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Carlton Jumel Smith – “Love Our Love Affair”

This soul brother and actor grew up in New York listening to his mothers soul records of Wilson Pickett, Barry White and Aretha Franklin, however it was a James Brown concert at the Apollo that changed his life. Composing music in the tradition of the soul legends of yore, he’s performed all over the world. He’s also acted in a few movies such as “Liberty Heights” in 1999, portraying his childhood hero.

Sounding like a long lost sonic treasure, his new single pays homage to the glory days of Motown and Stax. Taken from his album “1634 Lexington Avenue”, named after the address of his childhood home, he personifies the vintage feel of classic soul. The mellow rhythm, breezy guitar strums and ear-stroking brass creates a timeless sound, while his raw, sensuous vocals give you something to love.

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Emmaline – “All My Sweetest Dreams”

Vocalist and songwriter Emmaline Campbell started her career by founding a four-piece band, while attending the College-Conservatory Of Music in Cincinnati, where all members majored in Jazz Studies. Inspired by legendary voices like Billie Holiday and Erykah Badu, her intricate songwriting incorporates elements of both jazz and soul. As a solo artist, she debuted with the single “Shy” in 2018.

The first single of her upcoming, same-titled debut EP, expected to drop on September 27, oozes a seductive and intoxicating vintage jazz sound. With a sultry, honey-dripping smoothness from the mellow percussion and the satiny horns creating a rousing soundscape, it’s her silky, retro-dipped vocal mastery that turns this candy-coated slice of jazz suaveness into the sweetest musical dream.

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Ernest Noah – “Miss Z”

This Swedish musical chameleon has journeyed through a plethora of genres, from experimental jazz to Motown and disco. Citing Queen and Elton John as his inspiration, he’s performed from Greece To Thailand. As a songwriter, he’s written chart topping songs for Japanese band Sexy Zone and released the single “Fight Until We Fall” in 2015, named ColorShift. In 2017 he signed with Rexius Records.

Embellishing the pop melody with bright, pastel-colored vintage vibes, this taster of his upcoming album “Gold” is an eighties party in your ears. With a joyous beat and shimmering synths conjuring up memories of the neon decade, it’s his Scissor Sisters-like falsetto in the chorus, which adds an unexpected, refreshing layer to this retro trip, making this jaunty jam tug at your feet to get dancin’.

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Wardell Piper – “Be Sure”

With an impressive career spanning over five decades, this first lady of disco has earned her status as a legend of the Philadelphia sound. Hailing from Albany, she started singing gospel music in church at the age of five with her siblings. She formed The Debonnetts in 1968, later called First Choice in the 70s and was a member of MFSB. She debuted as a solo artist with her self-titled album in 1979.

Sonically opening the shiny doors to Studio 54 like they’ve never closed, her new single lights up the dancefloor with its bright, discolicious vibes. With a bouncy bass, sprightly cowbells and velvety violins, this vintage jam transports us back to the golden age of flared pants, wide-collared shirts and flashy discotheques. And with her glittering vocals adding pure glamour, this sure is one groovy bump.

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Ty Causey – “You’re A Superstar”

Hailing from Fort Wayne, Indiana, it was a demo of the vocal artistry of this singer and songwriter that found its way to the ears of famed saxophonist Najee in the late 90s and changed his life. He worked with him on his “Morning Tenderness” album in 1998 and went on a worldwide tour. He first took his smooth jazz and classic soul style on a solo outing in 2004 with his acclaimed album “N-TYSING”.

His new single is an easygoing soulful experience, which softly massages your eardrums. The mellow drums and laid-back electric piano, enriched by the silken violins, create the enchanting tranquil atmosphere, but it is his mellifluous vocals, oozing with passion and sensuous soul, which give this velveteen melody its seductive appeal and enticing, desirous allure and  launches it to superstardom.

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STORRY – “You Don’t Know Me (Nah Nah)”

Born in Toronto, this Canadian musical workaholic has been singing into a microphone since she was 2. Although initially influenced by Whitney and Mariah, she majored in classical voice at Vanier College and studied opera at the University Of Toronto. Doing a 180, she traveled the world to find her purpose, which would lead her back to music. She debuted with “Leave My Heart Behind” early this year.

Her new single combines a multitude of musical layers into one breathtaking soundscape. The highly funky rhythm, the R&B touches and the Motown-styled backing singers are the foundation, while she stacks some smooth bass guitar and exhilarating brass on top. And with her astounding soulful and jazzy-dippped vocals truly adding some magic, this is one rising star we would love to know.

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