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A terrific insight into the music business with ‘Dear Mr Producer’ from Estella Dawn

Estella Dawn is a USA-based singer who is back with the earth-shattering vocals that impress on her new single called ‘Dear Mr Producer‘.

This is a genuine singer-songwriter who combines elements of Pop, Neo Soul and Rock music with intelligent lyrics and powerful vocals to create lasting original music that blasts through the speakers.

The New Zealand-born, Colorado-based singer has a huge voice that never strains or sounds out of tune. She has that special gift and is using her skills for good things. The lyrics are real and this is a winner. A real special soul who isn’t taking the easy route.

I love how Estella sings and the way that she has made sure that integrity is very high on her agenda. She is not willing to let anyone else control her music career and she is a shining light in the music world. Too often integrity is low down on the list of some performers as they rush to the top, this is not one of those times and for this, we should applaud this fine singer.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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‘Rabbit Hole’ by Alisha Todd is a beautiful song that is full of love

Rabbit Hole‘ by Alisha Todd is a beautiful song full of love and sweetness to snack on during the wild world of 2020.

Australian-born singer-songwriter Alisha Todd has that type of voice that makes you stop whatever you are doing. She just has it. Her genuine style makes her even more lovable too, her lyrics open the curtains into her world. Everything has been done in good time here and nothing has been rushed or flossed over. Real music.

I love how this song gets you in the mood, down the rabbit hole of love where you think of good times. Making babies with that special soul, you want it so much and know what you want to. The world is crazy and you just want to be happy, nothing else really matters right now when you are in this mood of love.

Rabbit Hole‘ by Alisha Todd is such a gem and the travels to Europe really helped this young singer. She has seen the world, been through tough times and is now comfortable in her own skin. This is that type of indie-folk that should be played on full volume, as it will warm your heart.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Canadian singer Tyra Jutai strides out with a banging new track called ‘New Shoes’

Tyra Jutai proves that you can do anything with a new, stylish pair of ‘New Shoes‘.

This Toronto-born and proud native with a raspy voice that oozes absolute delicious sounds that waft in your ears and in your soul. This is a singer-songwriter that sings deep down from her lungs, the words smoke up in her mouth like it’s an infuser.

The young producer-singer with big dreams is in top form here, the beat that does her lots of favors. The sound echos from her dreams as she seeks that new shoes to get her dancing again during this crazy covid time.

New Shoes‘ from Canadian singer Tyra Jutai is a song that reminds me of a late night gig in a legendary venue, it comes on and jolts you in the heart here. With such poise and elegance, this is a fantastic artist with bags full of potential and it’s a wonder to hear.

PS: Somebody go and get this lady some shoes please, thank you.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Kristen Beckwith tells a piano-led story of love, longing and betrayal with ‘Already Chosen Her’

Kristen Beckwith

Utah-based pop/folk singer-songwriter Kristen Beckwith’s heartfelt piano-led story of love, longing, and betrayal, is an intense, mournful tale of heartbreak, the refrain ‘if you loved me, why’d you tell me, when you knew/you were never coming back here, you’d already chosen her’ plaintive and haunting over the delicate minor chord arrangement.

It’s beautiful, Beckwith’s voice is more than able to carry the space in the style of Beverly Craven or Norah Jones, soothing, hurt, and sorrowful all at once, the anguish in the realisation of lost love – ‘…and I thought you were the one…’-  clear and heartfelt. The sparse instrumentation detracts nothing, instead, adding a pensive melancholy to the track that perfectly matches Beckwith’s vocal.

‘Already Chosen Her’ comes from Kristen Beckwith’s debut album ‘A True Story’, released on October 2nd. You can hear more from Kristen here.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Natasha Jane Julian – West Coast Girl: Sun-Baked Summer Sadness

Smoky, sultry, and initially piano-led, Natasha Jane Julian’s ‘West Coast Girl’ resolves into a beautifully, chilled alt-pop ballad telling the story of a California girl, dreaming and searching amidst sun-baked summer sadness.

Julian’s thoughtful, evocative lyrics and soulful, atmospheric vocal carry the song over keys and bass, a sophisticated and distinctive vocal performance that’s both commercial and individual. Julian is currently working on new material with UK composer/producer Ian Barter, but ‘West Coast Girl’ is the perfect late-summer antidote to darkening evenings and lockdown malaise.

Hear ‘West Coast Girl’ on Natasha’s website.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Oxford singer-songwriter Danny Mellin remembers the good times on ‘Easy’

Danny Mellin sings of life’s journey and reminisces about the good times on ‘Easy‘.

Danny Mellin hails from Oxfordshire and starting writing music at a very young age, releasing his first song ‘Without You’ at just 14 years old. This young artist is a true sing-songwriter in the true form, his peaceful nature shines through the doom and gloom of 2020.
September 2018 saw a launch event for his EP, ‘Holding On’ at the Rapture music store. Since then, Danny has played Oxford’s South Park for JACK FM, and continues to be a regular festival performer and support act, supporting the likes of Jake Clemons, Little Brother Eli and friends The White Lakes. He has also been played on BBC Introducing multiple times, as well as playing live sessions on air for BBC Oxford.

I love the energy here and the old soul simmers by a fireplace with his warm lyrics and stories of when life was easier. You didn’t have to worry about rent, food and life in general. Life was so much easier and what happen since then.

The indie-folk artist from Oxford sings with such poise and his authentic style makes this such a terrific listen. ‘Easy‘ is a listen that will make you smile and Danny Mellin is an artist we all need to see live.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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‘It Wasn’t True’ is a tale of love that can’t be lost from Emilio Lanza

It Wasn’t True‘ is the fantastic new single from the laid-back soul of Italian singer-songwriter Emilio Lanza.

Emilio Lanza is a self-taught Italian indie-pop singer-songwriter who graduated with a university degree in engineering but music is what he loves. This passionate singer has used the skills he picked up before to transform his music into a worldly experience. He makes awesome music, filled with skill and beauty. He has experience with jazz and this shines though and adds a lovely element to the song. He is also a Certified Apple Pro with Logic Pro X and this has really helped him with the creative process in his music.

With an earthy feel and flouring with sonic and spectacular acoustic sounds, this is a love song with all the right ingredients. This is about a breakup that you don’t want to happen. All those rumors were untrue, the love must stay alive and you are confident that things will change. Your lover was avoiding and things seem rough right now. You refuse to give up and want this to work so much.

This is an experienced musician with lots of electronic beats to mix in with the finger-style acoustic music that Emilio excels at. This is a fine track and I love the sentiment and the whole sound that is projected through the whole experience here on ‘It Wasn’t True‘ from the wonderful Italian singer Emilio Lanza.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Michele showcases her elegance on the beautiful journey ‘Mirage’

Singer-songwriter Michele showcases her elegance on the beautiful journey that fills the room with intrigue on ‘Mirage‘.

A variety of music styles is the feel here with with Michele’s signature dreamy-depressing indie-pop filled with wonderful vocals. This singer is a huge fan of mirrors and shadows, her music drifts into your ears and grabs you by the lobes. You feel a sense of warmth and slight sadness at the same time. You move your body to this graceful artist and her amazing artwork.

This is a music soundtrack to a movie surely. The wonderful violin picks me up and I feel like I am on clouds right now. The music and vocals combine to heat all senses.  I like the harmony and vision from the track as I wonder when I can see this  beauty live.

A love ballad that is so unique, the Dubai-based singer brings a full orchestral string team to help her find the lost lover that she wants so badly. The world is strange now and she wants to feel safe.

Mirage‘ is a fascinating effort from the wonderful Michele and she treats us with this fine release in 2020.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Nash brings us a tale of indie-pop pureness with ‘Every Time’

Nash brings us a tale of indie-pop pureness with ‘Every Time‘ that strides through into our ears.

After growing up in Moscow in a family of music lovers, music was Nash’s guide to life, helping him interpret, define and view the world. In a post-Soviet Russia, where rapid political and social changes produced a tense and aggressive atmosphere, Nash referred to music to cope with his emotional and sensitive nature. He listened to the likes of The Beatles and The White Stripes, and was massively influenced by their melodic sentiment and sound. He soon know what he had to do.

A move from Moscow to London followed and greatly inspired the talented singer-songwriter to do what he knows he came for. Play music and get a foot into the world of the legendary venues all over the City. This was the mission and he was ready now. His time to shine.

Every Time‘ is that road trip favorite, you like like play it on loud and get lost into the quality musicianship. This is an artist who has moved countries and found his home now. The way he sings is so pure and you just know he has amazing stories of playing live all over the lands. Nash brings us his story of being hard on himself but still has hope and this is sung so well. He has the seen the light and is now flourishing.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Mackenzie Shrieve has released her intimately absorbing Indie Folk Pop single “In the Before”

There are very few things in life more soothing than Mackenzie Shrieve’s compassionately inviting vocals. In her latest single “In the Before” which dropped on September 10th, her intimately comforting vocals perfectly match the Folk Pop instrumentals which are endearing and absorbing in equal measure.

I think the lyric “I don’t want you to slip away like every other moment in this Summer haze” legitimately broke my heart. The concepts which the track plays with will leave you awash with sun-kissed lovelorn nostalgia. It may be a rough ride, but the accordance, soul, and almost celestial level of ingenuity in the production will definitely soften the blow.

With plenty more in the pipeline for 2020 and beyond, Mackenzie Shrieve is well worth putting on your radar.

You can check out the official music video to In the Before via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast