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Kristen Plati – “Break My Heart Again”

Born and raised in Perth, but now based in New York City, this multi-talented Australian singer, songwriter, actress and model started singing lessons aged 5. She attended the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since she’s developed her own soul-pop sound, likened to Adele, Tori Kelly and Sara Bareilles. She debuted with “Find Me Lost” in 2019.

Narrating the story about giving someone a second chance in love after they hurt you, her new single pairs the emotive lyrics with an infectious retro bounce. Starting with playful guitar plucks, soon the track comes alive with gusto. Deeply dipped in the neon hues of the 80s, it’s the lively beat, sparkling synths and her powerful vocals, that will drag you on to the discoteque dancefloor.

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Kiki Holli – “New High”

Hailing from Pittburgh and now Los Angeles-based, this singer, songwriter and stage actress was drawn to music and theatre from a young age. As well as being a trained vocalist, she plays guitar, saxophone and viola. She’s appeared in several plays, including the Dusty Springfield musical “Forever Dusty”. Inspired by Prince, The Cure and Stevie Nicks, she debuted with “More Than This” in 2021.

Written from a place of happiness and a return to love after hardship, her new single captures the sun and takes a sonic drive down the Malibu coast. Starting with her hypnotic, sunlit vocals and mellow drums, she takes the listener by the ear on her road trip towards an ascending pop-rock soundscape. With glistening guitars surfing the anthemic melody, this tune is a sun-kissed, timeless gem.

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The Burma – “Sleepers”

Based in Cork, this Irish indie-rock trio named themselves after The Burma Steps in Cobh, Co. Cork. Consisting of Tony O’Donovan (vocals), Peter Piggott (guitar) and Cian Doherty (drums), they forged their own sound blending early 2000’s American Indie and 90s British guitar rock. Influenced by the likes of The Killers, Tame Impala and The Strokes, they debuted with “Phoney Personality” in 2019.

Exploring the harsh realities of life, their new single offers a remedy in the shape of cheery lyrics and an invigorating melody. Being gripped from the very first, 90s-touched, electric guitar strum, the tune evolves with full-bodied synths and a driving beat. With a slight nod to 80s hair rock bands from the exhilarating howling guitar solo, this track is a retro-infused piece of fiery indie-rock heaven.

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Nikki & The Waves – “E.L.C.”

Formed in 2017 when Amsterdam-born singer Nikki Milla moved to Liverpool and met musicians Tom Want and Tom Bonez, this British band has created a sound they call ‘daydream pop’. Since then they’ve played famed venues such as The Cavern Club and festivals like Isle Of Wight. Sharing their inspiration from ABBA to Calvin Harris, they debuted their EP “Look How Blue The Night Looks” in 2018.

Celebrating the ordinary things we might take for granted by bringing an ode to Exceptionally Lovely Corduroy, their new single dips their rich pop sound in joyous funk. Taken from their upcoming EP “Songs To Play Tennis To”, expected on June 24th, it’s the insatiable rhythm, fresh synths and sweeping funk guitar that creates an irresistible melody and with Nikki’s sweet vocals, this is a vibrant pop groove.

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Sage Castleberry – “I Kinda Like It”

Born in Battle Creek, Michigan, into a family of musicians, this rising singer and songwriter grew up exposed to a variety of genres. First picking up the guitar aged 10, he’s been honing his craft ever since. He became a guitarist in the band of his friend Sam Luna, which also includes his dad Tim Castleberry. Influenced by Queen, Bruno Mars and The Band Camino, his exciting sound blends old with new.

While lyrically chronicaling the desire to have someone in your life just to feel less lonely, his debut single is an invigorating and spirited groove. With a pulsating rhythm, sparkling guitars and refreshing synths merging into a bouncy soundscape, it’s his rousing vocals frolicing over the melody, that fill this infectious, move-inducing tune with joyfulness and a slew of distinctive poptastic vibes.

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Emie Nathan – “Static”

Born in New York and raised in London, this emerging singer and songwriter grew up in a very musical house, surrounded by the jazz of Ella Fitzgerald and Eva Cassidy as well as pop of Elton John and rock of Queen. She was also a member of the Capital Children’s Choir. Inspired by artists such as Bon Iver, Maggie Rogers and Coldplay, she debuted her rich pop-noir sound on her EP “White Light” in 2021.

Showing her vulnerable side by singing about a defining moment in college where an innocent decision let to a scary situation, her new single wraps the honest lyrics in a dynamic melody. Musically journeying from senstive keys and guitar strums to a passion-injected chorus, the tune follows the emotional ups and downs of the narrative. Genuine and heartfelt, this is a riveting, empowering jam.

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