In The Spotlight

Castella – “So Glad I Met You”

Born Cathy Rebecca Crowell in Long Beach, this velveteen vocalist and songwriter has been singing her entire life, be it in church choirs, in groups or a soloist. Her moniker was chosen as a tribute to her grandmother. Inspired by powerful female voices, such as Phyllis Hyman, Aretha Franklin and Minnie Riperton, she debuted her ear-stroking R&B/jazz blend on her single “No Ordinary Love” in 2020.

Fusing touches of 80s pop and 60s soul, doused in a tasty layer of infectious funkiness, her new single is an opulent, vintage-dipped smooth groove. It’s the sparkling keys, mellow guitars and gentle percussion that provide the perfect foundation for the sultry trumpet tones of Willie Bradley. And with her warm vocals singing about falling in love at first sight, you’ll definitely be glad you met her!

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Music History

Spandau Ballet – “Highly Strung”

From their album “Parade” (1984):

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New Music

Riley Clemmons – “Headspace”

From her album “Godsend” (2021):

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In The Spotlight

Arthur Lewis – “Hello Love”

The epitome of multi-talented, this singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has firmly been in the centre of the entertainment world for a long time. Be it as a member of the rap improv comedy group Freestyle Love Supreme, a session vocalist/musician or in his live show with rapper Joél Leon, he gained respect from the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda. He debuted with his 2008 solo EP “If We Were”.

Flaming like red-hot funkalicious lava, his first new solo single in 13 years is an exuberant brew of exultant funk and joyous classic soul. With a well-seasoned, relentless rhythm, a spicy bassline and scorching horns, he managed to crossover 60s, 70s and 80s tones into an intoxicating potpourri of funkiness. And with his jubilant vocal chops radiating infectious fun, this jam is a very welcome return.

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Music History

Kylie Auldist – “No Use”

From her album “Just Say” (2008):

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New Music

Jonah Nilsson – “Diamond Ring”

Featuring the sizzling, funk-fueled guitar of Steve Vai, this is the new single by Swedish funkateer Jonah Nilsson:

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