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Nurdjana – “What If I Love You”

Born and raised in The Netherlands, this silken singer and songwriter grew up immersed in music as the daughter of musician Rob de Rijcke. As well as making music together, she did vocals for various bands and recorded backing vocals for Splendid and Jon Tarifa. After emigrating to Canada and the death of her father, she took a break and returned with their co-written “Thinking Of You” in 2020.

Written by her dad and found on an old tape in his belongings, her new single encapsulates the musicality and poetry of her fathers songwriting. Taken from her upcoming debut album “Coming Home”, expected on May 10th, it starts with a mellow guitar and her crisp vocals, before adding a jazzy vibe from a warm rhythm and retro horns and making it sound welcoming and filled with love.

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The Graduating Class – “Cooler”

Hailing from Portland, this sextet of funkmeisters was formed in 2018, when childhood friends John Queant, Natty Burmeister and Nate Hansen started writing songs together and performing in local bars. In 2021 the lineup was expanded with August King, Eli Hansen and Keenan Dorn. Inspired by The Killers, Chromeo and The 1975, they released their debut “That’s What Tonight’s For” in 2019.

Getting in your Delorean, hitting 88 miles per hour and traveling back to the neon decade, their new single is a celebration of various 80s sounds. With a Quincy Jones-like production, they blend nostalgic pop with copious amounts of funk. With a fresh sparkle from the synths, a punchy beat and Zapp-inspired, talk box vocals, this retro-infused, sonic trip redefines what being cool is all about.

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Cassidy Mann – “Fine”

Growing up in Winnipeg, this native-Canadian singer and songwriter has been singing since she could talk. She started performing aged 6 and playing the guitar aged 8. Part of the Indigenous Sagkeeng First Nation community, she incorporates her storytelling culture into her music. Influenced by Leela Gilday, Lisa Loeb and Taylor Swift, she debuted her wistful folk-pop sound on “Honestly” in 2019.

Starting with a simple rhythm and crisp synth chords, her new single is an ascending slice of sonic satisfaction. Taken from her upcoming debut EP “If It’s Not Forever”, expected on April 1st, she adds a luscious, cinematic indie-rock touch, giving the melody a rich flavor. And with her intimate, bewitching vocals telling her story about heartbreak, this is a stunning tune that is more than fine.

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Kristofer Greczula – “Something Outta Nothing (Blah Blah Blah)”

When he was 14 years young, this Swedish singer and songwriter was the nations number one table-tennis player. Not finding happiness in the world of sport, he turned to music instead. Drawing inspiration from the musicality of Prince and the fashion sense of Lady Gaga, he developed his flamboyant style. He debuted his Beatle-esque sound on “You’re Not Alone (Aldrig Ensam)” in 2017.

Although written when he felt particularly lost and alone, he created his new single outta nothing and filled it with frolicsome vibes. Taken from his upcoming debut album “Live And Let Live”, expected on February 25th, it starts with Mika-reminiscent, whimsical piano chords. And with an added effervescent rhythm and joyous harmonies, this infectious groove is filled with cheerfulness and pizzazz.

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Yasmine Gill – “Feel”

Originally from Montreal, Canada, this singer, songwriter and pianist began performing at venues in Montreal and Toronto in 2015. Since she’s moved to London, UK, in order to explore it’s musical vibrancy and got her masters in communications at the London School Of Economics too. Inspired by Snoh Aalegra and Lianne La Havas, she debuted her classy soulful jazz blend on “Japanese Denim” in 2018.

Enveloping the listener in an authentic, auditory warmth, her new single finds its place between vulnerability and passion. Instantly mesmerizing from the first, carefully played, keystroke, it gives it an honest fragility. With her utterly enchanting vocals and a slight jazz rhythm teasing your senses and leading to a mighty, anthemic crescendo, this bewitching tune reaches deep down into your soul.

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Sianon – “Is There Ever Any Going Back For Us”

Raised in the West-Midlands, this singer and songwriter of Irish descent taught herself to play piano and guitar aged 13 and took to busking on the streets of Dudley. After a move to Brighton to attend University, she went on to support Gabrielle Aplin and perform at festivals like Isle Of Wight. Inspired by Taylor Swift, she switched from folk to pop and released her debut “Overthinking” in 2020.

Taken from her upcoming EP “Now That It’s Over”, on which she lyrically narrates various stages of a breakup in her songs, her new single combines a sweet pop melody with heartfelt emotions. From the mellow bass plucks to the sparkle of the sanguine chorus, she conveys her story both in word and sound. Working toward a crescendo of melodic passion, this jam is filled with rich pop sentiment.

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