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London based singer/songwriter Olivia Dean shines on her utterly emotive and delightfully smooth new single ‘Baby Come Home’. Opening with the gentle strums of the guitar, it’s Dean’s enchanting tones that steal the show here as they wash over the soothing soundscape. A song for “missing the one you love”, ‘Baby Come Home’ serves as the follow up to previously released single ‘Crossroads’ and last year’s ‘Ok Love You Bye’ EP, both of which wonderfully showcase the rising artist’s magnificent songwriting and luxurious vocals.
Premiering at COLORS, check out the mind blowing new EP from East London based singer/songwriter simon a. titled ‘Way to Go’. Featuring previously released cuts like ‘Grace’ and ‘White Heart’, the five-track EP is a genre-bending journey of self-reflection and self exploration which sees simon a.’s soulful intonations sweep across atmospheric soundscapes that bring to mind the poetic storytelling and vocal range of Frank Ocean. Dive into simon a.’s mesmerising compositions on ‘Way to Go’ here; it’s one of the most impressive projects you’ll hear this year.
Rising London based singer/songwriter Asha Gold shines on her delectable new single ‘Passenger’, the follow up to last year’s ‘Too Good’. Driven by a simple but slick guitar riff that Gold heard a busker playing whilst travelling in Europe along with a crisp electronic beat, it’s Gold’s silky vocals that steal the show once more as she sings about “about escapism and how all your stresses seem to fade when you’re travelling, constantly on the move”. Dive into the single here, it’s a stunner.
U.K. based singer/songwriter Connie Constance has followed up last year’s ‘English Rose’ with striking new single ‘Monty Python’. Accompanied by an equally energetic music video directed by Ethan Barratt and Tom Gullam, the track encompasses a raw and uplifting atmosphere that boasts powerful drums and gritty guitars. However, it’s Constance’s utterly unique and breathtaking vocals that evoke a smooth soulfulness and a sharp bite too – see for yourself here.
If you’re looking for a song that’s just as refreshing as it is smooth, then ‘Giving It Up’ by London based singer JONES is the one for you. Serving as her taste of new music in more than two years (JONES released her ‘New York’ EP in 2018), ‘Giving It Up’ is just a delectable slice of soulful pop that sees JONES’ irresistibly sweet vocals take center stage over an infectious beat. Check out the brilliant track and it’s accompanying music video which was shot in L.A. here.
London based singer/songwriter Shivum Sharma returns with sparkling new single ‘Diamond’, his first new music in over two years. Opening with gentle and heartwarming guitar chords, it’s Sharma’s distinct and falsetto-laden vocals that steal the show here as they float atop of the mellow instrumentation which is co-produced alongside Alex Burey. Check out the dazzling new cut here and be sure to keep an eye out for Sharma’s forthcoming new EP which is out later this year.
North London based MC and COLORS alumni Little Simz unveils new EP ‘Drop 6’ which was written and recorded whilst in lockdown. The project follows up last year’s Mercury Prize-nominated album ‘GREY Area’ and features production from the likes of Kal Banx, OTG, Kadz, St Francis Hotel and more as well as an appearance from singer Alewya on closing cut ‘where’s my lighter’. As is expected with everything Simz puts out, ‘Drop 6’ is another fiery collection of songs that showcase the rapper’s exceptional songwriting and ruthless flow.
George van den Broek aka Yellow Days returns with a dazzling, groove-inflected new single in the form of ‘Treat You Right’. Since his spectacular COLORS performance of ‘So Terrified Of Your Own Mind‘ back in 2017, the singer/songwriter has gone onto release a slew of stunning cuts like ‘What’s It All For?’, ‘Just When’ and ‘It’s Real Love’. New offering ‘Treat You Right’ marks his first release of the year, and it’s an absolute stunner. Dive into the old-school, funk-filled cut here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from Yellow Days.
Nottingham, UK based singer, songwriter and producer George Gretton shares ‘Overhead’, a wonky and uplifting new cut that premiered in Gretton’s HOME/BRED session for COLORS earlier this week. Gretton’s soaring tones traipse across the soundscape as he sings about an unwavering friendship over skewed rhythms that meet somewhere between Jai Paul and Mura Masa. Dive into the synth and electronic-laden cut here and be sure to keep an eye out for George’s forthcoming new project which is out later this year.
London based songstress Jessie Ware unveils sparkling new single ‘Ooh La La’ which is lifted from her forthcoming fourth studio album ‘What’s Your Pleasure?’. Serving as the follow up to previously released cuts like ‘Mirage (Don’t Stop)’, ‘Adore You’ and ‘Spotlight’, this funk-filled gem boasts the nastiest bassline you’ll have heard in quite a while. Add Ware’s playful and buttery smooth vocals into the mix, and you’ve got yourself an absolute bop – groove out to the single here and keep an eye out for ‘What’s Your Pleasure?’ which is out 19th June.
West London based rapper Life teams up with Lord Apex on his explosive and emotive new single about friendship called ‘Cheque On It’. Dedicated to that one friend we all have “that’s always smiling, the one that’s always happy”, ‘Cheque On It’ sees the two MCs work their magic over a super slick beat. The track closes off with a softer and deeper touch which was inspired by the passing of Life’s close friends due to COVID-19. Check out the empowering and raw single here, and keep an eye out for Life’s forthcoming (as yet untitled) project which is out later this year.
Glasgow based artist CHLOBOCOP teams up with Lee Scott with a slice of her distinct and trippy brand of Hip-Hop on latest offering ‘BELL ME BACK’. The single follows up last year’s ‘NARCOTICS’ and features the artist’s fiery bars over an eerie, bass-heavy instrumental courtesy of Bisk and Sun Jun. Dive into the addictive track here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this rising artist.
Rising UK based songstress and COLORS alumni Pip Millett reveals her stunning new EP ‘Lost In June’; a soulful and enchanting moment of bliss. Opening with the stripped-back single ‘Deeper Dark’, the eight-track EP also features previously released cut ‘June’ which encompasses a rich and intoxicating soundscape that oozes groove. Throughout the EP, Millett’s mesmerizing and emotive voice shines through and adds a warming touch over the gloriously versatile and invigorating instrumentation. Lose yourself to ‘Lost In June’ here, it’s a stunner.
Rising London based artist NEO 10Y shares ‘Y’, an ethereal curiosity banger that boasts a powerful electronic soundscape penned alongside S.B.O. The track follows up previously released cut ‘ILY’ and strikes quite a chord from the get go with its pounding bass and NEO 10Y’s inviting and intriguing vocals which ask “Am I right or am I wrong?”. Check out the emphatic single up top and be sure to keep an eye out for more from NEO 10Y.
London-based artist virgil HAWKINS and producer HNRO share the music video for ‘Gollum’, lifted off their high-octane collaborative project ‘Dragonchild Static*‘. Premiering here at COLORS, the sharp, atmospheric visuals directed by Hawkins, Nathan Li and Tyrus Hill wonderfully reflect the track’s dynamic energy. Dive into the slick music video here, and be sure to give ‘Dragonchild Static*’ a spin if you haven’t already done so!
Consider yourself introduced to London based artist Afonso and his spellbinding new single ‘Luz’, a sparkling jazz and soul inflected gem. Everything from the rich instrumentation that boasts a magnificent string section and gorgeous bass to Afonso’s delicate and polished vocals encompasses a timelessness and sense of class that is difficult to perfect. A song about self discovery, ‘Luz’ is one of those songs that resonates with you more and more with each listen, check it out here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this emerging talent.
North London based singer/songwriter Latir shares new single ‘Wallflower’, one of the smoothest songs you’ll hear all year. The track’s slick production is topped off wonderfully by Latir’s exquisite and sweet vocals that glide across the soundscape with ease as he paints an equally lush image with his poetic lyrics. Check out the spectacular single and it’s brilliant music video here.
London based rapper Ultra)_eko shares ‘Kitchen Sink Dramas’, a powerful six-track project that packs a punch from start to finish. Throughout the course of the EP, Ultra_eko showcases his versatility as both a performer and songwriter, navigating hard-hitting and powerful beats tinged with gentle piano chords and sophisticated orchestration with ease. There’s a certain rawness to ‘Kitchen Sink Dramas’, one that resonates with you from opening track ‘The Seventh Day” to closer ‘Twisted’.
Consider yourself introduced to Georgia Lowe aka GLOWE, who impresses with her sparkling new single ‘Overwhelmed’ produced by Joe Wander. Serving as the first single from her forthcoming debut EP titled ‘Daughter’, ‘Overwhelmed’ captures the rising artist’s assertive and powerful voice pierce through the guitar-laden soundscape. Check out the anthemic cut here and be sure to keep an eye out for GLOWE’s ‘Daughter’ EP which is out very soon.
Consider yourself introduced to the hypnotic and captivating sounds of South London based artist Amani who impresses on ‘Power Games’. The track follows up Amani’s ‘Perpendicular’ EP from 2017, and is soundtracked by blistering electronics that carry her gorgeous falsetto along with ease; creating an entirely immersive and cinematic soundscape. Check out ‘Power Games’ here.