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Cara Hammond – “Try To Love You”

Music has been prevalent in the life of this Welsh-born singer and songwriter from an early age, writing her own songs at 11 and graduating from Leeds College Of Music. Since then she’s opened for Charlotte Church, released several EP’s and played over 100 gigs throughout Europe. Describing her music as soulful indie-pop, she’s inspired by artists like Amy Winehouse, Paolo Nutini and Dua Lipa.

The second teaser from her upcoming EP “Nice Girl”, to be released later in the year, is an incredibly catchy, honey-sweet pop tune. The addictive chorus with upbeat, plucky guitars and vitalizing bass line has a cheery, summery vibe. Despite singing about a relationship with a no-good partner, her edgy, yet virtuous vocals shine over this uplifting bit of sunbeamy indie-pop, which is easy to love.

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Charlie Belle – “Few Minutes Off”

Based in Austin, Texas, sibling duo Jendayi and Gyasi Bonds have been taking their fresh take on British alt-pop and US college music of the 90s to many legendary Austin live stages such as Antone’s and The Mohawk, as well as festivals like SXSW since 2009, but it was the release of their debut EP’s “Get To Know” and “I Don’t Want To Be Alone” in 2015, which really got the global press buzzing.

On their latest single they’re adding new exciting auditory layers to their refreshing indie-pop blend. Taken from their recently released EP “Like I Love This”, a quickening beat allows for the cheery retro-styled guitar strums to trickle a smidgen of 60s-dipped folk over a laidback pop ballad and with velvety vocals stroking your eardrums, it is as smooth as it is infectiously invigorating.

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Jen Awad – “Basic Bitch”

There are two distinct facets to this multi-talented half Egyptian, half Peruvian powerhouse. Self-taught on vocals, piano, guitar and bass, she’s a Los-Angeles-based singer and songwriter with a dynamic and combustible vocal prowess, which blends the sass and insensity of Etta James and Tina Turner. She is also an accomplished fashion designer, dressing stars such as Bebe Rexha and Kali Uchis.

Her latest single is like a flavorsome bowl of fiery, aromatic blues with a piquant edge. Backed by an eight-piece band with a blistering horn section, she’s taken vintage-style rhythm and blues and sauteed it in a hot peppery sauce, to give it even more zing. Her impassioned dynamite vocals, soaked in retro-soul spice, set the zesty melody alight and cook up an appetizing dish full of fire.

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Ben Rector – “Drive”

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1986, this singer, songwriter and musician started writing his own songs when he was a teen and released his debut EP while he was a freshman at University. Now based in Nashville, he’s released six studio albums, with his 2015 album “Brand New” reaching the Billboard 200. The title track yielded a radio hit and ended up being used in scores of Film and TV placements.

Taken from his latest album “Magic”, his new single takes a cinematic journey through delectable neon nostalgia. Reminiscent of the iconic movie tracks from the 80s, while still remaining current, it has an energetic beat, joyous synths and an incredibly infectious, anthemic chorus. With an effervescent bounce and an exuberant vintage flair, it is filled with an euphonic flamboyant zeal.

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Louise Golbey – “A Good Life”

This British singer, songwriter and musician was born into a musical family with a violin-playing grandfather, a guitarist uncle and a mother who sings. She released her debut album “Novel” in 2015. As a live performer she played renowned venues like the London Hippodrome and The Jazz Cafe, as well as countless festivals and supported legends George Benson and The Stylistics on their UK tour.

Her latest single is an uplifting amalgamation of musical styles, all soaked in sultry, summery sunbeams. The laidback disco beat and velvety violins provide a smooth, yet peppy basis, while her mellow, jazzy vocals glide over the melody, stroking all the senses along the way. She then dipped the auditory mixture in a thin pop layer, creating a breezy, sunlit jam of sanguine, sparkling charm.

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Mouse – “3 Weeks”

This Scottish-raised, Bristol-based singer and songwriter grew up with an emo, math rock and heavy-metal blend, but focuses her sound on a mix of pop and hiphop, creating an eclectic fusion of rich technicolor tones. With music in her blood since birth, she started writing her own songs aged 8 and extensively performs live, from tiny pubs to supporting Dua Lipa, with equal energetic fervor.

Her new single forges a sweltering, atmospheric pop realm of sheer opulance and allure. Ranging from smooth charm to punchy buoyancy, she effortlessly slides across the boundaries of pop. The contemporary blazing beat and sizzling synths seem to be slightly dipped in 80s vibes, which just adds a searing intensity, while her stunning, sumptuous vocals create a red-hot jam of fiery luminosity.

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