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Sara Diamond – Say My Name Again (Spotify)

“Sara Diamond strikes again with her creativity skills. Brand new Soul diamond with some R&B samples to enrich the lyrics background. This song worths a try even if the style is not at your taste. Carefully made and balanced work for most ears.”

-Nagamag.com

Sara Diamond shared with us few words about this song: "I went through a messy breakup where it felt like my world was turned upside down. Our original intentions regarding the relationship went up in flames; where we started off wanting to stay in each other’s lives, we ended up at the opposite end, eliminating space for each other completely. This song is a final cry, literally pleading for a do over.”

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Over the years, Sara Diamond has crafted an incredibly unique sound, perfectly in tune with her enticing gift as a powerful vocalist. Blending her vocal strength seamlessly with her clever song-writing, her music has caught many ears and cap- tured millions of hearts all over the world.

With her last few releases, the indie-pop star has gained over 20 million streams worldwide on her own music and another 16 million on collaborations with the likes of Kaskade, Adventure Club, NASAYA, Tyler Shaw, and several others.

“The Montreal songstress is the vocal equivalent of an Olympian and has a sound steeped in R&B and soul.” - Ones To Watch

Sara’s is currently working on a new project, collaborating with experienced producers and song-writers in R&B and experimental pop. While her sound has always crossed the lines between pop and R&B, she is now diving deeper into the roots of her true inspirations like Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse and India Arie.

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IAMTHELIVING x Teon Gibbs – Boxes (Video)

“Primarily based on neo-soul sound, the track -Boxes- aproaches R & B and boldly adopts elements of jazz, funk and hip hop music. Bright representative of past time and irreplaceable record in your collection.”

“Основанный в основном на neo-soul звучание, трек -Boxes- может похвастаться такими жанрами, как R&B и смело заимствует элементы jazz, funk и hip hop музыки. Яркий представитель своего времени и незаменимая пластинка в вашей коллекции.”

-Nagamag.com

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JidScan, MzHayes – Everyone I Know (Spotify)

“One-of-a-kind collaboration stuff in strict Rap style. Two super voices join forces to achieve the result, which worths hearing. After dozens of tracks, what will be your next music preference? We don't know everything for sure, but some of us may know a lot more.”

-Nagamag.com

"Everyone I Know" is a tranquil vibe featuring New Jersey artists JidScan and Mz Hayes touching on the traps and pitfalls that many youths succumb to in their efforts to rise from unfavorable circumstances. Produced by Active By Night.

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Born of two immigrant parents from West Africa’s Sierra Leone, and hailing from New Jersey, JidScan is all about defying the odds. Born Majid Jalloh, JidScan initially pursued a career in music as journalist writing and interviewing for several digital publications before he saddled back into his original love.

Chris Bloom – Phantom (Spotify)

“How many different thoughts are passing through your mind? We don't even think about it at all and the majority is actually useless information! Phantoms that absorb every piece of inner silence. Stop the noise and reset your brain now, with "Chris Bloom".”

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Born and raised in Chattanooga TN, Chris Bloom grew up in a household where all types of music were celebrated. Exposed to a wide variety of styles, Bloom became a self taught producer, writer, and singer with a distinct voice.

Chris Bloom's latest single, "Phantom", is a soulfully personal song that exists on the plane of melancholic bedroom pop and r and b. The song, Chris states, is about "wishing I could see the future for myself as a person". Currently living in LA, Bloom mixes refined vocals with a sparse but tasteful self production. In the past, he has sone several North American and Australian tours with Sonreal, Scotty Sire, and Bruce Weigner, and has self released several albums.

"Phantom" is the first collaboration between Chris Bloom and Blanket Fort, and is out worldwide now/.

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Dupont Brass – Homecoming (Spotify)

“-Homecoming- performed by -Dupont Brass- combines elements of Soul music and funk, where pronounced R&B and Hip-Hop draws an unpredictable rhythmic pattern, which makes the composition more energetic and memorable.”

“-Homecoming- в исполнении -Dupont Brass- сочетает в себе элементы Soul-музыки и фанка, где ярко выраженный R&B и Hip-Hop рисует непредсказуемый ритмический рисунок, что делает композицию более энергичной и запоминающейся.”

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On “Homecoming” DuPont Brass takes us on a trip down memory lane. They set the mood over a bed of mellow, romantic R&B. The music is laced with a sentiment of love and desire - and while the singer is pursuing a long lost lover, he is ultimately looking to recapture so much more than that. The incomparable feeling of youth. The freedom of possibility. And the chance to have it all before we’re too old to enjoy it. Mixing horn ensembles is an art form in and of itself, and the work done here is akin to the Mona Lisa. But unlike Leonardo da Vinci’s work, there is no
doubt that this song will leave a smile on your face. The band brings the song home with a guitar solo that sings out - reminiscent of great R&B solos brought to us by the Isley Brothers. Take a listen and share with a friend - you will surely find that the love is contagious.

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DuPont Brass is a unique, soulful, brass ensemble hailing from the D.C. Metropolitan Area. Originally composed of five music majors from Howard University trying to raise money for tuition during the Christmas season, they have now grown to a 8-piece ensemble consisting of brass, a rhythm section, and vocalists. Gaining popularity from playing at local Metro stations, DuPont Brass started out professionally playing for weddings, banquets, and other private events in the surrounding area. Thanks to the foundation laid in their earlier years, DuPont Brass has had the opportunity to perform in conjunction with the D.C. Jazz Festival and on the prestigious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Consistently touching the hearts of the community with their heartwarming testimony, DuPont Brass has been featured on WPFW's “Live at Five” three times and featured in the Washington Post Newspaper five times. Through their training in both classical and contemporary styles, the young group has developed a sound that mixes varied genres of music, including jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. Their latest release entitled Eclectic Soul is a testament to that sound. Overall, the mission of DuPont Brass is to uplift the spirits of people with their music, not just in the DMV area, but across the world.

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Freedust, Sheila Weaver – Bad Move (Spotify)

“Freedust combines funk-soul and trip-hop with prominent jazz motifs. Classic soul vocals like an echo from the distant past. Soul music, bouncy rhythm to re-charge your positive mood.”

“Freedust сочетает в себе funk-soul и trip-hop с ярко выраженными джазовыми мотивами. Классический soul вокал словно эхо из далёкого прошлого. Душевные мелодии, бодрый ритм и заряд позитивного настроения.”

-Nagamag.com

Freedust first became airborne when Daniele Carmosino met singer Lisa Widmark among the creaking Hammonds and weather-beaten Moogs of an antique music equipment store in 2015. With more than just musical influences in common, the pair shared a feel for the music they wanted to create and soon began realising their vision in Daniele’s home studio. Combining their initial inspiration of Swing music of the 1930s and 40s, filtered through their love of pop, jazz, electronica and vintage gear to create a something new yet familiar, timeless. The duo were soon joined by guest singer Sarina Leah from London and the geographical influences of all three Freedusters (Italy, Sweden, UK) combine to form their singular sound .

Their debut EP ‘Jump Up and Down’ is a journey through bouncy beats and dusty breaks, scratched horns and whimsical electronics underpinning catchy melodies and gossamer vocals, for a fresh and playful approach to female-fronted experimental pop.

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Sofia Buscè – Milena (Spotify)

“Sofia Buscè grew up on soul music and jazz and you can feel it immediately the moment she performes new her single Milena. Her music is as eclectic as possible, but keeps within the framework of exquisite taste and style.”

“Sofia Buscè выросла на соул-музыке и джазе и это сразу же ощущается, как только вы включите её сингл Milena. Её музыка максимально эклектична, но держится в рамках изысканного вкуса и стиля.”

-Nagamag.com

Ashleigh Bankx – Angel [Official Music Video] (Video)

“Ashleigh Bankx and her new song Angel is a recipe for cocktail lovers. Very emotional and sensitive composition in the romantic genre of music soul. Soulful vocals, a breath of dry wine and light improvisation for your mood.”

“Ashleigh Bankx – коктейль для влюблённых, а её новая песня Angel – рецепт. Очень эмоциональная и чувствительная композиция в романтическом музыкальном жанре soul. Душевный вокал, словно глоток сухого вина и лёгкая импровизация для вашего настроения.”

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Rising UK Singer Ashleigh Bankx Unveils Debut Single “Angel”

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London-based artist Ashleigh Bankx is the latest singer to emerge from the UK’s resurgent soul/R&B scene, and she’s making a huge statement at the top of the year with the release of “Angel”. The independent artist’s first official release, “Angel” is an impassioned love song that arrives with accompanying Lutch Media-directed visuals to set the mood. Inspired by the likes of Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone and Rihanna, as well as music from her Zimbabwean roots, Ashleigh brings a much-revered throwback neo-soul sound of yesteryear, with a unique, modern twist.

“Angel” begins with an empowering voiceover sample from Nina Simone that leads perfectly into the rest of the song. Ashleigh says: “‘Angel’ is about self-liberation, understanding and valuing yourself through past experiences with relationships and society. The song is about black love and centres around the concept of self-love, self-confidence, self-pride and the unity of and journey between two lovers. I want the listener to determine what mood and emotion they feel when they listen to the song.”

“Angel” shines a light firmly on Ashleigh’s impressive lyricism and her emotive, soul-drenched voice, which provides the perfect vessel for her music’s exploration of the love and pain we as people experience in our everyday lives and relationships. With her first release of the year now uncovered and an EP series also in the works, Ashleigh Bankx is set to make a big impact and will surely be one to watch out for in 2021.

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Fable – Orbiting (Spotify)

“Sit back and relax with Fable-Orbiting. Let the calm singer's voice clean your mind together with a slow beat and rich percussion atmosphere.”

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Fable kicks off her 2021 with brand new single ‘Orbiting’, out today via Naim Records. This latest offering, which premiered on Chris Hawkins’ BBC 6 Music show yesterday, continues the Brighton-based singer-songwriter’s much anticipated return and sets the tone for her forthcoming debut album, due later this year.

A hauntingly stark, yet hopeful track that blends elements of trip hop and neo soul, ‘Orbiting’ laments the outward disconnection and isolation of our modern society; Fable’s exquisite vocals sliding over a traipsing beat and eerily beautiful soundscape.

“Orbiting is quite literally and metaphorically, an observation of the earth from far away. It takes a great big step back and sees that everything is intertwined on this little marble hurtling through infinite space. In a world that's more connected than ever digitally, I can't help but feel we have been segregated in every other sense.

Aside from the obvious isolation the pandemic has brought us, I wanted to highlight the breaking down of our communities, the ever polarizing and distilling bubbles of opinion thanks to the algorithm, and our society’s alienation from any kind of humane purpose. It's very much open to interpretation but I hope it resonates on many levels, and leads with a message of love and unity,” Fable explains.

Having built up a reputation as one of the UK's most promising new artists, being lauded by the likes of The Guardian, Mixmag, Q and Rolling Stone, collaborating with Orbital and playing at Glastonbury, the tragic loss of a close friend and resultant burnout and depression led to Fable taking time out from her music career in 2016 to protect her mental health. Four years later, and now an ambassador for mental health charity My Black Dog, Fable is relaunching her sound to the world, with previous single ‘Thirsty’ unveiled in October. Newly-signed to Naim Records, the label wing of the award-winning premium audio brand, she has recorded a debut album of genre-fluid, searingly honest and darkly beautiful music that spans from urgent post punk to introspective electronica, whilst posing questions that are both timely and personal, yet timeless.

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ABOUT FABLE

What happens when a rising star suddenly cuts to black? Disappears from view not with the traditional, time-honoured arc of ascent and descent, but an instantaneous, seemingly-unexplained and voluntary vanishing?

The strange case of Fable is one such story. Holly Cosgrove was still in her teens when she started turning heads. Born and raised in the pretty Devon resort of Paignton, the daughter of a Glaswegian forklift truck driver, she moved to Brighton in her late teens, reinventing herself as the dark electro-rock entity Fable. An EP created in collaboration with Archive, the huge-in-Europe trip-hop/post-rock outfit, highlighted her powerful, portentous voice and immediately seized the attention. Her early live shows sealed the deal, wowing an intimate crowd at The Great Escape festival and supporting alt rock legends The Cult at their Manchester, Bristol and Brixton Academy shows. Holly was then headhunted by Paul Hartnoll of Orbital to guest on his 8.58 project, with whom she also appeared live, including a slot at Kendal Calling, and performed at Glastonbury in her own right.

Word was spreading fast, and critics were enraptured. The Guardian praised her “brooding cinematic electronica”. Q compared her to “Beth Orton swapping her six string for synthesisers while exploring her darker, more dangerous impulses”. Rolling Stone called her “independent, strong and mysterious”, and Mixmag was bowled over by her “ridiculous quality vocal”. Line Of Best Fit, Popjustice, Clash and CMU also heaped on the hallelujahs, and none other than Gary Numan was moved to rave “What a find”. The buzz around Fable was building to a rumble of breaking thunder. But, for reasons tainted with tragedy, the expected lightning-flash crescendo never came.

In early 2016 Holly lost a close friend, with whom she had previously been romantically involved, to suicide. “She was 23 when she’d had enough. I saw a frightened girl dangling above dangerous narratives, medicated up to the eyeballs, drowned by the internet’s toxicity and hung out to dry in underfunded institutions. I got very swept up in that relationship, trying to stabilise it. She went downhill, she was being sectioned every other month, and I was on the phone a lot trying to help her with that. She decided to cut ties with people who were trying to help her and keep her on a level. And she left.”

For Holly, life changed forever. “I remember that week being a real milestone that changed my perception of what's important.” One result of the aftermath of her friend's suicide was that Holly has become an ambassador for the mental health charity My Black Dog. “It's similar to The Samaritans, but the people you can call at the other end have been there, at the end of their tether. If she had had that,” Holly reflects, “a friendly stranger would have been so beneficial.”

As an artist, Fable's voice was stilled by the trauma. “When you sing, it's like a window to your soul. It's an instrument that shows all your emotions. And you can't hide anything in that. And when all that happened, I couldn't embody the thing that I wanted to embody, because I was so sad. I needed to leave it for a minute, before I ruined it for myself.”

The career which began with such stellar promise suddenly unbegan. Fable became Holly again, took herself out of Brighton, out of music, and submerged herself in regular jobs and anonymous normality. She watched quietly from the shadows while other female artists, from Christine And The Queens to Billie Eilish, rose to prominence by exploring gender-fluid identities and moody electronica. In the wake of the tragedy in her personal life, reconnecting with her artistic muse took time. “The whole thing was just so dramatically sad it forced me to take a break and do some digging in my soul garden. A few years later, my creativity came up with the flowers.”

At 24, still younger than half this year's hotly-hyped newcomers, Fable is pressing the un-pause button and ready to (re)launch. Newly-signed to Naim Records, the label wing of a prestigious high-end audiophile equipment company, she's been working with Jonas Persson, the Swedish producer whose CV includes collaborations with Justice, John-Paul Jones and post-punk legends Jah Wobble.She's justifiably proud of the new material. “It's the most truthful writing I've ever done. It's much more reflective of who I really am.”

The first fruit of Fable Mk II is lead single “Thirsty”, a melodramatic, Medusa-haired, dragon-breathed barnstormer which is already being hailed by those who have heard it as the most extraordinary thing she has released to date. “The song,” she says, “is about taking the beauty of life for granted and how over time we write things off as mundane because they’re a constant, like the sky’s always there, but actually it's a weird miracle that we even exist under it.” The stealthy, Portishead-inflected “Womb” is another standout track. “That song's about flux, cycles and change,” she explains, “moving on to the next thing out of necessity, the constant death and rebirth of your mind and your body, before we have time to analyse who we are, we’ve already changed.”

In a world of shrinking attention spans and incessant noise and chatter, Fable is defying the received logic that modern listeners can only handle music in tiny bites. “I’m going old school and releasing an album,” she proudly states. “I think people can concentrate for more than two minutes, even young people. I like pressing Play on an album, walking away, and getting on with something, while my ears are totally transported for 45 minutes.”

The versatility of the Cosgrove-Persson collaboration is demonstrated by “Unequal”, a minimal avant-R&B schaffel reminiscent of Janelle Monae meets Goldfrapp. “That's a bit of a wild card. The intention was to create this mechanical marching that quickens your heart rate, and then flood it with sharply-delivered lyrics about humanity being organised by algorithms, globalisation, and my own fears about powerful systems. The chorus is an attempt to remember the simplicity of life before the age of information.”

“The energetic party head in me,” she says, “wanted to write banger after banger”, but Holly worked to suppress that tendency in the interests of preserving unity of tone. That impulse, however, is expressed here in the thumping “5am”. But it isn't a simple hedonistic excursion. “'5am' is a bit of nervous neurosis. It's a frustrated song, it’s about having trouble sleeping, so the music needed to be driving and restless.” The turbulent “Swarm” began one grey-skied Welsh morning, listening to Radiohead and strumming the same two chords for an hour. “Then ‘Where do I end, where does the world begin?’ was scrawled in my notepad. It’s making a stab at a difficult subject. What is I? These are the things that go through your mind when you start self-isolation, before the pandemic’s even begun.”

These themes – the Generation Z worldview, wrestling with the question of what it even means to be alive when the seemingly limitless aspirations of your childhood have been betrayed by the reality of a data-dictated, ecologically-uncertain present – dominate the album. “It's harder to be human now,” Holly believes, “or more complicated than it has ever been. I’ve seen so many young people just spinning in information, feeling like they have all the knowledge but none of the power. I think I’m here to say 'Look, keep it simple, fuck all of this hype, delete your social media, empower your own experience, compare notes with your child self. What would they think? Being happy doesn’t make you ignorant to the world's problems. Love yourself and the everyday shit. It's all here.”

It's all here. Fable is rising above the horizon once again. This time, the stars are aligned.

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