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Philly based singer, songwriter and spoken poet Christinna O shares ‘Hot Head’, a deeply honest and self-reflective single produced by Daniel Lynas (Kanye West, A$AP Rocky). A song about living with bipolar disorder, ‘Hot Head’ is a personal expression of “how hard it is to speak and be heard for your truths, especially as a Black woman, as a queer Black woman”. Christinna’s words paint a picture that is only heightened and more vivid with Lynas’ powerful and driving beat. Listen to the single above and if you haven’t already done so, be sure to listen to Christinna’s ‘Girl In Passing’ EP which was released last year.
Boston based duo Brevin Kim (aka Cal and Bren Paulhus) unveil explosive, genre-bending double single ‘i need water / he doesn’t love her’. Serving as a taster for their forthcoming debut album, ‘i need water’ and ‘he doesn’t love her’ encompass the pair’s shape-shifting sound which incorporates elements of Hip-Hop and Rap with Alternative Rock to create a truly original sound. Check out both singles here and keep an eye out for Brevin Kim’s record which is out later this year.
Chicago based rapper Noname shares ‘Song 33’, a powerful and heartfelt Madlib-produced commentary on the Black Lives Matters movement. Over the course of the 70-second track, Noname references the deaths of George Floyd and Toyin Salau as well as a response to J. Cole’s ‘Snow on tha Bluff’. Check out the single here, it hits harder and packs more of a punch than anything you’ll hear in a long time.
American R&B duo Dante Jones and Andrew Langston Neely aka THEY. share another stellar offering in the form of ‘Count Me In’ which is lifted from their forthcoming new project. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts like ‘Till I Die’, ‘Stop Playin” and ‘Red Light Green Light’, the single encompasses a raw and gritty atmosphere as vocalist Drew’s raspy vocals glide across those haunting guitars and beats. Check out the single here and be sure to keep an eye out for the duo’s upcoming project which is out later this year.
Hawaii-born, Long Beach–based songwriter Lionel Boy shares sparkling new single ‘Lately’, taken from his forthcoming debut EP ‘Who Is Dovey?’. Serving as the follow up to previously released singles ‘Lost’ and ‘Summer Fun’, ‘Lately’ is a solemn single that is soundtracked by thumping drums courtesy of Brett Kramer and shimmering guitar lines that carry Lionel Boy’s rich, yearning tones. Check out the single here and keep an eye out for ‘Who Is Dovey?’ which is out June 25th via Innovative Leisure.
Consider yourself introduced to Philly based songstress Andrea Valle who shines on her ethereal and haunting new single ‘Wild’. Accompanied by an other-worldly music video directed by Sarah Nicole Francois, the scintillating track showcases Valle’s gorgeous voice as those soulful tones glide over the NickyDavey-produced soundscape. Check out the sensual and hypnotic single here and keep an eye out for Andrea Valle’s forthcoming EP ‘Lovergirl’ which is out later this month.
Texas based artist Leon Bridges teams up with L.A. based jazz artist Terrace Martin on the utterly heart-wrenching and beautiful new single ‘Sweeter’. Soundtracked by a simple electronic beat, it’s Bridges’ soulful tones that capture your attention as you find yourself hooked on each and every utterance of “Hoping for a life more sweeter, Instead I’m just a story repeating”. Check out the jazz-inflected, meditative single here, it’s an absolute stunner.
Ride the groove with Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Synead (pronounced sin-aid) on her delectable new single ‘The Rifts’. Soundtracked by a funk-filled beat penned by George Stroud and Jens Dahl Thomsen, the track is taken to new heights by Synead’s soothing and rich vocals that are topped off by the most heavenly of harmonies. Check out the fantastic single here and be sure to put Synead’s previous cuts like ‘Whirlwind’ and ‘Spin’ on rotation too.
Minneapolis based artist and COLORS alumni Dua Saleh addresses police brutality on the reflective and poignant single ‘body cast’ produced by Psymun. A painful depiction of the injustice experienced by the black community, ‘body cast’ is a powerful and utterly heartbreaking song that Dua Saleh has released as a charity single with all proceeds being donated to Black Visions Collective. The single artwork designed by @bradenxlee and @againstgiants lists the names of “unarmed black people killed by police in recent years”.
Baltimore rapper/producer and COLORS alumni JPEGMAFIA unveils another blistering new single in the form of ‘CUTIE PIE!’. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts like ‘BALD!’, ‘COVERED IN MONEY!’ and ‘BODYGUARD!’, the single boasts a bass-filled frenetic beat that’s topped off by Peggy’s equally ferocious and blazing delivery. Check out the track and it’s lo-fi self-directed visual which was shot by freaky-chan here.
American R&B duo composed of sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey share fiery new single ‘Do It’ which is lifted from their upcoming album ‘Ungodly Hour’. Accompanied by a steamy music video directed by Andrew Makadsi, the single serves as another sublime slice of the pair’s sultry and silky smooth R&B which showcases the pair’s heavenly harmonies soaring over the Scott Storch produced beat. Check out the single and it’s equally sizzling music video here, and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘Ungodly Hour’ which drops June 5th.
Mateo Arias who creates exceptionally rich and intoxicating electronic-led tracks as ¿Teo? marks his return with the explosive ‘UNI2’. Serving as his first taste of new music in well over a year, ‘UNI2’ is one of those tracks that instantly has you hooked from the moment you press play. The Atlanta born artist of Colombian descent lays down his slick vocals over a crisp, bass-heavy hip-hop beat that thumps its way into your heart. Dive into the single here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from ¿Teo?.
Canadian-Colombian artist Valerie Teicher aka Tei Shi returns with her first taste of new music in the form of sparkling new cut ‘Die 4 Ur Love’. The single follows up last year’s spectacular ‘La Linda’ album (which features a collaboration with COLORS alumni Blood Orange) and serves as another delectable slice of Tei Shi’s smooth pop. Check out the apocalyptic single from the New York based artist here and be sure to check out ‘La Linda’ if you haven’t already done so.
Consider yourself introduced to Brandon, a singer/songwriter from Riverside, California who merges airy guitar melodies with soulful musings on new single ‘Weep’. There’s an enchanting quality to Brandon’s falsetto-laden vocals which traipse across those lush guitar lines – drawing you in with each of his love-lorn words. Check out the breathtaking single and it’s wonderful music video directed by Justin Segura here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this rising artist.
Brooklyn based artist pecas aka Sandy Davis shares sensual and magical new electronic-led single ‘Hired Gun’ accompanied by a striking visual. The sparse production allows breathing space for Davis’ impeccably smooth and icy vocals to sweep across as she sings about “an imperfect human trying to love and be loved by a robotic counterpart”. Check out the luxuriously atmospheric track here.
San Diego based musician and visual artist Garrett Seamans aka Postcard Boy shares sparkling new single ‘Flight’ which is taken from his forthcoming new EP called ‘Limbo’. Soundtracked by hazy guitars and a crisp electronic-led beat, it’s Poster Boy’s dreamy vocals that steal the show here as they soar across the breezy soundscape. Check out the dazzling single and it’s self-directed music video here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘Limbo’ which is out June 19th.
Kansas based artist Tommy Newport unveils striking new single ‘Marigold’, an energetic slice of indie rock packed with groove. Last summer, Newport treated us to a stellar performance of ‘Movie Screen’ a standout cut from his ‘Tommy Gun’ EP as well as wowed in his COLORS HOME / BRED session earlier this week. Serving as the follow up to ‘Someone Like Me’ which dropped earlier this year, ‘Marigold’ packs a punch with a hard-hitting, funk-filled beat as Newport lays down his charming musings. Check out the single here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from Newport.
Seattle, Washington based duo Shabazz Palaces return with their magnificent, long-awaited fifth studio album ‘The Don Of Diamond Dreams’. The ten track album includes standout cuts like ‘Fast Learner’ (featuring Purple Tape Nate), ‘Wet’ and ‘Chocolate Souffle’ all of which showcase the pair’s eclectic brand of alternative hip-hop and rap. With each record, Shabazz Palaces bring something new to the table, and that’s exactly the case with ‘The Don Of Diamond Dreams’.
Consider yourself introduced to Koran-America singer, songwriter and producer DeVita who shines on debut single ‘Evita!’, lifted from her ‘CRÈME’ EP. The powerful debut is a banger from start to finish as DeVita’s glossy vocals slide across the retro-futuristic production with a sprinkling of jazz thrown in for good measure. Check out the track and it’s neon-tinged music video which is directed by Jinooya Makes here.
Consider yourself introduced to Atlanta, Georgia based artist Zaia who impresses once again with his heavy new single ‘DEMONS’ which is lifted from his forthcoming EP titled ‘Very Alone’. The single serves as the follow up to last year’s ‘RESET’ project which featured striking cuts like ‘BLUE’ and ‘ON THE RUN’, both of which showcased Zaia’s genre-bending sound. Check out ‘DEMONS’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘Very Alone’ which is out later this year.