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Jesus B. has unleashed his grittily twee emo love song, Love Means

If two things on the airwaves never get enough respect or recognition, they are ukuleles and emo alt-rap; the up-and-coming alternative artist Jesus B. fused the two in his latest single, Love Means, which unravels as the ultimate scripture of bitter-sweet affection.

Bliss and agony are two sides of the same coin when it comes to love, and the diehard romanticism evolving into dejection in Love Means is the ultimate affirmation. Your breakup playlists won’t be the same without the gritty yet twee lo-fi single from the Alaskan artist, who is picking up where Lil Peep left off with his command over moody melodies. His authenticity is one thing. His ability to project intimate emotion so that it resonates with universal commonality is another entirely. We can’t wait to hear what comes next from Jesus B.

Love Means is now available to stream on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Phinyx – Pity Party

Does everyone remember the band that played in the seedy little bar, led by Julie Cruz, in Twin Peaks? It was a beautiful mix of 1950’s pop and synthesizer pads with light singing creating something magical. I can’t help but feel a similar nostalgia when it comes to Phinyx’s new track “Pity Party.”

The track starts with flanged guitar and simply heavy reverbed drums on beats 1 and 3. A lovely alto female singer begins sweetly crooning over the song and I’m loving the bedroom-style-production of the who endeavour. There are more than a few nods to the Leslie Gore classic “it’s my party” in the lyrics which seems to be a sweet homage.

I’d never heard of Phinyx, so I hoped over to the Facebook page. It seems as though this is a solo young artist who states “Phinyx is an artist who produces melancholic music. A self-proclaimed sad girl.” It’s a rather comprehensive page with videos, lots of stylish photos, and tons of news regarding the newly released “Bad Girls” EP (of which “Pity Party is track number 4).

I have to say I’m extremely taken with her as an artist – she appears quite young so I’ll be curious to hear what the next iteration of her creativity is.

Kotaisyn waxes lyrical in his candidly bitter-sweet debut single, roses in the rain

For his debut single, kotaisyn proved how dynamic London-based rap artists have the potential to be when their influences span beyond the city’s postcodes. roses in the rain is a melodic, lo-fi trappy hit that sees kotaisyn lay down his smooth spoken-word bars, harmonic vocal timbre and candid lyrics that make no bones about waxing lyrical on romantic lament and self-worth.

The clever vocal arrangements run in synergy with the atmospheric, almost ethereal minor-key melodies, making the hammering blows of his honesty feel like a bitter-sweet sensation that you will want to experience time and time again. We can’t wait to hear what he has in the pipeline for his sophomore release.

roses in the rain is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

OurNova reached the pinnacle of dark electro-rock with ‘Nicotine & Nosebleeds’.

OurNova’s latest EP, Bloodlines, Vol. 1, finds the middle-ground between lo-fi alt-rock and synth-pop; the perfect introduction to their dark electronic rock style is the ambiently plaintive standout single, Nicotine & Nosebleeds.

With the tempo of a Portishead track, chilling mechanical electronica tones reminiscent of NIN and the evocative sting of Blue October, Nicotine & Nosebleeds sits on the more melancholic side of the emotional spectrum. Yet, with the refreshingly honest lyrics and the sharp angular guitar progressions that cut through the dark atmosphere of the single, there’s no danger of falling into an existential hole while listening to the reflectively powerful single unfold.

Check out Nicotine & Nosebleeds for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Stuck In Your Mind: LOZENJA is back with love-torn electro-house gem ‘Bad For You’ (feat. Frannie B)

With a breathlessly intoxicating energy that is highly exciting and packed full of warnings too, LOZENJA ups the tempo on his new track about how you can easily fall for the wrong person called ‘Bad For You’ (feat. Frannie B).

Laurence Woods aka LOZENJA is a Farnham, UK-based electro-pop/lo-fi/house music producer, songwriter, DJ, harpist and also a podcast editor. He makes that deeply constructed music that soothes all parts of your mind and elevates you to a better place.

This is the story of a person who you care about that is telling you exactly what they are like deep inside and its not positive – but you keep on coming back anyways – as they are all that you want even though you should be looking elsewhere.

We are swimming in a tempting world of desire, as the electronic house creation is packed into soothing vocals from an angelic singer with an amazing tone. Mixed with a catchy beat that has you in a reflective mood, this is a quality new single.

‘Bad For You’ (feat. Frannie B) from Farnham, UK-based producer LOZENJA, is a dreamy soundscape from a talented team who have you thinking deeply about your next move, as you don’t want to be with the wrong person and get hurt again. The problem is that you crave the love that you probably shouldn’t, as all that’s awaiting for you is eventual heartbreak.

Stream the song on YouTube and check out the IG for more stories and news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The humble and real love: Newby & the Kid show their true feelings on the soulfully sweet debut single ‘Gimme Gimme’

With the background sounds of everyday life that starts us off here as your ears open so intently. Newby & the Kid are here to warm up our dreams of love on ‘Gimme Gimme’.

Suddenly the gush of gloriously toned vocals blusters out among the leaves outside to leave your heart beating so much faster. The voice is strong but tender at the same time; full of meaning and hope that this is the one and the search to find that deep connection is over for now.

The lack of fake swag here is so refreshing and adds a blessing to a day that is but young. He shows us that you don’t have to be flash and cocky to get what you want. Sometimes the good guys do win after all.

‘’Jump on the keys and the strings.’’- Newby & the Kid

With a fantastic beat that is soon kicked up a notch to a R&B-Lofi style that is so sensual and real. This is that weekend music to put on while you are holding hands and looking deep inside each other’s eyes. It’s all about letting it flow and keeping it real, while taking your time and learning about each other. This is the opposite of the Tinder based quick lust world that is ruining love right in front of our eyes. The old school feel and tender energies make the day so happy as you thoughtfully gaze around and wonder if this could be what life is supposed to be like.

Gimme Gimme’ from Newby & the Kid is such a freshly squeezed track that will have you feeling healthy inside again. With a smooth humble feel that makes your soul feel fulfilled this, is the song to show them how much you care. Being honest and caring are two qualities that can never be faked.

Give your ears a treat on Spotify and see their vibe on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Thinking about love during the festive season: Gabriel Gassi drops new romantic single ‘Time Of Year’ (feat. Malkom Cheru)

Set for release on the 4th December 2020, this is a happy song that gets us into the festive mood despite the horrifically difficult year our planet has faced this year. Gabriel Gassi sings with all the bells and whistles on ‘Time Of Year’ (ft. Malkom Cheru).

The Stockholm, Sweden based pop singer-songwriter brings us a lo-fi flavored festive season treats and brings along the fellow Swedish rapper Malkom Cheru who has Washington, DC roots.

The snow and the lights make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside as you remember that great times being with the family in your life. There is so much to like here as he has a soothing voice that simmers through the cold winds of a rocky year.

He cares for the family but misses his special one during this time and wishes they could be together during this time of year. The romantic nature of late December makes him think so much of when they will be able to share this time and not be so far away.

Time Of Year’ (ft. Malkom Cheru) is a song to enjoy with the whole family and makes things a bit better when you think about these precious moments that you can’t replace. Gabriel Gassi is a motivated individual and you can feel his passion pulsating through his veins and into his music. This is a musician that isn’t afraid to collaborate with other artists and wants to have his music heard globally. With a lot of hard work, patience and the correct strategy, that Christmas stocking should be a lot fuller in 2021.

Get into the merry mood on Soundcloud plus find out more on IG and Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Staying young while it lasts: Pop act Slits & $lie entertain us with catchy ‘Like That’

Slits & $lie return with the fantastic new R&B-Pop dance floor slider on ‘Like That’. The quick start is like an engine humming as the song builds and soon we are flying fast on this highway, hair swirling in the wind with your sunglasses on looking all fresh.

Taken off ‘Burnt Out’, the new school energy is vibrant here as the duo speaks about what life is like for them right now and how it is. This is about leaving those demons for another day as you are having too much fun right now with your homies. You know you need to fix yourself up as things are getting rather hazy and you are losing touch with reality a bit much but not today. The night is still way too young and you want to see her again and tell her how you feel inside.

The beat is simple and meshes well with the vibe of this track, the lo-fi layers adds to the energy and you feel like sparking up and swimming in a pool while listening here. These are two young musicians who are still learning about themselves, other people and right now the friend circle is tight like a well-tied scout knot.

Like That’ from Slits & $lie is that new track you will tell your friends about and play again and again; real loud. It’s a perfect track for summer and speaks about how love can make your mind spin around like a lost wheel sometimes. After all, when you are young you think that you can do anything and you need good friends to hold you back sometimes to show they actually care. Right now though, the drinks are flowing and no-one wants to be the party stopper.

Hear this party vibe on Spotify and find out more via lilslits and bigslie.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

That floating feeling inside your stomach: ‘Love Can Make You Feel’ from Shaya Ritchie is ecstatically pleasing in so many ways

She has a voice that makes your heart float around in happiness for a few minutes. You think about that feeling inside your stomach that you can’t shake off and don’t want to, even if it hurts sometimes. British singer Shaya Ritchie is so incredible on ‘Love Can Make You Feel‘ and this song will leave you reminiscing while staring out the lonely window and thinking about previous relationships.

You can feel the Jazzy influences, carefully meshed with some classy Classical and Alicia Keys to Toni Braxton, Shaya’s voice is so uniquely sweet and real. She has an ability to sing in a tone that is so melodic and keeps you intertwined into her song with pristine appeal.

This is about wondering what the meaning of love is and features some lovely lo-fi as you look through the window and wonder what you can achieve outside. You soon think more about love and how it feels real deep inside, the one place that no one else can feel. It is only you that knows what is down there and what makes you tick.

You think about that special person and wish it was love and not lust, you are still searching for that special one. The person that keep you high all the time and you don’t need anyone’s Bob Marley to get you in that state. All you need is Shaya Ritchie and her ‘Love Can Make You Feel‘.

Hear this memorable track on her Spotify and follow Shay’s journey on Insta.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

‘Killer Whales’ from Danish multidisciplinary musician Denni Ian is a deep journey into the waters of the world

Killer Whales‘ from Danish multidisciplinary musician Denni Ian is a deep journey into the waters of the world and this is a song that will splash right into your tired soul.

With a full debut album ‘The Sad Saint of South End‘ on the way on the 13th November, this is an exciting time for an artist who thinks like no other.

Brand new single ‘Killer Whales‘ from the the deep Denni Ian is a transcendent track, one made with such class and intricate details that will fascinate you. This is an indie journey through the waters of this crazy time. This is a different type of song, so original and the lo-fi soundscape make you wonder about many things,

You will be lost in the music and this will calm your mind. A new single that will inspire all those who think their music sound sound the same and everyone else. Be yourself, life is too short for anything else.

Click here for the Spotify link to hear more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen