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Broken Bricks deliver a faultless slice of chartable pop with ‘Slow Down’

Stripped back yet full-on ‘Slow Down’, the new single from electronic luminaries Broken Bricks, is a perfect blend of ‘real’ instruments, programmed drums and sequenced melody lines, and beautiful, fragile vocals. There’s a touch of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs to the chorus, maybe a smattering of Friendly Fires or Bat For Lashes across the track, and an element of Little Boots to the (mostly) female vocal delivery. A charming, perfectly-formed piece of electronica, dancey without being ‘dance’ and immediate without being throwaway, with ‘Slow Down’ Broken Bricks have delivered a faultless slice of chartable pop which insinuates itself firmly into your head, sets up camp, and simply refuses to leave.

Hear ‘Slow Down’ on Spotify. Follow Broken Bricks on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Catchy Synth-Pop melodies for days: Shiffley show their frustration with certain ‘Rich Kids’

This is an ode to those annoying kids at school who spend their parents money like it was their own, and do what they want. With a vibrant style, this is a band who add a catchy pop pureness that wanders into your welcoming ears. New York City’s Shiffley are back with the new single called ‘Rich Kids‘ and this is a winner all the way.

After the success of 2018’s Paper Cranes and opening for massive bands like Twenty One Pilots, you feel that this is an outfit that are only growing each day. They make music easy to listen to and this is cleverly-made music with such passion and a drive that skids along the road into the parking space so nicely.

Brooklyn’s Shiffley are such a fun band to listen to and they show realness with the synth-pop track ‘Rich Kids’. This is a song that shows that not everyone is enamored with people that have too much money and break the rules just to be cool.

This is a band that adds joy to the airwaves and their message is spot on. With enjoyable music like this, they are an act to really pay attention to. ‘Rich Kids‘ is a track to enjoy and dance along with, exactly what the world needs right now.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Mivedrix shows us her ‘Alien Soul’ with this slice of deep, dark electropop.

Dark, brooding electropop from the effortlessly cool and rebelliously anonymous Mivedrix, ‘Alien Soul’ builds synthesisers, electronic samples, percussion, and acoustic instrumentation with Mivedrix’s multi-layered, prominent harmonised vocals to paint a glowering, ominous tale of alienation, loneliness, and the ever-present struggle to ‘fit in’.

Singer, songwriter, performer, and producer Mivedrix sells a story of the fears of self-expression in a world where the negative impact of ‘difference’ can be catastrophic, yet ‘Alien Soul’ is ultimately empowering, uplifting, and inspirational. Inspired herself by artists as diverse as Michael Jackson, The Weeknd, and classical composers such as Debussy, Mivedrix’s debut single will be released across all platforms on the 11th November.

You can check it out via SoundCloud.

Review by Alex Holmes.

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Through betrayal breathes Electro Pop Poetry in Denae’s single “last night”

Electronica artist Denae has never been one to hold back in her tracks, yet her latest track, last night takes piercingly provocativeness to another level. You won’t just find compassion as she runs through the galvanizingly spite-fuelled verses, but you’ll get to share that lacerating feeling which often comes hand in hand with betrayal.

last night is a flood of visceral urgency and desperation to lyrically suck out the poison. The catharsis through the expression resonates right from the intro.

The track will lead you into darkness, causing you to run through any scornful moments that leave you a little less willing to trust again, to love again, all the while leaving you in adoration for Denae’s honesty and ability to convey striking emotion through her tantalising dark electro-pop track.

You can check out Denae’s single last night for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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London’s H A Z E is back with a fab new alt-pop direction on ‘King’

Formally of D Haze the Band, the mysteriously enchanting London-based H A Z E aka Hazel Smith is back with ‘King‘. She wrote this song and you just know that its going to be incredible. A change of direction is blowing in the wind and we need to join her for this riveting ride.

Hazel is inspired by styles such as synth pop, retro wave, prog rock and electro and this is some hair-lifting music for the soul. Made for fans of Billie Eilish, Radiohead just to name a few, H A Z E has this uncanny ability to stretch you mind and heart here. Her vocals are so awe-inspiring and the music accompaniment is rather splendid.

King‘ rattles you, it blends into your veins and you need to catch your breath. H A Z E is a musician who has taken the brave step of re-inventing herself. She is so creative, courageous and as a performer you can’t help but like her sultry vocals. H A Z E steps up big and delivers a fine new single.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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The ultimate Indie power couple The Civil Union has released their synthy sweet Pop Rock track “You&I”

You&I” is the synthy sweet Pop Rock earworm orchestrated by the Indie power couple The Civil Union which puts to shame all of the artificially composed love songs which consistently flood the airwaves.

When they say, “You and I are the only thing that needs to happen”, you believe it. The passion, determination and unfaltering love resonates just as much through the lush synth lines it does through the dual vocals as they coalesce under vocal reverb for a retro-futuristic effect.

The Civil Union had to triumph over adversity for the release of their debut self-titled album. The album which became so much more than a project. It turned into purpose, catharsis and the testament of the love that breathes between them.

You can check out You&I for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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FingersHand – Gotta Feeling: Psychedelically Sweet Alt Electro Pop

From the intro in FingersHand’s latest single “Gotta Feeling (Something’s Going On)”, your soul is soothed, and your imagination is set alight.

It’s always refreshing when artists write music to indulge in an intrinsic pleasure rather than orchestrating tracks with aggrandized ideas ambling around their minds and worming their way into the soundscapes. Gotta Feeling is practically a breath of warm, kaleidoscopically cathartic air.

There’s a playful and almost juvenile air to Gotta Feeling, despite the maturity in the talent which allowed them to cook up such a psychedelically sticky-sweet earworm.

FingersHand captured the same soul-filling vibe as offered by the likes of ELO, but with their delectably unique brand of retro-futurism, there was plenty of distinction found in the playful Polyphonic Alt Pop hit.

You can check out FingersHand’s latest single Gotta Feeling for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ricky Akira transcends the notion of genres with his authentically amorous latest single

London-based artist and producer Ricky Akira’s latest single “Donnie We Will Be Stars” proves that the concept of genres is pretty much outdated. Instead of trying to find their own sound within a pre-existing one, Ricky Akira went all-out with the authenticity in this endearingly masterful release which your soul won’t fail to recognise.

With playful polyphonic tones contorted into tranquil and cathartic rhythms, the instrumentals will make sure that you’re hooked into the progressions. While Ricky Akira and their female guest vocalist will run you through a sticky-sweet tale of romanticism and ambition.

The ‘cute factor’ may be high with this release, but Ricky Akira’s sound is anything but novelty, it’s a sure sign of amazing things to come for the charismatically magnetic artist. Watch this space.

You can check out Donnie We Will Be Stars for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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TriPed opens up their amorously romantic soul in “Driving with Tears in My Eyes”

If you thought the title to TriPed’s latest single “Driving with Tears in My Eyes” is candid, just wait until you hear the raw, fraught introspection which acts as a window into the melancholic soul of this exceptional artist.

It’s an organ-tensingly evocative experience which is sweetened by the striking talent on display in the Synth Pop hit.

Driving with Tears in My Eyes will throw you back to the 80s with the throbbing synth notes while simultaneously projecting you into the future, which will undoubtedly be bright for the London-based solo Pop artist.

Whether you’re a fan of the Midnight or still a staunch fan of the Human League, you won’t want to miss this electrifyingly powerful release.

You can check out TriPed’s latest single via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Garnetts have taken Guitar Pop to a brand-new level with their romantically groove-soaked single “This Dance”

This Dance” is the lead single from Indie Pop artist The Garnetts’ forthcoming EP of the same title. It’s also one of the most compellingly magnetic feats of Guitar Pop that we’ve heard this year.

With a sound which is somewhere between The Midnight and the 1975, The Garnetts’ sound moves in perfect parallel with the contemporary curve. It also unravels as the perfect Pop track to hit play on as Autumn starts to draw in with the shorter days and colder nights. Whether you’re amorously savouring the warmth of a season are a lover, This Dance is sure to hit you right in the feels.

You’ll be able to check out This Dance for yourselves from October 2nd, 2020 by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast