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Barbudo – “Secret Admirer”

Hailing from Portsmouth, this British funk trio, consisting of brothers Ben and Harry Stanworth and Elliot Salter, created an unique amalgamation of old-school funk, rock and R&B. Inspired by the sounds of the 70s and legends such as Steely Dan and The Isley Brothers, they blend that vintage charm with contemporary tones, leading to the release of their invigorating debut EP “Pleasures” in 2017.

Sounding like the musical love child of Michael Jackson and Santana, they soaked the 70s-inspired funky melody of their new single in summery Latin vibes. With lively basslines, sun-kissed guitars and hot percussion laying down the summertime groove, a smokin’ electric guitar solo and the shimmering vocals tie all the elements together into a retro-dipped jam of pure sonic sunshine.

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Kelsy Karter ft. Hudson Thames – “Easy Tiger”

Growing up as a rather mischievous teenager in Australia, this blue eyed soul singer considered herself an old soul with a young heart. She immersed herself in 50s and 60s soul of legends such as James Brown, Sam Cooke and The Ronettes and clothed herself accordingly. Now based in Los Angeles, she blends those nostalgic soul vibes with modern pop to create an unique, decade-spanning sound.

Dipped in the recalcitrant streak of the 1960s, her latest single shows her to be a true rebel with a voice. With a bracing beat, infectious guitars and catchy keys, it’s dripping with sexy 60s soul sensibilities. The powerful, seductive vocals of Kelsy and Hudson are a dueling duet of sensuous new lovers and add a playful, charismatic charm to an invigorating musical romance with vintage vitality.

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Black Pumas – “Black Moon Rising”

Austin-based musician and producer Adrian Quasada utilized his spare time in 2017 to write some soul-inspired instrumentals and started looking for a vocalist and lyricist. A mutual friend introduced him to Eric Burton, who impressed while busking in the streets and playing local venues. Now a sextet, the newly-formed band is gearing up to release their debut album in Summer 2018.

Sounding like they just blew the dust off a long lost Stax record, their latest single embraces us with their rich 70s psychedelic soulfulness. It’s a captivating and buttery-smooth throwback with a cinematic sound of sleek drums, mellow violins and slick guitars. And with Eric’s passionate, soul-dripping vocals adding to the vintage vibe, it takes the spirit of 70s soul and rises far above it.

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