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Funk and Jazz meet Folk Pop in Annabel Hailey’s latest single “Love is Like a Breeze”

Annabel Hailey

With her upcoming single “Love is Like a Breeze”, Annabel Hailey proves that Funk has a place in Acoustic Folk Pop. Their romantic, urgent, melodically intoxicating approach to songwriting incorporates elements of old school yet, it’s more than fitting for 21st-century airwaves. Love is Like a Breeze is enough to make Ed Sheeran’s back catalogue sound banal.

The slightly baroque and cabaret touch to the classic Pop vocals allowed Annabel Hailey to smother the track with her magnetic yet undemanding playfully sultry vocals. With nuances of Jazz and Neo-Soul weaved into the organically enrapturing soundscape, every second of the 3:40-duration will leave you gratified for finding this truly exceptional artist.

You can check out Annabel Hailey’s single from October 23rd on all major platforms including SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Costella – Dream Beach featuring Wyley and Abbin

Summer may be almost drawing to a close, but that’s no reason not to hit play on up and coming Ohio artist Costella’s soulfully sun-soaked single Dream Beach featuring Wyley & Abbin.

If you love getting wrapped up in summertime nostalgia, Dream Beach will prove to be the perfect guide. With acoustic instrumentals around the electronic beats, there’s an incredible depth. With the addition of a stunning Bluesy guitar solo to add to the eclecticism of Dream Beach, it’s safe to say that Costella cooked up one of the most authentic and talent-soaked Summer Pop singles of 2020.

You can check out Dream Beach for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Elta Wave has dropped her eccentrically electric Dance Pop mix “Dance Floor Dance “

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It’s sultry, it’s retro, it’s euphoric, it’s Elta Wave’s eccentrically electric 5th single “Dance Floor Dance”.

Finding distinction within a Dance Pop track may be harder than finding a needle in a haystack, but you can’t help but be hooked in by Elta Wave’s magnetic personality in the danceable high-vibe hit. I should probably warn you now that the melody will stick to your synapses like superglue.

There are nuanced textures of Funk and Disco weaved into the contemporary mix which kicks off and concludes by throwing playful polyphonic notes your way. You’re instantly given the affirmation that Dance Floor Dance is an accessible from the first hit mix.

There’s no understating the commercial potential in Elta Wave’s sound. You’ll have to hear the infectious rhythms for yourselves.

You can check out Elta Wave’s dance mix by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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Christina Li has made her debut with “Truth” featuring Cameron Herring, Yas Akdag, Thomas Bergeron

18-year-old singer-songwriter Christina Li is set to release her debut EP “Strings”. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the standout single “Truth” featuring Cameron Herring, Yas Akdag and Thomas Bergeron. After the track left us utterly speechless, we can safely say that Truth is an infatuation-worthy soundscape which stands as a testament to the talent of the NYC & HK-based artist and her collaborators.

Finding an artist who offers instrumental prowess, organic good vibes and ingenuity within the song structure doesn’t happen every day. Yet, Christina Li was able to pull each awe-inspiring element together and achieve an ethereally blissful radio-ready hit.

The dreamily melodic yet galvanizing feat of Pop sets Christina Li leagues apart from the other breaking talent we’ve heard this year with her vocals alone. There’s a Nina Simone-level of magnetism within the smoothly soulful versing while there’s a whole manner of up-vibe funk-driven alchemy on offer from the instrumentals. Expect everything from stunning sax solos to intricate piano melodies to transfixingly grooving basslines.

Truth is due for release on August 22nd, you’ll be able to check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Amanda – Electric: The Sultriest Perennial Pop Earworm You’ll Hear This Year.

There’s little room to wonder why US Pop artist Amanda hasn’t struggled to amass plenty of hype with her indulgently smooth sound. Especially with sultry Pop earworms such as “Electric” in her arsenal of hits.

Electric was the third single to be released by the breaking artist. It’s safe to say Soul, Pop and Funk have never converged quite as sublimely as they did in the standout release.

The arrestive grooves are just one half of the aural alchemy. Amanda’s vocals set her sound leagues apart from other up and coming voices. Each vocal note is effortlessly inviting. Despite the raw stylish command of the soundscape, Amanda has a way of adding a magnetic warmth to her sound which is endlessly resolving.

You can check out Amanda’s standout single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Gold Record – On Notice: Nostalgically Accessible, Futuristically Fresh Funk-Soaked Indie Synth Pop

Up and coming trio Gold Record’s debut release On Notice is a nostalgically accessible, futuristically fresh feat of Funk-soaked Indie Synth Pop.

The sultry grooves in the infectiously melodic soundscape are paired with vocals which carry reminiscences with artists such as John Grant. Naturally, On Notice drips with commercial potential.

It’s a rare track which offers energetically danceable beats, but no matter where or when you hear On Notice, it’s guaranteed to lift your mood with the organic good vibes which spill from the persona of the artists.

If the lush synth lines don’t do it for you, the sax solo which brings in the outro definitely will.

You can check out Gold Record’s single On Notice for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

For more info, head on over to Gold Record’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Roadx – It’s Going Down: Curve-creating Soul-Soaked Electro Pop Funk

If it’s been a while since an up and coming Alternative artist has left you adrenalized by their curve creating ingenuity, hit play on the Funk-riddled mix It’s Going Down from breaking Berlin-based artist Roadx.

Finding the perfect balance between Funk, Electro Pop and Soul, Roadx created sultry expressive earworm which will stick to your synapses like superglue. It transcends transcendence and offers danceable beats which give you very little option in whether you’ll move to them.

I got just as excited hearing It’s Going Down as I did the first time I heard John Grant’s nuanced take on Electronica. If you think that sounds like hyperbole, try resisting the danceable energy which the chorus will throw at you.

You can check out Roadx’s latest single It’s Going Down for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Super Love has brought the funk with their latest Alt Rock single “Herringbone”

Super Love

Super Love brought the Funk with their latest single “Herringbone”. We’ve heard the US-based duo’s experimentalism under many guises, but with Herringbone, Super Love cooked up their most psychedelically immersive Alt Rock track yet.

The sweet Psych Blues guitar licks around the deep bendy basslines create an absorbing soundscape to slip into while the Alt Pop effect-laden vocals add plenty of robotic soul into the mix. Herringbone may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Instead, it’s a strong cocktail of aural ingenuity with unrestrained playful imagination.

It’s not all too often we stumble across pretence-less Alt Rock, which is why when Super Love appeared on our single in 2019 with their debut single, there was no chance of forgetting them.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can experience Herringbone yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out Super Love’s earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Harmonical – No Time to Die (James Bond Theme) featuring Elan Noelle

You may have heard many different variations of The James Bond theme No Time to Die. But, it’s safe to say it has never been as vibrant or as exotic as Harmonical’s uniquely sensuous Reggae reimagining.

Harmonical teamed up with Elan Noelle to create the sun-soaked energetic hit which will allow you to forget to search for similarities in the original. Instead, the warmth which radiates from the instrumentals and the soul which seeps from the vocals combine to offer a rhythmically rapturous soundscape which Harmonical undoubtedly made her own.

Each track we hear from Harmonical affirms just how much talent she harnesses when it comes to emotive, deftly constructed harmonic earworms. As ever, we’re excited to hear what comes next.

You can check out the official video to Harmonical’s groove-filled cover of No Time to Die for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Josh Rosenblum Band – Hangin’ On: Vivaciously Virtuosic Blues Pop

I’ve been hooked on Josh Rosenblum’s nuanced euphoria-inducing Blues guitar style ever since hearing their standout single “Stormy” from their sensational 2018 album “Outlier”.

Their elevated, punchy, porously passionate Funk-soaked Blues Pop offers an unparalleled amount of energy which sugars the airwaves, making it practically impossible to feel bitter when you’re ingesting it. It also helps that their ability to craft infectiously happy melodies is practically arcane.

As someone who finds themselves predominantly drawn to music on the more pensive side through fear of encountering vacuously plasticised feel-good tracks, I’ve even surprised myself with how much adoration I have for their latest single “Hangin’ On”.

The raw human emotion projected into the single wasn’t hindered by the phenomenal production which ensured that Hangin’ On would become a radio-ready hit. It simply amplified the resonance which pours from the track which boasts an insane amount of commercial appeal. I’m fairly adamant there never has, and never will be Blues Pop riffs on the airwaves which share a stark reminiscence to Josh Rosenblum’s. His ability to humbly demonstrate his virtuosic prowess at the same time as creating such accessible music is tragically rare, but the shortfall has more than been made up for through Hangin’ On.

After signing with Pacific Records, we’re fairly convinced that massive things are in store for the Josh Rosenblum Band in 2020.

You can check out Hangin’ On which was released on February 7th along with all of the artist’s earlier releases via Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast