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Tamil-Canadian artists Shan Vincent de Paul and Yanchan unleash their exceptional self-titled debut full length album as Kothu Boys. Featuring previous cuts like ‘Best Friend’ and ‘Unai Paathu’, the nine-track project sees SVDP lay down his fiery verses over East-meets-West soundscapes driven by Yanchan’s Mrithangam. Throughout the record, the pair explore topics of identity, friendship, love, peace and war – dive into the record here.
Consider yourself introduced to Zimbabwe-born, Canada-based artist Charmaine who bursts onto the scene with a powerful debut single in the form of ‘BOLD’. Accompanied by a striking music video that’s just as vibrant and energetic, ‘BOLD’ highlights Charmaine’s infectious charisma as a vocalist and writer and is described by the artist as a track that inspires you to be “fearless” and “unapologetically you”. Dive into the empowering atmospherics of ‘BOLD’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from the promising Toronto-based artist.
Having impressed with his impeccable debut EP ‘Session 1: Disillusion’ earlier this year, rising singer Emanuel wows with new single ‘Black Woman’. Encompassing a simple yet utterly captivating instrumentation comprising grandiose piano melodies and chilling strings, the single is taken to another level by Emanuel’s endearing, gentle tones and poignant songwriting. Dive into the gorgeous ballad here, it’s an absolute stunner.
Honduran-Canadian artist Daniela Andrade unveils her long-awaited new EP titled ‘Nothing Much Has Changed, I Don’t Feel The Same’. Featuring previous cuts like ‘Puddles’ and ‘K.L.F.G.’, the six-track project beautifully showcases Andrade’s mesmerizing and serene vocals over gloriously rich and inviting soundscapes. Throughout the EP, Andrade’s vocals and writing are just as smooth as they are sharp; weaving their way through lush instrumentation courtesy of Andrade herself along with Harrison and Gray Rowan. Stream the brilliant project in full here, it’s magical!
Canadian singer/songwriter Nicole Chambers flexes her magical tones and poetic songwriting on her delectable new single ‘Caution Sign’. Serving as the follow up to soulful intonations of ‘I’m Fine’ which dropped last month, ‘Caution Sign’ embraces an Afrobeat influence that carries the track along its rhythmic wave as Chambers’ infectious melodies and soothing vocals wash over the relaxing soundscape. Check out the single here and be sure to keep an eye out for Nicole Chambers’ forthcoming new album which is out later this year.
Toronto based singer, songwriter and producer Charlotte Day Wilson returns with two glorious new singles in the form of ‘Take Care of You’ (featuring Syd) and ‘Summertime’. On both tracks, Wilson lays down her delightfully smooth and elegant vocals over soulful soundscapes that meld together a range of sounds. On ‘Take Care of You’, Syd accompanies CDW with her own magical musings to create a truly entrancing atmosphere whilst ‘Summertime’ sees Wilson “reflecting on some unrequited emotions that always seem to come back in the summer”. Check out the singles here and be sure to watch Charlotte Day Wilson’s stunning COLORS session if you haven’t already done so.
Toronto based collective NO TOURISTS share their explosive new single ‘DUMBO’. Made up of five independent artists and two producers based in Toronto, including French-Congolese rapper Keynes Woods, and Garçons frontman Deelo Avery, NO TOURISTS showcase their blazing sound with a fusion of hip-hop, rap, R&B and soul with inspirations from the UK’s drill and grime scene. Check out the hard-hitting single and it’s equally fiery music video directed by Kevin Kudukis here.
Introducing Toronto based newcomer Kalisway who is a force to be reckoned with on her infectious and funk-filled new single ‘Durag’. Having already impressed earlier this year with her marvelous debut EP ‘CREAM’ which features standout cuts like ‘Cherry’, ‘Hot Pockets’ and ‘Groove’, the rising artist continues to deliver her delectable slice of soulful vibes with ‘Durag’. Dive into the vibrant single here, it’s an absolute bop from start to finish.
Montreal based songstress Shay Lia serves up the summery vibes with another delectable cut in the form of ‘All Up To You’. Serving as the follow up to last year’s superb ‘Dangerous’ LP, the rising singer/songwriter continues to showcase her irresistible vocals over a tropical beat that encompasses an ever so smooth and relaxing atmosphere. Dive into the lush soundscapes of ‘All Up To You’ here, it’s a stunner!
Consider yourself introduced to Canadian singer/songwriter Emanuel who shines on ‘Addiction’, a standout cut from his debut EP ‘Session 1: Disillusion’. Having already impressed with his gorgeous debut single ‘Need You’ (which was accompanied by a music video creative directed by Idris Elba), Emanuel takes things to another level on ‘Addiction’ as his ever so smooth vocals glide across the rich instrumentation. Dive into the soulful cut here and be sure to give his ‘Session 1: Disillusion’ EP a spin too.
If you’re looking for a sparkling pop gem, look no further than ‘Ex Lovers’, the stunning new single from Canadian singer/songwriter GRAE. Having already impressed with her ‘New Girl’ EP last year and ‘Slow Down’ earlier this year, the rising Toronto based artist continues to shine as her infectious melodies and sugary sweet vocals sweep across the guitar-heavy soundscape. Check out the single and it’s DIY-style music video here.
Canada based rapper K-OS with fellow native Kaytranada on an explosive and powerful new five-track EP in the form of ‘Boshido’. The project serves as the follow up to K-OS’ 2015 album ‘Can’t Fly Without Gravity’ and 2018 single ‘No Bucks’ and unsurprisingly is another lyrical masterpiece from start to finish as he works his magic over Kaytranada’s bouncy and vibrant soundscapes. Check out the project, which features a previously released remix of K-OS’ single ‘Crucial’ here.
Consider yourself introduced to Toronto based singer, songwriter and producer M.I.BLUE and her sparkling and soulful new project ‘Orng’. Each of the three tracks that make up the EP encompass a dreamlike, almost extra-terrestrial energy that is unlike anything you’ll have heard before. The distinct, soulful compositions on ‘SUNLIGHT’ and ‘FEELIN WAYS’ are smothered with M.I.BLUE’s impeccably smooth and versatile vocals to create an entirely haunting and immersive atmosphere. Check out the spectacular project here.
Honduras-born, Montreal-based artist Isabella Lovestory shares club-ready single ‘Golosa’ which is lifted from her forthcoming new album. Accompanied by an equally fiery and captivating music video directed by Tyler Cunningham, the pop-reggae induced track sees the singer lay down her sensuous tones over a pounding beat penned by mysterious beatsmith Chicken. Check out the blistering single up top and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out Isabella Lovestory’s ‘Humo’ project which dropped last year.
Let Japanese-Canadian artist Jonah Yano serenade you with his wistful and gentle musings on soothing new single ‘delicate’. Having released a handful of singles and a stellar EP in the form of ‘Nervous’ last year, the rising artist’s latest offering ‘delicate’ is a lush and utterly soulful cut. With production courtesy of fellow Canadian Monsune who lays down jazzy, funk-filled sounds to serve as the perfect backdrop for Yano’s soft tones, ‘delicate’ is one of those rare soul-stirring gems that make you stop and just listen to each note, each word. Enjoy the single and its music video here, and be sure to keep an eye out for Jonah Yano’s forthcoming debut album ‘souvenir’ which drops June 16th.
Canadian artist and multi-instrumentalist Zanski shares ‘Consequence’, the first single from his forthcoming EP ‘Upon Frigid Water’. With a handful of brilliant EPs released over the years, Tom Probizanski has continually showcased his versatility as a singer, songwriter and producer, and that’s exactly the case with ‘Consequence’. Another sparkling electronically laced R&B cut that boasts some stellar guitar licks and Zanski’s superb falsetto, the single serves as the perfect opener to this next chapter from the rising artist’s discography.
Colombia-born, Toronto-based artist and COLORS alumni Lido Pimienta unveils her delightful and expansive new album ‘Miss Colombia’. Featuring previously released cuts like ‘No Pude’ and ‘Nada‘ (which she performed for COLORS earlier this year’, Pimienta’s stirring sounds shine brighter than ever on evocative singles like ‘Quiero Que Me Salves’ and ‘Pelo Cucu’ which serve as a tribute to her Afro-Indigenous heritage. Check out the dazzling record here which features contributions from the likes of Li Saumet, Rafael Cassiani Cassiani and Sexteto Cabala.
Montreal based artist Apashe aka John De Buck teams up with LIA on spectacular new single ‘Behind My Eyes’ taken from his newly released album ‘Renaissance’. Soundtracked by a powerful, crunchy, electronic-led beat, the track is given a softer touch by LIA’s impeccably smooth vocals. Check out the hypnotic and uplifting single and be sure to dive into ‘Renaissance’ if you haven’t already done so.
Introducing Canadia based singer/songwriter Abby Sage and her infectious debut single ‘Holy Water’, a delectable slice of dreampop. What strikes a chord from the moment you press play, is Abby Sage’s impeccably rich and intoxicating vocals, which was across the piano-led soundscape carried by a crisp beat. Dive into the lush atmospherics of ‘Holy Water’ (which comes with a home-made style music video) here, and be sure to keep an eye out for more from Abby Sage this year.
Rising Canadian singer/songwriter Tate McRae unveiling delectable new single ‘that way’, lifted from her new EP ‘all the things I never said’. The captivating single is soundtracked by gentle piano chords and atmospheric, subtle electronic beats that pound there way through as McRae lays down her impeccable vocals. Check out the stunning song along with its equally arresting music video here and be sure to keep an eye out for the new EP which features previously released singles ‘stupid’, ‘tear myself apart’ and ‘all my friends are fake’.