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Ghanaian Hip-Hop and drill artist Yaw Tog bursts onto the scene with his superb debut EP ‘TIME’. Including the standout remix of ‘Sore’ which features Stormzy and Kwesi Arthur, the brilliant six-track project captures the young artist’s fiery and vivid verses over equally explosive beats that serve as the perfect backdrop. From the high octane atmospherics of opener ‘BOYZ’ to the mellow vibes of title-track ‘TIME’ and ‘Fake Ex’, the EP places Yaw Tog as an exciting prospect and one to watch over the coming years.
Consider yourself introduced to Nigerian drill artist psiv (pronounced “PS-four”) and his exceptional debut EP ‘Welcome to the 234’. Over the course of the five-track project, the rising artist takes a deep dive into the harsh realities and complexities of life in Nigeria over powerful beats produced by the likes of Verse III, A2R Beatz, Mydus and Houdini Child. A poignant body of work that paints a picture of the glory and gore of the Nigerian experience, ‘Welcome to the 234’ well and truly puts psiv at the forefront of Nigerian drill music. Stream the EP in full to the right.
Moroccon DJ and producer Abdellah M Hassak aka Guedra Guedra shares genre-bending and blistering debut album ‘Vexillology’. Featuring previously released singles ‘When I Run’, ‘Archetype’ and ‘People’s Cabaret’, the thirteen-track project is a celebratory concoction of euphoric tribal rhythms blended with contemporary electronic soundscapes that create an entirely immersive and hypnotic atmosphere. With ‘Vexillology’, Guedra Guedra has created a body of work unlike anything you’ll have heard in a long time – check it out in full here.
Cameroonian artist Kitz237 serves up a banger in the form of ‘Cutting’, the lead single from his forthcoming mixtape ‘SLEEP FOR SLIPS’. The explosive single boasts a hammering trap-inspired beat produced by Mouss and Kyla, but it’s Kitz237’s infectious and free-flowing delivery that truly hits the mark here. Stream ‘Cutting’ here and keep an eye out for ‘SLEEP FOR SLIPS’ which is set to be released this April.
Consider yourself introduced to Nigerian singer/songwriter Ayra Starr and her shimmering new single ‘Away’ which is taken from her self-titled debut EP which also dropped this past Friday. Joining taste-maker label Mavin Records (the same team behind COLORS alumni Rema and Tiwa Savage), Starr shines on the delectable cut which features a serene soundscape for the singer to lay down her dynamic, soaring tones. Check out ‘Away’ here and be sure to give ‘Ayra Starr’ a spin too – it’s a stunner!
Egyptian sound artist Rozzma makes his XL Recordings debut with the release of his explosive and innovative EP ‘Khatar Sayeb’. Featuring previous cut ‘Hout’ which boasts Rozzma’s spitfire verses riding over a frenetic beat as well as recently released ‘Gheirek’ which encompasses a softer, lovelorn aesthetic, ‘Khatar Sayeb’ is rounded out by new gems ‘Hela’ and the closer ‘Sayeb’. With ‘Khatar Sayeb’, Rozzma has created one of the most singular and captivating projects you’ll hear this year – stream it in its entirety here.
Consider yourself introduced to the vibrant atmospherics of South African duo Stiff Pap (aka singer-songwriter Ayema Problem and multidisciplinary artist Jakinda) and their superb new single ‘Ngomso’ featuring Moonchild Sanelly. Accompanied by an equally hypnotic and vivid music video that is produced and directed by an all-female team based in Cape Town, the scintillating single comprises a refreshing electronic beat expertly blended together with South African inspired rhythms to serve as the perfect backdrop for Ayema Problem and Sanelly to lay down their freeing tones. Check out ‘Ngomso’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from Stiff Pap.
COLORS premieres the gorgeous new single from emerging South African singer/songwriter TheSymphny titled ‘Break Me Down’. Serving as the follow up to singles ‘Honour For Life’ and ‘Up For You’ both of which were released earlier this year, ‘Break Me Down’ sees the Johannesburg-based artist croon his way into our hearts with his gentle, soulful tones sweeping across the equally rich and soothing instrumentation with ease. Dive into the spellbinding single premiering at COLORS here, it’s an absolute stunner.
International reggae star and COLORS alumni Patoranking shares funk-filled single ‘BLACK GIRL MAGIC’ from his newly released album ‘THREE’. Overflowing with groove, the single is an empowering and uplifting cut that sees the Nigerian artist’s infectious melodies and silky tones sweep across the funky guitars and energetic drums. Check out the brilliant single here and be sure to watch Patoranking’s COLORS performance of ‘Feelings’ from earlier this year if you haven’t already done so.
South African artist Moonchild Sanelly shines on latest single “Bashiri’, an explosive and psychedelic extravaganza from start to finish. Accompanied by an equally vibrant and atmospheric music video, the track encompasses Moonchild’s infectious melodies and unique vocal delivery which weaves its way through the rhythmic instrumentation with ease. Check out the single (which is out via Transgressive Records) and visual here.
Consider yourself introduced to Nigerian singer/songwriter Tems and her magical new single ‘These Days’ which is produced by Rvdical The Kid. A silky slice of soulful R&B, the track embodies a shimmering soundscape that serves as the perfect backdrop for Tems’ gentle tones to wash over to create a tranquil and utterly captivating atmosphere. Dip into the single and it’s equally endearing lyric video here.
Nigerian star WurlD serves up his sensational blend of electronic and soul on newly released EP titled ‘AFROSOUL’. Featuring standout single ‘GHOST TOWN‘ which he performed for COLORS, the seven-track project boasts the singer/songwriter’s superb vocals which glide across infectious and rhythmic instrumentals that’ll sweep you off your feet from the moment you hit play. Vibe to the EP here and be sure to check out WurlD magnificent COLORS performance if you haven’t already done so.
South African based artists dumama + kechou (aka Gugulethu Duma and Kerim Melik Becker) team up to share ‘buffering juju’, their exceptionally soulful and vibrant debut album. Throughout the course of the record’s eight songs, which features contributions from the likes of Angel Bat Dawid, Shane Cooper and Dion Montithe, the pair take you on a soul stirring, spiritual journey that expertly blends together electronic and acoustic soundscapes interspersed with native South African influences and even a sprinkling of jazz.
After having a sensational 2019, Nigerian based star and COLORS favourite Rema returns with another absolutely stunning single in the form of ‘Beamer (Bad Boys)’. Released alongside ‘Rainbow’, ‘Beamer (Bad Boys)’ captures Rema’s infectious flow and invigorating voice once again as he works his magic over an equally fiery afropop beat penned by Rvssian.
Rising Nigerian Afrobeat singer/songwriter Myles impresses with another intoxicating cut in the form of ‘Fine Wine’. With production from Magik who lays down a tantalizing beat which serves as the perfect backdrop for Myles to deliver his chilled vocals and breezy melodies, it’s safe to say that ‘Fine Wine’ is a vibe from start to finish. Check out the scintillating single (which is released by Tinny Entertainment) here.
South African producer YoursTruly shares ‘Dreaming In Colour’, an eclectic collection of R&B-infused tracks packed with soul. Over the course of the project’s seven tracks, YoursTruly paints smooth sonic soundscapes that serve as the perfect backdrop for the myriad of collaborators such as Ammo Moses, Naye Ayla, Coco and more work their magic. The combination of YoursTruly’s brilliant production and the vocalists’ stirring tones are a match made in heaven – an absolute must listen!
Nigerian AfroBeats star Killertunes drops his highly anticipated new EP ‘Gbedu & Things’. Having worked with the likes of Mr Eazi, Wizkid, DJ Spinall as well as COLORS alum Tiwa Savage, the producer steps into the spotlight with his first solo body of work which features five vibrant and eclectic tracks that entice and invigorate. Setting the scene beautifully with the cheerful ’11:11′, the entire EP is a continuation of Killertunes’ wondrous sounds that’ll have you up and moving from the get go.
Ghanaian artist Bryte shares vibrant new single ‘Ice Cream’, lifted from the ‘R&S presents: More Time Records Vol. 1’ compilation album. Boosted by a powerful beat penned by Mina and Tarquin, the accompanying music video brilliantly captures the track’s playful aesthetic. Check out the infectious track above and keep an eye out for the forthcoming compilation album which is out on November 29th and features tracks by Ahadadream, Bala Bala Boyz and SNØW.
Consider yourself introduced to Lyma, a Cameroon based singer and songwriter, whose striking debut project ‘Une Question de Feeling’ is a tour de force. Packed with afro-pop club-ready anthems that boast fiery beats and infectious melodies that’ll have you dancing from the get go, ‘Une Question de Feeling’ also features contributions from the likes of N.A.T. and Krys Kofi.
TheSymphny establishes himself as one of the most exciting artists to come out of South Africa with his stellar ‘Moments’ EP. The three-track project wonderfully encapsulates the rising artist’s poignant and self-reflective songwriting whilst sombre yet sophisticated soundscapes serve as the perfect backdrop to his endearing tones. With singles ‘Back To You’ and ‘Let You Go’, TheSymphny creates a soothing atmosphere, one that comforts and consoles from start to finish.