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Haitian-American artist HANZ follows up his ‘PRAYLUDE’ EP from earlier this year with his debut full-length mixtape ‘VAGABOND’. Over the course of the tape’s ten tracks, HANZ showcases his immense versatility as both a rapper and singer as well as his sharp penmanship over superb soundscapes courtesy of Flaire and Fantom Limb. From the powerful opener ‘MWENSE MWENSE’ and ‘Process’ to glitchy electronic-led ‘Blame Me’ and grand atmospherics of ‘Burbank’, ‘VAGABOND’ solidifies HANZ as one of the most exciting voices around.
US-based multi-disciplinary artist ADIV teases his forthcoming debut project with the release of his fantastic new single and video ‘Blue Gene’. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts ‘Time’ and ‘Nothing Dies’, the sparkling cut encompasses a slick soundscape comprising crisp drums and gorgeous basslines that are smothered with ADIV’s impeccably smooth and soothing tones. Check out ‘Blue Gene’ and it’s equally stunning music video here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this rising artist in the new year.
Miami-born, Texas-based singer/songwriter ROZET unveils the captivating music video to her brilliant new single ‘Rigamarole’. Following her magnificent debut offering ‘Phantom City’ which dropped earlier this year, ‘Rigamarole’ is accompanied by a clip that reflects the pain endured by the black community in a Trump-led America and wonderfully captures the track’s empowering and ruthless sentiment. Check out the striking visual to ‘Rigamarole’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this rising artist.
New Jersey-based rap collective VIBE WORLD ORDER serves up ‘TERIYAKI’, another fiery track which is produced by member Comfortabledude. Following previous cuts ‘CASH TALK’ which we featured here on COLORS and ‘FOSHO’, ‘TERIYAKI’ encompasses a powerful 808 beat that packs quite the punch and serves as the perfect foundation for the group’s emcees to lay down their blisteringly sharp verses. Check out the stellar single and it’s accompanying music video here.
Rising East Bay collective AG Club (Avant-Garde Club) continue to impress with their explosive new single ‘Columbia’ which arrives with a 777Media-directed video. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts ‘Holy Shit’ and ‘Memphis Pt. 2’ (featuring NLE Choppa and A$AP Ferg), not to mention their debut project ‘Halfway Off The Porch’ which dropped earlier this year, ‘Columbia’ boasts a bass-heavy beat providing the perfect backdrop for vocalists Jody Fontaine and Baby Boy to do their thing. Check out the single and it’s trippy visual here and be sure to keep an eye out for AG Club’s forthcoming project titled ‘FYE (Fuck Your Expectations)’.
Having lent his production chops to the likes of Charli XCX, Caroline Polachek, HAIM and more, American producer and artist Jim-E Stack steps into the spotlight with his star-studded debut album ‘EPHEMERA’. Setting the tone singles ‘Note to Self’, ‘Jeanie’ and ‘Sweet Summer Sweat’ which feature Empress of, Bon Iver and Dijon respectively, ‘EPHEMERA’ also sees contributions from Octavian, Brockhampton’s Bearface and COLORS alumna Kacy Hill. On the record, Jim-E Stack weaves together a range of sounds and influences to create a seamless and diverse sonic atmosphere – check it out here.
Chicago-born, New York-based singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist KeiyaA unveils the stunning visual to her standout single ‘I! Gits! Weary!’. Lifted from her brilliant ‘Forever, Ya Girl’ project which dropped earlier this year, the spellbinding clip which is directed by Ryosuke Tanzawa follows the Brooklyn native across parks and train stations interspersed with shots of jump rope crew the Jazzy Jumpers Family. Check out the video above and don’t forget to put KeiyaA’s magnificent debut album ‘Forever, Ya Girl’ on rotation too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.