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Scarlett – BITE: Empoweringly Resounding Pop

The Riot Grrrl movement may have urged girls to pick up guitars decades ago. Yet, as we’ve naturally progressed from the acoustic sound, it only makes sense that the attitude female artists poured into their Punk soundscapes into electronically engineered Pop. With none of the veracity lost, the contemporary compositions of angst are still just as visceral. Which is exactly what we saw with the up and coming 17 year old artist Scarlett’s latest single “BITE”. The provocative seamlessly produced single serves as an aural offering of frustration for the fact that the outspoken are so often oppressed. Yet, as long as there are artists such as Scarlett out there with her ingeniously metered lyrics, resounding vocal ability and capability to produce her own beats to such a high level there will always be empowerment on the soundwaves.

You can check out Scarlett’s debut single BITE which was released on November 1st for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Snir Yamin – Twenty Three: Potently Immersive Pop

With a Lynchian style prelude, Snir Yamin’s latest sweet yet synergistically moody Pop hit “Twenty Three” unravels and introduces a decadently soulful aural offering.

To say that the style of the up and coming artist’s fourth single is distinctive almost feels like an understatement, with few artists to compare the singer-songwriter to it’s clear that he’s going to have no trouble in standing out from the rest of the crowd and ascending the charts.

In the instrumental arrangement, the acoustic melody fuses with the rhythm of the digital effect to immerse you in an eclectically sobering soundscape with plenty of potent high-octane emotion weaved into the easy listening single. With the reverb which pours from the electric guitar before the outro the single transgresses from a sweetly melodic hit into a sonic work of alchemy.

You can check out Snir Yamin’s latest single Twenty Three for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Preston Disney – One More: Authentically Textured Pop

“One More” is one of the latest singles to be released by the up and coming radio-ready Pop artist Preston Disney.

Whilst it’s clear that he’s played it safe with his accessible track which undoubtedly has massive commercial potential. The accessible artist also made sure that enough authentic dynamics were weaved into the track to make his sound distinctive. With the lyrics in perfect synergy with the melody, the infectious capacity of One More won’t fail to leave you enamoured. Even after the single has faded to a close, there’s no forgetting the up-vibe harmonies which allow Preston Disney to stand out and leave his competition audibly quaking. One More may be your archetypally smooth EDM Ballad, yet, not many artists can poignantly pen such visceral soundbites as were contained within the lyrical hooks to the standout single.

You can check out Preston Disney’s single One More for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sophie Marks – Finding My Way Melodic R&B-Infused Pop

“Finding My Way” is the latest soul-splinteringly soulful single from up and coming singer-songwriter Sophie Marks. Rather than just creating a tired old acoustic pop single, Sophie has infused her passion for R&B into the soundscape to provide a transiently immersive soundscape. There’s plenty of intricacy within the digital and acoustic instrumentals, yet, the pitch perfect production ensures they rest neatly beneath Sophie Marks velvety accessible vocals.

Whilst you still get the warmth of the acoustic guitar, you’re also treated to layers of harmoniously melodic digital arrangements which take the twee sentimentality away from acoustic pop and replace with cinematically visceral urban rhythm. Any fans of Daughter, Tom Odell, London Grammar and Wolf Alice are sure to appreciate the atmospheric vibe of Sophie Marks latest single.

You can check out Sophie Marks’ latest single out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Maicie Rayner: The Up and Coming Pop Act to Watch?

Even at a young age, Maicie Rayner’s vocal command is accomplished, as was proven on stage at Balham Open Mic UK music competition held in October 2018. The dynamics in her vocal performance will be enough to leave any Neo-Soul fans enamoured. With the same plaintively raw style as artists such as Amy Winehouse, the power of the vocals reverberates through the airwaves and allow the sentiment in the lyrics to tear holes out of the atmosphere.

There really is no overstating the raw amount of talent exhibited by Maicie Rayner in her most recent performance. With such maturity and authenticity already present in her style, it’s hard to imagine a future without Maicie’s overwhelmingly all-encompassing vocals as a main fixture on the radio.

You can check out Maicie Rayner’s performance by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Iya and Natia Rigvava Team Up for Their Latest Single “Chasing Sun”

Recording artists Iya and Natia Rigvava teamed up for the release of their latest heartfelt hit “Chasing Sun”. Anyone looking for a timeless ballad to add to their playlists, look no further. The instant accessibility behind their soundscape arrests you through the familiarity of the tentatively sweet yet simultaneously momentous sound.

Whilst Chasing Sun was vocally flawless, and the strength of the vocals can’t be denied, there was a distinct lack of authenticity, there wasn’t much to separate the two artist’s single from the myriad of ballads that have been produced over the past few decades. Yet, at this stage in the up and coming artist’s careers, I have no doubt that they’ll come to find their signature style which sets them apart and leaves their counterparts audibly quaking.

You can check out Iya & Natia Rigvava’s single Chasing Sun for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lauren Martinez – Paper Doll: Distinctively Endearing, Perfectly Polished DIY Pop

Any Kate Nash fans who have been disappointed by the disappearance of her and her classically conversational style of Pop are going to need to make Lauren Martinez’s latest single “Paper Doll” a firm fixture of their playlists.

Rather than hiding behind clever metaphors or painful amounts of repetition, the lyrics to provide a raw and honest account of her self-questioning introspection. Listening to the playful direction of the lyrics will make you fall hook line and sinker for this infectiously accessible single.

The clockwork style of the rhythm combined with the afro beats melody made for a refreshingly vibrant change to the usual EDM Pop approach. With Paper Doll, Martinez proved that she’s not your average up and coming artist looking to assimilate the commercial sound, she’s got her own distinctively endearing style and she’s running with it.  Yet, what’s most impressive of all is the fact that not only did Lauren Martinez write and perform the track, but she also produced the single. Make no mistake, Paper Doll is no work of self-indulgent bedroom Pop, with production skills as on point as her vocals, I have no doubt that we’ll all be hearing a lot more from Lauren Martinez pretty soon.

You can check out Paper Doll for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Amy Vix’s Guitar-Driven Debut: “Over the Wreckage”

If you could imagine the atmospheric sound of Stevie Nicks meeting the contemporary punchy energy of the likes of Taylor Swift, you’d get pretty close to imagining what up and coming artist Amy Vix has cooked up with her latest single “Over the Wreckage”.

Whilst Over the Wreckage could be described as a Pop ballad, the crunchy and distorted electric guitar riffs which provide the perfect platform for Amy Vix to lay her soulfully-potent vocals upon. It isn’t all too often you’ll come across an artist whose sound you can register as anthemic as well as heartfelt and resonant. The London-based singer songwriter’s penchant for heavy guitar reverb combined with her Americana Country vocals is one of the most refreshing genre-defying sounds I’ve heard in a long time.

You can check out Amy Vix’s single Over the Wreckage for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sadie Jemmett – London Love Songs: An Ethereally Striking Ballad from one of London’s Fastest Rising Talents

It took me the first verse of Sadie Jemmett’s latest single “London Love Songs” to become irresolutely captivated by the alluring tonality of her vocal capacity which has a striking reminiscence to the late and great Dolores O’Riordan.

Despite what the title would suggest, London Love Songs is by no means your average romantic ballad. Melancholy drips through each instrumental arrangement and the weight of the lyricism gives you little say in whether it resonates or not. When it comes to singer-songwriters, it can be hard to find any distinguishing factors between them, yet, Sadie Jemmett’s style has an ethereally enthralling capacity which can only be described as a work of alchemy. I’ve never found London an overly romantic city to be found in, but if any single had the capability of changing my mind, it’s London Love Songs.

You can check out the official music video to London Love Songs for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ella Clair – Freddie: A Pioneeringly Immersive Debut of Genre-Defying Aural Magnetism.

If you’re looking for a fuzzy, friendly upbeat track to add a little life to your playlists, up and coming singer-songwriter Ella Clair’s first single “Freddie” serves up elements from Indie, Neo-Soul, Pop and Jazz to create an infectiously magnetic soundscape.

Whatever mood you’re in when you hit play on the Sydney-raised, performer’s first single, you’re guaranteed to feel infinitely better after you’ve listened to the quintessential alchemy unfold and fade out to the concordantly cathartic notes from the organ. The slightly twee vocals sit neatly above the euphorically arranged instrumentals which pack in plenty of acoustic rhythm courtesy of the grinding guitars.

Fans of Kate Nash, Amy Winehouse, and the Zutons will definitely want to check out Ella Clair’s debut single Freddie, which is now available to listen to via Spotify. Make sure to give her a follow so you don’t miss out on the release of her debut EP “My Red, Your Red” which will be recorded with as many female musicians as possible. She just keeps getting better, doesn’t she?

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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