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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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
London based producer p-rallel teams up with Same Wise on ‘Charmer’, the latest single from his forthcoming EP titled ‘In Due Time’ which is out next month. A tribute to the jungle music that his dad played around the house whilst he was growing up, the song boasts an intense and rapid beat as House of Pharaohs member Same Wise delivers some slick verses. If ‘Charmer’ is anything to go by, ‘In Due Time’ is set up to be a must listen.
London based artist Haich Ber Na (formerly known as Haich) follows up previously released single ‘Nowhere Like It’ with the equally enticing and playful ‘Forgetful’. Accompanied by an intriguing and glitchy visual which sees the singer/producer portrayed as a digitised toy, the track opens with futuristic synths which are joined by crisp electronics to serve as the perfect backdrop for Haich Ber Na’s distorted, falsetto laden vocals.
Consider yourself introduced to twenty year-old singer/songwriter Zola Courtney, and her delectable debut single ‘Nothing To Lose’ which is premiering here at COLORS. Serving as the first taste of her forthcoming EP, the track is a sparkling pop track that sees the singer’s crystalline vocals shine across the gentle and breezy soundscape. A song about self-acceptance and “being honest about who you are”, ‘Nothing To Lose’ is a breath of fresh air; a song that will transport you to a place of pure serenity.
London based newcomer Tamera reveals her stunning debut single ‘Romeo’, a sparkling cut that opens with soothing jazzy intro and blossoms into a neo-soul experience that oozes class. Accompanied by an equally beautiful music video directed by India Rose, the track is elevated by Tamera’s impeccable voice glistening atop the laid back instrumentation.
Glasgow based singer, songwriter and producer Joesef follows up previously released singles ‘Limbo’ and ‘Loverboy’ with another soulful cut in the form of ‘Don’t Give In’. Over a simple yet easygoing beat, Joesef lays down his soothing tones as he sings about loving someone who loves another, but isn’t honest about it. Check out the brilliant new single here.
Kent born, London based artist Havelock serves up another slice of refreshing indie pop packed with groove in the form of ‘Pheromones’, which is produced by Luke Fitton. The follow up to previously released single ‘Real’, ‘Pheromones’ is a melting pot of influences, seamlessly combining elements of hip-hop, indie pop and electronics and wrapping them up into a unique sound. Premiering here at COLORS, ‘Pheromones’ sees Havelock shift from intimate and subdued in the verses before bursting into the vibrant and groovy atmospherics of that infectious hook.
Since releasing his exceptional debut single ‘Janet’ in 2016, London singer/songwriter M. T. Hadley has worked with the likes of COLORS alum Nilüfer Yanya as well as Tobias Jesso Jr and members of the Paul Institute. Today, Hadley marks his return with ‘Rattle’, a hazy pop track that Hadley wrote when he was twenty. ‘Rattle’ features his serene falsetto-laden vocals as he sings to a newborn baby about the hardships of life: “You will feel nothing but heartache…you will see nothing but mistakes, as tragedy blooms.” he sings in the track’s chorus.
London based singer, songwriter and producer Leo Kalyan has been releasing gem after gem over the past few years; swirling sounds that intertwine R&B, electronic, pop with South Asian nuggets thrown in to create a sound that hits the spot every time. That’s exactly the case with his latest offering ‘time can wait’, a sparkling cut that sees the singer’s falsetto-laden vocals traverse a soundscape of breezy electronics.
London based duo Petrie release ‘Couldn’t Cry’, a guitar-laden indie pop gem that serves as the follow up to previous single ‘Personal Space’. Having released their delightful debut album ‘Superstore’ earlier this year, Laurie and George continue to keep the ball rolling with the new single. A sparkling track which sees the pair replace their signature sizzling synths and funk filled beats with soothing guitar tones and simple electronic drums, ‘Couldn’t Cry’ is yet another stunner from the Londoners.
Rising West London based singer/songwriter Hope Tala shares ‘Jealous’, the latest single to be taken from her forthcoming ‘Sensitive Soul’ EP. Serving as the follow up to previously released ‘D.T.M.’, ‘Jealous’ is a breezy slice of alternative R&B sprinkled with nuances of bossa nova thrown in for good measure. Together, Hope Tala’s soothing tones and the serene acoustic guitar chords give the track an airy, weightless feel, one that is perfect for a summer evening watching the clouds float by at the sun sets into the west.