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Bluebass brings the feel-good factor with their funk-riddled track, ‘Never Give Up on Your Dreams’

Blackpool-based singer-songwriter and producer Bluebass fed the influence of his hometown into his latest feel-good track, ‘Never Give Up on Your Dreams’. Blackpool isn’t all illuminations and rabid hen parties; it also has an ever-lasting tie to the Northern Soul and Jazz Funk scene which rose from the town’s working-class roots.

With their latest release, Bluebass embraced the old school before contorting familiar grooves into catchy contemporary rhythms that would go down a storm on a dancefloor. Their upraising mix of RnB, pop, funk and soul pulls together to offer all of the aural euphoria that you could ask for.

Never Give Up on Your Dreams is now available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music RnB

That Sweet Craving: LA’s PYXIE lights up the nights adventures with the catchy indie-pop/rap track ‘Flattery’

As she busts a cheeky move on the tempting dance floor after work, PYXIE tells us what she likes on the fresh new body-moving single called ‘Flattery‘.

PYXIE is an original puzzle-solving indie pop/hip-hop artist from sunny Los Angeles, who loves the creation of those magical words and its many forms that fascinates the hungry mind, as she enchantingly evolves into her own brand of unique music that is wonderfully ever-evolving.

With her lovable penchant for learning new things each day with such alluring innocence, she flow in between the rap, funk and RnB genres the most, morphing them together depending on where her imaginative juices take her to that particular day.

This is the story about loving it when you hear those smooth words from a former stranger, your mind suddenly races and you love the rush each time. You only want it honest though, as that is what you are truly after and nothing less.

Flattery‘ from LA wordsmith PYXIE is a fearless song from a criminally underrated indie singer/rapper, who puts in her best work yet with a display of pulsating lyrics combined with her confident vocals, that will make the shyest of us blush with excitement.

Hear this rising talent on Soundcloud and see more of her adventures on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music

MDMelo keeps us euphoric with their latest single ‘DON’T STOP DANCING’ featuring Francis

MDMelo served up a solid slice of funk and disco with ‘DON’T STOP DANCING’, just one of the tracks to feature in their ‘In the Moment’ EP.

By bringing in the smooth vocal timbre of Francis, the single unfolded as a convincingly heartfelt mash of RnB, Soul and Funk. Grooves don’t come much more danceable than the ones that you’ll find in this glossy euphoria dripping sanity-saver.

MDMelo’s lyrical advice is worth heeding. Imagine how much dancefloor awkwardness it will save when clubs finally open. Until then, keep the artist and producer on your radar – you owe it to your serotonin levels.

You can check out the official video which premiered on March 6th via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music Pop

Kama Tala has unleashed their Caribbean funk-soaked jangle-pop single, ‘Honore’

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If you could imagine what it would sound like if the Smiths was a Caribbean pop outfit, you will be able to get an idea of the jangly magnetism contained in Kama Tala’s recently released single, ‘Honore’.

The Chicago-hailing artist crosses borders and merges everything from soul to rock to pop to jazz in their sun-soaked tracks, but that’s not the most notable facet of Kama Tala’s talent.

The ingenuity largely stems from the seamless melding of the genres while never detracting from the accessibility of his sound. But the true distinction comes through their heartfelt vocal delivery. In a time when physical communities are inaccessible and social media has become a minefield of toxicity, tracks such as Honore are utterly priceless for the way they reach out to you and offer freshly orchestrated positive connection.

Honore is available to stream via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

Christopher Nielsen gets inspired with a jazz-funk groove on new single ‘Payne’

Returning after a fifteen year sabbatical to a music industry which has changed beyond all expectation in the intervening years is always going to be a challenge, but it’s one which multi-instrumentalist Christopher Nielsen has taken up with aplomb. Taken from his new, thirteen-track instrumental album ‘Our Voyage Home’, ‘Payne’ is a jazzy, funky little number driven by Carmine Appice-style upfront drums and a delicious seventies-toned Rhodes piano lead.

It’s lively, old-school without being dated, rootsy, and very driven; think an instrumental jam breakdown in an Earth, Wind, and Fire concert, or a little Weather Report studio wig out time. Jazz meets soul meets folk all mixed up by pushed percussion and wandering keyboards. It’s fluid, expressive, and genuinely good, uplifting, fun.

‘Payne’, and the rest of ‘Our Voyage Home’, is available on Spotify. Check out Christopher Nielsen’s website here.

Review by Alex Holmes

Music

Pull Me To The Surface: The Fiddle Revolt ask to be lifted out of the machine on ‘Breakdown’

Somehow fusing a soothing waterfall of tasty funk, soul, blues, RnB, pop and reggae, into the mixing bowl of goodness for our malnourished music palate, The Fiddle Revolt, are back into our anxiously curious lives to fill the growling stomach with their latest single called ‘Breakdown‘.

Akron, Ohio five-piece multi-genre act The Fiddle Revolt, are a specially-sauced indie band with so many influences in their souls, you ride a wave of knowledgeable euphoria when you turn them up real loud.

This is the intense story about how it feels when you are stuck in a place you know you need to get out of, as your body caves in tiredly and you feel desperately disillusioned in this wild world of constant replication, that doesn’t seem to make any sense. A re-connection of the mind is solely needed to find yourself as you look for purpose, far away from the sticky midst that makes you feel so lost and scarily gloomy.

Their smartly constructed barrage of dazzling sounds is forceful but never too much, the solos are appealingly electric and make with hand-crafted precision, with satisfying vocals that make you feel relaxed and that wonderful violin jolt-to-the-veins, that puts you quickly into a new world around you, far up and over the wild ocean wave that threatens to drag you in and spin you around underwater the dirty water, like a powerful underwater current in the sea full of ferocious jellyfish, that just won’t let you go.

Breakdown‘ from Ohio’s incredible indie fusion band The Fiddle Revolt, catches you in your healing soul where it counts with their signature authentic style, that smiles in your face to give you hope in these dark times. Starting again and pursuing that self-motivation to elevate above, is the only way to live and love after all.

Hear the track here and see more about their adventures on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music

Only Love: Melbourne six-piece band Rambal heat up our anxious mood with funky new album ‘Hold Your Fire’

Stylishly bringing us their freshly squeezed positive groove vibrations that soothes all worries away, Rambal are back with their highly-awaited new album called ‘Hold Your Fire’.

Formally known as Justin Yap Band, Rambal, is the ambitious six-piece soul/funk/blues outfit from the creative shores of Melbourne in Australia. They inspiring make that unifying music that asks for acceptance from us all to peacefully alter the world to a state of peace and love, no matter who you are or where you are from.

This fantastic ten-track socially conscious release has so many gems inside, the glow feels quite right as your senses are alive again. Particular highlights-there are no fillers here-has to be ‘Follow Me Down‘, ‘Another Tomorrow‘ and ‘Step In‘.

Your body grooves with their energy as they take you on this exciting journey with a smile, each track made with care and purpose as you float into another world, that is so much better than the one we are in right now.

Hold Your Fire’ from the lovable Ozzies Rambal, is a soulful journey through their fascinating world, as they tell us to get rid of unnecessary weapons and negativity, remembering that we can indeed live in a peacefully content world, with so much love and calm energy illuminating from our bodies.

Stream this wonderfully crafted album on Spotify and see their IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music

Babybrutha gave us a guide to aural salvation in their funk-driven soul-rock track ‘Black Vinyl’

Aural salvation-seekers with a penchant for funk-driven soul-rock will definitely want to delve into the latest release ‘Black Vinyl’, by Chicago-based fourpiece, Babybrutha.

Black Vinyl exhibits Babybrutha not just as dexterous artists, but as eccentric alchemists of soul-stroking high vibes; you’ll feel existentially lighter before the chorus hits. With Hendrix-style solos, vocals from Tim Lee which prove that his soul could sate the grim reaper for a decade and deep Motown grooves, it’s impossible to entertain any notion of apathy when the track is running through.

You can check out the official video to Black Vinyl by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Skunk Funk pulled back the curtain with reggae-rock ska-punk single ‘Welcome to the Freakshow’

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If you could imagine what it would sound like if Insane Clown Posse grew up, gained some debonair flair and a reggae-rock ska-punk style, you’ll get a good idea of what to expect from Skunk Funk’s latest single ‘Welcome to the Freakshow’.  Funk has never been more theatrical.

With sunny staccato rhythms around cutting post-punk tones and elements of surf rock and nu-metal thrown in for good measure, Skunk Funk’s sound went far beyond psychedelic and wandered into the realms of absurdity – and that’s no bad thing. Skunk Funk delivered a unifying track bound to appeal to the outliers of society who were strange before reality became a hyper-normalised recipe for serotonin deprivation.

Welcome to the Freakshow is available to stream and download via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

I’ll treat you better: Angus Brill Reed is ready for when they see the light on ‘Nth Degree’

The recent EDM Winner of the 2020 UK Songwriting Contest, Angus Brill Reed returns splendidly with the wonderful new single about that deep feeling in your body, that can’t be explained called ‘Nth Degree‘.

Angus Brill Reed is a talented indie EDM/trap/funk artist from Australia, who is a fresh talent on the rise who makes music that explores love and finding those meaningful relationships to illuminate your soul.

”This song explores love without limits, where chemistry in a relationship has the potential to create forever harmony. Wrapped in an upbeat and fresh groove.”-Angus Brill Reed

This is the sweetly crisp story of that special kind of chemistry between two people that should be together, that has you dancing all over your lounge, you have been in his place when you care so much for someone, but they are taken right now. You are ready for the time when they see the light, as there is no one else you want.

The jazzy beat is a waterfall of pureness onto your body as you sense the love, and feel so vibrantly happy with his voice that illuminates the speakers and sizzles with a cheeky grin.

Nth Degree‘ from the incredible talent Angus Brill Reed, is a stunning effort from a soulfully advanced singer who brings us a true message of doing your upmost to look for something real and pure. Life is too short to have your heart played with so finding that special love, is something that is beyond valuable.

Hear this uplifting single on Spotify and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen