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Antonio Luis – To You: A Cinematic Pop Ballad Debut

As soul-driven ballads go, very few are as indulgently heartfelt as up and coming artist’s Antonio Luis’s debut single “To You”. The down tempo EDM beat has a seamlessly steady progression to create an ambient slow-jam vibe which is uplifted by orchestral effect. Whilst the single was absolutely flawless in terms of melody and production and will undoubtedly be of massive commercial appeal, I still felt as though there was very little in the way of excitement to be found in the soundscape. I’d love to hear a more authentic and memorable approach to the Pop genre in the future which shows us the full range of Antonio Luis’ vocal capacity. His first single To You may have proven that he’s mastered the slow and steady soundscape, yet he’s still got a long way to come in terms of stamping down his own signature sound.

You can check out Antonio Luis’s latest single To You by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kaytlyn Cate – You’re Making My Heart Feel Like: Neo-Soul Meets EDM Pop

Whilst the majority of up and coming Electro Pop artists are busy trying to recreate the sound of London Grammar and Warpaint. Singer-songwriter Kaytlyn Cate has carved out her own sound with the sharp hooks contained within her latest single “You’re Making My Heart Feel Like”.  The single unfolds with an infusion of Neo-Soul which comes courtesy of the bends and swells from the acoustic instrumentals whilst the drum pads offer a concordantly mesmeric rhythm.  Combined with powerful, ingeniously metered lyricism and Kaytlyn’s ethereal vocal capacity, it’s easy to anticipate a big future for breaking artist’s career. With so much maturity already to be found in her sound it’s only a matter of time before her chart-worthy style finds its place in the mainstream.

If you’re looking for an ambiently smooth romantic Pop ballad which is steeped in melancholy, you can check out Kaytlyn Cate’s latest single which was released November 1st for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Liven Up Your Pop Playlists Vincent Barrea’s Carnally Infectious New Hit “Zoom Zoom”

Vincent Barrea may be the hottest new contender in Pop, and in more ways than one. With his latest single “Zoom Zoom”, the artist incorporated plenty of rhythmic style into the simple yet infectious EDM mix. It was the artist’s vision to create music to represent freedom and joy, which made Zoom Zoom one of the most salacious singles I’ve had the pleasure to check out this year.

The track may only be 2:20 minutes long, but the short and sweet hit of dancefloor hype is all you really need to fall under his alchemically immersive style. Vincent Barrea also ensured there was plenty of urban rhythm weaved into the smooth and seamless beats.

You can check out the official music video to Zoom Zoom by heading over to YouTube now.

Stay up to date with all Vincent Barrea’s new releases by following the audacious new-comer via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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ARI TAHAN’s – Out of Time: A Debut of Soulfully Raw Expression

“Out of Time” is track which exposes the dark side of loss and pain. Sure, there are plenty of sad love ballads out there today, but with her new Pop single, Ari Tahan has created one of the most honestly expressive tracks I’ve checked out this year. There’s a depth to Ari’s lyrical style which makes it sound like most artists are just scratching on the surface of superficiality. If you don’t feel anything when listening to Out of Time, it’s safe to say you’re a little bit dead inside. The beat takes a backseat to the Surrey, UK-based artist’s single whilst her overwhelmingly succinct vocals add layers of harmony which seamlessly weaves in with the melody.

You can check out Ari Tahan’s latest single Out of Time for yourselves on all major streaming services from November 9th. In the meantime you can keep up to date with all of the latest news on the release by following ARI via Facebook.

You can catch Ari Tahan’s live performance at Artfix London on 9th of November 2018

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Preston Starr – Home: An Infectiously Uplifting Pop Debut

Whilst it may not have been all too uncommon to hear a Pop artist with a strong vocal capacity ten years ago, in the current industry finding a vocally resounding voice from an up and coming artist is like finding a needle in a haystack. Yet, Preston Starr used his debut single release of “Home” as a testament to his pure, unadulteratedly soulful vocal capacity.

The singer songwriter’s overwhelmingly charismatic approach to sound provides an uplifting yet emotively raw soundscape in a classic Pop style which would even give Barlow’s vocals a run for their money.

You can check out Preston Starr’s latest single Home which was released October 26th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now. Good luck getting the chorus out of your head

Keep up to date with Preston Starr’s latest releases by following him via Facebook. His debut album will drop in 2019, I can’t imagine it will be long before you hear it on the radio.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Beth Macari – BOY: Euphorically Soul-Infused Pop

It wouldn’t be a daring statement to say that contained within Beth Macari’s latest single “BOY” is some of the anthemically fluid world-inspired beats that have been infused into a Pop single this year. The Newcastle-based artist takes the mainstream Pop sound and reinvents it with layers of Soul and Funk, unsurprisingly the end result is a sound which tears holes through the fabric of the Pop industry.

The track kicks with an unflinchingly captivating orchestral prelude before progressing into an amped up EDM Pop hit fuelled by a full-bodied melody. Considering that this is only the second track to be produced by the up and coming artist, her career is already full of commercial potential thanks to her uniquely arresting vocals and approach to her signature sound. Beth has spent her summer sharing stages with the likes of Jessie Ware, Kaiser Chiefs and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and plans to tour extensively in 2019. So, If I were you, I’d get acquainted with her sound now. It’s only a matter of time before she’ll be stealing the headline spots.

You can check out the up and coming singer songwriter’s latest single BOY for yourselves now by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hot Potato Band – Ritual: A Refreshingly Unique Approach to Funk-Driven Pop

“Ritual” is the latest single to be released from the Funk Pop outfit Hot Potato Band. Their refreshingly unique approach to a soulful sound hit me before the prelude had even ran through. With such a unique instrumental arrangement, it’s hard not to become enthralled by the warmth of their tonality matched with how tight each fluid progression is. For a band who started off as a collective of street performers I can definitely anticipate big things to come for the Sydney, Australia-based artists. Their genre mash of a single incorporates the groove and rhythm of Funk with an immersive meandering bassline accompanied by brass to fully round off the Pop-style production of the track. And all that is without mentioning the smooth instantly arresting vocals.

You can listen to Hot Potato Band’s latest track for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Olivia Knight – Gravity: Soulfully Mesmeric Pop

“Gravity” is just one of the soulfully mesmeric tracks from Olivia Knight’s debut EP. The first verse didn’t even have to run through before I recognised the commercial potential in Olivia Knight’s accessibly smooth downtempo style. From start to finish the tonal warmth of the beat carries through with plenty of lush hooks and progressions of digital effect to keep you entrenched in the alchemy of Gravity.

Whilst I adored Gravity and it had all the makings of a resonant contemporary ballad and there’s no disputing that it’s a well-produced, talent-driven aural offering, I’d still like to hear something more pioneering from the up and coming artist. Yet, with an unflinching vocal capacity and poignant approach to lyricism, it’s hard not to be pulled in by the weight of Gravity.

You can check out Olivia Knight’s single Gravity for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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King St. – Sweeter Sounds: Pioneeringly Punchy Pop

Either my memory has failed me, or, I can’t recollect ever hearing a more intricately complex Pop track than the debut single “Sweeter Sounds”. The up and coming artists King Street have definitely made a lasting impression with their sticky-sweet yet potent melodies. With elements of Indie, Country and Rock and the warm tonality of Jazz and Soul the track unfolds with a full-bodied instrumental arrangement which I can guarantee you won’t find another track to bear a reminiscence to their prodigally mesmeric style. To top it all off, the sultrily powerful female vocals add even more weight to Sweeter Sounds. The unflinching strength behind her vocal style adds even more weight to the empoweringly uplifting lyrics. For any guitar solo fans, Sweeter Sounds definitely won’t let you down with the bluesy high-note licks of the riff which brings in the outro.

You can check out King St.’s first single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SPAREY – Sick Fade: Accessibly Fresh Urban EDM Pop

“Sick Fade” is the first single from the soulfully resounding Urban Pop artist SPAREY. With equal amounts of style and attitude, the single unfolds to the sound of glitchy breakbeats with plenty of dub and bass. The hooks grip you with a sense of familiarity and accessibility, yet, there’s no disputing that SPAREY has her own pioneeringly poignant style.

The turbulent melody to Sick Fade was effortlessly matched by the perfect meter and rhyme of the lyricism. As for the power and sultry allure of the vocals, you’d have trouble finding another artist to rival SPAREY’s decadently indulgent prowess. Once the 2:40-minute track abruptly comes to a halt, it’s hard not to feel as though you’ve been teased by the debut. I’m already in bitter-sweet anticipation for her to drop an album.

You can check out SPAREY’s latest single Sick Fade for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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