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Mimoza – “Big Girls Cry”

This singer/songwriter has traveled the world. She was born in Kosovo, spent her childhood in Sweden, then moved to Germany for 11 years and is now based in Los Angeles. She is fluent in four languages and writes and sings in all of them. Her songwriting debut “I Heart U”  by Bad Paris was featured in the ad campaign for Smart Car Germany and she’s written songs for the soundtrack of successful German movies.

Her new single has a rather anthemic start, leading into a catchy contemporary R&B song. Singing about broken relationships and heartache with her spellbinding voice, she manages to blend the emotionally-laden lyrics with an infatuating tune and a highly infectious chorus. Currently working on her debut EP, this song definitely promises great things for this globetrotting songstress.

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Anna Burch – “Tea-Soaked Letter”

This Detroit-based singer/songwriter is no stranger to the music scene. First as a member of folk-rock band Frontier Ruckus and later with the indie group Failed Flowers. Now getting noticed as a solo artist, she based her style on a lo-fi approach with 90s pop influences, but her main strength comes from her unique story-telling skills, which are vividly realistic and down-to-earth.

This is very noticeable on her latest single. With her dreamy and soothing vocals she sings the poignant lyrics in which she asks a love-interest to improve their communication. Build upon an 90s drum and bass line and embellished with nostalgic guitar riffs and infectious hooks, it’s a well-structured pop song which sounds honest and relatable.

From her upcoming debut album “Quit The Curse”, to be released on 2 February 2018:

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ROBOTIKUS – “Continental Lovers”

Consisting of Adam Kleist and Scott Targett, this Australian electronic duo finds their influences in the disco, funk and house of the 70s and 80s. They write their songs mostly by email, where Scott creates the music and sends it to Adam who then adds the lyrics and vocals. Their fresh sound is made up from synth-pop and layered with retro 70s and 80s grooves.

Their new single has a wonderful summery groove, which is both buoyant and laid-back. It has infectious funky guitar riffs, elegant violins and a vintage rhythm, which effortlessly carry Adam‘s soul-infused vocals over the Nu-Disco musical waves. Being a love song about distance and desire, it’s a discolicious throwback to the 70s/80s which still remains fresh and up-to-date.

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Binky – “Fireflies”

This bubbly singer/songwriter from London studied music, dance and drama from a young age. Although being a huge fan of all genres of music, she discovered a particular love for country rock. She went to Nashville for inspiration and, on returning to the UK, set out to create her own style by blending urban sounds with Nashville’s country flair.

Introducing her new, urban country style, her debut single bursts with energetic moxie and invigorating pizzazz. A bracing drum beat, exhilarating country guitar and an infectious, athemic chorus create a vibrant and uplifting soundscape and with her charismatic, raspy and mesmerizing vocals, the song wraps itself around the listener and lights up the senses.

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Loah – “Nothing”

The spirits of Haitian voodoo. Well, that’s one Loah, just not this one. This is Sallay Matu Garnett, a singer/songwriter of Sierra Leonean/Irish origin, who started classical violin training from an early age and adding piano as a teenager. After first collaborating with other artists and co-writing a song for the debut album of Hozier, she is now ready to dazzle as a solo-artist.

Her latest single is an alchemy of pop, soul and her phenomenally enchanting voice. Supported by a mere drum beat to start, her creamy, soulful vocals take center-stage, but it soon conjures up a glorious, upbeat pop chorus with a modern nu-disco feel and alluring orchestral violins adding a sense of opulence. It’s pure melodic magic, which will put you under her spell.

From her debut EP “This Heart” (2017):

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Sonia Stein – “Do You Love Me”

Born in Berlin, this globetrotting singer/songwriter has also lived in Warsaw, New York and Boston, but is now residing in Shoreditch, East-London. She started writing her own songs at 15 and grew into an impassioned, emotional story-teller. She released her debut EP “Symbol” back in 2014 and is currently opening for power songstress BETSY.

Her latest single is a sophisticated electro-pop song, dipped in some smooth 80s magic. Lyrically focusing on romantic insecurities and doubt, her vocals are emotive and sumptuous and by adding funky 80s-dipped synth action and a catchy beat, it has a bewitching and infectious vibe which, despite the heavier subject matter, makes this track feel uplifting and bright.

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Lauren Lanzaretta – “Calm The Storm”

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, this soul singer, songwriter and musician is a self-made artist. She had learned to play guitar and had been writing songs throughout her 20s, but it wasn’t until she started a Facebook page and emailing DJ’s that her dreams would start to come true. She dropped her debut album “Naked Soul” back in 2014 and she’s become a very active artist on the local scene.

As the basis for soul can be found in gospel, this is also true for her latest single. It’s a gorgeous, mesmerizing piano ballad, with pop, soul and gospel influences, which sounds honest and pure. Her deeply, emotionally-laden vocals have an almost hypnotizing quality and with the gospel backing of JABTUNE it gives the song a fragile, yet powerful edge.

From her upcoming album “Deliverance”, to be released in early 2018:

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Jodie Abacus – “Meet Me In The Middle”

This singer/songwriter from South East London has been surrounded by all kinds of music since he was young. His father was a DJ and the radio was always on, introducing him to a multitude of different styles. Always scribbling song ideas in a notebook since childhood, he takes both dark and lighter times in his life as a inspiration to create songs which promote healing.

Produced by Canadian producer POMO, his new single is emotive soul-infused pop with breezy synthwork driving this sensual melodic journey, accompanied by funky rhythmic percussion. His stunning and charismatic vocals really stand out, while conveying a message to someone far away. It’s as much spellbinding and groovy, as it will tug on your heartstrings.

From his EP “Mild Cartoon Violence” (2017):

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WILSN – “Love Me Back”

This Australian songbird has been impressing with her strong, soulful vocal capabilities, earning her comparisons to a young Aretha Franklin. She released her debut EP “Don’t Give Up” back in 2015, which features the horn section of Mark Ronson and the late Charles Bradley. Now relocated to Nashville, USA, she’s been honing her sound, merging vintage soul with touches of pop and blues.

The result shines brightly on her latest single. The delicate, under-stated production of this ballad, which is build up with alluring acoustic piano and the angelic sounds of a gospel choir, gives the exceptional soulful tonality of her vocals room to charm and dazzle. Chronicling an unrequited love, this poignant song gels together into an exquisite, ear-stroking gem.

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