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Abi Mia – This Life: Confessionally Powerful EDM Pop

Following on from the success of her debut single, ‘Fly Your Way’, London-based singer-songwriter, Abi Mia, has released her confessionally powerful sophomore single ‘This Life’ and proven that it is possible to offer a monumental dance track and pop ballad, all in one evocatively arrestive package.

With her unflinching vocals paralleling the sheer veracity of the pulsing synth notes and euphoria instilling beats, if you don’t feel something while listening to This Life, your soul might have checked out.

Abi Mia may take influence from the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato and Alicia Keys, but discernibly, she runs with her own resounding style; and the airwaves are all the better for it.

You can check out This Life for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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RONA MAIRI – Sliding Away: When alt-pop becomes art-pop

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If you hit play on any alt-pop debut this year, make it RONA MAIRI’s stormer of a single ‘Sliding Away’ and test your capacity to feel.

Sliding Away may not be the most polished single that you’ve heard this year, but it is all the better for it. The piercingly resounding alt-pop single transcends directness and delivers unapologetically confrontational soul. Maybe not the sticky-sweet and superficial soul that is prevalent in the pop charts, but you’re in for an evocative experience all the same as the tremulous electronic track plays havoc with your rhythmic pulses.

The Scottish singer-songwriter’s original aural passion fell into the lap of grunge, but as exhibited in Sliding Away, her contemporary inspiration comes from game-changing producers such as Lorn, Clams Casino and Shlohmo. After hearing Sliding Away, it would come as no surprise if RONA MAIRI started to share the very same acclaim as the luminary producers who compelled her to share her distinctive vision with the world.

You can check out Sliding Away for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Through betrayal breathes Electro Pop Poetry in Denae’s single “last night”

Electronica artist Denae has never been one to hold back in her tracks, yet her latest track, last night takes piercingly provocativeness to another level. You won’t just find compassion as she runs through the galvanizingly spite-fuelled verses, but you’ll get to share that lacerating feeling which often comes hand in hand with betrayal.

last night is a flood of visceral urgency and desperation to lyrically suck out the poison. The catharsis through the expression resonates right from the intro.

The track will lead you into darkness, causing you to run through any scornful moments that leave you a little less willing to trust again, to love again, all the while leaving you in adoration for Denae’s honesty and ability to convey striking emotion through her tantalising dark electro-pop track.

You can check out Denae’s single last night for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zola’s Alchemic New Release “Easy” is the Soulfully Moody Aural Gem the Airwaves Were Waiting For

When an up and coming artist is able to leave you mesmerised before the first verse has run through, you know that you’ve just stumbled across an alchemic aural gem, which is exactly what happened when we listened to the soulfully moody standout single “Easy” from Zola.

If you could imagine what Florence and the Machine would sound like if they adopted a dark electronic sound, you’ll get a good idea of what you can expect from the seventeen-year-old Cambridge, MA-based singer-songwriter.

The massive production of Easy allows the transfixingly authentic track to swallow your consciousness whole. If there’s any justice left in the music industry, Zola will be able to easily climb to the top of the Indie Pop charts. If you think that sounds like high praise just wait until you feel the high which you’ll get when you hit play.

You can check out Zola’s single Easy for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mariposa Extension Number has made an evocatively fierce Alt Pop debut with their EP “Guru”

If all debut releases impressed us as much as 17-year-old artist Mariposa Extension Number’s, he’d have some serious competition. But as it happens, the amount of intense aural alchemy in their debut EP “Guru” was practically unparalleled.

For me, the marks of a great artist will always be how much passion they project into their soundscapes and how unapologetically bold they were when offering a brand-new sound. There are stamps of approval all over the artists unique and artful infusion of Electronica, Pop and RnB.

It evocatively stings, but stylistically, you couldn’t ask for a more ahead of the curve debut. Don’t just watch this space, jump on this incredible release and get Mariposa Extension Number on your radar as I’m sure it won’t be the last experimentally mesmeric record from them. They’re definitely one to watch.

You can check out Mariposa Extension Number’s captivating debut via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ben Alexander – Sons: Entrancingly Melodic Electronic Gospel Pop

If there’s any Electronica artist we’re happy to see a new release from, it’s Bergen, Norway-based artist and producer Ben Alexander.

There was definitely no forgetting them after hearing their single Seek which was full of soulfully stylistic ambient euphoria. With their most recent release Sons, the tones may slightly be harsher, colder, and it may be fleetingly comparable to the likes of Covenant, the Editors and John Grant, yet, Ben Alexander has allowed the soundscape to retain the same magnetic mesmerism.

Their electronically-crafted single is an entrancingly adrenalizing infusion of Pop, downtempo Hip Hop, and Gospel, and it’s safe to say, you’ve never immersed yourselves in a soundscape quite like Sons before.

You can check out Sons which was released on May 29th along with Ben Alexander’s earlier releases via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast