Marcus Machado is your favorite guitarist’s favorite guitarist, and this summer he teamed up with Jermaine Holmes, Grammy award-winning vocalist of D’Angelo’s Vanguard band, to deliver a sultry summer anthem that spanks as much as it swoons.

“I Can’t Lose,” the first single off Machado’s upcoming release, will serve as the soundtrack to director Patrick House’s short film, “Blue Diamonds.” The boom bap confessional features the same soulful guitar that brought Machado to the biggest stages worldwide, sharing spotlights with Robert Glasper, Marcus Miller, Kid Capri, Pete Rock, Daru Jones, Kendra Foster, Vernon Reid, and other industry heavy-weights.

The young virtuoso was also a recipient of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Next Gun” honors and a featured artist on the Jimi Hendrix Flat Sessions. Despite these accolades, musical tastemakers and groove chasers know to keep their ears to the ground. For Machado, this is just the beginning.