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Rachel Huggins – Take Control: Funk-Infused Deep Soul

There’s probably no preparing you for the amount of soulful Disco Funk which will greet your ears when you hit play on up and coming Deep Soul artist Rachel Huggins’ latest single “Take Control”.

But considering that the single is an inspiring hit based around taking control of your life, there’s no harm in Rachel Huggins throwing you in at the effervescent deep end.

With a slightly vintage 70s tone, there’s a familiarity to the single thanks to the archaic groove and the artist’s undilutedly soulful vocals which are extremely efficacious at sharing empowering vibes. For fans of the genre, you may as well start considering Rachel Huggins a quintessential artist.

You can check out the latest single from Rachel Huggins for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mestizo Beat drops their latest feat of Disco Funk “Midnite Nurse”

Up and coming Disco Funk artist Mestizo Beat dropped their latest single “Midnite Nurse” on September 18th. By creating an eccentric, genre-contorting soundscape from slightly archaic tones, Mestizo Beat was able to offer the airwaves an instantaneously accessible single. But through the rhythmic experimentalism contained in Midnite Nurse, the track still boasts a contemporary feel.

With unexpected increments of tribal drums interrupting the organic progressions of wah-soaked guitars, Mestizo Beat keeps you hooked in the high-energy instrumental mix. If you like your Funk with plenty of arrestive groove, it’s safe to say that you’ll love the colourful 70s nostalgia which Midnite Nurse throws at you.

You can check out Mestizo Beat’s latest track Midnite Nurse for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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C’nergi releases their latest feat of Alt Rock alchemy with the single “Hope and Paradise”

It’s not all too often that an Alt Rock artist comes along who truly leaves me transfixed by the authenticity of their sound. But up and coming artist C’nergi didn’t fail to bowl me over with their single “Hope and Paradise”.

While you may be able to grasp at faint reminiscences in the soundscape, their strained, unfiltered, passion-driven vocals sitting against such a stylistic mellifluous instrumental arrangement isn’t a sound which you’ll hear on the airwaves frequently.

For their progressively rich sound, the Reading, UK based artist looks outside of Western culture. C’nergi infuses their sound with a subtle hint of Afro-rhythm whilst making sure that the complexities are still infinitely accessible to anyone who favours four bar chords.

Just imagine a meeting of the styles of Faith No More and Amanda Palmer, and you may be able to get an idea of what C’nergi has to offer.

You can check out the official video to Hope and Paradise for yourselves which was released on October 10th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jake & The Heist – Bad for Me: Salaciously Fierce Alt Pop

If you’re always on the hunt for contemporary Alt Pop hits which give you all the vibrant in-your-face energy of an infectious Pop track with none of the guilt, look no further than Jake & The Heist’s latest single “Bad for Me”.

The Salacious aural treat incorporates elements of R&B, Funk, Trap, and Rock to create a danceable rhythmic jam which shares reminiscences to the Arctic Monkeys thanks to the guitar licks and basslines. There was also plenty of room in the track to incorporate sonic high-octane blasts of EDM Pop with subtle hints of Trap; bringing yet another dynamic to the eclectic arrangement. Bad for Me is a track which demands repeat attention, and you’ll be more than happy to bow to those demands.

You can check out Jake & The Heist’s latest single Bad for Me which was released on October 4th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Gold Blooded Woman drops their latest euphoric dance hit “Blood is Blood”

Up and coming Dance House artist Gold Blooded Woman dropped their latest anthemically danceable track “Blood is Blood” on September 24th sharing with the airwaves an accessibly immersive radio-ready hit.

Even though Blood is Blood has plenty in common with hit 90s dance tracks, the artist didn’t fail to weave plenty of fresh, new, vibrant energy into the mix. There’s a fair amount of Disco Funk infused into the beats, giving Blood is Blood an infectious snappy rhythm which may need a little bit of convincing to leave your synapses alone. Any fans of Daft Punk, The Weeknd, and Deadmau5 will definitely want to put Gold Blooded Woman on their radar.

You can check out the official music video to Gold Blooded Woman’s latest single Blood is Blood for yourselves by heading over to YouTube Now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grunfelder – Fake Wedding Ring: An Eccentrically Experimental Endlessly Enamouring Debut

Up and coming artist Grunfelder has recently made their debut with the eccentrically captivating EP “Baby Sturgeons”. While each of the tracks will greet you with nostalgic popping Jazz-Infused Rock n’ Roll rhythms, the best introduction to Grunfelder’s style is undoubtedly “Fake Wedding Ring”.

I was enamoured by Fake Wedding Ring within seconds. It felt as though a smorgasbord of archaic tones had converged simultaneously and resulted in a gorgeously tender array of aural escapism which forcibly removes you from the 21st century.

Grunfelder’s crooning vocals may share a few similarities with the likes of Bublé, but if you could imagine Bublé tearing himself away from instrumental mundanity and predictably, you’d best be able to get an idea of Grunfelder’s velvety, danceable experimentalism.

You can check out Fake Wedding Ring along with the rest of Grunfelder’s EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NOVALA – Crimson Throne: Rhythmically Arrestive Afrobeats Fused with Funk

If you’ve forgotten just how arrestive masterfully composed Funk can be, hitting play on NOVALA’s single “Crimson Throne” will serve as a stark reminder.

The 10 piece Funk/Afrobeat may grab a few influences from the past to steep their sound in fluid familiarity, but there’s no denying that Crimson Throne along with their other singles “Myth” and “How it is” have a place on contemporary airwaves.

While Crimson Throne may kick off with fairly archetypal organically textured progressions, the single seamlessly evolves into a high-energy offering of cinematically frenzied Funk laced with Jazz and Swing. Crimson Throne may just be one of the most rhythmically captivating tracks I’ve heard this year.

And there’s plenty more to come from NOVALA, as they will be releasing the remaining tracks of their EP “Chapter 2” on October 11th, and for those lucky enough to find themselves near Santa Monica, they’ll be performing tracks from the EP at Harvelle’s on the same evening. I can only imagine how much euphoria will be floating from that stage.

You can check out Crimson Throne for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Carrie Cleveland – Make Love to Me: Hazy, Rich, Groove-Soaked Soul

If you told me that Carrie Cleveland’s latest album was recorded in the golden era of Soul, I’d believe you. However, Carrie Cleveland has been able to bring that archaically cathartic magnetism to her debut 2019 album “Looking Up: The Complete Works”.

Each of the tracks possesses their very own captivating charm, but you can’t go far wrong hitting play on the 7” promotional version of “Make Love to Me”.

The danceable track fuses Ska rhythm with ethereally pure soul to create a light and transient soundscape, but the romanticism weaved into the rhythms definitely won’t fail to resonate. Carrie Cleveland’s vocals perfectly blend into the hazy, rich, and groove-soaked melodies making Make Love to Me a track you’ll always find pools of sweetly textured immersivity in.

You can check out Carrie Cleveland’s single Make Love to Me along with the rest of their debut album by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Freedom Ledges release their filthiest Blues hit yet with “Heavy”

https://thefreedomledges.bandcamp.com/track/heavy

The Freedom Ledges released their latest transfixingly dark Blues Rock single “Heavy” on August 16th, and I can quite honestly say I’ve never heard anything like the Jazz Fusion Rock soundscape mixed with Catt’s unflinchingly angsty vocals.

There really is no overstating the commanding dominance of the vocals in this track, they may be a little heavier than you’re used to from groove-led Blues, but they’re also strikingly empowering, passion-fuelled, and unflinchingly raw.

In Heavy, you’ll hear angular guitar progressions cutting across the warm dulcet pools of Funk laid down by the bass as the drums feed you perpetual palpable filthy rhythm. Bringing brass into the instrumental arrangement saw Heavy become a work of high-octane alchemy.

Something also tells me that seeing The Freedom Ledges live would be an unforgettable experience – The LA-based artist is definitely one to watch.

You can stream and download the latest single from The Freedom Ledges by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DG & The Freetown Sound – Better Than You: A Potent Hit of Funk-Driven Serenity

If you’re a fan of sunny soulful Blues, chances are you’ll become as enamoured as me when you check out DG & The Freetown Sound’s single “Better Than You”.

The Funk layered soundscape mixes elements of Funk, Soul, Motown, and Jazz which all come together as an aural smorgasbord of archaic indulgence. As soon as you hit play on the track the warm tonality of the celestially orchestrated single hits you, and you’re hooked in the Funk-driven serenity of this track from there on out. The eclectic instrumental arrangement and the constant evolutions in Better Than You ensures you’re captivated by the enveloping groove of this track from start to finish.

You can check out DG & The Freetown Sound’s single Better Than You for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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