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I’m Still Missing You: Carmen Mi’Chelle is stuck with regret on the slick ‘Summer Baby’

Produced by Detroit’s own Jupyter, Carmen Mi’Chelle glides in superbly with her new single that is all about that sweet time when you are on holiday with no worries on ‘Summer Baby‘.

Carmen Mi’Chelle is a charming Neo-trap/soul singer, actress, model and writer. She is a multi-talented artist who has that pure voice which you can’t help but be entranced inside by her every truthful lyric.

This is the message about missing their touch — each kiss felt like you were in another world that you didn’t want to leave — as you wish you could go back to that memorable time, when you could turn you phone off and do whatever you liked.

Her vocals are so crisply textured onto our hungry and awaiting palates, as we soak up this marvelous talent who keeps it real throughout with her feelings and mixed emotions. The class is easy to see and hear, you feel like this is a vocalist that you will never forget and things are effortless and with much enjoyable vibration-filled pleasure.

Summer Baby‘ from the wonderful Carmen Mi’Chelle, gives us a real thrill of a track that has so much bounce and sweaty goodness. This is the story of missing that incredible person you met and you can’t forget, but you know that you need someone who is always going to be there for you. The heart wants what the heart desires however, and this can cause your mind to wonder into places you know you probably shouldn’t be.

Hear this new single on Spotify and check out her IG music page for more visuals.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

That Tasty Vintage: An Ocean Away crash wonderfully into our hearts with ‘Airwaves’

With that soaring summer sound that birds fly high to, An Ocean Away take our minds to the potential of today with the breeze-filled new single ‘Airwaves‘.

Absorbing England-based Neo 70’s alt-rock duo act An Ocean Away, stream into our soundscape waterfall of hope, with a sumptuous song that warms the earlobes, as it fills you up with a special taste that certainly satisfies the soul like a gourmet meal should.

Featuring a fascinating assortment of vintage guitars, synthesizers and multi-part harmony vocal sessions that will have you captivated, this is a music effort that has that old school charm that never seems to wear off, no matter how many washes its had.

This is the story of looking up and never down. There is so much to be positive about and if you can open up your mind, anything is really possible. The world has been stagnant but the journey now is all about going with the wind, taking it minute by minute, as you flow upwards for miles and miles, until you find that place you just know feels right when you arrive.

Airwaves‘ from English Neo-rock two-piece An Ocean Away, is a song that takes you back the good days of the 70’s, as they morph a sound that has that vintage feel that is a cozy listen, no matter what the surroundings are around you.

Stream this top quality single on Spotify and interact with them on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Gifted Balance’s ‘Middle of the Night’ is delicately gliding neo-synthetic lo-fi R&B

Detroit based duo Gifted Balance have released ‘Middle of the Night’ – a late-night neo-R&B track. 

Eerie but melodically lush, ‘Middle of the Night’ diverges from an initially glitched out introduction to carving right into a ping-ponging vocal line. It’s a polished track, and it glides pretty organically from sombre, lo-fi tones to triumphantly pleasant twinkles and starlit pads – all in a sort of luxury car suspension thanks to the soft texturing and engineering throughout. 

‘Middle of the Night’ feels right for the kind of late night asphalt you want to be spinning this track to and there’s some real weight to be had behind this listen. Definitely recommended for any hazy playlists that could do with a bit more ambience and soul behind the curtain.

You can listen to ‘Middle of the Night’ on Gifted Balance’s  channel’s here.

Edward Blake Happens To Be In The Neighbourhood

In The Neighbourhood comes on like a modern day version of a lost song from Marvin Gaye’s classic What’s Going On, the same subtle blend of smooth soul and restrained funk, confident vocals and percolating keyboard swirls. Whereas Gaye had a lot to get off his chest, Blake seems more content with his lot, but ultimately like Gaye’s writing at the time of that classic album, In The Neighbourhood is very much a love song, a song of solidarity, community and togetherness.

Blake is a master of threading smokey late night vibes through smooth musical landscapes, it is both effortlessly groovesome and wonderfully life affirming, it is heartfelt and reflective with just a hint of world weary resignation asking “when is it going to get easier?” As a single it is a fantastic calling card for Edward Blake and his ability to create sweet and soulful music, just imagine what a whole album might sound like? Luckily you don’t have to imagine just pick up a copy of Togetherness Triumphant for the answer.

DEA Releases Hypnotic Track “You”

DEA is a young singer songwriter with a very particular sound. With inspirations of R&B and Neo Soul in combination with descriptive thought-out lyrics and some hints of electronic sounds in the arrangement, “You” is a new track which can be potentially hypnotic to whoever listens to it. With natural sporadic guitar phrases that contour the structure, as well as a contrasting deep underlying pulse, this song features a delicate balance of high and low sonorities. It is also interesting to note how subtle the use of the trap style rhythm is. Used carefully to accentuate specific sections and sounding almost in the background, this gives the song indeed a hauntingly hypnotic quality.

Apart from an interesting instrumental arrangement this song definitely has more to offer. DEA’s vocal shines bright above the instrumentation and delivers vocal tone variations and fluctuations throughout the song, showcasing her R&B influences particularly in the chorus. With luscious harmonies and shapely melodies that glide between a variety of pitches and colours, this new voice has a lot to offer and the song “You” is definitely proving all this to be true.

-Sarah Marie Bugeja