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Leipzig-based French/Moroccan/American-producer Adam Abdelkader Belhaj-Lenox aka Zouj unveils glitchy new single ‘j0_0j’ (pronounced joooj). Accompanied by an equally bonkers and intriguing music video created by Franz Impler which sees the song’s titular character explore a twisted, alternate reality, ‘j0_0j’ is undoubtedly one of those rare gems that keeps you on your toes from start to finish. Dive into the other-worldly atmospherics of ‘j0_0j’ to the right and keep an eye out for more from Zouj.
Hamburg, Germany based artist Nina Chuba follows up her superb debut EP ‘Power’ with hard-hitting new single ‘Babylon Fall’. Showcasing a new side to the newcomer’s repertoire, ‘Babylon Fall’ sees Chuba lay down her apocalyptic critique of “all the stuff I think that should go first when the world finally ends” delivered with a slick flow over explosive electronic beats. Stream ‘Babylon Fall’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from Nina Chuba next year.
Berlin based artist Valentin Hansen shares the striking and captivating music video for his latest single ‘Pain’. Soundtracked by minimalist guitar chords which are later topped off by glitchy electronics, the track sees Hansen’s yearning tones wash over the subdued soundscape as he sings about “the evolution of the separation of two people”. Check out the disorienting visual here and be sure to keep an eye out for Hansen’s forthcoming debut EP ‘Ways’.
South African-born, German-based artist WizTheMC makes quite the impression on his brilliant new mixtape ‘Growing Teeth’. Boosted by the slick opener ‘The One’, the ten-track project wonderfully showcases WizTheMC’s playful songwriting and energetic flow as he works his magic over equally spirited beats. Featuring previously released cuts ‘Patience’, ‘Fear of Heights’ and ‘Take Me’, ‘Growing Teeth’ is a vibe from start to finish.
German based artist De Rien shares ‘Chimes’, the dazzling new single which follows up previously released debut ‘Cali’. Soundtracked by crisp electronics and soothing synths, the track captures a dream-like soundscape as De Rien’s falsetto-laden vocals further add an element of sweetness. Having played in several classical orchestras and jazz ensembles over the years, De Rien’s exploration into the world of soulful electronica is off to a great start with ‘Cali’ and ‘Chimes’.
Berlin based Japanese tribal bass duo WaqWaq Kingdom release their psychedelic and kaleidoscopic new album ‘Essaka Hoisa’. Consisting of Shigeru Ishihara (DJ Scotch Egg / Seefeel) and Kiki Hitomi (King Midas Sound), the pair throw you into a swirling whirlwind of sounds from opening track ‘Mum Tells Me’. A melting pot of genres, the pair expertly blend together traditional style Minyo with Jamaican drums, electronic flourishes, dancehall and much more to create a project that is truly unique and intriguing.
New York-born, Berlin-based rapper Zebra Katz marks his return with the explosive and rapid-fire inflections of ‘IN IN IN’,. The single is the first slice of new music from the artist since collaborating with Gorillaz on their 2017 record ‘Humanz’ and will feature on his forthcoming debut album titled ‘LESS IS MOOR’. Co-produced by Tony Quattro who lays down a dark and gloomy atmosphere, the track sees Katz go all in with his slick delivery and sharp lines and serves as the perfect taste of what’s to come from the new LP.
Berlin based producer and DJ Peggy Gou shares the stunning music video for ‘Starry Night’, made in partnership with Apple Music. Showcasing the beauty and spirit of her native South Korea, the Jonas Lindstroem directed clip is a celebration of life, capturing the euphoria that music and dance brings to us. Check out the magnificent video, which stars Peggy alongside ‘Burning’ lead-actor Yoo Ah In here.
Nina Chuba is an emerging artist from Hamburg, Germany, and ‘White Shirt’ is her emphatic debut single. Packing quite the punch, the song opens with subtle piano chords before spiralling into a powerful pop track that sees the singer/songwriter’s soulful voice soar. With a killer hook, ‘White Shirt’ serves as a moment of catharsis for Nina, it’s a “message to myself to finally cut off toxic friendships”.
There’s something magical and utterly enchanting about the latest single from rising German artist FLØRE. Behind the eerie and almost whimsical soundscape of ‘Little Dancing Demons’, lies a more powerful and heartfelt message. The song is “about embracing the deep sadness [of living with depression] and accepting the world as a permanent dark place“. Despite this, FLØRE’s comforting and touching voice makes it easier with each note, line, verse.
A relentless fascination for sound and harmony led Nicolas Demuth aka Parra for Cuva commence his quest for music at a very young age. A combination of musical instruments, synthesizers and digital music editing mostly results into an art of creating music pieces from melodies, soft beats and sounds that he records in his daily life. ‘While you Sleep’ is a single from his latest album ‘Paspatou’ holding one of the most interesting writing processes for the artist as the entire song was recorded with live instruments; thus making it a first for a producer who spends most of his time in front of the computer. One can be found with their eyes closed falling into movements of indistinguishable melodies that touches the soul hoping for this well mended electronica experience never to take an end.
Jinka’s music is explosive in all the best ways possible. Originally from Transylvania, the West Berlin based singer, songwriter, producer and musician unleashed her powerful debut single ‘Trash From The Past’ in 2017 and has since been dropping her vibrant and atmospheric slices of electro-pop cuts into the universe. Her latest offering is the unique and playful ‘Ghost 2 U’, a track which continues Jinka’s trend of adding a dollop of the unexpected – something that’s also present in the track’s accompanying intriguing music video. Whether it’s through the oddball sound samples or her energetic vocal delivery, Jinka has the ability to keep you on the edge of your seat at all times.
Hailing from Ireland and Australia but based in Berlin, Evvol’s music is irresistible. With a glimmering cosmic sound driven by ethereal 80s synths and dark rock’n’roll grooves, the duo comprise sonic influences of electronic pop and disco and political themes of feminine sexuality and queer experience to create their own distinctive style. Their latest visuals underline the inherently danceable energy of their music, as moonlit bodies twist and contort to single “Song For The Broken Hearted (Rollin’)”.