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Vivie Ann – “Cold Water”

This inspirational German singer and songwriter’s journey went from sleeping in her father’s keyboard case as a child, while her musician parents were on stage, via some challenging health issues, to founding her own independent record label. With a rejuvenated passion for life, she creates skillful alt-pop music with honest lyrics and released her debut album “Flowers & Tigers” in 2016.

Taken from her upcoming sophomore album “When The Harbour Becomes The Sea”, to be released on March 15th, her latest single touches all corners on the musical spectrum. Starting with a soft, wistful vibe, she slowly adds intricate melodious elements, until truly erupting with an infectious exuberance in the anthemic chorus, giving her intense, voluminous vocals a sparkling quality.

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Michael Donaby – “Real Good Love”

Born and raised in Chicago, the career of this multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer and musician started in 1997 when he landed a record production deal. Influenced by the likes of Bobby Womack, Freddie Jackson and Tyrone Davis, his multi-genre sound ranges from R&B and blues via soulful ballads to contemporary gospel. He released his debut single “When The Music Stops” in 2017.

With a delicious smooth groove that would melt even the coldest of hearts, his new single douses some suave, soul-infused vibes with rose petal covered romanticism. The rousing rhythm, velvety strings and mild, 70s-style wah wah guitars shape a mellow, yet frisky atmosphere in which his seductive, soulful vocals and the vintage-dipped backing harmonies create some real good melodious love.

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Hooked Like Helen – “No Turning Back”

Created in a house in the woods near Cleveland, husband and wife duo Nikki and Jonathan Stipp’s experimental home recordings developed into their own unique alt-pop brainchild. With organic, electronic production, their melodic retro groove is offset by sad and dark lyrics. They’ve also had their songs featured on MTV’s “Unlocking The Truth” and the movie “High Strung, Free Dance” in 2018.

Touched by both the tunes of the 80s, as the grooves from the noughties, this delicious taster of their upcoming EP “Tragedy Of Physics” – which is due to be released on May 17th – is a soaring slice of bouncy alt-pop. The multi-colored musical hues of the pulsating melody merge effortlessly with the breezy tremble of the vocals, making this an infectious, uplifting jam that will make you smile.

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K!ng – “More Than You & Me”

This Los Angeles-based producer and songwriter duo consists of Cedric Ivory and Ian Rivera. New Orleans-born Cedric started writing and producing music as a teenager. Influenced by the rich cultural heritage of his hometown, he brings a style laced with bayou rhythms and uplifting drums. L.A-native Ian adds smooth, Marvin Gaye-inspired, R&B vocals, blending old skool vibes with modern sounds.

Their sleek, tertiary single is overflowing with sizzling, synth-driven Nu-Disco swagger. Coasting on an intricate, vitalizing beat, the shimmering keys are accentuated with rousing electric guitar solo’s, frisky hand-claps, fresh, effulgent harmonies and Ian‘s slick, soul-dripping vocals, dipping this easygoing dancefloor filler in equal measures of retro glitter-ball glitz and contemporary sonic chic.

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Sabrina Starke – “Cards”

Born in Suriname, but raised in The Netherlands, this multi-award winning Dutch soulstress is a singer, song-writer and producer. After a short stint in a reggae band, she decided to go solo in 2005, which led to her winning a plethora of prestigious awards. She released her debut album “Yellow Brick Road” in 2008 and dedicates her vast creative talents and music to inspire and uplift people.

Taken from her sixth album “Underneath The Surface”, her latest single is overflowing with suave, soulful rays of pure, lustrous love. The smooth, funky rhythm, airy guitar plucks and ear-stroking, multi-layered harmonies sound like a fresh summer breeze and with her enchanting vocals adding a sultry sensuality to this laidback groove, she’s definitely putting all her emotive cards on the table.

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Michael Barrow & The Tourists – “Sweet Honey”

Consisting of Michael Barrow, Trevor Harmon, Alessandro Improta, Reed Perkins and Zach Collier, this folk/rock group from Provo, Utah got together in 2016 and layered soulful, expressive vocals with John Mayer-esque guitars and rich textures to create an exceptional, blues-dipped retro-folk sound. They opened for John Allred and Ben Rector and released their debut album “Juneau” in 2017.

Buzzing with a stunning vintage vibe, their new single is a hive of various genres, all blending into one, honeyed unity. The soul-soaked, retro-rock is dipped in folksy goodness and infused with some boiling blues. With the 60s-doused electric guitars, bouncy drums and a drop of classic organ enriching the sugary harmonies and soulful vocals, this is a sweet sounding taste of  musical nectar.

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