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Mental Health

Juliette Irons bends the pop genre to breaking point in her viscerally confessional single, Prisoner of My Mind

Lyrically, Juliette Irons reigns supreme over Baby Queen in her latest candour-fuelled alt synth-pop hit, Prisoner of My Mind. The gritty future-pop production plays with tension in the progressions to further amplify the visceral confessional nature of the track which flows through artfully jarring breakbeats and lush synth chords.

The song was inspired by her experience with panic disorder and her determination to help anyone struggling with the same conditions. As someone on a similar anxious wavelength, I can safely say that the badass icon that Juliette Irons has already become has left me inspired about what people can achieve – even when they are struggling with the exhausting shackles of mental illness.

The Canadian-born, LA-based singer-songwriter and choreographer is becoming renowned for her cinematic music videos and flawlessly raw expositions of heartbreak and the other darkest facets of the human psyche. It’s going to be amazing watching her ascend the pop charts.

Prisoner of My Mind was officially released on September 30th. Watch the official music video on YouTube, or add the track to your Spotify playlists.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Tony Driver painted a portrait of disassociation and disillusion with his razor-sharp ambient hip hop single, Myself

Taken from his self-titled third album, Tony Driver’s single, Myself, is yet another testament to his bold vulnerability that allows his lines to hit bruisingly hard. Never afraid to navigate mental health struggles, Tony Driver delivered an intimate exposition of the lengths of his disassociation and disillusion with the world that makes alienation non-optional for so many.

To counterbalance the weight of the lyrics, “I’m tired of hiding, but who here would even care, is anyone even there?” Tony Driver set up an ambiently melodic chillwave soundscape which juxtaposes the dynamically flawless flows, which will cut razor-sharp with anyone in the same headspace. I, for one, can wholly relate.

Myself, along with the self-titled album, is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Elias Kopp tames the black dog in his melodic pop mental health advocation, Low

Many things in the UK feel absurd right now; you can add Elias Kopp’s underground status to the list of nonsensically baffling things. His latest single, Low, is the epitome of a melancholic melodic masterpiece.

The moody synths and the sweetly lamenting vocal harmonies pull together to make all the mornings you have woken up with the metaphorical black dog beside you fleetingly worth it. As the lyrics yearn for serotonin, Low ironically delivers.

The Brighton, UK-based artist remains committed to proving to people struggling with mental health that they’re not in the minority and that it is possible to come out the other side stronger. From an artist with a fraction less finesse in their sound, that may come across as a little cliché, but Kopp’s sound is always soaked in sincerity. With an album in the pipeline, there has never been a better time to save space on your radar.

Low is now available to stream on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Climbed the Walls: UK rockers High Society wonders if it’s all worth the struggle on Hard to Breathe

Tackling the difficult conversation of mental health that is often brushed under the carpet, High Society shows us their excellent intimate sold-out show success that is matched by a truly rousing performance on Hard to Breathe.

High Society is an alternative rock/grunge band based in Herts/Essex, UK who have emerged as one of the most electrifying live acts around.

Formed in 2020, in the wake of the pandemic, High Society is an outlet for the trials and tribulations of two twenty something young men struggling to find their place in these uncertain times we live in.” ~ High Society

Time travelling our thoughts to when there was only darkness, High Society is in splendid form with a rather earth-shattering track that will have you thinking about how you perceive yourself. They are supremely brilliant here and bravely transport us to an exceptionally memorable moment that many have experienced before.

Hard to Breathe from Herts/Essex, UK-based alternative rock/grunge band High Society is a rather gripping experience that takes you through the rollercoaster of life. Stitched with a thrill-a-second mix of a time-is-ticking euphoria to the veins that will stir you into a new mode of thinking, this is a lock-the-doors and shake to the ribs track, that shall get you in the zone again.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Maren Davidsen wonders when that self-love will click into place on ‘Doctor’s Order’

After being told to get more sleep and to take care of that all-important precious soul, Maren Davidsen has just released a special song that was hidden away from the world for almost ten years and is called ‘Doctor’s Order‘.

Maren Davidsen is a London, UK-based indie-pop singer-songwriter and mental health advocate who performs with a vocal lushness that is rather heartwarming.

Portrayal of the many battles young girls, and women, go through in finding their own identity and path.” ~ Maren Davidsen

With a raw story that was written when she was just 17 years old, Maren Davidsen shows much courage with an honest song that is hugely inspiring and shows us that the mind is such a powerful force that can define you if you let it.

Doctor’s Order” has been that secret gem I kept to myself for years, not sure if I would ever be ready for the world to hear some of the quite intimate details of what I was going through. Now, the more I’m getting to know my life through making music, I realize having a platform to talk about the things others are equally scared of is what makes art meaningful to the world. I was looking for answers everywhere else but within to figure out who I was. I hope the track will make listeners feel less alone while hearing it and that it has the potential to support others through their struggles.” ~ Maren Davidsen

Doctor’s Order‘ from London, UK-based indie-pop singer-songwriter Maren Davidsen is a superb single that is sung from the heart and includes lyrics that are right on point. Displaying that picture of asking for help from a trusted source who is guiding you to the right path, we are placed in a moment that can change everything if the right decision is made.

When you learn to love yourself, everything else takes care of itself.

Hear this vocally stunning effort on Spotify and see more on her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

J Grange shows us how to love ourselves so we can fully flourish on ‘We Will Rise’ (feat. London Community Gospel Choir)

Showing us that by accepting who we are is totally okay in this judge-filled world, J Grange (feat. London Community Gospel Choir) advise us to speak up and join hands together as one on their magnificent new unifying release ‘We Will Rise‘.

J Grange is a Walthamstow, London, UK-based indie rapper and songwriter who is a highly respected neurodiversity and mental health advocate.

Supporting the message of ending inequalities, divisions and prejudice in our society such as Race, Gender and Religion.” ~ J Grange and London Community Gospel Choir

With a stunning song that will surely hoist you up from the damp floor and encourage those enlightening conversations to flow and help everyone who is feeling the pressure of current times, J Grange and the London Community Gospel Choir join forces rather spectacularly as a team that makes beautiful music.

He has also spoken for the United Nations and regularly speaks to businesses and corporates, including JCDecaux and News UK, about creating equality and diversity to those who are neurodiverse.” ~ J Grange

We Will Rise(feat. London Community Gospel Choir) from London, UK-based indie rapper and songwriter J Grange is a fantastic song with a genuine message for anyone who has struggled recently to break out of the energy-sapping darkness. The beat is a super delight to witness and the glorious vocals shine through with a dance ambience that is lathered with introspective raps from someone who has truly fought through his demons.

A shining light that should help us feel like there is a solution – this is a tremendously inspiring single – to be motivated by, no matter what challenges await.

Hear this stirring single on Spotify and follow the stories on J’s IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Rubx wonders where he went wrong on the emotional break-up soundtrack, ‘Negligent’

With the sequel to his debut single from 2021 called ‘Sorry‘, Rubx wishes he could know what went awry as he felt that sad coldness that has his heart entrenched in the miserable snow on, ‘Negligent‘.

Rubx is a Waco, Texas-based indie Hip hop artist and photographer who is currently dealing with his demons and shows us how the journey is transpiring.

Rubx is an enigma. The perplexity of his lyricism tells a story of battling mental health – while also learning who he is himself.” ~ Rubx

Sensing that they could have been something special as he daydreams about their reconnection that might be a distant hope, Rubx shows us the frankness that is seeping through his veins on this tear-inducing footpath.

This is a song to heal with – keep that hope for better days alive in your heart with – and truly embrace if you have dealt with the trauma of a past relationship that terminated unexpectedly.

This song is expressing how I felt about a breakup that ended without closure. It’s fair to say, I couldn’t find the words to express how I was feeling and that’s why it took a year and a half to finish writing it.” ~ Rubx

Negligent‘ from Waco, Texas-based indie Hip hop artist Rubx is a reminder that life isn’t fair sometimes. With a deep story that could have your mind spinning – if you have ever been thrown into a romantic washing machine that can knock you down – this is an accurate description of a moment that could scar your soul forever. Rapped with a genuine look inside a room that many wish to avoid if they only have a selfish attitude, this is a heart-shaking track which will have you looking around to see where you went wrong.

Hear this new single on Spotify and check out his socials on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Rheez. resiliently bares all in his compassionately cinematic rap track, True Wounds

After so many people connected with his sophomore single PTSD, the Maltese rapper with UK roots, Rheez., extended much of the same compassion that allowed him to amass 10,000 Spotify streams in just 10 days with his third single, True Wounds. It unveils exactly what it says on the tin.

He set the expressive bar with True Wounds with his determination to step in the ring with his demons to make it a fairer fight for his listeners, making him the ultimate new wave heavyweight in our minds, ears and eyes.

True Wounds spins a personal tale while delivering vindication hand over fist to anyone that has felt similarly starved of solidarity due to a lifeline that puts a mind on trial. In a subversive way, Rheez delivers the bruisingly efficacious reminders that giving in is always an option, no matter how down and out you feel. To contrast his visceral words, production-wise, he ensured that the melodies ran artfully smooth.

In his own words, here is what Rheez. had to say about his third single:

“This song is a biography of all the trials and tribulations I faced throughout my life. As painful as it was to go in-depth talking on these subjects, I felt like if I am not 100% honest during my journey as an artist, I am depriving my fans of more insight to hopefully be moved by. It’s a story of adversity, the ending, a message of never giving up.”

True Wounds is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Inner Strength: Inspiring UK singer Jemma Pixie Hixon scintillates beyond what was thought possible on, ‘Pull Fear From The Inside’

After being stuck in her bedroom as she dealt with the ravaging effects of agoraphobia, Jemma Pixie Hixon shows us that music has the power to heal you from whatever issues you are facing on, ‘Pull Fear From The Inside‘.

Jemma Pixie Hixon is a mental health advocate and indie alt-electronic/pop/rock artist who is a YouTube sensation that continues to inspire others who need to know that it’s going to be okay.

After singing covers on YouTube for over a decade I wanted to unleash my lyrical creativity through creating original music.
I’m excited to explore other avenues such as Spotify. The narrative is about mental health and the fear individuals experience
daily but also highlights their inner strength, captured in the words‘ you wanna break down my walls, you won’t make me fall.” ~ Jemma Pixie Hixon

Inspired by anime and futuristic elements that keep her vividly imaginative mind alive with ideas, Jemma Pixie Hixon is at her electric best and sends a shockwave down your spine. After singing other artists’ music for so long, it feels like she is free at last. Her vocals are supreme and filled with quality, as we see a different version of this brave warrior who is slowly escaping from her own monsters, conquering them one by one as Jemma the Demon Slayer.

Although I still battle daily with severe anxiety and panic attacks, I want to show other sufferers that inner strength and determination can help overcome adversity.” ~ Jemma Pixie Hixon

Pull Fear From The Inside‘ from the British singer and mental health advocate Jemma Pixie Hixon, is one of those songs that stops you in your tracks. It’s packed with exciting lyrics that take you inside her mind, that sees fear differently than most. With her confidence on a real high and this new journey only just starting, we should feel thrilled for a young woman who has found the light after so much darkness.

With the world at her feet, the possibilities are endless if she can keep climbing upwards and never look back at the past.

Hear this fine new single on Spotify and check out more via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Lex Gibbon – All I Do (Is Cry): The Only Viral Pop Newcomer You Need on Your 2022 Playlists

All I Do (Is Cry) is the latest bruisingly candid pop track to infuse emotional realism on the airwaves from the UK pop singer-songwriter Lex Gibbon.

Seventeen years old may be young to start a pop career, but age is irrelevant in the presence of her emotional intelligence and unflinchingly fearless honesty. She’s a viral sensation on platforms, such as TikTok, has featured on BBC Introducing and ITV and even made strides in the fashion industry as the first curve teen model to walk at London, Paris, New York and LA fashion weeks. Perhaps more impressively, she’s fresh from a UK school tour that promoted her single, Dear Hater and advocated for mental health, positive body image and against bullying.

After being bullied from a young age, Lex carries the same outlier introspection as Camus and Bukowski. The main difference is her ability to craft rhythmically arrestive hooks around her pensive admissions. I don’t say this lightly, but Lex Gibbon evidently has what it takes to be a bigger aurally talented supermodel of the world than Ru Paul. Get her on your radar.

All I Do is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast