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NEW MUSIC // IAMSUUBI "GOT ME TRIPPIN'"

IAMSUUBI’s new single ‘Got Me Trippin’’ showcases elevated R&B stylings alongside a mesmerising set of sensual vocals, and a synth sound that leans towards a futuristic feel.  A delicate trill of piano keys perforate the edge of the track, filtering slowly into the surrounding tempo, as the song starts promisingly with a fulfilment of sensuality.

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IN CONVERSATION: XOXO 'MY NEW HABIT'

Xoxo have erupted onto the Brighton music scene with a colourful complexity. Showcasing a sound characterised by melodic riffs, infectious basslines, intricate beats and inspired lyrics, their latest release, ''My New Habit'' is an earworm armed to attract.   The song's melody is unmistakably pop, reeling in the listener with a playful keyboard riff. It encapsulates the optimistic romanticism of youth, spinning a tale of a flirtatious late night encounter. Charming and relatable, the lyrics express the desire to understand precisely what is going on in the mind of the person you want ''wishing you were telepathic''. Poetic imagery of delicate ''tiptoes through daydreams'' project a sense of innocence, reinforced by a peppy bassline built into climax with a slow...

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LIVE REVIEW // Funk Fusion Band, Three Little Clouds, and The Balkan Beats of Klezmagic

Visiting OCCII—a beautiful and ornate venue seated at the bottom of the famous Vondelpark in Amsterdam—for the first time since the pandemic was an exciting and vibrant experience. The music venue is part of a historical collective, which represents alternative and indie subcultures, advocating for a safe and inclusive space. The building itself is notably stunning, beautiful wood and flamboyant colours, taken over by the squatting collectives in Amsterdam during the 1980s and now reclaimed for the purpose of sharing underground music scenes and cultures.   Stukafest is an annual organised event which aims also to showcase a variety of different artists and acts, spanning across different cultural and musical spheres. This notion was embodied by the two differing acts...

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT // The Nether-World of The Netherlands - Amsterdam's Underground Techno Scene

As a young teenage student in Amsterdam, my first experiences of the 'underground'—the clubbing scene and the diversified nightlife—consisted primarily of techno raves and clubs. Having not been initially exposed to techno as a mainstream form of media, it was an element of the 'going out' scene that appeared new and refreshing to me. My own experiences, originating from a small town in England, contrived a music setting that revolved around indie gigs at pubs and Drum N Bass variations. Techno music as an overall statement was seemingly not as readily available, or at least not a popular form of both background and foreground noise. By default, it was enticing and new and gave the feeling of wanting to experience...

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