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London based collective Steam Down unleash their long-awaited debut single ‘Free My Skin’, an all-encompassing explosion of energy. Comprised of eight core members including Ahnansé, Naima Adams, Brother Portrait, Nadeem Din-Gabisi, Benjamin Appiah, And Is Phi, Dominic Canning and Wonky Logicfiery, Steam Down’s sound is a fiery concoction of Afrobeat, jazz and future soul. If you’re looking for something that will instantly get you in the happiest of moods, look no further than ‘Free My Skin’.
Angolan-Portuguese artist Pongo shares her striking new single ‘Quem Manda No Mic’. Serving as the follow up to her brilliant EP ‘Baia’ earlier this year, which featured standout cuts like ‘Kuzola’ and ‘Chora’, the emphatic new single is yet another delectable slice of the artist’s genre-bending sounds. From the get go, you’re thrown into a whirlwind of vibrant sounds driven by the energetic kuduro beats as Pongo sings and raps about her musical journey so far.
Consider yourself introduced to Hackney based newcomer Tycho Jones who impresses with startling trap-inspired debut single ‘Scrolling’. Soundtracked by a shape-shifting beat which boasts a bed of crisp electronics that blends the worlds of trap and hip hop and is topped off by a sprinkling of piano chords, ‘Scrolling’ showcases Tycho’s playful songwriting and delivery.
French artist Saint DX unveils ‘SDX’ his sensational new EP which features sparkling gems that are packed with groove and funk. Released via Cracki Records/Because Music, the nine track project opens with previously released singles ‘Prime Of Your Life’ and ‘Xphanie’ which wonderfully set the scene for the singer/songwriter’s seductive and serene sounds. Whether it’s the hushed intonations of ‘I Still Care” and ‘First Fantasy’ or the heartfelt atmospherics of ‘La Même’ and closer ‘Regrets’, ‘SDX’ captures the delicacy and beauty of modern romance.
Spanish sensation ROSALÍA returns with ‘A Palé’ (co-produced with El Guincho and Frank Dukes), a gritty, explosive pop banger that boasts an equally powerful music video. Another momentous extravaganza, the song opens with the singer’s angelic musings before the hard-hitting, bass-heavy beat kicks in and ROSALÍA switches it up with her killer lines. The accompanying music video, directed by Jora Frantzis features everything that makes a ROSALÍA visual so special: gold accents, exquisite choreography and fire looks.
London based producer and DJ Subculture links up with singer Rachel Chinouriri on the hazy and atmospheric new single ‘The Chase’. Lifted from the artist’s forthcoming ‘I DREAM OF EVERYTHING’ mixtape which is out November 14th, the track follows previous collaborations with Tertia May, Grand Pax and Goya Gumbani. Encompassing the project’s title, ‘The Chase’ is about a recurring dream the artist had of being chased by unknown figures – this is conveyed by the track’s creeping electronic production as Chinouriri’s warming tones offer light.
London singer/songwriter ABISHA shares an atmospheric and utterly haunting music video for latest single ‘Real Life’. Having already impressed with previously released singles ‘All That’, ‘Project X’, ‘Nothing Matters’ and ‘Confused’, the emerging artist serves up another delectable slice of alt-pop laced with R&B with ‘Real Life’. Highlighting the singer’s alluring vocals, the song is brought to life by a gorgeous clip directed by Edward Cooke, premiering here at COLORS.
Opening with an array of dazzling synths and a sizzling electronic beat, ‘Let’s Pretend’, the second offering from Parisian newcomer Sinqa is an absolute blast. The funk-filled track follows up the artist’s sensational debut single ‘Siren’ which dropped last month. Released via Kitsuné Musique, the infectious single’s delectable instrumentation are brought to life by Sinqa’s magnificent vocals and catchy melodies.
Nottingham based newcomer George Gretton shares beautiful new self-written and self-produced single in the form of ‘Grey / Blue’. Serving as the follow up to previously released singles ‘Tread Water’ and ‘Too Soon’, ‘Grey / Blue’ is a sparkling cut that exemplifies Gretton’s magnificent songwriting and endearing vocal tones. ‘Grey / Blue’ is a reminder that we all need every now and then to carry on “whether skies are grey or blue”.
West London based singer and songwriter Ava Zarate releases her magnificent jazz-inspired single ‘How Does It Feel’. Following up last year’s brilliant ‘Too Good to Be True’ and ‘To Be Opened’ projects which featured stand out cuts like ‘Estella’ and ‘Look At You’, Zarate continues to impress with her infectiously sweet voice and relatable lyrics on ‘How Does It Feel’.
Enigmatic London producer INFLO’s irresistible debut single ‘No Fear’ is a groove-infested gem. Released over a year ago by London label Forever Living Originals (home to SAULT and COLORS alum Cleo Sol), the blistering track serves as the perfect ray of sunshine on these colder days leading into winter. The fabulous instrumentation, which is driven by some killer drums and some fluttery woodwind moments are topped off by an infectious hook that gives the song its spirited energy.
Oslo based newcomer Christian Beharie aka Beharie introduces himself with his spellbinding eponymous debut EP which highlights his poetic songwriting and enticing vocals. From the calming atmospherics of singles like ‘I Need You’ and ‘What We Started” to the more vibrant and energetic vibrations of ‘Alone’ and ‘Let Me Out’, Beharie showcases his immense versatility with each track offering a varying slice of the artist’s unique sound.
UK based singer/songwriter Orchid makes quite the statement with her explosive and utterly captivating debut single ‘Gold Dust’. Accompanied by an equally vibrant and energetic music video (which was directed by Orchid herself), the song encompasses an anthemic vibe with a snazzy electro-R&B beat which drives the track forwards as Orchid’s powerful vocals add an extra element of bite.
French electronic duo Duñe x Crayon release their first new single in three years with the groove-inflected ‘Hundred Fifty Roses’.Serving as the first single from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Hundred Fifty Roses’ encompasses another lush electronic bed boasting sensational basslines and a crisp beat as Duñe’s smoky vocals are smothered on top. Check out the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for the album which is set to drop earlier next year.
Rotterdam based music producer from Curaçao Tera Kòrá releases a magnificent remix tape in the form of ‘The Legend of Kòrá: Book One’. A striking blend of genres and songs, the tape features explosive and mystical remixes of COLORS alumni Billie Eilish (‘Bad Guys’) and Jorja Smith (‘Be Honest’) as well as Wiley and Drake.
Danish-Chilean artist Molina shares enthralling new single ‘Parásito’, the latest offering from her forthcoming EP titled ‘Vanilla Shell’. Serving as the follow up to previously released ‘Venus’ and ‘Hey Kids’, ‘Parásito’ is a haunting synth-pop cut that marks the singer’s first song sung entirely in Spanish. Check out the dreamy track here, and be sure to look out for ‘Vanilla Shell’ when it drops next month.
Norwegian duo Konradsen (comprised of vocalist/pianist Jenny Marie Sabel and multi-instrumentalist Eirik Vildgren) share their sparse yet hauntingly beautiful new single ‘Dice’, taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘Saints And Sebastian Stories’. Since introducing themselves with ‘Never Say A’ a year ago, the pair have continued to impress with their intimate and utterly captivating compositions with singles like ‘Baby Hallelujah’ and ‘Television Land’. With ‘Dice’, Konradsen strip away the production to allow the twinkling keys and Marie Sabel’s honeyed tones.
London based singer, songwriter Gia Ford follows up her delectable debut ‘Turbo Dreams’ with another lush slice of alternative pop in the form of ‘Girl’. Accompanied by an equally captivating music video which is directed by Melony Lemon and Char Ellesse, the sparkling cut showcases Gia Ford’s magnificent and powerful vocals as they glide across the silky soundscape. Check out the fabulous visual, and be sure to give Gia Ford’s ‘Poster Boy’ tape a spin too.
Berlin based producer and DJ Peggy Gou shares the stunning music video for ‘Starry Night’, made in partnership with Apple Music. Showcasing the beauty and spirit of her native South Korea, the Jonas Lindstroem directed clip is a celebration of life, capturing the euphoria that music and dance brings to us. Check out the magnificent video, which stars Peggy alongside ‘Burning’ lead-actor Yoo Ah In here.
Bristol based quartet Tungz bring their 70s funk filled vibes with the release of their spectacular debut EP titled ‘OKAY’. Opening single ‘Do You Like It’, wonderfully sets the scene for the project’s groove-inflected atmospherics, with each of the remaining three tracks showing a different slice of the band’s sound. From the sensational solo that steals the show on ‘My Baby Can Stand Being Alone’ to soothing vocal melodies on closer ‘What I Wanted’, ‘OKAY’ lives up to be an absolute blast from start to finish.