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Island Empire has created the ultimate aural paradox with their upliftingly sedative single “Air Sea Rescue”

Island Empire is an Indie Alternative Electronica duo who borrow elements of 80s Synthwave and Dreampop. But they definitely aren’t a band who can be defined by their influences.

Instead, their sound would be better understood if I alluded to their music by telling you that they created an aural paradox of uplifting sedative music. Especially with their recently released poised and polished single “Air Sea Rescue”.

The London-based artist has successfully dragged Dreampop into the realms of the accessible with” Air Sea Rescue”. The single may be warm and concordant, but there’s also an ample amount of moody gloom lingering between the notes giving the track an incredibly atmospheric feel.

You can check out Island Empire’s single Air Sea Rescue for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Heads or Heads – Nightfall: Lo-Fi Trip-Hop Laced Psych Pop

The intellectualism practically drips from the synth-led latest single to be released by up and coming Alt Psych Pop artist Heads or Heads. “Nightfall” laces the dreamy lo-fi mix with subtle elements of Trip Hop to ensure that it offers plenty of Funk to take with you on your cathartically psychedelic Trip.

The Missouri based artist utilised archaic urban elements, deconstructed them, and revived them in an absorbingly fresh work of ingenuity.  Expect a kaleidoscope of colour to be spilt as it softly unravels.

If you can imagine what it would sound like if Mike Patton started releasing more ambient and melodic music, you’d get an idea of what Nightfall offers. Aural ambient treats don’t come much more indulgent than this.

You can stream or download Heads or Heads latest single Nightfall for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Van Den Wolfe – Rising to the Top ft. Jessie Wagner: Funk-Driven Alt RnB

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Alt RnB artist Van Den Wolfe has made their debut with the Funk-laden album “MALBEC & BLAZE”. While each of the vibrantly groove-deep singles will speak to your soul, the perfect introduction to the artist’s nostalgically vintage sound is “Rising to the Top” featuring vocals from Jessie Wagner.

Jessie’s Soaring Pop vocals perfectly complement the bed of 80s inspired synth-pop which is joined by plenty of bendy acoustic bass licks. Yet, the most potent hit of aural alchemy is waiting for in the outro as you’re treated to guitar riffs which match the arrestive awe infused into the mix by Jessie’s vocals.

Rising to the Top is a track which keeps on giving. Van Den Wolfe’s technical ability is one thing. Their ability to make their soundscapes scream with soulful effervescent ingenuity is another thing.

If you check out any debut album from and up and coming artist this year, make it this one.

You can check out Rising to the Top along with the rest of the debut album from Van Den Wolfe by heading over to their website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Neverkid has made their debut with the darkly retro Indie Pop hit “When it Comes to You”

Melbourne-based Indie Pop artist Neverkid has made their debut with the retro darkwave hit “When it Comes to You”. If you could imagine what the Midnight would sound like with a darker tonality, you’ll get a good idea of the alchemy which lingers between the deftly paced notes in When it Comes to You. But the true arrestive tendencies within Neverkid’s debut lie in the distinctive contrast between her poised and personable lyrics and the cold feel to the instrumentals.

Neverkid’s sound may be heavily influenced by 80s Synthwave artists, yet, it practically drips with contemporary appeal. Debut singles don’t come much more exciting than this. There aren’t many artists with the ability to put out radio-ready hits right from their inception, but perceptibly, Neverkid isn’t your average newcomer.

You can check out Neverkid’s debut for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vintage Funk and Contemporary Indie Combine in Team’s Debut Single “Day by Day”

Vintage Funk and contemporary Indie are rarely found in the same soundscape. But up and coming Alternative artist Team have proven that the two elements make for an alchemically absorbent aural-mash with their debut single “Day by Day”.

Team perceptibly has an arsenal of experimentalism at their disposable allowing them to cook up nostalgic tracks which also offer plenty of distinctively authentic appeal.

The synths lead the ay through the rhythmic mix which spills plenty of soul as it progresses coming together as a defiantly empowering track full of deep grooves, and mellifluous ardency. Their alternative edge alone ensures that Team’s sound has a massive amount of commercial appeal. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Day by Day for yourselves via Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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A1ASKA – Always with You: Synthy Sweet Pop with Lashings of Futuristic Funk

While no two tracks from the up and coming Electronic artist A1ASKA are the same, it’s safe to say that he hit the sweet spot with his latest single.

A1ASKA’s latest single “Always with You” featuring vocals from Alex the OK is a resonantly sweet reminder that good things really do come to an end. But rather than the soundscape solely offering melancholy, there’s an endearing air behind Always with You which seeps from the analogue experimentalism and offers plenty of catharses.

From Always with You, you can expect lashings of futuristic funk, lucid vocals which synergistically gel with the fuzzy synth lines, and reminiscences to other artfully-inclined artists such as Radiohead.

You can check out A1ASKA’s latest single Always with You by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Day Potion – To Go Without: Atmospherically Enamouring Synth Pop

Any fans of the Midnight are going to want to check out the standout Synth Pop single “To Go Without” from up and coming NYC-based artist Day Potion’s debut EP.

While the beats are incredibly familiar and accessible, the layers of lush atmospheric reverb which weave through the single allow To Go Without to unfold with plenty of refreshing appeal. To Go Without finds the perfect balance between the sounds of artists such as Editors, Depeche Mode, and Psychedelically uplifting trancey Synth Pop.

As far as Synth Pop debuts go, Day Potion has made quite the impression. We’re already excited to see how Day Potion follows on from the success of their seminal work. Each of the tracks on the EP was inspired by the concept of how distractions can change your state of mind. Considering that the soundscapes are psychologically altering themselves, be prepared to go on an aural journey every time you hit play on any of Day Potion’s singles.

You can check out Day Potion’s single To Go Without along with the rest of Day Potion’s debut EP “Flora Hex” via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Future Echoes – Nothing to Lose: Sticky-Sweet Synth Pop

Up and coming Indie Pop artist Future Echoes has recently released their latest single “Nothing to Lose”. The single merges the familiarity of 80s Synth Pop with modern moody Pop to create a naturally immersive soundscape which won’t fail to keep your attention as the slightly funk-driven notes carve a succinct melody.

Expect lashings of lush reverb to swell around the electronic progressions which create the perfect platform for the plaintively captivating Pop vocals. There’s no denying that Future Echoes offer music which sits right on the contemporary curve. Yet, it was easy to feel that accessibility was favoured over authenticity while listening to Nothing to Lose. But that’s not to say it’s not a radio-ready stylistic feat of synthy moody pop.

You can check out Nothing to Lose for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vana Blu brings politics into Pop with their essential hit “T-Erase-Her (Him)”

Given the lack of politically-inspired music on the airwaves from Pop artists right now, you’d be forgiven for being under the impression that everything is peachy in parliament. Thankfully, up and coming Pop artist Vana Blu has made up for the shortfall and provided us with the ultimate sticky-sweet liberal aural treat “T-Erase-Her (Him)”. Not only is it a flawless feat of Trap-infused synth Pop, but it’s also one of the cleverest attacks on the frustratingly absurd state of the Tory party I’ve heard yet.

Artist’s such as Vana Blu are essential right now. Everyone with the ability to make art from the crushing weight of capitalist despair should be following their lead. T-Erase-Her (Him) proves that it doesn’t matter how political you get with your lyrics when they’re paired with the right melody, tracks can still pull together to offer a danceable feel-good vibe.

You can check out the inventively comedic official music video to Vana Blu’s single by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nir Kay Revives 80s Synth Pop with Their Latest Pioneering Hit “I Saw It Coming”

With up and coming Alt Pop artist Nir Kay’s latest single “I Saw It Coming” there’s a sweet juxtaposition of Pop styles which allows Pop to undergo a brand-new evolution while immersing you in familiar vintage tones.

The instantly accessible single offers punchy modern Jangle Pop melodies alongside the nostalgia of 80s Power Pop ballads. Nir Kay teamed up with Nicole Swiecka to borrow her deft vocals, and they proved to be the perfect fit for the soulful instrumentals which served up plenty of Funk and groove in the Synth Pop hit. I Saw It Coming carries some reminiscences to 80s icons such as Madonna, but Nir Kay’s sound is well and truly their own.

You can check out Nir Kay’s single I Saw It Coming which was released on September 6th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast