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An Assortment Of Pictures: Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT astounds on new single ‘Supercritical’

With a progressive sound that feels like it belongs in an intense movie where we are about to see the twist, Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT returns with his high-energy mix that will have your heart quivering swiftly on ‘Supercritical‘.

Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT is a classically-trained Pittsburgh-born, Phoenix-based modern jazz composer who fuses in rock, metal, EDM, ska, and world music.

His favourite composers include John Zorn, Alfred Schnittke, and Richard Wagner, with whom he identifies for their eclecticism and unpredictability.” ~ Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT

There is no one in the world quite like Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT. Launching like a catapult with a style of music that has been laced with so many different genres it is hard to name them all, he shows us the inner workings of his racing mind that is always looking for that extra edge.

Supercritical‘ from the wildly creative Phoenix-based modern jazz composer Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT, is a fascinating combination of soundscapes that seems to smash through all self-doubts that were inside you before. With a speaker-booming experience for us to enjoy, this is a new track that certainly wakes up your ears and assists in getting your whole body moving for the exciting adventures ahead.

Listen to this new single on Soundcloud.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Voices In My Head: Yasmine Gill is quite exceptional as she looks for that light again on ‘Feel’

Carefully encapsulating our frigid consciousness with something warm and genuine, Yasmine Gill leads us into the first of her new singles taken from her upcoming 4-track EP with a story that will strike home to many with ‘Feel‘.

Yasmine Gill is a sensationally gifted Italian-Canadian soul/jazz solo artist and pianist based in thriving London who sings with a rare quality that you will find incomprehensible to ever forget.

”’Feel’ is about losing the senses, such as touch, sight, and sound, at a very low point in life. A place that can often seem insurmountable.” ~ Yasmine Gill

Vocally and lyrically, there is so much to love about Yasmine Gill as her sensually classy air of innocence takes your tired mind away from all worries. This is an anthem that so many of us can truly relate to, as she shows us how it’s so easy to lose yourself in this overly-stimulated universe.

Feel‘ from the superb London, UK-based Italian-Canadian soul/jazz singer-songwriter and pianist Yasmine Gill is one of the best tracks yet of 2022. This is an artist who was previously on the floor as the world weighed her down so much it felt like a mountain was pushing her towards defeat. After looking deeper within herself and gritting her teeth to stand up tall again, she sings her way out of the previous world and into a brighter day with endless possibilities.

When you feel like everything is lost, music heals you into that path you want to be on after all.

Listen in as she shakes your soul awake on Spotify and gain a sense of her mesmerizing energy via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I Know Why I’ve Been Blue: Jonny Kerry knows who he wants to be with on ‘Exactly Like You’

Taken from his much-anticipated new album called ‘Castelfidardo‘, Jonny Kerry shows the greatest respect to the 200th anniversary of the accordion’s invention with his outstanding new single all about feeling that desire deep in your epicentre with ‘Exactly Like You‘.

Jonny Kerry is a Stamford, Lincolnshire, UK-based Jazz accordionist and much-loved singer-songwriter who is on a mission to bring the old school nostalgic feel back to modern life.

Jonny is perhaps most well-known for his appearance on the hit TV show, Peaky Blinders, where he performed in scenes with violinist, Matt Holborn. Alongside TV appearances, Jonny’s work has been listened to millions of times online and been featured on BBC Introducing.” ~ Jonny Kerry

You intrinsically feel the authentic story about how his lover makes him feel inside his bones – from an inspiring leader who feels in his heart that he is the guide – to showing many millions the majestic beauty of such a stunning instrument, that has the extraordinary ability to have your entire body shivering in unforeseen delight.

I’m really excited to announce the launch of my upcoming album, I’m really happy with how it’s turned out, and I hope a lot of people find a new love for the accordion because of it.” ~ Jonny Kerry

Jonny Kerry calmly delivers us his exquisite technique in this wonderful love story – that guides you inside a stunning ambience – that totally compels you to close your eyes and just listen to his humble mastery at work. After feeling so numb and cold before as his toes felt like they were going blue with frostbite, once he heard this goddess perform live his whole perspective transformed forever into the warmth again.

Exactly Like You‘ from the highly-skilled Stamford, Lincolnshire, UK-based Jazz accordionist and soulfully-aware singer-songwriter Jonny Kerry, is an incredible new single that shows us that he has found the one when he least expected it.

As someone who feels that his preferred genre has been brushed under the carpet for too long, a track like this should definitely assist – in helping youngsters being fascinated again to pick up this particularly complex instrument – just like he was all those years ago.

Hear this truly mesmerizing artist at his peak on Spotify and see more via the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Dancing To Your Journey: Jatayu x Harini Iyer helps us find that peaceful place on ‘Restless’ (feat. Praveen Sparsh)

With a loving beat that gets your whole soul ready for spiritual enlightenment away from the gloom of modern days, Jatayu x Harini Iyer urges us to be truly free on the stage of life that needs to be fulfilled beyond the normal on ‘Restless(feat. Praveen Sparsh).

Jatayu is a Chennai, India-based indie nu-jazz-rock quartet. Featuring Harini Iyer on vocals and the hypnotic mridangam expertise of Praveen Sparsh, this is an exceptional effort that has clearly been made with lots of skill attached.

Using sound and music to tell stories, the band weaves together traditional Carnatic music with Jazz, Funk, Rock, and a whole host of perpetually changing styles and influences to push the boundaries of fusion.” ~ Jatayu

Restless(feat. Praveen Sparsh) from the stylish Chennai, India-based indie nu-jazz-rock quartet Jatayu x Harini Iyer, is a wonderful song that is filled with an original rhythm that has you clicking your fingers and tapping your toes, as we gaze at the stars above and let such a sensational singer bless us with her glorious vocals. This is a soul-healing experience that features so many exquisite solos. that helps us see the fire that burns inside us.

Breaking through your past slumber into a productive world is the best way to feel like you are heading into the happy path that shall set you free forever.

Lather yourself into this terrific new single on Spotify and see more via their IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Maple Sky – Free Her

Jazz, pop and RnB fusionists Maple Sky released their most seminal single to date with ‘Free Her’, which allows anyone in the process of walking away from a toxic relationship to see the light.

It was a bold theme for the ensemble to tackle. Considering that they did it with so much soul-laden compassion, they hit the evocative mark with the track that allows the intricate orchestration to explore the bright path that opens up when shackles of insidious affection are shaken off.

The smooth melodies, authentically airy vocals and wisdom so poignant it’s evident that it was hard fought for pull together to prove that the world isn’t as loveless as narcissists make you feel it is. By all accounts, it’s a stunning track. We can’t wait to hear where the UK-based ensemble take their fusion sound next.

Free Her is available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Tried To Hide It All The Same: Lara de Belder shows her utter disgust at a cheating ex with 3rd single ‘It’s All Over’

After feeling the full authority of this hideous pandemic that slammed the doors shut on many music venues and creative opportunities beyond comprehension, Lara de Belder shows her determination to move past a relationship that had so much promise before but sadly faded away on ‘It’s All Over‘.

Lara de Belder is a phenomenally talented London, UK-based, North Yorkshire-born, University of Leeds and Royal Academy of Music-trained, indie jazz/blues solo artist, musical director, and actor, who sings with a vocal output that you will always remember fondly.

‘’I’ve been interested in writing my own material for a long time and dabbled in the past, but before the first lockdown hit the UK I was involved in several bands and projects and that was where I was putting most of my energy. I didn’t yet fully believe in myself as a writer and solo artist, so the self-doubt found its comfort in prioritising these other ventures. It wasn’t until we literally couldn’t do our gigs and other projects that I realised the opportunity that was being presented.’’ ~ Lara de Belder

With the excellent producer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Rodwell on board, Lara de Belder closes the door on a broken room that has too many cracked walls to live in – as she tried to ignore it for so long – and regrets waiting until everything shattered right in front of her. With superlative vocals from a highly-praised singer who is in inspired form, you will feel like you have just witnessed an extraordinary track performed with that rare quality you have been waiting all year for.

It’s All Over‘ from the decorated London, UK-based indie jazz/blues solo artist, musical director, and actor, Lara de Belder, is a sensational single that could be in any era, due to the smokey class and outstanding ambience. Her voice is so vintage and she shows us the consequences when a former lover left that once-sweet love for dead. This is class personified and a release that is quite clearly something extra special.

Hear this sizzling experience on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Why Do I Feel: Mumbai’s Second Sight wonder why they are so ‘Helpless’ (feat. RANJ)

With the world swirling around into a wild undercurrent-packed whirlpool that never seems to slow down even for one moment, Second Sight return with a profoundly relevant single all about trying to conquer those demons as the path to overcoming everything holding you back has you feeling so ‘Helpless‘.

Second Sight is a highly-enjoyable Mumbai, India-based indie alt-soul, RnB/folk/jazz fusion act that skillfully combines in a warm blend of crisply-projected music that is so welcome during these challenging times.

Showing us their unbelievably skilful amalgamation of various styles and genres that is a sumptuously delicious listen, Second Sight kindly lather our senses and bring us a marvellous single here that is an ear-soother if there ever was one.

Helpless(feat. RANJ) from the wonderfully genuine Mumbai, India-based indie alt-soul, RnB/folk/jazz fusion group Second Sight, is such a sweetly presented track that you just want to play all night long. There is much to enjoy about an outfit that makes such soulful sounds that are real and authentically received – as they make our lives so much better – away from the carnage outside. Life can be up and down like a grumpy elevator sometimes but if you have the mindset to overcome anything then you shall succeed.

Hear this lovely new single on Spotify and see more news via their IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Gotta Take My Swing: Bay Area-based RnB artist Phil Q makes his move at the bar on the ‘Silhouette’ (feat. Triimurtii)

Inspired by the bar scene from the famous movie Crazy Stupid Love, Phil Q finds it hard to take his eyes off her on the smooth new single all about seeing if a former stranger wants to go home with you on ‘Silhouette(feat. Triimurtii).

Phil Q is a solo Bay Area-based indie RnB artist and music producer who loves to always be evolving and cleverly blends in jazz, hip-hop, and electronic treats for us to munch on joyously.

When he writes, he draws inspiration from the Bay Area nightlife, immersing his listeners through meticulously crafted lyrics that tell his story, from exploring SF to speeding down I-880, vibing to chill music and deep conversation.” ~ Phil Q

Phil Q performs with a loving edge that has you smiling radiantly, as you dim the lights down and wonder if this is something special or a one-night thing. He sings with a smoothly-lipped ambience and the tight production has you feeling like this is a quality groove – to add your romantic playlist – the next time you meet someone who has your heart beating quicker than usual.

Silhouette(feat. Triimurtii) from the tremendously-skilled solo indie RnB artist and music producer Phil Q, is a loved-up single that is all about getting to know your new lover who you want to treat right. You don’t have much time but you want to feel the vibe with her, as you feel like there is a spark here and you want to see how far this flame can heat up. Sung with a bar-feel and a twinkle in the eye, this is a stunning single that will have you wondering if this chemistry is going to blend into your smiles together all night.

Hear this terrific new track on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Rise And Fall: Aaron Janik holds that golden light on ‘Runnin with the Sun’ (feat. Danielle Wertz)

On a quite spellbinding beat so fresh you will feel the need to slide on those sunglasses and smile broadly, Aaron Janik drops a song rather glorious that leads you away from the rainy skies with ‘Runnin with the Sun(feat. Danielle Wertz).

Aaron Janik is a greatly-respected Massachusetts-born, LA-based professional trumpet player, horn arranger and educator.

Featuring the impeccable capabilities of internationally recognized California-based jazz vocalist Danielle Wertz, Aaron Janik is quite excellent here with a release that shows you why his name has been mentioned alongside the best in the game. Each chord is rather delightful and with the added vocals of an angelic goddess showing us where to go, this is a real pearl to truly recognise.

Runnin with the Sun(feat. Danielle Wertz) from the LA-based professional trumpet player, horn arranger and educator Aaron Janik, is one of those sumptuous tracks that you just wish you could listen to at that perfect moment. The all-around experience here is one that gets your whole soul to glow, as you imagine being on a beautiful island with your lover whilst listening to this gorgeous song.

Immerse yourself into something rather special via Spotify and see more of his moves via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

No Sense Of A Home: Captivating Chicago singer-songwriter Morgan Pirtle would rather run away than be ‘Lost In A World’

Sung with genuine connection and palatable vocals that might have you exuding a small tear, Morgan Pirtle is at her caring and beautiful best with an honest track about finding your way in this strange place we call home with ‘Lost In A World‘.

Morgan Pirtle is an award-winning indie folk/jazz solo artist and storyteller who is based in Chicago, Illinois and sings with such astonishingly real essence on each one of her elegant pieces of art.

Morgan is a Luminarts Fellow in Jazz and a Downbeat Student Music Awards Winner.” ~ Morgan Pirtle

This is the sweet story that so many of us will definitely relate to. Trying to find that cosy home that makes you feel so warm inside all your bones – seems so much harder than before – as you just feel like running away sometimes but aren’t sure where to go.

Morgan Pirtle shows us her incredible angelic soul in full view with this mesmerizing effort that shall have you feeling so much more relaxed than before. She is on top form with a scintillating display that has authentic lyrics of self-examination, which is a soul-healing gem of an experience that is notably exceptional.

Lost In A World‘ from the Chicago, Illinois-based indie folk/jazz solo artist Morgan Pirtle, is one of the more enjoyable listens from 2021. This is a hugely underrated young woman who sings with such a lovable style which gives you happy shivers, as you just lay back – and let her take you into her vividly-described world – that is saturated with that rare kindness we all need to admire.

Hear this fine new release on Spotify and see more via the IG music channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen