Track Review: Money // Breeze Redwine

Norfolk country-pop singer songwriter Breeze Redwine is back with her brand new single ‘Money.’ She draws influences from Miley Cyrus and Shawn Mendes’ uplifting songs, and brings in her own atmospheric soundscapes. This works extremely well with her fearless persona.

The moment you first hear ‘Money’ its sass immediately grabs you. The vocals are full of sass and attitude. The production is very crisp because it brings out the vocals very nicely. They’re raw with bags of soul. Unapologetically honest. This song will soundtrack your summer and surely lead Breeze Redwine on to bigger things.

Words by Ermis Madikopoulos

Educ’aid Africa organises live stream concerts to open their first music school

Educ’aid Africa is a community interest company that aims to develop music education and support schools in need in Benin. The charity was started by Isa Bell, a social entrepreneur and singer songwriter who wants to give every child in Benin access to musical education. She started the initiative before the pandemic, organising concerts consisting of artists performing. The concerts helped raise money to fund a new school canteen in a primary school in need.

During the pandemic, musicians were hit the hardest. Gigs and venues were closed, and many bands turned to live streaming. Educ’aid Africa are launching a series of live streaming shows and events to open the first music school in Benin.

One of their upcoming events is on Saturday 17th April featuring singer Mary Cross.  From smooth Jazz to Classic Soul & RNB her voice takes you on a journey. She will be performing with her band in support.

Music is not part of the education system in Benin like in most African countries so only a very small percentage of the children population can afford to go to the few private music schools the country has to offer. Educ’aid Africa believes that music education is a powerful tool for attaining children’s full intellectual, social and creative potential and is on their mission to offer this opportunity to Beninese youth.

For more information, visit this link:

https://www.aid-africa.org/

Check out all their upcoming events @EducaidAfrica

https://www.linkedin.com/company/educaidafrica

https://www.facebook.com/EducAidAfrica

https://www.instagram.com/educaidafrica/

To reserve your place for Mary Cross live stream, follow this link. This is a free event, donations are welcome.

https://www.creativexchange.io/live-stream/singing-for-educaid-africa-mary-cross164

To make a donation:

https://www.aid-africa.org/donate

Paypal.me/EducaidAfrica

Track Review: The State We’re In// Saturn Saturn Saturn

Saturn Saturn Saturn (the stage name of Liverpool singer-songwriter Ben Capper) will release a brand new song, ‘The State We’re In’, next month. Capper was previously in the psychedelic band The Mighty Saguaro, who were very popular with Steve Lamacq. He worked with former bandmate Craig Williams for the first time since The Mighty Saguaro broke up in 2004. Capper’s influences include Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and Fugazi. So it will be interesting to see how these translate on this record.

‘The State We’re In’ is awesome because it oozes confidence. The gritty swagger of Capper’s vocals drives it forward because it adds plenty of character.  Williams’ lead guitar brings a 60s influence which bolsters the impact. The glorious guitar solo is reminiscent of Oasis and Shed Seven which is great because you feel cheerful when you listen to it. When you add these together you get a song that improves your mood, allowing you to power your way through the day.

Liverpool has been the heartbeat of music for decades. Saturn Saturn Saturn is another emerging talent who is set for a bright future.

‘The State We’re In’ is out on April 2nd.

Words by Ermis Madikopoulos

Track Review: Stain // CELAVI

Welsh post hardcore has experienced a surge in popularity thanks to bands like Dream State. Another band who has recently emerged is CELAVI, who released their song ‘Stain’ last year. They’re unsigned, but they have huge potential because ‘Stain’ is an industrial metal banger.

‘Stain’ is really awesome because the whispered vocals give it a sinister effect. They don’t need to be pushed up into the mix because it adds to the songs’ murky atmosphere.

The guitars and synths drive the song forward. The synths are similar to trance music, which is great because it shows the band’s diversity nicely. I like how beefy the guitars are because they show plenty of aggression. This is best demonstrated in the violent breakdown.

I like ‘Stain’ because it has a big riff and a moody atmosphere. I think the mix of styles here are great, and if you are into Dream State or industrial metal, then you will love CELAVI.

Words by Ermis Madikopoulos

Track Review: I Am // Marlounsly

Marlounsly is a singer-songwriter who has amassed millions of views and streams. She has garnered plenty of attention from outlets including MTV and Flaunt Magazine.

Her brand new song ‘I Am’ is an R n’ B banger that will make you feel good about yourself. The production is upbeat and colourful. The smooth piano and rumbling bass makes you think of summer, which is really awesome because it brings out a confident attitude.

I love the playful vocals because they’re full of life and colour. They work well with the affirmative lyrics, demonstrating a feel-good song that will make your day better.

Words by Ermis Madikopoulos

Track Review: Alright in the End // Natasha Nicole

‘Alright in the End’ is the debut single from Natasha Nicole. Laura Marling and Joni Mitchell inspired the song. It’s about Nicole’s struggles with depression and anxiety, but writing it helped her bring out her creativity. Listening to the song, you will also feel confident and it will give you a morale boosting lift.

‘Alright in the End’ has a bright trumpet that dominates the chorus. This is great because the listener feels a warm and positive glow. The production is stripped back which is great because it compliments Nicole’s voice well. The lyrics celebrate positivity and individuality because they encourage the listener to take time out for themselves and relax. When Nicole sings, “It’ll be alright in the end” in the chorus, it brings about the optimism that we will get through this difficult period.

I like ‘Alright in the End’ because it’s uplifting. It demonstrates how honest Natasha Nicole can be, and I can’t wait to hear more from her in the future.

Words by Ermis Madikopoulos

Track Review: We // The Gabriels

The Gabriels formed last year through a shared love of melodic, jangly indie pop. The band consists of Gudg (vocals), Fran (bass), Leon (guitar), and Stuart (keys). Their music evokes a warm nostalgia because it reminds me of youthful innocence. The band are back with a brand new song, ‘We’.

‘We’ is great because it makes me think of sitting in the sun at a festival watching a band. It is a beautiful indiepop song because the buttery vocals are so smooth. They worm their way into your heart. When they combine with the jangly guitars, this makes for a joyful listen.

The band is currently recording their debut album, and if it is anything like ‘We’, then you are in for a treat.

Listen to ‘We’ here:

https://thegabriels.bandcamp.com/

Words by Ermis Madikopoulos

Album Review: The Other Side of Nowhere // Middlemist Red

Middlemist Red are inspired by psych-rock and synth wave. Their new album, ‘The Other Side of Nowhere’ is inspired by the Wild West and has a soundtrack to match. It brings in Hungarian Folk sounds and tribal elements, which work very well to create a massive sound. The album was written during the pandemic and then recorded into Ableton.

It is clear to me that a lot of thought has gone into the album. ‘Grip of the Sun’ has an addictive guitar riff which takes the listener on a journey as they’re riding through the sun. ‘Don’t Let the Sunlight Catch You Cryin’ reminds me of Arcade Fire because the guitars create a beautiful wall of sound. ‘Blue Moon’ is the best song on the album because the passionate vocals and guitars in the background make the listener feel alive. I love the guitar solo because it adds character and energy.

‘Get Back’ is another very good song, with a psychedelic guitar solo working very nicely with the distorted bass. This works very well because it shows that even in dark times, the protagonist can still move forward. It sums up the positive vibes on this album.

I like this record because it reminds me of a film score. It makes the listener feel solidarity and resilience, ready to tackle any situation.

Words by Ermis Madikopoulos

Track review: Josie proto – champagne fizzles

I’ve been a fan of Josie Proto since I heard ‘Pub Songs Vol:1’ earlier this year. I think she is very good at creating upbeat music that will make you dance. Her songs can brighten anyone’s day, while her lyrics are relatable to  a lot of people.

However in comparison “champagne fizzles” is stripped back. I love how folky the chords are because they match the introspective lyrics. The song could be  about how Proto longs to see someone who is close to her, but it could also apply to anyone in lockdown. It’s a very relatable song which shows off her talent and versatility.

Words by Ermis Madikopoulos

Track review: Ed Staal – 3am

You know when you’re up late at night in deep contemplation? As much as sleep is important, there’s something about staying up and collecting your jumbled thoughts on paper. Or even just being in your own space.

3am by Ed Staal is the perfect soundtrack for this. It talks about drinking in a bar till 3am, allowing the protagonists thoughts to take hold. The song is backed with hazy synths and beautiful guitars to put you in a dream like state.