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Olivia Brown – “I Gave You Up”

Born as Sheryl Cohen, this artist is a woman of bounteous talents. She graduated from Berklee College Of Music and, while studying there, she co-founded the Jazz/Brazilian group Brazz Jazz. Under her own name she started playing guitar and writing songs in the early 00s. She’s the senior director of A2IM and has been exploring electronic-based disco-pop under the moniker Olivia Brown since 2012.

By introducing a sprightly wah-wah guitar, groovy bass line and a punchy rhythm, her new single turns into a discolicious explosion of lustrous, multi-colored radiance, brimming with an abundance of mirrorball sparkle. The infectious chorus blends dynamic 70s/80s pizzazz with lively Nu-Disco flair into an exhilarating dancefloor filler with added oomph, which you just don’t want to give up.

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Mark Pelli – “Lifetime”

Best known as guitarist and co-founder of the band Magic!, this Canadian multi-talent is so much more. He started taking piano lessons aged 6, added guitar aged 13, was producing albums at 16 and studied classical piano and jazz guitar at various universities. As a songwriter he wrote award-winning songs for rapper Classified and Chris Brown and co-wrote Magic!’s number 1 hit “Rude” in 2014.

His new solo single is a gorgeous fusion of diverse genres, creating an easygoing vibe which sounds like a bright, sunshiny day. Accompanying the mellow rhythm and warm guitar strums, the song is built on multi-vocal harmonic backing singers and his alluring, laidback voice, joining elements of classic soul and smooth, modern pop into a lush ballad filled with a lifetime of auditory charm.

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WARGIRL – “How You Feel”

Cold War Kids producer and musician Matt Wignall has created a new, six-piece collective, which looks for the fringes of genres, from afrobeat via smooth jazz to funk and soul and smashes them all together into a smoothie of aural flavors. Written in a small, funky garage in Long Beach, California, they dropped their subversive debut single “PEOPLE” and the European album release in 2018.

Taken from their self-titled debut album, which is due for release in North-America on April 19th, their new single explores the funk-rock sound of the swinging sixties. With a bracing bass, striking rhythm, vintage-dipped Hammond organ and joyous horns taking you back in time, it’s the sheer power of the soul-dripping vocals that makes this exultant tune feel groovelicious and nostalgic.

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Matt Bloyd – “Make You Mine”

This Los Angeles based singer and songwriter started his career on YouTube, when his cover version of Brandy’s “Have You Ever” went viral back in 2016. Coinciding with this success, he released his debut EP “Dying To Survive” shortly after. He’s shared the stage with artists like U2, was featured on Todrick Hall’s album “Forbidden” in 2018 and was a contestant on singing reality show “The Four”.

The bouncy beats of this contemporary R&B/pop fusion give his new single a danceable, upbeat groove, which is highly infectious. Filled with searing synths, adding a shimmering ambiance to the punchy soundscape, his first original song is brimming with neoteric flair and a touch of 90s vibes. With intricate harmonies and his soulful vocals topping the tune, it is steeped in melodic freshness.

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Amber-Simone – “Something More”

This British singer and songwriter spent her childhood listening to funk and soul and at 16 discovered her own singing voice. Her powerful sound is influenced by the music of Sade, The Police and Michael Jackson, as well as 80s soundtracks and electronica artists like Metronomy. Lending her skills to other projects whilst releasing her own songs, she debuted with “Taught Me Better” in 2017.

Kicking off with a rocking rhythm, bouncy bass line and crisp guitar plucks, her latest single is a bubbly blend of 80s funk and sparkling pop. Taken from her EP “For Those Moments”, the bouncing melody tickles your dancing feet, while her vigorous, yet refreshing vocals worm their way into your ears and take residency. With its rejuvenating retro vibe and delicious catchiness, it’s a scintillating jam.

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Sub-Radio – “Better Than That”

This sextet of childhood friends, who found a shared love of music in high school, have been playing the Washington DC area for many years. With their eclectic, high-energy live shows, they’ve been performing at music festivals like Cherry Blossom and Firefly. Influenced by bands like WALK THE MOON and Two Door Cinema Club, they released their debut indie-pop EP “Same Train//Different Station” in 2016.

Their new single is an energetic eruption of infectious exuberance. The virulent beats, jaunty guitars and joyful synths create a multitude of catchy stabs and memorable hooks, all blending together into an anthemic power-house of indie-pop grooves. And with their enthusiastic and dynamic vocals injecting even more happiness into this euphonious jam, it doesn’t get much better than this.

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