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Back Here Again: Madraykin saunters in confidently with powerfully sung new single ‘Black Cat’

With sensationally captivating vocals and a sassy yet lovable style that has you looking for the water bowl to fill it up, Madraykin is quite stupendous on the terrific new track that will have you thinking that you need to claw out of the dark hole for good to find true peace on ‘Black Cat‘.

Madraykin is a fairly new and exciting noir folk musical project from Gloucestershire musician Madeleine Harwood. She terrifically explores deep and philosophical issues through her exciting cross-genre music, that is rather hard to place carefully into any specific kitty scratch pad.

This is the follow-up to the wonderfully supported ‘The Heart Has A Thousand Tongues‘, and you feeling her dynamic vocals delivered with such ferocious velocity. Each note swirls in like a perfect storm that grabs you close and takes you to exactly where it wants to go. This is the true sign of a skilled musician who performs with such vigor and determination – albeit with a rare touch of underrated class – that is so hard to find in this copycat world of posers at every corner.

Madraykin explains: “The black cat signifies depression, and the relationship that a depressive state can have with our mental health – you can both despise it and long for the comfort of its familiarity. The song was bourne out of a song writing session with Boo Hewerdine and it was interesting to take things in a brooding, melancholy direction and talk
about the black cat we are all working with in lockdown. “I wanted to put something out with a similar noir vibe to my debut single, but I hope this is an even more raw and soulful offering on a subject that many others will relate to at the
moment.” – Madraykin

Black Cat was written and composed by Madeleine and Boo Hewerdine and recorded by Chris Pepper at Saltwell Studios, Cambridgeshire. The orchestral arrangement is courtesy of David Kernohan and Madeleine’s vocals are accompanied by Chris on drums and percussion, bass, piano, electric guitar and keyboards, Ailie Robertson on harp and Elaine Lennon on backing vocals.” – Madraykin

Black Cat‘ from the emerging noir folk artist from Gloucestershire, UK Madraykin, scratches at the door and slides sneakily into our heart with willful abandon. This is the type of mysteriously enchanting song that might put a spell on you, as you fall into the moment and wish that more music would be as pure and even half as fascinating as this.

Stream this stunning new single on Soundcloud and check out the Twitter music page for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

How Do I Even Start: South Shields singer Jen Stevens is so classy on ‘She Sleeps’

Featuring her late Mum’s beautiful poetry, Jen Stevens sends us a real gem that will have you reaching for the tissues on the stunning new single named ‘She Sleeps‘.

Jen Stevens is an award-winning piano/folk/pop singer-songwriter, mental health advocate, cat lover and well-respected vocal coach, who is from cozy South Shields from the UK. She makes that enthralling music which is delightfully made and is such an elegant listen.

I’ve been playing piano and singing for as long as I can remember, and I started writing songs as a means to tell stories and communicate my feelings – I don’t like to sing about things I can’t relate to, so it makes sense to sing about people, experiences and things that mean something to me. If I can reach out to just one person, and touch one heart at a gig or through a recording, then I’ve accomplished something. Songwriting, for me, is massively cathartic and a definite form of therapy.” – Jen Stevens

She Sleeps‘ from the sterling South Shields, UK-based singer-songwriter/vocal coach Jen Stevens, shows us a conversation between herself and her beloved late Mum and is a really sweet single. With a spiritually enlightening song that is one of most pure releases of 2021, this is something really special.

Stream this song on YouTube and see her more from her story on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Room Starting Spinning: Brighton’s Leo Aram-Downs reflects on his true love with the excellent ‘White Noise’

After growing tired of being boxed up as merely a normal instrumentalist in the unfulfilling session music world, Leo Aram-Downs breaks free and shows us his dazzling skills on his new single called ‘White Noise‘.

Leo Aram-Downs is a supremely patient guitarist, singer-songwriter and transcriber, who was born in busy London and is now living a peaceful life in happy Brighton in England.

After recently blessing our cold ears with the warm ‘A Life Abbreviated‘ recently, he returns with another top class effort from this productive artist, who never seems to rest.

My music comes from a unique blend of influences ranging from fingerstyle acoustic guitar to jazz to tech metal, and everything in between.”- Leo Aram-Downs

This soundtrack is absolutely wonderfully creative, with so many fascinating layers inter-webbed inside and deserves to be in a movie or the main song to a series. The intricate intro sets the mood as the foggy midst clears and we are introduced to a skillful musician, who’s vocals are simply lovely on the ear and soothes the soul.

White Noise‘ from the talented Brighton singer-songwriter Leo Aram-Downs, shows us into a man’s mindset who misses that true love tremendously. He knows that he has made so many mistakes but believes that they will open the door when he arrives, so that they both may hug tenderly and never let go of each other again.

True soulmates are meant to be together after all.

Stream this top new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

If You Missing Me: Ash Adams wants her to say yes on the sensual ‘Tell Me’

Taken off his just-dropped ‘Me, But Different’ EP, Ash Adams is happily back with an absorbing new single all about finding out if she really has true feeling for him or not on ‘Tell Me‘.

Ash Adams is an rising indie-pop artist from Oxford in England. He has a rather compellingly unique style that is freshly stimulating and is totally enrapturing on our perked up ears, that are looking for spiritual guidance during these lost times.

As he started recording this wonderful piece of work from his cozy hotel room in sunny Australia in late 2019 – this exciting project has taken on a life of its own – as you feel this quality time has really morphed the riveting release into something special.

This is a catchy track with steamy hot production, that has smoothly tipped vocals that breeze glowingly into your mind so willingly. His voice is full of life and has you on the edge of your seat, as you wonder where this love story shall go.

Tell Me’ from the well-respected Oxford, UK-based indie-pop musician Ash Adams, is the story of hoping that they are keen to be in your life as you feel so much love for them. You have been hurt before and don’t want that heartbreak to knock down your good vibes again, that have been putting you in a good space lately. The ball is in her court now, as you get the tennis rackets ready to play, if she indeed feels the same way as you do.

Stream this new track via Spotify and see more of his adventures on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Drink Some Cherry Wine: Leeds singer Pixia keeps it real on dark-pop gem ‘If I’m On Your Mind’

With a compellingly intriguing style that is fused together so sweetly with her dreamy voice that has you starstruck, Pixia smartly wants to keep things real simple in this overly complicated world with ‘If I’m On Your Mind‘.

Anna-Rose aka Pixia, is a mysteriously creative Leeds/Manchester-based dark-pop singer-songwriter from the underrated North England. She has our minds in a much better place with her undiva-like qualities that shines through and gives you hope again.

Pixia’s dark and dreamy style is composed of ethereal vocals against bell, synth, and string instrumentals. Morphia marks the first project in Pixia’s dream of creating dream pop music with a dark, distinguished undertone.” – Pixia

This is the true story about making sure that you are both on the same wavelength, as you don’t want things to get messy with annoying drama, that belongs on reality tv. With an entrancing beat and luscious vocals that are inter-webbed by self-aware lyrics, this is a glorious song to put on repeat.

If I’m On Your Mind‘ from the inspiring Leeds/Manchester-based dark-pop indie singer-songwriter Pixia, shows us happily into the romantic spark that is flaming the room, as she just wants to talk about real things and keep it all so chilled. With a bottle of tasty cherry wine ready to be heartily consumed with the right company, this is exactly the right mindset to have in this rather strange world.

Stream this new single on Spotify and check out the IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Didn’t Plan on Staying Long: Gemini Chris stays late until the shadows are gone with ‘Dance On My Own’

On a flourishing new single that reminds us to be careful who we let into our lives, Gemini Chris is back with a terrific electronic single that shall have you enthralled into the dynamic story called ‘Dance On My Own‘.

Gemini Chris is a thriving International DJ and electronic music producer who is originally from Jamaica and now based in the UK. You feel his vast experience floating all over the beat here, as he floods in with a sound that is so enjoyable as it nibbles happily on your earlobes and projects astonishingly through your hungry soul.

You feel the electricity sweeping into your awaiting speakers, as we feel the story of feeling that bitter feeling inside your bones. They faked their way into your life and your mind, before leaving rather quickly and making it seem like they didn’t plan on staying long anyway. You now dance alone into the shadows — trying to think that’s okay and you didn’t care — but the feeling of betrayal is so evident, and bites hard at your healing heart.

Dance On My Own‘ from the Jamaican-born, UK-based music producer/DJ Gemini Chris, gives us an outstanding listen that foams a feeling all over your body which reminds you of the best parties back when things weren’t so uncertain.

With a stunning beat, crystal clear vocals and an honest story, this one of the most enjoyable dance tracks yet from 2021.

Stream this top dance single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Falling For You: Peter J. Adamson watches the stars with a sparkle in his eyes on ‘Lady In My Mind’

As he calmly asks her to stay the night so they can listen to each others beating hearts whilst holding hands tightly, Peter J. Adamson is quite flawless on a slow-dance classic new single that will have you smiling cheekily on ‘Lady In My Mind‘.

Peter J. Adamson is a supremely confident and well-dressed RnB/funk/pop singer-songwriter and music producer from the UK. He has that inner swagger that you can’t teach and makes such body-sliding groovy music that everyone can relate to.

This is the romantic story about meeting someone that you feel so happy with — as you have just met but feel like there is an instant connection — which is so rare in this rather strange charger-locked world. You feel the fire burning through your warm vein-awakened body and your excited souls warm up real good. The lighter isn’t needed this time to heat things up, as you both fully get each others vibe.

Featuring top class vocals that are so smoothly shaved and crisply textured like a taste of your favorite beverage after a long day, this is a singer with real lungs on him. The lyrics are simple yet effective, this is a song that you embrace willingly and never feel the urge to skip, even for a second.

Lady In My Mind‘ from the UK-based RnB/funk/pop artist Peter J. Adamson, has your attention locked into their clear chemistry, as the shots flow and the happy hearts thirstily link together so sweetly. Sometimes life can really be so simple, if you go with the flow and let things happen naturally.

Listen to this new single on Spotify and see more news on IG.

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

Spread The Word Out: Swansea rockers HWDU rip the rubber alight with the high-tempo ‘Space Punk’

Space Punk by Hwdu

Taken off their upcoming ‘Love Crime EP‘, HWDU take us for a high paced journey through time on their exciting new track that has your ears ringing in delight with ‘Space Punk‘.

HWDU is a four-piece hard-shredding Tŵp Rock act from peaceful Swansea in the Wales. They are a new band who have their helmets on tight and are ready for anything, as their clear enjoyment and determination to get their message to the world, is clearly obvious.

They rev up the lights so bright and sing with such awesome velocity that catches you unawares at first — their rugged sound is such a breathtaking encounter — and you can’t help but enjoy this hardcore experience. They slide through in unison and smash through the door with a cheeky grin, showing their intentions and give the stretching guitar strings such a wack, that your shaking speakers might feel a bit fragile after this one.

Space Punk‘ from the hard-pressing four-piece Welsh band HWDU, has us looking up above the stars and wondering if we can indeed achieve our goals. They kick-flip out of earth with reckless abandon and this is a hard-sledding adventure of a track, that is sure to shudder only good vibes into your willing body.

This thrilling Swansea-based band certainly have a lot to offer our battered hearts and show much promise, as they are the type of band that you just turn up loud and rock out to with your shirt off.

Hear this riveting single on Bandcamp and see more via their IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Talking To The Ceiling: Heckyl can’t seem to sleep at all on ‘Stranger’

Opening the door slightly ajar to show us his 2nd single which is the follow-up to ‘Preacher’, Heckyl is the voice-capturing new single all about that ‘Stranger‘.

Heckyl is a new and exciting artist project from UK-based indie-pop singer-songwriter and producer Luke Potter. Made from his cozy Sweet Factory studio, this is a music journey that takes you into a space that is very vulnerable and thus this is a very personal experience.

They are personal pop songs that are inspired and informed by a monster underneath my bed, but at night he crawls into my head, and they capture a world where anxiety, love and creativity come together in the form of ‘Heckyl.” – Heckyl

This is the story about trying to find some rest when your mind is racing like a formula one car and you spin out of control, crashing badly when you need to be winning.

Stranger‘ from the UK-based producer/indie-pop singer-songwriter Heckyl, shows us into the world where the doors are closed and no one can see. Featuring a highly imaginative ‘Kygo-esque’ rhythm, stacked full of tasty percussion and with some sassy synths, this is a song that you will find hard to forget.

That creepy stranger will always be with you, until you decide to slam to door for good.

Stream this top new song on Soundcloud and see more news with the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen