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Bellhouse – “On A Night Like This”

That Scandinavia is a breeding ground for catchy pop music is proved once again by Swedish singer/songwriter Emma-Lee Andersson aka Bellhouse. Although trained as a truck driver, her talents drew her into the world of music. She effortlessly combines being a multi-instrumentalist – playing piano, guitar and drums – with a poetic flair for lyricism to create an one-of-a-kind electro-pop sound.

With her scrumptious debut single she’s instantly made her mark on an otherwise congested music scene. The skillful production and electronic instrumentation takes you from a smooth, ear-stroking vibe to a robust burst of energetic tones, but it’s her radiant and rousing vocals which make this song truly stand out. Oozing with pop yumminess, it’s the fresh sound your ears were craving.

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Ruth Koléva – “I Don’t Know Why”

Born into the turbulent tides of a transient post-communist Eastern-Europe, this Bulgarian artist found her escape of the harsh times in the soul classics of Marvin Gaye and Nat King Cole. She started to immerse herself in everything music had to offer, ranging from soul to hip hop and adopting a sultry soul/jazz style. This lead to the release of her debut album “RUTH” in 2014.

Her latest musical morsel is an opulent synthesis of vintage jazzy tones and touches of modern R&B. The smooth instrumentation of soft percussion, velvety violins and polished horns radiates a sensuality and warmth, welcoming her seductive, creamy vocals into its musical arms. Singing about the uncertainties of love, it’s a lavishly rhythmic gem with an alluring flirtatious side.

From her upcoming album “Confidence. Truth”, to be released on 30 March 2018:

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Primo – “To The Max!”

Texas-born singer/songwriter Laura Lee Bishop is a classically trained vocalist and pianist, who has been performing since she was seven years old. With her powerhouse vocals, she’s created a mixture of pop, rock and country music. Wanting to explore the glittery diversity of 80s music, she spawned the moniker Primo to dip herself in the pastel palette of 80s retro pop.

The decade of big hair, neon colors and aerobics video’s certainly comes alive on this synth-heavy power-pop track. Steeped in the imposing and empowering pop/rock sound of the time, it’s reminiscent of the iconic 80s movie soundtracks. With a sweeping dance beat, catchy chorus, a howling electric guitar solo and vigorous vocals, she definitely took the neon glam of the 80s to the max!

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Kat Eaton – “Robbing You Blind”

Hailing from Sheffield, birthplace of Pulp, The Arctic Monkeys and Joe Cocker, this British singer and songwriter grew up surrounded by a multitude of musical influences. Now based in London, her debut single “Giving It Up” attracted the attention of BBC Radio and was received with critical acclaim. Her proficient songwriting style blends jazz, blues, soul and pop into a fresh new sound.

Taken from her EP “When You’re Not Around”, her latest single is an invigorating and infectious soul/blues earworm of epic proportions. With an exhilarating, ear-tingling production, consisting of a bouncy bass, riveting percussion and full-bodied blazing brass, the insanely powerful and awe-inspiring vocals of this rising star truly get to sparkle. It’s a stunning slice of soulful splendor.

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Jenn Bostic – “Revival”

This Nashville-based singer/songwriter spent her childhood around a piano or guitar. She attended the Berklee College of Music where she discovered country songwriting. Known for her inspirational, joyous songs, she’s devised a fusion style of country, blues, soul, pop and gospel. In 2017 she’s won the International Act Of The Year at the British Country Music Association Awards.

The title track of her forthcoming album is deeply dipped in glorious gospel hues. Stunning piano and organ chords build up to an expressive explosion of pure musical bliss. Accompanied by a full gospel choir, her powerful, stirring vocals truly shine. Singing about the power of positive thinking, she poured joy and faith into a magical musical mold and created something uplifting and authentic.

From her upcoming album “Revival”, to be released on 4 May 2018:

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The Next Movement – “I Wanna See You Move”

Consisting of J.J. Flueck, Sam Siegenthaler and P Kaeser, these three Swiss musicians have been making music together for over a decade and know just how to blend R&B, soul, blues and funk together into their own tasty sound with absolute Swiss precision. Having spent the last 10 years wowing audiences with their energetic live shows, they are now ready to release their debut album.

Their latest single has a retro vibe of pure funk, brought right up to date with refreshing modern production. An exhilarating beat forms the basis on which they build their funkalicious groove. Sweltering synths and cheeky hand claps complete the auditory ambiance in which the buttery, soul-dripping vocals can shine, creating a dance track that will definitely make you want to move.

From their upcoming album “Loud”, to be released on 23 February 2018:

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Jasmine Crowe – “Breaking Things”

This Hawaiian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist started playing classical violin aged 3, singing at 5 and wrote her first song aged 14. Apart from the violin, she also plays piano and guitar and is influenced by pop music, Broadway musicals, orchestral arrangements and classic rock. Now living in Los Angeles, she released her debut single “Supernova” back in 2014.

Highlighting her vivid songwriting mastery, her latest single is a break-up song wrapped in an enticing power-pop shell. With catchy finger snaps and efficacious drums creating a captivating backdrop for her strong, impassioned vocals, this red-hot tune beautifully combines the fierce, emotional lyrics with gripping, danceable pop, making it both relatable and dynamic.

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Flyer Learning – “Taste It”

The Institute of Flyer Learning is a five-piece neo-soul collective from Brooklyn, consisting of Brandon and Jonathan Hogstad, Adam Carlson, Alix Tucou and singer Chandanie. Drawing inspiration from artists like Erykah Badu and Daft Punk, they synthesized an unprecedented high-energy blend of neo-soul, neo-funk and hip-hop sounds using both analog and digital elements.

The latest goody from their self-titled debut album is brimming with pure disco delight. True to their fusion of styles, the 70s sounding groove effortlessly blends retro disco flair with modern electronic tones. The phenomenal vocals smoothly switch from hip-hop verses to a melodious funky chorus. It’s a highly infectious dance-floor filler with a titillating taste of vintage glamour.

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Praa – “Do It All Again”

Although this French singer and songwriter is slightly shrouded in mystery, her music certainly speaks volumes. Influenced by a multitude of genres ranging from R&B to 90s New Jack Swing and from Soul to Trip-Hop, she’s invented a whole new, one-of-a-kind sound which she first introduced on her debut single “Modeling Clay” back in December 2017 and was received with critical acclaim.

Her second single is a delectable soundscape forged around a lavish, minimalist arrangement of a laid-back rhythm and a breezy electric guitar. Her rich and sumptuous vocals emerge themselves in the warm, inviting melody and draw the listener into her musical realm. Beautifully layered and stylish, it’s a mesmerizing example of her unique take on modern Northern Soul.

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