Tag: Alex Holmes

June 26, 2021

Milky – a deeply personal and honest debut with ‘I Miss You Mum’

Milky – a deeply personal and honest debut with ‘I Miss You Mum’ Posted on 26 June 2021 Rising Brighton-based rap artist Milky has taken a bold step with releasing such a poignant, personal, and utterly confessional track as his debut single, but what a track it is; from the beautiful opening vocal courtesy of hometown friend Amy Owens, to the opening stanzas of Milky’s […]

June 25, 2021

Observe the 93rd – punchy, potent, power-pop with new single ‘TRL’

Observe the 93rd – punchy, potent, power-pop with new single ‘TRL’ Posted on 25 June 2021 Based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Observe The 93rd make a hell of a racket for a duo; that’s intended as a compliment, both vocalist/guitarist Derek Henry and drummer Dylan Zepp making some formidably good alt-rock power-pop noise. ‘TRL’ opens with a picked guitar line that’s kinda reminiscent of Blink 182’s […]

June 25, 2021

Ludy doesn’t need no ‘Favors’

Ludy doesn’t need no ‘Favors’ Posted on 25 June 2021 You can take the girl out of the Midwest, it seems, but you can’t take the Midwest out of the girl; what you can do, however, is mix that with the palm trees and art deco stucco of Miami Beach, and end up with a fiercely independent, upbeat and upfront sound and bold, bright production. […]

June 24, 2021

Christopher the Grey drops the follow-up to ‘Butterflies’ with new single ‘If I Didn’t Have You’

Christopher the Grey drops the follow-up to ‘Butterflies’ with new single ‘If I Didn’t Have You’ Posted on 24 June 2021 Elements of J Cole and B.o.B mix with old school hip hop on Christopher The Grey’s new single ‘If I didn’t Have You’, upbeat trap beats sitting tidily behind programmed synth parts and Christopher’s staccato, punchy lyrical flow. The follow-up to last single ‘Butterflies’, […]

June 18, 2021

The Television Of Cruelty go out of this world with ‘The Winchcombe Meteorite’

The Television Of Cruelty go out of this world with ‘The Winchcombe Meteorite’ Posted on 18 June 2021 Eclectic is a word that gets overused in music reviews, but there are few that fit The Television Of Cruelty better; unexpected, often eerie and unsettling, ‘The Winchecombe Meteorite’ is a narrative tale telling the story of a big chunk of space debris which landed on the […]

June 17, 2021

Cagri Raydemir takes us on with ‘Choosing Your Own Battles’

Cagri Raydemir takes us on with ‘Choosing Your Own Battles’ Posted on 17 June 2021 Opening up with a descending acoustic guitar line and some suitably doom-laden lead work, ‘Choosing Your Own Battles’ is taken from independent musician and producer Cagri Raydemir’s fourteenth (yes, fourteenth) record, and the second of two EPs, ‘Outlasting The Opposite Pole’; loosely alt-metal, there’s elements of System Of A Down […]

June 17, 2021

Nelda – A perfect pick-me-up with ‘If It Wasn’t For Your Love’

Nelda – A perfect pick-me-up with ‘If It Wasn’t For Your Love’ Posted on 17 June 2021 Coming in with some lusciously tasteful piano, jazzy, uplifting, and mellow, ‘If It Wasn’t For Your Love’ is a gorgeous ‘thank you’ to family and childhood nurturing, all wrapped up in a mix of jazz, blues, and gentle pop, singer songwriter Nelda Kuzuma’s soulful vocal and keys mixing […]

June 17, 2021

Just Love makes ‘No Promises’

Just Love makes ‘No Promises’ Posted on 17 June 2021 Hailing from Long Island, New York, Just Love’s knack for narrative lyrics started out as a penchant for short-story writing; switching that word-craft from prose to song-writing, spinning colourful, evocative verses and catchy little hooks in the style of Drake, The Weeknd, or Jay Z. ‘No Promises’ is Just Love’s debut single, produced by the […]

June 17, 2021

Mark Baughman’s Working Theory take it to the barricades with ‘Racing To The Bottom’

Mark Baughman’s Working Theory take it to the barricades with ‘Racing To The Bottom’ Posted on 17 June 2021 With four rock operas already under his belt, Working Theory is the performance project of lyricist and composer Mark Baughman, telling the story of waking up in the cells after a walk in the park, caught up in protests and near-riots. Heavily influenced by the Civil […]

June 17, 2021

BabyEros hit us right ‘In My Feels’.

BabyEros hit us right ‘In My Feels’. Posted on 17 June 2021 Opening up with some eerily creepy guitar work and a heavily vocoder-sounding autotuned vocal, ‘In My Feels’ finds itself a genre-defying niche somewhere between alternative edgy trap and alt-rock; sounding like the unholy lovechild of Linkin Park, Alice In Chains, and Skrillex, ‘In My Feels’ is taken from BabyEros’ self-titled debut EP, and […]

May 18, 2021

Nick Tello brings his stunning, ambitious signature with ‘The Artist’

Nick Tello brings his stunning, ambitious signature with ‘The Artist’ Posted on 18 May 2021 ‘The Artist’ is six minutes fifty-two seconds of jazzy, (initially) lounge-bar piano-led (mostly-) instrumental composition, part musical movement, part art piece, rotating its way through guitars, samples, and orchestral instrumentation and percussion, always with the same repeating melody-line. It’s freeform, experimental, and hugely ambitious, with multiple layered tracks compounding that […]

May 18, 2021

Just Pathetic are wondering just what happened ‘Since College’

Just Pathetic are wondering just what happened ‘Since College’ Posted on 18 May 2021 Describing themselves as ‘a band specialising in substandard music and haphazard melodies’, Just Pathetic’s ‘Since College’ is a poppy-punk number, with elements of Bowling For Soup, The Police, Sum-41, and Journey all mixed up with a Blink 182 tongue-in-cheek bouncy, upbeat ode to time since…well, you guessed it, since college. There’s […]

May 17, 2021

Edword Evwrit wants to talk to us ‘Right Now’

Edword Evwrit wants to talk to us ‘Right Now’ Posted on 17 May 2021 Hailing from the Bay Area, California, Edword Evwrit is a solo hip hop artist, as well as a member of both Liquor Mouth and Lunaclick; ‘Right Now’ then is a delicious slab of old-school hip hop, funky and grooving, with a deep, deep pounding bass and a pretty little closed hi-hat […]

May 17, 2021

Feenyx – Atlantan rap with a brand new ‘Horizon’

Feenyx – Atlantan rap with a brand new ‘Horizon’ Posted on 17 May 2021 Raised by The Church and honed by the streets, Atlanta-based hip-hop artist and producer Feenyx is far from the typical rapper; on new single ‘Horizon’ we get a fresh combination of thunderous bass mixed with sampled brass and horns underlying Feenyx’s unique flow and grind. There’s elements of Snoop in here, […]

May 17, 2021

Hatty Keane – Big soul groove at ‘Club 69’

Hatty Keane – Big soul groove at ‘Club 69’ Posted on 17 May 2021 ‘This one goes out to the Fashionistas’….and oh, yes. It most certainly does. With a gloriously old-school drum machine pattern and the most sublime disco-soul groove, ‘Club 69’ instantly transports you back to the height of the 1970’s dance era. Think big hairstyles, big beats, and a big, mirror-ball lit dancefloor; […]

May 17, 2021

Terez – One of Canada’s most sought-after songwriters drops new solo single ‘This City’

Terez – One of Canada’s most sought-after songwriters drops new solo single ‘This City’ Posted on 17 May 2021 Fresh off the back of her recent single release ‘Hot Mess’ comes this new track from Calgary-based singer-songwriter Terez, an early 2000’s electro-pop ballad that’s all fizzing synths and multi-faceted vocals; dance-oriented, catchy as hell, and utterly relatable, ‘This City’ was inspired by Terez’ move to […]

May 8, 2021

Alen Chicco takes us to ‘Our Lithuania’ with ‘Mūsų Lietuva’

Alen Chicco takes us to ‘Our Lithuania’ with ‘Mūsų Lietuva’ Posted on 8 May 2021 Alen Chicco is already a household name (with a certain degree of notoriety) for being the first drag artist to walk onto the stage in his native Lithuania’s version of the X Factor TV show. Mūsų Lietuva – (‘Our Lithuania’) – is bold, theatrical, full of passion and dynamic, sounding […]

May 7, 2021

HEwas give us a new, bang up-to-date take on a classic with ‘2 + 2 = ?’

HEwas give us a new, bang up-to-date take on a classic with ‘2 + 2 = ?’ Posted on 7 May 2021 Ok, so first things first; yes, this is a cover of Bob Seger’s classic anti-war song, from Seger’s ‘Ramblin, Gamblin Man’ album in 1968, at the height of the Vietnam war and as anti-war sentiment in the US was growing. It’s interesting to […]

May 7, 2021

Jae Cabrera – dancefloor groove and poppy hooks with ‘59Fifty’

Jae Cabrera – dancefloor groove and poppy hooks with ‘59Fifty’ Posted on 7 May 2021 Smooth, soulful, and full of spirit, 59Fifty – the new single from Canada-based Nemesis Records artist Jae Cabrera – is a classic little R&B/pop single, all dancefloor groove, neat little programmed hi-hat patterns, and high-register vocals. Cabrera’s voice has a kind of sexy, crooning quality, that Michael Jackson high-end that’s […]

May 7, 2021

Pray4Diego just can’t ‘Forget You’

Pray4Diego just can’t ‘Forget You’ Posted on 7 May 2021 Based out of Brooklyn, NYC, Pray4Diego is an independent recording artist and producer; new single ‘Forget You’ is a great mix of higher-tempo, hi-hat-focussed beats, tenderly picked electric guitar, and gentle, laid-back rap groove from Pray4Diego’s chilled, controlled delivery. Lyrically, it’s a plea to an ex-lover, where regret mingles with hope and a plea for […]

May 7, 2021

Pick Patek has got us a problem with ‘GUAP’

Pick Patek has got us a problem with ‘GUAP’ Posted on 7 May 2021 The second of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-native producer and performer Pick Patek’s collaborative singles with ProdOMG, ‘GUAP’ (Got U A Problem) shows off Patek’s more playful side with high-energy beats and a smooth, controlled lyrical flow. Lyrically, ‘GUAP’ is kicking back on haters, and defending Patek’s own lifestyle choices – it’s tongue-in-cheek, fun, […]

May 7, 2021

Jeff Goldsmith – ambient, narrative sounds with ‘Waiting Window’

Jeff Goldsmith – ambient, narrative sounds with ‘Waiting Window’ Posted on 7 May 2021 Jeff Goldsmith is a composer, sound engineer, and producer based out of Minneapolis; ‘Waiting Window’ the first track from his forthcoming album ‘May You Find The Light Before The Devil Knows He’s Right’ – composed and recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic – is a dark, brooding, piece, semi-neo-classical, semi-industrial, and mainly […]

May 2, 2021

VALE takes us on a journey with debut single ‘Outrun The Sun’

VALE takes us on a journey with debut single ‘Outrun The Sun’ Posted on 2 May 2021 The debut single from Brighton-based artist VALE, ‘Outrun The Sun’, was produced entirely in lockdown and totally DIY – but that’s not to understate the quality or the passion here. Growing up in Switzerland and a classically trained pianist Vale wrote her first song aged six, but her […]

May 2, 2021

LV Fresh catches us hard with ‘No Hook’

LV Fresh catches us hard with ‘No Hook’ Posted on 2 May 2021 LV Fresh (a.k.a. Reginald Ferrari Jr), originally from NYC’s Bronx district and now based in Atlanta, Georgia, drops us a banging, upbeat slice of melodic Hip Hop straight from the streets. Punctuated by NSFW references, and with a video filled with gangs, guns, and green, this isn’t for the faint-hearted; but in […]

May 2, 2021

TG Heath – Mellow Instrumental Gorgeousness with ‘ようこそ (yōkoso)’

TG Heath – Mellow Instrumental Gorgeousness with ‘ようこそ (yōkoso)’ Posted on 2 May 2021 Ambient, jazzy piano chords and lo-fi sensibilities mix with bang-on-trend electronica in this, TG Heath’s new single, from his brand new album ‘Transients’, released on the 23rd April. ‘Transients’ is inspired by confessional prayer, the follow-up to his debut ‘Monsoon’ – a twenty-track anthology accompanying his spoken-word poetry show which toured […]

April 26, 2021

Constant Flow make the bass thump with ‘Pac Lyfe’

Constant Flow make the bass thump with ‘Pac Lyfe’ Posted on 26 April 2021 It’s been a bad few weeks for rap and hip hop, with the recent tragic deaths of both DMX and Double K, but it’s just possible there’s the slightest little glimmer of light in that darkness with ‘Pac Lyfe’, the new single from Floridian crew Constant Flow. Taken from new album […]

April 26, 2021

Raquel Kiaraa – delicate, charming, emotional storytelling with ‘Dear Jesus’

Raquel Kiaraa – delicate, charming, emotional storytelling with ‘Dear Jesus’ Posted on 26 April 2021 Leonard Cohen didn’t start his music career until the age of 33, with the now-classic ‘Songs Of Leonard Cohen’ in 1967. Like her inspiration, Raquel Kiaraa has waited until the same age to release her first collection of songs, but whereas Cohen was already an author, published poet, and a […]

April 26, 2021

Alexis Naylor is ‘Stealing Moments’ in her avant-garde pop rock track

Alexis Naylor is ‘Stealing Moments’ in her avant-garde pop rock track Posted on 26 April 2021 Soft, arpeggiated piano, big, gated snare, and emotional, reverb-soaked vocals are the order of the day here for Perth-native Alexis Naylor’s ‘Stealing Moments’, a story of love and loss and the easy, open-ended social media world of single-click engagements. It’s a compelling track, made more potent still by the […]

April 26, 2021

There’s quite literally ‘No End’ to the talents of Quite Vice

There’s quite literally ‘No End’ to the talents of Quite Vice Posted on 26 April 2021 Catchy, hooky, easy-singalong-y (is that a word?), ‘No End’ – from debut album ‘Bedrock’ – is airy, dance-y shimmering electronic (as distinct from electro-) pop that sticks in your head from the first line of the first verse and refuses to leave again for a significantly long time. If […]

April 26, 2021

SER gets the ‘Green Light’ in her genre-melding ambient track

SER gets the ‘Green Light’ in her genre-melding ambient track Posted on 26 April 2021 Genre- and gender-fluid, LA Westside based SER grew up as a jazz-playing alto saxophonist, but – multi-instrumentalism to the fore, taking in guitar and piano – now goes the full electronic route with sequencing, beats, and vocal loops to bring us ‘Green Light’, A gentle vocal track overlaying chilled, mellow […]