In The Spotlight

Motenko – “Better Way”

Based in Austin, Texas and formed in 2018, this groovy quartet consists of Cat Clemons III, Josh Flowers, James Gwyn and front man and primary songwriter Micah Motenko. The latter grew up with a love for the soul of Motown, later with added 70s R&B and funk. Inspired by classic artists such as The Meters and Booker T. & The MG’s, they released their debut single “On Your Level” in 2020.

Celebrating the velvety vintage soul vibes of yesteryear, their new single is a laidback auditory delight. Instantly enchanting with a mellow electric piano, soon the song fills up with a smooth rhythm and warm 60s-styled horns, which is slightly reminiscent of “Midnight Train To Georgia”. And with Micah’s honey-dipped vocals, this captivating smooth groove is as ear-stroking as it is heartwarming.

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Music History

Sheryl Crow – “Steve McQueen”

From her album “C’mon, C’mon” (2002):

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New Music

The 1975 – “Happiness”

From their upcoming album “Being Funny In A Foreign Language”, to be released on 14 October 2022:

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In The Spotlight

Julia Cannon – “These Dreams”

Raised in Alaska, this genre-bending singer, songwriter and music producer has a Filipino-Panamanian heritage. While money was tight when she was growing up, she learned to survive adversities. Encouraged by someone to pursue her dreams, she attended Berklee College of Music. Inspired by artists like Paul McCartney, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder, she debuted on “My Name Is Julia” in 2015.

Meant to bring comfort to those who are struggling with abandoment issues and anxiety dreams, her new single sounds like a warm and soothing hug. With a mellow acoustic piano, gentle rhythm and smooth guitar plucks creating an easygoing, jazz-infused soundscape, it’s the tranquil and calming timbre of her voice that make this welcoming jazzy jam sound like a delightful sonic dream.

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Music History

The Jacksons – “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)”

From their album “Destiny” (1978):

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New Music

Kelsea Ballerini – “The Little Things”

From her upcoming album “Subject To Change”, to be released on 23 September 2022:

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