In The Spotlight

Carrie Baxter – “Selfish”

Born and raised in Waterford City, this Irish songstress grew up in a musical family. She started writing songs after getting a guitar for Christmas, which evolved after discovering electronic music. Now based in London, she joined Tileyard education to hone her songwriting skills. Inspired by Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse and Norah Jones, she debuted her jazzy, soulful sound on “Lady” in 2019.

Written a few years ago about not being able to leave a relationship, because of self-blaming or ignoring gut instinct that says things have run its course, her new single is filled with sincere honesty. Enveloping her words with a warm, acoustic piano and a perky rhythm, she forges an ear-stroking smooth soundscape. And with her jazz-infused, silky vocals, this tune is a selfless sonic gem.

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Music History

The O’Jays – “Message In Our Music”

From their album “Message In The Music” (1976):

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New Music

LOU’ANA – “Lost & Found”

With a sparkling 70s disco vibe and pure glitterball glitz, this is the new single by New Zealand songbird LOU’ANA:

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In The Spotlight

Willie J Healey – “Sure Feels Good”

Based in Bristol, this British singer and songwriter grew up exposed to the R&B and pop/hiphop his older sisters listened to, as well as the classic albums of the 70s his dad played. Initially pursuing a career in sports, he started boxing aged 10 and stopped aged 17, while continuing his music as a hobby. Inspired by The Beatles, Iggy Pop and Neil Young, he released his debut EP “HD Malibu” in 2015.

Giving a warm, sunlit preview of next years spring, before winter has even truly begun, his new single is a cheery, feel-good jam. Taken from his upcoming album “Buddy”, expected on March 23rd, he doused the tune with a touch of funk, Philadelphia soul and a dash of R&B. With a funky rhythm, soulful guitars and his Beatles-esque vocals, this sweet slice of sonic nostalgia sure makes you feel good.

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Music History

Gladys Knight & The Pips – “Bourgie Bourgie”

From their album “About Love” (1980):

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New Music

Arkells – “Floating Like”

From their album “Blink Twice” (2022):

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