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KATIS – “Touches”

British singer and songwriter Phoebe Katis was commisioned in 2014 to write “All Of My Life”, the only piece of music in the BAFTA and BIFA Award winning movie “Kajaki: The True Story”. Taking her career to a new level, she adopted the moniker KATIS and released her debut studio single “Promises” earlier this year, launching a neoteric blend of soul and funk-infused, nostalgic pop.

Her sophomore single is an eclectic mix of different styles, effortlessly marrying together into an invigorating injection of pure musical bliss. With a complex tribal rhythm driving the song, it’s enriched with some electro touches, crisp guitar plucks and contemporary R&B-style harmonies. Showcasing her silky, seductive vocals, its fresh and lively sound makes for an exhilarating groove.

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Unknown Chapters – “Losing My Mind”

This brand spanking new five-piece band from London was formed late 2017 by Italian born guitarist Lorenzo Calvo. They’ve created their own, univocal sound by blending Indie-Pop tunes with touches of Funk-Rock. They’ve also found their way onto the London live circuit, playing renowned venues such as Nambucca and The Water Rats. Their debut EP is due to drop later in the year.

Their impressive debut single instantly launches into a highly infectious funky groove and immediately sets the pace for the rest of this catchy track. Supplementing their funkalicious folly are some Maroon 5-adjacent indie-pop vibes and even a surprising rap bridge teasing the rousing rhythm and frisky guitar strums. With this jumping jam they’ve started a new chapter of the set Indie-Rock scene.

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Doe Paoro – “Over”

Behind Doe Paoro is Los Angeles-based pop singer and songwriter Sonia Kreitzer, who is a self-taught pianist and vocalist. She’s traveled through the Himalayas, spending several weeks in silent meditation and finding inspiration from Lhamo. Creating an inspirational hybrid of a myriad of decade-spanning genres, such as pop, soul, R&B and dubstep, she released her debut “Slow To Love” in 2012.

Taken from her upcoming album “Soft Power”, to be released on October 19th, her latest single pays tribute to the smoldering soul of the 60s. Recorded in London with a live band, she’s dipped her seductive, smoky vocals in harmonies akin to The Ronettes. With a slick beat, playful piano and singing guitars, this is an emotive throwback to the heart-wrenching love songs of the 60s.

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The Beths – “You Wouldn’t Like Me”

New-Zealand singer, songwriter and guitarist Elizabeth Stokes and high-school pal guitarist Jonathan Pierce met bassist Benjamin Sinclair and drummer Ivan Luketina-Johnston at University where they all studied Jazz. They started a project exploring Pop and Rock sounds of their youth, by creating their own, guitar-heavy, Indie-Rock style. They released their debut EP “Warm Blood” in 2016.

This appetizing taster of their first full-length album “Future Me Hates Me” is quite an exhilarating slice of guitar heaven. Blending rousing contemporary Indie-Pop with touches of 60s Guitar-Rock, gives it an unique, full-bodied sound. With a summery melody and whimsical lyrics playing with the stirring drums and the rich electric guitar hooks, you can’t help but like this vitalizing Rock groove.

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NUUXS – “Sweet Sunshine”

Born in France and moved to London as a baby, this half French, half Lao singer and songwriter found inspiration from her ever-changing surroundings. She got bit by the performance bug when she starred in her school play of Bugsy Malone. Since then she’s joined numerous bands and experienced a host of genres such as Jazz, Funk and Indie. She released her debut single “Holy Man” in 2016.

Her latest single is a slick Indie-Pop tune, which has a bewitching quality from the start. Taken from her “Red Tape, Vol. 1” EP, it has a multi-layered tropical rhythm and smooth 80s-dipped synths, which make her seductive, bubbly vocals light up the neon soundscape. Singing about holding on to the first moment of falling in love, it’s her sassy zeal that gives this track a scintillating sparkle.

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Abby Anderson – “Dance Away My Broken Heart”

Already named as a Country artist to watch by CMT, Pandora and The Boot, this singer and songwriter from Dallas, Texas is off to a flying start. She finished school early and moved to Nashville at 17 to chase her musical dreams. After playing as many gigs as she could while working as a nanny, she got offered a record deal. Her debut single “This Feeling” got released September 2017.

Taken from her debut EP, which is due to drop on September 7th, her latest single is so much more than a Country song. It’s the late 50s/early 60s vintage flavor which first catches your attention and with a lively rhythm and retro guitar plucks already making your feet tap, she blends the vintage beat with modern Country in the bustling chorus, lifting this perky jam to new heights.

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