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London-based band Bastien open up the door to their debut release inside that ‘Empty House’

Bringing us a true story about how songwriter Seb has moved out from that darkly lit social anxiety ridden feeling, Bastien are in a confident mood to show us what it’s really like on their first single, ‘Empty House‘.

Bastien is a 4-piece London, UK-based indie rock band who makes that nostalgic sound to take you back into a better time.

Formed one week prior to the first national lockdown, Bastien have been through a lot for such a new band. They spent their first year writing remotely, swapping ideas over email as they worked out their common influences and inspirations.” ~ Bastien

Displaying impressive poise and giving us an inside look where others will keep locked until it’s too late, Bastien delve into a subject that is often misunderstood or swept under the carpet. The aura is mellow here and sends you into a thoughtful place, that will have you calling up that friend you haven’t heard from for a while.

Sometimes you don’t want to think about how terrifying life used to seem when things are going ok, but I felt it was important to take stock of how my life used to look–small and scary–and compare it to how it is now–wider and more positive.” ~ Bastien

Empty House‘ from London, UK-based indie rock band Bastien is such a sincere song that leads you into that psyche of not wanting to come to your home alone, but knowing that you need to venture outside. Feeling like time is just turning with no results, this is a song that will have you feeling rather contemplative as you wonder where the key is to break out of this never ending dream.

Sometimes you just need to express your feelings, so you can be free again, like a bird out of that cage.

See the first single on YouTube and see how the band develops on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Love Like This: B9DGER sees the sun turn into the moon on ‘Waste The Day Away Together’

https://open.spotify.com/album/2H55V7yahaUBAvn10PoVrx?si=yE8X-XH1QWWJf8XIVnNogQ&nd=1

With a sun-soaked beat and lots of dancing involved, B9DGER brings us some feel-good, summer vibes that was made during lockdown to help feel safe and inspired with on ‘Waste The Day Away Together‘.

B9DGER is a Scottish EDM music producer, pianist and composer who makes that vacation-type of music that takes your mind into a more positive place than before.

B9dger’s music is most notable for upbeat, summer vibes, catchy vocals and melodies that stick in your head all day.” ~ B9DGER

The energy is alive with those sunset type of pictures that you never forget, as you hold each other close and stay in the moment. With a sizzling ambiance of love, this is a track that comforts the speakers and has you feeling like you could spend the rest of your life with this special soul.

Waste The Day Away Together‘ from the Scottish EDM music producer and composer B9DGER, is the kind of track that takes your attention from work and onto more exciting things. He is in love with a special soul who makes his smile beam so wide, as the time seems to go so much faster when they are together. When you are with someone who you click with, it really doesn’t matter where you are. That natural energy will always make things so much better.

Listen to this new single on Spotify and see more news via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

A real story about current confusion: Alutepena Hughes-John brings her uniquely talented music to help with the current UK ‘Lockdown’

The driving drums drop in so sweetly, as we are introduced to an authentic voice that breathes new life into the dull year of stale air, and dark clouds. This is all about the trauma about the ravaging bite that is 2020 and the rhythmically energy brought forth, is a pleasant listen from Alutepena Hughes-John. The Surrey, UK based performer speeds into the wild waters with the relevant ‘Lockdown‘.

Her voice is so smooth and authentic, her various styles and bands in her armor mesh with much enthusiasm here, this is a performer with so much to offer our sad hearts. The frustration of how the UK lockdown has been handled is so apparent, the confusion and poor management is described vividly, the shocking levels of sadness of the people is for all to see. The end is not in sight, and seeing other countries open up again, gives even more ammo to the weary-eyes souls of the once-proud nation.

With a vibrant energy that shines through the gloomy skies, the new single makes you smile as stories of sacrifice and not knowing what is right to do, and what is not. The vocals swim through the rock-filled waves with aplomb, her words are so hauntingly honest, and will make you feel better about things as you aren’t alone.

With her music style changing all the time from Steampunk to Goth dependent on her mood, the wildly talented Alutepena Hughes-John shows us all that creativity is alive and strong on ‘Lockdown‘. The citizens of the UK will just have to be a bit more patient for a while until the rain has passed, for this is a time that has shown who the great leaders are, and who are the ones that need to sit down, and leave big decisions to wiser souls.

Hear this supremely real song on her Soundcloud and see more on Instagram.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

David Adonis – Safe Distance: A Guide to Dating in the Digital Age

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David Adonis allowed the airwaves to keep up with the digital evolution of romanticism with their latest single “Safe Distance”.

Safe Distance breaks the monocultural mould with rhythmically seductive melodies cooked up through an infusion of RnB, Pop and Afro Beats. But much more importantly, David Adonis served an all-important reminder through the resonant lyrics that love and romanticism are still persevere-able.

In a few years from now, tracks like Safe Distance will serve as a memento from the time we globally, simultaneously experienced love displaying resilience against the hate and chaos 2020 thew at us.

We may have a more limited way of connecting, but you can almost feel the fizz of passion between two people locked in amorous fixation when listening to the smooth grooves in David Adonis’ soulfully seductive Afro Beat single.

You can check out Safe Distance for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Jimmi Ski – Kiss Me Through the Phone: The Ultimate Lockdown Lovesong  

https://soundcloud.com/jimmiski/kiss-me-through-the-phone/s-bjE6R7IiQaZ

Fans of the 1975 won’t want to deliberate on hitting play on “Kiss Me Through the Phone”, the first single to be released from Jimmi Ski’s EP “Missed Calls”.

It certainly isn’t the first lockdown-inspired pop track to hit the airwaves, but it is possibly the first lockdown-born track which manages to maintain romanticism, optimism and a smorgasbord of other high-vibe emotions without reminding you of how soul-sucking the experience has been.

Jimmi Ski will be dropping a new track every month, if they parallel the sentimentality and intimacy of Kiss Me Through the Phone, you’ll definitely want to save space on your radar.

You can check out Kiss Me Through the Phone via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Australian singer Nuria showcases her amazing voice on brilliant ‘Touch’

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Touch‘ is the latest single from Tasmanian pop singer-songwriter Nuria and this is one to remember.

Inspired by feelings of longing brought about by enforced isolation in lockdown, ‘Touch‘ is punchy and sensual, exploring physical desire and euphoria. Recorded in her caravan studio with superb additional production work by Alice Springs based producer Dave Crowe (aka Resin Moon). This tight pop track will take you to that party place you need to go and is being premiered with AU Review.

We all miss that tough of a human, our souls will be closer and happier. Our hearts desire that feeling so that our spines can tingle and be at one. This is a feeling that will be back soon after this horrible pandemic and it can’t come soon enough.

Exploring her desires, hopes and fears moving into adulthood, Nuria’s keyboard-based tunes have a moody and atmospheric quality and are blended with her soaring vocals and the super catchy beats. The Tasmanian based singer has been building up to the release of her debut album with six single releases and is garnering support from Australian community radio, including ABC Hobart and ABC Darwin, Triple R and features in local and international music blogs.

Nuria, meaning “fire of the lord”, speaks of passion, boldness and captures a spirit unhindered by the constraints of growing up. This energy is captured in her bold and expressive music, fusing electronic synths with her soulful and enigmatic vocals. I love her boundless energy and stunning voice that is flows into your heart with each word.

Touch‘ is a fantastic new song from Nuria who is on top form here. With lots of momentum building, you feel that she is really going for it and I think we could be witnessing the start of something special.

Stream this new track here on Spotify.

Click here for the Soundcloud page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Album Review: ‘Lockdown: The Playlist’ from Lucas Ramsell

Lockdown: The Playlist‘ from Lucas Ramsell is the latest album from Aylesbury in English artist.

Lucas Ramsell is an alternative Hip-Hop/RnB artist hailing from London Town. The soundtrack to hazy nights and even even hazier mornings, he treads the line between genre’s through mixing his confessional indie inspired lyrics with sharp urban production. Waves, Vibes and Sad Songs Sometimes is the vibe of this artist.

Lucas Ramsell rolls in with this 10 track release and there are so many highlights to mention. ‘No Heart’ is probably my favourite songs as I like the deeper meaning about life on this one. The beats flows so nicely and I like the stories. ‘21 Freestyle‘ is a faithful song that shows us the strength of this musician who is now focused and always looking to improve in life.

Lockdown: The Playlist‘ from Lucas Ramsell is an artist who has had time to fully grow and took time out to become a better man. This is a way to greatness and this young musician is ready.

Stream the full album here on Spotify.

Click here for the Facebook page.

Head through to the Insta page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

William Moore trips in with lockdown-inspired ”Exponential”

https://soundcloud.com/user-796720659/exponential/s-4PVR7GbVAua

You love her so much and care about her immensely. After being so close for these months, the cracks are starting to show and frustration has reached fever pitch levels of massive proportions. You feel like she is starting to lose herself in this lock down time and you are worried. Both of you are driving each other up the wall and you need a break. Badly. You need her though and are walking on egg-shells. What will be the outcome of this worrying tale?

New artist William Moore is in paranoid mood with his song ”Exponential”. The pandemic has hit record levels and both him and his lover are both losing it. This is a theme that is so common in 2020 and more of these stories are bound to emerge from the shadows.

This is a catchy pop song that totally sums up the years adventures. The year was supposed to be so much but ultimately was and is an absolute shambles. This is a good track and a new artist is born. Let’s hope that his girlfriend or wife doesn’t hear this otherwise he will be on the couch tonight if he isn’t already.

Stream this track right here on Soundcloud.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen