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Opening with gentle guitar licks, ‘Too Much’, the gorgeous new single from rising Virginia/L.A. based artist REECE is a moment of self reflection, highlighting the importance of “learning to love yourself enough to let somebody go and to understand that it’s okay to choose your happiness”. Accompanied by an intimate music video, the minimal production creates an alluring atmosphere as REECE’s impeccably silky vocals add warmth and solace.
BROCKHAMPTON have revitalised and redefined what it is to be a “boy band” over the past year years. With four stellar projects under their belt, the supergroup are in the process of rolling out album number five, which is titled ‘Ginger’ and features previously released single ‘I Been Born Again’. On follow up single ‘IF YOU PRAY RIGHT’, which is accompanied by a futuristic Spencer Ford directed visual, the members work their magic once more with slick production and equally cool verses from the likes of Dom McLennon, Joba, Matt Champion and Merlyn Wood.
Toronto based model/singer/rapper Ebhoni’s latest single ‘Cook Food’ packs quite the punch. Produced by DJ Florentino, the track boasts a slick trap-inspired beat, which serves as the perfect backdrop for Ebhoni to lay down her super smooth vocals. What makes this track hit that extra bit harder though, is Ebhoni’s songwriting – the lyrics cutting through sharper than ever with lines like “You say you love me like ‘Cook Food’ / but only when he in a good mood”.
Los Angeles based singer, songwriter and producer Kaiya Crawford has shared ‘Mama’, her delightful second album. Dedicated to her mother, the ten-track project is a timeless affair which sees Crawford channel a throwback R&B vibe whilst bringing her own refreshing twist to the mix. Whether it’s the smooth intonations of ‘On Me’ and ‘Bootstraps’, or the fiery atmospherics of ‘Slow The Motion’ and ‘2009’, Crawford shines from start to finish.
Consider yourself introduced to Chiiild, a band from Montreal who step into the limelight with debut single ‘Count Me Out’. With production credits that include working on Grammy award winning albums with Skrillex and Diplo to writing and producing with Lady Gaga and Usher and inspired by the likes of Tame Impala and D’Angelo, Chiild’s debut captures a blend of sounds from pop, R&B and soul to jazz. The single boasts a splendid soundscape that boasts gritty guitars and sharp drums with bursts of brass as those soothing tones are smothered on top.
Madras born, Austin based artist Abhi The Nomad shares the eclectic ‘House of Clocks’, taken from his forthcoming ‘Modern Trash’ album. Having lived in eight countries by the time he was twenty one, it comes as no surprise that Abhi The Nomad’s music is a globally conscious commentary on our planet’s current state. That’s exactly the case with ‘House of Clocks’, an otherwise spirited track which touches on environmental issues and how we still have a long way to go in saving the planet. Check out ‘House of Clocks’ here and be sure to keep an eye out of ‘Modern Trash’ when it drops later this year.
Consider yourself introduced to Moël, a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer from Toronto whose debut single ‘Votk’ will take your breath away. Produced by Alex Ernewein, ‘Votk’ is a multi-layered, soulful cut that evokes a sense of nostalgia as it incorporates sublime guitars with subtle electronics to carve the perfect path for Moël’s lush vocals to weave through with ease. This is undoubtedly one of the strongest debuts you’ll hear all year.
Brooklyn/Tel Aviv based producer, guitarist, and composer O Mer serves up ‘Repack The Junk’, a groovy gem taken from his forthcoming EP of the same name. Citing the likes of Damon Albarn, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell and Fairuz and Mohammed Abdel Wahab as influences, O Mer crafts a spectacular guitar-driven haven on ‘Repack the Junk’ which boasts an ever so infectious hook. Everything from the emphatic guitars, the pounding bass and O Mer’s angsty vocal delivery gels wonderfully – it’s an absolute blast!
Created “entirely in a floating hotel on the edge of Tofino, BC”, ‘Traces’, the stunning new EP from Canadian artist and producer Kogane is absolute bliss. The four-track project opens with the intricate melodies and utterly captivating soundscapes of ‘Bicycles’ and ‘Alberta’, both instrumental tracks that set the scene wonderfully for the EP’s stunning atmospherics. The EP closes with ‘Max’ and title-track ‘Traces’, both of which introduces Kogane’s soothing tones into the foray, adding another layer of warmth and comfort.
Somalia born, Toronto based singer/songwriter Amaal’s voice is quite frankly heavenly. Sharing her songs on social media catapulted her reach before landing her a deal with Universal Music Canada through whom she released her stunning official debut single ‘Not What I Thought’ earlier this year. On latest single ‘Later’, which is taken from her newly released ‘Black Dove’ EP, Amaal enchants with her super smooth vocals and poetic lyricism.
The gorgeous ballad is also accompanied by an equally stunning and insightful visual directed by Kat Webber. Dedicated to F.E.A.T, “a bus program that brings families across the province to visit loved ones in the criminal justice system”, the video depicts Amaal’s own experiences with the program, highlighting a wonderful initiative.
South Florida based native Q introduces himself with ‘Forest Green’, a seven track arrangement which impresses from start to finish. Encompassing a myriad of musical influences from R&B, soul and alternative rock, the self produced record takes a deep dive into topics such as preoccupied anxiety, lack of connection, and love. Whether it’s the rock tinged ‘I Get Tired’ and ‘I Might Slip Away if I Don’t Feel Nothing’ or the smoother intonations of ‘Pray Together’ and falsetto laden ‘Your Special’, Q showcases his versatility wonderfully as a musician, singer and songwriter.
Toronto based R&B duo dvsn (comprised of producer Nineteen85 and singer Daniel Daley) mark their long awaited return with two new singles, ‘Miss Me?‘ and ‘In Between’. Serving as their first new music since their 2017 sophomore album ‘Morning After’, the songs are just as slick and smooth as any dvsn tracks out there. The latter, is the one we’re highlighting here – its simple, guitar-laden production allows Daley’s exceptional vocals to melt your heart as he serenades you with those golden tones.
When he’s not snapping breathtaking shots for Vice, The New York Times and The Fader (to name a few), Brooklyn based creative Nathan Bajar soothes your soul with his magnificent sounds. Featuring previously released singles ‘Devil Girl’ and ‘Silver Surfer’, his brilliant debut album ‘Playroom’ which is released via In Real Life, is packed with tracks that are just as diverse as they are playful. With contributions from the likes of CeCeFayce, Nelson Bandela Nance, Gabe and more, the ten-track project encompasses a spectrum of sounds from Hip-Hop and R&B to Soul and Jazz.
Opening with the line “I feel like a god right now” couldn’t be more apt for ‘I Know’, the latest single from Sri Lankan-Canadian artist and producer Yanchan. Fusing a fiery hip-hop beat with Carnatic nuances, ‘I Know’ is a collaboration with fellow native Shan Vincent de Paul who blitz through his powerful and hard-hitting verse with ease. Together, the pair have created a song that empowers and celebrates both the Eastern and Western influences, masterfully blending the sounds to create a seamless, powerful statement.
South Korean born, New York raised singer, songwriter and producer Alice Kim aka Hunjiya (pronounded hun-jee-yuh) shares her breezy new single ‘give it/what i get’, which follows up previously released single ‘said’. Backed up with a breezy soundscape which intertwines the world of R&B/soul with electronic and trap-inspired flourishes, the track encompasses a refreshing atmosphere as Hunjiya’s serene voice permeates through with ease. The perfect soundtrack to those hazy summer days, listen as Hunjiya, soothes your soul with those golden tones.
Formerly of indie-pop outfit Chairlift, singer/songwriter Caroline Polachek unveils her sparkling debut solo effort in the form of ‘Door’. Accompanied by an otherworldly music video and serving as the lead single from her forthcoming debut album, ‘Door’ is a dazzling pop song that sees Polachek’s crystalline vocals shine across a twinkling soundscape as the cryptic lyrics allow your imagination to run wild. An exemplary taste of what’s to come from Polachek’s debut full length (two thirds of which is produced by Danny L. Harle), ‘Door’ is everything you need and want in a pop song.
L.A. based duo DJDS (comprised of Same and Jerome) team up with R&B singer Dijon on the magical ‘Magic Loop. Serving as the first taste of music since they released their star-studded sophomore album ‘Big Wave More Fire’ which featured the likes of Amber Mark, Vic Mensa as well as COLORS alumni Marco McKinnis and Empress Of, ‘Magic Leap’ is delectable slice of electro-R&B. Whilst the song encompasses a slightly more mellow and softer sound compared to the pair’s more underground techno sounds, it shines just as bright with Dijon’s exceptional vocals accompanying the infectious “do do do”s that carry the track along.
Having shared a handful of gorgeous acoustic demos on his SoundCloud over the past year or so, New York based singer/songwriter dhruv delivers his first studio single in the form of ‘double take’. Produced by fellow New Yorker frankis, the sparkling track features a sharp electronic, trap inspired soundbed which boasts a pounding bass which is topped off by dhruv’s exquisite vocal delivery. It serves as dhruv’s first. A brilliant debut offering, ‘double take’ is a dazzling introduction to dhruv’s artistry and according to his SoundCloud, there’s more new music on the way.
Toronto based artist Eva Tolkin aka EVA shares ‘CRY’, a glorious standalone single that serves as the follow up to her Danny L Harle produced single ‘Touch Me’ and is the pop anthem you didn’t know you needed. Although the track doesn’t appear on her forthcoming EP, it’s irresistibly vibrant atmospherics and fun pop sensibilities are unquestionable infectious with EVA’s bright vocals wonderfully complimenting the club-ready instrumentation. It’s going to make you want to dance, cry, or perhaps even both!
New York based artist Raveena’s music has a way of entering and soothing every sinew of your soul. Over the past few years, the rising singer/songwriter (alongside long-time collaborator and producer Everett Orr) has crafted a sound that enlightens and heals with each word, note, beat. The culmination of this craft, is ‘Lucid’, Raveena’s mesmerising and utterly enchanting debut album. A torch bearer for South Asian artists, Raveena touches on everything from identity and sexuality to immigration and family – narrating personal experiences that resonate beautifully over the album’s twelve tracks.