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Paris based singer, songwriter and producer Oklou aka Aavril Alvarez teams up with Mura Masa on the delectable ‘entertnmnt’. Opening with bubbling synths, the eerie single shines with Oklou’s intoxicating auto-tuned vocals as the production gradually intensifies with more and more layers of instrumentation thrown into the mix. Check out the dazzling single and it’s equally captivating music video directed by Alexandra Green here.
Rising LA-based singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Maddie Jay shares a playful and utterly enchanting new single in the form of ‘The Peanut Butter Song’. With hints of psychedelic rock and lo-fi hip hop, ‘The Peanut Butter Song’ exudes an ever so cool and inviting atmosphere as Maddie Jay smothers her super smooth vocals atop the glistening soundbed of guitars and drums. Enjoy the single and its charming music video here.
South Africa born, Los Angeles based artist Nick Leng teams up with rapper Chester Watson on the woozy and utterly enchanting ‘Plastic Moon’. Accompanied by a sensational claymation video by Bona Bones, the cosmic single opens with Leng’s yearning vocals before Watson’s breezy spoken word verses that boast his clever wordplay enter the foray. Check out both the single and visual here and be sure to keep an eye out for Nick Leng’s forthcoming debut LP titled ‘LEMONS’.
Australian singer/songwriter Olivia Gavranich aka St. South shares breezy new single ‘Does Your Brain Ever Get This Loud?’. Soundtracked by sweeping electronics, hand claps and twinkling piano melodies, it’s Gavranich’s honeyed tones that truly steal the show here. Contrary to the song’s title, her magical voice transports you to a world of pure serenity and relaxation.
South London based MC Crave Moore shines with his distinctive and effortlessly smooth vocal on latest offering ‘Come Down’. Soundtracked by a super clean beat that weaves in subtle grooves and evokes a mellow atmosphere, the track sees the COLORS alumnus tackle themes of losing your inhibitions whilst “knowing whatever goes up must ‘Come Down'”. Enjoy the brilliant new single here and be sure to keep an eye out for more brilliance from the South Londoner.
Vietnamese-Chinese Canadian artist Nilo Blues refuses to be kept inside the boundaries on blistering new single ‘No Risk Involved’. Soundtracked by an icy trap-inspired beat, the rising hip-hop artists effortlessly shifts from ruthlessly sharp verses to super smooth vocals on the chorus. Check out the powerful track and it’s thought-provoking visual directed by angelicamilash which depicts the “exoticising and fetishising of Asian female stereotypes within the entertainment industry”.
London based singer, songwriter and producer Khushi unveils his long awaited and utterly astounding debut solo album ‘Strange Seasons’. Featuring previously released singles ‘Like A City’, ‘Freedom Falls’ and ‘From Me’ and mixed by none other than James Blake; whom Khushi opened for, on his most recent tours of the U.S.A. and Europe. Over the course of ‘Strange Seasons’, Khushi finds that perfect sweet spot between organic and electronic soundscapes as his delicate voice flutters atop each song.
Lisbon based producer Bullion shares endearing new song ‘Hula’, the first single from his upcoming EP ‘We Had a Good Time’ which is out on February 28 via his own label Deek Recordings. On ‘Hula’, Bullion (aka Nathan Jenkins) serves up a slice of laid back pop that saunters its way into your heart with its mellow production and Bullion’s soothing tones to add another comforting touch. Check out the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for the new EP too.
Jamaican reggae artist Dre Island yearns for a better future in his new single ‘Be Okay’, a collaboration with fellow native Jesse Royal. A song about the hardships that life brings, an acoustic version of ‘Be Okay’ was first debuted last November on Jamaican Youtube channel Jussbuss TV, and today we get to hear the final version. Features a brilliant verse from Jesse Royal, ‘Be Okay’ serves as a ray of hope; a reason to push through the struggles no matter what.
Brooklyn based filmmaker and musician Austin Johnson aka breaking shares his breathtaking new single in the form of ‘Tick’. The slow burning track opens with warming guitar melodies as a subtle electronic beat works its way into the mix and Johnson’s fragile, falsetto-laden voice warms your soul. The perfect soundtrack for these chilly winter months (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere), ‘Tick’ is an intriguing slice of electronic-folk that brilliantly follows up last year’s ‘Shell’ EP.
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.
Ottawa based artist maxime. shares a striking visual for latest single ‘old fast’, taken from his debut album ‘whatevernowiscalled’ which dropped at the start of last month. Opening with glitchy electronics which are joined by some killer guitar lines, the track’s moody atmosphere is heightened by maxime.’s equally arresting vocals. Check out the track and it’s accompanying music video which is filmed and edited by Tosca Webb here, and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out ‘whatevernowiscalled’.
Canadian producer and vocalist Verzache kicks off the new year with a mellow and subdued new single in the form of ‘TALK’. Opening with the simple strums of a single guitar chord, the track bursts into life as a bass-heavy beat enters the foray to serve as the perfect backdrop for Verzache’s soothing tones.
Rising Richmond, Va. rapper Baby Sosa shares hypnotic new single ‘Uberxl’ which features Polo Perks and production courtesy of Harrison. The single follows her captivating debut single ‘Everywhereigo’ and boasts a bass-heavy beat which lays the framework for Polo Perks to work his magic and for Sosa to add her own striking vocals into the mix.
New York based songwriter emawk follows up his exceptional ‘vintage’ EP with another delicious slice of soulful sounds in the form of ‘tea’. Having caught our attention earlier this year with the stunning ‘Later’, emawk rounds off the year with the soothing atmospherics of ‘tea’. Soundtracked by gentle guitars and a subtle electronic beat, it’s emawk’s soul-stirring vocals that steal the show once more, showing why he’s one of the most exciting voices around.
16 year-old Birmingham based singer and producer Matt Ryder bursts onto the scene with his exceptional debut EP titled ’50FT’. Featuring previously released singles ‘Hours’ and ‘Further’, the seven-track project captures the newcomer’s magnificent songwriting over brooding, atmospherics productions that showcase Ryder’s versatility and prowess. With ’50FT’, Matt Ryder shows why he’s one to watch in the years to come.
Belgium based singer, songwriter and producer Tsar B teases new EP with her dark and intoxicating single ‘Rome (Solve You)’. Since introducing herself with the dazzling ‘Escalate’ back in 2015, Tsar B has gone onto release a slew of stellar releases in the form of her brilliant self-titled EP and stunning debut album ‘The Games I Played’ last year. With ‘Rome (Solve You)’ (which comes accompanied with a video game inspired visual by Lion Beach), the singer teases a new EP, and with that, impresses once more with her gorgeous, silky vocals traipsing across the haunting soundscape.
Consider yourself introduced to Swedish newcomer Max Nilsson aka Where Is Maps who steps into the spotlight with a dazzling single in the form of ‘Never The Same’. The infectious pop song serves as the lead single to his forthcoming debut EP which is out on December 17th via new label Dreams Never Die. Listen as Nilsson’s alluring vocals sweep across the bright soundscape that boasts groovy guitarlines, subtle synths and a killer beat.
Jamaica based artist Mikayla Simpson aka Koffee teams up with fellow COLORS alum and rapper Gunna on blistering new single ‘W’. Serving as the follow up to the rising star’s debut project ‘Rapture’ (which is now nominated for a Grammy for Best Reggae Album), ‘W’ is another fiery track which showcases Koffee’s slick delivery as she implores the listener to focus on the wins and not the losses. Check out the track and Matt Baron directed video here and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out both Koffee and Gunna’s COLORS sessions.
Danish artists Lord Siva and Vera team up once more on the superb double single ‘Party Angel’ and ‘Kisses In The Wind’ featuring Noah Carter. The two singles follow up the pair’s previously released cuts ‘Paris’ and ‘Oh My God’, which further find the perfect sweet spot by seamlessly blending the pair’s sonic worlds together. The collaborative project is shaping up to be quite an exciting one, and with the release of these two new singles, it’ll be interesting to see where the pair take their sound next.