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Catterina is set to make her soul-baring Americana Pop Rock debut with ‘Wasted Time’  

Brooklyn, NY-born, Houston-residing singer-songwriter, Catterina, is set to make her unmissable debut with her heartache-inspired single ‘Wasted Time’, with an eclectic array of influence behind her accessible radio-ready Pop style, if anyone’s got what it takes to break into the charts in 2021, it’s Catterina.

Through a combination of blues, folk, indie and pop, Wasted Time is a track so fresh you can almost feel the breeze, and with the ability to make her lyrics as empowering as they are absolving, one hit of Wasted Time will affirm that Catterina is one to watch.

The production may be polished, but the lyrics run through unfiltered, bleeding sincerity and vulnerability in pitch-perfect harmony. I feel like if I heard Wasted Time when I was 16, I’d be much better prepared for life.

Wasted Time is due for official release on January 15th. You’ll be able to check it out for yourselves by heading over here. In the meantime, follow Catterina via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Looking so fresh: Houston emcee Andre shows his growing wisdom on the stylish ‘Beard’

Indie Houston Hip Hop artist Andre has a goal to spread peace and inner connection through music. He certainly blesses our sad hearts with a fun new single called ‘Beard’.

This is track 11 of the new full album ‘Difference Between Characters’, The warped atmospheric layer is crusted to the top of this fascinating start like a tasty treat. This new track follows on from the previous song ‘Vacation’ and is all about getting back to work as the relaxing time is over and gone. It’s time to get back to the hustle but first, you need to look good. After sorting out the sore head from a few too many adult beverages of course.

The beard is looking fresh now and the baby face days are over, you want to look older and wiser to impress the ladies. This is a track about just going for it now and cruising around the town feeling so good after a cut from the skilled barber.

Being an indie artist is the way forward as Houston’s Andre shows us the fly style that you need to impress on ‘Beard’. Looking all grizzly and caveman-like isn’t going to showcase him at his best so this is his statement track to inspire as all to groom a bit better. After all, when the time comes and you meet that special one, you want to look good to give you your best shot.

Stream this new track on Spotify and see more via Andre’s IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Feeling fresh and ready: Amazayus is in the zone on ‘Austin Powers’ (Prod. Paryo)

Dallas, Texas artist Amazayus is back with his signature Alt-Rap style on his latest smooth single called ‘Austin Powers’ (Prod. Paryo).

The atmospheric air filters in fresh like a new humidifier that cleans the dust off the speakers and we are thrown into the story of a hungry man who wants to reach the top of his chosen career. His flow morphs quickly into reminding you of the new school feel of artists that can sing and rap at the same time.

The beat flourishes through like a shiny sports car and you can’t stop tapping your feet and wondering how this all sounds live at a massive festival. The driving energy is relentless and the vocals keeps you hooked like a hungry fisherman the whole way through this stylish journey.

This is about feeling in the zone and like the legendary ladies man with the proper English accent. You feel like you can speak to anyone and do anything you set your mind to. People you used to look up to are checking out your moves and right now you have the backing of the tight crew who have your back no matter what.

Austin Powers’ (Prod. Paryo) from Texas rapper Amazayus is a track to put on loud while you are cruising with that 420 blaze swag. This is the transporter-type feel when you imagine yourself in the 70’s and how those times must have been much simpler. This is a spark-filled track with lots to like and this is a trip that will motivate you to go for your goals and dress super fly while you dominate too.

Hear this via Spotify and find out more about this fast-rising artist via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Kenan Davis has made a tenderly mesmerising Indie debut with “Real Thing”

22-year-old Austin singer-songwriter Kenan Davis made their debut on October 9th with their tenderly resolving single “Real Thing”. I already know that it’s going to be a track to turn to whenever I need a portent hit of emotion.

I’ve listened to more love songs than I’ve had hot dinners, but I can’t say I’ve ever come across an artist who was able to so easily draw you in by their debut release. There’s an assured and mature feel to the soundscape, but the vocals resonate with humility and a sincerity that’s so scarce on the airwaves that I’m surprised there isn’t a black market for it.

If you’re always on the hunt for smooth soulful indie hits which hit the evocative spot, prepare to melt into the gorgeously-produced soundscape which allows you to feel every ounce of emotion projected into the dreamy tonally-resolving release.

You can check out Kenan Davis’ debut single Real Thing for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DrxcoDuke has dropped their dreamily melodious Alt-Hip Hop EP “Out of the Woodworks”

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Texan Alt Hip Hop artist DrxcoDuke has breezed onto the airwaves with their light and dextrously soulful EP “Out of the Woodworks”.

When it comes to flow, artists have either got it or they haven’t, DrxcoDuke’s fluidity is practically unparalleled. The melodiously dreamy instrumentals create the perfect platform for their charismatically piercing vocals. You can’t help but feel a little better about your life after you hit play on any of the authentically commanding tracks on the artist’s 2020 EP.

Each of the 5 tracks offers a brand-new urban flavour, but the standout track has to be the impossibly enticing track “Ufo”. Prepare to ascend to a new plateau with that one.

You can check out DrxcoDuke’s new EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Texan Alt Rock newcomers Tough on Fridays tease the release of their sophomore album “Ways to Kill Time”

Tough on Fridays are set to release their sophomore album on September 4th. Ahead of the highly-anticipated release, we’ve been given a sneak peek of the infectiously catchy single “Pleased to Meet You”.

The Georgetown, TX artist’s Grungy Pop Punk sound may just restore any faith which you’ve lost in this generation’s up and coming artists. With the sharp melodic hooks, euphoric choruses and scathingly visceral vocals it’s safe to say that Pleased to Meet You comes with a fairly vicious Pop Punk bite. No review of Pleased to Meet You would be complete mentioning the captivating nuances of Post Punk which helps draw the dynamic track to a close. The cutting angular solo work even gives Daniel Kessler (Interpol) a run for his money.

Any fans of Dream Wife, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Airborne Toxic Event and The Regrettes won’t want to miss out on the release of what promises to be one of the hottest album drops of 2020.

A Fantastic Way to Kill Time will be available via all major streaming platforms from September 4th. In the meantime, you can check out their earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sunday Morning Cartoons – Radio Static Spectre

Texan Indie Synth Rock pioneers Sunday Morning Cartoons released their EP “Retro Nights” on July 31st. Don’t let the EP title fool you, Sunday Morning Cartoons have a seriously stylistic sound to offer, especially with the standout single “Radio Static Spectre”.

With some sweetly haunting uses of reverb and plenty of intricacy within the guitar notes, the prelude efficaciously pulls you into a dreamy distorted feat of Indie which includes nuances of Jangle Pop and Post Punk. I have a feeling that any fans of the Verve are definitely going to want Sunday Morning Cartoons on their radar and Radio Static Spectre on their playlists.

Vocally, there are light reminiscences to the Kooks, but there’s a smorgasbord of authentic ingenuity in Radio Static Spectre. So the main thing that will hit you is the fresh feel of their accessible radio-ready track.

You can check out Radio Static Spectre for yourselves along with the rest of the EP for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Erich Joseph fires in with terrific ‘Arizona Heart’

Texas singer Erich Joseph returns with the fantastic ‘Arizona Heart‘.

Erich Joseph is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer based out of Houston, Texas. Picking up the guitar at age 4, Erich has been in love with music since he first tried to play. The bug was set already. From listening to everything from Frank Sinatra to Periphery and by playing in a variety of bands as a young teenager. Erich built up an eclectic music taste, and it shows in his songwriting. He is also the lead guitarist of local band Nick and the Groove. This is an artist who likes to push himself.

Erich Joseph’sArizona Heart‘ is a story of giving your all no matter what. No matter what the circumstances, you can achieve anything you want. Coming from Arizona, Erich knows what hard work is and does what he can do make sure that his standard is high. This is as fine indie-rock track for 2020.

Stream here via Spotify.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Texas singer Ferrante returns with love story on ‘When Reality Kicks In’

When Reality Kicks In‘ from Ferrante is a fantastic young singer-songwriter that pulls on our hearts strings here on his new track.

Coming out of Dallas in Texas, Ferrante is emerging from the young generation with his vocal delivery that makes the hair on your arms and back stand up to attention. He is soulful without being cocky, this is a genuine musician with bags of talent.

When Reality Kicks In‘ is all about telling the story about leaving someone behind and ending a relationship. This is a sad time but sometimes it has to be done. Ferrante wants to be together with this person but the time has come to end it. He tried to make it work but eventually things just had to end. He wasn’t happy with some things and this is something that we can all relate to.

Dallas singer Ferrante streams in with a fab track full of realness. ‘When Reality Kicks In‘ is an indie-rap track with R&B sugar coating that is sure to leave you wanting more to taste.

Stream here to hear this fine new track on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Katy JØ sings sweet smoke signals on jazz-tingled debut ”Spark The J”

Katy JØ is a young indie jazz artist born and raised in Houston, Texas. Her first bluesy-jazzed single “Spark the J” has just been released and this is a perfect wind-down track at the end of the night.

Her goal is to keep Jazz and Funk alive in her generation and Katy JØ is certainly on her way to doing this. With a laid-back style and plenty of soul, Katy let’s her voice do the talking and her mellow style resonates through the speakers. Everything is natural and the vibe keeps your head bouncing.

She is continuously working on growing her craft, and will be releasing an album towards the end of 2020. This young artist is only just dipping her feet in the game and this is an excellent start.

Spark the J” has an irie reggae-jazz style that fuses with some lofi-hip beats with extra treats for our ears.

Jazz it up in your life here via Soundcloud.

Stream this new track via Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen