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Tilsen – “Forever, For Now”

Born and raised in Toronto, music has always been part of this Canadian recording artist and songwriter’s life. With an opera singing mom, she was always surrounded by music, both classical as her dad’s classic rock collection, such as The Beatles. After taking guitar lessons at 11, she began writing her own songs at 16. With a moniker which is an anagram of ‘listen’, she debuted with “Hurts” in 2019.

Dripping with infectious optimism and heartfelt honesty, her new single combines a romantic love song with a lively, virulent bounce. Lyrically conveying the excitement felt at the start of new love, though with a touch of healthy cynicism, it is carried by lavish electronic waves of shimmering synths. And with her majestic vocals merging into the soundscape, this is one groove that lasts forever.

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CatchTwentyTwo – “Night Is Done”

Born in South-Florida, but having spent most of his youth moving from state to state, this unique singer, songwriter and producer picked up the spark for music along the way after discovering Michael Jackson. Inspired by the King Of Pop, as well as Prince, The Weeknd and Daft Punk, he mixed both classic and current pop and R&B into a distinctive new sound. He debuted with “Coming For Blood” In 2019.

Shimmering in a neon, electronic soundscape, his new single fuses 80s synths with a funkalicious vibe. With a 70s disco rhythm, funky bassline and glistening synths effortlessly merging together into a rich, retro rouse and his vintage, soulful vocals singing about the tantalizing feeling of not being able to touch the one person you love, this invigorating groove will drag you onto the dancefloor.

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thisisNAMASTE – “Still Think About You”

Born as Natasha Marie Stewart and raised in Lanark, this Scottish singer and songwriter found herself captivated by music from a young age. After a move to London she attended the Institute Of Contemporary Music. Earning her stripes as a backing singer, she toured with Rita Ora and Bebe Rexha. Inspired by Robyn and Tove Lo, she debuted her perky solo sound on “Exactly What You Want” in 2019.

By taking a buoyant, sunlit rhythm and slightly vintage-dipped synths, her new single is just bursting with sonic energy. While the overall feel of the track is 90s and the sparkling synths give it a neon, 80s touch, it’s the polished production which makes it sound fresh and new. And with her crisp vocals singing about the awkward beginnings of dating, this is a jaunty pop banger you won’t easily forget.

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Julia Shuren – “Losing My Perfection”

This singer and pianist caught the music bug aged 7, when she taught herself to play piano by ear, focused on jazz. Despite those first steps, she grew up playing competitive sports. Having already made her mark as a songwriter, she’s currently attending NYU Steinhardt studying Music Theory and Composition. Inspired by Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell, she forges a R&B, soul, jazz and gospel blend.

After writing for and collaborating with other artists, such as Italian duo WAMI, she’s now ready to launch her solo sound into the world. Her debut single shows her incredible songwriting prowess with style and grace. With a funky bass, soulful vibes and jazzy vocals it is a luscious amalgam of diverse elements. With a vintage feel and an earstroking melody, this jam is close to perfection.

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joan – “Come Over”

Consisting of Alan Benjamin Thomas and Steven Rutherford, this Arkansas duo has been infusing the musical world with their infectious alt-pop bops since their debut EP “Portra” dropped in 2019. They spent most of their debut year on tour supporting the likes of The Aces and Jeremy Zucker, as well as headlining across Asia. They went on to play a sold-out headline tour in their native USA in 2020.

The third installment of their two upcoming EP’s “Hi” and “Bye”, expected later in the year, encapsulates the initial spark that might evolve into love, wrapped in a late 80s, early 90s retro tinge. Crystal clear synths and a neon beat instantly spark your curiosity and lead to the bubbly chorus. With added bass plucks and a generous helping of exuberant vocals, this is one dazzling, vintage-dipped jam.

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Jess Ball – “Upside Down”

Hailing from Melbourne, this emerging Australian singer and songwriter grew up in a musical family. Inspired by the music of Jack Johnson and Missy Higgins they listened to on family roadtrips, she started to explore her own musical interests aged 11. Initially pursuing a modeling career for brands like Trussardi, she became one of the most requested voices by EDM artists like EDX & NERVO.

Taking her first steps on a solo pop-laced path, her debut single dives into the relatable subject of gaslighting and relationships filled with mind games. Giving off slight Lily Allen-like vibes, she coats it in her very own, fun-filled pop finish. Instrumentally going from slick electric guitar plucks to a thumpin’ beat, stroked by her harmonic, multi-faceted vocals, this jam will turn your ears upside down.

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