In The Spotlight

Charlie Belle – “Few Minutes Off”

Based in Austin, Texas, sibling duo Jendayi and Gyasi Bonds have been taking their fresh take on British alt-pop and US college music of the 90s to many legendary Austin live stages such as Antone’s and The Mohawk, as well as festivals like SXSW since 2009, but it was the release of their debut EP’s “Get To Know” and “I Don’t Want To Be Alone” in 2015, which really got the global press buzzing.

On their latest single they’re adding new exciting auditory layers to their refreshing indie-pop blend. Taken from their recently released EP “Like I Love This”, a quickening beat allows for the cheery retro-styled guitar strums to trickle a smidgen of 60s-dipped folk over a laidback pop ballad and with velvety vocals stroking your eardrums, it is as smooth as it is infectiously invigorating.

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In The Spotlight

Jen Awad – “Basic Bitch”

There are two distinct facets to this multi-talented half Egyptian, half Peruvian powerhouse. Self-taught on vocals, piano, guitar and bass, she’s a Los-Angeles-based singer and songwriter with a dynamic and combustible vocal prowess, which blends the sass and insensity of Etta James and Tina Turner. She is also an accomplished fashion designer, dressing stars such as Bebe Rexha and Kali Uchis.

Her latest single is like a flavorsome bowl of fiery, aromatic blues with a piquant edge. Backed by an eight-piece band with a blistering horn section, she’s taken vintage-style rhythm and blues and sauteed it in a hot peppery sauce, to give it even more zing. Her impassioned dynamite vocals, soaked in retro-soul spice, set the zesty melody alight and cook up an appetizing dish full of fire.

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