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Harts – “Ain’t Nothin’ On Me”

Melbourne-based Darren Hart, better known as Harts, is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer. His music is a plethora of different genres, fusing elements of funk, disco, psychedelic rock, soul, jazz and blues into one multi-dynamic style. He released his debut EP “Offtime” in 2013 and gained praise from both the music press as artists such as Prince.

On this track he’s letting his guitar virtuosity take center-stage. There is a distinct Prince vibe and a Kravitz-like feel to the song, but his unique musical touches elevate the tune to a standout sound. Lyrically inspiring, singing about self-confidence and self-belief and musically riveting, with a ferocious beat, funky keys and a howling guitar bridge, it’s an enthralling slice of pure funkiness.

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Re:Funk – “The Harder We Try”

This band from Switzerland got started in 2015 by Dario Milan and Maqs Rossi, but has since grown into an eight-piece powerhouse. After many years of electrifying live performances, such as at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Jazz Ascona Festival and touring with saxophonist and James Brown collaborator Pee Wee Ellis, they’ve headed to the studio to start recording their first full-length album.

The initial funkalicious taster of that album pays tribute to 70s blaxploitation soundtracks with some rip-roaring cinematic funk. An exhilarating rhythm, jangling guitars and vigorous horns take you back to the glory days of 70s movies and disco-esque hooks make you want to stay. With Maqs’ enigmatic, soul-dripping vocals completing this rousing romp, it’s a masterful debut indeed.

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