Fresh Indies Vol. 6: Sam Woolf & Como Brothers, Mahalia, James Sayer, Femke, L Devine & GoldFish

The GATE - Fresh Indies - March Vol 6

Fresh Indies returns this week with six new songs: Sam Woolf and the Como Brothers’ “On It”, Mahalia’s “Proud Of Me” featuring Little Simz, James Sayer’s “Givin’ it All For Free”, Femke’s “Four Letter Word”, “Like You Like That” by L Devine, and “Hold Your Kite” by GoldFish & Sorana.

Listen to the full Fresh Indies playlist for March on Spotify.

Sam Woolf and the Como Brothers – “On It”

“On It” is smooth and soulful, and it’s perfectly catchy with Sam Woolf‘s vocals leading the Como Brothers with one of the best new singles that I’ve heard so far this year. The beat is like a cool drink on a hot day, and it’s a perfect light summer jam.

From their upcoming six-song EP Backbeat in the Morning, the hip-hop inspired single was co-written and co-produced by Woolf and the Como Brothers, and engineered with Grammy-winner Kenta Yonesaka. Together the sound they’ve created on Backbeat in the Morning is inspired by a range of styles from The Beatles to Justin Timberlake.

Back in 2014, Sam Woolf gained a following on American Idol, followed by a big debut on Billboard’s Heatseekers. Meanwhile the Como Brothers have worked with industry legends, including drummers Steve Jordan, Aaron Sterling, and keyboardist Andy Burton. Their music has also been featured on TV, film, and commercials, from MTV’s Real World Portland & St. Thomas, and E! Network’s Keeping up with the Kardashians, to The Oxygen Channel’s Best Ink.

Mahalia – “Proud Of Me” Featuring Little Simz

Mahalia‘s “Proud Of Me” is an old-school R&B slow-jam that’s feels very personal, with an underlying soulful grace that is completely refreshing. The single is filled with heart-on-her-sleeve imagery and childhood memories, and seems deeply inspired by the great Amy Winehouse.

Featuring London rapper Little Simz, “Proud Of Me” follows Mahalia’s hit “Sober” from last year, which has earned 13 million streams to date. The singer is on tour now supporting Jorja Smith on her UK tour, followed by a tour of the UK, Ireland, and Europe.

“The one thing I have always said that makes me truly happy is knowing that my family, friends and you guys are proud of what I have achieved,” Mahalia said. “I’ve always wanted to work with Lil Simz. So, this was crazy for me. She gave me all the extra magic that I needed.”

Watch the video for “Proud of Me”.

James Sayer – “Givin’ it All For Free”

I can’t even believe how much I love “Givin’ it All For Free”. James Sayer‘s jubilant, upbeat single feels like everything my ears have been missing, and it’s a joyous celebration of old-school pop love songs. Once again this week, it’s also one of my favorite new songs that I’ve heard so far this year.

James Sayer is a singer, songwriter, and pianist, and his latest single combines the work of Grammy award-winning producer Matthew Lawrence (Mumford & Sons), and the incredible session players Ian Thomas (Eric Clapton), Sumudu Jayatilaka (Van Morrison), and Steve Pearce (Van Morrison).

Want to catch James live? He’s often playing a few top venues in London, including The American Bar at The Savoy or The Ritz Hotel, and he’ll be playing The Lexington, London on June 27th.

Watch Sayer performing his last single “Sweet Baby Jane”.

Femke – “Four Letter Word”

Femke’s “Four Letter Word” is a beautifully sad piece of music that hits close to home for anyone who has loved and lost. The single hits highs and lows thanks to Femke’s impressive vocal range, and the songwriter draws you in with heartfelt lyrics.

Femke explained how she wrote the single. “I just moved to Nashville and lived in a basement room that ended up flooding,” she said. “It wasn’t the most technicolor time of my life, and somehow it seemed hard to see the positive parts sometimes. This was around Valentine’s Day and they always advertise ‘Love’ as the four letter word, I remember thinking how there are opposites to each 4 letter word. Best, worse, love, lost. This combined with some past life experience, and the song came to life.”

The Dutch singer, who owns her own label and writes and produces her music, has worked with Hans Zimmer, Richard Gibbs, Liz Rose, and even won a Latin Grammy. Follow Femke on Facebook and Twitter.

L Devine – “Like You Like That”

From her debut EP Growing Pains, L Devine’s “Like You Like That” is a mashup of catchy classic pop with electro beats, carried by the singer’s sweet, captivating vocals.

Paying tribute to Robyn and Nordic pop music styles, Devine described the song as “exactly what I’d hear if I imagined running up to my crush and confessing everything I thought and everything I’d ever wanted to say to them.”

The 20-year-old singer is a writer, producer, and plays piano, drums, and guitar. Watch “Like You Like That” by L Devine, and listen to more of her music on Soundcloud.

GoldFish & Sorana – “Hold Your Kite”

South African artists GoldFish have teamed up with singer Sorana for a summer-worthy single that’s ready for your next party. With over 300,000 plays on YouTube alone, the single “Hold Your Kite” has a killer beat, and Sorana’s voice is bright and soars throughout the track.

Dominic Peters and David Poole are the talents behind Goldfish, and between constant touring, and larger-than-life performances, the duo are getting bigger and bigger. Their last release “Deep of the Night” earned over 1 million streams to date on Spotify, they’ve had sold-out performances throughout their tours, on top of a top 10 single on the U.S. iTunes Dance chart.

Follow GoldFish on Soundcloud.

Fresh Indies: March 2018 on Spotify

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