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Alec Sala – Politician: If Charlie Brooker Made Music, It Would Sound a Little Like This

Hearing Theresa May’s voice introducing Alec Sala’s latest track which was dropped in February 2018 sent chills down my spine, the orchestral sound that followed was enough to leave me paralysed for the entire 2:43 duration. With his new track, Alec Sala provided the perfect mix of political satire with sensational sound. The first time I checked out this track I was overwhelmed with the clever narrative that Sala used as the foundation of his sound. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so many emotions checking out a track. It’s a mixed bag of angst, dread and awe at the rhythmic ability behind Sala’s experimental sound which he describes as ‘Kitchen-cupboard Folk’. His succinct vocals reverberate over a track soaked in impending doom which captured the disparity of what it is to suffer under the Tories wrath.

With his latest single Politician Alec Sala brings political music into a new age, outshining some of my favourite musicians such as Billy Bragg who don’t even come close to orchestrating music as stunning as this track.

If you’d like to share in the political angst you can check out Politician on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FERAocZNUwE

Tell Alec just how sensational he is & link up with him via Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/salaalec/

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Brian Mackey Delivers Honest, Reflective And Intensely Beautiful Music

If Damien Rice had grown up in the deep south instead of Eastern Ireland he may very well have written this song. Underwater is imbued with the same use of space, sweeping grace and atmosphere that Rice fills his songs with and the fact that Brian Mackey delivers a song which already sounds like it is from the closing credits of an underground film which has blown up massively with mainstream audiences says a lot about his abilities.

It is a song which feels as weightless in its musicality as it is heavy in its heart-aching sentiment, just the sound of a man with his piano writing a soundtrack to his memories yet somehow sitting in the space between musical expression and private rumination, exposing regrets without relinquishing them. It is this balance between the public song and the private thought that makes this emotional exorcism even more intense for being so tentative. Music can be many things but it is at its most potent when it is honest, reflective and intensely beautiful.

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All You Need is Four / Five Minutes to Be Feelin’ Fine

J.J. Leone delivers a captivating track with “Four Five Minutes”. The first thing I noticed when listening to this track is a great deal of Phil Collins and Genesis influence in the music and vocals. Don’t be mistaken, Leone is no cheap knockoff tribute act, but rather the kind of artist who takes the influence of others and creates his own unique sound from that foundation.

Kicking off with a memorable drum pattern that sets the tone for the rest of the song, “Four Five Minutes” features a great build featuring keyboards and guitar part that sounds very much like Mike Rutherford. Leone’s vocals are very warm and mellow, and tops off this track to make for a very easy and enjoyable listen.

“Four Five Minutes” combines a vast array of musicality, blending the smooth and mellow vibe of R&B, a soulful vocal delivery, and an incredibly tasteful and somewhat unexpected guitar solo to help bring the song to a close. The guitar solo often seems to be a lost art in contemporary music, so it is very refreshing to hear very David Gilmour-esque over bends and licks. I was really digging the song throughout, but when I heard this guitar solo come in, that’s what sets this track over the top for me. This reviewer rates “Four Five Minutes” 5.0 / 5.0 for excellent instrumentation, excellent vocals, excellent arrangement, and of course that guitar solo!

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Joey Sherman – Indian Summer: A Boundless Progression of Post-Rock

It’s clear that when Joey Sherman creates music the rulebook is no where in sight, even when you’re two minutes into the orchestral track which is Indian Summer, you have no idea what you’re listening to. Is it prog rock? Post rock? Orchestral Blues? There’s not a box big enough to put this sound within, it’s boundless, progressive, almost 7 minutes of pure, sultry cacophonies over the occasional transcendent guitar solo. The poetic singer, song writer and producer dropped his debut track New Years Eve which he douses in his pioneering sound.

When most musicians claim to be influenced by everything, it’s normally a vain attempt to seem more open and cultural, yet with Joey Sherman, you can hear his influence ring through his music, it’s sweetly reminiscent of everything from a Ramin Djawadi composition, to a Red Hot Chilli Peppers track. The production for such an underground track, is so polished, yet intricately grunge its paradoxical. However you define the sound, it’s definitely not something you want to miss out on.

Check out Indian Summer on YouTube using the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqCBODle9GA&feature=youtu.be

Stay tuned for the album & follow Joey via Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/JoeyShermansPoetryRhythmAndRhyme/

-Amelia Vandergast

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D. Ward – Gone but anything but forgotten

Anyone who has live duets with Toni Braxton and Patti Labelle on their CV is someone who has clearly paid their musical dues and as the slick and soulful strains of Gone emanate from the speaker you know that you are listening to something a bit special. Yet despite being able to name drop those and many other top industry names D. Ward isn’t content to sit on his laurels and live off of past glories and this track, and the forthcoming album Journeys are proof of his this.

Soulful pop and groove-laden R&B lay down a platform for his amazing voice as he tells a tale of lost love, a reflective and wistful memory filled with a heavy heart and boundless emotion. Sometimes there is something to be said for an act which pulls familiar musical heartstrings, sometimes you might prefer the sound of an artist working at the modern edge of the genre in question. With D. Ward you get the perfect blend of both.

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MǾǾD– Vegas 4 ThWeekend: Alternative Dancehall? Now I’ve heard Everything

MǾǾD dropped his latest track Vegas 4 ThWeekend just as 2017 drew to a close, offering fans the most twisted mash-up of Dancehall, Electronic and Alternative Rock one could possibly hope for. Forget reaching across genres, MǾǾD’s latest track transcends the foundations of sound by creating his own delectable mix of resonance that regardless of your musical persuasions is a pleasure for you to sink your teeth into.

The talented Singer Songwriter & Producer has utilized his penchant for old-school Alternative Rock with his infinite command over music production to create some of the most fulfilling beats on the Alternative Dance scene today. MǾǾD uses his eclectic list of influences of acts such as Drake, Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco & Frank Sinatra to bring his soulful renditions to life. The production to the sound is highly powered by a euphoric mix of Hip Hop Electronica.

In just 5 months, MǾǾD released an album along with 3 mixtapes, in 2018 he’s made it his mission to release a new album every month in 2018, it will be interesting to see if he pulls it off, but with that commitment to the cause, it’s hard to see where the uniquely talented artist can go wrong.

Vegas 4 ThWeekend is just one of the stand out tracks off his latest EP ‘The MǾǾD Life Vol. 1 which you can listen to on SoundCloud now:

https://soundcloud.com/themoodlife/vegas-4-thweeknd-1/s-2LuKG?in=themoodlife/sets/the-mood-life-vol-1/s-3s8Hw

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Ivy Roots – Hypothetical: Stripped Back Soul

Hypothetical is the latest single from Indie Soul singer songwriter Ivy roots. Following the success of her first album, she’s back with a vibrantly awakening new sound, in which she opens her subtle soul, to create a natural indie acoustic rendition that will quite frankly take your breath away. Her Single is stripped back to the necessities, just to provide an ample platform to support her stripped back voice and create a truly empyreal sound.

Ivy Roots isn’t your average singer song writer from the Midwest, her imagination allows her to transcend the genre and allows her to create a fresh new scene, paving the pathway for all other soul acoustic artists to follow. Her sound is an offering of tranquillity to the listener, similar to the sounds put out by India Arie & Lauryn Hill.

Ivy Roots has an admirable passion and determination to recreate herself through her sound by using her frankly stunning vocal ability alongside with her inherent feel for rhythm behind the music.

Check out the official video to Ivy Roots’ soulful single on YouTube using the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sbn6oQtGmyc

Her music is also available to listen to via Spotify & iTunes:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/05QEgYcS7Uc3Mhoz6XvGYB

https://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1325724117

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June – Natural Love: The Discord of Humility

Ohio based R&B singer songwriter and artist June has create one of the most synergetic tracks of 2017 with his Soul inspired rendition Natural Love. For any fans of the delectability of Kendrick Lamar, you’re in for a treat. The mid-tempo mix is more than just a track that belongs to a genre. It’s raw, human, scorned emotion in lyrical form.

His debut track Natural Love is backed by a pounding and resonant track the ominous synth beat drifts in and out, perfectly complementing the melancholy of June’s vocals as they traverse through his pensive lyrics. The track doesn’t just skim the surface of emotion, it reaches deep into the psyche, haunting you with the staggering parallels which he offers you through the verse.  The humble humility flows through his lyrics to trap you into his torment which he projects into the track.

Throughout his discography, he’s created a truly elective mix of sounds, some steeped in 80’s synth, whilst others he chooses the acoustic guitar to accompany the humble humility which he shares through his sound.

Head on over to SoundCloud to check out Natural Love along with June’s other Singles:

https://soundcloud.com/rnbjune/natural-love

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Bicycles in Amsterdam – Swim Like a Monkey; A Twee Epiphany

A sound this pure could only stem from a Toronto based singer songwriter and producer. Bicycles in Amsterdam is the latest musical venture from the adorably sweet Russel Roger Harness.

If you didn’t fall in love with his last single Annie’s Song, you’ll be powerless to resist the sticky sweet melodies that the solo artist puts out. Swim Like a Monkey is the brand new single packed with captivating acoustic flow, perfectly orchestrated to create a playful sound that Russell created at the tender age of 21. I’m a firm believer that age is never of relevance when it comes to music, yet, It’s hard to get over the lyrical wisdom that is escaping his lyrical lips especially in his earlier track Annie’s song.

Russell takes the campfire approach to his sound for that ultimately raw wanderlust sound which brims with compassion and complexity. He’s not an artist that takes himself too seriously and that’s what I love about him, but I have a feeling, he doesn’t know quite how evocative his sound is.

I strongly recommend you check out Swim Like a Monkey via Spotify using the link below:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2CeBxh2NZgLKVLFKcVmyk3

Head on over to Bicycles in Amsterdam’s website for more:

https://www.bicyclesinamsterdam.com/

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Half Lioness, Half Songbird ‘Yazzy’ Set to Release Her EP Illusion of Love

Yazzy Chamberlain is one of the most exciting up-and-coming artists coming out of the UK. Spearheaded by the BBC, this talented songstress is on the rise with a set of of exciting new tunes, as featured within her recent new EP, “Illusion of Love”.

This release is a particularly exciting project, featuring 5 previously unreleased songs. As the title of the EP might suggest, these tracks come from a very personal place. Yazzy sings of passion, love and heartbreak, and in her songs, lyrics are just as important as melodies, if not even more so! Her vocals are truly emotional, and each performance is filled with truthfulness and spontaneity. The production aesthetics of the EP are particularly special, because the organic feel of her music allows her songs to appear even more earnest.

“Illusion of Love” will be available starting from the 3rd of January pre-order here, and each of the five songs featured within the EP will actually be accompanied by a stunning matching music video, to offer a visual companion to each track in this her release.

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