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Maella brings the house down in her sultry alt-pop earworm, Tudu Tudu Tu

Prague-born, London-based Alt-Pop artist and producer, Maella brought a smorgasbord of Eastern European flavour to her latest single, Tudu Tudu Tu, which merges juxtaposing nostalgic sonic textures to allow a new wave of retro to crash across the 90s dance percussion and seductive bass.

It is as cinematic as any Tarantino cult hit, and a poignant exposition on a chapter of her life that closed the book on difficult breakups, unfulfilling romances, and the claustrophobia of lockdowns. If Shiny Toy Guns wrote Seven Nation Army, the earworm wouldn’t be a million miles away from the electrically serpentine rhythms that will leave you dying to come back for more. Empowerment never sounded sweeter.

Tudu Tudu Tu, which is part of the Slow Burn EP, is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Eps vs LPs: Which Format Should You Choose for Your Next Release?

EP vs LP

Video killed the radio star; now, EPs are taking over from where LPs left off. The final nail is yet to hit the album format’s coffin, but it is official, as of 2016, EPs and singles are on the rise while the LP format is in decline.

For independent artists considering their next move in 2022 and beyond, it can be tricky to know how to push forward; there will never be one size fits all answer for every artist. However, by looking at the data and trends driven by digital streaming, independent artists have the best shot of success with their next release.

Don’t be fooled by the reports that vinyl record sales were rising in 2021; overall, there has been a continual annualised decline for the LP format. While some music fans continue to appreciate the art form of the LP, EPs are quickly becoming more advantageous for independent artists across the board.

In a global streaming study by Deezer, it was reported that 54% of the 8,000 people interviewed admitted to listening to fewer albums than they did 5 – 10 years ago. One of the main reasons behind this is fans prefer to listen to a mix of tracks from different artists – a mix of tracks that are often curated by mood. However, this varies greatly by genre. Pop, rock and RnB fans were the most likely to listen to an album in full, whereas dance and gospel fans were less likely to sit through an entire album.

Why are EPs becoming more popular than LPs?

  1. Cost

For artists operating on a shoestring budget, it is far more economically viable to release an EP instead of an LP. This is why, before the 21st-century decline of the album, EPs generally existed in the punk and indie domains.

An EP generally consists of 4 – 6 tracks, while an LP can contain 7 – 29.  Naturally, recording an EP is infinitely cheaper for artists paying for production costs, session musicians and studio time.

  1. The Decline of the Superfan

How music fans engage with music is undergoing a rapid transformation, which is mainly due to digital streaming influencing artist-fan relationships. Rather than trying to maintain your relationship with the dwindling numbers of superfans with albums, work on casting the net wider with shorter releases that are far more efficacious at attracting new listeners.

  1. The Power of the Playlist & Other Streaming Platform Services

Playlists on Spotify and other music streaming services are one of the best ways for music fans to discover new music. Getting onto a major or official Spotify playlist can introduce artists to thousands or even millions of new music fans. However, there is a downside. Music fans are also being conditioned to consume shorter collections of songs.

For artists pouring their energy into a longer-form album format, there is a greater chance of the featuring singles becoming digital clutter on a platform, while 1 or 2 singles get all the limelight.

  1. EPs Allow Artists to Be More Prolific with Their Releases

For independent artists hoping for a sustainable career, the Extended Play format allows them to maintain a regular schedule with their releases far more than the LP format does. It is hard to stay relevant and keep your fans engaged while you are locked away producing a 12 – 20 track album!

With that in mind, EPs can act as the stopgap between LPs; they can also test the water for a new evolution in sound. What is the point in producing an entire album that is going to go down like a lead balloon with your fans when you can test the water with a single or an EP?

  1. EPs Help Artists to Predict the Outcome of an LP Release

New independent artists financing their careers may be eager to release their debut album, but jumping the gun is a risky move, which may not pay off in the long run.

With a few single and EP releases under your belt, you will be in a better position to predict your LP sales. This Is especially important if you’re selling physical copies of your LP. Lastly, you won’t get a second shot at releasing your debut album; make it a reflection of your best work.

To sum up, albums will always have a place in the music industry, but for independent artists that are still growing their fanbases in 2022, the benefits of EPs outweigh the benefits of LPs. They’re cost-effective, and it is infinitely less likely that the tracks you have poured your heart and soul into will get discarded in the ether.

Those Skies Above: Memphis band Dream Crusher Hope Smasher look to the heavens for inspiration on ‘Grey Foxes’

Vertebrate Moves by Dream Crusher Hope Smasher

Taken off their engrossing 5-track EP which has been bone-chillingly named Vertebrate Moves, Dream Crusher Hope Smasher are quite absorbing on their remember-this-day new single called ‘Grey Foxes‘.

Dream Crusher Hope Smasher is a high-octane synth-rock band performing with a real purpose, who is from Memphis, Tennessee.

A mash-up of misadventure, mid-life crisis and potentially credit score lowering musical algorithms, Dream Crusher Hope Smasher is the sum of its parts.” ~ Dream Crusher Hope Smasher

You feel the insides of your awaiting core take you to a place you couldn’t have expected before, as the flourishing vocals are so crisply toned like a toasted sandwich made just right. The saucy soundscape has been made with just the right flavour too, as you feel a sudden warmth wrap all over you to help you build up the previously lost energy.

Grey Foxes‘ from the Memphis, Tennessee-based indie synth-rock act Dream Crusher Hope Smasher, is a thrilling experience that is all about making it through whatever struggles you are going through. You can either sit back and let everything go through you or take a step forward to reach those goals you have set for yourself. This is a movie-type soundtrack that has been made with such elegance that it shines through all over your awaiting soul to embrace lovingly, just as those great songs do.

Hear this fine new single via Bandcamp and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Showing Us The Way: Black Koncept drops deep six track EP ‘Mind Of Koncept’

With his Dad on the mind constantly and his deep thoughts recalling how the past almost destroyed him, Black Koncept inspires a whole generation to stay busy mentally and to never let the haunting demons take over on ‘Mind Of Koncept‘.

Black Koncept is a Detroit, Michigan-based indie hip-hop artist and basketball fan, who is massively into anime and comic books, as he smartly blends this true love into his vastly emotive music creations.

At 16 years old I began rapping due to a crippling depression from being neglected by my father , and constantly starving every day having to steal quarters to eat.” ~ Black Koncept

There are six quality tracks here and no fillers, with particular gems being the demon-filled lead single ‘Mind Of Koncept‘ and the use-the-pen anthem ‘Michael Myers‘.

With so much pain-filled lyrics at every emotional corner which leads you into those dark days he has unfortunately experienced that no one should, the constant theme of suicide is brought up multiple times on this EP. With a consistent flow attached and his savage lyrical skill on show – he shows much potential behind the mic – as he brings us into this movie-like world which was almost over before it began.

Luckily through music, he has been able to wisely distract himself from those ominous moments from before and shows us how quickly thoughts can build up and potentially destroy everything.

Mind Of Koncept‘ from the Detroit, Michigan-based indie rapper Black Koncept, brings us inside his deepest thoughts and is a warning sign for our youth to learn from. With so many people feeling like they just can’t continue – he has found that by using his daily energies creatively – this new mindset can bring you so much freedom to advance your life, into the happy medium universe you seek for that true self-love.

Only love and light shall and must succeed.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Protest Against Guns: Pleena C sings with so much meaning on the honest ‘Love Thy Neighbour’

Taken off her explosively real brand new eight-track release called ‘Get a Grip‘, Pleena C tells us that things need to change and for the anger to pass quickly, so that many lives may be bravely saved from this horrific gun issue that plagues the USA on ‘Love Thy Neighbour‘.

Pleena C is an experienced indie punk/rock singer-songwriter who has been making music since she was just sixteen. She makes that inspired music that might rattle a few cages, as her voice is loud and honest, speaking on issues that quite often get swept under the rug.

I have been writing songs since I was 16-17 years old. Inspired by powerpop and rock bands from the sixties and seventies like the Who, the Doors and David Bowie – to name just a few, I soon learned how to play the guitar and how to emulate those sounds.” – Pleena C

With a rocking start that is full of that much-missed old school fundamental energy and packed of sterling solos, she is riveting on this single and throws in down to the small-minded. She confidently believes that things need to stop standing still, and that we start to evolve to a better world, that has so much peace and love.

Love Thy Neighbour‘ from the vastly respected sixty-one years young Pleena C, shows us a self-aware woman who believes wholeheartedly that the people being reckless with guns need to stand down, and for love to take over. The paranoid nature of current society is a real issue and many lives are lost needlessly, when there should be an understanding that has people working together to find solutions. Life would be much better that way after all.

Stream the new single on Spotify and check out her Facebook for more news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The Moons Align: Creatrix Bassaco calms our busy minds expertly with ‘Wanewata’ EP

As her astounding water angel spirit takes us deep underwater to carefully feed our starving soul after much starvation and hurtful distress, the stunning Creatrix Bassaco seems to cure all on her awe-inspiring new four-track EP ‘Wanewata‘.

Creatrix Bassaco is a tremendously talented vocalist and music producer who is a Creative Priestess of Ivorian ancestry. She skillfully fuses lovely West African-inspired percussive rhythms and French spoken word gracefully all over this special single, to make our shuddering hearts feel so loved and cared for again.

This is a wonderful source of much-needed restoration and healing for us all. The energy felt in this dreamy release is so inviting, soulful and rather obscure — as its overall impact has your mind massaged by a mysteriously elegant and creative woman — who weaves a web of love all over your tired body.

The textured beats are all varied, with a scrumptious flow that has you imagining you are swimming underwater in the beautifully clean ocean — with vivid colors all over the place — as you bend your mind to the endless possibilities. The lovely crisp  alignment has your neck and back suddenly feeling in shape again — as you see her kind face and knowing smile — urging you to have faith in nature again.

Wanewata‘ from the fascinating talent of Creatrix Bassaco, leads us kindly into an entrancing world of the beautiful waters below, that have all the answers we need. This is that true music which snaps your curious mind away from all meaningless distractions, as she sweetly lathers our consciousness into place with an EP that has come at exactly the right time. Great music like this, really does heal up all hurtful scars and undesirable anxiousness.

Hear this intriguing EP on Spotify and see her IG for more news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Class Personified: Italy’s Lorenzo Carulli makes his magnificent skills look ‘Easy Peasy’

Taken off his brand new eight-track album called ‘Present Past‘, Lorenzo Carulli entertains us tremendously with his signature style, that shows the world that if you have that elusive belief, things can actually be ‘Easy Peasy‘.

Lorenzo Carulli is an engaging classical pianist and composer from Lecce, who is now based Rome in Italy. He makes that rare and magnificent type of music, which gives your back shivers of delight all over your fragile spine, his world class skill level eases your mind from a torrid world and into the fields of joy.

You feel his spectacular style blending from classical to his originals, he is a master at work and clearly marvels at the chance to show the world what all those years of practicing for hours a day, have done to his flawless technique. His fingers seem to roam free and his hands are at one with the piano, their souls connected as you feel so much soul-healing from this quality performance.

Easy Peasy’ from the brilliant Rome-based pianist and composer Lorenzo Carulli, is an entertaining effort that shows you how much fun he has whilst doing what he truly loves. He takes us on a journey that makes you smile, has you bewildered by his incredible skills, and brings you to a happy place where it counts deep within.

Stream this new single on Spotify and follow the story on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

True Intentions: Exquisite New York singer-songwriter Sophia B is breathtaking on magnificent five-track EP ‘Catch Her’

To keep her soul alive during this horrid pandemic, Sophia B turned to music to perfect her sound with world class Australian producer Claire Protas, and the results speak volumes for this dynamic talent on the stupendously superb five track EP called ‘Catch Her’.

Sophia Beltran aka Sophia B is a tremendous multi-talented pop/folk/rock artist and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts student from New York City in the USA. She carefully makes that honest music which has you feeling uplifted and thoughtful, all somehow at the same time.

There are five quality tracks here with no fillers at all. Particular highlights are definitely  ‘Boys Are So Overrated‘, ‘Somebody To Me‘ and probably the song that has your heart beating faster; ‘Everyone Has Secrets‘. Her sensational style reflects gloriously into your eager mind and you feel like you are listening to an old soul, who only wants good energy in the world.

Catch Her’ from the soulfully sweet New York City solo artist Sophia B, is a quality release from a young musician who seems to capture your hearts attention with her crisply toned vocals, as her self-aware lyrics puts your mind into a positive mood. This is a humble talent who is only going to improve after each release — as she flies up high to conquer all her goals and reach those dreams — that she has manifested with that hard work put in.

Catching her live after the restrictions are over, is an absolute must.

Hear this wonderfully talented young singer’s EP on Spotify and see more on her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Cascades Of Crashing Wonder: Abandon the Fall hit the nail on the head again with ‘Forever’

Taken off the superbly sparkling star-gazing four-track EP ‘Infinite Seasons‘, Abandon the Fall step up just in time with the stunning instrumental single called ‘Forever‘.

Abandon the Fall is masterminded by the experienced artist, producer, and songwriter Juan Espinoza. He has creatively formulated the type of act that boggles the mind throughout, as he helps us clean out the dusty goggles that we have been wearing during this horrific pandemic, as the fabulously unique Rock/Rap/EDM sound washes over our thirsty bodies, to make us feel happy and hopeful again.

This is a sumptuous effort, full of pure goodness and wonder. Each part of the track has been carefully crafted by a professional who is totally at one with himself, as the melodies marvel the mind and has you in exhilarating raptures of excitement after a long hiatus.

Forever‘ from Abandon the Fall is a striking track that hits home hard in your consciousness, as you close your eyes and imagine the world in a better place, your heart beats faster somehow as you remember what all the possibilities are in front of you, if you just open the door a bit wider and let your body free.

Stream this powerful new song here on Spotify and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Time To Reflect: Verona composer Stefano Freddi shares emotional stories on piano-filled new single ‘Five Notes Symphony the Murderer’s Tale’

The first of four singles to be released by Verona-based Classical Pianist Stefano Freddi, ‘Five Notes Symphony the Murderer’s Tale‘ is a stunning listen that will enthrall you and help calm the mind from the current choppy waters, that are splashing ferociously all over our tired hearts at the moment.

Stefano Freddi is an incredibly talented Italian composer, who has been filling his intrinsic need for meaningful creation since he was just six years old. He delights us all with stunning instrumental wonderland that shows us his appreciation for many genres and soundscapes from all over the globe, as he always looks to push himself and learn beyond what is thought possible.

As part of an exciting four-track EP, this new single is all about taking inspiration from The Canterbury Tales, as the idea here is to share a message, warning or a moral. The need for reflection in these unprecedented times is of the utmost importance, so we may regain calm and make the correct decisions going forward.

You feel all his passion here and he sets the stage for this wonderfully crafted track that wipes away the pain of the world, but has you feeling a bit introspective from all that is currently happening around us.

‘Five Notes Symphony the Murderer’s Tale’ from Classical Pianist Stefano Freddi, is a journey through so many emotions as you feel the sense of pride in his work, and drift away peacefully into a new mental place that has you thinking more relaxed thoughts than before. This is a marvelous piece of work that will seep into your veins and have you in a different mindset.

Stream this new single on Spotify, YouTube and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen