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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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Jack Douval – Young At Heart: Nostalgic Classical Vocal Jazz

Here is something you don’t have the chance to listen to every day.

Jack Douval has decided to take a route that not many people decide to take; with his new song called “Young At Heart” he is bringing back the familiar warmth and nostalgia of classical singing. Following the footsteps of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Nat King Cole, Jack Douval is making music you won’t ever hear on the radio. On the other hand, you will gladly listen to songs like this when you’re putting up your Christmas decorations. There are certain images that the mind of the average listener would trace back to when this type of music enters the ear: Wood slowly turning into coal in the fireplace or black and white films from the 50s. This feeling although touching and pleasing, it has one more prominent characteristic: It certainly is from another time.

Jack Douval is making music in a rather leftfield way. The musical fur that he has decided to cover his exquisite voice with, is one that we can’t say there’s a smacking demand for. If anything this is a bold singer, doing things his way.

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Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Treat Your Playlists to Some Rhythm with ALAN’s latest single “Don’t Tell Me No More”

You may not find many tracks similar to ALAN’s latest single “Don’t Tell Me No More” in the UK Top 40. But if their vintage sound was more prolific, there’d be much more indulgent euphoria in the charts.

For any fans of vibrant rhythms, you’re sure to appreciate the flair instilled into the Brazilian Samba serves up plenty of instrumental ingenuity with plenty of lyrical depth. The song was inspired by unrequited love due to the allure of materialistic desire. Everyone knows that money can’t buy happiness, and it won’t help us to buy the charade either.

Expect theatrical stylings, shimmering percussion, commanding basslines, and the sax and trumpet which bring another effervescent dynamic texture to this archaic delight which borrows a few tones from 20s – 40s Jazz.

You can check out Don’t Tell Me No More for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joey Rodriguez – Loathsome Blues: Meet Your New Jazz Blues Guitar Hero

If you’re not compelled to hit play on up and coming Jazz & Blues artist Joey Rodriguez’s latest release “Loathsome Blues” for the melancholically intriguing name alone, there are plenty of added incentives infused into the soundscape itself.

The first being the sheer talent of Joey Rodriguez as an instrumentalist, it’s not just about the technical ability possessed to create such absorbing riffs, but it’s their ability to lace each note with resonant emotion. With the percussion and bass setting a solid backbone of the track, Joey Rodriguez’s Bluesy riffs are free to soar above the rest of the arrangement. And that’s all before the archaically inspired vocals kick in. Even though Joey Rodriguez may have borrowed a few dulcet tones from decades past to create Loathsome Blues, through the production there’s still a modern, sleek feel to the track.

Jazz and Blues may not be commonly found in the UK top 40, but it is tracks such as Loathsome Blues which make the genre more accessible than ever.

You can check out Joey Rodriguez’s Hendrix-style riffs and Blues Pop vocals for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sulu and Excelsior has poured euphoric soul into the airwaves with their infectiously funk-driven single “AntiMatter”

If you’re looking for archaically punchy mixes of Soul, Blues, Funk, Surf Rock and Jazz look no further than the latest single “AntiMatter” from Sulu and Excelsior. I can’t imagine there are all too many other purveyors of music offering the same soulfully rich genre-deconstructing soundscapes. So, you might as well.

In a bold feat of experimentalism, the Alt RnB artist weaved together the most euphoric elements from decades past to serve up a potently high energy track. There’s a unique rapturous air to their sound which you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. If Sulu and Excelsior started a cult, I’d probably be inclined to join it.

Within AntiMatter you’ll find reminiscences to a myriad of artists. From the B52s to James Brown, it’s all infused in this feat of infectiously indulgent, dopamine teasing Alt RnB.

You can check out AntiMatter for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Travis Cloer – Jenny Kay: Riotously Flawless Pop Rock

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Travis Cloer is due to release their album “Here’s Travis Cloer” on November 22nd, and it may just be the most vocally powerful album to drop in 2019. After earning plenty of acclaim on Broadway and picking up Tony and Grammy awards along the way, Travis Cloer has turned their attention back to sharing his enthrallingly energetic talent with the airwaves.

While each of the tracks which you’ll find on the artist’s upcoming album will blow the cobwebs off your synapses, the single “Jenny Kay” had us transfixed with the riotously polished energy it contained.

In Jenny Kay, you’ll find elements of Old School Rock n’ Roll, Pop, and Jazz. Each of the aural inclinations pulls together to offer an earworm which you’ll quickly come to love.

You’ll be able to check out Travis Cloer’s latest single Jenny Kay for yourselves by heading over to their website from November 22nd.

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

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Capitansam pays ode to the Manchester Music Scene with “Sweet Mancunia”

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For their latest single, Accolade showered songwriter and Folk Rock artist Capitansam has written a celebration of the vibrant grass roots music scene in Manchester with “Sweet Mancunia”.

As a Mancunian myself, I knew Sweet Mancunia would be a soundscape I’d take great pleasure delving into. But I didn’t quite anticipate how succinctly the soulfully jazzy blues which ensued would resonate.

Sweet Mancunia is a far-cry from the likes of the Stone Roses, Oasis, Happy Mondays, and all of the other ballsy Britpop which we’re renowned for. But it served as yet another prime example of the talent which constantly springs up from our industriously endearing city.

As the lyrics took me to all of the best music venues and the home of live music; Oldham Street, I started to know how people in New Orleans feel.

You can check out Capitansam’s latest single Sweet Mancunia for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NY Singer-Songwriter Sydney Fay Jazzes Up the Airwaves with Latest Single “Time”

“Time” is the latest single from up and coming singer-songwriter Sydney Fay who keeps her sound contemporary whilst delving into the archaic tones of Jazz to give her sound a vibrantly warm instant accessibility.

Any fans of Nina Simone and Norah Jones are definitely going to want to put the Brooklyn, NY-based artist on their radars. The contrast between the robust piano keys and the urgency of the snappy percussion allows Time to resonate as a flavourful vibrant soundscape while Sydney Fay’s vocals allow poised harmonies to linger over the melodies. If you’re looking for a hit of aural catharsis, you won’t go far wrong hitting play on Time.

You can check out Sydney Fay’s latest single Time for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grunfelder – Fake Wedding Ring: An Eccentrically Experimental Endlessly Enamouring Debut

Up and coming artist Grunfelder has recently made their debut with the eccentrically captivating EP “Baby Sturgeons”. While each of the tracks will greet you with nostalgic popping Jazz-Infused Rock n’ Roll rhythms, the best introduction to Grunfelder’s style is undoubtedly “Fake Wedding Ring”.

I was enamoured by Fake Wedding Ring within seconds. It felt as though a smorgasbord of archaic tones had converged simultaneously and resulted in a gorgeously tender array of aural escapism which forcibly removes you from the 21st century.

Grunfelder’s crooning vocals may share a few similarities with the likes of Bublé, but if you could imagine Bublé tearing himself away from instrumental mundanity and predictably, you’d best be able to get an idea of Grunfelder’s velvety, danceable experimentalism.

You can check out Fake Wedding Ring along with the rest of Grunfelder’s EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast