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Spotlight Feature: Laura Loh delivered deeply entrenched empathy in her seminal self-produced single, Closer

After releasing her 2020 debut EP, which instantly attracted attention from BBC Introducing, Laura Loh has continued to move into her profoundly empathetic pop own. The Hampshire, UK-based classically-trained vocalist and instrumentalist is fresh from the release of her self-recorded and produced latest single, Closer.

Closer contends with the very real issue of our innate human tendency to put ourselves through the wringer every time we have realised that we aren’t infallible. In a therapeutically intimate way, the alt-pop single lulls you into a state of self-compassion, guided by Loh’s glassy vocals, the ethereal organ layers and massive percussion that aurally shows you the beauty in resilience.

If only all sonic mental health advocacy had the same visceral pull of Closer, we’d be an infinitely more self-actualised society. The deeply entrenched empathy in the single is an evocative bruiser. We can’t wait to hear what follows from Loh’s freshly discovered production boldness.

In her own words, here is what Loh had to say about her latest single:

“Closer is a song about recovery and personal growth, inspired by my experience with mental health; it is a reminder that it is okay to fall and take your time picking yourself back up. We all tend to be too hard on ourselves; I hope this song can encourage people to celebrate the progress they make every day, no matter how small.”

Closer will officially drop on May 20th; hear it on SoundCloud & Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

Spotlight Feature: Get elementally radiant with Laura Loh’s latest alt-pop single, Morning Light

There has been no stopping the Hampshire, UK-based singer-songwriter Laura Loh since she released her debut EP in 2020. She has been lauded by BBC Introducing, taken to stages at Weyfest, ValeFest and Westival, and even recorded vocals at the infamous Abbey Road Studios.

Now, she’s here with her optimistic blend of alt-pop and folk, Morning Light, which brings her background of classical and jazz music into the luminous mix, which serves as the perfect reminder of the pleasure we can take by simple yet stunning facets of nature. Yet, cleverly, Morning Light is simultaneously a parable of the radiance that the right people can spark within us. My soul feels infinitely lighter for hearing the emotional depth in Loh’s smooth vocal lines and the intricately ascending melodies. Loh knew exactly where to greet you with pools of shimmering reverb for transcendent effect. We can’t wait to hear what follows.

Morning Light was officially released on March 4th. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Special Place: Illinois artist Danny Oleksy takes a romantic ride with shorty on debut single ‘By The Ocean’

As he cheekily looks deeply into her beautiful eyes and sees them together forever, Danny Oleksy just knows that she is someone rather sweet and special on the beach-blushing debut single ‘By The Ocean‘.

Danny Oleksy is a youthful Hampshire, Illinois-based University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student, ice-hockey player, indie pop/hip-hop artist, music producer, audio engineer, and singer-songwriter. He has been making music since he was very young, but feels like now is his time to shine brightly.

Music is my whole life and it always has been, but I am just now becoming myself and showing who I really am. Through my music I wish to motivate people to follow their dreams and not be afraid of who they are, don’t let nobody tell you what you can and can’t do.” ~ Danny Oleksy

His freshly tanned vocals feel like he has just risen from the calming seas below – as they sound so crisply pure and confidently salted – the energy he transmits is something rather relaxing, as we float happily with him underwater for this summer gem.

By The Ocean‘ from the enthusiastic underground pop/hip-hop artist and music producer/engineer Danny Oleksy, is a sun-kissed single which has you beaming from ear to ear. He sees his girl as someone really remarkable who despite having some of that Daddy money to play with, is the perfect woman for him.

What’s better than spending some quality time alone by the ocean with your partner anyway?

Stream this new fresh new single on Spotify and see more news via his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Just one night: Hannah Reem sings so gloriously on fantastic second single ‘Beg Steal Borrow’

With no scheme in mind, Hannah Reem is looking for one night to be with her crush she has eyes for, on the stunning new single ‘Beg Steal Borrow‘.

Hannah Reem is a phenomenal Hampshire, UK-based indie soul/jazz/blues singer-songwriter, with a voice so massively incredible, your heart will be alive and replenished with that genuine love again thanks to this special talent.

She delightfully fuses that rare kind of music together, that is blooded from her North African roots and British upbringing, you shiver as she sings right into your heart to give you a thrilling feeling of hearing that golden voice, that has your hairs standing up straight to attention.

This is that story about being alone for so long during this horrific pandemic and your desires are awakened when you see him. You just want him for one night ,so you can satisfy your urges and show him what he is missing out on. Your eyes are firmly latched onto him and you want him to realize that this will be a night he won’t ever forget.

The smokey blues and dynamic jazz influence fills you up instantly like a cuppa hot chocolate on a winter’s morning, as she has that tremendous tone inside her luscious lungs. You love the soul food that makes your mouth water with stupendous delight as you close your eyes, wondering how she sounds live on stage with the bright lights and warm embrace of the loving crowd.

Beg Steal Borrow‘ from the wonderfully cheeky cool Hampshire singer Hannah Reem, is that succulent and tasty single that you have been desiring to enter your body, that just takes your breath away instantly with her effortless charms and world class vocal delivery.

Hear this dazzling talent on Spotify and see more on her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Time to say goodbye: Chloe Payne is outstanding on debut track ‘Out Of Luck’

With a groovy bass filled vibe to lift us right away, Chloe Payne sends us a breakup anthem to help wipe those sad tears away on her terrific debut track called ‘Out Of Luck‘.

Hampshire, UK-based indie pop singer-songwriter, and music teacher Chloe Payne, sings with that inspired passion that helps other LGBT women embrace their sexuality and to be proud of who they are, so they can soar above any small-mindedness that they may encounter in everyday life.

This is the story of being cheated on, lied to and generally disrespected by a former lover, that you gave your heart and soul to be looked after. You cared for them so much and then they tried to flick the pain around and blame it all on you, just like a narcissistic and manipulative person would do. The sad part is that you opened your gates to them but made a quick decision to end things fast, before they found a way in again, for further heartache.

She sings with a magnificently strong aura that simmers into our ears and shows us that we can’t put up with being lied to. This catchy pop song is a debut to remember from an artist with an honest take, on the pitfalls of modern love.

Out Of Luck‘ from UK indie-pop singer songwriter Chloe Payne, is that statement of respect from a sparkling singer who has wonderful vocal ability. She sings about the pain of losing love to someone else but shows strength in sticking to her decision and moving on to brighter days ahead, with someone else who will treat her far better.

Stream this lovely new single on Spotify and see further info via her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Millie releases her powerful and funky EP Outliers

Millie has dropped her latest six-track collection ‘Outliers’ intertwining the sound of Pop but adding in a little jazz, every piece is filled with high energy and groovy melodies.

Always using the guitar to create those funky instrumentals as the guitar begins it’s electric shreds and the drum beats adding in that infectious energy that Millie portrays through all of her music, giving it a real uplifting feeling as you listen.

Millie’s vocal ranges tend to have that more modulated and tending to have that brittle texture to them the higher she goes with her voice, adding a bit of rough edge as she sings at a low-pitch volume. Always stretching out her voice to collide with the melody as that begins to pick up volume and suspense. The rhythm and the vocals go hand in hand and they flow so well together.

Some pieces on the anthology are live pieces, which is interesting to listen to the different atmosphere and the way the voice sounds. If Millie didn’t prove how fantastic her music was before then the mesmerising pieces of stripped-back live music is on a different level. Sometimes with live music it can be a hit or miss, but Millie owned it.  Hearing her voice as it is in all its glory was dreamy, hearing the roar emotion pouring through each word, the powerful instrumentation that collides alongside in such an incredible way.

Listen to Millie’s EP Outliers by heading on over to Spotify now.

Review by Karley Myall