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Talii – “Mouth”

This Floridian songstress was born in Orlando with melodic blood running through her veins. Born into a musically gifted family, it was no surprise that she started singing at 3 and playing piano and writing songs at 7. Influenced by legends such as Erykah Badu and Sade, she blended Neo-Soul and R&B and devised a modern soulful sound. Her debut single “Lost” dropped earlier this year.

While she’s putting the finishing touches on her upcoming debut EP, she’s released her sultry sophomore single. Driven by melodious bass plucks and electronic hand-claps, she’s created a sweltering, sensuous mood. Her lustrous, sexy R&B vocals with a steamy, jazzy touch generate a flirtatious vibe, making it easy to fall in love with this seductive jam filled with an amorous yearning.

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Ivy Levan – “Her”

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this multi-talented artist moved to Los Angeles aged 16 to chase her musical dreams. She’s not just a gifted singer and songwriter, but also a model and actress, who made her acting debut in the 2010 film “Drop Dead Gorgeous”. Her musical debut followed in 2013 with the EP “Introducing The Dame”. She went on to support Emili Sandé and Fitz & The Tantrums on their tours.

Her latest single – the first release since her 2015 album “No Good” – bounces around on an imposing pounding beat. With slightly retro-dripping keys sprinkling a playful smidge of nostalgia over this commanding contemporary pop tune, it’s her towering, audacious vocals with a cheeky sizzle, chronicling the end of a relationship, that makes it a modern slice of invigorating powerhouse pop.

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Marlene Oak – “Slip Away”

Growing up on a small island just outside Stockholm, this Swedish singer and songwriter escaped into her own musical world. She got discovered by accident while busking in the nation’s capital and since then she’s taken her raw, enchanting folk-rock stylings on the live circuit, playing festivals such as STHLMAmericana and Way Out West. She released her debut single “How Long” in 2016.

It’s been two years since her last release, but her new enchanting single was definitely worth the wait. Feeling influenced by legends like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin, she’s stirred some 60s spice through her folk-rock sound. The live recorded instrumentation gives the tune a beguiling, authentic feel, while the retro-grit of her Stevie Nicks-touched vocals deliver a bit of a timeless kick.

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Beat Mosaic – “Love Carries”

Injecting some much needed funk into your soul, these 7 Los Angeles-based funkateers carry on the soulful tradition started by bands like The Meters back in the 70s. Presenting an amalgamation of roaring funk, sassy soul and rousing R&B, dipped in some Curtis Mayfield reminiscent afro-beat vibes and tasty lyricism, they cook up a prescription for highly infectious dance-floor fever.

You’re cordially invited to their new rip-roaring funky party, which is their latest single. A hip-shaking rhythm, soaked in funkalicious nostalgia and booming horns blast an energetic soundwave into the melodic stratosphere, which carries the dynamically powerful, harmonious vocals straight past your eardrums, forging an irresistible force to start busting moves to those funkadelic grooves.

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Sons Of The East – “Nothing Comes Easy”

Jack Rollins, Nic Johnston and Dan Wallage from Sydney, Australia, got together in 2011 and decided to have some fun and formed a band. With a multifarious mix of banjo, keys, guitar and even a didgeridoo, they forged a sassy, retro-soaked folk-pop sound. Their debut single “Hold On” was released in 2013. Known for their rambunctious live shows, they recently set out on a worldwide sellout tour.

Steeped in vintage Fleetwood Mac flavors, their latest single effortlessly elevates classic folk-rock and catchy pop to a higher, tranquil and atmospheric musical plane. The salubrious melody of acoustic guitar and mellow organ tones gently stroking a breezy beat and their flawless opulent harmonies, enriched with a touch of gravelly rock, make this a divinely polished, auditory gem.

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Kate Vargas – “This Affliction”

Raised in New Mexico and now based in New York, this powerhouse performer grew up in a folklore-rich community. Her inherent creativity led to an interest in music, particularly jazz. She attended Berklee College Of Music, which rekindled a love for songwriting. She played copious live shows all over the world, showcasing her melodious blend of dreampop, folk and junkyard blues.

Taken from her latest album “For The Wolfish And Wandering”, this single is a spellbinding jam filled to the brim with dark blues-pop grit. Merging a prowling rhythm and anguished guitar into a vintage-dipped, heart-wrenching blues, it’s the smoky roughness of her hard-hitting, charismatic vocals, which have an unexplainable bewitching quality, that give it an otherworldly attraction.

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