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Isabelle Brown – “To Say Goodbye”

Though still living her teenage years, this Brighton-born British singer and songwriter has known her ambition was musical since she started vocal lessons aged 5. At 7 she wrote her first song and uploaded a Nina Simone cover to YouTube aged 9. Inspired by legends like Wilson Pickett, Tina Turner and James Brown, she blends classic soul with contemporary R&B and debuted with “Places” in 2018.

Aurally and lyrically nurturing an emotionally bruised soul, her new single wraps its warm sonic arms around your shoulders and comforts you. A mellow rhythm drives the melody, while soothing guitars, tranquil keys and a flourish of soft horns add a velveteen opulence. Singing about closure and acceptance, her silken neo-soul vocals mold a smooth groove you don’t want to say goodbye to.

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Launa – “Runnin'”

Born in the Welsh city of Swansea, but now based in Brighton, this young British singer/songwriter broke out of her cocoon in 2019 and turned into a beautiful musical butterfly. Inspired by artists like LÉON and Dua Lipa, she debuted her infectious pop sound on her single “You Make Me”, catching the attention of BBC Radio Wales. Planning a tour around the UK, she’s working on a vibrant live show.

Establishing her signature sound with infectious hooks and an energetic bounce, her new single enriches modern pop sensibilities. Taken from her debut EP with the same title, the song starts with a mellow vibe from a silky synth and crisp fingersnaps, before truly coming to life with a powerful rhythm. And with her crystalline vocals singing about love, this is a refreshing sample of the future of pop.

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Franc Moody – “Skin On Skin”

Formed around London duo Ned Franc and Jon Moody, this funk collective takes classic funk and disco and joins it with unconventional sounds. Whether that’s a dripping radiator or salt shakers, they can be heard fusing with the electronic rhythms and rich vintage grooves. Although they released their debut EP in 2016, it was their 2017 single “Dopamine” which introduced their standout sound.

Teasing the release of their upcoming album “Dream In Colour”, dropping on February 28th, their new single is brimming with an instant funkiness and infectious vibes. Reminiscent of Daft Punk, they turn a bouncy rhythm, sweltry synths and copious handclaps into glitterball glitz. Whether you’re slow dancing on a disco dancefloor or in a contemporary club, this sizzling jam emits pure chemistry.

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Carly Thomas – “Front Row”

Born in Thailand, this award-winning singer/songwriter was raised in Argentina, France and Canada. This cultural diversity opened her musical world to various genres such as modern folk, rock and country. She debuted with her 2003 album “Distance” and toured across Canada and Europe. Influenced by artists such as Sarah McLachlan and The Fray, she keeps pushing the boundaries of folk-pop.

Written as a metaphor for individual growth, her new single celebrates how a passion for live music can bring people together. Adding an upbeat pop layer to her usual folk-dipped style forges a foot-tappin’ melody and soaks it in sunlit, West-Coast vibes. With luminous keys, radiant guitars and a bounteous beat, it’s her Stevie Nicks-touched vocal chops that are in the front row of this lustrous gem.

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Spence – “Funk Party”

Born as Henk Braaf, this prolific Dutch singer, songwriter, musician and producer caught the music bug aged 8 when he learned to play guitar. Inspired by legends such as Herbie Hancock and Jimi Hendrix, he created his own style of funk guitar. His star started to shine in the 80s when, as well as composing a slew of hits for other artists, he took on his moniker and released his debut “Get It On” in 1983.

Returning after a 35 year hiatus, his new single proves that there is still no party like a funk party. Produced, composed and performed by himself, this is a spectacular funkalicious triumph. Complete with an infectious beat, sizzling wah-wah guitars and hot synths, it celebrates the beloved 80s funk sound. And with his sweet vocals adding a touch of soul, this is one party you don’t want to miss.

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Lilla Vargen – “Cold”

Having grown up in a small village in County Antrim, surrounded by country fields and small mindedness, this singer and songwriter packed up her Irish passion and left for London in pursuit of her musical dreams. She debuted her soft and soulful sound and lyrical vulnerability on her EP “Hold On” in 2018. At the end of 2019 she embarked on an UK and European tour, supporting Dermot Kennedy.

Illuminating the soundwaves with a breathtaking beauty, her new single shines a bright light on this emerging star. With a crisp melody of mellow percussion and crisp piano guiding the alluring backing vocals and her astonishing, soul-touching voice, this is a celebration of pure elegance and grace, while also adding just enough jubilance to make this an extraordinarily classy slice of aural heaven.

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