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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.
Montreal-based trio Planet Giza (aka Rami B, Tony Stone and DoomX) share new single ‘When The Moving Stops’. Serving as the lead single from their forthcoming new EP, the track arrives with a slick, nostalgia-inducing music video directed by Guillame Landry and Dovi Kotto, which is inspired by classic hip-hop clips from the late 90’s and early 00’s. Driven by a pounding bass and tinged with groove, the track sees the trio set the scene wonderfully for what’s to come – check out ‘When The Moving Stops’ here.
Toronto based artist Ebhoni follows up last year’s ‘MIA’ with equally explosive and impressive new single ‘Hit This’. Produced by IzyBeats (who’s worked with COLORS alumni Jorja Smith and Koffee), the Afrobeats inspired track features a fiery beat to serve as the perfect backdrop for Ebhoni’s sensual and commanding vocals. Dive into ‘Hit This’ and stay tuned for more from Ebhoni this year.
Toronto-based Persian-Dutch singer and songwriter KIANA kicks off the new year with the release of lush new single ‘September’. Serving as the follow up to last year’s ‘Lesson’ and ‘off of this’, the delectable cut boasts a slick beat penned by Arham and sukh as KIANA’s soothing tones wash over to create a sense of peace and tranquility. Check out the feel good song here, it’s a stunner!
Canadian duo Daniel Daley and Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies tease their new dvsn album ‘Amusing Her Feelings’ with festive new single ‘Blessings’. Serving as the follow up and accompaniment to this year’s ‘A Muse In Her Feeling’ record, the single encompasses an uplifting and spiritual aesthetic with gorgeous piano led melodies and a soothing beat carrying Daley’s impeccably silky tones with ease. Dive into ‘Blessings’ here and keep an eye out for ‘Amusing Her Feelings’ which is set to drop early next year.
Tamil-Canadian artists Shan Vincent de Paul and Yanchan unleash their exceptional self-titled debut full length album as Kothu Boys. Featuring previous cuts like ‘Best Friend’ and ‘Unai Paathu’, the nine-track project sees SVDP lay down his fiery verses over East-meets-West soundscapes driven by Yanchan’s Mrithangam. Throughout the record, the pair explore topics of identity, friendship, love, peace and war – dive into the record here.
Consider yourself introduced to Zimbabwe-born, Canada-based artist Charmaine who bursts onto the scene with a powerful debut single in the form of ‘BOLD’. Accompanied by a striking music video that’s just as vibrant and energetic, ‘BOLD’ highlights Charmaine’s infectious charisma as a vocalist and writer and is described by the artist as a track that inspires you to be “fearless” and “unapologetically you”. Dive into the empowering atmospherics of ‘BOLD’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from the promising Toronto-based artist.
Having impressed with his impeccable debut EP ‘Session 1: Disillusion’ earlier this year, rising singer Emanuel wows with new single ‘Black Woman’. Encompassing a simple yet utterly captivating instrumentation comprising grandiose piano melodies and chilling strings, the single is taken to another level by Emanuel’s endearing, gentle tones and poignant songwriting. Dive into the gorgeous ballad here, it’s an absolute stunner.
Honduran-Canadian artist Daniela Andrade unveils her long-awaited new EP titled ‘Nothing Much Has Changed, I Don’t Feel The Same’. Featuring previous cuts like ‘Puddles’ and ‘K.L.F.G.’, the six-track project beautifully showcases Andrade’s mesmerizing and serene vocals over gloriously rich and inviting soundscapes. Throughout the EP, Andrade’s vocals and writing are just as smooth as they are sharp; weaving their way through lush instrumentation courtesy of Andrade herself along with Harrison and Gray Rowan. Stream the brilliant project in full here, it’s magical!
Canadian singer/songwriter Nicole Chambers flexes her magical tones and poetic songwriting on her delectable new single ‘Caution Sign’. Serving as the follow up to soulful intonations of ‘I’m Fine’ which dropped last month, ‘Caution Sign’ embraces an Afrobeat influence that carries the track along its rhythmic wave as Chambers’ infectious melodies and soothing vocals wash over the relaxing soundscape. Check out the single here and be sure to keep an eye out for Nicole Chambers’ forthcoming new album which is out later this year.
Toronto based singer, songwriter and producer Charlotte Day Wilson returns with two glorious new singles in the form of ‘Take Care of You’ (featuring Syd) and ‘Summertime’. On both tracks, Wilson lays down her delightfully smooth and elegant vocals over soulful soundscapes that meld together a range of sounds. On ‘Take Care of You’, Syd accompanies CDW with her own magical musings to create a truly entrancing atmosphere whilst ‘Summertime’ sees Wilson “reflecting on some unrequited emotions that always seem to come back in the summer”. Check out the singles here and be sure to watch Charlotte Day Wilson’s stunning COLORS session if you haven’t already done so.
Toronto based collective NO TOURISTS share their explosive new single ‘DUMBO’. Made up of five independent artists and two producers based in Toronto, including French-Congolese rapper Keynes Woods, and Garçons frontman Deelo Avery, NO TOURISTS showcase their blazing sound with a fusion of hip-hop, rap, R&B and soul with inspirations from the UK’s drill and grime scene. Check out the hard-hitting single and it’s equally fiery music video directed by Kevin Kudukis here.
Introducing Toronto based newcomer Kalisway who is a force to be reckoned with on her infectious and funk-filled new single ‘Durag’. Having already impressed earlier this year with her marvelous debut EP ‘CREAM’ which features standout cuts like ‘Cherry’, ‘Hot Pockets’ and ‘Groove’, the rising artist continues to deliver her delectable slice of soulful vibes with ‘Durag’. Dive into the vibrant single here, it’s an absolute bop from start to finish.
Montreal based songstress Shay Lia serves up the summery vibes with another delectable cut in the form of ‘All Up To You’. Serving as the follow up to last year’s superb ‘Dangerous’ LP, the rising singer/songwriter continues to showcase her irresistible vocals over a tropical beat that encompasses an ever so smooth and relaxing atmosphere. Dive into the lush soundscapes of ‘All Up To You’ here, it’s a stunner!
Consider yourself introduced to Canadian singer/songwriter Emanuel who shines on ‘Addiction’, a standout cut from his debut EP ‘Session 1: Disillusion’. Having already impressed with his gorgeous debut single ‘Need You’ (which was accompanied by a music video creative directed by Idris Elba), Emanuel takes things to another level on ‘Addiction’ as his ever so smooth vocals glide across the rich instrumentation. Dive into the soulful cut here and be sure to give his ‘Session 1: Disillusion’ EP a spin too.
If you’re looking for a sparkling pop gem, look no further than ‘Ex Lovers’, the stunning new single from Canadian singer/songwriter GRAE. Having already impressed with her ‘New Girl’ EP last year and ‘Slow Down’ earlier this year, the rising Toronto based artist continues to shine as her infectious melodies and sugary sweet vocals sweep across the guitar-heavy soundscape. Check out the single and it’s DIY-style music video here.
Canada based rapper K-OS with fellow native Kaytranada on an explosive and powerful new five-track EP in the form of ‘Boshido’. The project serves as the follow up to K-OS’ 2015 album ‘Can’t Fly Without Gravity’ and 2018 single ‘No Bucks’ and unsurprisingly is another lyrical masterpiece from start to finish as he works his magic over Kaytranada’s bouncy and vibrant soundscapes. Check out the project, which features a previously released remix of K-OS’ single ‘Crucial’ here.
Consider yourself introduced to Toronto based singer, songwriter and producer M.I.BLUE and her sparkling and soulful new project ‘Orng’. Each of the three tracks that make up the EP encompass a dreamlike, almost extra-terrestrial energy that is unlike anything you’ll have heard before. The distinct, soulful compositions on ‘SUNLIGHT’ and ‘FEELIN WAYS’ are smothered with M.I.BLUE’s impeccably smooth and versatile vocals to create an entirely haunting and immersive atmosphere. Check out the spectacular project here.
Honduras-born, Montreal-based artist Isabella Lovestory shares club-ready single ‘Golosa’ which is lifted from her forthcoming new album. Accompanied by an equally fiery and captivating music video directed by Tyler Cunningham, the pop-reggae induced track sees the singer lay down her sensuous tones over a pounding beat penned by mysterious beatsmith Chicken. Check out the blistering single up top and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out Isabella Lovestory’s ‘Humo’ project which dropped last year.
Let Japanese-Canadian artist Jonah Yano serenade you with his wistful and gentle musings on soothing new single ‘delicate’. Having released a handful of singles and a stellar EP in the form of ‘Nervous’ last year, the rising artist’s latest offering ‘delicate’ is a lush and utterly soulful cut. With production courtesy of fellow Canadian Monsune who lays down jazzy, funk-filled sounds to serve as the perfect backdrop for Yano’s soft tones, ‘delicate’ is one of those rare soul-stirring gems that make you stop and just listen to each note, each word. Enjoy the single and its music video here, and be sure to keep an eye out for Jonah Yano’s forthcoming debut album ‘souvenir’ which drops June 16th.