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Sleepy Tom – “This Thing Called Life”

Born as Cam Tatham in Squamish, this Canadian DJ and music producer started playing guitar at the age of 10 and spent high school playing in hard rock cover bands. His musical world opened up with he discovered dance music. Since he’s collaborated with Diplo and remixed for artists such as Martin Solveig. Inspired by Mark Ronson, Radiohead and Justice, he debuted on his EP “The Currency” in 2013.

Hang up the mirror ball and put on your flared jeans and bright wide-collared shirt, cause his new single combines classic and Nu-disco into a dance floor banger. Slowly coming to life with a futuristic synth and funky bass, soon it bursts out with an invigorating disco groove. With the classic strings, a modern shimmer and insatiable rhythms, this is an uplifting slice of flavorful funkalicious nostalgia.

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Levina – “Danger”

Born in Bonn, but now London-based, this German singer and songwriter grew up in a household where a piano took pride of place. She’s studying Music Management at the London College of Music. Drawing inspiration from Avril Lavigne, Anastacia and Ella Fitzgerald, she forged a power-house sound. She went on to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017 with the song “Perfect Life”.

Lyrically underlining the fact that society doesn’t seem to care about the world’s issues, unless it affects them personally, her new single focuses the attention on the actual problems we’re all facing. Starting off smooth and imposing with a shimmering synth and majestic vocals, the chorus adds a powerful pop-rock glaze. With bold guitars and bracing drums, this is an empowering anthem.

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Muroki – “Simple Pleasures”

Born as Muroki Mbote Wa Githinji in Raglan, this Kenyan-New Zealand singer and songwriter started playing guitar at the age of 8. He started recording music aged 15, after forming the band Cloak Bay with Lennox Reynolds. In 2019 he joined the band Masaya as a bassist. Inspired by Frank Ocean, D’angelo and GoldLink, he debuted his solo jazz, funk, soul blended sound on “For Better Or Worse” in 2019.

Driven by a groovy bassline and an infectious beat, his uplifting new single is a chilled tune with added funk. Taken from his genre-spanning EP “Heading East”, it’s the laid-back instrumentation with refreshing electric guitar runs and a 90s funk vibe that conjures the feeling of a mellow summers day by the sea. And with his smooth and sultry vocals, this is a warm and soothing sonic pleasure.

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Dean Mitchell – “Pieces”

Grown up in the Bay Area and now Los Angeles-based, this rising singer and songwriter is a musical chameleon. With a style influenced by funk and R&B of the 70s and 80s, 90s grunge and 00s pop, she feels most at home in a genre-less soundscape. Drawing inspiration from artists like Alanis Morrisette, Green Day and Christina Aguilera, she released her debut single “Hold Me Down” earlier this year.

Focusing on the anxieties that seem to be synonymous with being twenty-something, her new single reminds others that they are not alone. Enveloping the wistful lyrics in uplifting 90s-influenced pop-rock vibes, the song captures the attention from the very first bass pluck. Edgy guitars, potent beat and her flirtatious vocals turn these infectious 2 minutes into something extraordinary.

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Maja – “Not Picking Up”

Born in Serbia as Maja Puseljic, this Australian-based singer and songwriter completed her study of music composition and piano at the University of Queensland in 2014. Two years later she was touring the East Coast with her band. Inspired by Otis Redding, Laura Marling and Fiona Apple, she’s created a nostalgic sound, echoing soul, blues and folk. She debuted with “The Dreamer” in 2016.

Written about a female friend who was neglecting their friendship, her new single adds a retro-pop sound to her auditory bow. Painting a neon colored canvas with a sonic 80s palette, it’s the passionate rhythm, mellow synths and flavorful guitars that capture a melancholy of yesteryear. And with her captivating vocals reaching into your heart, this luscious jam is relatable, heartfelt and mesmerizing.

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Drew Thomas – “All My Friends”

Raised in Nottingham, this British singer and songwriter started his musical career as frontman for several bands since he was 14. Over the years he’s supported the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, played festivals such as Reading & Leeds and written over 300 songs both for himself and others. Drawing inspiration from The Killers, Bleachers and Sam Fender, he debuted his solo rock sound on “Soho” in 2019.

Singing about refusing to settle down, despite seeing friends getting married and bringing children into the world, his new single blends defiance with catharsis. Capturing the party lifestyle in a pop-rock anthem, the track goes from a simple guitar strum, to an exuberant chorus, filled with perky rhythms and wild electric guitars. And with his fiery vocal force, this tune is totally voltaic.

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