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ZuZhu& brings his razor-sharp lyrical wit to their latest single “Cheating”

There’s not much that can make you feel better once you’ve been cheated on, yet ZuZhu&’s latest Pop Trap track “Cheating” which manages to put a humorous spin on the act of romantic indiscretion is sure to shed a little light on the soul destroying experience. Who said that Emo Rap was depressing?

ZuZhu&’s razor-sharp lyrical wit tears through the audacity of deception while the high-vibe Trap beats chip away at your romantic cynicism as they progress through the melodically arrestive progressions. It is an absolute earworm. Hit play and embrace the redemptive vibes.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Trap Meets Alt Rock in Hazy’s Melodically Entrancing Indie Hip Hop Track “Thousand Suns”

Usually, you need to choose between atmospheric mesmerism and melodic entrancement when it comes to Indie Hip Hop, but with up and coming artist Hazy’s latest release “Thousand Suns”, you’re treated to both in equal measure.

The Alt Hip Hop track sweeps across an emotional smorgasbord in Thousand Suns which starts as a slow meandering entry into the captivating hit which unravels through the perfect blend of Trap, Pop and Alt Rock. If you thought that Linkin Park’s contribution to Hip Hop was evocative, you may need to strap yourselves in for an emotional bruising. The sincerity stings and the lyrics are practically meta poetry.

You can check out Hazy’s latest single Thousand Suns via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Pop Artist Michael Relics Got Experimental with Their Compassion in “Savior”

If you’re in need of a little aural salvation, hit play on the latest Alt Pop track “Savior” from up and coming artist Michael Relics.

With a futuristic, urban and genre-crumbling feel, Savior holds your intrigue right the way through the duration. From deep reverberantly fuzzy sonic notes to light textures which add an air of optimism to the track, it’s all expertly crafted and refined to allow you to feel every ounce of compassion which bled into Savior

The short and sweet production may be fairly lo-fi, but Michael Relics’ ability to construct an evocatively bruising track still shines through. We’re officially stoked to hear what they come up with next.

You can check out Savior for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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

https://open.spotify.com/track/42sCQhT3NcClIekJvIt74I

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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Lo-Ke gives us a taste of “That Good Life” with his latest single ft Shadow Kyd

That Good Life” is the latest single to drop from breaking Hip Hop artist Lo-Ke. No, it’s not another Rapper ostentatiously versing about excess and Hennessey. It’s potentially the most inspiring perception-shifting Hip Hop track we’ve heard this year.

The wisdom-soaked wordplay in That Good Life ft Shadow Kyd is in tune with the contemporary collective consensus. We’ve all had an opportunity to rethink what constitutes as a good life, if you haven’t seen the light and stopped desperately wanting to amass wealth, shiny things and your own hareem, Lo-Ke may just turn that light on for you with That Good Life.

The melodic Indie Hip Hop Pop track is sure to go down well with fans of Post Malone and Yelawolf, or anyone who appreciates organic good vibes and lyrical enlightenment.

You can check out That Good Life for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Qeeran – More Than Enough: RnB-Infused Bedroom Pop

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Even a global lockdown couldn’t stop Malaysian-born, Melbourne-based artist and producer Qeeran releasing yet another smoothly amorous RnB-infused bedroom Pop single.

Hit play on “More Than Enough” and you’ll sink into a hazy, atmospherically sweet soundscape which has plenty of familiar sentiments to share with anyone who has experienced conflict burning between insecurity and infatuation.

Any fans of The 1975, SG Lewis, Alina Baraz and ELIO will undoubtedly want to delve into this evocatively nostalgic melancholic bedroom Pop masterpiece.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out More Than Enough for yourselves. In the meantime, check out Qeeran’s equally as airy and resolving releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sweet Roddy – ‘Snakes’: Chilled, Laid Back Hip Hop.

https://music.apple.com/us/album/snakes-single/1523816608

‘Snakes’ starts with a delicious little solo keyboard part, before Sweet Roddy’s vocal kicks in in a wash of East Coast auto-tune, the ‘snakes’ refrain separate from the verse, and defined by it. The lyrics tell of a cheating girlfriend. It’s an age-old tale; boy meets girl, girl hooks up with another guy for ice-cold drinks in the club, girl sends other guy photos…you know the story.

Musically, it’s pretty chilled, laid-back trap; instrumentally, there’s a Yelawolf vibe, maybe a little Post Malone, the main vocal front and centre, the chorus more sing-song and lyrical. It’s poppy, pretty of-the-moment, kind of melancholy and posturing all at once. Isn’t that an age old story, too?

Check out Sweet Roddy here.

Review by Alex Holmes

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KiDD RicH sets a hazy lustful scene in their latest release “2am”

There’s been plenty of hype around breaking Hip Hop artist KiDD RicH since they made their debut with the single “Comfortable” in 2019. On the heels of their successful singles, they’ve dropped their debut album “The Statement, Vol. 1”.

The track which especially caught our attention with its hazy indulgent tones was 2am, a tale of nocturnal lust which won’t fail to instil the amorous vibes. The lust is inscribed in the sultry, light and melodic Indie Trap beats. They’re also found within KiDD RicH’s soft and mellifluous vocals which project plenty of emotion into the track as they verse the deeply introspective lyrics.

From the first verse, you’re immersed in the scene which KiDD RicH sets with the warm summer tones. You practically feel an increase in the temperature when you hit play.

You can check out 2am along with the rest of KiDD RicH’s debut album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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CMILL444 has moved the Hip Hop narrative away from glorified hedonism with “Drugs R Overrated!”

CMILL444 dropped their latest single “Drugs R Overrated!” on August 6th and perceptibly achieved their mission of moving the narrative in Hip Hop away from the glamorisation from drugs, sex and excess by pouring some feel-good grooves on the airwaves.

As Scroobius Pip once said “Guns, bitches and bling were never part of the four elements, and they never will be. CMILL444’s sweetly resolving single reaffirms that sentiment. We all know that happiness doesn’t come from anything with a price tag, it’s about time that Hip Hop reflected that fact.

The Indie Trap Pop hit doesn’t just leave you enamoured with the vibrant and accordantly light beats, but with life itself.

You can check out CMILL444’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Txrzxn x ABJ – Make a Wish: Compellingly Sweet Indie Trap Pop

For his latest single “Make a Wish”, Txrzxn teamed up with ABJ and producer Nextlanebeats to cook up a compellingly sweet Indie Trap Pop single which will leave you enamoured before the first verse has run through.

The soundscape may be melancholically tinged, but there’s plenty more to Make a Wish than just your average offering of Sad Boy Trap. Txrzxn’s incredibly magnetic vocals paradoxically inspire optimism as they run through the lovelorn and lost lyrics. With the intricately angular guitar notes around the steady hits of the Trap beats, there’s plenty of depth, texture and atmosphere to immerse yourselves within while the mesmeric midtempo track runs through.

Perceptibly, Txrzxn has a significant amount of commercial potential behind their sound. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world finds out about it. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Make a Wish for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast