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Jahan – E Blues: Writhing Layers of Sonically-Charged Electronica, Sniping Lyricism, & Genre-Defiance

Lyrical ingenuity, magnetically textured grooves and beguiling spoken word vocals are just three of the reasons why everyone needs to put up and coming artist Jahan on their radar.

His 2018 album “E Blues” may contain ten aurally alchemic tracks, but there is no better introduction to his sound than the title track E Blues. With a prelude which kicks of in a way which will make you reminisce about Crazy Town’s 1999 hit Butterfly which progresses into an experimental weave of sonically-charged electronica accompanied by the pulls of acoustic strings E Blues is an act of genre-defiance.

The beat constantly evolves throughout the single alongside mesmeric drawl of the vocals which any fans of John Grant are sure to appreciate. Yet, Jahan’s style allows him to flirt with Hip Hop, Funk and Indie to create a soundscape that I’m fairly sure no artist has ever dared to dream before.

You can check out Jahan’s latest single E Blues along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Casino Rockets – Conscience: The Prodigal Sons of Indie Return with their 4th Single

Casino Rockets latest single “Conscience” kicks off with a reassuring riff to let you know you’re in the capable hands of a rhythmically-blessed Indie powerhouse. The licks of the Jangle Pop guitars fuse into the anthemically euphoric Soundscape which lends heavily from the New Wave Indie artists of the 80s, yet the vocal style carries a slightly more Rock edge adding a distinctive element to their sound setting them miles apart from the artists who are assimilating former sounds. If you don’t fall in love with Casino Rockets for the intricacy weaved into their progressive style, you certainly will for the upbeat sentimentally behind their latest single which carries a tinge of wistful melancholy. But, in the face of instrumentals which could have given the Smiths a run for their money back in the day, it’s hard to allow Conscience to resonate as anything but uplifting.

You can check out Casino Rockets’ single Conscience for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Manchester’s Innovatively Expressive Synth Pop Act In VideColour Release Their Latest Single “Friction Against the Grooves”

If you’re looking for a rush of aural nostalgia, look no further than In VideColour’s latest single “Friction Against the Grooves”. The intelligently put together soundscape is sure to be appreciated by fans with a penchant for the timeless sonic drive of 80s-style synths against concordantly light guitar progressions.

Yet, Friction Against the Grooves is no mere assimilation of former Synth-driven Pop artist’s hits. The Manchester-based artists have paid ode to their hometown roots with the elements of haunting Post Punk which they have weaved into their sound through the mesmeric licks of the heavily distorted guitar. Even though the single perceptibly fights against genre restraints, the resonance behind the accessible sound is nothing other than mesmeric.

You can check out the official video to Friction Against the Grooves which was released on December 10th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alex Carr – Blood on My Hands: Indie Just Got Infinitely More Celestial

Just as you begin to think “Blood on my Hands” is yet another quaint and quintessentially concordant indie jam, the soundscape is transformed by the celestial sting of the violin. Suddenly, you’re in the midst of a track which rings with so much reminiscence to former Indie outfits such as the Kooks and the Strokes, yet it has been transformed with the lush swells of orchestral strings.

With such a distinctive approach to the guitar-driven genre, Alex Carr certainly hasn’t made it easy for listeners to forget his ingeniously pioneering take on Indie. Whilst there may be plenty enough mesmerism which spills from the progressive instrumental arrangements, it’s Alex Carr’s Indie-style vocals which really bring the emotivity to Blood on My Hands. Which is just one of the singles to feature on his debut album “Questions of Travel”.

You can check out Blood on My Hands along with the rest of the tracks from Alex Carr’s latest album Questions of Travel by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kevin Jones’ Entrancingly Light Indie EP “Limelight”

Kevin Jones’ most recent EP isn’t just a record that you listen to, it’s an array of jangly quintessence which compels you to crank up the volume until the concordance of the soundscape consumes you. At the age of 18-years-old, the Indie Rock artist and producer already has the perfect balance of maturity and sweetly charismatic charm which makes his immersive compositions hypnotic from start to finish.

Even though the tonality is kept light, dreamy and melodic, the arrangements are kept ingeniously tight whilst Kevin Jones’ resonantly smooth vocals add layers of harmony to his music. Each of the four tracks on the EP by the up and coming artist is as viscerally stunning as the last. Any fans of Tom Odell, Elliott Smith, and Mac DeMarco are going to want to check out the Indianapolis-based artist’s fresh take on guitar-driven Indie.

You can check out Kevin Jones’ EP Limelight for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Randy Locke – Everybody Get Down: The Prodigal Lyricist Returns with His Latest Work of Aural Anthemic Energy

We’ve seen lyrical ingenuity from many artists that we have featured this year, but none quite match the biting talent of Randy Locke’s latest single “Everybody Get Down”. When the first line hits you with “I’d rather overdose swimming with the holy ghost living in a comatose than to be with you”, you’re going to pay attention to the snipingly audacious lyrical hooks. You can rest assured that the lyrical fire doesn’t get put out from the first line, it carries all the way through the infectiously inventive single.

It really is no surprise how Randy Locke has managed to sustain his popularity with his fans when you take into account the euphoric energy which gets pumped into his Alt Rock Pop single. His playful vocal style is paired with distinctive guitar effects, layers of funk and plenty of raucous hype.

You can check out Randy Locke’s latest single Everybody Get Down for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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2 Strangers – Like a Stranger: An Anachronistically Sweet Debut

There are very few artists with the ability to truly, viscerally, completely grip you with the atmospherics of their sound. Paul Simon, R.E.M, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan and other such iconic managed to do it, and so have 2 Strangers with their latest single “Like a Stranger”. The dreamily melodic single comes from their self-titled debut album which acts as a testament to their timelessly raw and resonant sound. With Like a Stranger, they didn’t just create a soundscape, they created a transcendentally sweet dreamscape which I have no doubt will come to be universally adored. Even though 2 Strangers have formed the roots of their sound in the past, the haunted magnetism of their style is distinctive and fresh enough to deserve a place on the contemporary radio waves.

You can check out Like a Stranger along with the rest of the self-titled album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Choly – Arcade Love: An Experimentally Vibrant Electro Genre Mash

Any fans of Joy Division, the Cure, Depeche Mode, Bauhaus and Interpol are sure to love the slightly ominous, infinitely ethereal gothy Post Punk tones of Choly’s latest single “Arcade Love”. The Post Punk vibes are wrapped around layers of Electro Pop and Indie to create one of the most prodigally haunted singles I’ve encountered this year. Although the single starts off as being fairly moody, by the time you get to the outro, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’re in a completely different soundscape. And that’s just one more reason to become enamoured by the UK-based singer songwriter’s majestic approach to production. His ability to seamlessly blend Indie Jangle Pop guitars around the fuzzy layers of synth is nothing other than aural alchemy.

You can check out Choly’s single Arcade Love for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sol’le – Best for You and Me: A Melodically Fierce Urban Ballad

“Best for You and Me” is one of the singles to feature on the op and coming recording artist Sol’le’s debut album release “Imagine Proclamation”. The release serves as a proclamation to the fact that even though she may have started her career as a rapper, she still has a melodic command over a myriad of different styles. Best for You and Me stands as a testament to her vocal diversity and dynamic tonality, with the natural talent she possesses it’s hard to see how she’ll remain on the underground for long. Whilst the beat carried an easy and natural vibe and the vocals were unquestionably inviting it was easy to feel that the lyrics behind Best for You and Me weren’t really a product of expression, but they merely fit into the melody due to the fairly obvious rhyming patterns. Which may have been a consequence of the Rap/melodic Pop mash up, but they still slightly retracted from the resonance of the single.

You can check out Sol’le’s single Best for You and Me for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alexis Basilio – Your Love for Me: Potently Ethereal Indie

Alexis Basilio’s recent single “Your Love for Me” doesn’t make you feel anything, you might want to check for a pulse. The ambiently light Indie single progresses through plaintively raw melodies of soft instrumentals with the addition of plenty of transient reverb. Yet, the ethereal potency within the up and coming artist’s latest single is mainly the product of his hypnotically soft vocals which rest perfectly against the haunted atmospherics of the soundscape.

Your Love for Me is just one of the tracks from the New Brunswick, US-based artist’s most recent EP “So You Lack Another Day”, each one of the four tracks contain the same razor-sharp resonance, and clever use of spatial effect. But there really is no better introduction to Alexis Basilio’s melancholically alchemic style than Your Love for Me.

Any fans of Elliot Smith, James Yorkston and Radiohead will definitely want to check out Alexis Basilio’s latest EP. Which you can do by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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