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Alessandra Boldrini – “Never Going Back”

Born in Fabriano in Italy, this charismatic singer and songwriter always had musical aspirations, starting with singing in a local choir as a child. In 2016 she moved to London to pursue her dreams and enrolled at the BIMM Institute. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Dua Lipa, Mabel and Clean Bandit, she created her own EDM/pop sound. She debuted with her single “In Paradise” in 2020.

Bursting with powerful vibrancy and vivid sensibilities, her new single effortlessly fuses a dance vibe with flushes of potent pop. Building the uplifting melody, she merges shimmering synths with frisky string plucks and pulsating rhythms. And with her crisp, ballad-esque vocals dancing on the rousing tune, this splendiferous groove is female empowerment, wrapped in an invigorating sonic warmth.

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Justin Maki – “Close To You”

Born in Japan and now based in Canada since the age of 11, this prolific artist has been performing for over 16 years. After moving to Canada, he attended a rock school called Studio Arts. Since he’s played over 1000 shows and opened for The Sheepdogs and Neon Dreams. Fusing R&B, soul, funk and jazz, dunked in a tasty pop dip, he takes inspiration from John Mayer, Bruno Mars and Robin Thicke.

Revealing his funky intentions from the very first Prince-inspired guitar riff, his new single is a refined and playful funk/pop concoction. With groovy electric guitars, a bustling beat and sprightly synths laying the funkalicious foundation, it’s his energetic vocals singing about a past lover, that add a salubrious quality to this delicious cocktail of funk, sparkling pop and good ol’ fashioned fun.

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Gen Bello – “Crash”

Hailing from the musical hotspot that is Harlem in New York City, this versatile singer and songwriter grew up doing musical theatre and chasing the Broadway dream. However, love and heartbreak pushed her to songwriting. Drawing inspiration from artists like Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Kehlani, she sculpted her own R&B/pop blend. She debuted her current moniker on “Intoxicated” in 2020.

Smooth as spun silk and dipped in a bath of genuine soul, this track puts you under its spell from the very first note. Taken from her debut EP “Geneses” – a reference to her full name – it’s the mellow synth sparkles, the infectious beats and her velvety, multi-harmonic vocals that douse a 90s-infused R&B tune in pure magic. Outstanding and utterly mesmerizing, this song is true sonic enchantment.

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Taylor Red – “Rent Free”

Based in Nashville, these fun-loving country-pop triplets are not only vocalists and songwriters, but also gifted multi-instrumentalists, playing guitar, banjo, fiddle and mandolin. Initially finding fame on TikTok, Nicole, Natalie and Nika Taylor amassed over 10 million loyal followers. They’ve opened for Amy Grant, Charlie Daniels and Don Williams and debuted with “Fresh Off The Farm” in 2020.

Injecting the vibrant melody with some contemporary country spirit, their new single is a zesty hayride of auditory merriment. Initially staying true to the classic country tones by starting with colorful guitar strums and their multi-layered harmonies, it’s the addition of a rich beat in the joyful chorus, that infuses the tune with pure energy and will let you live in their soundscape rent free.

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FKB – “Beautiful Fantasy”

Formed in Bonnyville, this Canadian high-energy quartet is fronted by award-winning songwriter Drew Shalka and consists further of Travis Topylki, Derek Chalut and Alex Fedorouk. They’ve played over 200 shows and entered the Jim Beam National Talent Search in 2019. Inspired by The Beatles and Elvis Presley as well as The Weeknd and Foster The People, they debuted with their EP “123 FKB” in 2014.

Bursting with kaleidoscopic neon flashes and a vividly irresistible feel-good vibe, their new single finds a balance between 80s glamour and contemporary glitz. Driven by a playful rhythm, funkalicious bassline and sizzling synths, this infectious tune is as nostalgic as it is fresh. And with the suave falsetto of the vocals, this bubbly and vibrant groove is a danceable figment of their sonic imagination.

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Catterina – “Inconvenience”

Native to Brooklyn, New York, this emerging singer and songwriter discovered her passion for music aged 14. In 2016 she formed a band called Roses In April and started performing locally to hone her craft. Now Houston-based, she draws inspiration from artists such as Phoebe Bridgers, Lizzy McAlpine and LÉON. Blending blues, folk, R&B and jazz, she released her debut single “Wasted Time” in 2021.

Starting with a vintage-touched smoothness, her new single joins complex instrumentation with heartfelt lyrics. After a serene intro, the song soon comes to life with a velvety rhythm, mellow guitars and sleek keys. While incorporating elements of classic soul with touches of jazz and underlying contemporary tones, it’s the profuse richness of her vocals, that makes this sound truly special.

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