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Post-punk Nottingham band Hurtsfall release dark and moody ‘’12 Long Years’’

“Batnip for Goths” is how the band describes themselves and I couldn’t have put it any better myself. ‘’12 Long Years’’ is the new release from ‘Hurtsfall’ and it’s a solid release from the 3 year old act.

A post-punk band, with gothic overtones and synth-pop influences, this is a band that is rising through the UK ranks and shows lots of potential for greater things. 

I’d like to witness the band live myself to get a better feel for them as the word on the street is that they put on quite a show. That’s the point really, recordings are great, music videos even better but where a band really earns their stripes is what happens live. 

‘Hurtsfall’ might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I doubt they care much. They have a loyal fan base and that is what matters. Look out for their progress and let’s hope to see them at a live show soon and many festivals in 2021.

Stream more of the UK band right here on any platform you wish.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Harbor Gents – Twisted: Funk-Fuelled Alt Synth Pop

There are very few breaking Pop artists who can match the instantly magnetic ingenuity in Harbor Gents’ latest single Twisted.

Through soul-spilling lyrics, evocatively resonant vocals and the layers of Funk, Hip Hop, and Avant-Garde added to the Synth lines, you’ve never quite heard a Pop track like Twisted before.

Despite the striking distinction which drips from Twisted, Harbor Gents ensured that the accessibility wasn’t diminished, the deftly crafted melodies will stick to your synapses like superglue.

Any fans of Gary Numan, Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode will undoubtedly want to give this perennial Pop earworm plenty of attention. The Latvian artist is definitely one to watch. It isn’t every day that we discover an artist who creates a brand-new trajectory in the evolution of Pop.

You can check out Harbor Gents’ single Twisted for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – HAppY 5AD: Pr!nce DjAng0 PURple fA!n of 3<35

8udDha bl0od is one of the most versatile artists we’ve encountered in 2020, with each new release they blow our minds a little more, and their recently released romantically nostalgic single “HAppY 5AD: Pr!nce DjAng0 PURple fA!n of 3<35” was no exception.

HAppY 5AD: Pr!nce DjAng0 PURple fA!n of 3<35 felt like an aural cuddle. Just why the blend of Progressive Synth Pop and 60s Psych was consoling I’m not all too sure, but the consciousness-devouring soundscape is extremely efficacious all the same. I have a feeling that any fans of ELO will definitely want to make HAppY 5AD: Pr!nce DjAng0 PURple fA!n of 3<35 a staple track on their playlists.

HAppY 5AD: Pr!nce DjAng0 PURple fA!n of 3<35 will be available for release along with the rest of the album from May 17th via SoundCloud. In the meantime, you can check out the artists myriad of dynamic releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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A REAL CHILLOUT HIT: TALI LEDA’S NEW SINGLE ‘FREE FREE’

Tali Leda has dropped her new single ‘Free Free’, a real chillout hit.

‘Free Free’ is a product of pop music and chillout lo-fi beats coming together, rolling around in a sensual and captivating melody that creates sweet and addictive harmonies you’d like to listen to ad libitum.

Partly recalling the likes of renowned British singer Sade’s vocals, Tali discovered that music was in her DNA after she learned that her birth mother was a singer and her father a pianist and bass player.

With her many songs being featured on TV shows and Indie films, Tali Leda classifies as an all-around artist who’ll find her way to a wonderful career.

You can listen to ‘Free Free’ for yourself on SoundCloud.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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Brigham Hollywood – Malicious: A Playfully Modern Take on Retro Dance Pop

Up and coming Alt Electronica artist Brigham Hollywood made their debut with their EP Computer Generated Idiocy in March 2020. As you’d expect from an EP with such a title, the producer made experimentalism and expression the heart of each of the soundscapes.

The first track Malicious is the perfect introduction to their accessibly eccentric songwriting and production style which will register as an infectious aural treat for any fans of Daft Punk and Disclosure.

With playful nuances of House, 80s Synthpop and RnB all infused into the high tempo enticingly entrancing beats in Malicious, don’t be surprised if you’re left with a rather stubborn earworm after listening to Brigham Hollywood’s modern take on Retro Dance Pop.

You can check out Malicious along with the rest of the EP for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Synth Pop Artist Catelyst is Dropping Euphoric Ingenuity on the Airwaves with their Debut Release

Alt Dance Pop artist and producer Catelyst made their sonically-charged 2020 debut with the single “Circles” featuring Cristy Santos, the energetic synthy track immediately garnered plenty of acclaim. Considering that the track has more Funk than Daft Punk and searing infusions of Alt Rock, it’s easy to see why.

Yet, the debut single was much more than just flawlessly captivating rhythmic grooves. There was plenty of magnetic soul to attach yourself to alongside the playful eccentric nature of Catelyst’s production and lyrical style.

It wasn’t long before Catelyst followed on from the release of Circles with the release of two more singles which will also be found on their upcoming 10 track EP. Beside You and When I Leave also stand as a striking testament of Catelyst’s ability to throw away archetypal genre constraints and let their artistic expression create high-octane euphoria-awakening soundscapes

If we were still allowed to hit dancefloors, we’d be more than happy to ingest the up and coming artist and producer’s earworms on them.

You can check out Catelyst’s latest tracks for yourselves via Spotify. Make sure to give them a follow, if the first three tracks from their debut EP are anything to go by, you won’t want to miss out on the rest.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lucas J – Stereo: Sentimentally Immersive Indie Synth Pop

If South African Pop artist Lucas J has evaded your radar so far, the perfect introduction to their soulful approach to Indie Synth Pop is their standout 2020 single Stereo.

The cathartically immersive rhythmic grooves paired with Lucas J’s sweet and succinct vocals allows Stereo to offer immediate accessibility alongside a smorgasbord of sentimentality. The emotion thrown into the mix may be striking, but with the smooth, polished and radio-ready production, Stereo will greet you with nothing but accordance.

The lyrics are playful and light and there’s plenty of lyrical wit to ensure that Stereo offers resonance whether you’re listening to the track for the 1st time or the 100th.

You can check out Stereo for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Parsa Sabet has taken the evolution of RnB one step further with the Synth Pop hit “Yourself”

RnB Soul and Synth Pop seamlessly entwine in up and coming artist Parsa Sabet’s standout single “Yourself”. Expect euphorically entrancing synth lines paired with passion-soaked RnB Pop vocals in one of the most distinctive urban soundscapes we’ve heard in 2020.

Yourself is just one of the singles in Parsa Sabet’s 5-track EP SAD BOYS DON’T DROWN which only took the artist 5 days to complete. You’ll need to hear the track for yourselves before you colour yourselves impressed with the speed of the production.

Parsa Sabet found the perfect balance between ambience and rhythmic energy with the fresh immersive hit which has significant commercial appeal. It’s not all too often we can recommend the same artist to fans of RnB and fans of Synth Pop, and it’s certainly not every day we hear a track simultaneously offering ingenuity alongside accessibility. Get them on your radar.

You can check out the official lyric video to Parsa Sabet’s single which dropped on March 31st via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Charles Hansen has dropped an aural EDM monster we can all relate to with “Quarantine Distress”

Synths don’t come much friendlier than the eccentrically accessible notes in the aural monster of an EDM mix “Quarantine Distress” by Charles Hansen which was released on March 26th.

The funky vibrant mix may bet short and sweet, but the instrumental track is entrancingly energetic from start to finish. Charles Hansen typically sticks to composing more melodically transient tracks. Yet, Quarantine is an organically uplifting mix which will be more than efficacious at pulling you out of your own isolated funk.

Finding Electronic Dance producers who offer personality and soul through their tracks may not be an easy feat, but Charles Hansen has more than made up for that shortage. It may not fix the current hand sanitizer and toilet paper scarcity, but any discerning EDM fans will agree that danceable euphoric earworms are just as essential.

You can check out Charles Hansen’s latest release Quarantine Distress for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Super Love has brought the funk with their latest Alt Rock single “Herringbone”

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Super Love brought the Funk with their latest single “Herringbone”. We’ve heard the US-based duo’s experimentalism under many guises, but with Herringbone, Super Love cooked up their most psychedelically immersive Alt Rock track yet.

The sweet Psych Blues guitar licks around the deep bendy basslines create an absorbing soundscape to slip into while the Alt Pop effect-laden vocals add plenty of robotic soul into the mix. Herringbone may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Instead, it’s a strong cocktail of aural ingenuity with unrestrained playful imagination.

It’s not all too often we stumble across pretence-less Alt Rock, which is why when Super Love appeared on our single in 2019 with their debut single, there was no chance of forgetting them.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can experience Herringbone yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out Super Love’s earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast