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If you consider yourself a music enthusiast, finding music on the main stream radio stations isn’t enough to satisfy your listening preferences. Searching through Pandora, going to a really good indie show or even a random listen in a boutique shop could turn you into a fan of an artist when you least expect it. Going under the radar will pull you into a realm of some truly amazing above the radar talent. The following artists have been putting in some serious work and are gunning for the top spot one continent at a time.

Hiatus Kaiyote

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Self-described as multi-dimensional and polyrhythmic gangster sh-t. When you hear this phenomenal band’s retro-futuristic sound, you won’t disagree. Hiatus Kaiyote is a musical quartet hailing from Melbourne, Australia. The group was formed in 2011 and since then has earned the attention of industry icons like Erykah Badu and Quest Love. The group was recently nominated for Best R&B Performance for their hit track “Nakamarra” on their debut album Tawk Tomahawk. The jazz-funk group consists of front woman Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield (vocal and guitar), Perrin Moss (drums and percussion), Paul Bender (bass) and Simon Mavin (keys).

“Nakamarra” is so groovy, it will have you wanting to go in a circle around the neighborhood and take a scenic route to get to your destination. The chord progressions are so sick; it starts off with a rhythmic drive.

The eclectic group’s newest studio release Choose Your Weapon is out now. Visit their website, Hiatus Kaiyote, for more information on their forthcoming shows and more unveiled details of their highly anticipated album.

Listen to the group’s single that has pivoted their career into an astronomical direction, “Nakamarra.”

Follow Hiatus Kaiyote on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

Juliette Ashby

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An artist of this caliber cannot be boxed into any of the thousands of music genres in the world. Hailing from London, England, singer and songwriter Juliette Ashby is spreading the love of R&B and reggae to the ears and hearts of those who are seeking music with substance. Growing up, Ashby was surrounded by her stepfather who just so happens to have worked with the iconic group Earth, Wind and Fire and her late best friend, the legendary Grammy Award winning  singer and songwriter, Amy Winehouse. Ashby made Billboard’s number 10 ‘Next Big Sound’ list and has performed on stages all over the states. If you watch VH1 frequently, you may just see her song pop up on the screen. The Londoner’s hit single “Over and Over” is one of those selections you can just vibe to with your significant other or just reflect on how great the love is.

Falling in love with you, yes I’ll be (2x).. Over and over again,” the soul star will have you vibing with your eyes closed as she sings with her heart physically present in the music. On stage, her presence is just as mesmerizing as she performs with intense energy.

Visit Juliette Ashby’s Soundcloud to hear her soul-lifting projects.

Take a listen and glance at Juliette’s lyric visual to her popular single, “Over and Over.”

Follow Juliette Ashby on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

Ro James XIX

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Rising star Ro James XIX has approached his season and soul listeners around the world definitely want to get to know him.  His vocal abilities are limitless as he serenades fans with his hit single, “Permission”. Ro James XIX was born as Ronnie James Tucker in Stuttgart, Germany. His father was a preacher and in the military, which gave Ro the opportunity to live in many cities such as Texas, Oklahoma, and Hawaii, just to name a few. The soul singer grew up mostly in New York City with his grandmother, in a city where he first started finding his passion for singing.

Industry tastemakers began to catch on to Ro’s original sound with his EP series, Coke, Jack and Cadilliac. If you were to compare him to anyone in the industry, it would be D’Angelo and a dose of Prince with his 70’s style and funk.  Ro will be on the Summers’ tour with non-other than Grammy Award winning neo-soul artist Maxwell as a special guest (that is going to be one hell of a tour).

Check out his catalog of music on Soundcloud and watch his official video for “Permission” in anticipation of his forthcoming project, El Dorado:

Follow @RoJamesXIX on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

Written By: Keandra “Ke’Ke” Scott



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