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Grind into motion: MJR and Davlo make it clear that they are stepping over the ‘Bullshit’

Swerving around bad news in the papers like skilled professionals, MJR and Davlo drop their excellent new single about avoiding undesirable mainstream thinking on ‘Bullshit‘.

Davlo is a quality British/Indian-based hip-hop/pop producer and songwriter, who is best known for working with various singers and rappers worldwide, in order to find his optimal sound for global domination. He joins forces on this top track with established South London, England/Dublin, Ireland-based emcee MJR, on this clever barrage of deep beats and witty punchlines, that pushes haters to foul trouble rather quickly in this game.

With a supremely likable flow, fully of witty lines about how some people like to bring their drama to you without permission, the fine production only magnifies this to a high level of enjoyment for hip-hop fans. The deluge of bounce here has you scoring three pointers all day with your eyes closed.

This is the true story of ignoring the doom-and-gloomers and the small-minded people who fill up your DM’s with nonsense, as you fly above all of that and just keep on grinding, as you know that this is the only way to stay focused and productive.

Bullshit‘ from UK emcee MJR and producer Davlo, is a marvelous portrayal of what life has been like lately, with so many groans instead of working hard like these two have. With a monumentally catchy flow and a sumptuously desirable beat, this is an easy-on-the ear music vaccine for our willing veins, to soak up greedily.

Some people will always try and bring you down no matter what, but as long as you have the right mindset and keep on shooting, you will always win.

Hear this top new track on Spotify and see more visuals on Davlo and MJR’s IG’s.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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From drive to: Mulholland Jive has the ride of a lifetime on debut ‘Adrenaline Junkie’

With a cleverly worded name derived from the rather strangely fascinating mystery movie Mulholland Drive and his own surname, Mulholland Jive leads us eagerly to the top cliff of ultimate excitement on ‘Adrenaline Junkie‘.

Mulholland Jive, is the thrilling debut indie instrumental funk-rock project from Ben Mulholland, who is a Irish-born teacher, multi-instrumentalist artist and composer, based in Cambridgeshire in England. He has skillfully threaded together a band of keen artists to record remotely with him and his production team. They have passionately pushed this wonderful music together sprightly, that was sweetly inspired by Ben’s students at school, by showing their genuine love for his catchy creations.

These fast-paced dynamic sound feet-movers, are a splendid joy to hear, as you feel like the battered soul is being healed throughout and the skill-level is a marvelous assortment of wonder, as you lock into for the ride and don’t ever let go of the groovy feeling inside your bones.

Adrenaline Junkie‘ from Irish artist Ben Mulholland, is that deliciously tasty and funky fresh organically created song that captures your imagination, has you swinging your body around like a piece of rope and has your body grooving along to forget all worries, for a few minutes at least.

Hear this heighten-the-senses instrumental track on Spotify and find out more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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The new chapter begins: Irish indie label Hidden Hill drop debut love-filled track ‘Westside’ (feat. Joexxvincy, Remy Lebeau and Craig Cameron)

Hidden Hill send us a scrumptious debut track with a song that will instantly have you feeling better on ‘Westside‘ (feat. Joexxvincy, Remy Lebeau and Craig Cameron).

Brand new Irish indie music label and producer collective Hidden Hill are here to show us what quality 2021 music sounds like on a R&B/Hip-Hop groove-fest for our bodies to dance to.

There is much to like on this excellent and smooth wonderland of sensual energy for us to enjoy and lather ourselves in, while we admire that gorgeous soul who we want to be with so badly.

This is the story about how she wants to look the best for you and how you are certainly down for this notion. You feel the sexy soundscapes as the honest raps and smooth vocals open the door for us into this love song- that will make you move and groove all evening long.

Westside‘ (feat. Joexxvincy, Remy Lebeau and Craig Cameron) from new Irish label Hidden Hill is that song you put on late at night as you light up the candles and from there you pour two drinks and see where the night leads. This is the side you want to be on and this is a song you just lay back to and enjoy all night while being with a special partner in your life.

Life is about enjoying yourself to the fullest after all.

Support their journey by streaming the track here on Spotify and see what they get up to next on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Late night hope: The Art Crimes Band bring the candles to guide us brightly on ‘In the Dark of the Evening’

After persisting through this endless lock-down to get their music recorded, South -West Ireland act The Art Crimes Band, bless sour hearts with a jazzy number to truly hold onto ‘In the Dark of the Evening‘.

Six-piece Cork City-based jazz, funk and soul group The Art Crimes Band, make that type of music that hugs your close and doesn’t let go. They perform as one unit and after swapping the bar gig cover scene to be a fully fledged original band, they are certainly flourishing with a fantastic flair about them on their revitalised music journey.

Their genuine flow is such a lighter click to the evening and you feel their authentic vibe right away. Her stunning vocals transforms all that you feel and makes everything better. With the sexy sax adding so much heartfelt energy to proceedings along with the sweet keys and intricate guitar, you feel a calm healing transformation lather all over your soul, as you close your eyes and let everything unfold naturally.

This is the story above of wanting to hold their hand during these cold days and to not let go. With all that is going on in the world, the desire to be close with that special soul and never leave is so apparent. We crave that human touch and being told not to, is so tough to do right now- as we are wired for exactly the opposite.

”The single addresses mental health and the effects of isolation. The song’s lyrics offer a message of hope, love and friendship”.- The Art Crimes Band

In the Dark of the Evening‘ from Irish jazz-fusion act The Art Crimes Band, is a genuine song that is full of quality musicians all over this track. This is a peaceful escape from this dark and miserable world that is begging for healing to be happy again. Music like this certainly helps to keep the mood light and anxiousness away.

Stream this top new single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Shading the fakes: Jeorge II rolls in with the ferocious ‘Egomanic Flow’ (ft. EeDdAaYy)

Jeorge II is in no mood to mess around on this latest hard-hitting single called ‘Egomanic Flow‘ (ft. EeDdAaYy).

Dublin, Ireland-based emcee’s Jeorge II and EeDdAaYy pack a powerful punch on this gritty Hip Hop single that speaks about how fake some people are and the frustration behind in. They are both on a mission to get their music out there globally and don’t have time to screw around to appease phony frauds, that do a lot of talking but are absent with actual results.

The big ego can your brain from opening up and so many people have a problem with this issue. Luckily, this is a rapper who has no such issues. He is self-aware and whilst frustrated with certain folks, is smart enough to realize that he needs to stay in his own lane and stay focused on the bigger picture.

Egomanic Flow‘ (ft. EeDdAaYy) from Ireland-based Jeorge II is a storming Hip Hop single that is a powerful song with such substance and constant energy. This feels like a cipher and one of the best underground rap tracks from any country so far in 2021. The flow is real and performed hard as they two mean business. They are aware that we all have egos and keeping your own in check, is the way to truly succeed.

Turn up this fresh new track on Spotify and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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The underrated hero: Ireland’s Joe Hodgson shows undeniable class on ‘Fly Your Flag’

Fly Your Flag‘ is taken off the awe-inspiring debut release from Northern Irish guitarist Joe Hodgson and this is from the newly dropped ‘Apparitions‘ album which took three and a half years of painstaking effort to make the right way. His efforts have certainly been worth it as this is a modern day masterpiece.

After discovering Irish blues legend Rory Gallagher, the love for playing guitar was heightened to incredibly self-motivating levels. This is a man who is inspired by the greats while growing up in Co. Tyrone, and he wants to get his music out there to be heard all over the world.

‘I’ve tried to create something visceral and accessible that communicates not just with guitar aficionados, but also with the everyday person on the street’ – Joe Hodgson

The way he plays guitar is like nothing I’ve hear before. You can feel how he drives in like a hot car, swerving his way through detours of life and managing to get that checkered flag at the end, no matter what the obstacle was. The moving melodies are made with such undeniable greatness as he gives us a masterclass on how to properly engage in this fantastic instrument. Each break catches you off guard and you bob your head and tap you feet, admiring the quality here.

Fly Your Flag‘ from the mind-bending talent of Irish blues-rock guitarist Joe Hodgson is one of the best songs from 2020. He has taken a genre he loves and has morphed it into his own, flipping it around and will probably inspire generations after him. This is music that is truly special and needs to be listened to by young and old.

Hear this wonderfully created song on Joe’s Spotify and see what he does next on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Starting fresh again: Irish act The Flavours are ready to move on from toxic energy on ‘More Than Once’

Cork City 4-Piece band The Flavours are an impressive folk, indie rock, soul, reggae and jazzy mesh of wonder and ‘More Than Once‘ is their latest single to bless our ears from 2020. Forgetting this torrid year is the key but unlocking quality music is the right door to open; in these often confusing times that leads us astray like a lost kitty cat.

Her stunning vocals drift in so sweetly and with a tone that is never rushed or unnatural. Your heart feels happier as you tap your feet and wonder how they sound live. The band have a humble and soulful sound, they appear to all genuinely enjoy each other’s company and this shines through like the sun coming through on a winter’s day in the UK. It might be chilly outside but you feel warmth and can’t help but have a goofy smile while listening.

There is so much to like here as they tease us at the beginning and gracefully open to the door for us to wipe our shoes and walk into their journey. This is the story of being let down a few too many times and the game is now stale and old. You have been let too many times and you now you are sick and tired of it. You waited and waited but they showed zero respect. The kindness you had has been wrapped up over you like plastic in the sea and you know it’s time to remove it for good.

With a luscious vocal delivery and a band in tune with each other’s styles, they send through a message that is heard loud and clear. After being chosen to perform at Wild Roots Music, Performing Arts & Adventure Festival 2021 with James Morrison and Kaiser Chiefs on the line-up, the arrow is pointing up for these archers.

More Than Once’ from proudly Irish band The Flavours is a track that you will end up playing again and again due to its quality and real message. After all, you deserve to be with someone that respects you and sticks to their word.

Support the band via their Spotify and see their smiling faces on IG & FB.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Wynona Bleach deliver distortedly euphoric feel-good Alt-Pop with ‘Glimmer’

Hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wynona Bleach have, under a previous title (R51), already had the kind of impact alt-rock bands dream of, releasing two critically acclaimed EPs and playing the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds, supporting Feeder and Alice In Chains, performing on the BBC’s Introducing anniversary show at Belfast’s Ulster Hall, and embarking on a 12-date headline Russian tour before adopting their new moniker and decamping to an abandoned warehouse in central Portugal to record their debut album under the production oversight of The Coral’s Bill Ryder-Jones.

Lead single ‘Glimmer’ is a gorgeous sliver of distorted feel-good alt-pop, all searing-yet-bouncy guitar and thumping bass ‘n’ drums stunningly capped by Melyssa Shannon’s killer vocal take. There’s a touch of the Hayley Williams there, for sure, along with some Smashing Pumpkins, a smattering of Wolf Alice or the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, and maybe even the poppy harmonies of Haim in places, with a definite blast of old school swirling, swooping indie like Garbage, Curve or Swervedriver added into the melting pot for an extra measure of cool.

Shannon’s delivery is delicious, alternately fragile and raucous, merging effortlessly with guitarist Jonny Woods’ backing vocals, poppy and dreamy on the verses before the belter of a stadium-anthem chorus kicks ass with its gang-vocal shoutiness, the twin-pronged guitar of Woods and Aaron Black delivering both a crunching, overdriven power-chord belter and an insanely catchy single-note melody over the crashing tightness of Carl Gilmore and Matty Killen’s rhythm section.

Wynona Bleach’s debut album ‘Moonsoake’ is released next month, and available to pre-order now; the self-filmed video for ‘Glimmer’ can be viewed from Wynona Bleach’s website, or via Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Irish singer-songwriter Eiza Murphy is effortlessly incredible on her new single ‘Black Hole’

Eiza Murphy is effortlessly incredible on her new indie-pop single ‘Black Hole‘, her voice transfixes all of your senses.

Eiza Murphy is a conscious artist from Cork in luscious Ireland. After moving to the big lights of New York when she was 15 to study, she learnt what she needed and then came back to the UK. Living in busy London from 2018, she has performed all over the city and has big plans. With lots of radio play, she is on a mission to get her vibrant music out there.

Black Hole‘ from Eiza Murphy is a cinematic masterpiece from all angles of view. The sounds are so well put together, the production matches her voice so well and you can’t help but smile. This is the type of musician that is around but you have to do a bit of digging to find gemstones like this. This is music from an upcoming series or movies surely, the beauty is for all to see and enjoy. The Irish singer is an act to keep a very close eye on,

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Wexford singer Ronan Furlong brings forth spacey visuals for ‘Hades Nebula’

Ronan Furlong is back with a brand new song that shows us fantastic visuals and is called ‘Hades Nebula’.

Ronan is an Irish singer-songwriter who writes and performs his own material. He has been writing and playing music for over 30 years and has produced a broad repertoire of highly original and well-received original music.

After learning from Wexford guitar teacher author, playwright, musician and performer Billy Roche, the music bug bit hard. Ronan subsequently received lessons from Mexican guitar virtuoso, Rodrigo y Gabriella, whom he met after one of their early performances in Dublin. This is an artist who loves to learn.

With lots of solos, this is a guitar-featured track and that is always something that is welcome is this age of electronic music. This is all about opening up your mind and looking to the beauty in the sky. Instead of slouching on the couch with our phones, we should look to the galaxy for guidance in life.

Stream here on YouTube to see these wonderful visuals.

Head to Spotify to hear more.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen