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Australia’s April And The Drift deliver illuminating jazzy-reggae 2020 soundtrack with ”Garbage Rules”

April And The Drift is a spellbinding singer-songwriter with a life long dedication to elevating her majestic music skill set and the results are gift wrapped with delicious jazzy blues reggae treats. The songwriter who was born and raised in Copenhagen is so honest and showcases her voice splendidly here. Teaming up with multi-talented lead guitarist and pianist Fidel Carmona, the duo primarily go the organic route. They utilize natural instruments that slide straight through your sensitive soul.

With a horror theme park sound to begin this masterpiece- this marks the year that is 2020. Unfortunately garbage leadership is holding back the world right now and the stench is quite horrifying. Luckily April And The Drift send through a jazzy-reggae and soul-pleasing song to make us all happy inside our weary brains.

April’s sultry, sensual but always classy vocals mixed with the ska reggae vibes adds a shoulder hugging song that rises above all pettiness on ”Garbage Rules”.

This is a marvelous soundtrack that keep your energy up with lots to think about. Australian based April And The Drift highly impress here and this is one of the best songs of the year by far. Rubbish dominates right now but times are changing. Mount Glorious is how high this sound elevates me.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Jesse Grossi – Aquarius: Sticky-Sweet Reggae Pop Rock

Reggae is renowned for its feel-good vibes and ability to feed us sun-soaked grooving euphoria, but in Jesse Grossi’s enamouring mix of Reggae, Pop,  Ska and Rock Aquarius you’ll feel a smorgasbord of uplifting emotions.

The track kicks off with an atmospherically moody Indie Rock prelude before breaking into punchy Ska rhythms which lead up to sticky-sweet Pop rock choruses with plenty of inventive instrumental experimentalism thrown in for good measure.

For anyone who grew up holding Peter Andre’s hit Mysterious Girl close to their hearts, Aquarius isn’t just a playlist essential. It’s the ultimate Reggae Rock taste breaker.

Naturally, we’re all too excited to hear what the LA-based artist will release next.

You can check out Jesse Grossi’s single Aquarius for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DiDs Music & Steph Evans – No Taboo: The Ultimate Sun-Soaked Ska Pop Playlist Essential

“No Taboo” is the magnetically smooth latest single from DiDs Music & Steph Evans which has already been adopted on plenty of people’s summer playlists; and with the ska rhythms infused into the vibrant Indie Pop soundscape, there’s really little room to wonder why.

The authentic sun-soaked vibe behind No Taboo effortlessly feeds you feel good rhythms while the unfalteringly flawless vocals verse lyrics which go far beyond just scratching at the surface of superficiality. No Taboo may be a light, and easy track to listen to, but that didn’t stop DiDs Music & Steph Evans from penning poignant and inspiring lyricism which inspires the listener to throw away the shame about their own identities.

You can check out DiDs Music & Steph Evans’ single No Taboo for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Not from Concentrate – Scientific Poet: Female-Fronted Upbeat Earth-Shattering Ska

I make it my business to scout out exceptional female-fronted acts, yet, I haven’t come across a stronger female voice in Ska since I first discovered the Selecter. The Alt Rock outfit Not From Concentrate have created a rhythmically hyped single with instrumentals that you’d have a hard time comparing to another artist around to date. Scientific Poet is just one of the tracks from their 2018 EP ‘Trapped Under Glass’, any fans of The Coathangers and Petrol Girls are sure to love Not From Concentrate’s cataclysmically upbeat yet earth-shattering sound.

The New York based powerhouse of artists pack in plenty of intricacy into the breakdowns, hooks and solos to treat us to that raw, unadulterated guitar-driven sound that is all too soon becoming a thing of the past.

You can check out Not from Concentrate’s single Scientific Poet for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud

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Review by Amelia Vandergast