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Big Soda – Open Wound: Soul-Fizzingly Sweet Psych Jazz Pop

We found it all too easy to become enamoured by Big Soda’s latest Psych Jazz Pop single Open Wound. It wouldn’t be out of place in a David Lynch soundtrack. But abstract ingenuity isn’t the only incentive to hit play. Big Soda makes it impossible not to be endeared by the effervescent charm which has been instilled into the mix.

The dreamy, melodic, genre-mashing progressions in Open Wound paired with Big Soda’s playfully soulful crooning allowed the track to unfold with a sublime soul-fizzing adorable appeal.

The track may not have been orchestrated with adorability in mind. Yet, that’s just what gives Open Wound its organic adorable magnetism. Expect a sure enough serving of improvised aural catharsis when you hit play.

You can check out Open Wound along with earlier releases from Big Soda for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Raélle – Close to You: Hypnotically Smooth Indie RnB

If it’s been a while since you heard an RnB single which was so effortlessly soulful it was hypnotic, I’d highly recommend turning your attention to the smooth vibes which seep from up and coming artist Raélle’s latest single “Close to You”.

The melodic downtempo Indie RnB instrumentals create the perfect platform for Raélle’s poised and nuanced yet powerfully arrestive vocals. There are also elements of ambient Jazz weaved into the soundscape for maximal tonal warmth. But where the soundscape truly sets itself apart is through Raélle’s vocals. You’d be hard-pressed to find another breaking artist with such a captivating vocal range and ability to make every lyrical line resonate. The vocal harmonies in Close to You are bordering on celestial.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Raélle’s single Close To You for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out the London-based artist’s earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tarah Jaye – Your Love: Progressively Sultry Funk and Blues-Soaked RnB

If you like your RnB served straight from the soul, you’re bound to find plenty of sentimental appeal in up and coming artist Tarah Jaye’s latest sensually evocative single Your Love.

The deep grooves in the Funk-laden soundscape amplify the sultry magnetism which spills from the vocals and lyrics. And the progressive single doesn’t stop there when it comes to genre-blending. By the time you reach the outro, you’ll also have indulged in Jazz-style Blues guitar riffs. Considering that the track kicks off with a fairly simplistic electronic RnB Pop prelude, Your Love takes you on one hell of an aural journey which you’ll undoubtedly want to take time and time again.

You can check out Tarah Jaye’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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CiiVE – Stationised: Artfully Glacial Alt Electro Pop

CiiVE’s latest single “Stationised” is a glacially crafted indulgent feat of Alt Electronic Pop which any fans of Post-Punk-laced soundscapes are going to want to check out.

Stationised also weaves elements of Ambient Electro Jazz into the mix which introduces tonal warmth into the otherwise cold and haunting yet ethereally mesmerising single. Needless to say, Stationised offers a striking amount of distinction. The authenticity within the electronic instrumentals and samples is only matched by the vocals. It’s moody, it’s artful, and it will undoubtedly freshen up your Electronic Pop playlists.

You can check out CiiVE’s single via YouTube.

You can find out more about the artist and hear more of her music via her website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Wade C. Long – Norm’s Place: Arcanely Constructed Alt Jazz

Up and coming LA artist Wade C. Long’s mesmeric blend of RnB, Jazz, House, and Gospel has made him one of the most distinctive artists we’ve heard in quite some time.

Their recently released single “Norm’s Place” is arcanely stunning. Yet rather than just offering a pleasant aural delight to lose yourself within, you’ll be hooked into each progression as you come to appreciate the ingenuity of Wade C. Long’s improvisational style. He found the perfect balance between chaos and catharsis in Norm’s Place. Dare I say David Lynch wouldn’t be able to orchestrate a soundscape as mind-melting as this?

With the usual time signatures safely out of the window, the jarring stabbing notes cut through the concordance of the lucid instrumental harmonies and efficaciously invite you into an aurally altered state.

You can check out Wade C. Long’s single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Big Fat Meanies – Meet Me at the Downbeat: Frenetically Funk-Driven Alt Rock

If you missed the seminal release “Meet Me at the Downbeat” from up and coming Alt Rock artist Big Fat Meanies, it’s our pleasure to introduce you to the frenetic hit.

With Ska, Punk, Rap, Funk, Rockabilly, Swing and Hip Hop all influencing the instrumental style, Meet Me at the Downbeat is a dynamically progressive track which really comes into its own through the stunning solos. Rather than just offering the usual guitar riffs, you’ll also hear drum, bass, and sax solos – each of them is as captivating as the last.

It was a bold move incorporating such a smorgasbord of sounds into their single. But perceptibly, Big Fat Meanies have more than enough talent and energy to pull it off. I can only imagine how immersive a live set would be.

You can check out Meet Me at the Downbeat for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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AP Project – Hi. Ro. Mi.: Modern Jazz Fusion at its Finest.

Jazz has never been the most accessible of genres. Yet, with the magnetic pull of the fluidly explorative soundscape which is AP Project’s latest single “Hi. Ro. Mi”, that issue may become a thing of the past.

The Jazz Fusion single abstracts elements from Hip Hop, Blues, and RnB before infusing them into a work of dizzying distinction.

With Hi. Ro. Mi., you not only get the perfect introduction to AP Project’s deft instrumental mastery. But you also get to experience the mesmerism of surrendering yourself to a rhythm without knowing which way or how fast you’ll be pulled along. The refusal of the Modern Jazz Fusion artist to leave any amount of predictability between the notes is most felt when the soundscape surges into jaw-droppingly intricate piano melodies which carry the perfect dose of Jim Jones-style frenetic energy.

You can check out AP Project’s single Hi. Ro. Mi. for yourselves via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Seb.T – Notion: Melodiously Gritty Jazz-Infused Hip Hop

“Notion” is just one of the sultry smooth urban drops from up and coming Birmingham, UK-based Hip Hop artist Seb.T’s upcoming EP “Disconnect”.

Seb.T’s catchy contemporary approach to Jazz-Fusion breathes brand-new resonant life and soulful grind into the genre. With the grimy bars alluding to a non-polished picture of 21st-century living, and the gravelly drawl to Seb.T’s vocals, there’s no disputing that Notion is a dynamically distinctive hit. There are very few Rap artists with the ability to put this much magnetic conviction behind such a melodious beat. And the sweet sentimentality of the track definitely didn’t fail to resonate thanks to the addition of the female harmonic vocals on the chorus.

You’ll have to wait a little longer to check out Notion along with the rest of Seb.T’s upcoming EP which is due for release on December 5th. In the meantime, you can head on over to Spotify and check out their previously released gritty urban delights.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vince Villafan – Easy: Prodigally Restorative Dream Pop

Vince Villafan released his latest work of cathartic aural alchemy “Easy” on September 17th. If you appreciate silvery euphonic soundscapes you might as well start preparing your playlists for the downtempo hit.

There was no forgetting the up and coming artist after the release of his earlier released single “Don’t Remind Me”, but it’s safe to say that in the short time between the two releases, Vince Villafan has found a way to instil even more mesmerism into his sound

Through a mix of Psychedelic Dream Pop, Indie, and sweetly sensuous Jazz, Easy unfolds as a prodigally restorative mix. Faith No More’s single Easy is practically anthemic in comparison to Vince Villafan’s accordantly arrestive new release. That may sound like ridiculously high praise, but once you hit play, you’ll see that the adoration is more than justified.

You can check out Vince Villafan’s latest single Easy for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hannah Lorimer – Rewind: Alchemically Cathartic Neo-Sou

Sublimely smooth servings of Neo-Soul will never go out of style. Especially not ones as alchemically cathartic as the latest single “Rewind” from up and coming artist Hannah Lorimer.

Any fans of Norah Jones, Corrine Bailey Rae, and Etta James are definitely going to want to turn their attention to the song which pulled so much inspiration from these artists. Yet, Rewind doesn’t solely rely on assimilating what already lingers on the airwaves.

Hannah Lorimer’s distinctively contemporary approach to Neo-Soul incorporates transfixing elements of Jazz, giving Rewind a sense of free-flowing rhythm, which is all too tempting to be pulled along with as the track unfolds. It’s intricate, it’s captivating, and your playlists will thank you for welcoming the soulful resonance of Rewind onto them.

You can check out Hannah Lorimer’s latest single Rewind for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast