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Stealth ft. The Dap Kings – “Black Heart”

Hailing from Birmingham, this British singer and songwriter finds his influence in the rich and emotive soundscapes of blues and soul. Songs from his 2016 debut EP “Intro” have been used in the TV series “Suits” and “Black Ink Crew”. Inspired by Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James and Bill Whithers, he utilized the dark tone of his voice and personal lyrics to produce an one-of-a-kind soulful sound.

The addition of the blazing brass of the legendary Dap Kings to his vintage-soaked, soul-dripping vocals is a match made in funky heaven. The buoyant bass line, sanguine rhythm and the euphonious horns melt together into a sweet-sounding and intoxicating groove, while the colorful, retro shine of his voice adds a touch of rhapsodic retro glamour to this extravagant portion of glitzy soul.

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RuthAnne – “Love Again”

This award winning Irish singer and songwriter started honing her craft at just 8 years old.  Her career started at 17 as a songwriter for other artists, like Britney Spears, Bebe Rexha and Niall Horan. In 2007 she won an ASCAP  award for Jojo’s “Too Little Too Late”. Drawing inspiration from Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys, she debuted her solo sound in 2017 fusing gritty 90s R&B with 70s storytelling.

Taking a trip down the soul side, her new single starts off with the vulnerable approach of just an electric guitar and her preeminent voice. With a swelling melodious body of a lively piano and a sprightly gospel choir broadening the multitude of harmonious layers, it finds its crescendo with her compelling, soulful vocals and an injection of vibrant brass, making it easy to love this tune again and again.

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Eric Boss – “Bad Luck”

Over the past two decades this multitalented artist has been mostly known for being one half of soul duo Myron & E. Having grown up with music, he started collecting records and DJing as a teenager. Since then he founded electro-boogie duo The Pendletons, collaborated with The Soul Surfers and duetted with Gizelle Smith. Pursuing a solo career, he released his single “Closer To The Spirit” in 2017.

As the first taste of his upcoming debut album “A Modern Love”, which is due to drop on May 10th, this track takes some classic soul, adds a generous dollop of 70s funk and mixes it all together with some modern spices. With a bracing beat, vintage wah wah guitars and an abundance of sparkling horns hugging his passionate and vivacious vocals, this is a funkalicious slice of scrumptious soul pie.

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Jennah Bell – “Can’t Be Too Careful”

With her roots planted firmly in the Bay Area of California, this unorthodox singer and songwriter grew up surrounded by Oakland soul. However, she engineered her own colorful fusion of folk, soul, R&B and Bluegrass. She furthered her musical vision at the Berklee College Of Music and was mentored by Paul Simon. After a move to New York, she released her debut EP “Early Bird” in 2011.

With a mischievous beat pulsating in the veins of the rebellious electric guitars, her new single merges vintage Rhythm & Blues with a distinctly modern vibe. Taken from her album “Anchors & Elephants”, she uses her vocal palette to splash some 60s soul shades, New Orleans Blues hues and a touch of Bluegrass tints onto a melodic canvas and creates a recalcitrant pastiche of auditory art.

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Licia Chery – “Peace Of Mind”

Born in Switzerland, this passionate singer and songwriter learned to play piano aged 6 and discovered soul music from her heroes Otis Redding, Billie Holiday and Etta James a few years later. She’s been composing, writing and performing live ever since. She released her debut album “Blue Your Mind” in 2011 and was a finalist for the Swiss entry to the Eurovision Songcontest in 2015.

Harken back to the golden age of soul, this fresh taste of her upcoming EP, expected on May 3rd, is a 60s-soaked tribute to the Motown sounds of The Supremes and Aretha Franklin. With an energetic rhythm, harmonious backing vocals and a vintage-dipped instrumentation blending classic soul with a touch of gospel, this is a virulent vessel for her sweet, compelling vocals to tease your eardrums.

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Krispy & The Pooch – “Better”

Born in New Zealand, Kriston Batistic and Simon Townsend met in a decaying student house in Auckland five years ago and initially made old-skool hiphop together, which earned them radio play. When Kriston moved to Germany to further his career, Simon soon followed. In their new home they blend their varied musical influences, like neo-soul, funk and electro, into a dance music inspired sound.

Serving as a scrumptious taster of their upcoming debut three-track EP “Something Strange For Change” – to be released on March 27th – this is a buttery smooth Neo-Soul groove. Driven by a sprightly rhythm and shimmering synths, the track is highlighted by mellow, ear-tingling saxophone. Lyrically tackling mental illness, this is a jazzy, soulful slice of infectious auditory artistry.

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