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Maryland-native, Ethiopian producer/artist Heno. unveils the striking music video to ‘IDCAS’, a highlight from his latest project ‘Death Ain’t That Bad’. Directed, filmed and edited by UnkleLuc (who’s worked with the likes of Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Denzel Curry, Kenny Mason and more), the bold, dizzying clip perfectly mirrors the track’s hard-hitting and powerful aesthetic which sees Heno. lay down his rapid fire verses. Watch the clip to the right and be sure to give ‘Death Ain’t That Bad’ a spin too.
Montreal-based duo Ouri and Helena Deland aka Hildegard share sprawling single ‘Jour 1’, which is lifted from their forthcoming self-titled debut album which was created over an eight day period. Named after the day it was created (“Jour 1” translates to “Day 1”), the enrapturing single boasts a killer club beat that is topped off with Deland’s sweet yet hazy vocals to create an entirely immersive atmosphere. Check out the track and it’s accompanying self-directed music video to the right and keep an eye out for the debut project which drops on June 4th.
Fresh off the release of ‘THEY DON’T LIKE ME’, L.A.-based bedroom pop producer SEB unveils shimmering new single ‘Coney Island’. Lifted from his forthcoming EP titled ‘IT’S OKAY, WE’RE DREAMING’, the dazzling cut boasts a hazy, summery soundscape that masks SEB’s exploration of darker themes where he reflects on his “mental health struggles and everything that comes with that”. Stream ‘Coney Island’ to the right and look out for ‘IT’S OKAY, WE’RE DREAMING’ which is out later this year.
Philadelphia-based songwriter and producer Body Meat (aka Christopher Taylor) drops his spectacular new EP ‘Year of the Orc’. Featuring previously released singles ‘ULTIMA’ and ‘4700’, the seven-track project exemplifies the artist’s impeccably intricate and genre-defying sound as glitchy, shape shifting soundscapes are topped up by equally morphing vocals that keep you on your toes at all times. With ‘Year of the Orc’, Body Meat serves up one of the year’s most refreshing and singular projects you’ll hear this year – stream it in full here.
Mexico City-based artist and COLORS alumna Girl Ultra (aka Mariana de Miguel) teases her forthcoming EP with the release of sensational new single ‘rosas (dímelo)’. Threading together her signature R&B inflections with nuances of Mexican bolero and those rich, sultry tones, ‘rosas (dímelo)’ arrives with a fiery music video directed by Cole Santiago. With the follow up to 2019’s ‘Nuevos Aires’ just around the corner, check out ‘rosas (dímelo)’ to the right.
After a string of single releases throughout 2020 Chinese-American singer/songwriter kaz moon shares the first song from his forthcoming new project in the form of ‘Furious’. Serving as an “abstract breakup song”, ‘Furious’ sees the rising artist lay down a soothing soundscape of soft drums and gentle guitars to allow his feather soft tones to glide across with ease. Stream ‘Furious’ here and keep an eye out for more from kaz moon later this year.
Toronto-based songwriter, poet and COLORS alum Mustafa announces his long-awaited debut album with the release of powerful new single and video ‘Ali’. Serving as the follow up to last year’s ‘Stay Alive‘ and ‘Air Forces‘ (which Mustafa performed for COLORS this past year), ‘Ali’ arrives with an equally spiritual and emotive music video which sees the artist take the helm behind the camera for the first time. Listen and watch ‘Ali’ to the right and keep an eye out for the album ‘When Smoke Rises’ which drops on May 28th.
Ex-NFL pro EXUM follows up his exceptional debut single ‘Dark Kept Secret’ with hyper-charged new offering ‘Bad Chick Bad Dude’. Accompanied by a superb self-directed music video, the fiery track boasts a playful, bass-heavy beat that is perfectly juxtaposed by EXUM’s hard-hitting delivery that brings to mind the likes of JPEGMAFIA and Tyler, the Creator. With ‘Dark Kept Secret’ and now ‘Bad Chick Bad Dude’, EXUM has shown why he’s one to watch – catch the track and its visual accompaniment here.
Packed with lush slices of alternative-R&B gems, Filipino-American artist Yeek releases his highly-anticipated new album ‘Valencia’. Featuring previously singles ‘3000 Miles (Baby, Baby)’ and title-track ‘Valencia’, the ten-track project serves as the follow up to 2019’s ‘IDK WHERE’ EP. With ‘Valencia’, Yeek has delivered a body of work that beautifully captures his growth and versatility as a singer, songwriter and producer. Stream ‘Valencia’ in full to the right – it’s a stunner from start to finish.
Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Finn Harry unleashes explosive new single ‘SPLIT THE POWER’. The powerful cut packs quite the punch as killer guitar riffs and a kicking beat provide the perfect soundscape to create that grungy, futuristic punk aesthetic. Check out ‘SPLIT THE POWER’ (which follows ‘MURDER’) and it’s music video here.
Indian-born, US-based artist AFKAP drops his first release of the year with reflective new single ‘AAINA’ (produced by Ransom Beatz) via Gully Gang. Soundtracked by a slick trap-inspired beat that boasts subtle keys and breezy electronics, it’s AKFAP’s slick tones and introspective lyrics “inspired by the chaotic nature of online activism” that truly shine here. Check out ‘AAINA’ (which translates to “MIRROR” in Hindi) and it’s equally impressive Anime-inspired music video conceptualised by AFKAP and directed by Gaurav Wakankar to the right.
Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist and artist Luna Li follows up her dazzling ‘Jams’ EP from earlier this year with dreamy new single ‘Cherry Pit’. Shimmering guitars and mellow drums serve as the backdrop for the track’s whimsical and enchanting instrumentation as Luna Li’s mesmerising tones sweep across in perfect harmony. Dive into the lush soundscapes of ‘Cherry Pit’ here, it’s a delight from start to finish!
Brooklyn based artist Joshua Karpeh aka Cautious Clay serves up an absolute beauty of a single in the form of ‘Roots’. Serving as the singer, songwriter and producer’s first release of the year, ‘Roots’ is a wholesome and heartwarming single about “having an established history with someone and coming to the often difficult realization that things ultimately won’t last”. With the twinkling atmospherics of ‘Roots’, Cautious Clay sets the tone perfectly for what’s to come – press play and enjoy the single here.
Having already impressed with ‘HIGHROAD’ and ‘BEADS’ earlier this year, rising New York-based artist emawk is back with delightful new single ‘ACOUSCOUS’. Soundtracked by emawk’s signature production (by Zach Ezzy) that sees lush guitars meet subtle electronic flourishes courtesy of Zach Ezzy, the glorious number is topped off by the singer’s impeccably smooth vocals that are harmonized to perfection. Enjoy ‘ACOUSCOUS’, a song about learning to “process feeling misunderstood/misjudged”, along with its Coming of Age-directed music video here.
Having impressed us with ‘DUMBO’ last year, Toronto-based supergroup No Tourists return with another fiery track in the form of ‘Like Lava’. Accompanied by a DIY clip filmed and directed by Kafayé, ‘Like Lava’ offers a heavy 808 beat interspersed with breezy synths courtesy of Abdullah and universes, whilst vocalists Kafayé, Keynes Woods, Lan’do, and Deelo Avery lay down their unique verses. Check out ‘Like Lava’ here and stay tuned for more from the rising group.
LA-based artist Colby Lafayette shares powerful new cut ‘BEST GUY’, a hypnotising standalone in the lead up to his forthcoming EP. Serving as the follow up to last year’s magnificent ‘SO BAD’ EP, ‘BEST GUY’ is another gritty alt-rock banger that boasts grungy guitars and a sharp beat for Lafayette to lay down his magnetic vocals. Check out ‘BEST GUY’ , which explores “the complex intersection between vice and women” in the artist’s life here and keep an eye out for his upcoming new EP which is set to drop later this year.
Minneapolis-based interdisciplinary artist Dizzy Fae blends the worlds of R&B with stellar electronics on sparkling new single ‘360 Baby’. With production courtesy of Stelios who lays down a killer beat to serve as the perfect backdrop for Fae’s glitchy and sensual tones to wash over, ‘360 Baby’ is a song about “visualizing what you want and then going out and getting it”. Check out the blistering single here, it’s a bop from start to finish.
Consider yourself introduced to US-based duo Louis Pastel and Felix aka Paris Texas who impress with their explosive debut single ‘HEAVY METAL’. Arriving with a superb music video that perfectly reflects the track’s grungy atmospherics, the track sees the duo’s dynamic verses and unique flows over emphatic guitars and a killer beat. With a debut mixtape on the way, ‘HEAVY METAL’ wonderfully sets the tone for what’s to come from Paris Texas.
Barbados based Alt-R&B artist Lagoon Wavey’s latest offering ‘Sunflower’ will quite frankly blow you away. From the get go, the piano-laden single draws you in as Wavey’s breathtaking vocals pierce the minimal soundscape with an effortless but powerful grace. Accompanied by an equally mesmerising and captivating visual, ‘Sunflower’ is undoubtedly one of the highlights of this year. See for yourself to the right, it’s an absolute stunner!
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lucky Daye sets the mood for Valentine’s Day with brilliant new EP ‘Table For Two’. On the striking seven-track project, the New Orleans native teams up with fellow COLORS alumni Tiana Major9, Mahalia, Ari Lennox and Joyce Wrice as well as YEBBA and Queen Naija. Each duet sees Daye and his stellar collaborators’ exceptionally smooth and sensuous vocals shine and shimmer across sparkling, sultry soundscapes to create the perfect soundtrack for any romantic antics. Stream ‘Table For Two’ in full here.