SLUMKADET – Blurry Iris

Emerging British-Tamil artist SLUMKADET (aka Michael Roshan Jr.) shares an homage to Tamil and Indian Cinema with atmospheric new single ‘Blurry Iris’ (produced by Jalus). Having already impressed with the silky moments of ‘Tell Me’ earlier this year, SLUMKADET keeps the momentum going with ‘Blurry Iris’ which opens with one of the most beautiful and cinematic intros you’ll hear this year. Check out the slow-burning single, which wonderfully blends together smooth R&B nuances with Tamil-inspired vocals and is accompanied by a Tamil/Bollywood-inspired visual, here.

KAM-BU – Black on Black

South London-based rapper KAM-BU unleashes powerful video for new single ‘Black on Black’ produced by Pablo Pullen, HYLNU & Tom Henry. The explosive bass-heavy beat is taken to new heights with KAM-BU’s sharp and dynamic delivery, marking the track as one of the most important and poignant offerings of the year so far. Check out the single, which is about “empowerment, equality and reflection” and it’s incredible music video here.

Khazali – NYC to CDG

Rising London based singer, songwriter and producer Khazali shares exhilarating new single and video ‘NYC to CDG’. Serving as the follow up to last year’s ‘You’ll Be The One’, ‘NYC to CDG’ sees the artist’s soft, soothing tones glide across the electronic instrumentation with ease as he sings about “a character trying to escape his small town for famous landmarks”. Check out the track and the self-directed lyric video to the right and keep an eye out for Khazali’s forthcoming debut EP ‘Going Home Vol.1’ which is out soon.

Lava La Rue – Butter-Fly

West London artist and COLORS performer Lava La Rue showcases their incredibly versatile and vibrant new EP ‘Butter-Fly’. The striking five-track project, which features guest appearances from Deb Never and Karma Kid, sees the NiNE8 founder continue to impress with their exceptionally distinct flow and dynamic pen over equally diverse and exciting soundscapes. Stream ‘Butter-Fly’ in full to the right, and be sure to check out Lava La Rue’s brilliant A COLORS SHOW from 2018 here.

Mera Bhai – You, Me, Us (ft. Andrew Ashong)

February 13

London based DJ/producer Mera Bhai (aka Karthik Poduval) shares a glittering re-edit of ‘You, Me, Us’ which was taken from his newly released debut EP ‘Futureproofing’. A sizzling slice of funk filled magic, the three-minute number finds the perfect sweet spot between retro and futuristic as vocalist Andrew Ashong lays down his brilliant chops over the chugging instrumentation. Groove out to ‘You, Me, Us’ here and be sure to check out ‘Futureproofing’ if you haven’t already done so.

TAAHLIAH – Brave

Glasgow-based performance artist , producer and DJ TAAHLIAH unveils her sprawling and emotive debut single ‘Brave’. Featuring the distorted vocals of Sophie Thornton, the single encompasses an empowering and consoling atmosphere that resonates wonderfully with the vibrant electronic soundscape. Tuck into ‘Brave’ here which is out now via untitled (recs).

House of EL – Better

February 6

London based artist House of EL follows up last year’s ‘Lazarus’ EP with breezy and delightful new single ‘Better’ which is out via his own label Wunderkind. Driven by subtle electronics, delicate piano chords and glorious brass, the sparkling cut is taken to new heights with House of EL’s impeccable smooth and soulful vocals. An utterly transcendent and relaxing number, ‘Better’ will lift your soul from the moment you press play.

Alicai Harley – The Red Room Intro (Yard Gyal Inna Britain)

February 1

UK-based artist Alicai Harley unleashes her incredible debut EP ‘The Red Room Intro (Yard Gyal Inna Britain)’. Featuring previously released Ashanti-sampling single ‘I Just Wanna Know’ as well as contribution from the likes of Stefflon Don, Nadia Rose and Nigerian Afrobeats artist Moelogo, the ten-track project is packed with spellbinding cuts that showcase Alicai’s versatility and growth as an artist. An instantly uplifting listen, ‘The Red Room Intro (Yard Gyal Inna Britain)’ is a blast from start to finish – check it out here.

Gracie Convert – Stay

January 30

Check out ‘Stay’, the irresistible and enchanting new offering from rising London-based artist Gracie Convert. Serving as the follow up to last year’s ‘On Your Mind’ and ‘Sat in My Bedroom’, ‘Stay’ just might be Gracie Convert’s best track to date with its rich, sweeping production and those sweet, honeyed tones shining bright from start to finish. Dive into the sparkling single here which is produced by Charlie Pitts and be sure to keep an eye out for more from the promising artist.

KESH – Jadine’s Escape

London-based multi-hyphenate artist KESH unveils sprawling other-worldly single ‘Jadine’s Escape’. Having dropped her debut offering ‘not gaan out’ last year, the visual artist, musician and designer continues to impress with her eclectic and experimental production and delicate voice. A melding of sounds akin to that of Grimes and FKA twigs, ‘Jadine’s Escape’ is laced with intricate beats and haunting vocals that’ll transport you from reality for just over six minutes.

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Cariss Auburn – Float

January 23

Consider yourself introduced to the lush intonations of alt-pop newcomer Cariss Auburn and her delectable new single ‘Float’. Released this past week, the single serves as the first taste of new music from the Wolverhampton based singer who lays down her dreamy vocals over a shimmering, synth-laden soundscape. Enjoy the single here along with its Prickly Peach Films-directed music video here.

Griff – Black Hole

January 19

Rising UK based pop sensation Griff unleashes powerful new single ‘Black Hole’, her first taste of new material of the year. Having made the shortlist of this year’s BBC Sound of Music poll off of a stellar 2020 which saw the release of superb singles ‘Good Stuff’, ‘Forgive Myself’ and ‘Say It Again’, Griff continues her ascent as one of the most exciting voices around with the bubbly and melodramatic ‘Black Hole’. Listen here as Griff’s soulful, heartfelt tones sweep across the electronic-led soundbed.

Kings Elliot – Dancing Alone

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.

dvr – 16 (demo)

January 14

Seventeen year-old Scottish songwriter and producer Dillon van Rensburg aka dvr shares delightful new single ’16 (demo)’. Lifted from his brilliant new EP titled ‘u can call me dillon’, the gorgeous single was performed on Dillon’s school piano and was recorded in a single take on Dillon’s phone when he was 16. Accompanying the track, is an equally arresting music video directed by Aliyah Otchere which too, was recorded in a single take. Check out ’16 (demo)’ and keep an eye out for ‘u can call me dillon’ which is also out today.

POLICE CAR COLLECTIVE – ALLTHETIME

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.

Celeste — Love Is Back

L.A.-born, London-based singer/songwriter Celeste shares ‘Love Is Back’, a sparkling new cut from her forthcoming debut album ‘Not Your Muse’. Released on December 31st, the gorgeous single encompasses an enriching and uplifting atmosphere with its twinkling soundscape serving as the perfect backdrop for the COLORS alumna to lay down her golden tones. Check out ‘Love Is Back’ here and keep an eye out for ‘Not Your Muse’ which is out February 26th and also features previous single ‘A Little Love’.

Yayoyanoh – Pariah

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.

Samm Henshaw – All Good

December 9

Fresh off his COLORS sessions from earlier this year, South London-based artist Samm Henshaw (aka Iniabasi Samuel Henshaw) shares cheerful new single ‘All Good’. Soundtracked by a groove-inflected, guitar-laden instrumental topped off by a sprinkling of vibrant piano melodies to serve as the perfect backdrop for Henshaw’s bright and motivating vocals. Check out the single and it’s equally joyful music video here.

T. Evann – Undercover Women

December 3

London based artist T. Evann (aka Tyler Darrington) unveils sparkling new single ‘Undercover Women’ which is taken from his forthcoming new EP. Serving as the follow up to previous single ‘Clearer’, the new gem kicks into fifth gear from the get go with the grooviest of guitars and striking drums to serve as the perfect backdrop for Evann’s infectious melodies and charming vocals. Dive into the funk-filled atmospherics of ‘Undercover Women’ here and keep an eye out for T. Evann’s new EP titled ‘Headblush’ which drops on December 8th.

Greentea Peng – Spells

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.