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Surreal Satori – Something in Everything: Melodiously Restorative Soul Pop

“Something in Everything” is the latest indulgently melodious Soul Pop single from the up and coming artist Surreal Satori. While the airwaves are in no short supply of breaking Pop artists, that should be of little consequence to Surreal Satori with her hypnotically restorative vocals and mesmerising rhythms. With Something in Everything, you’re treated to experimentation with rich, organic textures in the instrumental arrangement which offers an accessible level of soft groove and funk.

What Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen are to melancholic soundscapes is what Surreal Satori is to cathartically ambient Pop. There is a light ethereal feel to Something in Everything; as the melodies ebb and flow you find yourself arrested by the each and every delicate and perfectly poised progression.

You can check out the official video to Surreal Satori’s latest single Something in Everything which was released on July 19th by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prmise – L.W.Y.D: A Resonant Mix of R&B Soul

“L.W.Y.D” (Look What You’ve Done) is the incredibly bitter-sweet track from up and coming R&B Soul artist Prmise who left the pensive passion which inspired this track undiluted creating an offering of raw aural resonance.

No holds were barred as the lyrics served as a siren call to the lack of responsibility people take in relationships when they’ve been toxic, it’s all good to believe in karma, but this expressive mix aptly alludes to the frustration which can follow a mind-mashing relationship.

Even through the harmonized vocals and melodic pacing of the contemporary R&B beats which have been polished to a radio-ready standard, the emotivity is still striking.

The El Paso, US-based artist perceptibly not only has a voice that deserves recognition but finding an artist who throws that much of themselves into a single is like finding a needle in a haystack.

You can check out Prmise’s latest track L.W.Y.D for yourselves from all major streaming platforms via this link

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Calumet serve a generous amount of soul with their Southern Blues single “Break Down on Me”

“Break Down on Me” is the latest single from up and coming Funk powerhouse Calumet, for this track, they’ve dialled down the Funk and allowed Soul and Blues to take its place, and we’re certainly not disappointed.

In a nutshell, Break Down on Me is a pure offering of catharsis. The infusion of warm vintage tonality makes Calumet’s latest single accessible right from the first verse as the shimmering ethereal nature reveals its arrestive potential. As you can probably guess from the title name, Calumet didn’t leave lyrical evocative appeal out of the mix. So, if you can draw your attention away from the mesmeric layers of Blues and Southern Soul, you’ll get to appreciate the honeyed candidness of Break Down on Me which alludes to how hard it can be to watch someone you love fall apart.

You can check out Calumet’s latest single Break Down on Me for yourselves by heading over to their official website where you will also be able to buy their album.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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R&B Soul Pop artist Precious makes her debut with single “Don’t Ever Wanna”

Up and coming R&B Hip Hop Pop artist Precious has recently made her debut with the strikingly nostalgic single “Don’t Ever Wanna” which will throw you right back to the 90s where vocal harmonies over reverb-laden synths in R&B Hip Hop were King – or should that be Queen?

Naturally, Don’t Ever Wanna is an accessible hit, in which Precious didn’t fail to stamp down her signature melodically gentle style, but as much as I loved the slightly vintage appeal of Don’t Ever Wanna which was paired with a fair enough serving of contemporary visceral connection, it was easy to feel that the lyrics and the harmonies were fairly sporadic and lacked discernible structure. But with that in mind, Don’t Ever Wanna still remains an easy to slip into cathartic mix, and we can’t wait to hear what Precious puts out next.

You can check out Precious’ single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Honey Made serve up sweet soulful nostalgia with their latest single “Perfect Getaway”

“Perfect Getaway” is the latest Funk driven single from the Austin, Texas-based artist Honey Made which contains enough Soul to induce goosebumps from the first few notes in the prelude.

As the drippings of soul nostalgia intensify in Perfect Getaway, you’ll find yourself in an effervescently shimmering soundscape where every instrumental in the arrangement exudes fluid expression.

In the jazzy downtempo instrumental arrangements, you’ll find plenty of catharsis as the Perfect Getaway makes a gentle demand to let the sound resonate while in the choruses, you’ll appreciate the explosive energy from the unrestrained vocals and the cutting angular guitar progressions.

Perfect Getaway is as accessible as Funk gets thanks to the even serving of anachronistic and contemporary textures found in the single. Honey Made is well and truly an artist putting on your radar.

You can check out Perfect Getaway for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cliff Beach & The MB’s prove that Funk is the purest form of soul with their latest single “Confident”

When’s the last time you hit play on a track by a breaking contemporary artist which offered so much Funk you were left with little option but to be instantly enamoured and turn a smile?

If it’s been a while, that must be fairly miserable, but it just so happens that’s the exact reaction we got from Cliff Beach & the MB’s’ latest single “Confident”. It’s no wonder why they’re confident when they exude the same sticky-sweet soul as the likes of James Brown. Even though the single practically drips with vintage allure there’s plenty of authenticities found in the intricately mesmeric instrumental arrangement which is all too easy to get lost in.

You can check out the latest single from Cliff Beach which was released on May 9th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lady Moon & the Eclipse – GLOBAL WARNING

There may be no surprises when it comes to what Lady Moon & the Eclipse lyrically tackles with their latest single “GLOBAL WARNING”.

But what is surprising, is that Lady Moon & the Eclipse are one of only a few artists trying to get climate change-deniers to open their eyes.

Even with the heavy sentiment behind the track, Lady Moon & the Eclipse have made sure that the single is accompanied by a light and somewhat poignant pop instrumental arrangement. So, far from the track giving you an existential crisis, you’re provided with a Funk-deep mash up of Pop and Disco which sugars the jagged pill which we have to swallow with the acceptance that our planet is probably going to combust.

You can check out the latest single from Lady Moon & the Eclipse for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tarah Jaye – Cool It Down: A Debut of Funk-Filled Eccentric Expression

Up and coming recording artist’s single “Cool It Down” is a debut of Funk-filled Neo-Soul which borrows inspiration from a smorgasbord of sound to resonate as an ingenious act of genre-defiance.

The instrumental arrangements which seamlessly bounce between world music, Pop, Funk and Jazz come together to offer a level of distinction which is incredibly uncommon to encounter at this stage in an artist’s career. With Cool it Down, there’s less of a sense that you’re listening to the work of an artist following structure, instead, their expression goes unrestrained with a free and full-bodied flow. Cool it Down is an aural intention to become completely immersed in the intricacies of the sound which never abstract from the vibrant sense of rhythm. We’re already dying to hear where Tarah Jaye takes her sound next.

You can check out Tarah Jaye’s latest single Cool it Down for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alicia Michilli’s Piercingly Candid EP Release “Letters from the Edge”

Soulful music doesn’t always leave you with chills, but when it does, it’s a sure sign you’ve just stumbled across an artist worth putting on your radar.

Up and coming singer-songwriter Alicia Michilli has recently released her 6-track EP “Letters from the Edge” as the best introduction to her piercingly candid style.

Which, I suppose you would come to expect from an EP of that title. Still you won’t find it hard to appreciate the ethereal levels of strength within Alicia Michilli’s vocals. Which is what makes the EP so ironically beautiful when her vocals are blasting lyrics such as “I’m two steps away from a breakdown, carry me over the finish line”.

With poignant lyrical punches such as those to roll with accompanied with Neo-Soul Blues Rock instrumentals, you’re in for an emotive ride through each of the singles contained on Letters from the Edge.

You can check out Alicia Michilli’s EP Letters from the Edge for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Candace Devine’s Ethereally Striking Single “One More Night” is a Soulful Playlist Essential

Whilst every adjective gets bounced around all too often describing music, it is by no amount of exaggeration that we are officially dubbing Candace Devine’s single “One More Night” as ethereal.

The power in the harmonics of Candace Devine’s overwhelmingly soulful vocal style are perceptible from the start, yet, it is in the chorus where the track is flooded with potently arrestive soul. Frankly, the fact that Candace Devine doesn’t share the same number of accolades as Christina Aguilera who she has worked with a backup singer is criminal.

One More Night is just one of the singles from her first solo release in over a decade. The 2019 EP “HERE WE ARE” is proof that Candace Devine was always meant to take a vocal lead. Jazz-laced power ballads can all too often resonate as slightly archaic, but with One More Night, Candace Devine’s vocals blow the cobwebs from the genre with a smooth contemporarily raw work of aural alchemy.

You can check out Candace Devine’s latest single One More Night for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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