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Felix Hagan & The Family – “Gene Kelly”

This London-based septet is an eruption of glamorous Pop and classic Rock. Formed in 2013, they debuted with the EP “String Up The Entertainer”, followed by the EP “Kiss The Misfits” in 2015. Fusing a plethora of genres, their energetic, glittery stagecraft is a zealous sight to behold. This year they’ve supported Frank Turner and The Arkells and have been exciting audiences on the festival circuit.

The last single to be taken from their 2017 full-length album “Attention Seeker” is a flamboyant rock anthem. The soaring exuberance of the theatrical melody, which sounds like a blend of 80s rock and early 00s high school movie musicals, has a tantalizingly addictive quality. Written about the madness of a life as an artist, this feel-good rocker induces a sense of sheer musical euphoria.

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ISA – “After You”

Born as Isa Tengblad in Stockholm, this 20 year young, Swedish singer and songwriter debuted on the music scene back in 2012 with the single “BOMB”. Inspired by Ariana Grande and Beyoncé, she created a Pop/R&B blend which challenges norms and ideals. As well as writing her own music, she’s a sought after songwriter and started her own independent record label, Licious Music, in 2017.

Taking music back to the bare essentials, her gorgeous new single is a moving, emotional gem. Built on a delicate melody of stunning acoustic piano and stylish strings, her soul-wrenching, passionate vocals show a authentic vulnerability while retaining a vigorous tenacity. Singing about longing, either for someone or for a dream, this is an inspirational marvel of outstanding auditory beauty.

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Drew Cole – “Sour Love”

Born in Seattle, but now Los Angeles-based, this multi-talented artist is a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. His father introduced him to the guitar at age 11 and he’s been in love with music ever since. He finds inspiration in the music of The Beatles, Gregg Allman and John Mayer. In 2016, he released his debut single “Don’t Follow” and appeared on The Voice earlier this year.

His distinctive soul-infused Pop style truly shines on this impassioned, retro-dipped slice of sweet, satiny soul. The choral handclaps, borrowed from a gospel-like sound and the lustrous rhythm, radiant guitars and charismatic violins add a vintage tinge to this smooth groove and with his lavish, emotive vocals stroking your ears and tugging on your heartstrings, you will love this soulful Shangri-La.

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Smoke Season – “Hot Damn”

Living by the rule that normal is boring, this Los Angeles-based duo has adopted a distinctly individual style. With Gabby Wortman fiddling with all things analog and digital and Jason Rosen exploring his abnormality through fashion, as well as music, they found the perfect balance. Their live-shows are a multi-sensory experience, bringing their unique sound of electro-soul with a shot of whiskey.

Written in less than an hour, their latest single is a sweltering summer sun put to music. Dripping with lustful tones, it takes 60s-soaked sensuous verses and a lively rock chorus, uniting them in a passionate musical fever. The catchy beat, retro organ sounds and heavy horns turn up the orchestral heat, while the wide-ranging vocals give it a soulful strength, putting you in a sexy, sanguine mood.

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FLARA K – “Me And You”

Consisting of Sam Martell and Collin Steinz, this dynamic duo has been touring their native Canada for over five years. Recently they’ve played a headlining show at the renowned international music festival POP Montreal and they got nominated for a 2018 Independent Music Award. Giving their own unique twist to a Pop/R&B mixture, they released their debut single “Offline” in September 2018.

Their sophomore single starts with sultry, soul-touched smooth grooves, which lead to a mighty, high-voltage chorus. Being the title-track of their upcoming EP, it bridges the polished, retro-soaked vibes and the modern synths to reach an original glistening fusion. With bewitching vocals, ranging from soothing R&B to heart-wrenching power, this is a vigorous piece of punchy Pop.

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Pete Morgan – “Let’s Get Together”

Born in Cardiff, but now Manchester based, this British singer, songwriter and guitarist is currently studying at the Royal Northern College Of Music for a degree in Popular Music. Inspired by the likes of Michael Jackson, Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake, he’s developed a grandiose, feel-good pop sound with whiffs of classic soul and disco. His debut single “I Want It All Back” was released in 2017.

Showcasing his impressive guitar skills, his latest single kicks off with an infectious funky riff. It then erupts into an Earth, Wind & Fire-reminiscent disco spectacular, with a catchy rhythm and exhilarating full-bodied horns. With the added 70s-flavored harmonies, soulful vocals and vintage organ solo giving it a groovy retro discotheque feel, it’s time to get together, party and have a good time!

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