Soul-Inspired Songs by Sister Sparrow & More

Classic soul finds its way into these new songs.

Shervin Lainez

We're back with this week's new songs directly influenced by the sounds of classic, soul-era of popular music. Check out these featured artists:

Sister Sparrow - "Bad Habit"

Sister Sparrow

"I can quit anytime I wanna," sings Sister Sparrow (Arleigh Kincheloe) on "Bad Habit," mixing the stickiness of soul with an alt-rock feel.

Slay Scale: Obsession-worthy

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Deidre & the Dark - "One Night"

Deidre & the Dark

"It only took one night for me to fall in love with you," sings Deidre Muro on this glossy melody is glossy, aided by a big horn section and slick percussion. Muro's voice glides across the production.

Slay Scale: Shook

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Maggie Rose - "Magic Man"

Maggie Rose

Maggie Rose's voice naturally lends itself to classic soul, even in her previous pop-country work. With her new album "Change the Whole Thing," she dances between soul and R&B, and "Magic Man" is one of her best songs to-date. It's sexy, confident, and irresistible.

Slay Scale: Obsession-worthy

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Premiere | AOK Releases ‘Back Burner’

It's a trap-influenced jam that explodes.


The synthetic trap duo release a new EP.

AOK is made up of two promising musicians out of Michigan, and their style mixes trap music, hip-hop, and mainstream pop. They hide their voices behind ripples of sound, from heavy synth work, electric guitars, and various percussion. The duo dances playfully but confidently between genres.

With their new song "Back Burner," premiering on Popdust today, the band explores "that uncertain period of new love and infatuation," they write over email. "When you're ready to go all in, but they're not ready to make you a priority. The combination of bass-heavy production and engaging vocals encourages movement, while repeat listens reward with emotional lyrical resonance."

Listen below:

Back Burner

"Back Burner" is from the band's new EP WAVES, out this Friday, October 26th through Hot Capicola Records. The project rounds out at four songs and displays a powerful command of musicianship and melody. "High Beams" is as explosive as "Back Burner," while "Howl" lingers on the Fitz & the Tantrums side of smoothness. Bookending the EP is "Something More," exaggerated with rain-like production, leaving the listener mesmerized.

The duo released their first EP Tracks back in 2013. In five years, they have shifted from alt-rock inspired songs, as you'll hear with opening song "Keep the Party Going" and "Sinking Faster," to a more commercially-viable presentation with the new record releasing Friday.


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Popdust Presents | Olivia Lane

The country singer discusses her new single "You Got Me" and Nashville.

Lane promotes her new single.

October 10, 2018 | Country newcomer Olivia Lane is one of the brightest and most gifted singer-songwriters of Nashville's new class. Earlier this year, she released a brand new single called "You Got Me."

In her interview with Popdust host Brent Butler, Lane discusses the last five years of her life, her 20s, songwriting and her latest single. Watch below.

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Watch "You Got Me" | Live & Acoustic

Olivia Lane "You Got Me"

Lane's mother was a talented performer in the Houston, Texas music scene. Her sister forged quite a career for herself, as well. "I didn't so much compare myself to her, but she was valedictorian, a soccer player and a book nerd. I was like, 'I wish I could find something I could love as much as my sister loves soccer,'" Lane says in press materials.

"So, when my Mom put me in a theater group when I was in first grade, that became my outlet. I was bitten by the entertainer bug. When I got to do 'Grease' I wanted to know every part. I wanted to dive into the story. With my love for stories, it just made sense initially that I get into country music."

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Olivia Lane "Hey 3AM"

In high school, Lane and her family moved to Los Angeles. During her studies at the University of Southern California, she started taking a songwriting class to develop her skills. "We analyzed all the great songs, beginning with a Beatles song on our first day," she says. "I fell in love with it because it helped me remember how exciting the idea of telling stories through music could be. I wasn't being fulfilled in my acting classes because I wasn't telling my own story. As a songwriter, I could have much more creative control."

Lane's single "You Got Me" and previous release "Devil and You" are the first pieces of music since her 2016 self-titled studio record.

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