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Never Forget Charlotte Lansman.

Kicking in with a simple piano riff and Lansman’s smoky vocal before seamlessly shifting into a full-on powerful pop ballad, ‘Never Forget’ is a smooth, poignant cry to lost love, mellow and plaintive on the verses and kick-ass catchy on the chorus, the beats and instrumentation never overshadowing Lansman’s excellent voice.

Inspired by jazz artists such as Jamie Culham, Melody Gardot, and the great Amy Winehouse, ‘Never Forget’ takes those elements and mixes them with a great pop-rock sensibility, creating a strong, passionate, and compelling track that truly deserves to be all over the radio this autumn.

You can follow Charlotte Lansman on Facebook; ‘Never Forget’ is on Soundcloud now.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Perth’s Efa dances into our heart with lovely jazz-pop ‘So Smooth’

Perth’s Efa dances into our heart with lovely jazz-pop as she sings about heartbreak on ‘So Smooth‘.

This song is all about a cliché high school romance that is based on true events. The song is inspired by old-time-style jazz music mixed with the new-aged dance pop. This works so well and is a fun song to dance to, be inspired by and perhaps be sad about too. Love lost is always a sad thing as we should all be happy.

Efa is a singer-songwriter, dancer-choreographer from Glen Innes in New South Wales, Australia. With a strong background in Contemporary, Jazz, and Musical Theatre which influences both her musical and choreographic style. After starting her music career when she was 12, this young, quirky and talented musician is ready for the next step in her music. She sings about real moments, she is genuine and has a lovely voice.

So Smooth‘ from Perth’s Efa is a fine song and comes with a fun video that will cheer anyone up that has dealt with heartbreak lately. What a massive talent with lots more to come.

Click here for the YouTube page.

Head through to the Facebook link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Wirral-Based Soul Pop Artist Gina Has Released Her Latest Resounding Single “Lesson in Love”

Lesson in Love” is the latest smooth Bluesy Pop single by up and coming Wirral-based artist Gina who is quickly becoming renowned for her rich and resounding tone.

From the first note in Lesson in Love, you’ll be captivated by the sumptuous pace, Gina’s magnetically soothing vocals and the full-bodied textures found in the warmly Jazz-infused soundscape.

Gina may be fresh from her inception, but her uniquely artful style which borrows influences from Adult Contemporary and a myriad of other sub-genres is already beyond radio-ready. It’s cinematic.

From what we’ve heard in Lesson in Love and the artist’s former releases, it’s only a matter of time before you see Gina’s name gracing the charts.

You can check out Lesson in Love for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tara Gozay – How You Be You: Unapologetically Expressive Experimental Jazz Pop

How You Be You” is the unapologetically expressive standout single from Jazz artist Tara Gozay. Her artfully bold approach to sound is sure to resonate with any fans of powerful female voices.

The track may start off as a strong offering of soulful Jazz Pop. Yet, the progressive single has an unexpected shift in tone as distorted guitars are added to the Neo-Soul-style soundscape.

The up and coming artist’s sound may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But any true aficionado of archaically-inclined Jazz Pop will definitely want Tara Gozay on their radar. There’s plenty in the pipeline for 2020. And if you follow Tara Gozay on Facebook, you’ll be able to catch one of her lockdown live shows.

You can check out How You Be You for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Colleen Orender – The Company of Older Men: Cinematically Captivating Pop

Even before I hit play on Colleen Orender’s recently release single “The Company of Older Men” I knew I was going to greet the track with adoration.

Not many Pop artists are unashamedly bold enough to tackle the not so glamorous subject of sugar daddies. But Colleen Orender managed to do it whilst simultaneously creating a cinematic track which wouldn’t be out of place in a Bond soundtrack.

Every single aspect of the production is phenomenal. It’s full of edge-of-your-seat tension, half-heartedly listening to The Company of Older Men is simply not an option. Colleen Orender’s vocals are up there with the most arrestive we’ve heard this year, and that’s very unlikely to change.

You can blow your own mind with jazz-infused orchestrally-layered epic soundscape for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alex Slay – Cherry Wine: Nostalgically Warm, Stylistically Captivating Alt Indie Neo-Soul

Alex Slay

Nashville-based Indie RnB artist Alex Slay’s upcoming single “Cherry Wine” may be a melodiously soft, soulfully captivating slow jam, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more hard-hitting Indie Soul track.

Their completely distinctive sound fuses nostalgically warm Neo-Soul Jazz Pop tones around roots-deep RnB and light melodic Blues in a way which I can guarantee you’ve never heard the like of before. But despite the uniqueness of Alex Slay’s signature sound, Cherry Wine is one of the most accessible Indie RnB tracks we’ve heard this year. And those are just a few of the reasons you’ll come to love Cherry Wine once you delve into the soulful creative catharsis.

You’ll have to wait until May 20th to check out Cherry Wine for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out the artist’s previous releases via SoundCloud and keep up to date with news of the release via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nicole Leaskk is due to release her fiercely empowering RnB Pop hit “Tough Love”

Nicole Leaskk

In her upcoming single “Tough LoveNicole Leaskk proves that soul and attitude can sit hand in hand. The lyrics may contain fractures of melancholy, yet her empowering air takes this RnB Soul Pop track to the next level.

Rather than offering the usual lovelorn wistfulness, Nicole Leaskk created a track which inspires you to push away any pensive thoughts which tempt you to believe that you should beat yourself up following a hard break up.

If candidly fierce and inspiring tracks such as Tough Love were more prevalent on the airwaves, I have no doubt that plenty of more people would exude the same self-respect which Nicole Leaskk did while writing Tough Love.

With her refreshing approach to lyricism, distinctively soul-spilling vocals and the radio-ready production on the Jazz-infused RnB Pop instrumentals, Tough Love isn’t a release which you’ll want to miss out on.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Tough Love for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out Nicole Leaskk’s earlier releases on SoundCloud and follow her via Facebook to keep up to date with future releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Richard Fordham – Love Isn’t: Eccentrically Enamouring Alt Jazz Pop

Richard Fordham has mixed up his usual eccentrically enamouring Pop style with their latest single “Love Isn’t” which contains the same funky quaint playfulness as his earlier releases. But this time, it’s bolder, it’s bigger, and if it doesn’t make your heart feel full, I don’t know what will.

By bringing a female vocalist in on the track along with some nuanced elements of Rock, the symphonic archaically-jazzy soundscape became one of his most amorous singles to date.

With each new release from Richard Fordham, the excitement that I get to delve into a truly unique perspective becomes even more visceral. Tracks such as Love Isn’t prove just how limited the views of love which we hear on the radio are.

Richard Fordham’s single Love Isn’t is available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Richard Fordham – Invisible Flame: Soulfully Candid Pop

Richard Fordham

No one quite does archaic Pop quite like Richard Fordham. And no one shares their quaintly candid charm. Remember when songs used to be a direct line of communication where raw emotions were put to a melody and invited the listener to catch resonance? If not, their latest upcoming single “Invisible Flame” will serve as a stark reminder.

Invisible Flame shares the experience of unreciprocated love with a poignantly penned conceit running right the way through comparing unrequited love to an invisible flame. But instead of creating a melancholic track, through great humility, the artist injected plenty of personable, jovial humour.

Richard Fordham is an artist who I’ll always be happy to see back on the airwaves with a new chunk of his soul laid out in a playful jazzy ensemble.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Invisible Flame for yourselves. In the meantime, head on over to SoundCloud and check out Richard Fordham’s earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Aiva – Gentleman: Soulfully Textured Jazz

There aren’t many emerging artists putting out music which could justify comparisons to Amy Winehouse. But with her latest single “Gentleman” Aiva has created a jazzy serving of Neo-Soul which spills plenty of tonally rich soulful catharsis. Despite the mesmerism which lingers in the instrumentals, Aiva’s vocals efficaciously dominate Gentleman. Right the way through, powerful but poised harmonies steal your attention from the intricate progressions of the bass and keys.

Gentleman may borrow a few archaic influences which are found in the stripped-bare downtempo melodious rhythms. Yet, Aiva was still able to orchestrate an indulgently demure single which offers plenty of contemporary resonance.

You can check out Aiva’s latest single Gentleman which was released on October 18th for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast