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Oliver Pesch – “That’ll Be It”

Hailing from Rotterdam, this Dutch singer, songwriter and guitarist wrote his first song aged 11. He started studying at the Rockacademie in Tilburg aged 16 and toured internationally with his band Yasgur. Going solo in 2019, he went on to open for artists like Novastar and The Proclaimers. Inspired by Jackson Browne, James Taylor and Carole King, he released his debut “Mesopotamia” in 2022.

Borrowing from the rich legacy of 70s Americana and the sunlit West Coast vibes of yesteryear, his new single is a breezy groove with a bit of zing. Taken from his upcoming debut album “Kid With The Dice”, expected on March 24th, it’s the retro bounce of the drums, mellow guitar and futuristic effects that build a bridge between the past and the now. And with his superb vocals, this tune is surely it.

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Jasmine Jethwa – “Money To Burn”

Based in London, this British singer and songwriter’s first outing in the world of the arts was as a dancer, which she’s done most of her childhood. Realizing she wanted something with a bit more expression, she changed to music and attended East London Arts and Music, studying songwriting. Inspired by Bon Iver, Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman, she debuted with “Running Circles” in 2020.

Reflecting on the many times her lover has hurt her, let her down and lied to her, her new single addresses a very relatable subject. Accompanied by a smooth, folky guitar, she tells her emotional story with her dulcet, velveteen voice. Later joined by sleek strings and plush harmonies enriching the silky soundscape, this lavish tune, filled with sheer elegance and style, sounds like pure sonic opulence.

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Chance Peña – “Bleeding Out”

Hailing from Tyler, Texas, this gifted storytelling singer, songwriter and producer always knew that music was his path. From playing self-written songs to his family aged 11 to auditioning for season 9 of The Voice, he was guided by music. His songs have been featured on TV shows like Nashville and Roswell. Inspired by Kid Cudi, The Lumineers and Post Malone, he debuted with “Roll Your Eyes” in 2017.

Written after a 30-hour road trip from California to Texas after a break-up, his new single is an emotional journey through the pitfalls of love. Initially giving the tune a laid-back feel with an acoustic guitar and smooth whistling, it’s his stirring vocal delivery that steers you towards an anthemic chorus. And with joyful harmonies and lavish handclaps adding positivity, this bleeding heart will heal.

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Tissa Rahim – “Done, Done, Done”

Born in Vienna, Austria into a family of Persian musicians and now based in Vancouver, this Canadian singer and songwriter blends R&B and soul with her Persian roots. Initially performing with a band, she performed at New Orleans’ House Of Blues and Vancouver’s jazz & soul club Guilt And Co. Inspired by Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill and Etta James, she debuted solo with “Lift A Finger” in 2019.

Featuring Berlin-based singer and songwriter Dominique Fricot, her new single captures the moment she realized that she was done living in an one-way relationship. Recorded with live instrumentation to add an authentic feel, it’s the mellow drums, slick bass and smooth guitars that give it a velvety vibe. And with her heartfelt vocals telling the tale, you won’t be done with this soulful gem.

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James The Seventh – “Up There”

Born and raised in Philadelphia as Bethany Latham, this self-taught singer and songwriter started out as a ballet dancer, until a serious injury ended her career. During her recovery her father bought her a guitar, which introduced her to her new path. Named after her dads lineage and inspired by artists such as Billie Eilish, Lana Del Rey and MARINA, she debuted with “You Don’t Know Me” in 2021.

Lyrically conveying the recognizable story of feeling afraid of exposing your heart, out of fear of getting hurt, her new single blends the vulnerability of her words with an infectious disco beat. With a dazzling, dancefloor-ready vibe, it’s the insatiable rhythm and fresh electric guitars carrying her airy, yet powerful vocals over the notes, that amalgamates into a sonic feast for your ears.

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Yellow Days – “Soul Smile”

Born in Manchester as George van den Broek, this British singer and songwriter’s musical journey started when he got a guitar for Christmas aged 11. Now relocated to Los Angeles, the song “Gap In The Clouds”, which featured on his EP “Harmless Melodies”, was used in the trailer for the TV show “Atlanta”. Inspired by Thundercat and Ray Charles, he released his debut “Your Hand Holding Mine” in 2016.

Sonically touched by Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”, his new single is a heartfelt ode to true love. Creating a comforting soundscape with the laid-back rhythm, balmy guitars and airy backing harmonies, the track is brimming with a tender vibrancy. And with his sultry, soul-infused vocals tugging at your heart strings, this soothing tune, filled with warming love, is sure to make your soul smile.

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