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Norwegian artist, producer and creative Lokoy teams up with Nils Bech on striking new single ‘relay’ which is lifted from his forthcoming debut album titled ‘badminton’. Driven by a lively beat which blends together African-inspired percussion as well as sampled Icelandic church choirs, ‘relay’ is a vivid pop cut that’s finessed by those light and airy vocals. Check out ‘relay’ here and keep an eye out for ‘badminton’ which is out January 22nd.
Rising Dutch producer Sim Fane shares vibrant, double-single ‘closure’ which includes a collaboration with Rotterdam-based artist Elijah Waters who treated us to a stunning A COLORS SHOW earlier this year. On ‘—˚✦ ඔබ + මම ♬ !!! ❀˚’, Waters’ endearing tones sweep across the serene, dreamy soundscape whilst the titular, instrumental number sees Fane’s sonic wizardry take shape courtesy of spirited electronic spells. Check out both of the singles here.
London based KG and New Jersey based UNiiQU3 team up on fiery double-single ‘B2B / Black Roses’ released via Jamz Supernova’s Future Bounce label. Opening with ‘B2B’, a rhythmic culmination of sizzling club beats that straddle the sultry stratosphere with UNiiQU3’s infectious vocals, the release is topped off with the spacial atmospherics of ‘Black Roses’, another blistering cut from the two producers. Dive into ‘B2B / Black Roses’ here, they’re a blast from start to finish.
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.
French outfit QuinzeQuinze (aka Ennio, Julia, Marvin, Robin and Tsi Min) unveil their striking and utterly intoxicating new EP titled ‘Le Jeune’. Self-described as ‘𝐂LᎥ𝓜𝒶𝐓𝔦ᑕ Ｍ𝓾s𝐢ᑕ’, the quintet’s surreal and inventive sound is ever present from opener ‘Pa’iPa’i’ to closer ‘Bolero’, boasting refreshingly vibrant soundscapes that straddle the line between organic and otherworldly. With ‘Le Jeune’, QuinzeQuinze prove why they’re one of the most inventive and original acts around. Stream the EP in its entirety here and be whisked away to the extraterrestrial world of the group.
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.
Pahua is the solo musical project of Mexican singer, songwriter, producer and DJ Paulina Sotomayor who also serves as one-half of Sotomayor. Today, the artist shares her vibrant new single ‘Vayayó’, taken from her forthcoming EP titled ‘Ofrenda’. Co-produced with Ramón Pérez-Prieto, ‘Vayayó’ finds the perfect sweet spot between latin rhythms and electronica as Pahua’s gorgeous tones sweep across the energetic soundscape. Check out the single here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘Ofrenda’.
Stockholm artist and producer ishi vu shares the first taste of his forthcoming debut album in the form of ‘Isolated Incidents’. A solid dancefloor track that’s packed with gritty electronics and catchy melodies, ‘Isolated Incidents’ wonderfully straddles the line between experimental and pop to create an entirely immersive and hypnotic atmosphere. Dive into the swirling soundscapes here and be sure to keep an eye out for ishi vu’s debut album which is out early next via Different Recordings.
French-Algerian artist Sabrina Bellaouel shares electrifying new single ‘The Build Up’ which is taken from her forthcoming project ‘Libra’. A masterful blend of soulful alt-R&B with electronic flourishes, ‘The Build Up’ is interspersed with snippets of speech from astrologer Fernando Prudhomme that complement Bellaouel’s exploration of the zodiac sign. Check out ‘The Build Up’ here and keep an eye out for ‘Libra’ which is out November 27th.
Queens-raised, L.A.-based Chilean-American artist Aalok Bala shares one of the most striking and original projects of the year with ‘Sacred Mirror’. Having already impressed with her magical and enchanting sounds on previous singles ‘Sueño’, ‘Moon Juice’ and ‘The Hive’ this year, the EP is completed with new cuts ‘Body of Light’, ‘Crystal’ and ‘Alone With The Night’. Throughout the EP, Aalok Bala’s powerful and pristine vocals shine across Chilean beats blended wonderfully with soul and pop elements to create a sound that is truly unique – check it out for yourself here.
Copenhagen-based, Norwegian electronic duo Smerz share ‘I don’t talk about that much / Hva hvis’, taken from their forthcoming ‘Believer’ project. The singles follow Catharina Stoltenberg and Henriette Motzfeldt’s 2018 EP ‘Have fun’ as well as recent cuts ‘The favourite / Rap interlude’ and capture the pair’s exhilarating and cinematic sound. Blistering electronics and synths skitter across the sweeping soundscape as the pair’s heavenly tones are laid down with a delicate touch to create the perfectly juxtaposing sound on ‘I don’t talk about that much’ whilst the latter single embodies a minimal instrumentation of gorgeous strings. Check out the songs here and keep an eye out for ‘Believer’ which will be released via XL Recordings soon.
Melbourne based artist Tim Shiel continues his ‘Distraction Season’ series with ‘Get Into Your Love’, a collaboration with vocalist and harpist Lucy Roleff. Driven by a relentless electronic dub beat that brings to the mind the raving sounds of Jamie xx, the single is taken to heavenly heights with Roleff’s enchanting vocals soaring above as she sings “get out of the water and get into your love”. Dive into the serene waters of ‘Get Into Your Love’ and be sure to check out Tim Shiel’s other ‘Distraction Season’ single ‘Coliseum’ which features Genesis Owusu if you haven’t already done so.
Las Vegas-based artist and synthesist Isola (aka Ivana Carrescia) unveils her spectacular debut EP ‘EP1’ which is out via L.A. based label GODMODE. From the opener ‘Ischia’ to closing number ‘Ricorda (Tell Me)’, the seven-track project is bursting with electronic-led beats interspersed with magical, haunting vocals that are epitomised by Isola’s signature synths. Created alongside GODMODE founder Nick Sylvester, ‘EP1’ is a stellar introduction to Isola’s work and cements her as one to watch in the years to come.
Paris-based producer and singer/songwriter Oklou unveils her incredible, long-awaited debut full length project ‘GALORE’. Split into three parts, the eleven-track project features ‘Fall’, the spellbinding single which Oklou performed as part of her COLORS show earlier this year. Joining the pack are glorious electronic-led cuts like ‘Unearth Me’, ‘God’s Chariot’, ‘Rosebud’, ‘Another Night’ and more. Dive into the glorious depths of ‘GALORE’ here, it’s absolutely breathtaking from start to finish!
Australian duo Brutalist (comprising Melbourne-based producer Lucianblomkamp and John Hassell) have teamed up with LYAM on new single ‘Balsalke’. Lifted from the pair’s latest EP titled ‘Michael J Fox’ which follows up their fantastic debut mixtape from 2016, the single encompasses a hard-hitting electronic beat which carries LYAM’s gritty and raw delivery. Check out the brilliant single and it’s hyper-real music video directed by Tristan Jalleh here.
Peruvian label Kebrada unveil their glittering and hypnotic debut compilation titled ‘Discos en 3/Cuartos’ curated by DENGUE DENGUE DENGUE. Featuring a dazzling array of electronic and club cuts by the likes of Siete Catorce, Funeral, DJ Python, Nick León, Lila Tirando A Violeta and more, the ten-track project is one of the most cutting edge and impressive bodies of work you’ll hear this year. Stream ‘Discos en 3/Cuartos’ here, it’s an absolute blast from start to finish.
Uruguayan born producer Lila Tirando A Violeta shares hypnotic and captivating new album ‘Limerencia’ via Mexican label NAAFI. Serving as the follow up to last year’s ‘Sentient’ project, ‘Limerencia’ was “composed during a physical recovery process” where the majority of the songs were conceived “under a still ongoing neurological medical treatment”. With this is mind, it comes as no surprise the songs embody an intimate atmosphere that brings forth a sense of meditation and relaxation. Check out the spellbinding and magical record here, it’s a trip from start to finish.
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.
British producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist SG Lewis teams up with Robyn and Channel Tres on club-ready ‘Impact’. Serving as the follow up to ‘Chemicals’ which was released in April, ‘Impact’ sees a scintillating electronic beat dripping with groove provide the perfect backdrop for Channel Tres and Robyn to work their magic. Check out the anthemic single here, it’s a stomper from start to finish.
UK based electronic duo Disclosure teams up with COLORS alumni Fatoumata Diawara on superb new single ‘Douha (Mali Mali)’. Lifted from their forthcoming new album ‘ENERGY’ (the follow up to 2015’s ‘Caracal’), the track encompasses Diawara’s infectious energetic vocals over a spirited club beat that’s sure to get you moving .Check out the tantalising single and its Mahaneela-directed music video here and keep an eye out for ‘ENERGY’ which drops August 28th.