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UK Hip Hop Got Hotter Through Dalts’ Latest Collab, ‘No Time’, featuring Jez, SK1NT and Charla Green

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Sheffield’s most infamous producer, DJ, events promoter, and label runner, Dalts, has contributed more than most to the UK music scene in the past five years. Now, he’s here with his latest single, No Time, featuring Jez, SK1NT and Charla Green.

The garagey hip-hop track uses old-school grooves, oscillating bass and skippy beats to keep the flow kicking under the clever vocal layering, which merges the originality of every featuring artist. From deadpan rap bars to distorted and transcending vocal samples, No Time is a hypnotic vibe tapestry which reminds you how great and gritty UK hip hop can be.

Check out Dalts on Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sam Scherdel knows that the love is flowing rather wonderfully on, ‘Don’t Really Like You’

Sensing that he has fallen head over heels for someone who makes his spirit shake like no other, Sam Scherdel can’t believe that these feelings are so strong as he has just learnt their name and the sparks are flying on the hot new track, ‘Don’t Really Like You’.

Sam Scherdel is a Doncaster/Sheffield, UK-based indie electro-pop/rock solo artist who makes that anthem-sounding music to take your mind away from any troubles you are facing.

Having had a 5-year hiatus from releasing music he has been working with Aidan Thomson (Alvarez Kings/Steelworks Studios) on new material and returns with a much more mature sound and polished approach.” ~ Sam Scherdel

Singing with that fresh style that shows us his reinvigoration after a break to replenish his music energies, Sam Scherdel is on top form with a supercharged-with-romance single from an artist who is decisive on this ear-pleaser.

Don’t Really Like You‘ from Doncaster/Sheffield, UK-based indie electro-pop/rock solo artist Sam Scherdel is a ravishing release that shall take you into a steamy picture that is new, but packed with that cheeky love that is only going to blossom. With crisp vocals and a sizzling atmosphere that sends you into a state of excitement, this is a track that shall get you into a happy place of hope.

Love should be simple after all, and without any complications.

Listen up to this wonderful new effort on Spotify and see more on the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

On My Own: Szopa shows us strikingly into those evenings all alone on ‘Lore’

With his second album ‘Vital Organs‘ on the way in early 2022, Szopa drops a juicy electronica-filled trip-hop masterpiece with the drum-packed beats of mysterious intrigue with ‘Lore‘.

Damian Malecki aka Szopa, is a Polish-born Sheffield, UK-based post-punk/dark wave musician, audio visual artist and nature lover. He fuses a blend of innovative music creations which has your mind in a real state of excitement, as you feel that this is an artist who looks deeper at life than most.

In his music, Szopa attempts to explore and highlight the dark, sinister thoughts that hide behind our words and actions, with an array of orchestral sounds, tribal drums and electronic loops. Being on the autism spectrum, Szopa’s music draws attention to complex, internal processes and a feeling of alienation.” ~ Szopa

Like a true storyteller, he skillfully wraps us in quickly before unearthing a truly sumptuously explosive track which captures your varied mood rather quickly. He has a terrific style full of wondrous fascination – which always seems to be totally imaginative beyond the norm – and with that utmost conviction of his smartly penned process.

Lore‘ from the Sheffield, UK-based dark wave/post-punk musician Szopa, is the story of finding the strength inside to venture outside in this rather odd world again. Those lonely nights alone have taken their toil and you are looking for more, as you stretch your imagination and work out what you do indeed crave, to awaken your sleepy senses.

Made with a fantastic beat with soothing vocals on a breathtaking beat, this is a absorbing track which will have you thinking of the vast possibilities out there in beautiful nature.

Hear this fine new track on Spotify and see more via the IG music channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

My Soul Is Not for Sale: High-tempo Sheffield band Lina and the Lions passionately urge us to look up for guidance on ‘The Sky Beneath Our Feet’

Roaring in hungrily with the stunning 6th single release from their upcoming studio album ‘Second Nature‘, Lina and the Lions bite ravenously through the bones of our surprised speakers on the cinematic new single ‘The Sky Beneath Our Feet‘.

Lina and the Lions is a new studio-born alt-rock- new wave band from Sheffield, England. They make that be-brave and empower yourself to succeed type of music soundscape, which is such a sterling listen on every level imaginable.

We wanted every song to have the potential to be someones’ personal anthem for hope, fearlessness and self belief. When we were kids we all had this extraordinary bravery that allowed us to dream.” ~ Lina and the Lions

Led heroically by Israeli-born singer-songwriter Lina Lane, this is a pure pop edge, mixed with a stupendous alt-rock cutting board of tasty treats. Her vocal ability takes you to places you know you should be – as you urge yourself to break away from whatever is holding you back – as you find that perfect connection of the mind, so you may reach your true potential.

Second Nature was born in the depths of chaos amid the worst year of modern times. Trapped, hopeless, locked down. The difficult situation we all found ourselves in led Lina and the Lions to question their purpose, and the purpose of their music.” ~ Lina and the Lions

The Sky Beneath Our Feet‘ from the sensational Sheffield, England-based alt-rock new wave act Lina and the Lions, is a passionate gem of a single. The inspiring message has you feeling so inspired to break away from the norm. With electric vocals which sparks up your attention into action – this is a fantastic release that certainly has an important purpose – to assist us in revitalizing our tired souls.

Looking up is the only way to truly find your path, as looking down only drags you down into the mud of no evolution.

See this fabulous new music video on YouTube and see more on the IG channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Flowing through the streets: Sheffield band The Verdis go through the motions of life on quality new single ‘Bus Stop Blues’

With their headphones on loud to block out the noise and the trusty skateboard under foot, The Verdis cruise through the tricky streets with the reflective gem ‘Bus Stop Blues‘.

Laid-back Sheffield, England four-piece act The Verdis, are an impressive indie alt-folk band who fuse together that easy-on-the-ear music, that calms your beating heart and puts you into a mellow zone, to get through your day without getting involved in any unnecessary drama.

His effortless voice takes you into the world that is has changed so much, the usually-thriving streets are quieter and without the life they had before. The main aim is to get to where you need to go without missing the bus to work, the same old journey is the only way to survive right now and the band thrill the ears with a sound that has your feet stomping, as you smile knowingly to a song that you can relate to.

Bus Stop Blues‘ from mellow Sheffield indie folk band The Verdis, is a real sign to the currently cloudy times, as we all try to get through the day and avoid human contact as much as possible. Their authentic gaze-like soundscape is a pleasurable listen, the soulful style is a meaningful escape and you feel thoughtful inside their music that is an enjoyable ride through the cobbled and obstacle-filled roads of 2021.

Hear this terrific single here on Spotify, see the video here on YouTube and find out more via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Craving that sweet but dangerous love: NOTD and Catello ‘Nobody’ (Doyle Remix) has your body grooving all night

Powered by Fruity Sounds, NOTD & CatelloNobody‘ (Doyle Remix) is a fine new single that will have you grooving and moving to the soundscapes, that remind you of a hot summer’s night while you are on holiday.

London and Sheffield-based UK dance producer Doyle, is a fresh-faced name in the local deep house world and he certainly makes a terrific impression here on this excellent single, that encapsulates real soul. He makes that kind of music that helps you relax after a long day at work and is also the perfect late night party slider to loosen up those rusty moves, shelved away after this seemingly endless lock-down.

With a busty beat that is a hug to the heart that has been battered recently, he puts a pleasurable layer of goodness for our ears on a song that was already absolutely quality. He has you dancing for joy in your bedroom with the song just catching fire as you catch your cat looking at you strangely from the other side of your window.

This is the relatable story of wanting to be with that person again so much, as no one else could quite love you as deeply as they could. Your hearts desire override all common sense as you miss their touch and that extra spark of electricity. The problem is that they treat your heart so recklessly and with that uncaring abandon, unless it suits them. You know they are wrong for you but you can’t get enough either and you are caught in the love matrix.

NOTD & CatelloNobody‘ (Doyle Remix) is a fine deep house track that only gets better as the song vibrates through your body and you find yourself in a deep daydream of wonder throughout, as you miss a song like this live at your local club.

With more music of the way, Doyle is a name to watch as he brings his skills to the table for us to consume ourselves into all night long. This is the perfect late night escapade music that makes you forget your worries and just immerses yourself into this satisfying beat of beauty.

Hear this fine new single on Soundcloud and see his IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

FEMUR – Misery Express: The lockdown-born No Wave track which perfectly emulates the proclivity of misery

Sheffield’s charismatically abrasive instigators of volatile Psychedelic No Wave, FEMUR, amped up the intensity and visceral fortitude of their sound with their latest release ‘Misery Express’, allowing me to finally experience something more disquieted than my own mind during lockdown 2.0.

With psychedelic melodicism acting as the glue which keeps the savagely caustic tapestry together, Misery Express pairs a tundra of rampantly thrashed over-driven guitars with creeping tones which allow you to sit in anticipation for the next monumental breakdown. It’s heavy enough to give the Berzerker a run for their money, all the while exuding an Avant-Garde noisy edge which has become synonymous with FEMUR’s sound.

The lockdown-born track perfectly emulates the proclivity of misery; the full-frontal scathing volition and those moments between where you’re able to catch a breath, but your mind is still dizzied by rage.

You can catch the official video on YouTube. Or you can listen via Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest antics from FEMUR via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Bluesy goodness with sunglasses on with Archie Baker’s ‘Holiday’

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Archie Baker returns with another soulful gem with his latest visuals for ‘Holiday‘.

Archie Baker is a London-born, Sheffield-based alternative soul & blues musician. Having moved to Sheffield in 2016, Archie joined a popular soul and blues function band as a guitarist. Whilst playing weddings, summer balls and parties Archie found his niche as a vocalist and began to write his own music. With help from talented musicians around the scene, he developed a style of music suitable for his distinctive vocal style. This is a great story about an underdog who soon made his name and is now known throughout the music scene.

Archie’s music can be characterized by a strong blues and rock foundation with flourishes of funk and soul dusted throughout the sound – creating an eclectic and fresh flavor of modern soul & blues.

With a groovy start, this soon sets up to a the genre-ambiguous soul-fusion track with a thrilling afrobeat rhythm and a screaming jazzy sax solo that we were promised. Archie’s voice is so soulful and I love the mellow style that illuminates the video. This is some grown up music right here and would fit in perfectly in any country in the world that appreciates great music. The vibe is funky fresh and Archie’s band add so much to this fab track.

Archie Baker’s ‘Holiday‘ is the summer song we all needed as it is classy, gets you in the groove and shows us the huge talent of this fantastic artist based in Sheffield.

Here are the visuals for the YouTube channel.

Click here for the Spotify page.

Head to the Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Jupiter’s Beard plead for leaders on indie rock ‘Mr. Billionaire’

Stoke-On-Trent rockers Jupiter’s Beard are back with their new indie track that fires through the streets on ‘Mr. Billionaire‘.

From the backdrop of post-industrial struggle, Jupiter’s Beard have galvanized the youth in their home city of Stoke-on-Trent. Their close musical bond, formed during early school years, has driven Jupiter’s Beard to deliver a well-developed sound and artistic maturity that is so clear to see. They are ready for the big time. This is a band that rocks.

Mr. Billionaire‘ is a call for those with money to do better. We need good leaders at this time to see what is needed to fully help the UK. Right now, things are a mess and funding is needed to keep the music scene as healthy as possible. With fiery indie rock vocals that shines through, I love the rhythm of this new single from Jupiter’s Beard. They do their best to inspire the local community and are a band we can all get behind.

Stream here on Spotify to hear this fab track.

Click here for the Facebook link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Laurie Vusolo’s returns with impatient story of an ”On and Off” relationship

Sheffield’s Laurie Vusolo is back with a new song and it’s a chilled track that reflects her current mood. ”On & Off” is all about love and what you are willing to do in order to keep the flame burning brightly. The UK has an abundance of incredible artists and once again we are treated to a simple yet beautiful song. This one hits straight to the heart if you have ever experienced the confusion of an on and off relationship- which can be so mentally taxing.

Sometimes your best efforts are not enough and the person you truly desire just doesn’t deserve your love as they are too stubborn to change. Or, are they are willing to make an effort?

With such a soulful voice, this soulful singer-songwriter takes us into her head with ”One & Off‘ and we find out more about her doubts but fascination with an on and off relationship. She knows the time is over and we are sitting on the outside of her apartment while she deals with these feelings. Laurie Vusolo is a wonderful talent. I love her voice and the calm manner in which she portrays her feeling with honest lyrics.

Stream more from this rising singer-songwriter with such soul on her Spotify channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen