, Andrew Chappell, says it’s 100% English Folk. I find that funny, having been born and bred in the countryside hills of western Germany. But looking back at my upbringing, we had very prominent local bands who sang in our regional, Ripuarian dialect, called “Kölsch” and all they did was tell everyday stories about every imaginable situation with traditional folk instruments. Many of their melodies also originated from Ireland and the UK. I think I picked up their sense of relying on storytelling as a form of communication, with a traditional form of “guy/girl-with-a-guitar” and the urge to be swept away sonically within a story. And due to my rural upbringing, and having lived in and with nature for most of my life, nature itself has an immense power behind all my songs as well.

When you close your eyes and recall picking up that instrument for the first time, what does it feel like?

Mariele Jankowski: I don’t know which instrument you mean, because I play several.. But generally, when I pick up the guitar, the banjo, the flute, or play the drums or the piano, I get this sort of tingling sensation in my fingers and my gut, if I feel something coming along that might be worthwhile. And when I learn a new instrument it’s like I want to be able to play everything all at once in a way that sounds like I want it to. I often have the sounds in my head before I can translate them onto my instruments, which can be amazing but rather frustrating if you’re restricted in your abilities, especially if I play it on a “new” instrument.

Do you think music with meaning has the power to heal all wounds?

Mariele Jankowski: I don’t know really… I do think that music (it doesn’t have to be meaningful) can provide temporary emotional relief, for the duration of a song and repeating that for as long as it helps to get over some pain. That in combination with time and a lot of self-care, mindfulness and a true and warm, slightly too-tight hug every now and then can heal a lot. But sometimes it’s better to just talk to people and maybe even professionals to continue on the road to recovery. Moreover, I do believe that music has the power to change people’s lives and even the world, as it has done in history so many times before.

Last, what are your goals for the rest of 2023?

Mariele Jankowski: I’m gonna release a string of singles and a following EP, and maybe start on my debut album after that. And I want to play as many gigs as I can both in the UK and in Germany because playing live and listening to live music for me is the truest way of connecting with people, which in the end, is what music is all about.

Hear her music on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

A True Escape: German electronic artist Verena Hentschel is quite superlative on her ‘Break Out’

Taken off her wildly creative 9-track album ‘Transformation‘ which is based on field recordings, Verena Hentschel sends us a world-class performance via her made-for-movies track that shall have you looking around nervously called ‘Break Out‘.

Verena Hentschel is a Cologne, Germany-based indie-electronic composer and visual artist (painting/visual media). This is a supremely inspiring young woman who has impressively obtained a Master of Music in Electronic Composition and a Bachelor of Music in Music and Media.

The focus lies on the experience of sound and visuals and ranges between rhythmic-percussive elements and experimental soundscapes.” ~ Verena Hentschel

On a new single for the ages that has you feeling so compelled to listen loudly again and again, as its attention to detail is quite marvellous – Verena Hentschel might be up there with one of the best underground artists we have seen in a long time.

Break Out‘ from the Cologne, Germany-based indie-electronic composer and visual artist Verena Hentschel is one of the most creatively stimulating tracks you might ever hear. This is a seriously talented multi-creative who makes that spiritually-awakening experience that sends shivers down your spine that you can’t explain. You feel like you are in nature here as you look for your escape from danger, and there is so much to love about this excellent track that is absolutely spellbindingly brilliant.

Hear this astonishing new single on Spotify and be sure to see this enthralling visual on Vimeo.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

In Motion: Remarkable German electronic music producer GRAY shows us the way on her ‘Fractal’

With her highly-acclaimed skillset revealing to us a vividly cultivated track that is always in beautiful motion as she intended, GRAY sends us into a whole new world with the first single of her upcoming EP called ‘Dialogue Systems‘, with ‘Fractal‘.

GRAY is a well-conceptualized project by Cologne, Germany-based indie electronic music producer and well-established designer Stefanie Grawe, who blends in her love for design, music and technology, into an original work that is highly impressive to witness.

Swelling up our curious minds with something so appealing in a peculiar world that is frequently flashlight-free and full of dreaded darkness, GRAY sparks up our enchantment with a breathtaking presentation that has your spirit alive with plausibilities of what the future holds. There is a real class here that is embedded into the almost-crystalized creation here, that seems to bring a warm feeling of hope to your whole awareness.

Fractal‘ from the composed Cologne, Germany-based indie electronic music producer GRAY, is a breakbeat experience that will have you completely transfixed into this new planet that has been assembled by such an incredibly talented artist. Her visionary standard is for all to see here and this is something so unique, which in a world full of lazy copycats, is a real wonderous experience to absolutely be enamoured by.

Hear this outstanding new single on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Before I Paddle Out: Germany-based funk artist Ogtopus drops debut track ‘Two Shades’

With his first EP set for a much-awaited January 2022 release, Ogtopus shows us the tasty waves that only helps the soul feel better on the treat-filled debut single ‘Two Shades‘.

Ogtopus is an ocean-loving Cologne, Germany-based multi-creative indie funk-rock/trip-hop music producer/artist, pianist/guitarist who is inspired by all things shapes and colours, as he seems to see further inside the whole picture than most.

Ogtopus transports us to his well-constructed underwater vibration that has you dusting off those lonely goggles, and going for a well-deserved swim to a community that is so much freer than what we see and feel on land. His vocals have a thoughtful nature and mixed with an ear-enhancing beat, this is a splendid song for everyone to lay back to and chill with.

Two Shades‘ from the deep-thinking Cologne, Germany-based indie funk-rock/trip-hop music producer/artist Ogtopus, is a rhythmical gem that will capture your imagination and set you free from all self-doubt. This is a highly creative artist who is only getting started – that performs with an experienced edge that gets your feet tapping – to a hearty beat that is so catchy and highly likeable.

Hear this brand new track on Spotify and see more news on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Welcome To Earth: K3NDY (feat. Rass Limit) show us what is wrong with the planet on ‘Ground Zero’

As they both look outside the tainted window and tell us exactly what they see, K3NDY (feat. Rass Limit) show us into their honest world of knowing that greed and selfishness of so many in power, will be the end of the human race before too long on ‘Ground Zero’.

K3NDY is a Cologne, Germany-based indie singer-songwriter who fuses emo-pop and rock-punk together into one explosive mixture of incredible sounds. She has linked up with fellow Cologne-based former rapper and now punk artist Rass Limit, as they show obvious chemistry, to lab up a powerful concoction which is one of the more truthful songs of 2021.

They know we are so lost as a race, as they confidently step on the gas and throw down all the cards onto the table. The guitar skills are highly impressive, as the honest lyrics link so well together with vibrant vocals that has your head moving and your mind working extra. You know that they are right and the time for change is definitely here, before it is too late and the whole world burns down.

Ground Zero’ from the unmistakably talented Cologne singer-songwriter K3NDY (feat. Rass Limit), is a thunderous display between two artists who mesh so well together. Hand in hand, they take us on an honest ride through the streets to see the destruction – on land and water that will ultimate define us as the generation that didn’t do enough – to stop the hurtful carnage that is seeping into our planet each second.

Always wanting more has turned so many into blood thirsty zombies, and this is crushing all the love that has been build up over so many centuries before us.

Hear this top new song on Spotify, check out K3NDY’s IG plus Rass Limit’s IG too.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

That crazy game we all play: Nicolai Liesner drops smoothly delivered new single ‘Game Called Love’

Nicolai Liesner send us a piece of playful pop pureness with a real twist, on his latest exciting track called ‘Game Called Love‘.

Cologne, Germany pop singer-songwriter/producer Nicolai Liesner is a youthfully exuberant artist, who makes that crystal clear music that is so easy on the ear and keeps your feet tapping all the way through.

The smooth acoustic simmers at first, followed by the background vocals that are instantly catchy. This feels like a top song already and then we are immersed into the story that feels so real. He sings with an air of honesty and this is such good music that deserves our undivided attention.

This is a song about love, hate and relationships in this crazy world that is so quick on the eye and flashes before you like a video game. There are so many distractions and our mind battles to take in all of the information, unless we sit back sometimes and slow down to let it all manifest in our buzzing brains.

Game Called Love‘ from German pop singer-songwriter/producer Nicolai Liesner is a smooth single full of moments in life that most of us are still trying to work out. We care about people differently but sometimes you meet someone that takes your heart the moment you set your eyes on them. Throughout your time with them there might be mixed feelings but if you care about each other enough, you will speak up and work it out.

To stay objective is hard in life but its an exciting journey to finding who we want to be with and who we want to be. Anything easy isn’t worth it after all.

Stream this fresh new track on his Spotify and see more from this talented young artist on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Still Talk Release Fun And Image Evoking Track “Slow Sunday”

Still Talk is a project based in Cologne with a very particular sound that is an intriguing blend of stylistic elements. The fundamental basis of Still Talk’s music is rooted in the rock sound but as is evident in their recent release “Slow Sunday” the music also features a more commercial aspect and a particularly indie sound. “Slow Sunday” itself, as the name suggests is all about the little things that happen on a Sunday and how the lead singer Tanja Kührer relates them to emotions and thoughts. Apart from being image evoking, the lyrics, music and vocal delivery also create a gentle atmosphere which is not often associated with the rock sound.

Starting off with a soft blend of guitar sonorities along with a steady, and very present, drum groove, the song expresses a very particular character which, as the vocals come in, feels somewhat dreamlike. The vocal tone floats over the rest of the instrumentation and this addseven more depth and dimension to the overall sound. It is also very interesting to note that as the lyrics unfold, the music together with the still actions in the music video start to portray those slow Sunday mornings more and more realistically. Overall Still Talk definitely show that they are able to portray an artistic vision very effectively, both through sound and video! Check it out now!

-Sarah Marie Bugeja

Cologne’s Sweet Smell Of Success

They may be new kids on the Philadelphia rock block but Cologne have really arrived with a fully formed sound. One part stadium rock, one part indie cool and one part pop accessibility, it is hard to see who they wouldn’t appeal too. Musically it gives them great scope to build sonic architecture in the space around them but also play with subtle musical dynamics, deliver songs dripping with euphoria but also commercial accessibility.

And it is this fantastic generic balancing act which sets them apart from the pack As popists and rockists wage pointless pitched battle, Cologne clearly adhere to the cult of the song, preferring to take the role of tunesmiths who exalt composition over flash and muscle. If this song is the perfect rallying point for those who have long understood that this middle way has always sported brilliant acts – pop acts muscled up by a dash of rock, rock acts whose bluster is tempered by indie details and indie acts happy to explore pop immediacy – then the fact that hey have an e.p. called New World available is just the icing on the cake.