Kidburn – Italy
Mango Potion EP – Barbarella Blue
Breaking it down
Barbarella Blue, the stunning songstress from New Orleans, instantly hits you with an Amy Winehouse vibe on her single, “Mango Potion” where a reggae groove meets her jazzy vocals. And while this helps to fill the hole in our hearts left by Amy (RIP, girl), Barbarella shows range within her EP, proving that she’s not a copycat act.
I don’t know about you, but “Rainy Day” brings me to a place that I want to be every single day of my life – as long as that place also includes books and pit bull cuddles. Her songwriting echoes the sentiments of every one of us at one time or another, and somehow has me wishing away this gorgeous NY fall weather for a crappy, rainy Saturday.
“Film Star” gives us an interesting insight into her pop-rock inclinations. I almost want to pull a bit more, because I have a strong feeling she could really be a badass knockout in this genre (a la No Doubt, Paramore).
Almøst Human – Yverdon, Switzerland
Out Of Plumb – Santa Cruz, CA
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Classically trained Alexa Jaye & Legna Cedillo have combined their powerhouse vocals to form the Brooklyn based soul-pop duo Lumos. In an industry over-saturated with characters and gimmicks, Lumos ambitiously strives to create music that speaks louder than any fabricated brand.
After meeting in 2009 while singing in the choir at the University of Kansas, Alexa and Legna became quick friends, and eventually roommates. Their undeniable vocal abilities soon attracted the urgings of friends for them to combine their talents, and in 2015 Lumos was officially formed.
Lumos’s debut EP, Only Wonder, is a collection of soaring female vocals
Entertain: The EP’s opening track is an immediate introduction to the commanding aptitude of Alexa and Legna. They do not hold anything back for the sake of the buildup – they get straight to the point. By introducing themselves in this way their passion is both clearly apparent and infectious.
Flames & Run: These tracks provide welcome moments of soulful softness, and this variance in style provides a new layer of emotion and ability.
Stars: A highlight on this EP. “Stars” utilizes restraint in a way that makes the track inexplicably powerful. A carefully choreographed chorus of vocal runs is both playful and motivational. Every time I played this track I turned it up a bit more and more – something I haven’t been inspired to do in a while.
Supernatural: A feisty and fun track that’s stylistically reminiscent of Jessie J’s “Bang Bang” fused with a little blues rock. This would be a showstopper live.