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From sprinting to music: F17 speeds in quick with ‘Track On Drill’ (ft. TeeOnly)

Fred Afrifa aka F17 is in full flight and you can see the passion he has for the next step of his life on new release ‘Track On Drill‘ (ft. TeeOnly).

Blending Italian and British styles, the South London/Italy native singer/athlete tears up the mic on this impressive outing from the multi-talented creative.

The rap delivery is sharp and quick-witted with both of these motivated emcee’s showing their spectacular skills. With a few languages included, this is a true international song that is so catchy and sees the two stars flowing it hard on the athletics track via the music video.

The self-motivational message is clear for all to see and the extra effort needed to be at the top. Sports and music have always been closely linked and its refreshing to see this translated in a proper music video, of such high quality.

Track On Drill‘ (ft. TeeOnly) from international sprinter/emcee F17 is a motivating song about how you can achieve your goals if you put the effort in. Others might be blazing and chasing girls, while the right way is to get that lactic acid burning by running a few 300’s and by keeping that lazer focus lit.

In life, if you want to get that gold medal, you need to put the hard work in each day, otherwise its all talk and no action.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Genre merge-benders: Manchester fast-risers Maruja stomp down the house with ‘Rage’

Maruja are back with a powerful new song and the 4-piece act certainly deliver a track that is full of ‘Rage‘.

Manchester’s Post-Punk Jazzy Alt Rock crew Maruja certainly make ferocious music that growls like a hungry Lion that skipped lunch. The highly rated newcomers passion is easy on the ear and tremendous to vibe with, as the UK band smash through with their electric energy that might cause power outages from all the piping hot electricity.

The ominous opening sets a benchmark that swerves in with an alto sax sound that adds so much intrigue to an already catchy track as the mood is set in stone with a newly sharpened knife. The bass and drums feel like they been injected with superpowers as it meshes with the strong vocals that bellow out, reflecting the moment and getting the frustration out with the shaking mic taking a battering.

This is the story about having that extra acidic fire in your blood flow, your vision goes black as something or someone takes over your thoughts for a few fleeting moments. The raging bull inside you has blows a gasket and your teeth clench so tightly as you think about that person that has engulfed your feelings and you aren’t at all yourself right now.

Sometimes we lose ourselves for a while and we need strong friends to hold us back, calm us down and help us to see reason. Manchester’s Maruja are quite excellent on the powerfully constructed ‘Rage‘ as their uniquely brilliant music heats up a freezing lockdown December.

Head through to the Spotify page for this banging tune and see their story on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Barking native Femi Jaye climbs up high with ‘Tree Man’ ft Habeeb

British-born Femi Jaye is always pushing the UK Afro-fusion envelope and he impresses yet again with the new single ‘Tree Man‘.

Barking in East London is where we find this incredible talent in the UK. After being in the game since 2014, Femi Jaye is a name that is well-known and he impresses yet again on his latest track. Always an innovator and creative, we find a mellow soul on this one as he is joined skillfully by Habeeb.

This is a young artist that has been growing to this point and now is now truly reaping the rewards. From a family of musicians, this UK-born musician is in a joyful mood here. This is a happy track that shows where he is in his life. The will to make quality music is there and inside, he is feeling really good. ‘Tree Man‘ is a 420 friendly track that smokes in with an ambiance that is welcome in 2020. Femi Jaye is here to stay.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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UK singer-producer William Moore is dynamic on ‘Four Nights in One’

William Moore is a Kent-based indie singer-songwriter and this is his new and excellent release called ‘Four Nights in One‘. The follow up to his latest effort ‘Cambrian Road‘ from August, this is a terrific song to further cement his name with our ears.

This has a club-like start, the vocals soon erupt into a woven lust that makes the hair on your arms stand up to attention. The beat catches you off guard, your body moves and you like it. This is the party song, lots of memories lost as they were so close just the night before.

Your problems tomorrow are not today and this is such a true notion. You have 4 parties on 1 and this has totally broken you but you but you enjoyed it. You didn’t worry about the day until you woke up.

UK singer-producer William Moore is incredible on ‘Four Nights in One‘ as this indie-pop journey is a tasty ear listen as the quality production and crisp vocals win the day. This is music perfect for those chilled days when you are in a reflective mood.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Lilo is so stunning on self-aware ‘Running in the Rain’

UK singer-songwriter Lilo is so stunning on ‘Running in the Rain‘ and sings with growing confidence and is always elegant.

With a voice that is hauntingly beautiful, Lilo is one of those genuine souls that loves making and performing her music to hungry hearts. Her vocals are tremendous, never too much and she is one determined young lady. After learning how to play the piano at aged 4, guitar at 8, songwriting at 13, singing lessons started at 17. She clearly loves music and learning new things so that she can immerse herself into the peaceful indie-pop sounds.

This is a song all about learning to enjoy the present rather than wishing constantly for the future and reaching your end goal. This is such a true predicament and something most of us battle with each day. Living for the moment is the way to go instead of over-thinking everything.

Running in the Rain‘ from Lilo is a lovely indie-pop pure song full of lovely energy that grabs your attention. The Yorkshire-based music is a huge talented and the music is so great to listen to.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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UK producer Dj Eskalator is in scintillating form with the best fresh 2020 ‘BipBop’

Dj Eskalator is in scintillating form with the best fresh house 2020 track called ‘BipBop‘.

Australian-based, UK born and raised on the wild, sweaty but tempting dance floors of the English nightclub and festival scene. This is a producer that has that style that makes you want to take off your shirt and dance all night.

You wonder what could of been, you should of just carried on but something stopped you at the time. Covid happened and seems to of got us scampering for touch at this time. When will we be free again from this awful plague. Back when we were free, we possibly thought of no consequences and had no responsibility, even for just a few hours.This is a determined Dj with his life that has been headed towards this particular path for a while.

This is a man that cares deeply about the sound and isn’t afraid to try new things. ‘BipBop‘ from Dj Eskalator is a hot track to turn up loud.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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The Ruby Tears are here with the fantastic single ‘Make Up Smile’

Make Up Smile‘ from The Ruby Tears is one of those songs that makes it all worth it. The Liverpool & Manchester connection dribble up and score such a great goal with this new single.

This duo was born from the womb of the weird life that is Covid Lockdown. Right now, The Ruby Tears has been an entirely online collaboration between Manchester solo musician John Goodfellow and Liverpool guitarist-songwriter Jeff Skellon. Imagine when they can practice live together? The music is already incredible so what comes next could be truly ground-breaking.

Taken off the new EP ‘Fallen Star‘, ‘Make Up Smile’ is a lovely entry in the music world with indie-rock flows and that road trip kind of feel. This is that type of song you turn up loud of leave it, playing it again and again until you are feeling okay.

This is such a classy song, made with such care and the production value is quite scrumptious for the tired ears of 2020. This is that uplifting song for the ages, the vocals grab you and help you carry on. You smile and start to dance around, avoiding burning out from this crazy year that we have all faced. ‘Make Up Smile‘ from The Ruby Tears is an underground gem.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Marnie Mags is cheeky and charming on her vibrant video for ‘Mouth to Mouth’

Marnie Mags had a lot of fun making this video and her enjoyment is clear for us to see on ‘Mouth to Mouth‘.

Marnie Mags is a supremely soulful country-pop singer-songwriter, from the South Coast of England. With soaring vocals, she writes heartbreakingly catchy songs about life, love, the universe, and lays them down effortlessly over driving, rhythmic guitar hooks. You will be moved, you will want to dance, you will be transported. 
She has a style to her and the vibe is so authentic. She seems down to earth and real which is a pleasure to see.

Since the release of her debut single ‘Strangers’ she has released a 2nd single called ‘Mouth to Mouth’ which has a more modern country feel to it, and compared to the earlier days of the Dixie chicks but with more of an edge.

Mouth to Mouth‘ from Marnie Mags is a lips-seducing single with a fab video that captures the UK artist perfectly. With a glorious voice and charm to spare, I can’t wait to see her play live.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Mortimer Jackson is quite brilliant on ‘Ghosts’

After receiving airplay from Radio legend Steve Lamacq on his 6music Recommends show, Mortimer Jackson returns with his new single ‘Ghosts‘.

Jackson was born in Camden in vibrant London. He was and raised listening to Bob Dylan & Chuck Berry in the foothills of Glastonbury.  After Uni, Jackson moved to Fremantle, Western Australia, where he wrote material for his next project. Inspired by Merseybeat, he returned to London and assembled a new band. The creative juices are always flowing with this quality song that that is off the top shelf.

Since the birth of his son, Jackson has decided to go solo, honing the sounds and influences he has acquired over the years. In addition to the approval of Steve Lamacq, his first few tracks have also earned recognition and support from New Noise Magazine and BBC Radio Wales. With the respect of the industry, this is a top class artist who seems to be getting better and better.

Mortimer Jackson is a fantastic musician, with years of experience in the music game. He plays with authority on ‘Ghosts‘, the veteran sings with gusto and this is such a quality track with excellent production.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Chichester’s James Urquhart releases new house banger off Midimadnessuk ‘New Generation’

Chichester’s James Urquhart has just released a brand new house banger off Midimadnessuk called ‘New Generation‘.

James has been a dance producer for many years and has multiple releases including being featured on Hed Kandi and BBC Introducing several times. He has been looking to move into dance-pop and this new style has this young producer very excited about the future. So are we.

This song is translucent as it swells into your skin, vein by vein. You feel so much more relaxed and start to bob your head around and then the feet follow. This is such easy-going, laid-back track that saunters into your soul. I like the freshness and everything is real around.

New Generation‘ is about really going for it it this fast-paced environment that we face right now. The new style is quick and we need to be efficient and ever-evolving to make sure that life is going to be okay. Chichester’s James Urquhart wins the day with this exciting release.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen