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Zach Butler has made his funked-up blues debut with ‘Selfish’.

Some artists try to portray themselves as icons, and some become iconic through their instant accessibility; Zach Butler safely and funkily falls into the latter camp. His debut single, Selfish, is a soulfully rendered feat of experimentalism that finds its vibrancy by grasping at the roots of blues and ripping them out in grooves that are almost technical enough to resonate as avant-garde.

Even though there’s plenty of distinction to grasp through the lyrics and vocals that carry the charisma of a cult leader, the guitars are on a whole other level. As soon as he starts to play in the progressively choppy despite being smooth single, you get the sense that he carries a deep passion for the technicalities of expression. The up and coming Atlanta-based artist takes influence from the guitar styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Mayer. For songwriting influence, he looks to the likes of Stephen Day and Jordy Searcy.

Selfish is now available to stream on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

No Control: Pins has their excellent creation taken to another dimension on ‘Ghosting’ (Hard Dub Stal Mix)

As he ingenuously sauces up the breathtaking beat to keep us sipping on the delicious water like a thirsty kitty cat, Stal is at his best with the Pins track ‘Ghosting‘ (Hard Dub Stal Mix) that certainly raises the temperature to cooking hot.

Stal is a passionate and multi-talented self-taught Leeds, UK-based indie EDM music producer, pianist and guitarist, who has gotten back into music again after getting divorced.

The band Pins had the artistically innovative idea of releasing the stem files for their track Ghosting, so that anybody who wanted to could remix the song tracks and add their own feel.” ~ Stal

The unit-breaking speakers seem to shudder collectively in unison to a thunderbolt of electric rays from a different planet to ours – as this sonic experience only gets better and better throughout – while you look around and nod in approve at the mesmerized crowd who are sweaty and loving every moment of this powerfully constructed track.

Ghosting(Hard Dub Stal Mix) from Pins, is an I-can-control-myself type of track that is full of electric energy and flashing lights for us to delve deeper into. The mood is rather ominous and the silky energy is deep inside your carving bones, as the moody sound seems to warp wonderfully through your alert body to give you those excited chills.

This is a highly worthwhile remix from an artist who is back and not going anywhere else again.

Hear this new track on Soundcloud and check out the IG music page for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Where Have You Been: Tokyo-based music producer Agito Maruyama lights up the dark on ‘In My Dreams’ (feat. Coco Valentine)

After reminding us that peaceful mermaids do actually exist on ‘Go With It‘, Agito Maruyama wants those sweet memories to last forever so that the heart may beat in that much-missed romantic fashion again with ‘In My Dreams(feat. Coco Valentine).

Agito Maruyama is an experienced Japan-based indie Pop music producer, guitarist, former band member and composer. After being awakened recently, there is a really edge in the new releases that you feel are only getting started.

There is a catchy cool beat here that is neatly mixed in with such sensual vocals, that seems to be meshed in just right – to bring us a story that grabs hold of your heartstrings – to pull them together and bring those smiles alive.

In My Dreams‘ (feat. Coco Valentine) from the multi-skilled Tokyo, Japan-based music producer and composer Agito Maruyama, brings us a dance journey into a moment that you cherish all night while your eyes are wide shut. This is that sweet story about wanting this to last longer, so you don’t have to wake up and deal with reality. Love can exist and manifest, if you believe it can.

Listen to this dreamy new release on Spotify and see more news on the IG channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

True Peace: Israel duo Chen Ron and Yaniv Shnaider drop delightfully exquisite three track release ‘Live at Ma’ale Tzvia’

Returning with a three track release filled to the brim with tremendous style and grace, Chen Ron and Yaniv Shnaider bring us something rather unique with a mixture of hip-hop, chilled jazz music, and a little bit of romantic RnB to sooth our tired minds on ‘Live at Ma’ale Tzvia‘.

Chen Ron is an indie guitarist, music producer, electrical and computer engineer, plus a very highly regarded pianist who is based in Israel.

Chen is well known for his ability to blend together in his productions, various musical genres from Hip-Hop and R&B to Jazz and Neo-Soul.” ~ Chen Ron

All three tracks are of equal high standard quality and hug the speakers just right as ‘Night Breeze‘ flows beautifully into the crisp air with that stunning Masego energy. ‘Mixed Emotions‘ has you grooving around with an extra jazzy sax-filled mood to improve your day, and ‘Bloom‘, is that slow-dance gem which is simply sumptuously loving, that ends off proceedings just right.

In this new Live Session, Chen collaborated with Yaniv Shnaider, an alto and soprano saxophone player in the Jazz, Be-Bop, Pop, and Latin scenes.” ~ Chen Ron

Live at Ma’ale Tzvia‘ from the soulful Israel duo Chen Ron and Yaniv Shnaider, is the first release from this new team and is a rather wonderful effort. Each song is intimately performed and with that rare world class skill, from two true artists who put in that genuine energy on this stunning release. This is one of more pure soundtracks you will hear all year and is that perfect music to lather into late at night, when you need to relax after a long week of hustling hard.

Music with that proper soul and peaceful intentions attached, is always a welcome effort during these strange global times.

Hear more on their YouTube and see what comes next on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Own It: Tokyo producer Agito Maruyama brings us that happy place on ‘Go With It’ (feat. ElleB)

On a grinning beach vibe which has us thinking of swimming in the sea with kind mermaids, Agito Maruyama shows us the only way to live in peace with a peachy-sweet attitude on the happiest RnB-flavored song you will hear all week called ‘Go With It(feat. ElleB).

Agito Maruyama is a Japanese guitarist and music producer, who is joined by the sultry vocals of guest singer Elle B for this smoothly tinted track. They make that cheerful music with a terrific vibe, has you feeling so positive with your day.

This is the meaningful message of brushing away any negative energy which threatens your important mood, as that will only wrap you up and have you distracted from your true purpose. The electric track has you dancing inside your house, as this is a the perfect family track to play on all occasions.

Go With It(feat. ElleB) from the talented Tokyo, Japan-based music producer Agito Maruyama, is that keep-things-fresh single to brighten up your day. These two artists form a terrific team – with tasty vocals leaving you with a huge smile – on a simply catchy beat, which has you getting into the mood to claim the moment.

Going for your goals is the best way to live after all.

Hear this audio on YouTube and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

That Peaceful Place: Poland’s Ludwik Konopko puts our stressed-out minds at ease on ‘Zoa’ (Raia Version)

Taken skillfully from his recent ten-track album named ‘Raia‘, Ludwik Konopko carefully transmits so much heartfelt peace and rare care from his trusty guitar for us to bathe in restfully, on his latest single called ‘Zoa’ (Raia Version).

Ludwik Konopko is an accomplished and multi-talented indie-jazz and bluesy world-fusion musician, guitarist and composer who is based in Katowice, Poland. The ZOA Band leader, he is a highly experienced musician who has been playing at home and overseas since the late 80’s.

His guitar music incorporates elements of blues, jazz, flamenco, and world music.” ~ Ludwik Konopko

You feel so safe and warmly comforted by a true great who has an incredible skill – which has been trained up from all those years putting in the hard work – as you carefully close your worried eyes, so you can feel a sense of calm restoring into your blurry eyes.

He had his first public appearance as a guitarist at the age of 19, when he performed in an orchestra conducted by the composer Virko Baley at the Lviv National Philharmonic.” ~ Ludwik Konopko

Zoa’ (Raia Version) from the worldwide acclaimed Polish indie-jazz/blues/world artist, composer and guitarist Ludwik Konopko, is that true graceful effort which has your feet tapping delightfully. There are no vocals here to cloud our minds, only a fantastic beat and world class guitar playing, that has your weary head feeling so much more thoughtful than before. This is the type of track to put on when your whole body is racing off the tracks from too much stimulation, as you take a break and free up your consciousness, so that you may return confidently to former glories.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I’m Like A Shadow: UK multi-instrumentalist Dougieto gives us the tour of his mindset with ‘Me, Myself and I’

As he flies high into the sun-lit sky of optimism and slaps his trusty bass with vigorous excitement, Dougieto splendidly shows us into his forward-thinking world on his latest single all about what he has been up to hidden from the world with ‘Me, Myself and I‘.

Liam Browning aka Dougieto, is a UK-based Aldi supermarket worker during the day, who is also an intriguing multi-instrumentalist by night, and performs a variety of different genres from ska, metal, to hip-hop.

He smartly makes that likable blend of underground music that is superbly simple, full of honesty, and packed with shelves of brisk music vibration for us to sing along with, as we bounce our heads to the appealing vibe.

With a gritty edge and a smoothly constructed delivery, we are introduced to an everyday man who has something rather unique about him. He has confidence wrapped all over him, raps with a introspective demeanor, as he flows through into our minds with relatable stories about how life is going, and what his dreams are. Becoming a star is of course the end goal – but the journey there and keeping it real – are the main elements to all his creative heart juices, that makes him an artist to easily support.

Me, Myself and I‘ from the UK-based keyboard player, guitarist and bassist Dougieto, is a top notch performance from a lovable guy who just wants to make good music. There are no boring and fake braggadocios raps here, only truthful insight into his busy life right now. He is a passionate music lover who wants to be heard, as he revs up his engine and lets the clutch down.

This is the type of song to feel inspired by, and a valuable lesson in which we can all take note of. If you love something enough, just do it and never look back.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see his IG page for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The Late-Night Vibe: Italian artist Fade gets ready for those wild ‘City Rides’

After the fine neo-classic indie-pop release ‘Cinderella’s Fancy Eyes‘ from May 2020, Fade returns with the car-sliding adventure-filled new single that will have you in a curious spin named ‘City Rides‘.

Fade is a Cuneo, Italy-based multi-skilled classical and electric guitarist, pianist, and music producer. He seems to transmit such a creative air of breathless energy into his music, using his incredible skills to constantly be evolving all the time.

After starting his artistic journey when he was just six years old, he has fused into an expressive artist who’s experience in jazz and love for electronic, has made him such a wondrously unique musician.

The young Italian musician has a large-coverage-distance music culture, from the greatest artist of the past to the most pop and electronic ones of our days. With his music, he’d like to represent the common point between 2000s popular music and 60’/70/80’s lyricism.” ~ Fade 

With a dance-filled vibe that has you thinking about your past late-night missions to places you never thought you would go – as you groove with the party-inspired tune – and are dazzled with the effortless tone, that just feels so captivating on your intrigued senses.

City Rides‘ from the creative Cuneo, Italy-based Fade, is such a vivid story about the traps of the night that can really bleed you dry. The control can go and things can get wild – as you wonder where the road shall lead you –  if you let things loose and forget to regain your mind from the easy-to-catch temptations.

Stream this fresh vibe on Spotify and see his IG music page for more visuals.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I’ll Be Outside Soon: Fresh multi-talented Brazilian musician Gregorio enthusiastically drops debut single ‘Say It Loud’

As he sings brightly about the current closed-door time he wishes would end quickly so that he may venture outside again to breathe in that sweetly flavored air of freedom, Gregorio excitedly impresses with his dashing debut track about looking for the bright days again on ‘Say It Loud‘.

Gregorio is a new Rio de Janeiro, Brazil-based indie dance/pop singer-songwriter, trumpet player, keyboardist and guitarist. He makes that positive-spin music that is all about getting the tasty groove going, so that your flame is hot and steamy for a great day.

His lyrics tend to revolve around subjects that are meaningful to him while also being true to others. Even though his main instrument is the guitar, he became adept at many others including drums, bass and keys, allowing him to make his own arrangements for his songs.” – Gregorio

You sense that he is ready for more – as he innocently swirls inside our discontent minds to flip the negative tone around completely – with a skillful smile he swaps out the mood of the cloudy day, and you feel that he has such a positive mindset that is lovely to consume.

Say It Loud‘ from the emerging Brazilian indie dance/pop singer-songwriter Gregorio, is the season-changing single that opens up the door and throws away the key, as he wants to be outside and never to be inside again unless he desires. This is a fun song that shows so much enthralling promise, with a flourishing embrace on our tired hearts.

This is a new name that we need to watch – as he turns time with a stunning effort here that is sure to invoke such delightful memories – of those happy and free times that shall return.

Hear this exciting new single via Spotify and see more on his IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Playing With My Heart: LA-based Chris Benis feels incredible when he is ‘Behind The Bleachers’

With his mind on other things as he wishes school was finally over for the day, Chris Benis wants her to meet him ‘Behind The Bleachers’ so they can sneak away from the teachers.

Chris Benis is an exciting Issaquah, Washington-born, Los Angeles, California-based pianist/guitarist and indie singer-songwriter. He makes that soulful blend of catchy pop music that has you enthralled and wishing for those holidays again.

When he lost his grandfather to pancreatic cancer in August 2017, he vowed to deliver his dying wish: to share the family’s love of music with the world, and represent his heritage in popular culture.” – Chris Benis

His voice is a fun listen and you feel his vibrant enthusiasm on each note, his passion for making the audience happy is so evident. His riffs are so positive and full of authentic vibes only, as his vest for life pops open like a can of Pringles.

Behind The Bleachers‘ from the emerging Los Angeles, California-based indie pop musician Chris Benis, is the story of daydreaming about meeting that girl who you really care about and want to see all day. School is a drag and you aren’t sure if you are cut out for it, as you just feel like being with her and making music all day.

Hear this epic new single on Spotify and check out the IG page for more news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen