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Jess Knights – “Leave Me For The Last Time”

Native to Calgary, this Canadian singer and songwriter spent time living in Germany, Thailand and the United States. Although classically-trained as an opera singer, her one-of-a-kind sound explores the worlds of country, blues and soul. Inspired by the legendary voices of Etta James, Amy Winehouse and Janis Joplin, she debuted with the dive bar-dipped grit of her single “Won’t Wait” in 2018.

Belting out an emotional tale of love and loss, her new single wraps classic soul in her characteristic powerhouse sound. Teasing her upcoming debut album “Best Kind Of Light”, expected to drop on May 20th, it’s the buoyant beat, fiery electric guitar and sweltering organ that make this a blistering jam. And with her fierce and passionate vocals, this is an empowering slice of mighty red-hot soul.

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Jerry Leger – “Read Between The Lines”

Based in Toronto, this Canadian singer and songwriter released the first of nine studio albums back in 2005, introducing his love for all things vintage and a faith in Rock ‘n’ Roll as a way to unite people. Drawing inspiration from legends such as Lou Reed, Elvis Costello and The Everly Brothers, to name but a few, his spirited, eclectic sound truly found the limelight with his 2014 album “Early Riser”.

Channeling his inner Roy Orbison, his new single delves into the soulful rock of the sixties. Taken from his latest album “Time Out For Tomorrow”, released last year, the howling electric guitar takes the listener by the ear and draws you in, where his melancholy-filled voice tells its heart-wrenching tale. And with a punchy rhythm and a plucky piano, this is one retro trip that touches your soul.

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Dojo Cuts – “You’re Unforgettable”

Formed in 2008, this six-piece band is Australia’s hottest funk unit. Taking inspiration from the rich musical palate of the 60s and 70s, they combine classic soul sounds with modern funk. They debuted with their acclaimed self-titled album in 2009, earning praise from Craig Charles of BBC 6 Music, followed by their 2012 album “Take From Me” and are regularly touring with their explosive live show.

Exploring the passionate soul of the 60s, their new single takes a step back from their high-octane funky trips. Still keeping their feel-good vibe, the vintage beats, groovy electric guitars and crisp keys take your ears back to the heyday of Motown and Stax and the soulful power of Roxie Ray’s smoky vocals will make you want to stay. Dipping in the roots of rousing soul, this tune is truly unforgettable.

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Terra Volta – “Boo Boo Man”

Hailing from Nijmegen, this exciting Dutch band started life as a small jam band back in 2011, but has evolved into a dynamic, eight-piece party outfit, which turns every audience into a dancing crowd. They use a blend of multi-cultural influences, from ska and reggae, to African and Caribbean sounds to create an upbeat and lively musical experience. They debuted with their EP “Revelry” in 2018.

From the very first uplifting guitar plucks, their new single emits cheerful rays of African sunshine. Mixed with some Caribbean warmth, the fresh guitar is soon joined by an invigorating tribal rhythm and a dazzling organ, while they narrate the story of two friends who found a way to keep the Boo Boo Man away. And with the addition of luminous horns, this tune brings the summer to January.

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Amanda Tenfjord – “As If”

Ironically hailing from the small village Tennfjord, which is a coincidence, this Norwegian songbird with Greek roots moved to Trondheim to study medicine at University, but eventually decided to solely focus on her music. With a passionate energy and a hypnotic elegance, she’s been compared to the likes of Adele and London Grammar. She released her aptly titled debut “First Impression” in 2018.

With a velvety minimalism and her refreshing voice, her new single sounds as crisp as the morning dew. Starting with a mere electronic rhythm, reverberating in the background, she enchants the listener with her mesmeric vocal dexterity, before the electrifying chorus takes over and erupts with sizzling synths and an ardent intensity, sharing both alluring beauty and sheer power in one jam.

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Tennis – “Need Your Love”

Denver-based husband and wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore met in 2008 at the University of Colorado, but didn’t start the band until after returning from an eight-month sailing expedition two years later. They debuted their retro lo-fi sound on their single “South Carolina” in 2010, released their first album “Cape Dory” in 2011 and set off on a world tour across the US, Europe and Russia.

Hoisting the sonic sails and cruising the auditory oceans, their new single is multi-faceted pop with a vintage vibe. Taken from their upcoming album “Swimmer”, expected to drop on February 14th, the riveting rhythm and playful piano set the mood for Alaina’s seductive, yet sassy vocals to drift over the 70s-touched melody and unexpected tempo changes, steering the tune to undiscovered realms.

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