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Take It Slow: Toronto producer Lostboyjay asks her to listen closely to the real story on ‘Ego Trips’

With that tree blaze always real close by to consume brightly, Lostboyjay wonders why she has so many stamps on her ‘Ego Trips‘, that is currently ruining the mellow vibe he wants to create.

Lostboyjay is an exciting Toronto, Canada-based RnB/trap-fueled artist/producer, with a creative knack of making snack-filled beats that satisfies your stomach and your hungry soul.

He likes to fuse a soundscape that is influenced by Bryson Tiller, Kanye West and Travis Scott, however you feel that he likes to do things his own way and his original style flows in smoothly with the lighter on hand, as the lights dim real low.

With his sensually appealing voice that is tracked on an attractive beat so alluring you might need to light another candle, we are whisked into a busy world where things can get twisted really quickly sometimes. The story of wanting her to listen closer is shown vividly through the speakers smokey exterior, as the selfie world can change a persons perspective about themselves way too quickly.

Ego Trips‘ from the promising Canadian producer/trap artist Lostboyjay, finds him sending us on a journey to find what he is truly looking for, only wishing that she would come down from her high horse so he could explain what he really meant in the first place.

Stream this fresh track on Spotify and see his IG for more info.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music

I’ll Take Control: Toronto’s Paper Eros sends us a saucy message of desire with ‘Love Sex Sin’

With a wild side that will leave many either feeling uncomfortable or fascinated, Paper Eros are back with a heat-filled new single about exploration on ‘Love Sex Sin‘.

Paper Eros is a sensual Toronto, Canada-based indie alt-pop act that strive to teach us more about the relationship between domination and submission, pain and comfort, whilst also singing about reality and fantasy.

”We wanted to create a disjointed, rough, yet danceable track that was unapologetically designed for sexual liberation.”- Paper Eros

This is the blindfold type of song that has your mind full of imagination, as he sings with no inhibitions at all, the words are to the point, with the beat pulsating through your veins and to your whole body.

The beat has thinking about your deepest desires, with the safe word discussed before, your eyes locked onto each other as the night starts to heat up quickly.

Love Sex Sin‘ from Toronto’s alt-pop act Paper Eros, is a journey to the dim-lit bedroom in your mind, where your imagination takes over through a rush of passion from a song that certainly has your attention.

Hear this steamy new single on Spotify and see their IG for more news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music RnB

The Nights Feel Long: Soulful London-based singer Essosa searches for that true place that feels like home on ‘Belong’

Yearning for that true place that she feels comfortable inside, Essosa sings with so much class and promise, on the excellent lead single from her upcoming EP called ‘Belong‘.

Essosa is an East London-born, Toronto, Canada-raised dancer and neo-soul/RnB singer-songwriter who has that rare type of voice that will make you shiver in your spine.

Her crystal clean tone has you gazing outside the dusty window, wondering when you will find that elusive soulmate who you desire so much to stay warm with.

This is the story about feeling like you are in the wrong place in time, everything feels off and you can’t quite put your finger on it. You have been trying to get out there but are feeling despondent and people forget you too quickly. The world is moving so fast but you are an old soul who loves authenticity, rather than fake conversations about nothing.

She sings with such grace as she opens the snowed under window to let us inside — the freezing temperatures have her mood in a sad state of affairs — as she wonders if things will change around, so she can feel real love again.

Belong‘ from enchanting London neo-soul/RnB singer-songwriter and dancer Essosa, is that incredible real single that is too common in this socially distanced world. Life does indeed feel lonely and cold when you feel like you don’t belong, as you look for your tribe, that truly get you.

Stream this smoothly delivered track on Spotify and check out her IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Hip hop Music

Letting her know how it is: Merezz hasn’t got time for reading ‘Signs’ (feat. Nessly)

Deciphering codes like a seasoned treasure hunter, Merezz is back with the mesmerizing new music video that will have you thinking beyond the norm called ‘Signs‘ (feat. Nessly).

Merezz is a wordsmith hip-hop/trap artist with bags of potential from Egypt, who was inspired to get into the music game from his life in Toronto, Canada and London, England. He scientifically formulates that quick-fire rap that stimulates the mind and gets your head bouncing all day.

This is the sensual story about falling in love real quick as your eyes lock into each other like you have never felt before. You read didn’t need to read the signs as you just knew she was into you and now things are good, you are close and she makes you feel like no other woman has ever done. The finances are royal flush so there is no problem as you treat her well, but tomorrow might be another day, so you take it one at a time but you hope this truly lasts.

Their rap attack is quality and striking, each word said for a reason in this confident smoke-filled night of wonder, the beat captures your mind and you feel like you are in a movie here.

Signs‘ (feat. Nessly) from Egyptian rapper Merezz, is that quality new school trap sound, that catches your body moving and your attention locked in tight to these top of the line emcees, on this fine new track to turn up real loud.

See this hot new video on YouTube and follow his career on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music

Bringing Beauty Again: Canada’s Steve Nicosia sends us a heartfelt ‘Reflection’ to immerse inside

Taken off his five-track EP from 2020 called ‘Retrospective‘, Steve Nicosia gives us a picture of his ‘Reflection‘ on this soulful track, that will have you feeling thoughtful about where your life is headed.

Steve Nicosia is a Canadian instrumentalist who likes to make music that means something deeper than most, as he filters out the noise of the world to create something meaningful and authentic.

The layers are made with such care and love, each verse swims into each other like a crystal clear river that shimmers into the sunlight. This is the perfect song to mellow your heart with, as you glide into the night with no worries in the world.

Reflection‘ from Toronto, Canada-based instrumental artist Steve Nicosia, is the sweet look inside the world that can be so pure if you let it consume you, as you block out the distractions and peacefully sift through what is actually important, and what really isn’t.

Stream this track on Spotify and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music

She rescued him: Cooper Chasse wants her to ‘Stay’ on emotional indie-folk gem

Cooper Chasse shows his appreciate for the shining angel that saved him when he needed her most, on the excellent new single that will have your eyes watering up slightly called ‘Stay‘.

Toronto-Canada-born, East London, UK-based solo indie-folk singer-songwriter, audio engineering student, electronic artist and producer Cooper Chasse, makes that deep kind of soundscape that washes over your body to purify it again after being hurt or disappointed. He sings with a transparent realness that helps you get over that heartbreak and move onto new experiences, that are fulfilling and make you happy again.

His voice is so soothing and real, each word sung is so meaningful as he stares into her eyes, asking her to stay so you can get to know each other even more. There is a real tender care here as she helped him and you can hear the appreciation from his voice and the melodies give you goosebumps, with possible tears emerging from this emotional story.

Stay‘ from East London-based, Canadian singer-songwriter/producer/MEDIATR electronic artist Cooper Chasse, is that romantic soul message that shows you can still find genuine hearts out there. In a selfish world, there are still kind people that want to be help and by showing them love, you are encouraging them to carry on being saints.

Showing how you feel can be a tricky game as you don’t want to give too much away too soon but you also want to show how much they mean to you. Simply asking is often the best way and if the feeling is mutual, your roads will join together on the path to connecting your mind and soul together as one.

Hear this excellent new single on Spotify and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music

Frank Michaels showcases their constraint-less charisma with their alt-indie electronica debut ‘2 Weeks’

If you’ve lost all concept of time, Frank Michaels’ single, 2 Weeks, may not be able to help in that regard, but it does provide 2:19-minutes of alt-indie electronica experimentalism which will set your synapses alight, and let’s face it, dopamine is hard to come by these days.

By fusing elements of trippy indie hip hop, electronica and funk-driven pop into atypically galvanising and glitchy progressions, the Toronto-hailing songwriter and producer created the perfect platform for their dream pop-Esque vocals which bring a sense of tranquillity and soul.

COVID-19 may have a lot to answer to for, but the inspiration it gave so many artists to take the bull by the aural horns and make their debut is definitely a silver-lining. Frank Michaels can discernibly count himself amongst the artists making these bleak times a little brighter with their constraint-less charismatic sound.

2 Weeks is available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

Zaid spins us back to the good vibes on ‘Party Time’ (ft. Notbad)

Zaid turns the tables up on 2020 with a new release that helps us feel the ‘Party Time‘ of 2021 (ft. Notbad).

After growing up as a Canadian kid in Abu Dhabi, he knew rather quickly what he wanted to do with his life. Be behind the decks and entertaining crowds of party-goers has seeped into his soul and he feels so alive when he is pumping the audience up. This is what he does and lives for.

The rising atmospheric soundscape sets the mood for what is next. The building block that goes higher and high in your mind and then drops hard, the party starts and the bass lifts the doom and gloom. With an electronic boost and sensual vocals that makes you close your eyes and imagine those sweaty nights in the club, dancing with your friends and meeting new lovers for the night, this is exactly the tonic that we need to make us believe in life again.

Party Time‘ (ft. Notbad) from the Canadian DJ Zaid turns back the hands of time to a better place. When there were packed crowds, smiling faces and happy bodies, sliding all over the dance floor or splashing in the sun-soaked swimming pool like there was no tomorrow.

When the world is back to almost-normal, this is the exactly the type of music that needs to be played for hours and hours while we get our dancing mode back, to forget what happened in the past and look towards the future.

Get the party started on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music

Seeing the bigger picture: Ziyaad Luceō transcends perceptions on ‘Through These Eyes’

Ziyaad Luceō is back with his spectacular signature voice and blushing beat via new single ‘Through These Eyes‘.

The experimental artist Ziyaad Luceō is a new school musician with a zest for making sounds that we can only dream of and he is on his absolute top form here.

”Wish I can see what you see when you look at me.”- Ziyaad Luceō

Dark R&B, alternative, and hip-hop all meshed into one sound, this is an artist that likes to try things out and make his own road, through the twists and turns and into our hearts with a song that is like no other. He experiments with an impressive and translucent energy that you can feel inside the deepest part of your bones.

With a voice that grabs tight and keeps it for a while, toying with it and taking you on a journey through the unknown basement of 2020, this is an artist who is only getting started and already making a massive impact with his loyal following.

His eyes are looking beyond the obvious and wants to truly feel how we are feeling inside, so he can make music that satisfies our very existence.

Through These Eyes‘ from Toronto’s Ziyaad Luceō is a new-wave delight that packs in more treats that a box of tasty chocolates. You get the feeling that he does this for the love and is only just getting started. This unique type of music is what its all about, as copying other artists is like cheating yourself of all your inner creativity. Life is meant to be a fun journey after all, not a copy and paste exercise that holds you back from being the real you.

Stream here for this top track on Spotify and see his story via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music

Church on Sunday – Destiny: Boisterously Eclectic Contemporary Punk

https://churchonsunday.bandcamp.com/track/destiny-2

With an opening riff reminiscent to ACDC’s ‘Thunderstruck’, Church on Sunday’s feisty new single ‘Destiny’ kicks off before evolving into a high-octane feat of boisterously eclectic contemporary punk rock.

The Toronto-based artist found the perfect balance between connectable angsty energy and raucously playful charisma with Destiny. With a massive chorus, a plethora of rhythmically-binding hooks and the sheer relentless talent exhibited, it isn’t hard to see why Church on Sunday have shared stages with the likes of Cancer Bats.

With elements of hard rock, pop punk and skate punk all influencing the insurgent matured track, it’s distinctive enough to grip you by its authenticity alone. The volatile euphoria and optimism which Destiny instils is the cherry on the cake. You can assume the cake has been left in the gutter in this instance.

You can check out Destiny on all major streaming platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast