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Good Times Again: UK Downtempo act A Better Life take us to beautiful Crete with the exceptionally beautiful ‘Souda Bay’

Mellowing lives like professional music healers and taken off their dashing debut album called ‘Take A Deep Breath, A Better Life ease our head-scratching worries, with a tremendous lead single that will have you daydreaming lustfully on ‘Souda Bay‘.

A Better Life is a stunning UK Downtempo/electronica outfit that incorporates that relaxed state of mind to further your valuable consciousness from dark thoughts, to bring forth a reflective escape to mend our broken fences within.

”The track is inspired by the Souda Bay area of the Greek island of Crete, where A Better Life writer and producer Phil Daniels wrote the vast majority of the music in the summer of 2020. The music was written to convey the tranquility and calmness of the area”. – A Better Life 

The overriding feeling is one of total peace and love, the sunshine-entrenched stunner certainly has your mind in a better place to be productive, or just to relax and replenish your soul from the madness. This is such a mellow beat that you might need your shades on throughout, as the glorious soundscape is one for the books.

Souda Bay‘ from new UK Downtempo act A Better Life, does indeed make everything seem okay again with a heart-pulling performance of such classy guitar-filled beats, earthy vocals and much-needed care. You feel like you are indeed somewhere far from all the nonsense of the commercial world and this is the power of great music. It can heal you in an instant, with a cascading ambiance of drifting and much-needed perspective. A Better Life indeed.

Stream this soothing new single on Spotify and see more news on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Alex Bright defies convention with his symphonically visceral electronica album ‘Building’.

Alex Bright

Bristol-based artist and producer Alex Bright is set to release his album, Building, which obliterates the notion of genre and introduces the lister to pure uninhibited electronically-crafted expression.

From neo-classic increments to symphonically cinematic scores complemented with pulsing bass to experimentation with elements of nature; you will find it all on the absorbing 7-track release. Alex Bright isn’t afraid to paint across the tonal spectrum, mischievously throwing together light and dark textures to create stunning sense of utopic/dystopic duality.

With such scarcity of reminiscence,  eclecticism of style and veracity of emotion, Alex Bright’s sound expresses what words cannot, making my job impossibly hard but gratifying all the same. Discovering exceptional producers who defy convention and can still speak to you on a primal level don’t crop up every day.

You can check out Alex Bright on his YouTube Channel and by heading over to Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Burn It Down: Zaeus shows us deep inside to where many hide from ‘In Flames’ (feat. Faye)

With the first single from the upcoming ‘Be Still‘ album, Zaeus raises temperatures to full with the terrifically stellar ‘In Flames’ (feat. Faye).

Zaeus is a breathtakingly intriguing Washington D.C. downtempo electronica/trip-hop music collaboration that breaks all the rules with an ear-bending experience that shakes your perspective and has you gazing deeply outside, to see what the world is coming to.

”A life journey and the themes many of us share: romance, anger, addiction, passion, survival, and spirituality.” – Zaeus

With heart-grabbing vocals that feel so haunting, the beat and visuals make you sweaty as they are so real and invoke that survival mentality. You feel every sinew of this effort as you look within your moral fiber as to see how you feel about everything — as you put your mask on to protect yourself from the dust and smoke of the world — that is slowly healing up to be stronger again, or so we hope.

In Flames‘ (feat. Faye) from Washington D.C-based act Zaeus, heats up the speakers as you look deeper into what carnage is going on planet earth. With tensions still on high alert and common sense rare to find, this is an excellent song that shows you what is really going on outside, in this steaming planet that needs a lot of calming energy to cool everything down.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Ponder the beauty of chance with Tenseventeen’s ambient electronica track, ‘Sometimes’.

Californian electronica artist and producer, Tenseventeen has released their second EP, ‘The Little Things’. The timely release is an endless source of tonal optimism, especially the lead single, ‘Sometimes’.

The light and organic synth-crafted soundscape plays on the more melodic side of electronica, as the notes meander with purpose through the downtempo hip-hop-inspired 808s that bring plenty of texture to the experimental feat of ambient future house.

With a traversing air to the constantly momentous yet never over-facing single, it’s one that you can easily get lost in.

Tenseventeen’s sophomore EP is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Figuring out what went wrong: A-A drop new single about how relationships can go icy fast on ‘Cold Hearted’

A-A bring us a riveting new track to full immerse ourselves into, that will leave you a bit chilly called ‘Cold Hearted‘.

Recently formed electronic-pop duo A-A is a joint project from Alex Williamson and Austin Hintz, who make a delightful mixture of up and downtempo music, to fill our hearts with goodness and thoughtful stories of love.

With passionate pop vocals that make you listen so intently and with memories of past relationships rushing through your brain like an express train, you find yourself nodding your head at the stories about how manipulative some people can be as they dramatically put the blame on you, while never admitting anything from their side. This is a vicious circle of blustery winds that will only end with you feeling the brunt of the storm, no matter how hard you try and help their state of mind.

Cold Hearted‘ from electro-pop duo A-A is the true story about how sometimes love can be so strong for a while and then after a while you notice that your partner is actually not the right person for you. The relationship then ends and its all over with you questioning why you were with them in the first place-as their heart is not warm and caring like yours.

To be truly happy inside and to unlock to the door to personal freedom, you need to find the special soul that has the kindness key, so you can both walk through and be at peace with one another, no matter what obstacles you both face.

Stream this new single on Soundcloud and see what they get up to next on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Finding yourself again: European Electro-Pop/Downtempo duo Anaté drop fascinating debut single ‘Confusion’

The gorgeous vocals and clean production captures your imagination right away as you drift into a visual vortex of emotions that both excites and scares you too. Anaté toys with our emotions to captivating effect here in 2020 with debut song ‘Confusion’.

Anaté is a supremely creative collaboration between elegant singer & songwriter Ana who lives in Paris and Berlin, with Milan based producer Delman handling the soundscapes to electrifying levels of pure enjoyment. You can tell that they share the same vision musically as this is cinematic experience that is so rare and compelling.

“My debut single Confusion talks about duality. It’s about the conflict between what we want and what we are ‘allowed to want’; between who we are and expected to be; between emotion and reason. We all experience moments of inner conflict like that. Confusion explores these contrasting concepts and invites us to embrace both.” – Ana

Set for release on the 28th November 2020, this is a debut track that has so much tease and intrigue already. The deep thoughts of being in that vividly beautiful dreamy world you have created for yourself, while also dealing with what current reality has to offer, has truly opened up your eyes and soul to conflicting emotions.

Anaté’sConfusion’ is an irresistible listen that makes you feel as though you are transporting in the Matrix and can slide from each world as you please. The journey to finally embracing yourself and accepting these thoughts is a long but ultimately self-healing mission. After all, knowing yourself better will help you love deeper and open your heart to many possibilities.

Hear this wonderful creation on Anaté’s Spotify and find out more about their vision on Facebook and IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Hervé Claude has released their exotically inviting instrumental soul single “Freeze”

Hervé Claude didn’t need lyrics or vocals to infuse plenty of soul into their exotically inviting soundscape “Freeze” which can be found on their dreamy 2020 album “Saturday Morning

The hazy single plays with ambient EDM and instrumental Hip Hop textures to keep you guessing where the seamlessly mellifluous progressions are going to take you next. Spoiler: if you surrender to their tranquilly resolving vibes, you’ll be guided into a zen state of mind where it’s possible to forget the chaos of the external world and become one with this sublime feat of soulful ambience.

If you could use some aural catharsis, Hervé Claude’s 2020 album has you covered.

You can check out Hervé Claude’s single Freeze along with the rest of the album by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

‘’Late Departure’’ from London’s ‘Auxiliary Jack’ is music made for flying in the sky

If I could fly, I would want this music to be in my ears while cruising up in those high rising clouds. London’s ‘Auxiliary Jack’ has made an absolute gem here. 

I feel so relaxed right now, taking a big stretch and clicking the stiff back into its desired location. This is a future house groove with an old school jazzy house feel and I like it. There is no pretentiousness on the song, all of the beautiful sounds and background effects are perfectly meshed together. Call  it Skydive House I say.

The drums coming in during tha back 9 of the song is very welcome, the ambience flows like a happy festival goer after lockdown has ended. London’s ‘Auxiliary Jack’ has quietly snuck up to 2020, tapped her on the left shoulder and just ran to the opposite side to sneak in.

This is pure House music for the ages and it’s soul replenishing good for the battered heart. 

Listen up for more releases from this underrated UK House producer with an awesome name. 

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

NIXY – In n out: an intimate atmosphere

In an intimate atmosphere made of downtempo slow beats, In n out is the latest effort by up and coming artist NIXY.

Coming in at only 2:13, In n out is an enticing flow of delicate R&B opening through melodic piano synths and synth bass sounds that don’t flood the harmonic structure and let the vocals take over, proving the artist’s skilful approach to singing.

NIXY passionately sings about the ambiguity of an on and off relationship where one is let painfully hanging from a thin thread that’s about to break at the slightest tension. Such intense lyrics combined with a deep harmonic vibe come about as a pop-y appeal to soulful music able to transmit a satisfying mood despite the sensitive topic.

You can check out In n out for yourself on Spotify.

Review by Jim Esposito.

After Dark & Lauren Pennine new single ‘Catch Me’: A true piece of art

Up and coming After Dark & Lauren Pennines ‘Catch Me’ is such an impressive piece of music, it’s one that is simply enthralling.

It shares many aspects of Pop but they describe it as a more down tempo piece, when you listen you can hear similar styles to artists such as Paloma Faith, Jess Glynne but you also get this side that sounds like the Chainsmokers. There’s these adenoidal vocals which tend to get more brittle at certain parts of the song, but it’s done in such an inventive way.

But aside from the vocals, there are some electronic elements that run through, in the background you hear a more techno style voice, but then you also hear the other vocals that are strong and give it that more RnB style.

Catch Me is honestly a hit in itself, it has so much potential to be massive and it deserves more recognition, the vocal ranges are perfect, the overall sound is well thought out and it shows how much hard work they put in, you need to check this one out.

Listen to After Dark & Lauren Pennine’s new single catch me by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Karley Myall