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Tamil-Canadian artists Shan Vincent de Paul and Yanchan unleash their exceptional self-titled debut full length album as Kothu Boys. Featuring previous cuts like ‘Best Friend’ and ‘Unai Paathu’, the nine-track project sees SVDP lay down his fiery verses over East-meets-West soundscapes driven by Yanchan’s Mrithangam. Throughout the record, the pair explore topics of identity, friendship, love, peace and war – dive into the record here.
Consider yourself introduced to Toronto based singer, songwriter and producer M.I.BLUE and her sparkling and soulful new project ‘Orng’. Each of the three tracks that make up the EP encompass a dreamlike, almost extra-terrestrial energy that is unlike anything you’ll have heard before. The distinct, soulful compositions on ‘SUNLIGHT’ and ‘FEELIN WAYS’ are smothered with M.I.BLUE’s impeccably smooth and versatile vocals to create an entirely haunting and immersive atmosphere. Check out the spectacular project here.
Vietnamese-Chinese Canadian artist Nilo Blues refuses to be kept inside the boundaries on blistering new single ‘No Risk Involved’. Soundtracked by an icy trap-inspired beat, the rising hip-hop artists effortlessly shifts from ruthlessly sharp verses to super smooth vocals on the chorus. Check out the powerful track and it’s thought-provoking visual directed by angelicamilash which depicts the “exoticising and fetishising of Asian female stereotypes within the entertainment industry”.
Canadian producer and vocalist Verzache kicks off the new year with a mellow and subdued new single in the form of ‘TALK’. Opening with the simple strums of a single guitar chord, the track bursts into life as a bass-heavy beat enters the foray to serve as the perfect backdrop for Verzache’s soothing tones.
Consider yourself introduced to Oscar Louis, the musical project of Canadian singer/songwriter Oren Lefkowitz who’s shared his delightful new single ‘Find A Way’. An exquisite mix of hip-hop and rap with soulful infections, the single embodies a dreamy atmosphere with its gentle instrumentation as Lefkowitz shifts between various cadences as he explores themes of alienation and paranoia.
Canadian-Honduran singer/songwriter Daniela Andrade shares ‘Wet Dreams’ the glorious new single lifted from her latest EP ‘TAMALE’. Serving as the follow up to previously released ‘Polly Pocket’, ‘Wet Dreams’ is another sparkling cut that boasts Andrade’s enchanting, harmonised vocals over a delicately mellow, yet beautiful beat.
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”.
Sri Lankan-born, Toronto-based rapper Shan Vincent de Paul teams up with fellow native Navz-47 on his smooth and mellow new single ‘Heaven’. Having released two spectacular albums in the form of ‘Saviors’ and ‘Trigger Happy Heartbreak’ in 2016 and 2017 respectively, the sideways member’s music touches on a range of topics from politics and family to identity and love through his powerful lyricism and thought provoking music videos. With the LA+CH produced ‘Heaven’, Navz-47 takes centre stage as she sings/raps in Tamil over the lush soundscape whilst Shan Vincent de Paul offers up his own smooth vocals for the chorus.
Lose yourself in the blissful world of ODIE. The 21-year-old singer’s debut album, ‘Analogue’ is an expertly crafted body of work, showcasing his own slick, original brand of contemporary RnB. The album incorporates a wide range of influences and subject matter, from tales of longing on classic guitar ballads like ‘North Face’ and ‘Little Lies’ to paying homage to his Nigerian heritage on the infectious ‘Faith’, all held together by his warm and soulful vocals, creating a vivid, dream-like atmosphere.