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JGrrey – “Better Off”

Born as Jennifer Clarke in London, this British singer and songwriter wrote songs most of her childhood, initially without realizing she had an equal talent for singing. Eventually, she immersed herself in music, honing her distinctive fusion sound. She’s released five singles since 2017, before dropping her debut EP “Grreydaze” earlier this year. She’s about to go on tour supporting Billie Eilish.

Produced by Jarreau Vandal and Ed Thomas, her new single fuses pop and R&B with a delicious jazzy acoustic orchestration. The bouncy rhythm, smooth bass line and sleek horns create a wonderful organic aural experience, while the silky backing vocals and added violins blend it together into an intoxicating jam. With her soulful voice stroking the melody, it couldn’t get much better than this.

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WAYI – “Fallin’ For You”

Growing up in a garden of gospel, this Belgian songstress discovered the budding seed of velvety R&B when she sang in her school choir aged 11. Nurtured by the sounds of Alicia Keys and fed by covering her favorite acts, she saw her seed flower into writing her own delicate lyrics. She lent her voice to tracks by TheColorGrey and K1D and debuted her own aural bouquet “The Way I Am” in 2018.

Taken from her debut EP “Love In Progress”, this song flourishes with both R&B as pop colors sprouting, ready to bloom. A catchy rhythm and electronic keys give it some summery sunshine, while her cool, enchanting vocal artistry provides necessary irrigation and makes the song truly come alive. Blossoming into a breathtaking sonic display, it’s easy to fall for this efflorescent auditory gem.

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band – “Baptise Me”

Born in New Jersey, this vocalist, songwriter and guitarist had a cloistered upbringing hearing only gospel music. It wasn’t until his early twenties that he discovered the rich palette of various genres. A true master at the pedal steel guitar, he played with the likes of Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who studied his technique. Joined by The Family Band, they debuted with “Live In The Wetlands” in 2002.

Returning to the gospel influences of his youth, their new single enriches the celestial sound with raw, emotional blues and vintage soul. Taken from their upcoming album “Brighter Days”, to be released on August 23, the vitalizing rhythm and howling guitars can be felt deep in your soul, while his rugged, impassioned vocals add a veracity and spirituality to this poignant portion of musical salvation.

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SIDIBE – “Place For You And I”

This alluring, Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and musician dips classic R&B sounds and contemporary pop elements in sweet romanticism. Utilizing her impressive five-octave vocal range, she’s made her indelible mark on the music scene, resulting in three EPs and a full-length album, as well as having her song “I’m Only Dreaming” handpicked by Prince as Purple Pick Of The Week in 2016.

Her latest single brings a myriad of musical influences together into an enchanting soundscape. The laid-back vibe blends some smooth bossa-nova with velvety jazz tones and a smidge of plush pop, generating images of a gorgeous sunset on a summers eve. With her silky vocal sensibilities, singing about the emotional turmoil of falling in love with two lovers, this gem is sheer auditory beauty.

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Declan Carrier – “Bubble”

Born under the Australian sun, this singer, songwriter and actor studied theatre and music in high school and plays guitar, bass, percussion and ukulele. He moved to London in 2013, which he now calls home and played dive bars from Paris to Berlin with his charismatic flamboyance to hone his catchy vintage pop and disco-reminiscent sound. He released his debut single “Saving All My Love” in 2018.

His third single is funky, discolicious and poptastic, all rolled into one decadent musical treat. He first teases the senses with a smooth intro of synths, guitars and 90s-styled silky voice, before the true nature of this buoyant groove becomes apparent. Cheerful drums, fresh piano and retro wah-wah guitars make this tune a melodious feast, while his jovial vocals truly make this bubble float.

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Miki Rose – “By My Side”

This globetrotting singer and songwriter was born in Brighton, UK, but grew up in Paris, Kuala Lumpur and Dallas. She graduated Chicago’s Berklee College Of Music early, moved to Los Angeles and started putting vocals to beats on Soundcloud, which introduced her to Brighton-based producer El. Train. They started working together, leading to the release of her 2015 debut EP “Over & Over”.

Starting with a smooth, atmospheric shimmer, her new single soon turns it up a notch with a sun-soaked R&B melody. Taken from her new EP “Nomad Diaries, Vol. 1”, her sultry and soulful vocals surf the ebb and flow of the melodic soundwaves with finesse, while blending classic soul, R&B and electronic elements creates a chilled-out tune with a summery vibe you always want by your side.

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