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Rachel White – “No Label”

Raised in Kinross and now based in London, this Scottish singer/songwriter attended Razzamataz Theatre School at 13 and went on to study at MGA Academy Of Performing Arts. Since then she’s played Wednesday Addams on stage in The Addams Family and sailed as entertainer on a cruise ship. Inspired by Hailee Steinfeld, Shawn Mendes and Holly Humberstone, she debuted with her 2020 single “Royalty”.

Lyrically guiding us through the treacherous landscape of the ‘situationship’ – seeing someone for a while, having feelings for them, but not being in a relationship – her new single tackles the confusion with an uplifting melody. With an infectious beat, singing guitars and heavenly backing singers, it’s her honeyed, yet powerful vocals that make this alluring tune sound lively and yet silky-smooth.

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Hanne Leland – “Good Days”

Hailing from the small town of Byremo in Norway, this sassy singer and songwriter began playing piano aged 9, wrote her first song at 10 and added guitar at 14. In 2013 she went to America and recorded an album in Nashville. Back in Norway she started experimenting with various different genres. Inspired by Tove Lo, Alanis Morissette and Carly Rae Jepsen, she debuted with “Beautiful You” in 2013.

Starting with a punchy beat, playful handclaps and a touch of attitude, her bubbly new single soon reveals it to be a clever fusion of 60s pop and modern indie-pop elements. With the relentless beat guiding us through the song, it shows cheery retro piano and an acoustic guitar along the way. And with her fierce, yet refreshing vocals, this tune is delightfully vintage as well as totally current.

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Juliander – “Cold Shoulder”

Born as Albin Juliander Palmgren, this Swedish singer, songwriter and producer has been a part of the music scene from a young age. Signed by Sony at the age of 16, he’s written and co-written songs for a number of artists. He’s also toured with Zara Larsson, recorded with Noah Cyrus and performed at Coachella. Inspired by The Weeknd and The 1975, he released his debut “Same Moon” in 2017.

Fusing 80s synth-pop with contemporary elements, his new single has a punchy retro vibe that still manages to stay current. Starting with a bouncy neon synth laying down an anthemic intro, he then comes in with a modern vocal production and resonant beats. And with the addition of some early 80s strings and the warmth of his voice, this is an irresistible slice of sunlit dance-pop vigor.

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Ali Angel – “Loving You Lately”

Raised in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, this eclectic singer and songwriter started guitar lessons aged 8. She studied Digital Media Production at University in New Orleans, hoping to become a screenwriter. However, after graduation she decided on a music career instead. Inspired by the varied sounds of Elton John, Dan Auerbach and Nicole Atkins, she debuted with “Play Pretend” in 2021.

Exploring every nook and cranny of the music spectrum on her upcoming, self-titled debut EP, expected on June 17th, she’s released singles with a classic Motown vibe and with neon 80s rock grit. Her new single harkens back to the female songwriters of the 70s, with an acoustic guitar and mellow rhythm. And with silky horns and her smoky vocals, this is a retro groove you’ve just got to love.

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Spencer Crandall – “What Do We Do Now?”

While growing up in Denver, surrounded by his parents’ love for country music, this singer and songwriter was more a music fan than a musician. Initially wanting to become a football player, an injury led him to his guitar. Now based in Nashville and inspired by an eclectic variety of music, from Taylor Swift and Keith Urban to Emimem and Drake, he debuted with his single “Let It Happen” in 2015.

Chronicling the feelings of rebuilding your life again after a breakup, his new single asks the question on how to untie your life from the life you shared with your ex. Combining his poignant lyrics with a laid-back twang and an emotive steel guitar, it’s his heartwarming voice gliding over the smooth tune that truly adds a level of relatable honesty and rich sentimentality to this country-pop gem.

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Sinclair – “Middle Of The Night”

Growing up as the lesbian daughter of an Evangelical pastor in Madrid, New York, this bubbly pop singer and songwriter laces her honest lyrics with self-discovery and independence. Now based in the more liberal Nashville, she’s since toured with artists such as Daughtry and Kacey Musgraves. Already a Beatles fan aged 4 and playing piano and guitar, she debuted with her EP “Sweet Talk” in 2014.

With a throbbing beat and wah-wah guitars as the enticing starter, her new single soon kicks it into high gear. Taken from her EP “Montage” and blending vibrant retro-pop with a funkalicious vibe, dipping it in colorful neon sparkles and finishing with a modern production, this rich, vintage-touched groove has it all. And with her refreshing vocal glitz, this is an invigorating upbeat tune.

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