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Michalangela – “No Destination”

Michal Angela Wilson was born in Moscow, ID and raised in a music-loving home. Upon graduation from the Lionel Hampton School Of Music in 2006 she moved to Portland, OR, where she immersed herself in its rich music scene. Inspired by artists like Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and D’angelo, her versatile sound spans soul, rock, jazz and R&B. In 2008 she released her jazzy debut album “Portland Rain”.

Co-written with multi-talented Steveland Swatkins back in 2010, it is high time that this track gets its rightful place in the limelight. The laidback, funkalicious vibe formed by the use of organic instruments, like the sleek organ and polished percussion, radiates a joyous quality to feed her soulful vocals, while the electric guitar solo adds an elated energy, making this funky blend a must-hear destination.

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Evan David Warner – “Shine To Share”

Growing up in Vermont with the music of James Brown and Michael Jackson, this multi-talented, Amsterdam-based artist started writing catchy, nonsensical songs at a young age. Over time he developed his own style, influenced by Tame Impala, The Doors and Talking Heads and is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, drums and piano. He debuted with his EP “Going To Atlantis” in 2017.

His new single takes a leaf out of the book of vintage funk and creates an exhilarating tale. With an invigorating seventies wah-wah guitar, a powerful rhythm and a sweeping electric guitar solo describing the melodious fantasy, it’s his smokey, soul-filled vocals which truly make this story come to life. Binding a funkalicious fable with a retro-dipped narrative, this is an enthralling, groovy yarn.

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Whitney McClain – “Fireplace”

Virtually born with a (toy) microphone in her hand, this inspirational soulstress grew up in Salem, OR, listening to Motown, Earth, Wind & Fire and Amy Winehouse. Managed by her uncle Marlon McClain of the 70s funk/soul band Pleasure, she released her debut single “Bombs Away” in 2015 and hit over one million views on YouTube. In 2017 she played the Soul’d Out festival beside the Ohio Players.

Taking us on a historical melodic journey, her new single sounds like she delved deep into the crevices of classic 60s soul and found a forgotten gem. The smooth waves of the easygoing guitars, mellow rhythm and flirtatious bells gently roll over her velvety vocals, which blend vintage soul with modern R&B and wrap themselves around you and your loved one, while you snuggle up by the fireplace.

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Júníus Meyvant – “Ain’t Gonna Let You Drown”

Born as Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson, this Icelandic singer and songwriter spent his childhood skateboarding and painting. It wasn’t until his early twenties that finding an old guitar brought out his musical muses. Inspired by the sounds of Sam Cooke, Charles Bradley and even The Rolling Stones, he created a vibrant folk-pop pallet. He released his acclaimed, award winning debut “Color Decay” in 2014.

Harking back to his religious upbringing, as well as the golden era of Stax’s Southern Soul, this first taster of his upcoming EP “Rearview Paradise” – expected to drop on August 9th – is a skillful blend of soul, folk and gospel. His soul-infused vocals float on the blissful melody of organic piano, divine organ, heavenly violins and exalted horns and make this a glorious tune filled with celestial beauty.

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Stella Santana – “Yayaya”

As the daughther of legendary guitarist Carlos Santana and author Deborah Santana, this singer, songwriter and producer grew up in California, surrounded by a wide range of musical styles. Influenced by R&B, hiphop, reggae and pop, she formulated a tasty sound of her own. Now residing in New York City, she simultaneously self-released two debut singles, “Friends” and “Switch”, in 2015.

Giving her alluring R&B sound a hypnotic chill factor, she turns the tempo down for her mesmerizing new single. A punchy beat and satiny bass line set the intimate scene for a dreamy synth and her silky, sensuous vocals, which add an inherently mystical veil to the smoky atmosphere. With a message about moving on from a bad relationship, this creamy tune combines rhythmic vigor with lush vibes.

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Mélat – “After All”

This Austin-native singer and songwriter of Ethiopian descent grew up in a very strict, though music loving family, who listened to Donna Summer and Kool & The Gang. She studied advertising and turned doing marketing for local artists into releasing her own debut EP “Canon Aphaea” in 2012. Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald’s jazz and Mariah Carey’s music, she devised a fresh new R&B blend.

Her new single first strokes your eardrums with some buttery smooth R&B vibes, before revealing its true, upbeat identity. The infectious driving rhythm is the backbone of this rather buoyant groove, joined by some glimmering synths and her glowing, sleek and creamy vocals. Fusing a contemporary R&B production with retro glimpses of pop and disco, it’s jammed with velvety fun.

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