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Brittany Howard – “Stay High”

As the frontwoman and guitarist for the four-time Grammy-winning band Alabama Shakes, this Nashville-based singer and songwriter has performed at Obama’s White House and duetted with legend Paul McCartney at Lollapalooza. However, she’s written many songs outside of the realm of the band and decided to assemble some innovative musicians and record them as a solo project.

This taster from her upcoming debut album “Jaime”, which will drop on September 20, is a buttery-smooth, Motown inspired soul stunner. With a stripped-back, organic instrumentation of a gentle bass, mellow percussion and cheeky bells, she uses her impassioned, vintage-dipped vocals to emphasize the importance of embracing simple joys after a long day’s work and molds a luscious soul gem.

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Vladimir Cetkar- “Going Home”

Hailing from Macedonia, this exciting recording artist owns a remarkable range of various talents, such as vocalist, composer, guitarist and producer. Now based in New York City, he’s build on the timeless sound of his musical influences like Chic and Earth, Wind & Fire and added his own, authentic jazz, soul and funk expression. He released his debut album “We Will Never End” in 2009.

Bursting out in an exuberant explosion of funky vibes, his new single is a discolicious delight. The pulsating rhythm and the vintage wah-wah guitars shape the invigorating basis for the title track of his latest album, while his soulful voice and the disco string section enhances it and his stunning George Benson-like instrumental bridge truly catapults this funkalicious jam into its own stratosphere.

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Jasmine Singh – “Out My Mind”

Born in Alberta, this wistful singer and songwriter started honing her musical prowess early on. Raised in an Indian household, she had limitless influences, from Lauryn Hill to AC/DC, with a touch of Bollywood. Playing guitar and piano, she loves to perform live and continues to expand her musical palete. Although she released singles before, she dropped her debut EP “Journey To The Sun” in 2018.

Giving 90s R&B a contemporary upgrade, her new single radiates a summertime warmth from the catchy hooks. Driven by punchy percussion and enriched by electro-pop elements, it creates a dynamic soundscape for her ardent vocals to relate the powerful lyrics, telling the tale of a woman being mentally tortured by her significant other. Infectious, danceable and intense, this is a pure R&B gem.

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Tim Rose – “Left On Read”

Hailing from Hawaii, this singer and songwriter had quite a rocky start in life. Despite battling with alcoholism from a young age, he became quite proficient on the guitar and went on to study music theory at the University Of Hawaii. He decided to get sober and found solace in the music of Bill Withers, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder. In 2015 he released his critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album.

Living in his Chevy van, he channels the gods of funk and soul, while creating his melodic chronicles. His new single is the third installment of a visual album about the pitfalls of dating. His silky, soulful vocals are wrapped in a vintage fusion of funk and disco from a rousing rhythm, sprightly guitars, lively synths and dashing horns, making this a highly danceable retro-journey into funkalicious heaven.

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Aubren Elaine – “No Good For You”

Classically trained on piano as a child, this Californian singer and songwriter traded in a skateboard for a guitar aged 13 and taught herself how to play. She’s earned a BA in music production from California Lutheran University and performs at renowned Los Angeles venues such as the Hotel Café and House Of Blues. Her voice has also been featured on several singles by Patrick Reza and No Suits.

Shrouded in images of smoky, dimly-lit jazz bars from yesteryear, her debut single embraces those vintage shades and nurtures them. The soothing, easygoing vibe from the smooth bass, mild rhythm, mellow organ and 40s-styled trumpet sets the scene for her silky, seductive vocals to caress the lustrous melodic ambiance. Fusing old-school jazz and polished pop, this tune is good for all!

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Lola Marsh – “Echoes”

Based in Tel Aviv, this Israeli indie pop duo, consisting of Yael Shoshana and Gil Landau, was formed back in 2013, after meeting through mutual friends. They performed at the Primavera Sound festival a year later. With influences ranging from Nina Simone to LCD Soundsystem, they debuted with their single “Sirens” in 2015. They’ve toured Europa and the US and had songs featured in film and TV.

With a grandiose Tarantino vibe, their new single is a celebration of decade-spanning nostalgia. A touch of late 60s rock, a smidge of early 70s pop, a dash of 80s synths and all soaked into an overflowing pool of spaghetti western-like, cinematic flamboyancy. Mixing the vintage majesty of the reverb guitar plucks with her lush, retro-styled vocals, this groove will keep echoing in your ears .

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