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Jody Lynn transcended Earth’s orbit to celebrate a cosmic connection in her latest dance-pop hit, Lost in Love

Lost in Love is the latest ethereally hyper dance pop track from the US artist Jody Lynn, who is in the habit of giving her ear candy, which is sweet enough to give you a euphoric sugar rush, a lyrical centre of gravity.

The trance elements are just one stitch in the tapestry of the massive genre-melding production, which transcends Earth’s orbit to pay an ode to an out-of-this-world cosmic connection. The indietronica elements give the massive anthem another element, allowing Lost in Love to become a sonic piece of ephemera from the fifth dimension.

Very few amorously fervent dance hits can claim to contain the same all-encompassing sense of soul exhibited in this future-ready floor-filler. Dance and EDM may be Jody Lynn’s wheelhouse, but in terms of inspiration, Prince’s tendency to push boundaries in his prolific career is the greatest influence behind her singles.

Lost in Love debuted on April 28; hear it on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Mara Liddle unleashed the ultimate upbeat pop earworm for the awkwardly inclined with her single, Oversharing

If you have a tendency to overshare, don’t cringe about your proclivity to spill TMI; tune into the latest futuristic feat of bubblegum pop from the effortlessly relatable artist, Mara Liddle.

Oversharing hits you with the instant hooks; once your rhythmic pulses are receptive to the euphonically synth-driven sticky sweet melodies, the independent songstress utilises her candour-fuelled wordplay as reassurance that you’re not the only one that struggles with boundaries and self-consciousness.

The auto-tuned vocals effortlessly synergise with the high-energy pop beats, which made me reminisce about the days when Shiny Toy Guns reigned supreme while anticipating the bright future of the songwriter, who is currently hard at work on her upcoming EP.

Oversharing will hit the airwaves on May 19; catch it on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Unshackle your soul with Imelda Gabs’ latest alt-RnB single, Free Spirit

The innovative soul singer Imelda Gabs took back control in her empoweringly enlightening alt-RnB single, Free Spirit, which is just one of the standout singles on her debut LP, Synopsis. The track is for anyone that has ever encountered a fuckboy/girl and been left reeling with questions confounded by insecurity and self-doubt when actions have no cohesion with their words in the cold light of day when they’ve had the usury way.

Any fans of the Weeknd will be instantly enamoured by the synthetically sweet instrumentals that fuse elements of future pop with the soul of RnB to create the perfect platform for her vocal lines as they evolve from ethereal to convectively powerful.

‘Moving on’ songs proliferate the airwaves, but few lyricists prove that the pen is mightier than the sword as well as Imelda Gabs, who will take you on an inner-healing journey with this introspectively emboldening release which takes all of the guilt away from naivety.

Free Spirit hit the airwaves on April 14. Catch it on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Drunk in Love Dance Pop: Lucy Crisp – One Summers Day

Good love songs ring with romantic sincerity; great love songs get you drunk on someone else’s love; Lucy Crisp’s latest single, One Summers Day, is definitively in the latter camp.

By taking a leaf or two from Taylor Swift’s lyrical book and producing her own EDM pop signature with a little help from her co-producer, Nathan Flynn, Lucy Crisp came into her vibrant summer vibes own while doing what us mere mortals always struggle to succeed in; expressing love in its true visceral form.

It has been six months since the last single from the Nottingham indie dance pop innovator. Her return has signalled a new era in her artistry, which previously received plaudits from BBC Introducing. It is safe to say that she’s lost none of her radio-ready touch with One Summers Day, which traverses the organic peaks and flows of a healthy relationship. No dynamic is perfect; instead of shooting for an implausible ideal, keep hold of what’s real. Lucy has warned her fans not to get too comfortable with her sticky sweet new sound. Her upcoming releases will touch upon a life lived with chronic illness while exploring themes of foreseen fear and depression.

Check out One Summers Day from April 28 on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Parisian electro-pop icon Andrea Dee lit an alchemically emboldened fire under her single, Be Her

Andrea Dee

If you can imagine what it would sound like if Breach and Bjork collaborated on a record, you can get an idea of the fiery aural alchemy contained in the latest electro-pop hit, Be Her, from the trailblazingly magnetic songwriter and producer Andrea Dee.

The single, co-produced by Aaron Knight, is slick with unfuckwithable attitude that Andrea Dee pulls off flawlessly. The unapologetic celebration of her own autonomy becomes as infectious and addictive as the lyrical hook that reprises through the stormer of an earworm, “It’s music that makes me be her”. I can totally relate.

With the bi-lingual lyrics bringing euro dance flavour to the mix that also found room for indie funk guitar licks, the Parisian singer-songwriter affirmed that she’s got a place in the industry – and it is way above the underground.

Be Her will officially release on March 24th. Hear it on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Leave your inhibitions at the door for Loren’s latest EDM anthem, The Feeling ft. Jessi McDonald

The up-and-coming artist Loren’s sophomore electro-pop hit, The Feeling, featuring Jessi McDonald, is making light work of catching up to the hype of their 2022 debut single, I Want All Your Love.

Uninhibited affectionate ecstasy surges through the sensuously demure deep house instrumentals that effortlessly coalesce with the honeyed vocal lines that are tinged with tropic tranquillity.

If any new independent EDM hit can make you lose your head and heart on the dancefloor, it is The Feeling, with its addictively liberating rhythms and lyrics which prove that giving yourself completely is the only way to truly feel free. The infectiously euphoric backbeats are the only upper you will need to leave you riding on a high.

The Feeling officially released on February 3rd; check it out on SoundCloud and Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Starya went interstellar with her cosmically ethereal electro-clash hit, Jealous

Fusing the provocative electro-clash energy and snappy vocal melodies of Peaches with the demure indie cool of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, the luminary art-pop songstress Starya’s latest single, Jealous, is tantalisingly interstellar. But that isn’t all; this alchemically amalgamated cocktail hybridises itself even further with elements of hip-hop, techno and dubstep, giving the bass a kick and the beats an irresistible pulse you’ll want to synergise with time and time again.

LA is known for breeding iconic artists by the applecart, but if anyone has what it takes to rock it and squeeze out new juice it is the singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ who is making light work of transcendent aural domination. Once you’ve had your jealousy fill, stay tuned for the upcoming EP, Find The Key, set to be released in February 2023.

Jealous hit the airwaves on January 31st. It is now available to streams on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

YME adrenalized self-liberation in her euphoric electro-pop hit, I Rule the World

Since making her 2021 debut, the Netherlands-hailing electro-pop sensation YME has established herself as one to watch alongside her producer, Marco Roosink, as she transcribes personal experience into vulnerably infectious earworms.

The independent artist’s latest single, I Rule the World is a triumphantly empowering track which does plenty more than testifies to individual strength; it shares the euphoria of self-liberation. As her vocals switch between ethereal soul to demurely playful grace, it’s impossible not to get caught up in the adrenalized helter-skelter hit that embeds entrancing elements around addictively encapsulating lyrics.

I Rule the World was officially released on January 19th; check it out on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Last Clouds epitaphed society in their debut LP, Illuminism

The Last Clouds

After a string of emotionally wrenching singles, The Last Clouds’ first album, Illuminism, has finally arrived. Bringing with it proclamative liberation from the idea that alienation makes you an outlier in 2023.

Short of being prescribed a trip to the seaside with a bottle of laudanum. I couldn’t think of a better way to find sanctity as our era is epitomised by the descent of truth, meaning, refuge, and connection.

With poetically forlorn lyrics that push the chill of modernity through light and dark malleable elements to reflect our increasingly arduous associations with our disunited society, the LP kicks off to a phenomenal start with track 1, Becoming.

Track 2, Origin, is instrumentally reminiscent of the latest LP offering from Editors. While Matt Schott endeavours with his harbingering vocal lines that effortlessly gel with the turbulently distorted bass around the scintillatingly futuristic synths.

Track 3, Empty Room, starts with a cinematically cavernous ambience to set a tone of Lynchian isolation before the interstellar lyricism drifts across the detachment-reflective instrumentals that are pushed far enough back in the mix to conceptualise the titular allusion.

Track 4, Earth’s Light, starts with an arcane neo-classic electronica score before bursting into a fervid outpour of future pop; the ardent backbeat rails through the reverb as the vocals and lyrics run through in a similar visceral vain to Nova by VNV Nation.

In the same way War of the Worlds is an apocalyptic narration of the end of the world, track 5, Turnpike, chronicles the uncertainty that perturbs even the most resilient minds as we anticipate the future after the everyday disasters we have numbed ourselves to through over-exposure.

Track 6, Another Way to Fall, is a ruminative masterpiece. Rich with romanticism and abjection in equal measure. Definitively proving that few things are true in this world without bitter-sweet duality.

The previously released single, Damage, is by far one of the most poetic accounts of the repercussions of living in a post-truth era I will probably ever hear. The Covenant-ESQUE synths give way to an exposition of how far the mainstream media is willing to let us sink under divisive propaganda.

The concluding single, Fog of Lies, is another sonically disassociated depiction of where we collectively lie in a society that is as glitchy as the artfully jarring orchestration. It’s the perfect continuation from Damage, which will undoubtedly be the most poignant aural memento of how we came to disaffectedly be.

Considering that protests are now effectively banned, this is as close was we are going to get to objection. The fear-encompassing LP is a boldly vulnerable dissent against the forces that are working together in perfect design to welcome us to our worse than Orwellian future. For your own sake, get your resonance fill from it.

Illuminism will officially release on January 20th. Hear it on all major platforms via this link.

Follow The Last Clouds on Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Juliette Irons bends the pop genre to breaking point in her viscerally confessional single, Prisoner of My Mind

Lyrically, Juliette Irons reigns supreme over Baby Queen in her latest candour-fuelled alt synth-pop hit, Prisoner of My Mind. The gritty future-pop production plays with tension in the progressions to further amplify the visceral confessional nature of the track which flows through artfully jarring breakbeats and lush synth chords.

The song was inspired by her experience with panic disorder and her determination to help anyone struggling with the same conditions. As someone on a similar anxious wavelength, I can safely say that the badass icon that Juliette Irons has already become has left me inspired about what people can achieve – even when they are struggling with the exhausting shackles of mental illness.

The Canadian-born, LA-based singer-songwriter and choreographer is becoming renowned for her cinematic music videos and flawlessly raw expositions of heartbreak and the other darkest facets of the human psyche. It’s going to be amazing watching her ascend the pop charts.

Prisoner of My Mind was officially released on September 30th. Watch the official music video on YouTube, or add the track to your Spotify playlists.

Review by Amelia Vandergast