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London based singer/songwriter Olivia Dean shines on her utterly emotive and delightfully smooth new single ‘Baby Come Home’. Opening with the gentle strums of the guitar, it’s Dean’s enchanting tones that steal the show here as they wash over the soothing soundscape. A song for “missing the one you love”, ‘Baby Come Home’ serves as the follow up to previously released single ‘Crossroads’ and last year’s ‘Ok Love You Bye’ EP, both of which wonderfully showcase the rising artist’s magnificent songwriting and luxurious vocals.
Premiering at COLORS, check out the mind blowing new EP from East London based singer/songwriter simon a. titled ‘Way to Go’. Featuring previously released cuts like ‘Grace’ and ‘White Heart’, the five-track EP is a genre-bending journey of self-reflection and self exploration which sees simon a.’s soulful intonations sweep across atmospheric soundscapes that bring to mind the poetic storytelling and vocal range of Frank Ocean. Dive into simon a.’s mesmerising compositions on ‘Way to Go’ here; it’s one of the most impressive projects you’ll hear this year.
French act The Hop link up with Jok’Air and Jazzy Bazzy on ‘La prochaine fois’, taken from their forthcoming album ‘220’ which is out this summer. An amalgamation of soul, hip-hop, R&B soundtracked by a trap-inspired beat, the track sees the two artists work their magic effortlessly combining smooth vocals and raw, gritty verses. Vibe to the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for The Hop’s new album ‘220’ which features previous released single ‘Berline noire’ which enlists Jazzy Bazz and Krisy.
Italian producer Cristiano Crisci, commonly known by stage name Clap! Clap! teams up with Martha Da’ro on the tantalising new single ‘Moving On’. Lifted from his forthcoming new album titled ‘Liquid Portraits’ (out via Black Acre), the track is accompanied by a mesmerising and vibrant music video by RUFFMERCY who wonderfully captures the song’s infectious energy. Listen and watch as Martha Da’ro’s sublime and unique vocals traipse across the playful electronic instrumentation and be sure to keep an eye out for Clap! Clap!’s ‘Liquid Portraits’ which drops June 12th.
Rising London based singer/songwriter Asha Gold shines on her delectable new single ‘Passenger’, the follow up to last year’s ‘Too Good’. Driven by a simple but slick guitar riff that Gold heard a busker playing whilst travelling in Europe along with a crisp electronic beat, it’s Gold’s silky vocals that steal the show once more as she sings about “about escapism and how all your stresses seem to fade when you’re travelling, constantly on the move”. Dive into the single here, it’s a stunner.
U.K. based singer/songwriter Connie Constance has followed up last year’s ‘English Rose’ with striking new single ‘Monty Python’. Accompanied by an equally energetic music video directed by Ethan Barratt and Tom Gullam, the track encompasses a raw and uplifting atmosphere that boasts powerful drums and gritty guitars. However, it’s Constance’s utterly unique and breathtaking vocals that evoke a smooth soulfulness and a sharp bite too – see for yourself here.
If you’re looking for a song that’s just as refreshing as it is smooth, then ‘Giving It Up’ by London based singer JONES is the one for you. Serving as her taste of new music in more than two years (JONES released her ‘New York’ EP in 2018), ‘Giving It Up’ is just a delectable slice of soulful pop that sees JONES’ irresistibly sweet vocals take center stage over an infectious beat. Check out the brilliant track and it’s accompanying music video which was shot in L.A. here.
Dutch outfit Feng Suave (Daniël Schoemaker and Daniël de Jong) share dazzling new single ‘Half-Moon Bag’ which is lifted from their forthcoming EP ‘Warping Youth’. Serving as another delectable slice of the pair’s psych-pop, ‘Half-Moon Bag’ will fill you with a sense of serenity as those soothing tones wash over the sensationally smooth and enticing production. Check out the single here and be sure to keep an eye out for the new EP which drops June 26th.
London based singer/songwriter Shivum Sharma returns with sparkling new single ‘Diamond’, his first new music in over two years. Opening with gentle and heartwarming guitar chords, it’s Sharma’s distinct and falsetto-laden vocals that steal the show here as they float atop of the mellow instrumentation which is co-produced alongside Alex Burey. Check out the dazzling new cut here and be sure to keep an eye out for Sharma’s forthcoming new EP which is out later this year.
North London based MC and COLORS alumni Little Simz unveils new EP ‘Drop 6’ which was written and recorded whilst in lockdown. The project follows up last year’s Mercury Prize-nominated album ‘GREY Area’ and features production from the likes of Kal Banx, OTG, Kadz, St Francis Hotel and more as well as an appearance from singer Alewya on closing cut ‘where’s my lighter’. As is expected with everything Simz puts out, ‘Drop 6’ is another fiery collection of songs that showcase the rapper’s exceptional songwriting and ruthless flow.
If you’re looking for a song that will get your heart pumping, look no further than Spanish rapper C. Tangana’s exhilarating new single ‘Guille Asesino’. Accompanied by an equally high octane music video directed by Diana Kunst, the single features a blistering electronic and percussive beat that sees the Madrid based artist lay down his words with a venomous flow. Check out the single and its striking music video here.
George van den Broek aka Yellow Days returns with a dazzling, groove-inflected new single in the form of ‘Treat You Right’. Since his spectacular COLORS performance of ‘So Terrified Of Your Own Mind‘ back in 2017, the singer/songwriter has gone onto release a slew of stunning cuts like ‘What’s It All For?’, ‘Just When’ and ‘It’s Real Love’. New offering ‘Treat You Right’ marks his first release of the year, and it’s an absolute stunner. Dive into the old-school, funk-filled cut here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from Yellow Days.
Paris based artist Clea Vincent shares spellbinding and utterly vibrant new project ‘Tropi-Cléa 2’ which is packed with groove. From the sublime opener ‘Tropique ouverture’ to closing single ‘Bahia’, Vincent transports you to a tropical paradise of lush, evocative sounds that are topped off by her sweet and smooth vocals. Dive into the lush soundscapes of ‘Tropi-Cléa 2’ here – it’s an absolute blast!
Nottingham, UK based singer, songwriter and producer George Gretton shares ‘Overhead’, a wonky and uplifting new cut that premiered in Gretton’s HOME/BRED session for COLORS earlier this week. Gretton’s soaring tones traipse across the soundscape as he sings about an unwavering friendship over skewed rhythms that meet somewhere between Jai Paul and Mura Masa. Dive into the synth and electronic-laden cut here and be sure to keep an eye out for George’s forthcoming new project which is out later this year.
London based songstress Jessie Ware unveils sparkling new single ‘Ooh La La’ which is lifted from her forthcoming fourth studio album ‘What’s Your Pleasure?’. Serving as the follow up to previously released cuts like ‘Mirage (Don’t Stop)’, ‘Adore You’ and ‘Spotlight’, this funk-filled gem boasts the nastiest bassline you’ll have heard in quite a while. Add Ware’s playful and buttery smooth vocals into the mix, and you’ve got yourself an absolute bop – groove out to the single here and keep an eye out for ‘What’s Your Pleasure?’ which is out 19th June.
Norwegian rapper Ivan Ave was one of the first artists to grace the COLORS stage, if you haven’t checked out his performance of ‘Hello’ yet, head over here. This past week, the artist unveiled his stellar new album ‘Double Goodbyes’ which enlists the likes of fellow COLORS alumni Joyce Wrice and Sasac, and features stand out cuts like ‘Triple Double Love’ and ‘Nu Path’. On ‘Double Goodbyes’, Ivan Ave is a breath of fresh air as he channels a vibrant and refreshing new sound that takes elements of soul, jazz and hip-hop encased in electronic beats. Check out the brilliant record here.
Paris based singer, songwriter, producer and director Woodkid (aka Yoann Lemoine) returns with cinematic and atmospheric new single ‘Goliath’, the lead cut from his forthcoming second album. The single serves as the first taste of music from Woodkid who exploded onto the scene back in 2011 with his exceptional ‘Iron’ EP which was succeeded by his debut full length ‘The Golden Age’ in 2013. With ‘Goliath’, Woodkid lays down his buttery rich vocals across a clattery, electronic-led beat. Check out the single and the self-directed, industrialised visual here.
Consider yourself introduced to Swedish-Congolese singer/rapper/songwriter Blenda and her explosive debut single ‘Options’ which dropped in March. Today, the single is accompanied by a quarantine-ready visual which features Blenda and her friends vibe to the slick track via a video call. Encompassing a pristine, crisp beat which boasts a pounding bass whilst Blenda lays down her super smooth vocals, ‘Options’ makes quite the impression and sets Blenda as one to watch.
West London based rapper Life teams up with Lord Apex on his explosive and emotive new single about friendship called ‘Cheque On It’. Dedicated to that one friend we all have “that’s always smiling, the one that’s always happy”, ‘Cheque On It’ sees the two MCs work their magic over a super slick beat. The track closes off with a softer and deeper touch which was inspired by the passing of Life’s close friends due to COVID-19. Check out the empowering and raw single here, and keep an eye out for Life’s forthcoming (as yet untitled) project which is out later this year.
Belgium based hip hop duo consisting of rapper Jay Atohoun and singer-producer Willem Ardui share sensational new single ‘Bittersweet Baby’ (produced by Konteks). A blistering number that blends together everything from soul, funk, hip hop, R&B and jazz, ‘Bittersweet Baby’ is one of those tracks that keeps on giving with each listen as you discover subtle nuances that you may have missed on early spins. Check out the track and it’s monochromatic visual directed by Heleen Declerq here and if you haven’t already done so, be sure to give their debut album ‘ARE WE STILL DREAMING?’ a spin too.