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Progressive Pop

Gard Read pops the perfectionist bubble in his anthemic indie pop debut, All We Can Do

Indie electro-pop artist Gard Read joined the swathes of artists making their debut in 2021 and scarcely left any commercial potential for the rest with ‘All We Can Do’.

While every faction of the media convinces you that you deserve nothing less than perfection while implanting unrealistic romantic ideals, Gard Read popped that naïve bubble with the reminder that Nobody is perfect. The stunning Slowdive-reminiscent guitars cushion the blow while the fiery production mimics the torrid state of mind  we enter when we contend with our insecurities and question if we’re worthy of affection.

Gard Read is right up there with Empathy Test for the way he can turn raw emotion into an anthemic hit that unifies through the resonance. If any track is going to convince you to embrace your imperfect autonomy, it’s All We Can Do.

All We Can Do is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Get your euphoria fix with MAR1’s alt-electronica single, Someone Else

If it has been a while since you’ve encountered an uplifting track that does what it says on the tin, delve into MAR1’s hyper-pop dance track, Someone Else, which uses distorted vocals that find ubiquitous synergy with the beats.

Someone Else was never orchestrated to fall in line with contemporary trends or style. The Alexandria, Egypt-hailing producer and DJ thrives when his electronic craft knows no stylistic bounds. Experimental it may be, but by no means is MAR1’s evocative sound niche. The artist has counted plenty of successes in his career, including joining big-name acts at festivals such as Firefly Music Festival. Something tells us that MAR1 won’t stop there, considering that his potential leaves us with as much hype as his energetic sound itself.

For the sake of your serotonin levels, safe space on your radar.

Someone Else is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

ETM – Losing Feelings ft Stantina (Rude Jude Remix)

For their latest single, Losing Feelings, electronica artist ETM borrowed old-school disco soul vocals from featuring artist, Shantina, and paid ode to the freeing feeling of losing your rose-tinted glasses when you look at someone who was only significant when they were your ‘other’. After a melodic minimalist prelude, Shantina’s echoey vocals welcome you into the cleverly paced progressive pop single that will hit you with a flood of 90s acid house nostalgia.

You can check out the Rude Jude Remix of Losing Feelings via YouTube. For more info, head over to ETM’s website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Kaylin Cervini prescribes dark dance-pop with her intensely powerful single, ‘Bubble’.

Kaylin Cervini is set to release the most subversive dance-pop track of the year with her single, Bubble. After a moody, vulnerable and downtempo alt-pop intro, the single evolves into an intensely powerful feat of future pop that won’t fail to leave you galvanised.

The Rochester-NY artist has already made major waves with her sound that paradoxically offers intimacy despite the massive production. If you like your euphoric pop tracks to come with a heavy dose of realism, you’ll want to save a spot on your radar for Kaylin. Bubble finds a clever conceptual way to allude to the false sense of security happiness gives us and how exposed we feel when the rug is pulled from under us.

Bubble is due for release on August 6th; in the meantime, you can check out Kaylin Cervini on Spotify, Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Vekken blows the roof off his progressive house track, Can’t Live, featuring Beverly Anderson.

For his latest radio-ready dance pop release, Can’t Live, electronica artist and producer Vekken collaborated with the sensational American vocalist Beverly Anderson who laced even more soul into the infectiously uplifting melodies.

If Vekken isn’t already on your radar, he soon will be; the number of radio station A-list he features on is growing by the day. His progressive house style revolves around massive production and takes influence from artists such as Kygo, Martin Garrix and Avicii. He may not be afraid to wear his influences on his sleeves, but when you hit play, you will soon find out that authenticity is a major part of Can’t Live.

Can’t Live is due for official release on July 30th; you can check out the official music video by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Bryten explores retrospective regret with her progressive electro-pop single, Where Would I Be.

Since releasing her debut single, Without Me, in 2019, up and coming pop singer-songwriter, Bryten has given pop fans plenty to get excited about with her compassionate and candid releases. After the release of her latest single, Where Would I Be, there has never been a better time to jump on Bryten’s high-vibe sound that is grounded in empowerment and sincere emotion.

Where Would I Be unravels through questioning introspection, regretful for time wasted on people that made that time living hell, but emboldening through the recognition that suffering leads to strength. It’s a powerful track that starts as a postcard to 90s pop before transgressing into a bass-riding visceral feat of future pop. If you can relate to the lyrics, you’ll find resilient euphoria in every crescendo in Where Would I Be.

Where Would I Be is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Tom Bailey – Out of Time featuring Diviners and BUNT

Trippy chamber pop, indie-folk and electropop coalesce in Tom Bailey’s latest single, ‘Out of Time, made in collaboration with Diviners and BUNT.

Out of Time is a consistently enthralling progressive single that kicks off as an accordant feat of acoustic pop before sonic crescendos gear the single in the direction of danceable anthemic pop. The track perfectly captures the nature of time, how we start at a meandering pace and find ourselves desperate to do our best before a window of time closes. During lockdown, it may feel like we need to endure an endless succession of indistinguishable days, but Out of Time allows you to appreciate just how precious time is. It comes as no surprise that Tom has achieved over 62 million streams on Spotify, to date.

Out of Time is now available to stream via Spotify. You can also check out his work via his official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Treyeful x Esther Rowena Louise – A Different Her

Pop producer Treyeful has followed on from the success of his 2020 EP, ‘Neon Green’,  by collaborating with vocalist Esther Rowena Louise, whose vocals breathed plenty of multifaceted soul into the production.

It’s the aural equivalent to a page-turner as the progressive track evolves through the ebbs, flows, crescendos and breakdowns, steadily increasing the adrenaline. When the track hits its energetic peak, you’ll remember the haunting echo of Esther Rowena Louise’s melancholic harmonies from the intro while simultaneously being arrested by her ability to command such resilient ferocity through her dynamic vocal range..

Outside of soundscapes, it may take longer than 5:46-minutes to weather storms and come out on the other side, but it’s a stunning reminder that the clouds have to move eventually, and when they do, everything will be brighter. A Different Heart may sting for anyone with raw romantic wounds initially, but by the outro, you might find that the entrancing dance-pop track has put yours back together – or at least implanted a little bit of optimism.

A Different Her is now available to stream via Spotify. Keep up to date with Treyeful’s latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Gabe Angelo x Neguine Niktash deliver exactly what we need with ‘A Miracle’

If you’re always in search of the aurally miraculous, that is exactly what you will find in the latest high-vibe hit from producer Gabe Angelo featuring vocals from US singer-songwriter Neguine Niktash.

Neguine Niktash’s soulfully sonorous vocals have seen her influenced by artists such as Ashe, SHAED and Maggie Rogers and it is all too easy to see why such a wide-ranging array of artists shine through in this track. There’s more than just power and pitch-perfect harmony behind her connectable vocal timbre, there’s soul, sincerity and an overwhelming amount of compassion.

As it feels like a miracle is exactly what is needed to pull us out of our contemporary sufferance thanks to a crumbling socio-political climate and Covid-19, it’s hard to see A Miracle as anything less than a playlist essential for Future Pop fans.

You can check it out for yourselves here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Angelika Ates has started a fire with her new single ‘Hearts Alight’ ft Gabriel Rizza

You can almost taste tonal warmth when you hit play on EDM Pop artist Angelika Ates’ second single “Hearts Alight” featuring Gabriel Rizza.

Right from the intro, the ecstasy in the warmly anthemic steady beats starts to work its way into your bloodstream. After a sensually soulful build-up, you’re seamlessly shifted in an entrancingly rhythmic production which boasts the perfect touch of tribalism within the modern and stylistic feat of Progressive Tech House.

The structuring and the way Angelika Ates pulls Hearts Alight together makes it so much more than just vocals finding synergy with instrumental melodies. It’s all-consuming. It’s soul-serving. It’s pure transcendence.

Hearts Alight is available to stream via all major platforms through this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast