Electric High // Waiting With A Gun

They surprised us, making their debut with that source of pure rock energy that was their single ‘Harder To Justify‘, followed by the equally compelling, wicked, and empowering number ‘Reproducing Man‘ – we have previously written about them in a couple of articles, in the case you missed them you can find them here:

Now they are back once again. And the question is: were they able to surpass themselves even with this third single? To go straight to the point, the answer is: absolutely yes!

The feverish adrenaline rush and the authoritative power of Electric High shows no sign of waning, and let’s say it without reservations, lucky us. Their hard-hitting brand-new track is once again part of their story, their world, and their lives, as ‘Waiting With A Gun’ is a song inspired by the bass players drunk uncle, who always threatens them with a rifle, every time they walk past his house on their way to rehearsal, telling them to shut the fuck up.

The release of ‘Waiting with a Gun’ is accompanied by the gun-slingin ‘, sharp-shootin’ official video, available on the Electric High’s YouTube channel. Entirely scripted, directed, produced and edited by the band itself, the video features an absolutely furious band performance, with loads of weapons-related clips flashing across the scene, making up the harsh, aggressive aesthetics of the video.

Fronted by two in-your-face lead singers, and flanked by a perfect triad – a guitarist, a bassist and a drummer who shine thanks to  their unions, riffs and licks – Electric High remain true to form and give us once again an impeccable example of the organic nature and incisiveness of their sound.

A band that goes straight for the throat, with ‘Waiting With A Gun’ they’re shooting out their heavy loaded riffs and hard blasting drums, while singers PV Staff and Olav Iversen scream their throats out, ranting about everything, from the unemployed lifestyle to world politics.

That’s Electric High’s mark: a rocking “electric power” that is pure, gritty, granular and compelling like few others. And it’s something worth more than a single listen or view. You can bet on it!

Listen now to ‘Waiting with a Gun’, the latest single from Electric High, available for streaming on all the major digital platforms.

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Neon Dreams // Sick Of Feeling Useless

Pillars and wings of Neon Dreams, Frank Kadillac and Adrian Morris have been making music together under that moniker since 2015, but it was only last year that they reached a turning point.

Having garnered tens of millions of streams, won numerous Canadian awards with their 2016 golden single ‘Marching Bands’, and gone through a radical sound refactoring that led to the cancellation of an entire album, in 2019 the duo released ‘Sweet Dreams Till Sunbeams’ – a release that includes nine edifying songs about not fitting in and overcoming adversity – and continued to release new material this year, covering subjects from Kadillac’s painful youth to his mother’s battle against cancer.

“I have stories to tell from a place of love to other people who are like me,” says Kadillac. “My main goal has been to reach as many people as I can and spread positive energy. I feel I have to get the message across to people like me, because I don’t know anyone else who’s doing it.” Certainly referable to the alt-pop basin, the music by Neon Dreams presents itself with a rich diversified mix, being able to include rock lashes to pop sensitivity, sometimes inserting hints of hip-hop with Kadillac’s rap, up to incorporate elements of EDM and reggae into their sound.

“I want to be the soundtrack to the next generation,” Kadillac proclaims. “I’m not writing for a bunch of cool kids. I’m writing for the kid sitting in the hallway eating lunch; the kid that has the perfect family but just doesn’t fit into it; the people who feel out of place.” And it is in the realm of this creative richness that the latest work from the Halifax alt-pop duo Neon Dreams lights up in all its energizing freshness. ‘Sick of Feeling Useless’ is an edifying hymn, chorally relatable, about how easy it is to feel powerless, especially in these modern times. And how, let’s face it, we are all tired of this!

Praised even for its 90’s/2000’s MTV/TRL era aesthetics, the release of ‘Sick of Feeling Useless’ is accompanied by an official video posted on release day on Reddit, becoming the #1 HOT and upvoted video on r/TopTalent with nearly 15,000 upvotes. The visual is a creative combination of 2,474 images, forming a stop motion visual that sees Kadillac and drummer Adrian Morris performing their new release.

As Kadillac recounts: “before the song was made, we were discussing with our good friend and collaborator Nathaniel Motte from the band 3OH3! about how it’s easy to feel helpless…like nothing we do matters that much. Then Nat said «ya know…I think everyone is just sick of feeling useless.» It hit so hard with me because I felt that way my whole life growing up, I felt useless until I broke out of my shell.”

Through its nostalgic tones this modern production conveys a powerful message and literally gives voice to the inhabitants of the island of social recluses, of those who live in constant search for a place to belong to, and even instills a sense of self-criticism into those who relate to others aggressively, socially and beyond.

Listen now to ‘Sick of Feeling Useless’, the latest single from Neon Dreams, available for streaming on all the major digital platforms.

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Alice Pisano // Tears Will Set You Free

Produced by Ian Barter (Izzy Bizu, Rhys Lewis, Dermott Kennedy) and released with no label or backing, ‘Celebrate Life’ garnered support from BBC Radio London, BBC Introducing, National Dutch Radio NPO Radio 2, as well as from numerous online tastemakers including Atwood Magazine, and from high profile Spotify playlists, such as New Music Friday UK, Soft Pop Hits, Mellow Morning, just to name a few.

With this new single, Alice opens up an interesting and even more intense chapter for her material, whilst maintaining the charm for which she was quickly noticed. Infused in an airy atmosphere with luminous instrumentation, ‘Tears Will Set You Free’ offers powerful and vibrant crescendos, driven by heartfelt lyricism and by Alice’s splendid and poignant vocal performance.

Speaking of the track Alice said:

It's a song about accepting and embracing the dark times. I feel that crying is often seen as a sign of weakness, but for me letting go to my emotions is very cathartic and the fastest way to move on.

An alternative indie pop number with touches of bright synths and R&B glazes, the musical delivery of ‘Tears Will Set You Free’ is warm and silky, while dynamically moving between round introspective caresses and vivid revealing pinnacles.

With ‘Tears Will Set You Free’ and her new perspective radiated by an inspiring light, Alice brings us an enveloping and interesting novelty that is captivating and qualitatively impeccable. One that allows to her to stand out with style in the ranks of talented young performers.

No bouts, Alice Pisano is an artist to keep an eye on, as she is endowed with a musicality like few others, that perhaps in the future will also lead her to write a piece in Italian. Never say never.

Listen now to ‘Tears Will Set You Free’, the latest single by Alice Pisano, available for streaming on all the major digital platforms. Find your preferred one via ffm.to/tearswillsetyoufree

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The release of the single ‘Tears Will Set You Free’ is accompanied by an official lyric video, available on the Alice Pisano’s YouTube channel.

Speaking of the video Alice shares: “Originally I had planned a video with actors and a storyline but given the current situation I had to think of something different … so I got my mum to film me singing against the kitchen wall and sent the footage to a good animator who did an amazing job with the song’s lyrics.”

Drew Thomas // Somebody You Needed

Born in Nottingham and living in London, Drew Thomas is an artist who has spent the past three years playing shows in the UK, including festival appearances at Reading & Leeds, Y Not festival, and a packed out London headline show in his own right at the end of last year.

Released on June 12th and taken from his upcoming and awaited EP, his latest version, ‘Somebody You Needed’, is a track with which Drew shows off once again his musicality and his touching style, as he tells a story of isolation and regret at the end of the “honeymoon phase” of a relationship.

So Drew speaks about the song:

“Sometimes you write a song which ends up having a much greater and more important meaning than ever originally expected when first putting pen to paper. Somebody You Needed was a song about feeling isolated after the honeymoon stage of a relationship and now has connected with people in my live shows and live streams as a reflection of being secluded and missing loved ones.”

In these extraordinary times, in which it’s difficult to share art to support people and to bring them together, with his ‘Somebody You Needed’ Drew gives us a relatable hymn that is amiably poignant.

Enveloping and immersive, the interesting beat combines exquisitely with the phrasing that Thomas draws with his vocals. The lyrics, stretched out like lines suspended in the clouds, gradually grows, and take on colors that turns out to be unexpected, as everything develops and opens up in an airy perspective full of musicality.

The lonely feeling and the sense of yearning from which everything starts rise in an organic crescendo, fueled by a radiant atmosphere that opens more and more, blooming in an act of expressive emotion that pulsates throbbing in one’s chest.

An emotional embrace, where we can safely savor the flavor of certain joys that perhaps no longer exist, and of that pains we have suffered.

Listen now to ‘Somebody You Needed’, the latest single by Drew Thomas, available for streaming on Spotify.

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BFlame // Too Many Hurtin’

BFLAME is back under the spotlights with the compelling single Too Many Hurtin’.

Continuing to fuel an inspired momentum that does not seem to have an end, the Midwest American hip hop artist returns to show off his style and creativity, bringing to the table a fresh blend of R&B and Reggae.

He inflamed us with his Flamed Up, hit the mark with Wait My Turn, and returned to fascinate us with You My Champion. In a world full of negativity, BFLAME continues to grow and to feed his creative approach focused on being positive and inspiring people through his talent.

The propellant that inspires and pushes BFLAME to move forward seems to be inexhaustible. Affordable or inevitable, that of BFLAME is a series of pieces that hit the mark, now enriched by that new precious nugget that is Too Many Hurtin’.

A Creator persistently able to stand out from the crowd, with his latest work BFLAME gives us an R&B piece infused with veiled Reggae vibes.

Organic and fluid, Too Many Hurtin’ makes itself appreciated thanks to the balanced mix given by smoky soft melodies, effortlessly laid out on involving rhythmic carpets. A musically communicative transition that seems to marry exquisitely with the creative perspective of an artist who is always at ease in opening his musicality to new paths.

BFLAME // Too Many Hurtin' - single cover
BFLAME // Too Many Hurtin' - single cover

“I wrote #TooManyHurtin because I felt that there are Several culture issues and world differences that need to be addressed and we have to understand that it starts with us individually to bring about change collectively.” So BFLAME shares something more about the source of inspiration for Too Many Hurtin’. “I feel that there is no better time than this to highlight not just the injustices but all the negative things that are happening across the world and having direct impact today. World Healing has to start from the Heart.”

There is no doubt, a message that cannot be ignored.

Listen now to Too Many Hurtin’, the latest compelling single from BFLAME, available for streaming on all the major digital platforms. Find your favourite via smarturl.it/BFLAME-TooManyHurtin

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Bflame ft. Yeekyk // "Wait My Turn" - single cover

BFlame ft. Yeekyk // Wait My Turn

American southern Midwest hip-hop artist Bflame is going to strike back with a new release featuring Yeekyk, a single titled ‘Wait My Turn’.

Neave Zaria // Never The Same

Out on July 3rd, 'Never The Same' is the third single from the talented 19-years-old Neave Zaria, preceding a debut album that is due for release in late 2020.

Committed to her art from an early age, Neave was personally approached to compete in the X Factor Bootcamp finals when she was only 14 years old. An iconic artistic persona, which reflects her charming nuances both with visual and sound, this young and talented Guildford-based artist continues to build her path as she’s putting a very bright future in her hands.

That of Neave is a smoky, touching, and vibrant soul, made of palpitations, rough caresses, and nuanced colors. All this rendered through a vocal command capable of directing all the music delivery in an exquisitely direct and permeating way.

A delicious combination with which Zaria showcases an explorative range in which she embodies, with assurance and ease, vibrations and touches inspired by her roots, which harken back to the renowned names of classic jazz and soul legends such as Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin and Etta James, and which also include more contemporary openings like Jorja Smith.

A star that is already rising, with tens of thousands of streams amassed by her previous singles on YouTube and on streaming platforms, with ‘Never The Same’ Neave closes a lush debut triptych, perfectly painted and preciously crowned by her full-bodied and soulful voice, as it is surrounded by a radiant aura of charm.

Beguiling and captivating, if this is the premise, we can’t wait to hear her debut album.

Listen now to ‘Never The Same’, the third single from Neave Zaria, out on July 3rd on Spotify.

The track is accompanied by a video, silhouetted around Zaria delightful artistic person. Watch it on the Neave Zaria’s YouTube channel.

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AshA // Lockdown

Spurred on by the desire to finally make her songs public, Amy created her stage persona, AshA, having her first track amassing 160K streams in a very short time, and finding every song she sent to the BBC Introducing Artist program played on BBC radio UK.

Written in 2019 and uploaded to SoundCloud, back then ‘Lockdown’ was never an official release, but with the Covid-19 pandemic AshA was able to give the song a new spring, releasing it as the tenth in her official discography.

A sophisticated progression that develops and grows, AshA’s ‘Lockdown’ moves from a more introspective and enveloping atmosphere towards an evolved, edifying, and compelling opening. Growing verse after verse, she brings to us infectious hooks, a dragging groove, and haunting vocals.

Written in 2019 and uploaded to SoundCloud, back then ‘Lockdown’ was never an official release, but with the Covid-19 pandemic AshA was able to give the song a new spring, releasing it as the tenth in her official discography.

A sophisticated progression that develops and grows, AshA’s ‘Lockdown’ moves from a more introspective and enveloping atmosphere towards an evolved, edifying, and compelling opening. Growing verse after verse, she brings to us infectious hooks, a dragging groove, and haunting vocals.

The dark pop aftertaste of AshA’s single resounds powerful and biting, through a rich and fresh mix of dance and electronic with touches of R&B and rap.

Here, consecutively decisive calls and answers match with vibrant crests and introspective valleys, making us run and slide with the delivery of the song. This is something that vibrates and unravels like disruptive injections of energy, giving us the strength and courage to break any straitjacket.

A real propellant that makes that delivery so permeating, elevated by AshA’s characteristic vocal touch, by the richness, and by the quality of the entire production.

“The song was written around the breakdown of a long-term relationship and several past heartbreaks and how I got over them by locking myself down and focusing on been happy with myself and working on me.” So AshA speaks about the origin and the meaning of ‘Lockdow’, as something far from recent world events, but rather much more intimate and personal, connected to her emotional sphere.

Described by the BBC as a prolific rapper and songwriter due to the high number of publications that she maintains, AshA proves to be an artist of undoubted talent, multifaceted inspiration, and to be kept in sight also for the high quality of her productions.

As for many artists, the lockdown put AshA’s gigs and plans on hold. But we know that this has left her plenty of time to write future songs. And you can bet, we can’t wait for more.

Listen now to AshA’saingle ‘Lockdown’, available for streaming on all the major digital platform. Find your preferred one on AshA’s website: asha-music.co.uk/listen

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KTEE // Your Place

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR – KTEE releases crispness and a distinctive touch, immersing us in the sophisticated commercial synth-pop of her latest work

Relatable on the surface and far from obvious in its substance, KTEE’s summer tune stands out and moves with style, emerging for the brilliance and cleanliness of its sound, creating a link to the excitement and restlessness that are the summer feelings par excellence.

Keeping all the focus on KTEE’s voice, the impeccably balanced mix lights up in the right places and at keymoments, highlighting all the colors of the arrangement, all well “enlisted” like in an organic concerto.

The intelligibility of the entire production, that sounds so clean it feels made of pure crystal, does not miss the point, not even when it comes to highlighting the nuances, phrasing, and variations of KTEE’s vocal performance, and the wealth of elements that functionally turn on and off to make the whole musical discourse a continuous progression of rhythms, hooks and highs, an evolution that climbs the pinnacle of an exhilarating musical delivery.

KTEE // Your Place - single cover
KTEE // Your Place - single cover
KTEE's voice was compared to Jessie J's voice
KTEE's voice was compared to Jessie J's voice

The release of ‘Your Place’ is accompanied by the official video, available on the KTEE’s Youtube channel.

All this is balanced by a stylistically elegant touch, that never goes to alter the aesthetics of the song, but that at the same time manages to bring out a compelling groove that seems to have no equal.

It is a creative chemistry, reflected in the organic nature and in the multiple qualitative aspects of the production, that finds its right side in the significant contribution provided by producer Bern Wagner, KTEE’s boyfriend.

Recorded in Vienna, Austria, and produced during their quarantine in their cellar, ‘Your Place’ is part of a string of tracks that the two plan to release in the future. “We’ve been working on songs for several years and this is our dream.” KTEE explains, as she shares something more about the backdrop: “Summer is the time for flirts and living the moment. It’s the perfect time to do things that you might regret afterwards and to enjoy unforgettable summer nights. Winter is coming sooner than we might want it to and then we can decide whether our summer deeds have been a total disaster. In the best case we have someone to warm us in cold winter nights.”

A light and fresh track, ‘Your Place’ carries within itself a message of encouragement, which spurs us to live in the moment, seize the day, and not think about tomorrow. Can you imagine something that recalls summer as much as this?

Listen now to ‘Your Place’, the latest single by KTEE, available for streaming on all the major digital platforms. Find your preferred one via kteemusic.com/music

The release of ‘Your Place’ is accompanied by the official video, available on the KTEE’s Youtube channel.

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TFXX // Suluban ft. Diastrid

DJ and producer TFXX finds a perfect harmony with the vibrations and the powerful voice of singer Diastrid.

Their recipe manages to give substance and character to ‘Suluban’, a radio-friendly piece rendered in an infectious summer atmosphere, that is light, melodic, pleasantly catchy, and truly danceable.

Definitely a summer hit that must find place in any upcoming seasonal playlists, although ‘Suluban’ fits fully into the category of the current trend, it also stands out thanks to valuable touches of style, making this song a release of note.

And if this is not enough to appreciate the contribution of these two talented artists, ‘Suluban’ is also available in an extended version. As TFXX explains: “The radio version is specially mastered. We thought it was an advantage to mix the song on headphones. Young people listen to everything there. But the song is suitable for playing on the radio too. The mastering of the extended version is for the Big sound system.”

The release of ‘Suluban’ is accompanied by a lyric video, available on the TFXX Youtube channel.

A song about a girl falling in love with her significant other, the track is a truly enjoyable upbeat production, elevated by Diastrid’s profound vocal delivery and by the way in which everything flows forward effortlessly, between layers and interlacing of lush keys, airy synths, and exciting drums.

A rich formula, magnetically attractive and appealingly contagious, that will make you dance from start to finish, play after play.

Listen now to ‘Suluban’, the latest single from TFXX, featuring Diastrid, available for streaming on all the major digital platforms. Find your preferred one via ampl.ink/9nvoB

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Bloom Phase // Shift

Bloom Phase has been making music for over ten years, playing techno on his keyboard and Kaoss pad, in dive bars all around Phoenix, Arizona, at local music festivals, clubs, DIY art spaces, and house parties. He is also hosting a weekly electronic music night in Tempe, AZ.

There is no doubt, all this has allowed him to see the Arizona music scene from every possible angle, providing him the opportunity to refine an impeccable sensitivity in getting in touch with the listener and developing an electronic music with a unique energetic flavor.

It is a gift of talent and a background of inspirations that Bloom Phase has been able to put to good use, spending the last two years creating ‘Rise Rule Fall’, an album set to be released in the summer 2020, and impeccably introduced by the brand-new single ‘Shift’.

Bloom Phase’s latest work presents itself as a gateway that opens onto an engaging scenario, with which he ferries us into an organically exciting progression of contagious stimuli. Moving through the folds of EDM, ‘Shift’ sounds like a bold and original combination of genres, ranging from lush indie dance coloring, to more aggressive sounds with hints of acid house and industrial.

The exploratory aesthetic that Bloom Phase offers us ranges, with style and personality, between atmospheric openings and chill melodic beats, bringing to the table a cross-section open on the breadht of his expressiveness and his musicianship.

By combining his talent and his passion for techno, electronics and any danceable tone and rhythm, ‘Shift’ is a number that gives you an unstoppable desire to dance. Wanna bet this will make even the most uptight of dancers loosen up and jump?

Listen now to ‘Shift’, the brand-new single from Bloom Phase, off of his upcoming album ‘Rise Rule Fall’.

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