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Indian singer/songwriter and COLORS alumni Prateek Kuhad shares a breathtakingly beautiful new single in the form of ‘Kasoor’. Kuhad’s soft vocals wash over the spirited piano-led instrumentation that boasts hopeful handclaps and gorgeous guitars to create a consoling and heartwarming atmosphere. Enjoy the song here and be sure to check out Prateek’s performance of ‘did you/fall apart‘ for COLORS if you haven’t already.
RAAJA BEATS is the musical project of Bangalore, India based producers Raka Ashok and Malfnktion who share their explosive new self-titled EP. Featuring previously released singles ‘POONGATRU’, ‘NINNUKORI’ and ‘RAJA RAJATHI’, the nine-track project encapsulates edits of iconic songs from Tamil film composer and songwriter, Ilaiyaraaja. A wonderful blurring of Eastern and Western sounds, ‘RAAJA BEATS’ is one of the strongest instrumental EP’s you’ll hear all year.
New Delhi based artist Seasonal Affected Beats aka Tarun Balani teams up singer/songwriter KAVYA on the enticing ‘Let the Light In’ taken from his ‘2°’ EP. Soundtracked by a sweeping set of electronics and sizzling synths, ‘Let the Light In’ shine brighter with KAVYA’s sweet and delicate tones. Check out the fantastic single and it’s stunning visual accompaniment by Parizad D, Mohit Mukhi, Jahaan Noble & Michele Ricossa here.
Filipino-American ((( O ))) shares another delightful single in the form of ‘Less Than Three’. The single serves as the follow up to last year’s ‘((( 1 )))’ album which featured stand out singles like ‘One, Two’, ‘Nature’s Joint’ and ‘Je Suis Infini’. On ‘Less Than Three’, ((( O ))) lays down her gentle and smooth tones over a soft electronic beat that blossoms and sparks over the course of its near three-minute duration. Check out the single here and keep an eye out for ((( O )))’s forthcoming project ‘((( 2 )))’.
Russian artist Kate NV (aka Kate Shilonosova) shares an intoxicating new single ‘Sayonara’, lifted from her forthcoming album ‘Room for the Moon’. Woozy synths, a metronome-like beat and a deep bass serve as the perfect foundation for Shilonosova to work her magic with those ever so enchanting vocals. Check out the magnificent single, its equally intriguing (self-directed) music video here and be sure to check out ‘Room For the Moon’ when it drops on June 12th.
If you’re looking for a song that will sooth and calm your soul, look no further than ‘Achime’ the latest cut from South Korean/Japanese outfit TENGGER. Named after the Mongolian term for “unlimited expanse of sky”, the duo are comprised of itta, Marqido and their seven-year-old son RAAI. Lifted from their forthcoming album ‘Nomad’, the ambient single captures a transcendent atmosphere that will transport your mind to a place of utter bliss and tranquility.
Goa, India based producer and DJ Anish Sood teams up with Lisa Mishra on the dance floor ready anthem ‘Running Back To You’. Serving as the follow up to previously released singles like ‘Mountain of A Man’ and ‘Castles’, ‘Running Back To You’ sees a classic electronic beat sweeping across the soundscape as Mishra adds her gentle and sweet sounding vocals on top. Check out the uplifting and energetic single here.
Indonesia based group Grrrl Gang share their delightful debut album ‘Here to stay!’ which is packed with dazzling indie-rock tracks. Formed in 2016, the band consists of college friends Angee Sentana, Akbar Rumandung, and Edo Alventa who create a whirlwind of fun and eclectic on this debut record which features stand out tracks like ‘Just A Game’. Over the course of the nine songs, Grrrl Gang showcase every side of their artistry, from punk and lo-fi to jangly indie pop that’ll melt your heart.
Egypt via Dubai artist Adham Bayoumi asks Bayou brings some smooth vibes on ‘Moonlight’, a brilliant single which dropped towards the end of 2019. The twinkling, bass-heavy production coupled with Bayou’s slick vocals creates a super chilled out atmosphere, one that find yourself vibing too from the get go. With ‘Moonlight’, as well as previously released singles like ‘fine’ and ‘city style’ (which can only be found on his SoundCloud), Bayou shows why he’s one to watch.
Consider yourself introduced to Thailand based singer, songwriter and producer Numcha, who dazzles with her sparkling debut single ‘Keep Cold’. Accompanied by an equally charming music video directed by Kero, the shimmering single shines brightly with Numcha’s elegant vocals gliding across the serene soundscape. The perfect song to bring warmth to your soul on these chilly days.
Lebanese newcomer Laeticia Acra aka Japan, Man shares her beguiling and utterly enchanting second single in the form of ‘The Law’. At just fifteen years of age, the rising singer/songwriter has already impressed this year with debut offering ‘Stop Staring’, a song that brings to mind the pop sensibilities of Clairo with a bit of funk thrown in for good measure. On ‘The Law’, Acra continues the groove fest as solid drums are joined by fabulous guitar lines that allow Japan, Man’s honeyed tones to sound that much sweeter.
Mumbai based producer Sandunes shares an eclectic and meditative EP in the form of ’11:11′. Opening with the clattering electronics of lead single ‘Eleven:Eleven’, which features vocals from Landslands, the five-track EP is a free-flowing journey of magical sounds. From sparkling synth melodies and sharp notes that bounce, glide, trickle and speed across on subsequent tracks like ‘Shift’ and ‘Glock’, Sandunes, real name Sanaya Ardeshir, sets herself apart as one of the most exciting musicians and producers to come out of India.
Japanese artist and composer Noah unveils the striking visual for ‘像自己’, the latest cut from her forthcoming new album titled ‘Thirty’. Directed by John Smith, the video wonderfully captures the track’s energetic and vibrant atmospherics as footage taken by Takehito Goto and Noah is spruced up with dazzling effects and filters. Serving as the follow up to previously released single ‘メルティング・ブル’, ‘Thirty’ is shaping up to be quite the stunner.
Having recently announced that he’s signed to Mass Appeal India (the New York based label co-founded by Nas), Indian rapper DIVINE (aka Vivian Fernandes) has shared the explosive lead single from his forthcoming debut album ‘Kohinoor’. The single, of the same name, features production from iLL Wayno who serves the perfect backdrop for DIVINE to lay down his fiery verses as he raps about his past experiences shaping his present life – a diamond (‘Kohinoor’ is the name of the largest cut diamond in the world) in the making.
Twenty year old rapper Spitfire from Madhya Pradesh first encountered hip-hop when he was in the 11th grade. His debut EP ‘Paathshala’, released on IncInk Records, talks about his own life story and how he found the strength to break through stereotypes and find his own identity. An interesting spoken-word poetry approach layered with an offbeat and ambient atmosphere suits Nitin’s poetic chops the best. The underlying theme of the EP revolves around how hip-hop and rap as an art form has added a lot of value in his life making him the person that he is today and how he would like to exercise this medium to continue to teach and inform his audiences. With vigour and boldness in his voice and word play ‘Paathshala’ can be quite accessible to tune into at a club or at home.
‘Jaago’ is one of the most critically acclaimed albums to have been released by an Indian independent artist this year. Lifafa is the solo project of Suryakant Sawhney who is also the frontman at Peter Cat Recording Co. that came to life as a part of a quest to find his identity. Adopting a more organic approach, the album builds up as a live set to an audience would, the tracks start off slow with prolonged harmonium and gradually build up to more danceable disco worthy grooves. A perfect combination of vintage soulful Bollywood in a modern electronic setting bridges or eliminates the gap between the highly commercial movie industry and the independent music scene.
Mumbai based producer and vocalist Your Chin has recently dropped new single ‘Horticulturist’ his first release in three years. One of India’s most seasoned artists, he has never failed to impress listeners with his whimsical take on electro-pop. His music often comes across as effortless mood music, but there is a solid groundwork of talent and aesthetic sense that supports it all. Rich layered beats with catchy choruses giving out a sombre message disguised in feel good metaphors, resulted in a multifaceted sound totally unique to him. Highlighting a contrast when listening to music, that of being a joyous experience to thought provoking the artist returns to his sonic roots making this the first of many releases lined up for the year.
Influenced by Flume, Mura Masa, Odesza and Mr. Carmack; young electronic producer Chrms (pronounced Charms) has been experimenting with design, film and music since he was nine. Not subjected to any genre, his productions mainly vary from indie dream pop to lush, ethereal, bass heavy electronic music. Garnering a secure hold within the independent music scene in India, his debut EP ‘Lover Boy’ takes one through the diverse genres that have been explored by this young producer. Bone Soda ft Rae is a smooth composition infused with distinctive synth elements making for a tune one can groove to on the dance floor. The contrast of the rap and the subtlety of the production makes for the perfect balance merging two different worlds together.
Urban ecologist, Aditi Veena aka Ditty gracefully transitions between spoken word and singing in her debut album ‘Poetry Ceylon’. Inspired by the natural world and people on the island of Sri Lanka, the album is an earthy, diverse and experimental journey of music that offers listeners an invitation to feel all that is beautiful and heart wrenching about being a human. There is a natural ease in her delivery of lyrics mainly written around her knowledge of the earth, of cities, of her own self and the ruin of nature coupled with melancholic vocals. The album is recorded by Shantanu Pandit and arranged by Dhruv Bhola who have added a touch of finesse to her captivating voice rendering an irresistible charm.
Nineteen year old singer-songwriter, Karshni finds comfort in playing the guitar, experimenting with production and incorporating electronic elements in her songs. Her music is a reflection of how she feels in the moment and is usually the result of impulsive lyricism at a very emotional time. Her single ‘Fomo’ is characterised by a haunting melody, that is slightly muted to signify the fear of missing out which is faced by a large part of the youth today. From popular vices to parties the whole paraphernalia of what it means to be a teenager, the popular youth slang is a depiction of the actual fear that suffocates the artist.