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Becky Bowe – “You And Your World”

This Yorkshire lassie started taking singing lessons as an early teen and playing keyboard from a young age. She’s also a member of the choral musical collective Leeds Contemporary Singers, with whom she won the BBC singing show “Pitch Battle” in 2017. As a solo artist she feels inspired by idols Ella Fitzgerald and Amy Winehouse, which translates into her jazz, soul and pop fusion sound.

Kicking off her new single with just a mellow jazz piano and her enchanting soulful vocals, creates a suave and sophisticated soundscape. With the addition of the bouncy percussion and multi-layered harmonies giving the song a dash of exuberance, it’s an enthralling mix of jazz, pop and emotive lyrics, blending together into an alluring jam with a bit of spice and an honest vulnerability.

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Tiffany Alvord – “No One Can Love Me”

This Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and actress started posting cover and original songs to YouTube in 2008, aged 15. Now with over 3 million subscribers, she’s a rising star on the music scene. With a vibrant pop sound, influenced by artists such as Taylor Swift, Colbie Caillat and Lana Del Rey, she’s released three original and six cover albums and starred in the movie “School Spirits” in 2017.

Her latest poptastic single sounds like an upbeat, sunlit Californian afternoon. The highly infectious drum beats give it a foot-tappin’ quality, while the airy guitars add a summery radiance to the perky melody and with her bright and refreshing vocals singing about a relationship she just can’t let go of, it’s a lavish, effervescent serving of sun-drenched, beach-ready pop, you can’t help but love.

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St. Paul Peterson – “You Got 2 Love”

This funk soul brother was discovered in 1983 by his purple highness, Prince,  who hired him as a keyboard player in The Time for the movie “Purple Rain” when he was just 17 years young. Apart from Prince, he’s worked with legends such as George Benson, Peter Frampton and Oleta Adams. He’s also part of the bands fDeluxe and The Mpls Funk All Stars, celebrating the famous Minneapolis sound.

With a 70s wah wah guitar tickling your funky bone, his new solo single starts as it means to go on – as an uplifting tribute to those vintage funkadelic vibes. Deeply doused in purple hues, the foot-tappin’ bouncy rhythm is catchy, the groovy synths are invigorating and the sprightly guitars are electrifying, elevating this spicy and steamy tune to an aromatic, funkalicious jam you just got 2 love.

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Tristan – “I Left My Jacket In The Van”

With ground-breaking arrangements giving their 70s-styled acid-jazz sound a contemporary twist, this Dutch quintet has found the perfect aural balance. Influenced by bands like Tower Of Power and Incognito, they use classic analog instrumentation, as well as up-to-date synths to add an energetic freshness to the warmth of the 70s vibes. They debuted with their album “Full Power” in 2014.

Taken from their upcoming fifth album “The Spice Of Five”, to be released on April 5th, their new single is an exhilarating fusion of acid jazz, soul and funk. Instantly kicking off with a lively, pulsating funky rhythm and vintage Hammond organ, it’s Evelyn Kallansee’s soul-dipped vocals singing the cheeky lyrics and the Manhattan Transfer-like harmonies which put the fun in funkalicious.

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Ivan Hartle – “You Got Me”

This Vancouver-based Canadian musician enjoyed an upbringing surrounded by music. Having played college baseball in Southern United States also contributed to his musical influences. With a vintage-coated blend of soul, blues and folk, he performed all over the city, as well as playing a showcase at Vancity Feature. He’s about to tour Vancouver Island in March and Western Canada in June.

His astonishing debut single is a passionate fusion of heart-wrenching blues and classic soul. With an organic-sounding instrumentation of mellow percussion and mellifluous acoustic guitar chords proving that less is definitely more, it’s his warm, impassioned vocals adding a melancholic southern blues to stirring soul, which give this marvelous, mesmerizing tune a fervent vintage vibe.

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OSTON – “Give Up”

Born in Park City, Utah as Austin Wolfe, this pop singer and songwriter creates music based on the realization that it’s way more fun to be young and immature. Now based in Chicago, she managed to retain that joyous, childlike innocence, while having matured into a seasoned songwriter. Blending fun with lyrical depth and intricate melodies, she released her debut single “Bad” late 2018.

Her scintillating sophomore single is infused with vivid, emotionally-laden lyrics about toxic relationships and highly addictive hooks. Initially catching the attention with a mellow, plucky guitar, a smooth, pulsating rhythm and breezy vocals, the song soon bursts to life in a jubilant chorus. With rich, anthemic drums and perky, sing-a-long harmonies, this is an exquisite earwig you can’t give up.

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