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Leipzig-based French/Moroccan/American-producer Adam Abdelkader Belhaj-Lenox aka Zouj unveils glitchy new single ‘j0_0j’ (pronounced joooj). Accompanied by an equally bonkers and intriguing music video created by Franz Impler which sees the song’s titular character explore a twisted, alternate reality, ‘j0_0j’ is undoubtedly one of those rare gems that keeps you on your toes from start to finish. Dive into the other-worldly atmospherics of ‘j0_0j’ to the right and keep an eye out for more from Zouj.
Barcelona-based singer/songwriter Uma shares captivating new single ‘Nebula’ from her upcoming EP ‘Moth & The Dove’. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts ‘Black Bees’ and Bring Me The Mountain’, ‘Nebula’ brings together elements of bossa nova and celestial synths as Uma’s gentle and smooth tones wash over to create an absolutely blissful and otherworldly atmosphere. Dive into ‘Nebula’ here and keep and eye out for ‘Moth & The Dove’ which is out April 9th.
Stockholm, Sweden-based soul singer Nápoles follows up last year’s ‘Slowin It’ EP with brilliant new slow jam ‘Know My Place’ produced by Wahib. Encompassing a classic R&B soundscape that boasts a seductive beat, ‘Know My Place’ finds the perfect sweet spot between nostalgic and refreshing as Nápoles graceful tones sweep across the instrumentation like butter. Dive into ‘Know My Place’ here, it’s a stunner from start to finish.
Swedish artist and producer Shadi G teams up with American artist Elijah Boothe on mesmerising new single ‘Mitoone’. Serving as her first offering that’s almost entirely sung in Persian, the enchanting number sees Shadi G’s woozy and captivating vocals blend with Elijah Boothe’s silken tones with ease over a rich, intoxicating beat-driven soundscape. Dive into the atmospheric nuances of ‘MItoone’ to the right.
Emerging Swedish singer and producer Sam Ezeh’ delivers the smoothest of vibes on brilliant new EP ‘Night At Ezeh’s’. Featuring previously released singles ‘CRISIS’, ‘Bonsai Love’ and ‘Suspension’, the seven-track project is rounded off with two lush closing numbers in the form of ‘Fly/Gravity’ and ‘Makes My Night’. A wonderful debut offering, ‘Night At Ezeh’s’ is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year so far.
South London-based rapper KAM-BU unleashes powerful video for new single ‘Black on Black’ produced by Pablo Pullen, HYLNU & Tom Henry. The explosive bass-heavy beat is taken to new heights with KAM-BU’s sharp and dynamic delivery, marking the track as one of the most important and poignant offerings of the year so far. Check out the single, which is about “empowerment, equality and reflection” and it’s incredible music video here.
Rising London based singer, songwriter and producer Khazali shares exhilarating new single and video ‘NYC to CDG’. Serving as the follow up to last year’s ‘You’ll Be The One’, ‘NYC to CDG’ sees the artist’s soft, soothing tones glide across the electronic instrumentation with ease as he sings about “a character trying to escape his small town for famous landmarks”. Check out the track and the self-directed lyric video to the right and keep an eye out for Khazali’s forthcoming debut EP ‘Going Home Vol.1’ which is out soon.
West London artist and COLORS performer Lava La Rue showcases their incredibly versatile and vibrant new EP ‘Butter-Fly’. The striking five-track project, which features guest appearances from Deb Never and Karma Kid, sees the NiNE8 founder continue to impress with their exceptionally distinct flow and dynamic pen over equally diverse and exciting soundscapes. Stream ‘Butter-Fly’ in full to the right, and be sure to check out Lava La Rue’s brilliant A COLORS SHOW from 2018 here.
Dublin-based producer/musician Sal Dulu teams up with U.S. rapper Fly Anakin on latest single ‘Zumo’ which is lifted from his forthcoming album ‘Xompulse’. Fresh off the back of off the back of recent singles ‘Gir;”, ‘B’ and ‘Alien Boy 96’, this new offering sees the Irish artist lay down a bed of sweeping electronics for Fly Anakin to bring his spirited verses to life. Check out ‘Zumo’ here and keep an eye out for ‘Xompulse’ which is out this Friday on February 19th.
Paris, France-based artist Yen Yen (aka Théo Schittulli) drops a dazzling number in the form of ‘WRUNG’, which follows up last year’s ‘ADKOL’ and ‘FLASHBACK’. Accompanied by a music video directed by Anthelme Dubois, ‘WRUNG’ is a sweeping romantic cut that features Schittulli’s lovelorn vocals over a groove-inflected, synth-laden soundscape. Swoon over the single here and keep an eye out for Yen Yen’s forthcoming EP ‘GOODBYE’ which is out on March 31st via Cracki Records.
London based DJ/producer Mera Bhai (aka Karthik Poduval) shares a glittering re-edit of ‘You, Me, Us’ which was taken from his newly released debut EP ‘Futureproofing’. A sizzling slice of funk filled magic, the three-minute number finds the perfect sweet spot between retro and futuristic as vocalist Andrew Ashong lays down his brilliant chops over the chugging instrumentation. Groove out to ‘You, Me, Us’ here and be sure to check out ‘Futureproofing’ if you haven’t already done so.
Glasgow-based performance artist , producer and DJ TAAHLIAH unveils her sprawling and emotive debut single ‘Brave’. Featuring the distorted vocals of Sophie Thornton, the single encompasses an empowering and consoling atmosphere that resonates wonderfully with the vibrant electronic soundscape. Tuck into ‘Brave’ here which is out now via untitled (recs).
Consider yourself introduced to French singer/songwriter LYNN and her exceptional new EP ‘Le temps des sentiments’. Comprising four stunning gems that showcase the rising artist’s luxuriously rich and smooth vocals over equally sophisticated and groove-inflected soundscapes, the EP is undoubtedly one of the best you’ll hear this year. Tuck into ‘Le temps des sentiments’ to the right and be sure to check out the striking visual for the title-track via this link.
French artist SYRA follows up her stunning debut single ‘Secret Location’ (which dropped last summer) with equally captivating number ‘Sandman’. Accompanied by a superb and hypnotising music video directed by Manuel Obadia-Wills, the sultry single sees a lush soundscape penned by Basei provide the perfect backdrop for SYRA to lay down her magical and intoxicating vocals. Float away to the dreamy atmospherics of ‘Sandman’ here and keep an eye out for SYRA’s debut EP which is set to drop later this year.
London based artist House of EL follows up last year’s ‘Lazarus’ EP with breezy and delightful new single ‘Better’ which is out via his own label Wunderkind. Driven by subtle electronics, delicate piano chords and glorious brass, the sparkling cut is taken to new heights with House of EL’s impeccable smooth and soulful vocals. An utterly transcendent and relaxing number, ‘Better’ will lift your soul from the moment you press play.
Tamil-Swiss artist Priya Ragu kicks off the new year with the release of sensational new single ‘Chicken Lemon Rice’. Having already impressed us with her infectious debut single ‘Good Love 2.0’ (which made it onto the FIFA 21 Soundtrack), the emerging artist returns with another sizzling banger as her glossy vocals glide across the festive soundscape. Vibe to ‘Chicken Lemon Rice’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for more greatness from Priya Ragu this year.
Belgian rapper Nixon drops the hypnotic visuals to hard-hitting new single ‘OneShot’ which is produced by NegDee & LaMiellerie. A scintillating clip that perfectly marries the track’s explosive, bass-heavy production and Nixon’s infectious flow, the track serves as the follow up to the rising artist’s project ‘L.I.F.T.’ which dropped earlier this year. Check out the slick video here, it’s a stomper!
UK-based artist Alicai Harley unleashes her incredible debut EP ‘The Red Room Intro (Yard Gyal Inna Britain)’. Featuring previously released Ashanti-sampling single ‘I Just Wanna Know’ as well as contribution from the likes of Stefflon Don, Nadia Rose and Nigerian Afrobeats artist Moelogo, the ten-track project is packed with spellbinding cuts that showcase Alicai’s versatility and growth as an artist. An instantly uplifting listen, ‘The Red Room Intro (Yard Gyal Inna Britain)’ is a blast from start to finish – check it out here.
Check out ‘Stay’, the irresistible and enchanting new offering from rising London-based artist Gracie Convert. Serving as the follow up to last year’s ‘On Your Mind’ and ‘Sat in My Bedroom’, ‘Stay’ just might be Gracie Convert’s best track to date with its rich, sweeping production and those sweet, honeyed tones shining bright from start to finish. Dive into the sparkling single here which is produced by Charlie Pitts and be sure to keep an eye out for more from the promising artist.
London-based multi-hyphenate artist KESH unveils sprawling other-worldly single ‘Jadine’s Escape’. Having dropped her debut offering ‘not gaan out’ last year, the visual artist, musician and designer continues to impress with her eclectic and experimental production and delicate voice. A melding of sounds akin to that of Grimes and FKA twigs, ‘Jadine’s Escape’ is laced with intricate beats and haunting vocals that’ll transport you from reality for just over six minutes.