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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

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This is who I am: Linda aka Sand is simply remarkable on genre-bending gem ‘Naked’

Inspired by her fascinating world travels and working out who she really is, Linda aka Sand shows us her true soul to heartwarming delight on ‘Naked‘.

Linda Gambino is Linda aka Sand, a multi-skilled Rome, Italy-born, Berklee College of Music Boston graduate, indie soul/funk/jazz singer-songwriter, who has made a recent move to usually-thriving London in England.

She makes that genuine soundscape that is classy cool, who fills you up gently with hope and life throughout dusting away inner doubt and growing disillusionment in the world. This is a woman who is ready and sings so gloriously.

Produced by Italian composer Enrico Solazzo, this is a beat that fills you to the core and brilliantly reaches your soul as you marvel at the whole production. The song is so cinematic, the story of a woman who has made it through all those winding roads and avoided the tempting nature of this wild world.

Naked‘ from exceptional Italian musician Linda aka Sand, is that real moment you feel only once in your life. She projects the feeling that means you are ready for whatever challenges come your way, as your armor is so strong and absolutely priceless. This is who you really are.

Stream this stunning single here on Spotify and see her story on FB.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Late night hope: The Art Crimes Band bring the candles to guide us brightly on ‘In the Dark of the Evening’

After persisting through this endless lock-down to get their music recorded, South -West Ireland act The Art Crimes Band, bless sour hearts with a jazzy number to truly hold onto ‘In the Dark of the Evening‘.

Six-piece Cork City-based jazz, funk and soul group The Art Crimes Band, make that type of music that hugs your close and doesn’t let go. They perform as one unit and after swapping the bar gig cover scene to be a fully fledged original band, they are certainly flourishing with a fantastic flair about them on their revitalised music journey.

Their genuine flow is such a lighter click to the evening and you feel their authentic vibe right away. Her stunning vocals transforms all that you feel and makes everything better. With the sexy sax adding so much heartfelt energy to proceedings along with the sweet keys and intricate guitar, you feel a calm healing transformation lather all over your soul, as you close your eyes and let everything unfold naturally.

This is the story above of wanting to hold their hand during these cold days and to not let go. With all that is going on in the world, the desire to be close with that special soul and never leave is so apparent. We crave that human touch and being told not to, is so tough to do right now- as we are wired for exactly the opposite.

”The single addresses mental health and the effects of isolation. The song’s lyrics offer a message of hope, love and friendship”.- The Art Crimes Band

In the Dark of the Evening‘ from Irish jazz-fusion act The Art Crimes Band, is a genuine song that is full of quality musicians all over this track. This is a peaceful escape from this dark and miserable world that is begging for healing to be happy again. Music like this certainly helps to keep the mood light and anxiousness away.

Stream this top new single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Joesix’s ‘Beauty Queen’ – funky uplifting soulful Hip Hop at its best

At 31, UK-based artist Joesix is already a pretty established name on the North East hip hop scene; now back with his latest single ‘Beauty Queen’, Joe’s mixing up old-school soul, Motown, and funk with R&B and Hip Hop to produce a single that crosses artificial boundaries and give us something with true dance credentials.

Upbeat, funky, soulful, and exciting, ‘Beauty Queen’ blends Nile Rodgers-style funk guitar with Motown Hammond organ parts and a proper, early hip hop scene rapped vocal that’s reminiscent of Melle Mel, Grandmaster Flash, and the Furious Five. That said, it’s a fiendishly modern track, all the while nodding back to its roots in 80’s breakdance and Hip Hop; handclaps, gated kick drum and snare, and genuine flow. You can easily imagine ‘Beauty Queen’ on prime time Eighties Top Of The Pops just as smoothly as you can at Jazz Café or Concrete; it’s groovy, it’s timeless, it’s got style and class, and it’s insanely danceable.

Check out ‘Beauty Queen’ on Spotify, and follow Joesix on Facebook or Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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The Turner Brothers’ new single is seriously on the ‘Money’

When seventies-style funk/electro-pop meets modern hip hop and ska, you’ve pretty much got The Turner Brothers. With new single ‘Money’, we get exactly that; serious soul-funk groove and hip hop vocals on the verses, jangly off-beat guitar and hip-swinging bass goodness spliced seamlessly into horn-section stabs and ska-funk choruses. It’s a brilliant track, the chorus catchier than those annoying little grass seeds that stick in your clothes and refuse to let go. And that’s pretty catchy.

There’s a mixture of the nutty boys and the 2Tone scene in there with nods to Madness and the Specials, mixed with jazzy soul/funk like Jamiroquai or the Brand New Heavies, but the Turner Brothers – a ten-piece line-up, no less, fronted by brothers (the clue’s in the name) Pat and Tony Turner – have taken elements of all their influences and seriously mixed them up, coming out with a sound all of their own.

On ‘Money’, it really does hook, the brass section adding little frissons of excitement atop the hip hop funk, and it really isn’t relinquishing its hold any time soon. ‘Money’ really is a serious ear-worm party-tune, and in 2020 that’s really no bad thing at all.

See the video for ‘Money’, and follow the Turner Brothers, on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes.

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Don’t Blame It On The Boogie; Blame It On Rebelsuns. Dancefloor Anthem ‘Over Again’

Hot on the heels of their previous single ‘Hues’ comes this absolute banger of a dancefloor-ready hit from Indonesia’s Rebelsuns., all mixed-up disco-funk synth-pop in the vein of the Scissor Sisters, Jean Tonique, or Flamingo Pier.

Whereas previous single ‘Hues’ was a more solemn, ballady affair, ‘Over Again’ takes no prisoners in its aim to get booties shaking and feet moving, a total-fun, no-holds-barred party track with Nile Rodgers-Esque funk guitar riffs atop thumping bass, splashed piano chords, and a drum pattern which just invites all those late-seventies open-collar and white suit dance moves.

Taking its cues from K-Pop, J-Pop, and funk/fusion, ‘Over Again’ is all soft, playful vocals, multi-layered chorus harmonies, and inescapable dance grooves. It’s nostalgic yet contemporary, uplifting and wicked, wicked fun, as much Twice’s ‘Fancy’ as Childish Gambino as Swing Out Sister, Johnny Hates Jazz, the Bee Gees, or Chic. It’s that perfect mix of funk, dance, disco, and modern alt-synth-pop, colourful, upbeat, tongue-in-cheek, and with a completely unavoidable boogie; it’s truly impossible to listen to ‘Over Again’ and not want to get up and dance. That’s the mark of a proper future classic right there.

Listen to ‘Over Again’ on Spotify. Follow Rebelsuns on Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

 

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Delve into the deep grooves of DJ Creativity’s latest mix ‘The Music Moves Me’ feat MX

EDM artist and producer DJ Creativity teamed up with MX to create their latest feat of danceably electric Disco ‘The Music Moves Me’.

Funk deep grooves wind their way through the Deep House Disco mix which is sure to instil euphoria in everyone who finds the soulfully retro entrancing hit. There may be plenty of odes to Old School, but with the funk-riding basslines, there’s a modernist twist to the sound which has kept dancefloors alive for decades.

You can check out The Music Moves me by DJ Creativity for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SENTO – Lay Back featuring TATONKA: The Soul Driven Ambient Hit That Will Keep Your Synapses Firing

Swiss-Norwegian artist and producer SENTO’s latest soul-instilled Alt Electronica single ‘Lay Back’ featuring TATONKA is a sublimely idyllic feat of aural ingenuity. With enough ambience within the mix to offer you a sense of catharsis and plenty of digitally-orchestrated Funk to keep your synapses firing, Lay Back easily transcends the notion of genre and becomes somewhat of a paradox. It’s a grooving dreamy slow burner and a bass-riding groove-riddled entrancing hit, all in one deftly produced package.

With SENTO’s tendency to weave everything from Funk to Hip Hop to Neo Soul into his tracks, it’s always worth delving into their eclectically inspired sound, and thankfully, there is plenty more in the pipeline.

You can check out SENTO’s latest single via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mychael Gabriel wrestles with racism and intolerance with their Funk-Rock track ‘Fury’

With a funk/rock pedigree that includes collaborations with artists such as Sheila E, Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr, John Legend, St. Vincent, and George Clinton, Mychael Gabriel is at the forefront of a new Minneapolis Sound generation. Now, with ‘Fury’, he brings forth probably the most danceable groove of a protest song that Michael Jackson never wrote.

Sounding like early, Off The Wall-era Jackson coupled with some of Nile Rodgers’ best ‘Chic’ guitar chops – plus some proper ‘guitar hero’ funk shredding on the solo at around the two-minute mark – ‘Fury’ rages at the injustice of peaceful protest scapegoating rioting and unrest, wrestling with racism and intolerance, but always with a style and groove that lifts it above being ‘just’ a protest song. ‘Fury’ is a bona fide funk/rock powerhouse of a track, chock-full of swagger and funk alongside its outrage and, well yeah, Fury.

Check out the video for ‘Fury’ on YouTube. Follow Gabriel on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Let Cliff Beach take you to church with their latest single ‘Black Moses’

Any artist who can compel you to contort a grin with the first vocal note is worth their weight in aural gold, admittedly, that doesn’t happen all too often, so you may as well hit play on Cliff Beach’s latest single Black Moses.

Cliff Beach may not have had Trent Reznor producing his track, but there are plenty of reminiscences in Black Moses and Saul Williams’ hit Black Jesus. The same playful enigmatic attitude runs through, but with Black Moses, there are lashings of Funk found in the chorally compelling tones which will take you to church as the high-vibe hit unfolds.

You can check out Black Moses for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast