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Bruce Cohen – Four BC

Kicking off with opening track 'Haus', Bruce Cohen's latest release Four BC hits out hard with a fierce beat that grabs the attention immediately. Without much hesitation, we are sent headfirst into a dizzying spiral of woozy ambient samples and an intoxicating melody made up of swirling glacial notes. There's a slight tone of dread sitting beneath it all, while Cohen's…

Lara Mrgic – Shades

Minimalist and packed with emotional depth, 'Shades' is an ideal entry point to Lara Mrgic's sound. Underpinned with a sparse beat and wide backdrop of sprawling tones, it's the kind of track you might put on when it's time to wind down and reflect on how the day has gone. Lara's voice draws the listener in, moving from long drawn…

Kev Scott – The Loved Ones

From the opening moments of Kev Scott's The Loved Ones, there is a striking sense that something special is about to unfold. Kicking off with the title track itself, Scott's music immediately sets itself out as being tastefully alternative, with an underlying element of Americana holding it all together. The claimed influences of films like "Django Unchained" are justifiable - it's…

Free From Gravity – Step Into The Sunlight

Hailing from Portsmouth, Free From Gravity's album Step Into The Sunlight is a true reflection of the band's commitment to delivering big songs that are packed with a distinctively British sound. Lead single 'The Long Road' immediately establishes the band's sound, drenched with a classic Brit sound that nods towards a mid-Nineties britpop sound. Starting out gently, as the track progresses…

Across The Board – Don’t Drag Me Down

For International Women's Day, female fronted Canadian rock band Across The Board have released 'Don't Drag Me Down' into the wild. What's not to like? Short and to the point, coming in at under three minutes long, it's a track full to the brim with intention. Setting the scene with a quick look back over the shoulder, the lyrics "You…

Madelyn Victoria – Hold On

Hailing from the deep south of Texas, Madelyn Victoria's songwriting career started when she was just 13 years old. Unsurprisingly, her music features a healthy dose of country, with her vocal truly drenched in that deep melancholy tone that sends shivers down your spine. Comparisons with Shania Twain and Sheryl Crow might be slightly lazy but no less fair, as…

Scott Beaton – Eclectic Soup

Scott Beaton's Eclectic Soup is a rich haze of experimental moments which all interlock to create a coherent whole. Making use of spoken samples, mashed up and contorted, and pitching them against strong bass melodies that provide a strong foundation, there is a sense in Beaton's production that a whole new world is being created from the ground up. Just as…

HwH – Distant Echoes

Bursting out of the speakers with all kinds of surprises, HwH's Distant Echoes brings together aspects of psych, blues, and good old fashioned rock and roll. Kicking off with 'Walls', the dreamy, swirling organ is the first thing to grab you by the ears and drag you kicking and screaming into its crazy world of its own invention. From the start,…

Julian Kelly – Fish of Plenty

When trying to communicate effectively, it's often best to say something as concisely as possible. Why use a lot of words and cause confusion, when a few will do to get your point across? This can often be the case with music - many times keeping things simple is the best approach to ensure you achieve the most powerful effect.…

Joe Welch & Junior Kain – Freakin’ House Addicted

From start to finish, Joe Welch & Junior Kain's 'Freakin' House Addicted' is a thumping, pumping dance floor filler that grabs the listener by the scruff of the neck and refuses to let go until it has decided for itself when it's over. What makes the track stand out in particular is the way in which it uses a variety of…