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Odette Peters – “What A Lovely Day”

Having grown up on a steady diet of legends like Nina Simone and Diana Ross, this British singer and songwriter discovered her own soulful side from a young age. Initially aspiring to become a poet, she found the symmetry of putting those poetic words to music aged 13. Now based in London, she adds lyrical social commentary to a stirring neo-soul and jazz blend, creating an awe-inspiring sound.

Encouraging people to have an honest and open conversation about mental health and general wellbeing, her first single oozes a buttery-smooth wave of soulful jazz. The spoken intro over gentle electric piano gives the track a contemporary feel, while the mild rhythm and her sugarcoated, Macy Gray-reminiscent vocals add a more vintage jazz layer, making this an absolutely lovely debut.

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Ryan Innes – “You Are Gold”

Raised in a traditional musical environment of classical piano training and singing in a boys choir, this soul brother discovered his R&B calling after listening to a Boyz II Men album. He applied to the media music program at Brigham Young University and, inspired by the likes of Ray Charles and Ray Lamontagne, started penning his own songs. He debuted with a self-titled EP in 2010.

With an infectious, vintage beat, funky bass line and rip-roaring, soul-dripping vocals, his new single is an auditory tour-de-force. Soaked in scrumptious sixties vibes, the melody picks up some groovy guitar and rousing retro organ along the way. Completed by the extraordinary power of his classic sounding vocal acrobatics, this soulful trip to yesteryear adds a golden hue to the sonic sunset.

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Olivia Dean – “Password Change”

This London-native singer and songwriter took to performing at the young age of 8. Over the years she sang in a gospel choir, been busking in the streets and attended the renowned BRIT school. Inspired by the music of Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill, she creates a culturally eclectic sound with down-to-earth lyrics. She’s also been on tour with Rudimental, all while honing her songwriting skill set.

Lyrically tackling a real-life argument and framed in a delectable smooth blend of pop and jazz, her new single is both honest as ear-stroking. Taken from her upcoming EP “OK Love You Bye”, expected to drop on November 22, she found the perfect balance between the relatable storyline and the sleek rhythm, gentle piano and her soulful vocals, creating a tune you don’t mind skipping the football for.

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Josiah Hawley – “Gonna Let You Go”

Hailing from Fort Smith, Arkansas, this American singer and songwriter only had one dream: a career in music. He absorbed the claymation Motown series The California Raisins, as well as The Blues Brothers. As a teenager he was writing pop/rock songs, but his music study steered him back to his R&B roots. In 2013 he became a finalist on The Voice and released a festive single “Now It’s Christmas”.

With an energetic, retro bounce and invigorating instrumentation, his new single produces kilowatts of soul-infused electricity. From the driving rhythm and lively guitar strums to the perky organ and bustling handclaps, every element adds to its voltaic juice. And with his vigorous vocal blend sparking even more power, this is one fully charged tune you just don’t want to let go.

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Blackbird – “Tell Your Mama”

Born as Merel Koman, this Dutch nightingale grew up with varied musical inspirations, ranging from Michael Jackson and John Denver, to Alanis Morissette. She studied jazz and pop in Utrecht, after which she immersed herself in the vibrant music scene of Amsterdam. Influenced by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Lianne La Havas and John Mayer, she released her debut EP “One Of The Wild Ones” in 2018.

Coated in a dramatic, cinematic soundscape, her new single is a passionate nostalgic voyage to the swinging sixties. Electrifying electric guitar strums, vivid plucks, infectious beat and western-like violins blend together into an almost graphic melodious vibe, while her fierce, Nancy Sinatra-reminiscent vocals tell the lyrical story you definitely want to run home for and tell mama all about.

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Brae Leni – “Make Sho'”

Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, this multi-talented musician is more than a singer and songwriter. He is also a DJ, owner of a professional recording studio and manager of his own handpicked band. Created in 2012 as SOULUTION, they’re now known as The Blackout. Influenced by the greats like The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and John Legend, his soulful creativity knows no bounds.

Pumping some serious discolicious vibes from the glitterball grooves, his new single is made for endless dancefloor fun. Dipped in glorious 70s rays, it kicks off with some funkalicious guitar strums and a punchy beat, which are driven by a bouncy bass line. With his suave, soul-soused vocals and the exhilarating electric guitar solo, this funky tune is filled with passionate, vintage glitz.

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