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Whitney Fenimore – “Stones”

This American singer/songwriter grew up in Tulsa, singing in church and playing in Christian bands. Committing herself fully to a music career, she started focussing on mainstream music. After a rough period in her life of depression and anxiety, she entered The Voice US in 2017. With a blend of country, rock, pop and folk, she’s just released her EP “Battle Within”, inspired by her life’s trials.

The exhilarating, boot-stompin’ rhythm of her latest single delivers a mighty message of empowerment. The eclectic mix of the compelling, enveloping beat, gentle piano, slick tambourine and a sliver of violins creates an anthemic instrumentation for her ardent, efficacious vocals with a contrasting, emotive quality to truly make this vivacious, heart-pounding powerhouse come to life.

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Dandelion – “A Real Road Song”

Volendam, in The Netherlands, has been a hotspot for spawning new Dutch musical talent for many decades and it’s the home town of this flowery quartet. Inspired by the 70s-style Americana of Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Band, they blend vintage Westcoast splendor with modern, intricate songwriting. In 2014 they debuted their one-of-a-kind country-funk sound on the EP “The All Year Round”.

Head out on the highway, cruisin’ down Route 66 in a classic convertible, with the wind in your hair and their new single serving as your roadtrip soundtrack. The cheerful, twangy country guitar hooks and retro-drums frame the smooth, yet buoyant vocals and lustrous harmonies, before energetic organ and a touch of brass add a summery joie de vivre to this classic-in-the-making.

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Barei – “You Number One”

This Spanish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was born as Bárbara Reyzábal González-Aller in Madrid. She released her debut album “Billete Para No Volver” in 2011 but, influenced by British and American pop, switched to singing in English on her second album “Throw The Dice”. She went on to open for Lenny Kravitz and representing Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016.

The title-track of her recently released third album is a cheerful and uplifting single radiating confidence and self-belief. It’s contemporary pop with a Mediterranean edge, supplied by airy, playful guitar plucks and cheeky finger snaps. A modern rhythm accompanies her unique talk-sing style vocals and the choral harmonies, making it a catchy and encouraging song with summer-hit potential.

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Barbudo – “Secret Admirer”

Hailing from Portsmouth, this British funk trio, consisting of brothers Ben and Harry Stanworth and Elliot Salter, created an unique amalgamation of old-school funk, rock and R&B. Inspired by the sounds of the 70s and legends such as Steely Dan and The Isley Brothers, they blend that vintage charm with contemporary tones, leading to the release of their invigorating debut EP “Pleasures” in 2017.

Sounding like the musical love child of Michael Jackson and Santana, they soaked the 70s-inspired funky melody of their new single in summery Latin vibes. With lively basslines, sun-kissed guitars and hot percussion laying down the summertime groove, a smokin’ electric guitar solo and the shimmering vocals tie all the elements together into a retro-dipped jam of pure sonic sunshine.

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Kelsy Karter ft. Hudson Thames – “Easy Tiger”

Growing up as a rather mischievous teenager in Australia, this blue eyed soul singer considered herself an old soul with a young heart. She immersed herself in 50s and 60s soul of legends such as James Brown, Sam Cooke and The Ronettes and clothed herself accordingly. Now based in Los Angeles, she blends those nostalgic soul vibes with modern pop to create an unique, decade-spanning sound.

Dipped in the recalcitrant streak of the 1960s, her latest single shows her to be a true rebel with a voice. With a bracing beat, infectious guitars and catchy keys, it’s dripping with sexy 60s soul sensibilities. The powerful, seductive vocals of Kelsy and Hudson are a dueling duet of sensuous new lovers and add a playful, charismatic charm to an invigorating musical romance with vintage vitality.

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Black Pumas – “Black Moon Rising”

Austin-based musician and producer Adrian Quasada utilized his spare time in 2017 to write some soul-inspired instrumentals and started looking for a vocalist and lyricist. A mutual friend introduced him to Eric Burton, who impressed while busking in the streets and playing local venues. Now a sextet, the newly-formed band is gearing up to release their debut album in Summer 2018.

Sounding like they just blew the dust off a long lost Stax record, their latest single embraces us with their rich 70s psychedelic soulfulness. It’s a captivating and buttery-smooth throwback with a cinematic sound of sleek drums, mellow violins and slick guitars. And with Eric’s passionate, soul-dripping vocals adding to the vintage vibe, it takes the spirit of 70s soul and rises far above it.

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Tami Neilson – “Stay Outta My Business”

Born in Canada, where she toured as a young girl with The Neilsons family band and opening for Johnny Cash, this red-hot rockabilly powerhouse moved to New Zealand, where she established a formidable career in her own right. With a vintage-styled sound of country, honky-tonk and soul, she debuted with her album “Red Dirt Angel” in 2008 and earned a multitude of country music awards.

On her latest single she’s parked her country stylings in favor of diving into the swinging 60s with groovelicious gusto. This invigorating belter of scintillating soul and dynamic honky-tonk takes a brazen rhythm, playful guitar strums and blasting brass to allow her thrilling and sassy, tour de force vocals to take center-stage and make it an exhilarating, sparkling, retro-dipped jam full of 60s charm.

From her upcoming album “Sassafrass!”, to be released on 1 June 2018:

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Philippa Hanna – “The Hero”

Hailing from Sheffield, this acclaimed British singer and songwriter was born into a musical family. Her lyrics are heavily influenced by her Christian faith, which are poetically blended with her country and folk-style music. She opened for the likes of Wet Wet Wet, Anastacia and Lionel Richie on their tour, released several albums, an EP and two autobiographical books since her debut in 2007.

Her latest single, taken from her 2017 album “Come Back Fighting”, is brimming with powerful, Nashville-inspired, contemporary country/pop twang. With deeply personal, inspiriting lyrics, meant to destigmatize mental health issues, the finely-tuned instrumentation of classic country guitars and lively percussion blend with her passionate vocals, proving her to be a hero of the genre.

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Sheila & The Kit – “Time Again”

Bo Koek and Suzanne Kipping wanted to create a live act with music that they themselves would dance to. With the added musicality of Ralf Pouw and Chris Doyle this infectious Dutch synthpop band from Amsterdam was born. They created a nostalgia-dipped, synth-driven sound, soaked in the colorful 80s and introduced it on their debut single “Homeschool Sweethearts” back in 2017.

Their latest single takes the listener on a neon-laced journey without the need for a Delorean. Dipping their signature synths in more poppy 80s hues, it’s a high-energy, musical pastiche of the neon decade. Reminiscent of the feelgood pop of Madonna or Whitney Houston, it also has a slight italo-disco vibe, making it a catchy retro dancefloor filler you want to hear time and time again.

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