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Leave It Behind: Keelan X is ready to embrace himself again on The Other Side

After using this abominable pandemic to rediscover his love for music again, Keelan X got those synths and drum machines striding rather sweetly together on the fine new single to play on loud, The Other Side.

Keelan X is an Ireland/London, UK-based indie synth-pop singer-songwriter who is inspired by those David Bowie-like classics to warm the heart with.

The song has its origins in one of those 3 o’clock in the morning conversations I have with myself. Thoughts bubbling up from the unconscious, nudging at me. The song is essentially about me tentatively embracing my “other side” and dipping my toe back into musical waters – writing and recording music again. I think most people have some other side to themselves that they draw a veil over, another side we bury or let slip as life progresses. That part of you is always whispering in your ear and tapping you on your shoulder, waiting for you on the other side.” ~ Keelan X

Formulated so well and constructed with tailored class, Keelan X returns to great heights and shall improve the mindset of so many lost souls. Feeling that fire again after going deep within to find his purpose, we find a newly reinvigorated spirit to shine brightly with.

The Other Side from Ireland/London, UK-based indie synth-pop artist Keelan X is a rather striking effort for anyone who knows where their love is. Unlocking so much effortless charm and vocals to marvel at like it was the 80s again, this is a top song to be inspired by when the appetite is still there for more.

If you are hungry enough, anything is possible.

See this fab new music video on YouTube and see more energy on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I’m Bodiless: Darrian Gerard has been missing for weeks on Powerless

As she wanders through her soulless town and sees nobody to truly connect with, Darrian Gerard drifts rather extraordinarily on a stunning single to hold on to when all seems lost with, Powerless.

Darrian Gerard is a Canadian pop-rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music producer who makes those stadium sounding classics to dance with all evening.

Hailing from a small town in British Columbia, Canada, she learned how to play guitar at 7 years old then quickly picked up bass, piano, drums, and vocals.” ~ Darrian Gerard

With her much-awaited debut EP Basement Stadium on the way in 2023, Darrian Gerard sings with so much passion and shall relate to so many who are so lonely right now. With pure vocals and so much to be intrigued inside, this is a rather eye-opening effort from a graceful spirit.

Powerless from Canadian pop-rock singer-songwriter and music producer Darrian Gerard is a fine song which shall make many stop in their tracks instantly. Thriving with honesty and baked into a lyrically aware soundtrack, we find an artist who needs to find a new home like many of us in this suffocating world.

When you feel you’re inside a grumpy town, you need to break free from its best to listen to your intuition.

Hear this new track on YouTube and see more via her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Chelsea Silva reclaimed power in her vindicatingly catchy electro-pop debut, hades has a daughter

Alt-indie-pop singer-songwriter Chelsea Silva spilt fabled glamour all over the standout single, hades has a daughter, from her spell-binding EP, But What if You Fly?

Using Greek Mythology for her narratively clever exposition on how this mortal world puts kinks in our soul, the Sydney, Australia luminary newcomer proved that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Not even the god of the underworld can match a woman determined to reclaim power and question, “why do the happiest ones leave a trail behind?”.

The catchy, moody electro-pop beats playfully pop around Silva’s sultry theatrical vocal timbre to ensure that everyone who tunes into hades has a daughter gets a shot of vindication through the quirky arrestive sensation of a debut. She shimmers with all of the star power of Marina and the Diamonds while ensuring her own autonomy is the centre of gravity in the infectious hit.

hades has a daughter will be available to stream from November 30th. Catch the earworm on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Talk To Me: J.Raechell grows tired of those pointless circles on Bout Me

Taken from her recently released debut EP called Diary of Jae, J.Raechell shows such radiant energy on her excellent new sultry single to slow dance with called Bout Me.

J.Raechell is a Fairfield, California-based indie pop singer-songwriter who performs with a classy style which is saturated with gorgeous vocals to dream inside.

Take Care is about moving on. In this catchy upbeat pop, with a melodic piano. J.Raechell expresses the anxiety of being held to another person’s standard of what she should be and look like to fulfill their desires. Making a conscious decision to not see the end of a relationship as finite, but as part of her story as an underdog and coming out on top no matter if being seen as the bad guy in the narrative.” ~ J.Raechell talking about her new 4 track release

An underground angel who has just started to open up her wings, J.Raechell is in fine form and seems to galvanize hearts together and lead the way. With poise and love at her fingertips, this is a truly wonderful escapade to wrap our wary souls deeply inside for the better.

Bout Me from Fairfield, California-based indie pop singer-songwriter J.Raechell is a song which many will surely be inspired by. Her head is held high. Eyes flash when this track is played loud, as we nod our heads and keep our energies on the prize. We find a hugely promising creative on display-who projects her vocals to the sky above-as she knows that by staying positive, everything will fall into place.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more on her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Text Me: Becky Raisman needs that touch right now on I CAN BE YOUR CRUSH

As her eyes light up and take her soul into a happier world, Becky Raisman wants that permanent vacation on the romantic new sizzler to dance with all night called I CAN BE YOUR CRUSH.

Becky Raisman is a Highland Park, Chicago-based indie pop singer-songwriter who makes catchy music to feel better with because of its rich context.

The breathtaking Columbia College Chicago graduate Becky Raisman is on fire and shreds the airwaves on her latest hot single. Packed with poise and precision, we find a toe-tapping gem that has been made with that all-powering love.

I CAN BE YOUR CRUSH from Highland Park, Chicago-based indie pop artist Becky Raisman is a fascinating song about showing how much a new lover has changed everything. Sung with pure energy and a content mindset, this is that track to put on when you wish you change the conversation onto kiss-filled intentions.

When you see those eyes spark, you have found someone rather special.

Listen up to this superb new single here and find out more on her Twitter.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Deep In The Forest: Lilith Max roars with so much hunger on Big Bad Wolf

Taken from her recent 5-track EP called Storybook, emerging young talent, Lilith Max sees that smirking face and looks deeper into the monster on her latest feast-filled single, Big Bad Wolf.

Lilith Max is an 18-year-old award-winning German-American Houston, Texas-based indie alternative pop/folk singer-songwriter.

Lilith Max is a YoungArts Winner 2022 in the category Voice. She is also known as an actress in Call of Duty WWll and other productions and two-times the winner of Best Child Actress awards. She was born in Germany and moved to the US at age six.” ~ Lilith Max

With so much poise and grace while displaying a vocal output which is quite sensational, Lilith Max is rather terrific on this terrifying single performed by a true storyteller who knows how to capture our imagination.

Big Bad Wolf from Houston, Texas-based indie alternative pop/folk singer-songwriter Lilith Max is a magnificent single about surviving a beast who has decided to bite a sweet soul away. Projected so wonderfully by a young talent who sings with such joy, this is a memorable single to close your eyes with while imagining that hair-raising danger lurking in the woods.

Listen to this fine new single on Spotify and see more on the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

London’s Millar drops captivating debut single to hold on tightly with called Dreams

Sung with profound emotion and so much beauty to swim deeply inside, Millar sends our hearts a love letter on the stress-easing debut single to remember, Dreams.

Millar is a London, UK-based indie pop singer-songwriter who projects those sweetly wrapped stories about love, heartbreak and innocence.

Began writing songs at the age of 16, before auditioning for a Music College in Stratford at 18. She went on to study there for 3 years, first focusing on Music Performance and spending her final year in Artist Development. It was here that she found her true sound and began performing around London.” ~ Millar

With authenticity in droves and a vocal ability to gasp inside, Millar is a young talent to truly love for her outstanding pitch and a gloriously sincere tone to soothe tired ears. This is an incredible release which shall stop many in their tracks and wash all worries away.

Dreams from London, UK-based indie pop singer-songwriter Millar is a quite sublime effort from a creative soul who is only just getting started. Soaked in care and love while being a special song, to turn up rather loud to appreciate each second to its fullest, this is a first single to hold hands with all night.

Hear this fine new release on Spotify and check out her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Monique Angele brings back that tender love and much-needed hope on Sing Together on Christmas

As the sleigh bells ring and so many prepare for a special time of year, Monique Angele shines a light on what it all really means for humanity who just need to feel peace for a few hours on Sing Together on Christmas.

Monique Angele is a much-loved Australian/Canadian operatic piano pop singer-songwriter who loves nature and makes memorable songs filled with imagination.

Christmas is a time where we all want to be together, sing together and love one another. Through difficult times we should all try to love one another and care for each other.” ~ Monique Angele

Showing us where the love needs to be in this time of year when many are rather lonely, Monique Angele sings with so much joy and care which shall warm the souls of so many. This is such an incredibly beautiful effort that is a much appreciated entry in 2022.

Sing Together on Christmas from Australian/Canadian operatic piano pop singer-songwriter Monique Angele is one of the more healing entries anyone is ever likely to hear. There is so much supreme class on offer, which is made with true intentions and extraordinary poise.

If we all join hands as one, anything is possible.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more moves on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Ninali took us to Tokyo in her synaesthesia-inducing hyper-pop comeback 

Feel the neon glow of Tokyo in Ninali’s synaesthesia-inducing slice of hyper pop, which lit up the airwaves on November 11th. After squeezing inspiration from her trips across the world, Ninali has made a comeback after her wanderlust hiatus. Now residing in Spain to focus on her music career and to study music production, she’s projecting her sultry vocal timbre into her jazzy feats of RnB pop to share the exotic flavours she sampled.
Ninali made her first venture into the music industry aged 18 when she took Belgium by storm with her single, Lovedrunk, which scored her an indie record deal, national airplay and a spot on a compilation album curated by one of the biggest Belgian radio stations. With her sophomore single, she reached number 34 in the Belgian Ultratip charts and secured plenty of live dates. We’re stoked to have her demure soul and uplifting sound vivifying the UK music industry for the first time. She’s certainly not one to sleep on, especially if you are partial to serotonin spilling across your synapses.
Head to Tokyo on Spotify. 
Review by Amelia Vandergast

London’s True Being pulled us from polarity and put us ‘Back on Track’ with his alt-pop jam

True Being took us back in time with their latest single, Back on Track, which reminisces on the less polarised and partisan days when we could see the world in full colour instead of through the divisive prism of black and white.

What it will take for people to get back there isn’t quite clear, but Back on Track is certainly a step in the right direction. The quirky alternative single which plays with mystical eastern rhythms and playfully polyphonic electro-pop layers is an efficacious reminder that things haven’t always been this way, and there is no good reason why they are engrained in our modern cultures the world over.

The London-based artist makes a habit of holding a mirror to the absurdist facets of our world through his assertion that artists have a role to play in the shaping of our future to take the power away from Musk and his kin, politicians and celebrities. He’s been likened to LCD Sound System, Nick Cave, Talking Heads and John Grant, but all reminiscences in his flamboyantly eccentric sound are incredibly fleeting.

Stream Back on Track on YouTube and Spotify.

Review by Amelie Vandergast