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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.
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.
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.
We’re thrilled to premiere the music video to ‘Greenlight’, the stunning single by multi-disciplinary L.A. based artist BOSCO. Featuring Dana Williams and lifted from last year’s ‘Car Therapy’ EP, the accompanying music video, which is directed by PRIME (@victorianprime), wonderfully complements the track’s serene and soothing atmosphere as BOSCO performs amidst an array of BMWs. Check out the clip here and be sure to give BOSCO’s spellbinding A COLORS SHOW from last year a spin too if you haven’t already done so!
A note from BOSCO “Greenlight was inspired by my love for vintage BMWs. I wanted to tell a story through ‘car choreography’ and how much of your life happened inside of a car.”
Video Credits: Director – Prime @victorianprime, AD and EP – @this.is.caty, Art Direction – BOSCO, Producer – Von Allen, DP – Jacob Hastings, Drone – Makyle Wilkerson, BMWs – BMMR, Green BMW Driver – John Larizadeh @joalarx, Hair – Jerrian Sari, MUA – Jayna Alford, Foreign Motor Liason – Bruce Kush
Barbadian-born, California-based singer, producer and songwriter Ayoni shares powerful new single ‘The Patriots’. Described as Ayoni’s “national anthem and gospel”, the stunning single places a mirror to a broken America as her thought-provoking and direct lines exude a pain that has been felt for generations, but carries with a sense of hope and desire. Listen to ‘The Patriots’ here, it’s taken from Ayoni’s forthcoming debut album which is set to drop later this year.
L.A. based artist seprentwithfeet shares ‘Fellowship’, the soul-stirring lead single from his newly announced sophomore album ‘DEACON’ which is out March 26th via Secretly Canadian. Co-written and co-produced alongside Sampha and Lil Silva, ‘Fellowship’ is a breezy yet heartwarming cut that sees serpentwithfeet give thanks to and celebrate friendship. Catch the brilliant single, and it’s equally mesmerising music video which is directed by Kordae Jatafa Henry, here.
Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Aaron Childs reveals his groovy and soul-tinged EP ‘Peach’. Featuring the previously released title-track, the five-track project is packed with shimmering gems that encompass a classic yet refreshing atmosphere. From the funk-filled ‘Bubbly’ and ‘Scratch’ to closing cut ‘Warrior’, ‘Peach’ is a joy to listen to from start to finish.
Maryland-based trio Lo Village (Ama, Kane and Tyler) continue to impress with the release of their magnificent new EP ‘Lost In America’. Featuring previously released singles ‘Terry Crews’ and ‘Out The Window’, the project is rounded off with three new gems in the form of ‘Sick’, ‘Run’ and ‘Lost In America’, the latter of which arrives with a stellar new clip by Wayn O Reid. Encased in a blend of Hip-Hop and R&B, the project presents the rising trio’s sharp commentary on the current landscape of America, and establishes the group as ones to watch.
Tulsa-based dream-pop duo Sports (aka Cale Chronister and Christian Theriot) share sparkling new single ‘The Look’. Dripping with a groove-inflected soundscape topped off by slick vocals, the spellbinding single serves as the latest offering from the pair’s forthcoming project titled ‘Get A Good Look Pt. 1’ which is due February 12th. Vibe to ‘The Look’ here, it’s a bop from start to finish.
New York-based rapper Marlon Craft teases his forthcoming new album ‘How We Intended’ with the release of ‘At The Door’. Accompanied by a visual directed by Jacob Carlson and Marlon Craft himself, the track boasts a jazz-inflected, laid back beat penned by Arbus Beats for Craft to lay down his reflective words with a sharp, invigorating flow. Check out ‘At The Door’ here and be sure to give ‘How We Intended’ a spin when it drops next month.
L.A. based indie-folk artist Mal unveils ‘In Free Fall’, her gorgeous debut EP which is inspired by the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe and Leslie Feist. Released alongside an online VR visual exhibition, the seven-track project showcases Mal’s poetic storytelling over incredibly atmospheric and immersive soundscapes on highlights like ‘Night’, ‘Bluebird’ and closer ‘By The Ocean’. Immerse yourself in Mal’s wondrous sounds and stream ‘In Free Fall’ here.
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.
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.
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.
DC based rapper NAPPYNAPPA rounds out his incredibly busy year with the visual accompaniment of superb single ‘GIVETH AND TAKETH AT WHAT COST’. Having already dropped a number of stellar projects in the form of ‘HUH’, ‘One Year’, ‘Truth Won’t Save Us Now’ and ‘Never Ends’, the rising artist shared ‘IFEELJUSTLYKTHEIRART’ in November which features the highlight track. Soundtracked by an unconventional instrumental to back up NAPPYNAPPA’s relentless lyricism, the visual for ‘GIVETH AND TAKETH AT WHAT COST’, which is directed by Aleksander Lee, is just as impressive – see for yourself here.
Dominican/Mexican-American singer Ambar Lucid rounds off the year with the release of serene, beautiful new single ‘Lolita’. The New Jersey-based artist’s single follows this past autumn’s ‘Head Down’ and serves as the latest offering since her album ‘Garden of Lucid’ dropped this Spring. Accompanied by a gorgeous visual shot at sunset and directed by TheVideoBoy, ‘Lolita’ is a stunning ode to Ambar’s mother as she delivers her affecting words in both English and Spanish. Check out ‘Lolita’ here and keep an eye out for more from Ambar Lucid in 2021.
Compton-born, California-based artist Channel Tres (aka Sheldon Young) closes out the year with the release of his impeccable new tape ‘i can’t go outside’. Created during this year’s lockdown, the seven-track project features contributions from Tyler, the Creator (on ‘fuego’) and Tinashe (on ‘take your time’) and showcases Young’s retrospective on the events of the past twelve months over groove-inflected beats. Dive into ‘i can’t go outside’ here.