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Maryama teased her listeners through the time signatures in her jazz fusion reimagining of Britney Spears’ Toxic

Though covers often pale in comparison to their originals, Maryama’s rendition of Britney Spears’ Toxic stands as a seductive exception. This renaissance of a pop classic, draped in the finery of loungey jazz fusion, is fittingly intoxicating.

Maryam Mirbagheri, known artistically as Maryama, infused her multicultural musical prowess into this track, creating a soundscape that’s as rich in texture as it is in history. Her Iranian-American heritage, coupled with a profound grounding in jazz, soul, Persian, and classical music, sets the stage for a rendition of Toxic that’s almost inconceivably intimate.

The track begins with a seductive ease with complex time signatures weaving a hypnotic tapestry that’s both intricate and inviting. It’s a bold move, transforming a well-known pop anthem into something that feels more at home in a smoky jazz club than on a dance floor, but Maryama executes it with nothing short of remarkable finesse.

Her rich, airy, and velvety vocals glide over the music to breathe new life into the lyrics while the song retains its catchy core, despite the adornments of decadent instrumentals. For those who have yet to experience her music, this track is the perfect gateway into the lush, diverse world of Maryama.

Stream Toxic on Soundcloud. 

Review by Amelia Vandergast

I Feel Your Pain: Iphis reminds her father of their special all-lasting love on I Will Be There

Leading us deep into the toxic but relatable story which almost shattered her in half from witnessing a parent show their dark side so blatantly, the wildly creative Iphis returns with a real account that should put many into a deep reflective gaze, I Will Be There.

Iphis Well is a French indie pop singer-songwriter who loves to make people dance and she is known for her stunningly authentic aura, incredible style and striking hairstyles.

I wrote this song for my father. It talks about how the narcissistic perversion of my mother affected our relationship and mental health. This is also a love letter, to remind him that despite of the distance we have now, I will always be there for him, until the end.” ~ Iphis Well

Sung with marvellous tenderness and love for the betterment of humanity, Iphis Well shows us it is imaginable to love even if it’s rather hard sometimes.

With ear-tingling vocals and so much to think about, this is a rather important song made with true care. After understandably holding back from releasing this for a while, we find a courageous anthem to love unconditionally.

I Will Be There from French indie pop singer-songwriter Iphis Well is a hauntingly exquisite reminder that no matter what happened in the past, there is a bond so deep waiting to be held. Steering us wonderfully through a hugely private moment, we feel the passion of a maturing soul who guides us into the true love she will never forget. No matter the past.

Hear this fine new single on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

California Hip hop artist Stibs knows he should have left earlier on ‘Rather Be Alone’

Wondering why he stuck around when he was with such a rapacious human who only had narcissistic intentions, Stibs feels that he is now ready to move on into happier climates with his latest single, ‘Rather Be Alone‘.

Stibs is a Tracy, California-based indie Hip hop artist and music producer who is focused on his music and has bravely chosen to avoid the distractions of social media.

This is a song about finally getting out of a toxic relationship and choosing to love yourself after a rough break-up.” ~ Stibs

Displaying much maturity and standing tall after he was feeling rather bleak for so long, Stibs returns with another gem and displays his lyrical quality with a magnificently smooth and memorable performance.

From a production standpoint, his instrumentals blend vintage samples and instrumentation with clean and modern drum sounds.” ~ Stibs

Rather Be Alone‘ from Tracy, California-based Hip hop artist and music producer Stibs is one of those songs that makes you turn back the hands of time and remember back to that hurtful place. This is an emotional plea to himself as he wishes he had left when the time was right, before being pulled back into something that wasn’t ever going to last. Performed with a truthful tone that shows us the proper story, this is a tremendous track that will so relevant for anyone who has felt that they have wasted their time (and money) with the wrong person.

Listen to this deep track about a fallen love on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Trapped Inside: Arxivn breaks free from that harmful toxic energy on ‘EVOLLOVE’

As he bravely tells the story of being free again after being locked into a hurtful relationship that wasn’t good for the soul, Arxivn sings with so much meaning and conviction with his new track called ‘EVOLLOVE‘.

Arxivn is a focused Kosovo-born, UK based indie trap/pop artist. He creates that gripping new-school music style that has you listening closely, as its packed full of true life experiences, goals and heartfelt desires to achieve despite previous hardship whilst growing up.

With frustration at an all-time high, this is the tale of moving onto calmer waters that doesn’t drown you upside down so you can’t breathe. You feel his burning desire to be with someone who truly gets him and doesn’t leave him unnecessarily exhausted.

EVOLLOVE‘ from the emerging Kosovo/UK musician Arxivn, is a catchy new track that has you thinking deeply about when you were with someone for too long and felt like you lost some of your heart. He sings with a free-flowing energy that grabs your attention and reminds us all to be careful who we love. Sometimes their intentions are not pure and for that, you need to walk away before its too late.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

We want what we shouldn’t: Tay Drummond speaks the truth on the excellent breakup RnB single ‘Toxic’

Tay Drummond sings with such honesty on the breakup anthem for our minds to think deeply about on ‘Toxic‘.

Formally from Wisconsin, Tay Drummond is a Florida-based RnB/Soul singer-songwriter that is making big moves. He has recently learnt that lots of patience is needed to truly succeed at anything you set your mind to in life. Talent is great to have but without patience, you won’t really reach your goals.

He sings of a story that so many of us can relate to. You are with the wrong person and only now do you realize this. You thought they were all yours but you now know that the time to end things is now as they are so toxic for your soul. The trust is gone and the core is now broken.

With a passionate vocal performance, he sings about needing to take a long break from someone that you once loved. The beat is heavy but never overbearing and this is the type of song that makes an impression with fans all over the world. With more music like this, it shouldn’t be too long until a label snaps him up, as the quality is so easy to hear.

Sometimes we want what we shouldn’t have and we try and keep the light alive but the wind keeps on blowing it out. The time to start fresh is here and ‘Toxic‘ from West Palm Beach, Florida RnB singer-songwriter Tay Drummond is a trip our heart needed to move on.

Working out what your soul needs takes time and a lot of patience that seems out of reach, until you find it inside yourself.

Hear this top song on his Soundcloud, follow on Spotify and see his journey on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

‘Lone Wolf’ from Christelle is a real electro-soaked story about toxic people and staying true to yourself

Lone Wolf‘ from Christelle is a real electro-soaked story about toxic people and staying true to yourself. A real tale of life.

This song is about thinking you are better off alone, you are tired of toxic people around you and just need a break. New friends will come but you need lots of time to be out there in nature, listening only to birds and other animals. Not fake stories and pointless gossip. This is your time to get away and learn to be fully independent.

You would rather we alone than misbehave and be in pain. You like making the decisions and have been hurt before by people that have showed their selfish side and you are taking a stand.

Lone Wolf‘ from Christelle is a quality new single from an artist who sings with such strength, the lyrics bite hard and you know that this is a song that is made with truth.

Click here for the Soundcloud link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Will Gittens sings so smooth on ‘Toxic’

Will Gittens is back with his new R&B fused party song called ‘Toxic‘.

Will is from Trinidad and Tobago and currently resides in Atlanta. The recent Berklee School of Music graduate and Social Media Sensation has generated a heavy following: 1.6 million on Vine, over 165K+ on Instagram, 320K on TikTok, and over 100K on Youtube recently.

This song is all about being with someone that is so toxic but you like them so much. You want to be together but you know that they live in a different world to you and is probably not a great match. The plan is to see how things go but this is probably not a good idea as you know they will eventually hurt you.

Toxic‘ from Will Gittens is a real story about how love can be crazy and the choice you have to make to keep it going or move on. With fantastic vocals and a catchy tune, this is a winner all the way.

Stream here on Spotify now.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Toxic – Pass Out: An Ode To Our Debauched Humanity

Paypa Tunes Presents ‘Pass Out’ produced by Tailormade and written & performed by the talented underground Hip Hop Rap enigma that is Toxic which was released on 02 November 2017 to treat Hip Hop & Rap fans to some fast, heavy, percussion soaked beats all packaged together in a timeless vintage styling. Pass Out could easily contend with some of the hardest rap beats of all time. Toxic’s variant is vocals keeps you on your toes throughout the track, and in parts terrified. The lyrics are a harmony of aggressive energy. One of the rappers sounds like he’s under the influence of a demon possession rapping about juice & gin, if you can get over the almost comedic effect start to finish it’s a great track to immerse yourself within. It’s a short piece of music to sink your teeth into!

The context behind the song won’t win toxic any Nobel Prizes for Philosophic wonder, it’s a playful track about his intoxicated ventures leading to the inevitability of him passing out on the couch after watching Oprah. The lyrics make the track incredible human, there’s no crass grandiose like there is in most Hip Hop & Rap tracks. There’s a soulful humility to it, a reminder of our own debauched humanity.

Check out Toxic’s latest track Pass Out on The SoundCloud link below!