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CARDS & SITA – “Shouldn’t Be Sorry”

After years of focusing on working with other artists, both in the studio and on stage, Los Angeles-based producer and songwriter Mike O. created a solo project in 2017 under the CARDS moniker, in order to write and release his own eclectic styled music. Not genre specific, his sound is always evolving and exploring new musical influences to add to a commercial indie-pop foundation.

Enlisting the vocal talents of songstress SITA, his latest single is a delicious smooth groove. The jazzy laidback vibe from the acoustic guitar strums and the suave rhythm give it a polished luster, while the electro guitar solo adds a bit of a bite. The silky, 60s-dipped, harmonious vocals stroke your eardrums, while the mellow melody daydreams about the warmth of a radiant Summer day.

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Isle Of You – “Change Of Heart”

Swedish duo Ida Johansson and Elina Danielsson met while taking guitar lessons in their hometown of Öland aged 10. They formed in 2008 and played local venues until they were signed by RamPac Recordings in 2015. They debuted with their single “50+1” a year later. In 2017 they performed in a prison in Columbia and in 2018 moved to Stockholm to develop their 80s-dipped, energetic sound.

Their new single takes quintessential 80s synthpop, soaked in some early Madonna vibes and adds some modern R&B effects to bring this groove right up-to-date. Singing about heart-break, the sad lyrical topic is supplemented by the electronic hues of the shimmering retro synths, the punchy beat and their smooth, harmonious vocals, giving it neon-sprinkled pop pizzazz.

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Patrick Storedahl – “Family Tree (Hi Dee Ho)”

This Olympia, Washington-based singer, songwriter and musician discovered the guitar as a kid and starting writing songs at 14. Despite still maintaining a regular day job, he released 6 CD’s and 2 EP’s with local rockers Just Plain Bill and is a member of several others. Famed for his well-crafted melodies and poetic lyricism, his Kinks-like debut solo project “Ink Block Fingerprint” dropped in 2004.

Taken from his 2018 EP “Garage Sessions Vol. 1: Her”, his latest single blends rock and pop with a predominantly folky blues vibe, creating an irresistibly unique sound. The organic feel of the acoustic instrumentation of plucky guitar, drums and organ, all played by himself, is as refreshing as it is energizing and with his gritty, yet cheeky story-telling vocals, this is a euphonious earworm.

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NINA – “The Calm Before The Storm”

Born and raised in Berlin, this German synth-pop singer and songwriter began singing at the age of six, which led to classical training as a teen. Now London-based, her single “We Are The Wild Ones” from 2013 was used in the SyFy series “Being Human”. Her first UK tour followed in the next year and she supported Erasure on the US leg of their Violet Flame Tour. She recently toured with Parallels.

Her latest single is a musical time-machine, which takes the listener straight back to the synth-heavy sphere that is the 1980s. Splashing neon-colored electronic pop-rock over an infectious oscillating rhythm and the retro howling rock guitars creates some vibrant vintage vibes for her sultry and zesty vocals to dance over and make this a vigorous groove which will take your ears by storm.

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Daniel Hardin – “All She Wrote”

This Athens, Georgia-based singer, songwriter and guitarist crafts his songs organically and from the heart. Having spent most of his high school years learning how to build guitars, record music and write songs, he began to play sold-out local venues. Inspired by John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa and BB King, he blends blues, rock, pop and soul into an irresistible fusion of pure, impassioned tunes.

Adding a funky layer to some fiery southern blues, his latest single digs deep into your soul and sets it ablaze. With its infectious rhythm and thrilling guitar riffs creating an ear-popping eruption of musical dynamics, its the emotive quality of his authentic and titillating vocals and the vivacious howling electric guitar solo, which truly takes this blues-rock groove to uncharted melodic realms.

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Ivy Alex – “Waterfalls”

Hailing from Saint Petersburg, Florida, this gifted singer, songwriter, pianist and composer chooses to use her music to tell wide-ranging stories, chronicling any and all topics like heartbreak, wisdom, love and passion. She got a degree in film scoring from Berklee College Of Music and created a style not bound by any specific genre. It fuses R&B with jazz, pop and soul, spawning a fresh new sound.

Her latest single takes the listener on an emotional journey through her prodigious virtuosity. Centered around her exquisite piano play, this Alicia Keys-reminiscent R&B jewel surpasses even itself in its artistry. With a sparkling orchestration accompanying her sultry, soul-infused and sumptuous vocals, this intricate melodic masterpiece is a poignant piece of harmonious heaven.

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