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From drive to: Mulholland Jive has the ride of a lifetime on debut ‘Adrenaline Junkie’

With a cleverly worded name derived from the rather strangely fascinating mystery movie Mulholland Drive and his own surname, Mulholland Jive leads us eagerly to the top cliff of ultimate excitement on ‘Adrenaline Junkie‘.

Mulholland Jive, is the thrilling debut indie instrumental funk-rock project from Ben Mulholland, who is a Irish-born teacher, multi-instrumentalist artist and composer, based in Cambridgeshire in England. He has skillfully threaded together a band of keen artists to record remotely with him and his production team. They have passionately pushed this wonderful music together sprightly, that was sweetly inspired by Ben’s students at school, by showing their genuine love for his catchy creations.

These fast-paced dynamic sound feet-movers, are a splendid joy to hear, as you feel like the battered soul is being healed throughout and the skill-level is a marvelous assortment of wonder, as you lock into for the ride and don’t ever let go of the groovy feeling inside your bones.

Adrenaline Junkie‘ from Irish artist Ben Mulholland, is that deliciously tasty and funky fresh organically created song that captures your imagination, has you swinging your body around like a piece of rope and has your body grooving along to forget all worries, for a few minutes at least.

Hear this heighten-the-senses instrumental track on Spotify and find out more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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John McCrea sets a post-classical score with ‘Mantra Mantra’

Dublin-based composer and electronica artist, John McCrea, paints with textures of post-classical, Europop and ambient minimalism, yet his un-constrainable sonic prowess becomes more than just sound through the imagery it inspires and the emotion it evokes. The perfect introduction to their cinematic style is the title single to their latest solo album, ‘Mantra Mantra’.

Mantra Mantra is a progressively sensual whirlwind of intensity which permits flurried piano notes to capture urgency while the low reverberant hum of the bassline is a grounding layer of realism which reflects the dread which is very much a part of our mortal coil.

It’s so much more than your average vibe out playlist essential, crank up the volume and you’ll enter a new world constructed by the enigmatic artist who has made a name for himself writing for theatre and dance. His talent is just as mesmerising as a standalone soundscape, there are a plethora of layers to unpack, any attempt to dissect the soundscape feels like butchery.

Mantra Mantra is available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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True beauty in a challenging world: Michael Livschitz performs with such love on ‘Farewell in the Rain’

Michael Livschitz brings forth to the tired world a tremendous classical instrumental piece full of majestic piano pureness, that will have you closing your weary eyes and finding a new fresh perspective on his new single called ‘Farewell in the Rain‘.

Munich, Germany-based composer, songwriter and instrumental musician Michael Livschitz, makes meaningful music without vocals, that has been carefully created to make a real difference to your ever-changing mood. This is such a sweet and peaceful new single that fully showcases the fine talent that is just getting better and better.

The almost cinematic soundscape inserts chills in your body and you shiver with true anticipation of what is next to come. The melody feels church-like as this is so peaceful and clearly took many weeks and months to perfect.

Michael has the ability of a master at work and his only goal is for his music to be heard by as many new hearts as possible, while always being true to himself.

Farewell in the Rain‘ from Germany’s Michael Livschitz is a soothing single full of tender love and care that puts you on a cloud of emotions that will have you gazing out the window- or staring at the stars above. This is a terrific song that is best listened to when you have the candles on and are ready to be reflective. Music is for the soul after all.

Hear this lovely song here on Spotify and see what he does next on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Marcus Moon marries the present with the past in his neo-classic score ‘Wedding Waltz’

Canadian Neo-classic artist and composer, Marcus Moon, released their highly-anticipated debut album, ‘Letters from the Moon’, as 2020 drew to a close. His “classical music for modern times” is an all too welcome distraction from the same modernity it reflects.

The refined decadence in the lead single ‘Wedding Waltz’ is the aural equivalent to slipping into a Jane Austen novel; it’s grandiose without becoming theatrical. Instead, through his command of vivid melodies, Marcus Moon is able to paint a neo-classic portrait which evokes emotion instead of forcing emotion upon you; allowing the timeless tones to resonate as much in your own world as they would in an imagined archaic fantasy (we all have those, right?).

Marcus Moon’s debut album is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Spielbone has released their neo-classic electronica aid to rumination ‘Les mérites du doute’

German-Ivorian composer, Spielbone, made their debut in 2018 with their minimalist neo-classic twist on ambient electronica, in 2020, he released his pacifyingly immersive album ‘Infinitesimal’ any fans of Nils Frahm or similar contemporaries are going to want to pay attention.

In a time when sanctity of any form is scarce, meditative soundscapes such as Les mérites du doute are worth their weight in aural gold. As Chamber strings draw across the keys, the ruminative soundscape pulls you in deeper into the sanguine essence. Spielbone’s ability to set synapses alight and make heartstrings feel taut will undoubtedly see him going far in 2021 and beyond.

You can hear the album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Dario Pagano has released his sacramentally captivating score ‘Roma Invicta’

Composer of classical, operatic and liturgical music, Dario Pagano, has released his cinematically ensnaring latest score ‘Roma Invicta (Battle)’, an evocatively tensile aural narrative of conflict, resilience and hope. It’s the perfect abstraction from your own emotion, something I’m sure many people presently need and will undoubtedly appreciate.

With a mix of antecedent sounds ranging from Gregorian chants to liturgical choral elements combined with the sheer intensity of the production, also deftly handled by Dario Pagano, the score instils a potent sense of hope as you’re served a sonorous reminder that the world is so much bigger and more sacrosanct than we view it to be on a daily basis.

Roma Invicta is available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

 

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The Spice Cabinet serve a finesse-fuelled feast through their latest single “Bittersweet”

With a cinematic Jazz ensemble quiescently quivering beneath a poetically enticing spoken-word monologue, The Spice Cabinet’s latest release, “Bittersweet”, is captivating from the intro.  

From there on out, the Neo-Classic soundscape demonstrates its efficaciousness in arresting your rhythmic pulses with the subtle yet striking fluctuations in zeal and style, leaving you eager, but assured, you’re in masterfully safe aural hands.

With the nuance exhibited in Bittersweet, it comes as no surprise that Beijing’s 11-piece award-winning Jazz fusion collective have amassed plenty of acclaim. Frontman, arranger, pianist and trombonist Terry Hsieh is able to bring modernism to a genre consistently perceived as archaic. Perhaps more pertinently, he is able to make a plaything of your psyche through his ingenuity.

Bittersweet is available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ukrainian composer Sergey Rybytskyy brings us a classical single for the modern times with ‘Waltz a-Moll’

Taken off the new album ‘New Vista‘, Sergey Rybytskyy is back with the new single called ‘Waltz aMoll‘.

Sergey Rybytskyy is a name to know in the composer world. Known a wizard from another time with a huge abundance of talent, the Ukrainian creative sets a whirlwind of amazing music for our souls to be inspired by. This is refined and glorious, with many layers of wonderful music. Creating an emotional experience is the aim here and this goal is achieved effortlessly.

In addition to this music being in TV and Film, Sergey’s work is slowly starting to get heard all over world via internet radio stations. Beethoven’s and Bach’s compositions and influences are heard throughout, as he continues to build his catalog of unique work and incredibly created music.

Ukraine Sergey Rybytskyy is quite marvelous on ‘Waltz aMoll‘. This acclaimed composer shows his new single via a wonderland of special soundscapes, these are splendidly put together to make us relaxed. This is real music to change your perspective.

Click here for the Spotify link.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Sonophonix drive us ‘Crazy In Love’ with their latest single

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Commencing with a beautiful, arpeggiated piano motif before being joined by the deep, sonorous swell of cello, ‘Crazy In Love’ is a beautiful, haunting piece, an instrumental duet of resonant, musical artistry and elegance that showcases the talents of two incredible musicians.

Pianist Deborah Robb and cellist Xue Yang Liu met while students at the Mannes School of Music at the New School in New York City.  While attending Mannes they performed chamber music together and were members of the Mannes American Composers Ensemble (MACE) under the direction of composer Lowell Liebermann.  Their Sonophonix duo merges their composing, arranging and improvisation skills, and ‘Crazy In Love’ is a perfect example of their art, allowing each performer the personal space to breathe whilst intertwining their individual contributions into something altogether greater, a delicate, mellow, composition of refinement and elegance that transcends the classical genre and becomes something altogether of its own.

Crazy In Love can be heard from the Sonophonix website.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Neo-Classic Roots Entwine with Modernistic Tones in The Ideal Setback’s Latest Release “Ambedo”

Ambedo is just one of the celestially graceful compositions which feature on The Ideal Setback’s latest album Nodus Tollens which is due for release on September 25th. It’s safe to say that ambience has never been quite so evocative.

As neo-classic roots entwine with modernistic transcendental tones under the deft composition of Todd Chappell, you’ll be able to feel every fluctuation in momentum and passion. The intricately light soundscape was inspired by and titled after the melancholic trances we enter when vivid sensory details capture us and allow us to drift into a dimension besides the anxiety-riddled hellscape we call 2020. For your own sanity, hit play.

You can check out Ambedo for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast