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Carrie Baxter – “You”

Born in Waterford, this Irish singer and songwriter moved to the UK in 2009 to study at the London School Of Musical Theatre, but was told after three months that her vocal skills were better suited to being a jazz singer. A fitness instructor by day, in order to fund her music, she draws inspiration from Stevie Nicks, Amy Winehouse and Kendrick Lamar. She debuted her soul/jazz blend on “Lady” in 2019.

Creating a deliciously mellow melody, filled with smoky jazz vibes and classic soul tones, her new single is pure sonic enchantment. Taken from her upcoming EP “What Now”, expected to drop on October 22nd, it’s the buttery-smooth rhythm, the laid-back electric guitar strums and her slightly raspy, emotive vocals singing about a friend’s relationship, that makes this silky jam utterly irresistible.

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Naomi Connell – “Strangers”

Hailing from the Gold Coast, this Australian folk singer and songwriter felt the need to sing every chance she got, while growing up. Listening to the varied sounds of Destiny’s Child, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, she honed her vocal skills and taught herself to play guitar. She debuted with “Draped In Wine” in 2019 and won the 2020 Tamworth Country Music Festival Busking Championship.

Proving that all you need to create pure musical magic is an acoustic guitar and a bewitching voice, her new single is an intimate, velvety soft ballad. Instantly alluring from the intricate guitar play, she shows her impressive songwriting prowess singing about lovers who become strangers. Wrapped in tender elegance and an emotional vulnerability, this luscious tune is one you want to know.

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Marble Eyes – “You Can’t Fool Me”

Dubbed the ‘Rock & Roll For The Soul’ supergroup, this quartet fused together members of other bands to bring a burst of positive energy to the pandemic. Consisting of Eric Gould (Pink Talking Fish), Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu), Mike Carter (The Indobox) and Max Chase (Amulus), they penned over 50 songs together during lockdown. They debuted their retro-rock sound on “Tollbooth” last month.

Adding a funky vibe to invigorating, 70s-inspired rock, their new single certainly gets the blood pumping. Taken from their upcoming debut album “Return To The Roses”, expected on October 21, it’s the unrelenting rhythm and the vintage howl of the electric guitars that packs this jam with pure energy. And with some mighty vocals singing about relationship trust, this is rousing rock at its best.

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Haley Johnsen – “Goner”

Born in Portland, this prolific singer and songwriter grew up as a competitive gymnast, which gave her the drive to go outside her comfort zone. This also translated to her songwriting skills and in a span of three years she penned over 200 songs in her parents’ shed. Influenced by powerhouse voices like Grace Potter, Brandi Carlile and Annie Lennox, she debuted with “Feel The Water” in 2015.

Written in a bathtub in a vintage trailer in the midst of an existential crisis, her new single is a soul-searching journey put to music. Laying a dreamy soundscape foundation, it’s the breezy guitars, 70s-touched folky vibes and a perky rhythm that fuse into a sun-drenched groove. And with her honey-dipped vocals coasting the soundwaves, this vivid nostalgic daydream is here to stay.

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Handsome Jack – “Roll It”

Formed in 2004 and hailing from Lockport, New York, this rock trio gained their name playing a fusion of blues, R&B and garage rock they like to call ‘Boogie Soul’. Consisting of Jamison Passuite, Joey Verdonselli and Bennie Hayes, they started touring with their swaggering 70s-style blues rock sound and shared the stage with Blue Cheer and The J. Geils Band. They debuted with “Time Will Tell” in 2011.

Dedicated to their old rust bucket of a tour van, their new single takes slight whimsical lyrics and wraps them in a titillating groove. Taken from their upcoming album “Get Humble”, expected to drop on October 29th, they gave it a rock-dipped, rich, classic soul vibe. With bright, vintage guitars, 60s-inspired rhythm and powerful, soul-infused vocals, this is a standout tune where old and new meets.

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Chloe Florence – “Ego Pleaser”

Born and raised in Montreal, this Canadian singer and songwriter grew up in a musical family, with many family members singing, playing multiple instruments and even writing lyrics. She began piano and voice lessons aged 8 and recently added guitar to her skills. Taking inspiration from artists like Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith and Lana Del Rey, she debuted her R&B/pop blend on “Nightmare” in 2020.

The title track of her latest EP introduces a character, who’s story is narrated throughout the songs. Effortlessly blending a contemporary R&B vibe with her classically-sounding, jazzy blues vocal magic, this jam is an unique amalgam. With warm bass plucks, a relentless rhythm and her fiery voice finding their sonic way to your soul, this glamorous groove is not just an ego, but an ear pleaser.

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