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San Antonio singer and songwriter Xavier Omär unveils new single ‘SURF’, a breathtaking collaboration with COLORS alumna Masego. Lifted from Omär’s latest project ‘if You Feel’ which features previously released singles ‘So Much More’, ‘All Our Time’ (ft. Jae Stephens) and Like I Feel (ft, Mereba), the track encompasses a soothing and groove-inflected atmosphere as Omär and Masegi’s charming tones pair together wonderfully over the breezy soundscape. Check out the spectacular offering here and be sure to give the rest of ‘if You Feel’ a spin too.
Queens-raised, L.A.-based Chilean-American artist Aalok Bala shares one of the most striking and original projects of the year with ‘Sacred Mirror’. Having already impressed with her magical and enchanting sounds on previous singles ‘Sueño’, ‘Moon Juice’ and ‘The Hive’ this year, the EP is completed with new cuts ‘Body of Light’, ‘Crystal’ and ‘Alone With The Night’. Throughout the EP, Aalok Bala’s powerful and pristine vocals shine across Chilean beats blended wonderfully with soul and pop elements to create a sound that is truly unique – check it out for yourself 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.
Danish-born, LA-based artist and producer Galimatias shares the gorgeous visuals to ‘GPS’ which features Bas and Xavier Omar. Lifted from his recently released album ‘Renaissance Boy’, the single serves as a slick slice of R&B that sees an icy smooth beat underpinning Bas’ and Xavier Omar’s soothing tones. Check out the single and it’s Alex Nazari-directed music video which features a stunning dance performed by Aahkilah Cornelius and choreographed by Cisco Ruelas.
California-born, LA-based, producer and rapper Asha Imuno shares his long-awaited second full length album ‘Good News’ out via b4. Featuring previously released singles ‘CAVIAR’ and ‘BIG WORDS’, the fourteen-track project captures Imuno’s refreshing production-style and versatility as both a singer and rapper. From the roller-coaster soundscapes of ‘SIX PACK’ which sees the artist switch beats and delivery to the laid-back atmospherics of ‘QUESTIONS’ and ‘DREW THE LINE’, ‘Good News’ is a record that shines from start to finish.
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.
Nepalese-born, North Carolina-based breakthrough artist Curtis Waters (aka Abhinav Bastakoti) shares ‘Pity Party’, his magnificent debut studio album. Since going Tik Tok viral with infectious cut ‘Stunnin” (which features Harm Franklin and has now amassed over 300 million global combined streams), the rising singer, songwriter and producer has gone onto share equally impressive singles ‘The Feelings Tend To Stay The Same’ and ‘Freckles’. On ‘Pity Party’, Waters brings his witty songwriting and slick vocals over playful and emotive soundscapes – stream the entire album here.
Indiana-based singer, songwriter and producer Rahm Silverglade aka RⱯHM ⚉ steps into the spotlight with intricate new single ‘Tree In A Sidewalk’. Forming 1/4 of alt-pop New York based outfit altopalo, ‘Tree In A Sidewalk’ is the first solo offering from RⱯHM ⚉ who lays down a bed of sophisticated electronics and thumping bass for his soothing and solemn vocals. Lifted from his forthcoming debut full length which is out next year, the record is a wonderful taste of what’s to come – sink into the single here.
US-based duo LANNDS (aka Rania Woodard and Brian Squillace) release ‘ninety four’, the latest offering from their forthcoming EP. Serving as another sumptuous slice of electronic indie-pop, the brilliant cut follows LANNDS’ previous single ‘o.o.w’ and further showcases the pair’s wonderful artistry. From Squillace’s intricate and layered soundscapes to Woodard’s sultry and distinct vocals, LANNDS’ third EP is shaping up to be quite special.
Las Vegas-based artist and synthesist Isola (aka Ivana Carrescia) unveils her spectacular debut EP ‘EP1’ which is out via L.A. based label GODMODE. From the opener ‘Ischia’ to closing number ‘Ricorda (Tell Me)’, the seven-track project is bursting with electronic-led beats interspersed with magical, haunting vocals that are epitomised by Isola’s signature synths. Created alongside GODMODE founder Nick Sylvester, ‘EP1’ is a stellar introduction to Isola’s work and cements her as one to watch in the years to come.
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!
Pasadena-based singer/songwriter Fana Hues shares illuminating new single ‘Icarus’ which is accompanied by an equally stunning music video. Taken from her forthcoming EP which is out later this year, the breathtaking cut serves as the follow up to Hues’ fabulous debut single ‘Notice Me’ which released this past summer. Soundtracked by a summery guitar and piano melodies that are driven by a crisp beat, it’s Hues’ hazy, lush vocals that steal the show here – check out the single here for yourself.
DC native Davon Bryant a.k.a. dreamcastmoe unveils groovy new single ‘Bend Backwards’ which is taken from his new EP ‘Lamont’. The single follows ‘301-341-7207’ which dropped in August and is packed with a funk-filled soundscape that boasts a warbling bass and kicking beat that’s topped off by Bryant’s slick vocal delivery. Dive into ‘Bend Backwards’ here and be sure to give ‘Lamont’ a spin when it drops next month via L.A. based label In Real Life.
L.A.-via-Maryland artist Boy Willows (aka Landon Fleischman) teams up with Dylan Minette of Wallows on sparkling new single ‘Fila’. Encompassing a hazy and almost dream-like atmosphere, the single is a reflection on the “feelings bubbled up when we were forced to slow down for the first time in a long time” and arrives with an equally mesmerising self-directed music video. Dive into the gorgeous atmospherics of ‘Fila’ here, you won’t be disappointed.
Chicago native SABA returns with two new singles in the form of ‘Mrs. Forever’ and ‘Something in the Water’ featuring Denzel Curry. Since his striking COLORS performance from almost three years ago, the rapper has gone onto release his exceptional album ‘CARE FOR HOME’ in 2018 and ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’ this past April along with his Pivot Gang collective. On ‘Mrs. Whoever’ and ‘Something in the Water’, SABA showcases his refreshing and eclectic songwriting which coupled with his delivery and infectious flow, shows why he’s still one of the best around.
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.
If you’re looking for a track to get your groove on, look no further than ‘MANGO’ (produced by Nightshade), the latest offering from New York based artist KAMAUU. A collaboration with Adeline, who lends her gorgeous tones, ‘MANGO’ is a sugary sweet funk-fest which boasts the grooviest of guitar licks and KAMAUU’s irresistible falsetto-laden vocals. Check out the dazzling single and it’s wonderful music video (which is directed by KAMAUU himself) here.
Consider yourself introduced to NYC based artist Aions who shares his fiery new single ‘Sun’s 4’ which is out via Sedimentary Sound. On the single, producer Aions lays the groundwork for MCs Dutchguts, Gi Major and Lord of Ciphers to work their magic and showcase their unique and powerful verses which seamlessly flow into one another. Check out ‘Sun’s 4’ here, it’s a an absolute gem!
Consider yourself introduced to singer, songwriter and musician RÜDE CÅT whose debut single ‘Homesick’ will quite frankly blow you away. Opening with warm acoustic guitars, the track is taken to new heights as a burst of electronics shoot through the soundscape for the soaring chorus which boasts RÜDE CÅT’s impeccable vocals. A refreshing take on R&B, soul and electronic with an alternative twist, ‘Homesick’ cements RÜDE CÅT as one to watch – check it out for yourself here.
Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Ian Isiah shares his highly-anticipated EP titled ‘AUNTIE’ featuring previous cuts like ‘Princess Pouty’ and ‘Loose Truth’. Over the course of the seven-track project, Isiah effortlessly showcases his exceptional versatility as a singer, songwriter and musician. Dripping with funk-filled moments that showcase Isiah’s superb storytelling and soothing tones, ‘AUNTIE’ is undoubtedly one of the most striking and impressive projects you’ll hear this year.