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Kurdian-Dutch artist Naaz follows up last year’s ‘the beautiful struggle’ with hypnotic and utterly captivating new single ‘Mute Love’. Opening with delicate piano chord progressions, the slow-burning single intensifies in parallel with Naaz’s almost whispered, haunting vocals which slide atop the glitchy electronics that are welcomed along with the chorus. Intimate and emotive, ‘Mute Love’ is Naaz at her very best – check out the track and it’s gorgeous music video here.
Amsterdam based singer/songwriter Joya Mooi shares soulful and hazy new single ‘Bitter Parts’ which is produced by Sim Fane. The single follows last year’s impeccable ‘The Ease of Others’ as well as ‘Hold You Tight’ which dropped earlier this year and captures the singer’s stunning voice wrapped around the stark, trap-inspired beat penned by Fane. Check out ‘Bitter Parts’ and it’s wonderful music video (directed by Michael Middelkoop) here and keep an eye out for Joya Mooi’s forthcoming EP which is out later this year.
Dutch outfit Feng Suave (Daniël Schoemaker and Daniël de Jong) share dazzling new single ‘Half-Moon Bag’ which is lifted from their forthcoming EP ‘Warping Youth’. Serving as another delectable slice of the pair’s psych-pop, ‘Half-Moon Bag’ will fill you with a sense of serenity as those soothing tones wash over the sensationally smooth and enticing production. Check out the single here and be sure to keep an eye out for the new EP which drops June 26th.
Dutch-Sudanese artist and COLORS alumni Gaidaa returns with the groove-inflected and magical new single ‘Falling Higher’ which follows up the previously released singles ‘Morning Blue‘ (which Gaidaa performed for COLORS) and ‘I Like Trouble’. Driven by an uptempo beat penned by Sam Trax that boasts a killer groove, it’s Gaidaa’s sensationally smooth and buttery tones that steal the show once again. Check out the funky track and it’s equally playful lyric video directed by Yousra Elbagir here.
Amsterdam based singer/songwriter Juliet July reveals ‘Easy’, her delectably smooth and utterly captivating new alternative-R&B single which follows up previously released ‘Sunday Afternoon’. Soundtracked by a super slick trap-inspired beat, the track’s star is Juliet’s irresistibly smooth and sweet vocals which glide across with ease. Check out the dazzling cut and it’s accompanying music video here, and be sure to keep an eye out for her ‘Palmtrees In The Mist’ EP which is out soon.
Dutch/Iranian artist SEVDALIZA marks her return with the hypnotic electronic-led single ‘OH MY GOD’, which comes with a heartwarming visual that patches together snapshots of the producer’s past. The distorted production and pitched vocals are a nod to SEVDALIZA’s signature augmented sounds as she alludes to the current current sociopolitical climate between the United States and her birthplace of Iran.
Emerging Dutch singer and COLORS album RIMON shares new single ‘Hypnotizing’, another delectable and soulful slice of magic. Following the release of ‘Dust’ and ‘Close’ with J Rick earlier this year, the rising artist shines once more on ‘Hypnotizing’. Produced by FNMLAS who pens a striking trap-inspired beat sprinkled with delicate piano chords to complement RIMON’s exquisite vocals.
Rotterdam based music producer from Curaçao Tera Kòrá releases a magnificent remix tape in the form of ‘The Legend of Kòrá: Book One’. A striking blend of genres and songs, the tape features explosive and mystical remixes of COLORS alumni Billie Eilish (‘Bad Guys’) and Jorja Smith (‘Be Honest’) as well as Wiley and Drake.
It’s not often than a cover captivates or moves you like the original, there’s almost always something missing. That’s definitely not the case with the gorgeous rendition of Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘Cold Little Heart’ by Netherlands based trio Klangstof. Slowing down the tempo, the Klangstof’s version trades the warming acoustic guitars for moody, electronic beats that’re topped off by the band’s equally haunting yet spellbinding vocals. This may just serve as the perfect teaser and nod to a change in direction for the follow up to 2017’s ‘Everest’ EP.
Eritrea-born, Amsterdam-based RIMON is a multi-faceted artist with a bright future ahead. The 20-year-old announced herself on the scene in the last few months, capturing her audience by releasing three diverse singles with accompanying visuals, highlighting her versatility in harnessing a range of musical styles. “Realize”, the last in this trilogy of releases, is a vibrant, melodic bashment-infused tune driven by RIMON’s husky, emotive vocals, providing the perfect energy to soundtrack the end of the long hot summer.
Ray Fuego has been making waves in Amsterdam for his devil-may-care attitude and high-energy live shows, while his SMIB crew have been spreading the movement internationally through their music, visuals and fashion releases. Fuego harnesses this momentum in this latest video from his debut full-length album ‘Zwart’, as he vibes out in a mirrored chamber, flowing effortlessly over Garrincha’s irresistible melodic trap production.