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September 6, 2022 Cimo Fränkel displays intimacy in new deluxe album

Cimo Fränkel displays intimacy in new deluxe album

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The Cimo Fränkel (Deluxe) album gives the audience a new perspective of what Cimo Fränkel can do. Whether you’re in the mood for something calm and intimate or something more upbeat to get the blood flowing, this album caters for all. 

Stream / Download: Cimo Fränkel (Deluxe)

We believe the reason for this is because he imbued intimacy into new versions of his tracks, including an acoustic version of his collaboration with world-renowned trance heavyweight, Armin Van Buuren on ‘All Comes Down’. Cimo tones down the club track to show the fans a softer side of him, turning this energy-filled dance track into an emotionally expressive ballad.

Cimo Fränkel gives admiration and recognition to Cam on a live cover of her glorious track ‘Burning House’. Again, Cimo reveals his vulnerability in this song, with a vocal tone that shows it has meaning to him.

Cimo Fränkel says on the project: “This album is special to me because it wasn’t written and produced in one place. I traveled the world during that time which makes it feel like an adventure. I had to open the album with a song I wrote and recorded with my father because he is one of the main reasons I am in music in the first place.” 

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August 9, 2022 Alt-soul singer Nuela Charles shares new single

Alt-soul singer Nuela Charles shares new single

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Three-time JUNO-Award nominated alternative/soul singer-songwriter Nuela Charles released her incredible new single and music video for “Top of The World” via AWAL. 

“’Top of the World’ was written with Breagh MacKinnon about this notion of dumbing yourself down for the benefit of others, instead of being the main character in your own life. The production by Matt Parad (Selah Sue, Will Joseph Cook, Catie Turner) definitely gives this song summer anthem vibes,” said Nuela Charles. “I wanted to write a song that was celebrating me, and my awesomeness, and I think everyone can relate to that. We are all unique and special and amazing in our own ways – so let’s celebrate that!”

The music video, directed by Tatiana Zagorac and Nuela Charles, showcases Nuela’s fun personality as she exudes joy and authenticity. 

Although super simple in nature, I think videos like that are way more likely to have people watch them. A light-hearted and fun video is so re-watchable and I think it really endears people to an artist,” said Tatiana Zagorac, music video director.

Nuela is known for her soulful vocals and captivating stage presence. Born in Kenya, and raised in Switzerland, Canada and the Bahamas before settling full-time in Canada, Nuela’s music is infused with her multicultural upbringing, giving a fresh and diverse flair to her sound. 

Over the last few years, Nuela has brought her distinct voice to various stages, having performed at Reeperbahn Festival in Germany, London, UK, and at the uber-coveted “School Night” by personal invitation by tastemaker and LA’s KCRW radio host Chris Douridas. She has also shared the stage as direct support for some of Canada’s musical icons including Sam Roberts Band, Jann Arden and Stars. 

This year the SOCAN Foundation announced Nuela as a winner of the second annual Her Music Awards, in which she received a grand prize of $5,000 during a virtual event on February 25. The Her Music Awards celebrate and support female-identifying, mid-career Canadian music creators who are on the verge of taking their creative careers to the next level.  

Nuela has amassed over 4 million career streams to date. With coverage from American Songwriter, Earmilk, and FADER, and placements on hit shows such as Jane the Virgin, Tiny Pretty Things, House of Lies, The Order and Finding Carter, Nuela is ready to release more of her fiery brand of cinematic soul.

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July 25, 2022 Singer Sofia Evangelina reflects on love in new song

Singer Sofia Evangelina reflects on love in new song

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Encapsulating a fairytale in a single song, singer Sofia Evangelina has shared her new record ‘Get Outta My Head’, out via Tsarina Records. Her vocal prowess is the first thing listeners will notice. Her powerful voice takes center stage, filling the room with presence. Unstoppable, she refuses to yield, and her light shines through.

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The title perfectly describes the message behind the single: ‘Get Outta My Head’ is a song that describes how easily lovers can become hooked on each other. After all, love is a drug, and Sofia understands this truth, sharing her perspective on what this experience — of always having someone on your mind — is like. 

Although the song explores the insatiable yearning people feel in relationships, there is a strong streak of independence here. Perhaps it’s the boldness of her voice or the sureness with which she reaches those impossibly high notes, either way, she delivers Get Outta My Head’ with skill and force.

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July 15, 2022 Creators eevee and cliffe capture a moment in intimate new collaboration

Creators eevee and cliffe capture a moment in intimate new collaboration

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Secret Souls founder eevee has produced an introspective single with the help of New York local, cliffe. The song is a warm blanket of melodious melancholy, contrasting with their previously released track ‘so easy’. While both tracks deal with what it means to love, ‘villain’ adopts a different approach, addressing its vices rather than its virtues.

Stream/ download: ‘villain’

The song is minimal, but not sparse. Each sound is handpicked and essential, conveying powerful emotions. One such sound is the slightly detuned guitar that strums beneath a vintage filter. Gliding from chord to chord, eevee chose to keep the sound of fingers in motion; a choice that serves to bring intimacy to the record, bolstering its confessional tone.

It’s not often we are made privy to such vulnerability. eevee and cliffe have let us into their world, and that is a privilege. We appreciate their poetry and poise, a combination that makes for long-lasting art. ‘villain’ is simply outstanding.

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