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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

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NOVALA – Crimson Throne: Rhythmically Arrestive Afrobeats Fused with Funk

If you’ve forgotten just how arrestive masterfully composed Funk can be, hitting play on NOVALA’s single “Crimson Throne” will serve as a stark reminder.

The 10 piece Funk/Afrobeat may grab a few influences from the past to steep their sound in fluid familiarity, but there’s no denying that Crimson Throne along with their other singles “Myth” and “How it is” have a place on contemporary airwaves.

While Crimson Throne may kick off with fairly archetypal organically textured progressions, the single seamlessly evolves into a high-energy offering of cinematically frenzied Funk laced with Jazz and Swing. Crimson Throne may just be one of the most rhythmically captivating tracks I’ve heard this year.

And there’s plenty more to come from NOVALA, as they will be releasing the remaining tracks of their EP “Chapter 2” on October 11th, and for those lucky enough to find themselves near Santa Monica, they’ll be performing tracks from the EP at Harvelle’s on the same evening. I can only imagine how much euphoria will be floating from that stage.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Qro – Tough Luck: Lyrically-Driven Jazz-Soaked Hip Hop

“Tough Luck” is the debut single from up and coming Hip Hop artist Qro which turned out to be a testament of their talent when it comes to waxing lyrical. Taking plenty of inspiration from the likes of Drake, Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole, Qro was able to orchestrate an unforgettably soulful lyrically-driven soundscape.

The first time you hit play on Tough Luck, you’re in a state of constant anticipation over what kind of aural curveball Qro is going to throw your way next. There was no preparing for the smoothly archaic jazzy tones which were thrown into the mix through the addition of arrestive semi-orchestral swells and delicate piano melodies. Yet, Tough Luck pulled together seamlessly, thanks to Qro’s pioneering flair combined with their lyrical ingenuity.

You can check out Qro’s debut single Tough Luck for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Karen Netscher laces contemporary Pop with vintage Jazz in her debut single “Welcome to Heartbreak Hotel”

Karen Netscher released her debut single “Welcome to the Heartbreak Hotel” on August 16th providing an intoxicating fusion of Jazz and Pop in a soundscape which unfolds simultaneously offering vintage nostalgia and vivacious contemporary appeal.

While the single won’t throw you all the way back to the Blitz, it will enable you to appreciate the vibrancy of the euphoria brought by the brass and the deep organic basslines. All the while, you’ll be serenaded by the colourfully demure vocals from Karen Netscher: who is easily one of the most eccentrically enthralling new artists gracing the airwaves in 2019.

You can check out Karen Netscher’s single Welcome to Heartbreak Hotel for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Make sure to give Karen Netscher a follow, as Welcome to Heartbreak Hotel is just the first single to be released from her upcoming EP “Suite14”.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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