Ljubinko Zivkovic

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Idiot Grins – Thoughts & Prayers

What we get is ‘real’ gospel roots music that in its sound and spirit is at the same time same as the original, but with a touch of timelessness.

Scotty Seed – Hallows Eve

The final result tells us that Seed’s changes of musical colors work, particularly if you are more attuned to the current electronic sounds. Or, if you need a Halloween 2020 soundtrack.

Gianna Lauren – Vanity Metrics

Lauren uses all the ‘same old story’ concept and infuses it with the exact touch of emotion and (musical) side steps to make Vanity Metrics interesting and engaging throughout.

Ana Roxanne – Because of a Flower

The only uncertainty Because of a Flower leaves you with, in the end, is a question – can Ana Roxanne come up again with another album of such excellence and beauty.

Vipid – Memories

On Memories, Vipid doesn’t try to paint his personal memories with too many, either rosy or dark colors, and makes a good walk over the thin (ambient) ice.

The Spyrals – The Same Old Line

What The Spyrals have done is taken all of these and have shuffled them like a well worked-in deck of (psych) cards and dealt out a set that covers one of the millions of possible combinations those cards can produce.

Snowdrops – Volutes

What Snowdrops come up with on Volutes is a set of nuanced musical images that keep shifting like one of those now almost forgotten kaleidoscope toys you look through, not repeating themselves at any point.

Grapefruit Sound Lab – Eight Days Across America

‘Eight Days Across America’ turns out to be some sort of a musical layered cake that keeps giving more flavors as you go along.

Gone From My Sight – Twenty Twenty

Essentially, on Twenty Twenty, Gone From My Sight give us some quite sophisticated, thinking man’s electro-pop that shows some excellent promise.

Josh Werner – Mode For Titan

Essentially, Mode For Titan could have potentially been a bass-dominated disaster, but actually turns into its promise – ambient bass music you can enjoy.

Rachel Grimes – The Way Forth: Instrumentals

The point of this type of music is to be listened to, with enjoyment, and like a good cup of coffee, you need to have the right balance of ingredients in there to really leave the desired effect. Rachel Grimes has not failed that test so far.

Sing Leaf – Not Earth

It all somehow fits into one cohesive whole. Most of it is due to Como’s ability to move around swiftly and combine musical elements that seem to have belonged together from the beginning.

Elvis Perkins – Creation Myths

You do get the feeling that the songs on Creation Myths were written instinctively, out of subconscious somewhere. Instinctively and subconsciously by somebody who proves to be quietly an excellent artist.

The smallest Creature – Magic Beans

With all the musical references, The smallest Thing manages to own that Nineties guitar sound, updating it for these ‘modern times’ a notch, resulting in quite a pleasurable listen.

Psychic Temple – Houses of the Holy

“Houses of the Holy” brings the flight of Schlarb’s imagination and creativity to full light and makes you think have we finally got ourselves a double album with no fillers?

Takuya Kuroda – Fly Moon Die Soon

Fly Moon Die Soon is an album that seems to go by the maxim – if it sounds this good, bring it on!

Joshua Van Tassel – Dance Music Volume II: More Songs For Slow Motion

Joshua van Tassel’s Dance Music Volume II: More Songs For Slow Motion is that type of an album that you just keep on pressing the repeat button on and on. Particularly very, very late at night.

Mark Vickness – Interconnected

Vickness and other musicians try to show that there are so many points where different musical styles and concepts overlap and have something in common. Luckily for all, they are able to prove their point with ease.

Vast Caldera – Vast Caldera 1

Vast Caldera 1 might be the perfect example that prog music is neither fully black nor white, but all shades in-between.

Sam Prekop – Comma

Comma might be an all-electronic affair, but Prekop at no point loses that jazzy/bossa nova feel, or whatever you want to call it. Or you can simply just call it excellent music.

Eito – While You Were Sleeping

On While You Were Sleeping Eito presents us with one of the better versions of what you can call ‘thinking man’s hip hop.’

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