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Rebecca Downes has released her artfully enticing aural storm “Mama Weer All Crazee Now”

I love nothing more than when artists tear the stigma from insanity. Naturally, I’m infatuated with Alt artist Rebecca Downes’ fiercely unapologetic latest single “Mama Weer All Crazee Now”.

The artfully atmospheric release is enticing from the first striking note. To start, there’s tender turbulence behind her plaintively evocative vocals which steadily runs through her wisdom-spilling lyricism. As the track progresses, the intensity builds, and any true audiophiles are sure to have a few jaw-drop moments.

It would be no stretch to say that Mama Weer All Crazee Now is the most stylistically entrancing single we have heard in 2020. From now on, if Rebecca Downes is pouring her introspective into any soundscape, I want to hear it. I want to drink in the intoxicating cocktail of aural ingenuity and sheer passionate determination to deliver a track drenched in sincerity and perception-shifting wordplay.

You can check out Rebecca Downes latest single by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Crown and the Doubt bring the salacious sleaze with latest single “Dirty Little Secret”

Enough time has passed since The All-American Rejects’ iconic track “Dirty Little Secret”, so Alt-Rock faction Crown and the Doubt have paid their own ode to sordidness with their viscerally electric latest single.

As acclaimed as The All-American Rejects were/are, they don’t seem to possess a fraction of the talent which you will hear in the colossally tight heavy and sleazy Rock instrumentals. But it’s with the vocals where Crown and the Doubt really set themselves apart. They’d give Buckcherry a run for their money when it comes to salacious sleaze.

You can check out Dirty Little Secret for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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Close friends Tropical Boyfriend Catalogue amaze our senses with new EP ‘Sugar Freak’

Sugar Freak‘ is the brand new EP from the UK band with the ultimate artist name- Tropical Boyfriend Catalogue.

Tropical Boyfriend Catalogue are a UK based indie-pop gathering of music lovers and they win our hearts with a genuine feel and jazzy postcards with wonderful vocals and beats. Consisting of members Kami Ivanova (vocals, guitar), Zak Lyons (guitar, keys), Craig Medlin (guitar) and Adam Thomas (bass), you can tell that this band love playing together. The intricate beauty shines above the bursting bass lines and I love the care that each song has been made with.

After meeting in Croydon in England, the band became good mates after University and a music flow soon wove into creations together. This close bond blends a mixer full packed synth-pop journey that gets you reminiscing and grooving.

The highlights on this fine EP are definitely ‘Holding On‘ and ‘Reverence‘ as these two efforts are sung with such passion and the background matched the songs the best I feel.

Sugar Freak‘ is a great release from Tropical Boyfriend Catalogue and the close friends impress on this stripped bare gem. There is an authentic feel that helps our hearts in 2020. They weave pop, rock and jazz into a tight bow of fantastic music.

Click here for the Spotify link.

Head through to the Facebook link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Julian Fulco Perron lays the sludgy despondent psychedelia on thick with “Swamp Stomp”

If your playlists are lacking in swampy bluesy despondent psychedelia, and let’s face it, they probably are, hit play on the gorgeously sludgy latest single Swamp Stomp by Julian Fulco Perron.

There’s a Mike Patton-level of experimentalism on offer, and Julian Fulco Perron’s vocals may just be as versatile. From sinister snarls which could rival Marilyn Manson’s to endearing playfulness which gives the track a Frank Zappa feel, it’s all on offer. Even more impressively, Julian Fulco Perron was boundless with their creativity and eccentricity and still orchestrated a stylistic feat of Alt-Rock that even the snobbiest of musos couldn’t turn their noses up at.

It’s practically a polyphonic wet dream mid-way through as the eccentric synth lines ensure that Swamp Stomp is a track you’ll never forget.

You can check out the official video to Swamp Stomp by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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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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Take a trip with The Jay Hill Band’s filthy feel-good Rock hit “Goin to California”

Take a trip with The Jay Hill Band’s sleazy new feat of Rock “Goin’ to California” which drips with Axl Rose-style cool and stamped the trailblazer’s signature sound on the airwaves with maximum impact.

Setting The Jay Hill Band leagues apart from any other up and coming artist in their genre is the energetic attitude and their distinctive brand of punchy feel-good-aural-filth. If you could imagine what Buckcherry’s tracks would sound like if they poured a little soul into the mix, you’ll get a good impression of what is waiting for you when you hit play.

You can check out the official video to Goin’ to California via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Paul Moleta – HEY YOUNG SOUL: A High-Vibe Infusion of Soul, Indie, Pop and Rock

Australian-born, Irish-based singer-songwriter Paul Moleta has cooked up yet another high-vibe infusion of Soul, Indie, Pop and Rock with their latest single “HEY YOUNG SOUL”. If you need a little aural pick me up, hit play and prepare to ascend with this organically exuberant radio-ready hit.

I struggle to express the extent of gratitude I hold towards artists in recent times pushing back their own negativity to create feel-good hits. HEY YOUNG SOUL serves the powerful reminder that if happiness isn’t in front of you, that doesn’t mean it will always be out of your reach. Go outside and get it.

Given that we’ve all been spending far too much time enclosed in 4 walls with our thoughts, lyrics such as “sun won’t shine inside this room” are priceless.

You can check out Paul Moleta’s single HEY YOUNG SOUL for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast