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Dan Sharp – “Lifeline”

Raised on a steady diet of classic rock, surrounded by guitars, music has always been a constant theme in the life of this singer and songwriter from New-Zealand. Having briefly strayed from his musical path to pursue a career in Corporate Finance, he fully committed himself to music and started developing a sound reflecting his passions. His debut EP “Ad Lucem” was released in 2017.

His latest single is a glorious amalgamation of classic rock, blues and a touch of soul. Sounding organic and honest, it’s filled with his undiluted passion and respect for the joys and life-force of music. With driving drums, singing electric guitar chords and the surprising addition of the rich Hammond organ sound, it’s his gritty soul/blues-touched vocals, which make this jam simply irresistible.

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Steven A. Clark – “Feel This Way”

Hailing from North-Carolina and now based in sunny Miami, this singer/songwriter blends 80s-style pop/R&B with contemporary club beats and creates an innovative new sound. With an emotional, personal lyricism and a creative, passionate instrumentation, his lifelong love of music truly shines. He debuted his self-written, 3-track EP “LATE” in 2014, after signing with Secretly Canadian.

His new single is a tantilizing taster of his upcoming album “Where Neon Goes To Die”, which is to be released on 7 September 2018. Dipping his modern club rhythms into a bath of nostalgic R&B and soul, the exhilarating pounding beat, catchy handclaps and groovy guitar plucks add a summertime spirit, while his distinctive vocals and soaring synths give this track a funky, 80s-inspired soul.

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Jarreau Vandal – “Scintilla”

This young Dutch producer grew up in a musical family surrounded by jazz, soul and funk, but being a child of the 90s, he immersed himself in Hip-Hop, rock and R&B as well. His grandfather was also a producer and introduced him to the craft aged 16. Drawing inspiration from all his musical influences, he tries bridging the gaps between all the various genres by creating a fresh and dynamic sound.

Enlisting the R&B vocal talents of Dutch songstress Luna Mae, his new single is taken from his upcoming mixtape “Anthology”, which is due to drop on 28 September 2018. Inspired by the rejuvenating energy of falling in love, he skillfully blends state-of-the-art electronics with a retro-sounding, soulful funk wrap. With an infectious beat and a touch of luminous brass, it’s an irresistibly sunny groove.

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Navina – “27 Hearts”

As a multi-instrumentalist, as well as a singer and songwriter, this British songbird plays flute, piano, guitar and bass and compiled quite a self-penned song collection in her teenage years. She produces all of her music in her Cambridge bedroom first, before recording a more glossy version in a studio later, still playing most instruments herself. She self-released her debut EP “Colours” in 2014.

Taken from her upcoming EP “Shapes”, which is to be released later this year, her latest single shows a creative and musical maturity beyond her 23 years. The sprightly beat and natural sounding piano give it an uplifting, carefree fluidity, while her pop/folk-dipped vocals effortlessly add an organic layer. Addressing millennial problems, this catchy, gorgeous song definitely has heart.

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HANNIE – “Low Key”

This fun British duo is fast finding their foothold on the passionate pop scene. Hailing from East-London, multi-instrumentalists Hanna Koppenburg and Annie Wagstaff met while studying at The Academy Of Contemporary Music and started uploading self-filmed cover songs. With a sound reminiscent of HAIM and Fickle Friends, they dropped their debut single “Cosmic Bound” early this year.

Enlisting the talents of Carys Selvey, their latest single explores the emotional rollercoaster that is the beginning of a relationship, with the glistening glitter of a catchy melodic pop groove. Driven by an upbeat, funky rhythm, the contemporary tune gets an infatuating retro gloss, which shines brightly by the frisky, cheerful vocals and makes this euphoric pop jam sound anything but low key.

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Parlor Social – “Got The Heebie-Jeebies”

Fronted by husband and wife duo Dessy Di Lauro and Ric’key Pageot, this band is taking ragtime swing of the roaring 20s to new heights. Both no strangers to the music scene, Dessy has taken their Neo-Ragtime style on solo outings and Ric’key has worked with many legends such as Madonna and Cher. They’ve amazed live audiences all over the world with their unique Speakeasy Soul sound.

Released to coincide with Black Music Month, the second single from their upcoming album takes 20s ragtime and prohibition era jazz and dips it in an invigorating contemporary R&B. A spirited beat and sexy horns add a playful edge to this peppy tune full of vintage spice and modern zing. With zesty vocals teasing the melody, this is a fiery, Neo-Ragtime jive with a catchy, vivacious bounce.

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