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The Digital Dreamers – Matzo Ball Marriage: Obscurely Infectious Avant-Garde Pop Rock

Matzo Ball Marriage” is the eccentrically orchestrated latest single from Avant-Garde Experimental artist The Digital Dreamers. Any fans of Frank Zappa will definitely want to delve into the aural insanity which ensues after you hit play.

The growling bass notes in the prelude may lead you to believe that you’re about to be introduced to a serious Funk Rock track. But when the endearingly adrenalizing vocals kick in over the up-tempo piano notes as they electrically sail through their progressions, you’ll realise that The Digital Dreamers only takes the quality of their slightly obscure, insanely infectious sound seriously.

They’ve left quite the impression. We’re already stoked to hear what comes next.

You can check out Matzo Ball Marriage for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hermosa Pier releases single Doing Fine: Infusing Pop and a whole load of Rock and Roll

‘Doing Fine’ the single released by Hermosa Pier, which comes from their upcoming EP ‘Words To Myself’ which will be released on the 27th April. Doing Fine infuses many Pop elements but also adds a bit of Rock and Roll, making this a perfect combination.

It’s a very slow pace track, to begin with, keeping that pace kind of drawn out for a good half of the song, having that acoustic guitar play a big part through the instrumentation.

When in the middle you’re taken by surprise as the volume begins to get louder and the riffs on the guitar are a lot noisier and crazy, as the piece carries on it intertwines with a slow pace and low vocals to more manic and high-pitched vocal ranges and it’s pretty incredible. Of course, having to mention the absolutely insane electric riff on the guitar that goes on for a few seconds that really brings that Rock element to it as the killer shreds take over.

It’s safe to say that the vocal ranges that come from this piece have power pulsing through them, not only that but a lot of pure energy that comes through the voice singing in a rather melodic way, always hitting the high-notes on key and having this rather mesmerising tone to the voice which hooks you in.

Definitely check out this one by Hermosa Pier, you won’t regret it!

Listen to Hermosa Pier Doing Fine by heading over to Spotify now.

 

Review by Karley Myall

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Bobby Royale – Bare Knuckle Dance Move: Fiery-Fresh Exotically Danceable Hip Hop

Bobby Royale has dropped their most grooving, energetically blazing Hip Hop track to date with “Bare Knuckle Dance Move”.  You’ll be hooked from the first entrancing notes in the Funk-soaked feat of exotically rhythmic Alt Hip Hop.

Bobby Royale’s bars effortlessly match the visceral super-charged energy which you’ll find in the instrumentals courtesy of the sun-soaked blasts of Sax around the inventively ingenious Hip Hop beats.

The up and coming artist certainly didn’t hold back on the experimentalism in Bare Knuckle Dance Move, but there’s absolutely no compromise to the accessibility. I’ve not been as excited by the beats in a Hip Hop track since I discovered That Handsome Devil. It has every potential to become a viral track.

You can check out Bobby Royale’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now, or you can

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dropping Julia has dropped In the Clear: A Funk Rock and Neo-Soul classic

Five-piece band Dropping Julia based in Virginia have dropped their single ‘In the Clear’, infusing their Funk Rock and Neo-Soul sound.

Starting with that insanely funky riff on the guitar, adding in the high-pitched tone from the trumpet. Combining all these elements to give it that Funk sound that this band master so perfectly. The instrumentation starts off very smooth and quieter in volume, the overall style of the track is fairly calming and isn’t too in your face, even though it has the occasional Rock element that sways through it.

As it hits the middle the melody raises and the pitch begins to get louder and more overpowering as the sound through the trumpets stands out, The riffs tend to get heavier as the electric guitar has it’s moment to shine, giving it that Rock essence. The voice has an adenoidal tone to it, sometimes it’s quite raspy and in others it’s high-pitched, but the way they change their vocal ranges to suit the pace of the instrumentation is impressive.

If you’re into a bit of Funk Rock or you’re looking for new music to listen too, be sure to check this one out.

Go over to bandcamp to listen to Dropping Julia In the Clear now.

Review by Karley Myall

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BoogaTronic has recently released their latest single Soul Horizon

BoogaTronic has released their latest track ‘Soul Horizon’.  Mixing Electronic, Pop and Funk together to create this insanely catchy single.

Starting off using a high-pitched electronic effect and intertwining that with a real feel good beat that gives it that funk sound, it’s calming to listen too, each vocal is sung in such a adenoidal way.

Towards the middle, the instrumentation begins to embrace the piercing electric guitar riffs and bringing in the hard-hitting synthesised drum beats to give it that real electronic sound.

This track embraces the way in which a slow-pace can really give a song a different feeling when you listen to it, because of the pace and the use of low-tempos it intrigues the listener and relaxes them which is a bonus when listening.

You can check out BoogaTronic’s latest track by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Karley Myall

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SwifStyle lets you revisit the good times with their standout Funk-driven Hip Hop track “Throwback”  

https://open.spotify.com/track/0u76ZxVRqnhVKahw76qlLD

The standout single Throwback from breaking Alt Hip Hop artist SwifStyle’s latest album “The Renaissance Movement, Phase 1” serves up an infectiously adrenalizing dose of Funk and Soul. It almost makes Daft Punk’s tracks sound flat.

Throwback may aid nostalgia by catapulting you back to the time when Disco and Funk were King. But the vibrantly eclectic approach to production ensured that Throwback is as fresh as Alt Hip Hop comes.

Expect killer acoustic basslines, sensually charismatic vibing vocals, and electrically-charged melodies which will stick to your synapses long after the track has faded to a close. It’s not every day we come across a track with such visceral soul and connectable expressive passion. Don’t hang around getting SwifStyle on your radar. They won’t be up and coming for long.

You can check out Throwback along with the rest of SwifStyle’s album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Michelle Shapa – Everlasting: Soul-Soaked Alt RnB

https://open.spotify.com/album/4d12QcPIvIDJ7N8swBYk5B

Breaking Alt RnB artist Michelle Shapa’s fourth single Everlasting is a captivating cocktail of Soul, Pop, EDM and Funk which will definitely liven up your playlists.

The inspiring lyricism sits tightly against the softly intricate melodies which may share a reminiscence or two with 90s RnB artists, but tangibly, Michelle Shapa has stamped down her own signature empowering style with Everlasting. There may be plenty of energy in the vocals, but thanks to the smooth production, Everlasting is an impossibly easy track to vibe-out to.

Alt RnB fans won’t fail to find the resonance in Everlasting It’s magnetic enough to draw you in from the prelude and only loosen its grip when the track reaches the outro.

You can check out Michelle Shapa’s single Everlasting for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Slacksons – PLASTIC BAGS FOR SHOES: Archetype-Smashing Indie Electronica

The Slacksons have moved away from the usual aural archetypes with their latest EP “PLASTIC BAGS FOR SHOES”. If you think that the EP title is a little eccentric, just wait to hear what each of the attention piquing, mind-altering soundscapes have to offer.

Even though distinctive and truly innovative music is a hard sell in 2020, I have no doubt that The Slacksons will go far with their sublime mix of Trip Hop, Disco, Funk, Indie, and Psych.

With each track offering a discernibly different vibe and sound, the EP stands as a testament to the diversity of this exceptionally exciting up and coming UK-based artist. As difficult as it was to pick a standout favourite track, there’s just something engrossingly appealing about the ominously slicing organ wails and crunching Hard Rock riffs being instilled into the feel-good track “WAKE UP“.

You can check out the EP for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jay Karnell – There for You featuring BADKids: A Vibing RnB Funk Pop Jam

As RnB goes, it’s rarely as unapologetically experimental as Jay Karnell’s latest single “There for You” featuring BADKids.

Within the mix, you’ll find a smorgasbord of different influences, from Funk to Indie to EDM, to Pop, it’s all in there and weaved together by the artist’s soul and charisma.

Around the electronic beats, you’ll be able to appreciate the ever-absorbing presence of Blues Funk riffs which take the track to the next level. With their vocals and lyrics, Jay Karnell kept their style much more archetypal. So despite the creative originality in There For You, any Seal fans will be in for a treat when they hit play.

You can check out Jay Karnell’s vibing RnB Pop Jam for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Spoken Word Poetry and Blues Pop Combine in Dom Reynolds’ Latest Single “Jealousy”

After an absorbing spoken-word prelude, Dom Reynolds’ latest single “Jealousy” kicks off as a cathartically indulgent Blues Pop soundscape which will enamour fans of John Cooper Clarke and RnB Soul alike.

That may be a slightly unexpected pairing of styles. Yet Dom Reynolds’ experimental Funk-addled style is all the more captivating for the fact that he’s aurally ripped up the rulebook.

Charlotte Neal’s strong, yet smooth harmonic vocals work alongside the deadpan spoken-word delivery throughout the track. Which not only creates a potent amount of collaborative chemistry but also ensures that the lyrics resonate with maximum impact.

The ambient slow jam comes with a nuanced infusion of Psych. When Jealousy is in full flow, you’ll be suitably mesmerised by the colourfully warm tones.

You can listen to Jealousy by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast