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Japanese four-piece CHAI share bouncy new single ‘Nobody Knows We Are Fun’ which is taken from their forthcoming album ‘WINK’. Accompanied by an equally playful music video directed by Hideto Hotta, the track sees the quartet (comprising MANA, KANA, YUNA and YUUKI) deliver another intoxicating and catchy number as lead vocalist MANA’s delicate tones glide across the buoyant soundscape. Check out ‘Nobody Knows We Are Fun’ to the right and keep an eye out for ‘WINK’ which drops May 21st.
Hong Kong-based vocalist and producer cehryl shares a soothing new single in the form of ‘outside the party, inside the dream’. Lifted from her forthcoming EP titled ‘time machine’ (which features previous singles ‘angels (emily)’ and ‘philadelphia’), the enchanting number is accompanied by a delightful music video-directed by Ran Zhang which wonderfully captures the track’s sweet and gentle atmosphere. Check out ‘outside the party, inside the dream’ here and keep an eye out for ‘time machine’ which is set to drop April 9th.
Delhi, India-based rapper Prabh Deep will blow you away with his sharp, fearless verses on second studio album ‘TABIA’. Serving as the follow up to 2017’s ‘Class-Sikh’, the new record features fifteen spectacular cuts that sees the rapper deliver some of his most vulnerable and reflective words to date over refreshing beats courtesy of Prabh Deep and Richard Craker along with a host of co-producers. With ‘TABIA’ (which “refers to chess moves made by a person”), Prabh Deep has delivered something truly special – check it out in full by pressing play to the right.
South Korean collective Balming Tiger release vibrant and refreshing double A-side singles ‘JUST FUN!’ and ‘LOOP?’. Comprising Omega Sapien, sogumm, wnjn, Mudd the Student, Unsinkable, and San Yawn, the group continue to impress on these two new cuts, showcasing their playful yet hard hitting soundscapes (courtesy of Unsinkable & wnjn) and witty delivery. Check out the lackadaisical atmospherics of ‘JUST FUN!’ (which arrives with a stellar music video) and the powerful headbanger that is ‘LOOP?’ here.
Indian rapper DIVINE teams up with Vince Staples and Pusha T on the explosive new single ‘Jungle Mantra’. Fresh off the release of his sublime new album ‘Punya Paap’ which dropped late last year, the Mumbai-based artist brings his spitfire verses and clever wordplay and is joined by two of America’s best over a fiery, hard-hitting beat penned by Karan Kanchan. Check out ‘Jungle Mantra’ here, which is lifted from Netflix’s forthcoming adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s 2008 novel ‘The White Tiger’.
Pakistan-based producer Talal Qureshi and singer/songwriter Hasan Raheem team up for striking, genre-bending new single ‘PAISA’. Released alongside a playful music video created by Arham Ikram and RohanYV, the vibrant track boasts a spirited trap-inspired beat which lays the foundation for Raheem’s slick multi-lingual delivery. Check out the ‘PAISA’ here, it’s a bop from start to finish.
Mumbai-based artist OAFF (aka Kabeer Kathpalia) teams up Landslands (aka Sohrab Nicholson) on the heartbreaking yet heartwarming ‘Youth’. Opening with subtle piano chords and the soothing tones of Landslands’ voice before blossoming into an electronic beat, the track captures a sense of nostalgia with the poignant words that were inspired by old photographs and love letters unearthed belonging to their ancestors. Bask in the soothing atmosphere of ‘Youth’ here.
Consider yourself introduced to Japanese multi-disciplinary artist MANON and her scintillating new single ’18’ which is produced by KM. Accompanied by a brilliant music video directed by MANON and ZOEY, the explosive cut follows previous singles ‘2 LIVE IN A REAL WORLD’ and ‘WORLD’S END’ (ft. dodo) from earlier this year. Soundtracked by an icy electronic beat, the track sees MANON lay down her sugary vocals with an effortless, almost nonchalant flow – see yourself here.
Japanese artist rei brown shares stunning lo-fi RB cut ‘Forever’ which is co-written by rising singer/songwriter Joji. Serving as the follow up to the likes of ‘Bubble’, ‘Islands’ and ‘Honest’ from earlier this year, ‘Forever’ showcases rei brown’s irresistibly dreamy and smooth vocals and poignant songwriting over a choppy electronic led beat. Check out the single and it’s equally atmospheric music video here.
Taiwanese five-piece Sunset Rollercoaster share dazzling new single ‘Under The Skin’ which is taken from their forthcoming new album ‘Soft Storm’. The single serves as another glorious slice of psychedelic-soul and follows their 2019’s EP ‘VANILLA VILLA’ as well as lead single ‘Candlelight’. Packed with groove and the band’s smooth instrumentation, ‘Under The Skin’ is a great taste of what’s to come from the band, check it out here.
Bombay, India native Adi showcases his incredible versatility as a rapper and songwriter on his brilliant new EP ‘PIGEONHOLED’. Featuring previously released single ‘.22’ and a stellar collaboration with rising rapper Ahmer on ‘COP CAR’, the five-track project sees Adi flex his playful yet sharp lyricism over hard-hitting beats penned by the likes of Versus, Sheil Mehta, BMTJ, MDHV and Kevin Clarke. Stream ‘PIGEONHOLED’ in its entirety here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this rising artist.
Indian artists Hanumankind and Kalmi team up for ‘No Hook’, a hard-hitting cut taken from their newly released mini-mixtape ‘Surface Level’. Accompanied by an equally atmospheric and trippy music video shot and edited by Lendrick Kumar, the 90 second track features a crisp hip-hop beat penned by Kalmi as Hanumankind works his lyrical wizardry with a feisty flow. Check out the track here and be sure to give ‘Surface Level’ a spin too.
Omega Sapien, frontman of the alternative K-pop group Balming Tiger unveils ‘Serenade for Mrs.Jeon’, the lead single from his forthcoming debut solo album ‘GARLIC’. Accompanied by an equally energetic music video which is directed by Jan’Qui, the spirited single features an explosive soundscape penned by Bumjin who lays down the perfect soundbed for Sapien’s powerful delivery. Check out the hypnotic single here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘GARLIC’ which is out later this month.
Indian singer/songwriter KAVYA shares a striking and captivating music video to her latest single ‘Quin’ which is out via DMY. Recorded in a single take, ‘Quin’ blends together R&B, soul and electronic to create a sharp yet subtle atmosphere that is mirrored wonderfully by the accompanying visual. Check out the stunning single and music video which is directed by Abdallah ElDaly here and keep an eye out for KAVYA’s forthcoming EP titled ‘Know Me Better’.
Japan based artist BIM teams up with KEIJU on ‘Jealous’, a slick trap-inspired beat that encompasses a soothing, lo-fi aesthetic. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts like ‘Veranda’, ‘Non Fiction’ and his ‘NOT BUSY’ EP from earlier this year, ‘Jealous’ is another spellbinding cut that sees BIM’s effortlessly smooth vocals and sharp verses. Check out the brilliant new single here.
Born and raised in Lebanon, Maro’s infectious new single ‘carsick’ is one of those songs that’ll get stuck in your head from the very first listen. Soundtracked by dreamy guitars and a slick, breezy beat ‘carsick’ sees Maro’s soothing tones glide across with ease as he croons that catchy hook. Check out the magnificent single and its equally playful lyric video here.
Beijing based producer Howie Lee shares exhilarating new single ‘蜿蜒风 The Wriggled Wind’ which is taken from his forthcoming ‘7 Weapons Series’. Featuring Lee’s signature blend of traditional Asian sounds with contemporary club elements, ‘蜿蜒风 The Wriggled Wind’ is a track that will keep you on your toes from start to finish. Check out the fantastic single here and keep an eye out for his ‘7 Weapons Series’ (inspired by Gu-Long’s novel series ‘Seven Weapons’) which drops September 4th.
Indian singer/songwriter and COLORS alumni Prateek Kuhad shares a breathtakingly beautiful new single in the form of ‘Kasoor’. Kuhad’s soft vocals wash over the spirited piano-led instrumentation that boasts hopeful handclaps and gorgeous guitars to create a consoling and heartwarming atmosphere. Enjoy the song here and be sure to check out Prateek’s performance of ‘did you/fall apart‘ for COLORS if you haven’t already.
RAAJA BEATS is the musical project of Bangalore, India based producers Raka Ashok and Malfnktion who share their explosive new self-titled EP. Featuring previously released singles ‘POONGATRU’, ‘NINNUKORI’ and ‘RAJA RAJATHI’, the nine-track project encapsulates edits of iconic songs from Tamil film composer and songwriter, Ilaiyaraaja. A wonderful blurring of Eastern and Western sounds, ‘RAAJA BEATS’ is one of the strongest instrumental EP’s you’ll hear all year.
New Delhi based artist Seasonal Affected Beats aka Tarun Balani teams up singer/songwriter KAVYA on the enticing ‘Let the Light In’ taken from his ‘2°’ EP. Soundtracked by a sweeping set of electronics and sizzling synths, ‘Let the Light In’ shine brighter with KAVYA’s sweet and delicate tones. Check out the fantastic single and it’s stunning visual accompaniment by Parizad D, Mohit Mukhi, Jahaan Noble & Michele Ricossa here.