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Toronto based artist Ebhoni follows up last year’s ‘MIA’ with equally explosive and impressive new single ‘Hit This’. Produced by IzyBeats (who’s worked with COLORS alumni Jorja Smith and Koffee), the Afrobeats inspired track features a fiery beat to serve as the perfect backdrop for Ebhoni’s sensual and commanding vocals. Dive into ‘Hit This’ and stay tuned for more from Ebhoni this year.
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.
Angola-born, Portugal-based artist Rony Fuego expresses his gratitude on his vibrant new single ‘Graças a Deus’. Released at the end of last year, ‘Graças a Deus’ (which loosely translates to “Thanks God”) boasts an energetic soundscape penned by Charlie Beats who lays down a bouncy beat to serve as the perfect backdrop for Fuego to lay down his scintillating vocals. Dive into the celebratory track here and keep an eye out for more from the rising artist this year.
Melbourne-based newcomer daine unveils the long-awaited official version of ‘Bloody Knees’ (produced by Circle Pitt), her final offering of the year. Over the past year, the Filipino-Australian artist has been showcasing her delectable slices of pop with a string of singles like ‘Picking Flowers’, ‘My Way Out’, ‘Ascension’ and ‘Angel Numbers’ and an unofficial ‘nitecore’ version of the new single on her SoundCloud which caught the attention of Charli XCX. Check out ‘Bloody Knees’ here and keep an eye out for more from this rising artist.
Rising Italian artists HÅN & GIUNGLA share collaborative single ‘CTR’, a glorious and utterly uplifting slice of pop with a bite. Driven by a blistering electronic beat that’s overflowing with a vibrant energy, the track is further heightened by the pair’s nonchalant and smooth vocals, ‘CTR’ is the result of emails, ZOOM sessions and multiple file exchanges between the pair during lockdown. Stream ‘CTR’ (which is out via Italian label Factory Flaws) here.
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.
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.
Having lent his production chops to the likes of Charli XCX, Caroline Polachek, HAIM and more, American producer and artist Jim-E Stack steps into the spotlight with his star-studded debut album ‘EPHEMERA’. Setting the tone singles ‘Note to Self’, ‘Jeanie’ and ‘Sweet Summer Sweat’ which feature Empress of, Bon Iver and Dijon respectively, ‘EPHEMERA’ also sees contributions from Octavian, Brockhampton’s Bearface and COLORS alumna Kacy Hill. On the record, Jim-E Stack weaves together a range of sounds and influences to create a seamless and diverse sonic atmosphere – check it out here.
London artist and COLORS alumni Bakar returns with striking new single ‘1st Time’, the follow up to last year’s ‘Will You Be My Yellow’ EP. The track encompasses the rising artists unique and refreshing artistry over a stellar beat penned alongside longtime collaborator Zach Nahome. Dive into the brilliant single here and keep an eye out for Bakar’s sophomore album which is set to drop next year.
Nepalese-born, North Carolina-based breakthrough artist Curtis Waters (aka Abhinav Bastakoti) shares ‘Pity Party’, his magnificent debut studio album. Since going Tik Tok viral with infectious cut ‘Stunnin” (which features Harm Franklin and has now amassed over 300 million global combined streams), the rising singer, songwriter and producer has gone onto share equally impressive singles ‘The Feelings Tend To Stay The Same’ and ‘Freckles’. On ‘Pity Party’, Waters brings his witty songwriting and slick vocals over playful and emotive soundscapes – stream the entire album here.
Brighton-based singer, songwriter and producer unveils sparkling new single ‘Is It Infatuation?’ alongside a stunning music video. Following the previous cut ‘Savannah’, ‘Is It Infatuation?’ is another gorgeous pop gem that showcases the artist’s intoxicating vocals over a spellbinding beat co-produced by Dan Carey. The track arrives with an equally arresting visual which was shot by DEWEY via a drone whilst under lockdown – check it out here.
Rising South London based artist Midas The Jagaban unveils her explosive new Afrodance single titled ‘Party With A Jagaban’. Serving as the follow up to her equally irresistible debut offering ‘Come We Bill Ehh’ which dropped earlier this year, ‘Part With A Jagaban’ is an absolute blast from start to finish as Midas’ vibrant vocals sweep across the energetic soundscape with a zip. Stream the single here and keep an eye out for more from this promising artist.
Introducing Australian singer/songwriter ASHWARYA (pronounced ash-waa-ree-ya) and her shape-shifting new single ‘BIRYANI’. Serving as the follow up to her striking debut single ‘PSYCHO HOLE’ which dropped this past summer, the explosive new single is accompanied by an hypnotic DIY music video which was shot in ASHWARYA’s garage during lockdown. Shifting between Hindi and English, ‘BIRYANI’ is a melting pot of blazing electronics, warbling bass and some killer vocals – check it out for yourself here.
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.
Danish singer, songwriter and producer Goss delivers another dazzling slice of left-field pop on new single ‘Everybody’s Going’. Melding together sweet acoustic guitar melodies with a bounding beat that is laced with soothing electronic pulses, the track shines brighter with Goss’ yearning and heartfelt vocals. Check out the brilliant new single, which is taken from the artist’s new project of the same name here, it’s a stunner!
Spanish pop star Sofi de la Torre follows up her ‘No Soy Nada Sensata’ EP from earlier this year with another spellbinding single in the form of ‘Mentiendes’. With production courtesy of GARZI who lays down a super slick electronic beat, ‘Mentiendes’ sees the singer work her magic as she alternates between Spanish and English. Check out the blistering single and it’s accompanying music video directed by RAMC here.
London based artist Yasmin Leigh impresses on electrifying new single ‘Sweet Tooth’, taken from her newly released ‘Sub Mixtape’. Driven by grungy guitars and spirited drums that are backed up by Leigh’s energetic vocals, ‘Sweet Tooth’ is one of those infectious numbers that get your heart pumping from the get go. Check out the single here and be sure to give ‘Sub Mixtape’ a spin too.
Los Angeles-based rapper Duckwrth teams up with G.L.A.M. and Julia Romana on bouncy and infectious new single ‘Coming Closer’. A blissfully vibrant and buoyant cut that encompasses a sense of nostalgia whilst sounding just as fresh, ‘Coming Closer’ is a dance floor-ready anthem that boasts slick vocals and icy verses to top off the scintillating instrumentation. Dive into the sparkling cut here and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out Duckwrth’s magnificent COLORS performance too.
Los Angeles based production duo DJDS (Sam Griesemer and Jerome Potter) team up with Toronto based Tory Lanez and Lagos’ Rema on uplifting new single ‘Simple Things’. Encompassing DJDS’ signature sample-driven instrumentation, the track is heightened further by the charismatic tones of Tory Lanez and Rema who revel about the simple things in life. Check out the brilliant new single and it’s playful lyric video here.
Italian producer Lorenzo_BITW releases explosive cuts in the form of ‘Basta’ (ft. Mc Yallah & Swordman Kitala) and ‘Timbao’. Released as part of Future Bounce’s club release compilation and the follow up to last year’s ‘Aurelia’ EP, both singles are spearheaded by Lorenzo’s powerful production which boasts vibrant drums and electronics to allow the vocalists to work their magic. Check out ‘Basta’ and ‘Timbao’ here.