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Freshly Squeezed: Luke James, Cleo Sol, & Angel

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Here at That Grape Juice, we’re not just keen to spotlight new talent…but also to follow them on their journey.

Hence this edition of Freshly Squeezed features three faces we’ve introduced you to already – R&B powerhouse Luke James, sultry songstress Cleo Sol, and UK pin-up Angel.

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As he puts the finishing touches to his hotly anticipated debut album, James keeps his buzz a’buzzing with the steamy video for ‘Mo’ Better Blues’ (a cut from his “pre-album” ‘#Luke’). Meanwhile, Cleo Sol glams it up in the visual for her summer sizzler ‘Never The Right Time’, as label-mate Angel debuts the video for ‘Wonderful’ – the lead single from his eagerly awaited LP.

All the goodies await after the jump…

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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing…WizKid

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With Afro-Beats making its long-overdue foray into the mainstream via the likes of D’Banj and Tiwa Savage, next up is Nigerian wonder WizKid.

Already a house-hold name is his West African native, the 23 year old saw his debut album become the fastest selling album in the region too.

And, as if his list of achievements weren’t meaty enough, Wiz won the 2011 MTV EMA Worldwide Act Award and 2011‟s MOBO Award for Best African Act. He is also nominated for Best International act at the 2012 BET Awards.

So pervasive is the rapper’s buzz that hitmaker Akon had no choice but to sit up and sign him to an International deal on his Konvict Music imprint in April of this year.

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So given the ample hype, naturally one question arises: is it warranted? Check out the video for ‘Pakurumo’ below and let us know!

WizKid makes his London tour debut on June 4th. Click here for ticket details.

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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing…Little Nikki

Aged just 16, newcomer Little Nikki is drumming up quite the buzz. And with good reason.

The West Londoner posits a flavoursome mix of Synth-Pop and British Grime, a blend best showcased on her aptly titled intro single ‘Intro Intro’.

A fact which shouldn’t be diluted though is Nikk’s is ability to be “genre chameleon”; possessing the uncanny talent of  dabbling in various sounds, while making them her own. It’s a skill no doubt attributable to her wealth of talent – which also sees her pen her own songs.

Hailed as “Rihanna meets Azaelia Banks”, this young talent (who has toured with Justin Bieber) has many industry folk raving. Does she have you doing the same, though? Check out the clip above and let us know what you think below!

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Must Hear: Cleo Sol – ‘Never The Right Time’

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Who is Cleo Sol?

 It’s a question no doubt on the minds of many reading this. Yet, it’s a question the Londoner provides an emphatic answer to with debut single ‘Never The Right Time’.

British bred, the 22 year old has been a fixture on the London live circuit, drumming up a buzz which carried her into Island Records late last year. There she would ink her first major label deal.

Since then, Sol has been cooking up her hotly anticipated LP, the first taste of which you can hear below…

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Introducing…Conor Maynard (Live On The Splash)

In an era where record deals are becoming scarcer and scarcer, there’s something to be said when hitmakers Ne-Yo and Pharrell Williams both want to sign you.

Such was the predicament 19 year old Conor Maynard found himself in before eventually inking a lucrative deal with EMI Music last year.

Discovered online, the Brighton-bred star has seen his buzz boom; with his Twitter following topping the 160,000 mark and the Youtube views on the video for debut single ‘Can’t Say No’ sitting at over 4 million. All this prior to actually releasing any material.

Impressive? Yes! Surprising? No so much. For, Maynard presents quite the compelling “package”. Indeed, his sound skillfully and genuinely fuses “Pop” and “Urban” in a way many acts beyond his age are still striving to achieve.

Naturally, Maynard’s look and artistic direction have seen comparisons to a certain Justin Bieber drawn – especially with the latter now flirting with a harder/Urban sound. And they’re comparisons we’re sure will only intensify when Maynard hits the US in May.

However, pending then, watch the budding star justify his buzz on That Grape Juice’s The Splash.  Peep his performance of ‘Can’t Say No’ above and the track’s official video below. Get familiar with the name and face, as you’ll be seeing much more of it!

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Freshly Squeezed: Rita Ora

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Get familiar with Rita Ora, Roc Nation’s latest debutante.

Hailing all the way from London town, the Albanian bombshell first caught the world’s eye when she starred in Drake‘s ‘Over‘ video back in 2010.

This was preceded by the 21 year old’s appearance in ‘Forever Young‘, the video by long time friend and mentor Jay-Z, who is readying the release of Ora‘s debut LP this year.

Billed by some fans as a talented alternative to Rihanna, the star kicked off her promo campaign this week with a stint ID Magazine, which is now available to watch below (along with her video for promo single ‘Hot Right Now’).

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Freshly Squeezed: Natalie Duncan

Enter Natalie Duncan.

Hailing from Nottingham, the Soul-filled singer presents quite the compelling package. From her hauntingly stellar vocals, to the lyrical depth she evokes as a songwriter, Ms. Duncan continually justifies her ever-growing buzz. It also doesn’t hurt that she satisfies today’s (sad, but true) demand for aesthetic brilliance from artists. In simpler terms, she’s a stunner.

Yet, for all her beauty, Duncan ensures it’s her talent which resonates most. Case, point, her chilling performance of ‘Devil In Me’ above.

Universal Music here have earmarked the budding star as “the next to blow”. Do you agree with them?

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