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Artists You Need to Listen to... Now!

July 20, 2020

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We all know listening to music is good for the soul. But did you know it’s good for the body too?

Researchers have found that blood flows more easily when you’re jamming to your favorite tunes. This means belting out Beyoncé or bopping along with Jay-Z is a doctor-approved, heart-healthy activity. It can also reduce stress, boost your mood, and ease pain. 

Can a podcast do that

So, in the name of health (and fun!) we’ve put together this music discovery playlist for you. 

Here are some awesome artists from a variety of genres youshould be listening to. Keep reading to learn a little bit about some of our favorites. You’ll find a link to the Spotify playlist at the bottom. So grab your favorite SpiritHood and get ready to groove!

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Jayda G

First up on our music discovery playlist, Jayda G. She’ll be taking over the club scene any day now. She spins uber-danceable house beats mixed with dreamy vocals and sprinkled with a touch of disco on top. Get to know her now before she’s headlining major festivals.

Velvet Negroni

Velvet Negroni is the emotive R&B cocktail you’ve been thirsty for. Smooth, raw, and sensual,NEON BROWN will be your new, go-to date night album. Mr. Negroni has been sampled by Kanye and Kid Cudi, he’s opened for Tame Impala and worked with Bon Iver. Listening to his experimental music will keep your ear guessing.

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A little bit funk, a little bit soul, and a whole lot of swanky vibes. LION BABE is an NYC based duo that describes their music as “Future Nostalgic.” Their R&B tracks are perfect for cruising around with the windows down or starting a kitchen dance party. You’ll be adding their catchy covers of songs like “Hot In Herre” to all your party playlists.

Linqua Franqa / Lingua Franca

Linqua Franqa is the alter ego of Mariah Parker, a linguist, activist, and Athens, GA county commissioner. If you get down to 90s hip-hop you’ll love her soulful, empowering tracks. “Gold Bike” is a music discovery gem. Sure, she’s busy changing the world, but we’re hoping she’ll find time to release some new music too.

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Who doesn’t love a mysterious new musical project? SAULT beautifully mixes genres to create fresh and exciting tracks. From Motown to funk to dance music, these tunes are irresistible. Be sure to check out their new releaseUntitled (Black Is).This album powerfully underscores the current Black Lives Matter movement. We can’t wait to find out who’s behind this impressive group.

Babyface Ray

Babyface Ray is no baby to the music world. He’s been a major player in the Detroit rap scene for years. His tracks are the sound and feel of Motor City in musical form. From soft melodies to harder raps, hip-hop fans who haven’t heard him yet are in for a treat.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

This Mexican acoustic guitar duo has been spreading their instrumental melodies all over the world for decades. Don’t think they’ll put you to sleep though, these 2 have musical roots in heavy metal and hard rock. You’ve seen their names on festival lineups or heard their music in films likePirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. But if you’re not already acquainted with their genre-bending sound, it’s time to dig in. 


She gets compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland, but her sound is completely her own. ALA.NI’s music is packed with emotion and pulls influence from hip-hop to reggae. Her new album ACCA is perfect for those nights when you’re feeling all the feels.


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Prepare yourself for some sick beats and not-so-shy lyrics from this London based artist. Her unapologetic vibe and unique voice are just what the music world needs right now. Shygirl’s club-ready tracks will get you moving and grooving. 


VINCINT has pipes like no one else in pop music. These are the feel-good, sing-along songs you need to live your best life. Give a listen to some of his amazing covers or empowering originals and you’ll be ready to conquer the world.

Music Discovery Playlist

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If your ears are yearning for some of these sweet melodies, you can find all these artists and more onthis Spotify playlist. 

Since we all know music is more fun with friends, share this playlist with your crew! 

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