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Swiss-born, London-based singer/songwriter Kings Elliot continues to impress with the release of new single ‘Dancing Alone’. The follow up to last year’s ‘I’m Getting Tired Of Me’ showcases the rising artist’s melodious yet affecting songwriting and cements Kings Elliot as one to watch. Listen as those heartfelt vocals traipse across the piano-led instrumentation to conveying the hardships of keeping a relationship afloat whilst struggling with mental health.
New York City based artist ernest rareberrg shares the stunning visual to latest single ‘Secondary Handstand’ which is directed by Noah Weisfogel. The accompanying clip wonderfully mirrors the track’s moody and nostalgic aesthetic as rareberrg is pictured maintaining direct eye contact throughout, creating an eerie yet intimate atmosphere. With one of the most unique sounds around, rareberrg is undoubtedly an artist to keep an eye on this year – for now though, check out ‘Secondary Handstand’ here.
Consider yourself introduced to Chinese-Indian singer/songwriter insha who shines on her gorgeous debut single ‘she’s watching’ which dropped towards the end of last year. A slow burning slice of bedroom pop, ‘she’s watching’ sees insha’s sweet and soothing tones glide across the relaxing piano melodies before the instrumentation blossoms into subtle electronics for the track’s climax. Enjoy the single here and keep an eye out for more from this promising artist this year.
Los Angeles-based musician/performance artist ZAH follows up their stunning debut album ‘LILITH’ with arresting new single ‘pain and purity’. Accompanied by an equally intoxicating self-directed and edit music video, the song features an haunting, trap-inspired beat sprinkled with synths courtesy of Le Makeup along with ZAH’s falsetto sweeping across with a whispered, transcendent flow. Check out ‘pain and purity’ here, it’s a stunner from start to finish.
Consider yourself introduced to Liverpool based duo POLICE CAR COLLECTIVE who dazzle on their 2021 debut offering ‘ALLTHETIME’. Made up of songwriter/vocalist Tyler Plazio and bassist Simon Quigley, POLICE CARE COLLECTIVE create a grungy yet dreamy atmosphere over the track’s seven-minute plus lifespan as gritty guitars and a simple beat are topped off by those endearing tones. Check out ‘ALLTHETIME’ here and keep an eye out for more from the promising pair.
Singer, songwriter and producer Rahm Silverglade aka RⱯHM ⚉ kicks off the new year with magical new offering ‘semiautomatical’. Serving as the follow to up last year’s ‘Tree In A Sidewalk’ and ‘the thunder peal of spackle on drywall’, ‘semiautomatical’ sees the altopalo member craft an otherworldly soundscape pairing eerie synths and subtle electronics with reflective words about the state of human connection and reality. Check out the spellbinding cut here and keep an eye out for RⱯHM ⚉’s forthcoming debut album which is out later this year.
London-based vocalist / rapper Yayoyanoh drops ‘Pariah’, an astounding six-track genre-bending experience executive produced by Woesum. A swirling vortex of sounds that coalesce to create a smooth and eclectic aesthetic, ‘Pariah’ is taken to new heights with Yayoyanoh’s easygoing verses and breezy delivery. From opener ‘Re-Entry’ to closer ‘Mindfucc’, Yayoyanoh has crafted something truly special with producers Gud, Denmark and Severin Glance – press play and see for yourself here.
Swedish actor / artist Robin Nazari shares new single ‘Zindigi’ (which translates to “Life”), a genre-bending love song taken from his forthcoming debut album which is out next year. Accompanied by an equally slick and classy music video directed by Enzo Paredes Diaz, the striking single serves as Nazari’s first multilingual offering and wonderfully presents a contemporary take on Kurdish music. Dive into the stunning track here and keep an eye out for Nazar’s debut album ‘Idag, Igår & Imorn’ next year.
Parisian artist Crystal Murray follows up her brilliant ‘I Was Wrong’ EP (which features stand out cuts like ‘Princess’ and ‘August Knows’) with new single ‘GGGB’ (Good Girl Gone Bad) featuring Dian. Accompanied by an equally gritty music video which is part of Crystal’s ‘hotel room series’ shot in apartments and hotels in Paris and Portugal, the slick track boasts an icy trap-inspired beat to serve as the perfect soundbed for Murray and Dian to lay down their smooth tones. Dive into ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ here and keep an eye out for more from this rising artist.
French/Venezuelan composer, singer and pianist La Chica shares an intense and striking new single ‘La Loba’, the title-track from her newly released album. The single serves as an audio/visual reinterpretation of a Mexican folklore tale of the same name by writer Clarissa Pinkola Estés in her text ‘Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype’. Accompanied by an equally bold and theatrical music video directed by Marion Castéra, the piano-led song tells the story about “recreating life and rekindling a woman’s spirit, fighting against patriarchal forces”. Check out ‘La Loba’ and it’s stunning visual accompaniment here and be sure to give the rest of the album a spin too.
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.
South London based songstress and COLORS alumna Greentea Peng celebrates her birthday (December 1st) with the release of the soul-stirring and mesmerising ‘Spells’. Accompanied by an equally meditative and healing music video directed by Machine Operated, the SAMO & KIKO-produced cut features the singer’s majestic tones sweeping across the breezy electronic-led soundscape. Dive into the captivating single here.
Haitian-American artist HANZ follows up his ‘PRAYLUDE’ EP from earlier this year with his debut full-length mixtape ‘VAGABOND’. Over the course of the tape’s ten tracks, HANZ showcases his immense versatility as both a rapper and singer as well as his sharp penmanship over superb soundscapes courtesy of Flaire and Fantom Limb. From the powerful opener ‘MWENSE MWENSE’ and ‘Process’ to glitchy electronic-led ‘Blame Me’ and grand atmospherics of ‘Burbank’, ‘VAGABOND’ solidifies HANZ as one of the most exciting voices around.
Emerging London-based artist George Riley follows up her fantastic single ‘Move’ from earlier this year with the equally hypnotic ‘TRIXXX’ which is produced by Oliver Palfreyman. A shape shifting electronic cut that opens with a disorienting, otherworldly soundscape, ‘TRIXXX’ seeps its way into your heart with its mesmeric psychedelia and Riley’s delicate vocals finding the perfect juxtaposition. With ‘Move’ and now ‘TRIXXX’ (which arrives with a splendid music video directed by Cato X MISSOHIO), George Riley has cemented her status as one of the most exciting prospects for 2021 and beyond.
Byron Bay, Australia-based psych-pop outfit Babe Rainbow return with the release of sun-soaked, dreamy new single ‘Zeitgeist’. Serving as the band’s first release of the year, the shimmering single is taken from a forthcoming double A-side 7″ which will be released by Flightless Records. Soundtracked by radiant guitars and mellow rhythms tinged with bright synths, the track’s ethereal and psychedelic aesthetic is taken to by the gorgeous vocals that drift across the soundscape like a gentle breeze. Warm your soul with ‘Zeitgeist’ 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.
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.
Norway based singer/songwriter Beharie shares stunning, slow burning single in the form of ‘Me and My Lonely’. Serving as the follow up to last year’s glorious ‘Beharie’ EP, the guitar-laden single sees the newcomer lay down his gentle, heartwarming tones over an ever blossoming, soul-stirring soundscape. Perfect for the colder months to come, ‘Me and My Lonely’ is a welcome return from the rising artist.
If you’re looking for a track that’s a vibe from start to finish, look no further than ‘Slow’, the superb new offering from rising UK artist Kiddus. Blending together glossy, sampled electronic beats with silky bars and verses, the producer and vocalist creates an almost dream-like atmosphere with the single. Float away to the slick intonations of ‘Slow’, which features on the forthcoming ‘Future Bubblers 4.0 Compilation’ out November 20th.
Hackney, London raised jazz musician, producer and vocalist Rarelyalways shares ‘Baby Buffalo’, his exceptional debut EP which is out via L.A. based label Innovative Leisure. Featuring previous cuts ‘Caption’ and ‘Another’, the four-track project showcases the artist’s distinct sound as skittering electronics and jazz flourishes underpin elements of grime, hip hop and even rock. Stream ‘Baby Buffalo’ in its entirety here, it’s one of the most unique projects you’ll hear this year.