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Blowing My Own Trumpet – Calling Me Home: Sun-Soaked Alt Folk

Alt Folk artist Blowing My Own Trumpet may just possess the most ingenious moniker we’ve ever heard. It cheekily alludes to the artist’s playfully expressive nature which also resonates within their rhythmic feat of folk “Calling Me Home” which breaks the monocultural mould by allowing African culture to effervesce within the organically high-vibe single.

Even if Calling Me Home doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, I can guarantee that your soul will feel infinitely lighter once the sun-soaked soundscape has faded to a close. If your escapism playlists are in need of an update, you’ve struck gold with the image-laden track.

You can check out Calling Me Home for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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David Adonis – Safe Distance: A Guide to Dating in the Digital Age

David Adonis allowed the airwaves to keep up with the digital evolution of romanticism with their latest single “Safe Distance”.

Safe Distance breaks the monocultural mould with rhythmically seductive melodies cooked up through an infusion of RnB, Pop and Afro Beats. But much more importantly, David Adonis served an all-important reminder through the resonant lyrics that love and romanticism are still persevere-able.

In a few years from now, tracks like Safe Distance will serve as a memento from the time we globally, simultaneously experienced love displaying resilience against the hate and chaos 2020 thew at us.

We may have a more limited way of connecting, but you can almost feel the fizz of passion between two people locked in amorous fixation when listening to the smooth grooves in David Adonis’ soulfully seductive Afro Beat single.

You can check out Safe Distance for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Collective Beats send us message of hope with Zero Malaria Campaign inspired ‘Win This Way’

Collective Beats send us a peaceful message about spreading the word of the terrible malaria disease ‘Win This Way‘.

With an exciting collaboration and fantastic fusion of artists, cultures and sounds, Collective Beats was initiated at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. They have managed to deliver their new debut ‘Win This Way‘ which was written for the Zero Malaria Campaign.

Due to Covid-19, none of the musicians have met in real life, with the entire recording being done in isolation and tracks being sent back and forth. A triumph of technology and music, ‘Win This Way’ demonstrates the true power and community of music. I love how the musicians have grouped together to make some stunning music.

Collective Beats is a melting pot of world music, featuring Ngoma, Mbira, Ghatam (the earthen pot from South India), Morsing (the Jewish harp), Konnakol, Guitar, Bass, Piano and Electronica, together with unique voices from many Commonwealth countries. Led by Kevin Jenkins (Oxjam, ‘Make Poverty History’), ‘Win This Way’ features the lyrics of British-Namibian poet Christi Warner and Zimbabwean writer Edith WeUtonga. Collective Beats is also made up of Dr Ahir Utsav, James Chamanazi, Othnell Mangoma Moyo, Christophe Putters and Roshen Maduranga.

Collective Beats wins the day on the malaria-inspired ‘Win This Way‘ that features some top quality artists who have grouped together to make a well-needed song to spread the message of getting rid of this horrible disease.

Click here for the video on YouTube.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Lita – Earworm CIAO CIAO: A Bicultural Alt Pop Playlist Essential

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CIAO CIAO” is the upcoming single from breaking Italian Alt Pop artist Lita. With the bilingual vocals, her cinematically expressive Pop hit is a track which could enamour Pop fans worldwide.

Lita’s Italian roots are weaved into the mix through stunning operatic vocals giving CIAO CIAO a slightly haunting and dramatic tone. Yet, Lita brings the tonal warmth back up to a cordial temperature with her own vocals.

If you can draw yourself away from the vocal alchemy in CIAO CIAO, you’ll be able to appreciate the level of distinction in the vibrant, stylistically intricate beats. Whether you hear this track drop on a dancefloor or your drive home, you’re bound to admire her ability to create a danceable yet undemanding track.

The track was written for anyone who feels displaced, and like they never really have a place to call home after moving away. The sentiment definitely doesn’t fail to resonate.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out CIAO CIAO for yourselves. In the meantime, give Lita a follow via Instagram, and you can listen to her earlier releases via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nilambary – Sarvasva Tomar: Celestially Quiescent World Music

World Music trailblazer Nilambary released their debut album “Eternal Players” on February 10th, while each single as elegantly cinematic as the last, the standout single is undoubtedly “Sarvasva Tomar” for the celestial quiescent alchemy it contains.

Tentative piano keys introduce the softly ambient melodies in Sarvasva Tomar. But it isn’t all too long before the soft and sweeping notes are gently dominated by the nuanced, poised, and dynamically harmonic vocals which will keep you transfixed right up to the outro.

If you’re looking for a serene soundscape to slip into, look no further.

You’ll be able to check out Sarvasva Tomar along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to YouTube or the artist’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Castlemill – Born Free: Cinematically Orchestral World Music

“Born Free” is the latest single to be released by the eccentrically experimental up and coming World music artist Castlemill.

You’ll find the usual organically textured woody percussion in Born Free, but within the arrangement, there are also inventively placed orchestral layers which you wouldn’t usually find in World Music. Yet, Castlemill has found a way to weave in a nuanced cinematic flair which makes the soundscape all too easy to sink into.

It’s uplifting, it’s innovative, and it’s given us more reason to get excited by the artist’s ability to orchestrate music which feels like an epic adventure whilst simultaneously feeding you catharsis.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ivory Blue – Wole: Sun-Kissed Afropop-Infused Hip Hop

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While you’ll usually struggle to find authenticity within up-tempo party Afropop Hip Hop, with Ivory Blue’s recently released rhythmically arrestive drop “Wole” you’ll find all of the danceable euphoria you could possibly ask for.

The sun-kissed record is an offering of pure soul. Whether you look to the shimmering warm melodies or Ivory Blue’s sweet and sensuous vocals, you’re sure to find a connection with the soundscape. The production also plays a heavy hand in ensuring that Ivory Blue’s pioneering approach to the genre resonates just as it should.

With elements of world music and multilingual vocals in Wole, it’s a refreshing breakaway from monocultural Western Hip Hop.

You can check out Ivory Blue’s Afropop-infused high vibe offering of Hip Hop for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Daron Vande – Waste Time: Sun-Soaked Afro Beats

“Waste Time” may not be great advice, but it is the sensational standout single from up and coming World Music artist Daron Vande.

The high-vibe track offers Afro-Beats with sun-soaked Reggae rhythm with one of the smoothest flows we’ve heard in a long time. The Brooklyn-based artist notably excelled in creating an arrestive mid-tempo single with plenty of melodic hooks.

The radio-ready mix is immersive from the first hit. Which is why so many Afro-Beat fans didn’t hesitate in playlisting this vibrant, polished soundscape which comes with plenty of sunny escapism. Waste Time is a track which stays true to its roots, but that’s not to say it doesn’t drip with commercial potential.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Soto – Rootstrings: Frenetically Rhythmic World Music

“Rootstrings” is the quite literally hair-raising world music debut from up and coming artist Soto. If they keep creating soundscapes with such sensory appeal, I dare say that they won’t be up and coming for long.

You don’t need the ‘golden ear’ to perceive the ingenuity in Rootstrings. Ut’s perceptible through the way you can’t really tell what’s in control, the rhythm, or the artist. Expect exotic intricate organic beats to frenetically offer warmth and soul – even in the absence of lyrics.

Within the eclectic instrumental arrangement, you’ll pick up on virtuosic fingerpicked guitar progressions, tribal drum beats, classical strings, playful ukulele melodies and plenty more. It’s a seven-minute invitation to a higher plateau. I’d take it if I were you.

You can check out Rootstrings for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Daniele Montagner (Ensemble Voyagers) – Kaos : Experimental Ritual World Music

You should be open to experimental world music in order to endure this song -let alone truly enjoy it. If acts like the experimental fusion group Goat from Sweden excite you, then you have to keep reading.

The song that we will be putting under our microscope today is “Kaos” and there’s quite a lot going on. During its first seconds the song brings to mind a shamanistic ritual; shortly after we can hear a tambourine and a drum kit, both playing simultaneously yet on different tempos. Although slightly disharmonic, this does not create any confusion, while in various points female ethereal vocals alternate with ritualistic chanting; the percussion will not stop until the end of the song. It ends with a dramatic finale.

Interesting sound, blending sounds that although the average urban listener might not be too familiar with, it will be a pleasant listen for the curious listener. If you’re intrigued enough to visit Daniele Montagner Facebook page, you will see that a photo of three roosters adorns his header photo, which I find perfectly aligned to the weirdness of his music.

If you consider yourself a curious listener, click here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis