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Shookrah – “Notions”

The five members of this Irish synth-soul outfit created an unique sound that is nestled between R&B, Neo-Soul and Future-Soul. Influenced by the sounds of Thundercat, Solange and Anderson .Paak, they debuted with their EP “Implicit Content” back in 2014. They’ve shared a stage with Billy Ocean, headlined at Cork’s Quarter Block Party and are gearing up to go on a national and European tour.

Adding a sleek, funky vibe to their musical cornucopia of genre-spanning sounds, their new single is overflowing with vibrant luminosity. Taken from their long-awaited, self-titled debut album, to be released on October 25, it’s the aural blend of catchy beats, sweltering synths and the plethora of jazzy guitar strums, matched with sumptuous, soulful vocals, that makes this a lavish, ear-tingling tune.

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William Bolton – “Teasin'”

Hailing from Detroit, this singer, songwriter and producer was born with soul music in his veins. Growing up without a TV, he found his inspiration in the Motown soul of Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder. With his own musical blend, known as Electric Soul, he’s toured around Europe, got over 40 million streams and became a festival favorite. He debuted with “Let’s Stay Together” in 2013.

With a reverberating, electronic rhythm bouncing throughout the melody and scintillating synths adding a crisp freshness, his new single is a contemporary fusion of vitalizing pop, funk and soul. Multi-layered with genre-spanning melodious influences, it’s the addition of some disco violins and his smooth and energetic falsetto vocals that make this tantalizing tune tease all of your senses.

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Alexis Taylor – “Bend The Truth”

Born to songwriting parents, this Canadian country-pop songstress grew up with a passion for lyricism and acoustic guitar. Now based in Nashville, she embarked on a tour through Scandinavia in 2016 as opening act for famed singer/songwriter Doug Seegers. Her debut single “Blame The Whiskey” earned her the award for Female Vocalist Of The Year at the Tennessee Music Awards in 2018.

Starting off with a playful guitar riff to prime your eardrums for the musical treat that is to follow, her new single oozes pure country charm. With a driving rhythm, crisp steel guitar and plenty of added twang generating an ear-pleasing, slightly retro-dipped melody, it’s her dazzling vocals, glistening on the soundwaves, that give it a warm buzz and make it honest, infectious and heartfelt.

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Noah Proudfoot & The Botanicals – “Wild One”

Hailing from Asheville, this singer and songwriter put his Major in Creative Writing to good use when creating expressive and inspirational lyrics. His debut album “Sing Sweet World” was released as a solo act in 2016. The formation of the band enabled them to create a soul/rock sound inspired by 70s Traffic and modern Tame Impala. They released their first 5-track EP “Travel Light” in 2018.

Giving contemporary indie-rock a refreshing bath in 70s-scented bubbles, their new single is lathered in rejuvenating effervescence. With a guitar-heavy, ethereal soundscape of infectious percussion and sparkling synths creating a vintage melodic trip, it’s the shimmering vocals conveying the lyrical story and the exquisite instrumental breaks, which make this lively stand-out jam truly shine.

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Kat Deal – “Will You Be Mine”

Born in London, this British singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was discovered by her jazz guitarist dad while harmonizing in church aged 7. Influenced by 90s R&B like Destiny’s Child and pop like The Spice Girls, as well as gospel and jazz, she forged a powerful retro sound. She released her debut single “Staring Back At Me” in 2016 and played with Robbie Williams and Felix Jaehn on their tour.

Serving a sonic fusion of the best musical flavors, her new single is a masterful melodious meal. Spicing delicious 90s R&B with funkalicious 80s seasonings, like the steaming juicy rhythm and sizzling savory synths, it’s the infectious chorus that gives it an extra fiery kick. And with her luscious, soulful vocals adding a sweet aroma, this is a delectable melodic dish you wish you could eat every day.

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Cooper Phillip – “Thank You Heartbreak”

This Russian singer and songwriter was born into a music loving family. Her mother was a master violinist and toured with several symphonies. She immersed herself in the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand and Mariah Carey. Aged 17 she moved to New York and became a wedding singer. After a move to Los Angeles her career took off and she debuted with her single “Silence” in 2014.

Initially teasing the senses with some vintage organ tones, her new single soon develops into a blend of contemporary pop and 90s R&B. With a mesmerizing syncopated rhythm and sweltering synths forming the delicious pop melody and her tantalizing, velvety vocals adding a luscious seductiveness, this luxuriantly textured tune is a sumptuous slice of vibrant sonic empowerment.

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