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Natasha Jane Julian has put her own evocative twist on Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness”

Up and coming Pop artist Natasha Jane Julian completely transformed Lana Del Rey’s iconic hit “Summertime Sadness” with her innovative cover.

Summertime Sadness may have been released while we’re still in the grips of winter. Yet, with the ethereal chill which lingers between the pensive notes and Natasha Jane Julian’s striking almost barque vocals, fans of arcanely melancholic Pop will definitely still want to pay it some attention.

You can check out Natasha Jane Julian’s atmospheric restyling of Summertime Sadness for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

With a newly formed band by her side, Natasha Jane Julian will be taking her sensually resounding sound on tour in 2020. You won’t want to miss a chance to see it.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Penelope Darling releases brand new single ‘My Mind’

Covering Abbey Smith, aka Yebba, Penelope Darling releases a version of her song ‘My Mind’.

An amazing range, a powerful voice from bass vocals to higher pitches along with a robust vibrato, this is an excellent take on ‘My Mind; adding to the original song a pop feel and a lot more instruments. Currently based in London where she’s mainly performing, Penelope Darling draws inspiration from artists such as Sam Smith and Adele but also shows a big passion for Yebba – the reason why she decided to cover the song.

It is to be expected to get new material that she’s likely to drop in a couple of months time. 

Review By Jim Esposito

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El Gato Del Rio Reinvent Talking Heads’ Classic “Psycho Killer” with their Latest Release “Psycho Killer”

El Gato Del Rio has been responsible for some incredibly inventive original works in the past few years, but with their latest release they’ve reinvented a classic. While they haven’t moved all too far from the original version of “Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads, there’s still a fair enough serving of distinction to allow you to fall in love with the chaotic intensity of the single once more.

Their Southern Americana Folk style allowed Psycho Killer to resonate with a new whisky-soaked filthy tonality, and yes, the vocals are expressive and dynamic enough to match up to David Byrne’s.

You can check out the official music video to El Gato Del Rio’s re-imagining of Psycho Killer for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MRCL.X Release Video For “1st LuV -Sweet Dreams MASHUP”

MRCL.X - 1st LuV -Sweet Dreams MASHUP ( Jam Session) from MRCL.X on Vimeo.

It’s always fun to see artists we love cover the artists they love, but many believe you can never truly replace an original piece of work. This said, the advent of DJ culture brought up the concept of bringing pieces together for a new, unique spin on old works. MRCL.X has found that taking the idea of a Mashup and applying it to more traditional songwriting as opposed to a mixture of two songs played simultaneously through samples and crossfading. With this idea in mind, we’re treated to an original song that trails off into the Eurythmics classic Sweet Dreams.

1st LuV tackles heavy feelings with dark sensibility to performance while the music is genuinely neutral –sounding in tone, leaving heavy contrast that emphasizes the ghastly vocals and evocative subject matter. To top off the haunting verse, the familiar lyrics come through to sing us a chorus from the past that has been done more than once for a radio hit, but never like this. To say it leaves an impression is an understatement. This mashup is worthy of the source material it uses and truly found art in the synergy of combining original and covered art.

-Paul Weyer

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A&R Factory Present: Ripe

Ripe is a Funk/Pop band out of Boston, MA that was born as a result of its seven members’ uniting over one belief: with enough passion and honesty, music can still make the earth shake. With one eye looking back to the inception of both funk and psychedelic music, and the other looking forward with a modern concept of what makes people move, Ripe seeks both to honor musical history as well as to make it. The perfect fruit is equal parts past and present, and this is the approach of the Ripe sound.

With a strong devotion to consistently creating an unforgettable live experience, Ripe has kept the groove going touring nationally from coast to coast. With a recently released sophomore EP, Hey Hello, and plans to start recording a full-length album in the coming year, Ripe is shifting into overdrive with every intention of taking this to the stratosphere. The Ripe family asks you to get loose, get down, and get ready. The party is just getting started.

Robbie says, “We picked the song because we love the song. We’re not really concerned with the style of music as long as it has oh-shit-moments for us, and that song feels like one extended ecstatic release. We wanted the music video to communicate what we feel like are our oh-shit moments, which to us come from the energy we have between each other, and then the energy between us and the crowd at a show. Basically those moments where the feeling of love is so strong you can almost reach out and touch it, where the energy is so electric it feels tangible. We think that feeling is what we have to offer, regardless of what genre of music you come in liking. This is us tapping you on the shoulder and inviting you to join us in the moment.”

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