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George Beck – 90s/High: Nostalgic 90s Vocal Techno/House

George Beck dropped a music video for his song “90s/High” earlier this year. The title track couldn’t have been more self-explanatory: The nostalgia for the 90s rave dance scene kicks in vividly.

And the dance scene isn’t the only item that George Beck sings about in this old-school acid house/techno anthem. He is reciting his lyrics in an Underworld-style delivery, recollecting all the good stuff from the nineties, the clubbing and this song maker’s carefree youth and dominance of free will – representing a whole generation of people for that matter. Realizing that this is a contemporary recording is quite odd; the same goes for the VHS-imagery music video.

Naturally, this is a creation which shall generously give joy to people that dearly treasure these images, this mood, this lifestyle, even though this spiritual wealth might have been transformed to nothing more than a block of memories. Kudos to George Beck for blessing us with some precious name-dropping; everyone who was there/familiar with it all, will acknowledge and instinctively smile, for the rest there’s Wikipedia.

Thank you George Beck. This is “90s/High”, get nostalgic here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Bianca Bazin – ‘White Water’

London-based singer-songwriter Bianca Bazin has poured her heart and soul into ‘White Water’. The track is about overcoming personal battles and persevering in the face of adversity.

Bazin previously made folk music. She states that “due to the desire to explore new sounds and ideas, I wanted to make music which would be more uplifting”. This shift from folk to pop has clearly been the product of a lot of soul-searching, and ‘White Water’ is a sure example of how Bazin is not afraid to explore her musical capabilities and push the boat out. She digs deep in this track, and wears her heart on her sleeve. For this reason, she comes across as unapologetic in her choices, but the song still displays a sense of vulnerability which makes it all the more cathartic.

The best songs are the ones that come from the heart, which is why ‘White Water’ is one of Bazin’s best yet. Influenced by the likes of Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa and Florence & The Machine, Bazin borrows her sense of security and shamelessness in her art from these fellow strong females. But her velvety vocal is completely her own.

Her emotions are laid bare in ‘White Water’, and its polished production allows Bazin’s pure, soaring vocal to shine brilliantly. At 2 minutes 29 seconds, the cascading instrumentals elevate the song even further. In triumphant upwards ascension, Bazin’s creation stands strong.

A unique, contemporary artist, Bazin shows the power of vulnerability with this exquisite offering, ‘White Water’.

Review By Alicia Carpenter

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T.A.C Overdose of You: Urban Dancehall Pop

Would you believe that there are Pop acts in the UK that haven’t been chewed up and spat out by the X Factor? It’s true!

T.A.C or Taking All Chances are a vibrant celebration of Pop and Reggae with an R&B Dancehall infusion hailing from London, UK who prove to be the full package when it comes to urban Pop music.

The band undeniably have a more mature take on the genre that many acts out there today are severely lacking, making this a band that doesn’t just cater to 15-year-old girls.

it’s clear that they didn’t weren’t just on a mission to churn out another Pop hit to clog the radio waves with their latest track. Their style is pure soul to create evocative mind mash hits such as Overdose of You

Their debut track Overdose of You tackles those tragic boyband harmonies to create something contemporary, and more importantly, not cringe worthy, with their collective diverse arrangement of vocals, even throwing in the international vocals in a similar style to Chase & Status for a little added flair.

Check out their latest track via SoundCloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/yasset-roldan/overdose-of-u

Head on over to their website for more information on upcoming releases:

https://yanroldan.wixsite.com/takingallchances/the-band

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M.R.J – What Can I Say?

Everyone needs a song like Unfinished Business by M.R.J in the soundtracks to their lives. Euphoric, funk dabbled, electro indie pop beats finished with the quintessence of an infectiously upbeat styling, who could beat it? Not many, that’s why stumbling across the gems that make up M.R.J’s track list was a pretty special moment. The contemporary Pop scene is a minefield at best, you never know what mixed bag of overproduced atrocities is waiting for you on the other side of the play button. So I’d like to thank M.R.J in restoring my faith in the Pop scene with this uniquely refreshing style. If you’re a fan of acts such as Alex Cameron & Jack Ladder, you’re going to love M.R.J.

Yet Unfinished Business incorporates the right amount of trepidation in his tracks to make sure you feel the full immersive explosion which accompanies the synthesised chorus.

Whilst the undeniable history of Pop is implored with the styling of M.R.J’s track, it’s clear that he sets his own standard and tone when it comes to his music.

The London based Pop artist always has new tracks in the mix, however in the mean time why not pop across where you can sample his latest hit Unfinished Business?

https://soundcloud.com/mrjmusicuk/unfinished-buisness-2016/s-FQpTS

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Jo Nava Presents Her Debut EP Mind F**k

Jo Nava is a charismatic female rapper who has been passionate about music ever since she was only 6 years old. At the tender age of 12, she started rapping, and never stop growing her talent and expending her skills.

Today, Jo Nava set out to create a unique, personable blend o sound that feels contemporary and direct, yet timeless and organic. As opposed to using ready-made beats and pre-packaged background tracks, she actually creates beats and melodies with real instruments, adding more character to her songs.

Recently, Jo Nava released an exciting brand new release titled “Mind F**k”, which is a conceptual E.P that will take listeners hand in hand towards a fascinating journey through the depths of the human mind, where every track is related to a different emotion.

This EP features 4 songs, with inspirational lyrics and an organic production that highlights Jo’s natural skills and character.

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SMXKE & DARKBOI’s New Release ‘B@ng’ #POUND

Setting the bar higher for the UK hip-hop scene.

Representing the East London hip-hop scene, #POUND quickly rose to local fame as one of the most interesting new rap acts to be on the lookout for. The group consists of SMXKE, MC DARKBOI as well as producer SUPAWAVE. The former two managed to collaborate together on a new, explosive single titled “B@ng”

One of the most exciting things about this song is that it is arguably the product of two artists who have a very different creative approach. Yet, in spite of their diverse attitude, these two brilliant performers are able to create an astonishing synergy, which truly highlights their talent and vision. On “B@ng”, the pair set out to bounce off each other’s ideas and come up with a song that is packed with amazing melodies and inspirational lyrics that really leave a mark. This song is actually the very first taste of the pair’s upcoming EP, which is currently scheduled for a 2018 release.

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Flare Voyant – Borders: Bohemian Melodies

Flare Voyant don’t wait around to immerse you into their latest track Borders. It starts without apology, without any introduction the feverous passion starts. There’s no prelude to the cacophony of screeching guitars and bass soaked rhythm that will greet you as the beat kicks in.

Perhaps one of my favourite elements to their latest track is the lyrics which are steeped in political resistance they don’t get lost in the mix, they grip you like a vice as a sobering commentary on the current UK culture. The trio hail from the heart of London, you can definitely taste the traces of their local influences in their burning and vibrant sound. Flare Voyant effortlessly offer their fans a taste of melodic punk rock infused soul which proves to be the ultimate transcendence track as you get swept away by the rhythm of the guitar right through to the track.

Borders is definitely not a song you can listen to just once; their music is full of unique promise and laddish charm seeping through their bohemian essence which is nothing but consistent through their first EP.

You can check out the full Flare Voyant EP on the Soundcloud link below:

https://soundcloud.com/flare-voyant

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Chris Wareham – Sting Me Down: Sound Stripped Bare

Chris Wareham has the ubiquitous sound of a bedroom artist. His latest track Sting Me Down illustrates the image of the pensive Acoustic Singer Song writer holed up in his North London residence.

The talented solo artist exposes his soul through his music, allowing his audience to hear him stripped naked by his lyrics that resonate through the soundwaves of his haunting voice, honest lyrics and deftly strummed guitar. It’s nice to hear an artist sticking to his humble acoustic roots and not striving to be yet another Ed Sheeran wannabe. He sings with playful humility that makes the minimalistic sound truly a pleasure to listen to. He lets his voice dominate the tracks, not hiding behind instrumentals or crass reverberation to bring his music to life. You can hear each and every lick of the string throughout the progression of the track.

Fans are already begging for an album from the talented musician, and I’ve joined the que behind his loyal following. He’s created waves in the underground musical Mecca for acoustic artists in London.

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Hannah Harper Whets Audiences Appetite

London based Hannah Harper seems to make music which wonderfully captures the city that she is based in. It is at once artistic and slick, pushes pop music into quirky, staccato dance realms, feels wonderfully urban, uptown, classy and shimmers with the pace and edgy energy of the city around her. At a time when pop music seems to have hit a formulaic, production line creative process, where most are content only to make music in the mould of what has already been successful, Hannah’s debut single marks a fascinating departure.

Already picked up by BBC movers and shakers, Appetite is the sound of things moving on, of barriers being pushed aside of new paths being beaten through previously unexplored territory. But the clever thing is that whilst offering something new, it isn’t too radical either. The beats and the structures are still familiar it is just the way they are put together is intriguing. It is, in fact, the best of both worlds, a new sound but one for which there is already a captive audience via popular radio and clubland playlists. It is safe to say that the evolution of pop music just took a very big stride forward.


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NIGHT RIDE Release New Single LAY YOU DOWN

Trailed by a captivating overall musical performance which was further adorned with a catchy electro-pop sound that leaves one twirling and swirling to its gracious vibe, Night Ride really proved that they are still belligerent, camera-ready and more focused to reach the zenith of their music career in their sojourn thus far. This duo is the next best thing to happen to the Electro-pop music industry.

No, this is not like the usual drudge we do take in with a hard pinch of salt, It only takes 3 seconds out 4 minutes total play time of this amazing song for you to be entrapped and unfurled into a forever porch light of beautiful reverie.

So out goes the pop-electro-rock hybrid; which in its place sits a broad EDM party mix that initially manifested itself as One Republic pastiche on a subtle tale of unrequited love and emotional trauma. It’s exactly when the beam of awesomely pitched melody and amazing sexy vocals entwines with the synth-pop vibe of this song that its power of transfixion sets in.

The accentuate music group; Night Ride, is an electronic pop duo embracing synth-pop and rock, and fusing it with theatre, fashion, technology and art which creates a comfort zone that feels genuine.

Night Ride band draws their inspiration on this song from the tale of their sexual experience and couple of situation-ships which isn’t really what you would likely notice at the first listen since the vibe would rather make you pay less attention to the lyrics of the song. This also further backed up the reason why their music influencers happen to be the likes The Weeknd, CHVRCHES, Grimes, GusGus, and Paramore.

As the first track to be released from their forthcoming E.P. ‘Neon Dreams’, Lay You Down gives a good insight of what to expect from the up and coming duo and I simply hope they’d surpass my imagination just like they did in this song when I eventually get my hands on their EP album when it’s released.

A north star in a psychedelic milky way is the overriding theme of Night Ride’s “Lay You Down”. Everything was more than I expected. Simply put, It was nothing short of class and quality.

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