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Sleemo – Teeth Tapping: Riotously Fresh Alt Indie Rock

Up and coming UK Alt Rock artist Sleemo dropped their self-titled debut in 2019. Anyone who prides themselves in having their finger on the pulse of brand-new exciting talent will definitely want to get acquainted with it.

While each track is a hit, the perfect introduction to their riotously eclectic sound is “Teeth Tapping”. With Sleemo’s experimentation with elements of Funk, Post-Punk, and Surf Rock along with their devilish tendency to efficaciously dabble with special effects, the immersive distinction in their sound is impossible to miss.

Teeth Tapping was a track born to get sweaty and bruised in a pit to. After hearing the virtuosic nuances in the riffs and becoming enamoured by the vocals which find the perfect balance between abrasive swagger and Indie Rock charm, I definitely won’t hang around if presented with the opportunity to witness a live set from Sleemo

You can check out Sleemo’s single Teeth Tapping along with the rest of their EP via Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases and tour dates from Sleemo via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mark Millar – Some Day: The Perfect Soundtrack to Your Wanderlust Daydreams

If you’re always on the lookout for escapism music, look no further than up and coming Rock singer-songwriter Mark Millar’s latest single “Some Day” which will act as an effective aural aide to your wanderlust daydreams.

With sweetly psychedelic increments of Funk around the smooth flowing bluesy licks and Mark Millar’s lyrical reminders of how much mediocrity, monotony and routine suck, you’ll find yourself miles away when you delve into the cathartically melodic soundscape.

Some Day may be a frill-free stripped-bare track, but its introspection-invoking properties are timelessly mesmeric all the same.

You can check out Mark Millar’s single Some Day for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nick Sargentson – Possessive: Sticky-Sweet Blues Funk-laced Pop Rock

Nick Sargentson

Don’t be surprised if you feel your heart reposition itself in your throat as you’re wrapped up in the sticky sweet melodies in Nick Sargentson’s upcoming single “Possessive”.

Possessive is just one of the singles which feature on the Melbourne-based singer songwriter’s debut EP which is due for release on 20th March 2020.

If you can imagine Eddie Vedder’s seductive vocal evocative appeal mixed with nuanced vocal harmonics you’d expect from the likes of Adam Levine and Shawn Mendes, you’ll be able to get an idea of what’s on offer through Possessive.

The track simply oozes homegrown soul. Yet, despite the humble nature of the track, there’s a perceptible innovative talent which would more than justify an ego; the self-taught guitarist definitely didn’t hold back when it came to the riffs in Possessive.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Possessive, in the meantime, you can check out the artist’s earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Chellcy Reitsma – Cross the Line ft. Casper Mason: Romantically Resounding Alt Rock

You can practically taste the chemistry contained in the latest single “Cross the Line” from up and coming artist Chellcy Reitsma which features vocals from Casper Mason.

The Alt Rock single boasts the same resounding prowess as cinematic power-pop ballads. Yet, with the inclusion of absorbing riffs in the full-bodied stylised instrumental arrangement, Cross the Line has plenty more bite than your archetypal love song. Alchemically, the high-octane energy of the Americana Country Rock elements didn’t chip away at the sticky-sweet sentiment. It just ensured that it resonated as powerful instead of saccharine.

You can check out Chellcy Reitsma’s latest single Cross the Line which was released on February 14th for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Happy Freuds – Why: Reflectively Sedative Alt Indie Blues Rock

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Up and coming Indie Artist Happy Freuds have released their most captivating single to date. “Why” is a stylistically moody reflectively sedative single – until the soaring, jarring guitar solo’s kick in.

It’s safe to say virtuosic licks weren’t an expectation after drinking in the dark Indie Folk Blues progressions which gently ease you into the melancholic melodies until they get richer and amplify in intensity throughout the extended track.

If you could imagine what a record would sound like if Bowie, Hendrix, and Tom Waits collaborated on it, you’ll get an idea of what to expect when you hit play on Why. Happy Freuds may have borrowed a fair few nostalgic tones, but it’s all too evident that creative ingenuity was at the heart of this mesmerising track.

You can check out the latest single from Happy Freuds by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Big Fat Meanies – Meet Me at the Downbeat: Frenetically Funk-Driven Alt Rock

If you missed the seminal release “Meet Me at the Downbeat” from up and coming Alt Rock artist Big Fat Meanies, it’s our pleasure to introduce you to the frenetic hit.

With Ska, Punk, Rap, Funk, Rockabilly, Swing and Hip Hop all influencing the instrumental style, Meet Me at the Downbeat is a dynamically progressive track which really comes into its own through the stunning solos. Rather than just offering the usual guitar riffs, you’ll also hear drum, bass, and sax solos – each of them is as captivating as the last.

It was a bold move incorporating such a smorgasbord of sounds into their single. But perceptibly, Big Fat Meanies have more than enough talent and energy to pull it off. I can only imagine how immersive a live set would be.

You can check out Meet Me at the Downbeat for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sage Morei – Spin: Futuristic Darkwave EDM Alt Rock

Up and coming Alt Rock artist Sage Morei made their darkly mesmeric debut on February 2nd with their single “Spin”. Someone may want to tell Peter Murphy that there’s a new contender for goth supreme.

With futuristic darkwave beats along with a seductively ominous vocal prowess, it’s all too easy to get pulled into the murky depths of Spin which has given the evolution of Rock a brand-new trajectory.

Spin fuses Traditional Rock components with the modernity of hard-hitting atmospheric electronica which any fans of Nine Inch Nails and Celldweller will definitely appreciate. There may be reminiscences to other artists, but the distinction will hit you harder than any similarity.

There’ll be plenty more to come from Sage Morei in 2020, they’re well worth placing on your radar.

You can check out the official music video to Sage Morei’s track Spin via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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New Fridge – Global Warning

An incessant beat, accompanied by samples of a 2nd World War siren and some Morse code, encourage us to heed what we’re about to hear from the mouth of Michael Fridge. The Australian frontman reminds me of Tim Minchin, with a dash of Johnny Rotten, as he takes us through various examples of humanity’s negligence.

Global Warning fuses periods of clever lyricism, which are littered with examples of our culpability in regards to our planet’s health, and some basic repetition. At times, the song’s pace is so frenetic that you feel yourself becoming stressed by an urgency that’ll soon become yours. In fact, repeated listens make you feel like you’re being bludgeoned around the head by a truth that we’re all trying to forget.

The consensus seems to be that unless we change our ways, our story might end how we’re told it began. I believe, in the future, questions will be asked about why it took us so long to wake up to the consequences of our actions. I guess if we want to know how serious things have become, perhaps we should take New Fridge’s advice and take the pulse of this dying Earth.

Review By Lisa Knight

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Josh Rosenblum Band – Hangin’ On: Vivaciously Virtuosic Blues Pop

I’ve been hooked on Josh Rosenblum’s nuanced euphoria-inducing Blues guitar style ever since hearing their standout single “Stormy” from their sensational 2018 album “Outlier”.

Their elevated, punchy, porously passionate Funk-soaked Blues Pop offers an unparalleled amount of energy which sugars the airwaves, making it practically impossible to feel bitter when you’re ingesting it. It also helps that their ability to craft infectiously happy melodies is practically arcane.

As someone who finds themselves predominantly drawn to music on the more pensive side through fear of encountering vacuously plasticised feel-good tracks, I’ve even surprised myself with how much adoration I have for their latest single “Hangin’ On”.

The raw human emotion projected into the single wasn’t hindered by the phenomenal production which ensured that Hangin’ On would become a radio-ready hit. It simply amplified the resonance which pours from the track which boasts an insane amount of commercial appeal. I’m fairly adamant there never has, and never will be Blues Pop riffs on the airwaves which share a stark reminiscence to Josh Rosenblum’s. His ability to humbly demonstrate his virtuosic prowess at the same time as creating such accessible music is tragically rare, but the shortfall has more than been made up for through Hangin’ On.

After signing with Pacific Records, we’re fairly convinced that massive things are in store for the Josh Rosenblum Band in 2020.

You can check out Hangin’ On which was released on February 7th along with all of the artist’s earlier releases via Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases and tour dates via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Marquita Brown has defied genre-constraints once more with her mesmeric single “Jezebel”

With elements of Rock, Pop, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop and Funk all wrapped up within up and coming artist Marquita Brown’s most creatively expressive track to date, prepare to experience a soundscape you’ve never quite heard the like of before.

Usually, whenever you press play on a track, there becomes an urgency in the demand to know just what kind of soundscape you’re being eased into. With Marquita Brown’s mesmeric experimental latest single “Jezebel” that need to know falls away. Instead, you’ll offer your consciousness and rhythmic pulses over to the uniquely compelling artist to do with them what she pleases. In short, Jezebel is utterly transfixing and it’s a pleasure to lose yourself in the gentle yet dark rhythms. After the curiosity-piquing prelude, it just gets better.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Jezebel for yourselves. In the meantime, you can listen to the artists funky fresh previous releases via Spotify.

Keep up to date with new releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast