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John O’Brien easily impresses and delivers a truly unforgettable track called “Siboney”

“Siboney” is the new single from John O’Brien where its lyrics paint a picture of love that occupies a beautiful historic beach on the south shore of Cuba. John O’Brien has been creating music for over four decades and has released a total of seven albums, to date, and continues to showcase his musicality and songwriting abilities with every new release. He has gone on to tour all around the world, and he always brings a lively and dynamic act to his performances and has recently delved into creativity with the John O’Brien Experience, creating unforgettable and timeless shows. The song, “Siboney”, has a relaxing beach feel to it, which is not surprising since the song is literally about being on a beach. It is charming, lyrically cute, and one that brings the sun. This is a track we’d love to hear on holiday, as we relax on the beach, with the surf nearby, and the sun blazing down. Lyrically brilliant, John O’Brien easily impresses and delivers a truly unforgettable track.

You can watch the lyric video here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nc8wfraJ_ro

Reviewed by Jonathan Currinn

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Leogang – Chance In Hell: A Moody, Rocky Fusion of Alt-Pop and Punk

Leogang are an up and coming indie five-piece from North East London. ‘Chance In Hell’ is a moody, rocky fusion of alt-pop and punk, the verses bass-heavy with a rolling picked guitar part behind the vocals before the chorus kicks in, all angry distortion and power chords.

‘Is There A Chance’ comes from the forthcoming (self-produced and self-released) ‘Shots Are Coming’ EP and given their pre-lockdown gig calendar there’s no surprise that this sounds like a band playing live, hungry, energetic, the bass a funky, rolling number before the ‘Is there a chance’ breakdown at 2’09”; there’s a Kasabian feel to parts, but it sounds original, comfortable, and fresh all at once. It grooves, it rocks, and it’s got a great earworm hook on that mid-song breakdown before the band rock through to a slow final fade out.

‘Shots Are Coming’ is out now on all major streaming platforms, or you can find Leogang on Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Songs for Sabotage give Peter Murphy a run for his money with their cover of Cuts You Up

Songs for Sabotage

LA Alt-Rock artist Songs for Sabotage cooked up the dreamiest feat of Rock you’ll hear in 2020 with their cover of Peter Murphy’s “Cuts You Up”. Which is just one of the soul-swellingly sweet tracks you’ll find on their debut album “Coast to Coast

With the infusion of Swedish Pop, 80s Alternative and 00s Electro in their lush Rock ensemble, once you hit play on Cuts You Up your entire consciousness is consumed by the escapism-aiding deftly orchestrated hit. Cuts You Up is the kind of track you need a recovery period after hearing as your rhythmic pulses become your own again and you adjust to being present in the real world. There really is no higher accolade than that. And that doesn’t even come close to capturing the sunset-strip-magic offered by the track.

Night of Joy releases on all major streaming platforms Friday, September 25th and SFS will be performing their album live in full via Instagram livestream on Saturday, September 26th.

You can pre-save the track on Spotify via this link.

Keep up to date with news on the release via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Love Angeles – Invincible: A Sticky-Sweet Earworm Which Grabs You and Refuses To Let Go

Straight off the bat, Love Angeles’ massive new Indie Pop hit “Invincible” grabs you and utterly refuses to let go.

All too often, tracks with titles such as ‘Invincible’ can seem trite before you even hit play, but Love Angeles offers the sincerity that the Pop genre has been crying out for. As the high-octane electric hit courses through its progressions, you can expect to feel some pretty intense fuzzy feelings, you might also feel a little in awe of the delectable smorgasbord of stylistic prowess on offer in Invincible. Rock and Pop perfectly entwine to create a universally enticing to record. I can’t help but feel a little excited about what comes next.

You can check out Invincible for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nathasha Rumbos – Echate Pa Ya: Exotically Riff-Driven Pop

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I don’t know what I was expecting when I hit play on Venezuelan singer-songwriter Nathasha Rumbos’ seminal Latino Pop single “Echate Pa Ya” but my mind was unequivocally blown within the first 10 seconds.

The viscerally anthemic infusion of Latino Pop and extremely nuanced Rock was like nothing I’ve ever heard before. You’d probably be hard-pressed to find more impressive guitar solos in any Rock song, but with Echate Pa Ya you’ve also got the rhythmically danceable beats which are transfixing beyond definition.

The cherry on the aural cake are the insanely cutting lyrics “Your name is not on his phone, you’re just an unknown number”. How could we not be excited about Natasha Rumbos’ trailblazing career after hearing Echate Pa Ya?

You can check Echate Pa Ya which was also co-written by John Stewart for yourselves by heading over to Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Stylistic Rock and Accessibly Soulful Pop Collide in Elliot Wren’s Sophomore Single “Good Luck”

There was no forgetting up and coming Pop trailblazer Elliot Wren after their debut single “RIP My Diary”. We’re stoked to announce their return with the single “Good Luck” which dropped on August 21st.

As soon as we heard Elliot Wren’s boundlessly magnetic voice and the earwormy appeal in her debut, we knew they’d be one to watch. Good Luck affirms it.

Even though there was only a short duration between the two releases, Good Luck stands a testament to the maturity which Elliot Wren has found in their sound. Good Luck is a feisty yet compassionate infusion of slick and stylistic Rock and accessibly soulful Pop. The snappy lyrics are packed with compassion, if you’re looking for a little aural empowerment to restore the balance of your self-worth, hit play.

Needless to say, we’re stoked to hear what comes next.

You can check out Good Luck for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prepare to be serenaded by John O’Brien’s latest single “Siboney”

John O'Brien

US artist and songwriter John O’Brien has been honing in on their craft for over four decades. Their latest single Siboney is a testament to their songwriting and performing talent. Prepare to be seriously serenaded by their alchemic fretboard mastery and their velvety smooth seductive vocals.

After an intoxicatingly atmospheric start, the 80s-inspired track gently gains momentum. As it does, it breaks the monocultural mould of mainstream Pop. The Spanish guitar brings as an exotically captivating dynamic to the soundscape which consistently evolves throughout the 4-minute duration.

You can check out Siboney for yourselves from the date of release by heading over to John O’Brien’s SoundCloud. In the meantime, you can check out their equally as mesmerising earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Deanna DeMola has released her powerful new perception-shifting Alt Pop single “Next Generation”

Pop singer-songwriter Deanna DeMola has just released her most compelling single to date with “Next Generation”. With her latest release, she tells the cynics, the doubters and the bitterly ageing populations just how the next generation is going to run the world.

With absolutely no hint of exaggeration (as a millennial) I can say that I’m infinitely more assured about our future which will soon be in hands of the next generation. The tone and the vibe behind Next Generation are just phenomenal, Deanna DeMola took a strong, levelled and unapologetic approach while also gently asking for understanding instead of seeking more conflict.

If you’re able to tear yourself away from the lyrics, you’ll find a stunning Indie Shoegaze-infused semi-orchestral arrangement behind the flawless notes in Deanna DeMola’s vocals. I honestly couldn’t love this single more, not only is it flawlessly radio-ready, but it also has the power to dilute some of the rage and anxiety which seems all too prevalent in our society.

You can check out Deanna DeMola’s single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Arielle Eden has made her solo debut with the empowering high-vibe Synthpop single “Love’s on the Run”

For her debut solo single Love’s on the Run, Arielle Eden released an empoweringly uplifting feat of 80s inspired Pop which is sure to be a hit with any Madonna fans.

With choruses which will stick to your synapses like superglue and Arielle Eden’s alluringly soulful approach to Pop, its impossible not to connect with the up-vibe love song.

With the funky synth lines, bendy grooves of the bass and the extremely nuanced choppy guitar progressions, there’s a retro air to Love’s on the Run, but with the fresh exuberance in Arielle Eden’s vocals, you couldn’t ask for a fresher radio-ready Pop earworm.

You can check out Arielle Eden’s single Love’s on the Run for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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UK Pop-Rock artist Conrad Ashton brings out his best form on ”Like No One Else Do”

Conrad Ashton is an entertaining singer-songwriter from Spennymoor, County Durham in the United Kingdom. He is a popular artist in the UK and returns with a new song called ”Like No One Else Do”.

This artist likes to evolve his sound and shares his modern rock creations that are firmly rooted in the classic pop sound. After being inspired at the tender 9 years old when he witnessed Pete Townshend’s exhilarating stage presence at Live 8, this changed Conrad’s life forever. He knew he wanted to make music and soon after picked up a guitar. This is the power of music and how it can change your perception and inspire.

Like No One Else Do” from Conrad Ashton is all about loving someone like no one else does. You know your value deep inside and believe that this is right person for you. Conrad sings with such passion and drive on this one and his voice seems to be improving all the time. This is a fine track and one of his best songs.

Stream this track right here on the Soundcloud music page for this artist.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen