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London based rapper, producer and BBC Sound of 2019 winner proves why he’s one of the most exciting voices around with the release of ‘Endorphins’. The twelve-track project, which follows up last year’s ‘Spaceman’ tape, is another brilliant showcase of Octavian’s unique flow and intriguing sound. With contributions from the likes of Jessie Ware, Skepta, Theophilus London, ABRA and more, ‘Endorphins’ is a trippy, melodious affair boasting the Londoner’s superb songwriting and raspy, calculated delivery.
Swedish rap sensation Z.E. opens up his banger ’74 Bars’ with the fiery line “Tar inte klubbspelningar, bara festivaler” (no more club shows, only festivals), setting the scene wonderfully for his equally explosive flow. Z.E has been topping the Swedish music charts ever since the debut a little over two years ago. With the gift of eloquently incorporating his life experiences into the rapping, Z.E has reached out to every Scandinavian music lover from the upper North to the South.
On ’74 Bars’, Z.E. looks forwards, after touring around the country at different clubs, Z.E. sets his sights on playing for bigger crowds and festivals. The past months have seen the rapper flourish with a slew of unexpected releases, where each song has it’s special signature sound. Z.E is and will always be one of the top dogs of Swedish hip hop.
Hounslow,London based producer, singer and songwriter Grace Acladna shares an intoxicating new single in the form of ‘Apnea’, which is lifted from her newly released ‘Phonophobia’ EP. Since debuting her gorgeous single ‘London’ in 2015, the rising artist has continually impressed with her evolving soundscapes and poignant songwriting. That’s exactly the case ‘Apnea’, a somewhat delicate yet powerful offering which sees the singer’s sensual vocals glisten atop a murky electronic beat sprinkled with intricate piano progressions.
Dive into the icy instrumentation that soundtracks ‘With You’, the delectable debut single from new Danish duo Soon. Comprised of August and Andreas, the pair who cite the likes of Kelela, The Weeknd and The Internet as influences, intertwine breezy atmospherics with equally cool and relaxing vocals. ‘With You’ serves as a wonderful introduction to the duo’s sound, setting the scene wonderfully for what’s to come.
After seven years, London based singer, songwriter and producer Jai Paul breaks his silence with the release of double B-side singles ‘Do You Love Her Now’ and ‘He’ along with a brand new website. On the former, Paul is joined by Paul Institute artist Fabiana Palladino, whose sparkling voice wonderfully compliments Paul’s endearing tones to float over the soothing and sombre atmospherics. The latter, is a triumphant slice of summery groove-inflected pop that packs a punch as Paul’s falsetto-laden, MJ-esque vocals glide through.
Following her dazzling new album ‘El Mal Querer’ last year, Spanish flamenco-pop sensation ROSALÍA marks the one year anniversary of breakthrough single ‘Malamente’ with ‘Aute Cuture’. Written alongside long-time collaborator El Guincho and author Leticia Sala, the track is another blistering explosion of vibrant electronic bursts backed up by the singer’s infectious and energising vocals.
Hailing from Croydon, London, rising singer/songwriter Rachel Chinouriri delivers another stunning new single in the form of ‘Mama’s Boy’. Following previously released singles ‘Adrenaline’, ‘Riptide’, ‘So My Darling’ and debut single ‘What Have I Ever Done’, the new offering boasts a fragrant and delightfully cheery atmosphere. The jazz-inflected instrumentation coupled with Chinouriri’s bold vocals and honest songwriting will put a smile on your face and serve as the perfect soundtrack to the summer.
There’s something magical and utterly enchanting about the latest single from rising German artist FLØRE. Behind the eerie and almost whimsical soundscape of ‘Little Dancing Demons’, lies a more powerful and heartfelt message. The song is “about embracing the deep sadness [of living with depression] and accepting the world as a permanent dark place“. Despite this, FLØRE’s comforting and touching voice makes it easier with each note, line, verse.
Founder of the Foufoune Palace collective, French based artist Luidji has shared his highly anticipated debut album titled ‘Tristesse Business: Saison 1’. Comprised of seventeen deep and introspective tracks which serve as the follow up to 2015’s ‘Mécanique des fluides’, the record is another insight into the artist’s groovy sounds that touch on love and difficult relationships. To mirror his evolution, the Parisian rapper imagines a character drowning into water and trying get his head out of it. As suggested by the siren lying by the rapper’s side on the album’s cover, an aquatic universe is hypnotising listeners’ ears from start to finish.
Following the release of singles ‘Do My Thing’ and ‘Good Time’ earlier this year, Danish singer, songwriter and producer Erika de Casier has dropped ‘Essentials’, her sensational debut album. With contributions from the likes of El Trick and DJ Sports, the twelve-track project takes on a more personal sound that boasts an amalgamation of influences from vintage and soulful R&B throwbacks akin to that of the 90’s to bossa nova. The aptly titled record is one of those rare moments where each track is essential in binding the body of work together; it’s an absolute must listen.
Having released his magnificent debut EP ‘Moon By Guided Islands’, which featured stand out singles like ‘Feel Me’ and ‘Delilah’, London based newcomer Aeris Roves shares ‘Don’t Ask’, his first taste of new music for the year. A delectable slice of trap-inspired R&B, the track is another slick take showcasing Roves’ deep songwriting and pristine vocal delivery all driven by a crisp electronic beat penned by Two Inch Punch and J Moon.
ML Buch is the moniker of Copenhagen-based composer and producer Marie Louise Buch, whose single ‘I Feel Like Giving You Things’, is quite frankly and experience to behold. Over the course of the track’s three-minute lifespan, ML Buch propels your mind into a trance-like state with her soothing tones piercing the soundscape as each line paints a wonderful image in your head. There’s beauty in simplicity, and ‘I Feel Like Giving You Things’ is the embodiment of just that.
‘Houdini’ is the debut album of the emerging Swedish rapper Prins Daniel (Prince Daniel). The album is a 15 track masterpiece showcasing Daniels’ lyrical prowess as the record explores a mix of political views over slick beats. Prins Daniel brings up the social structures and doesn’t shy away from wearing his heart on sleeve.
‘Citroner’ (Lemons in English), the lead single from the record delves into social structures, Daniels comments on how milennials are not being true to themselves and reaching out to please everybody without actually doing anything. It is about a digital generation saying that they have strong political views and that they care about the world, but behind those words lies a privileged person who actually doesn’t care about other people. Prins Daniel is a poetic genius. Prins Daniel is art, a living, walking and talking proof of an excellent rapper. One thing is for sure: his journey has just begun.
Priya Ragu was born and raised in Switzerland, holds her roots in Sri Lanka and produces music of traditional and Afro American soul music. With an intent to transmit feelings that cannot be expressed through words, music showed her the way to liberation and rebellion against traditional values, allowing her to take control of her own life purpose and creation. Her debut single, ‘Leaf High’ speaks about longing for freedom, the urge to be one with all and mother nature embracing the now in its purest form. Showcasing a transformation of positivity and love, the music video features brother and producer Japhna Gold collectively bringing forth the soulful vibrations.
A relentless fascination for sound and harmony led Nicolas Demuth aka Parra for Cuva commence his quest for music at a very young age. A combination of musical instruments, synthesizers and digital music editing mostly results into an art of creating music pieces from melodies, soft beats and sounds that he records in his daily life. ‘While you Sleep’ is a single from his latest album ‘Paspatou’ holding one of the most interesting writing processes for the artist as the entire song was recorded with live instruments; thus making it a first for a producer who spends most of his time in front of the computer. One can be found with their eyes closed falling into movements of indistinguishable melodies that touches the soul hoping for this well mended electronica experience never to take an end.
Having lent her stunning vocals to Maribou State’s ‘Tongue’ and most recently ‘Nervous Tics’, London based singer-songwriter Holly Walker steps into the spotlight with the magnificent ‘Straight Line’. Released in November last year, the single sits on a bed of warbling synths that propel the track along its powerful path as Walker’s falsetto-laden vocals enshroud the soundscape with warmth.
Just in time for the warmer months, London based outfit unperfect unveil their sun-soaked new music video for brand new single ‘Looking For A Hug’, which is premiering here at COLORS. The dazzling single follows up the group’s brilliant debut offering ‘Gots To Give The Girl‘ from earlier this year and serves as another slice of their delectably vibrant and spirited brand of infectious pop. Let unperfect prepare you for the summer with their sunny video for ‘Looking For A Hug’ which is taken from their delectable debut EP ‘Yeah, Why Not’ which is also out today.
Some songs are vessels that crack open your imagination and let your mind run wild; that’s exactly the case with ‘Sentimental Sunset, the striking debut single from South London based outfit Xi. An other-worldly experience that’s accompanied by an equally intriguing and captivating visual that’s brought to life by Beatrix Blaise, ‘Sentimental Sunset’ channels an abstract electronic sonic pallet that transports you to a hypnotic and surreal landscape.
It’s been a while since we last heard from London based singer, songwriter and producer Akiine, but with the release of ‘About It’, it’s safe to say that the wait was well worth it. Serving as the lead single from her forthcoming new EP titled ‘Red’, the track is a swirling amalgamation of electronics and moody guitar lines that are greeted by Akiine’s sweet and graceful musings. Those delicate vocals are a comforting hug and wonderful juxtaposition to the slightly off-kilter production.
Arguably one of the most refreshing bands around, Danish quartet Liss return in magnificent form with brand new single ‘Talk to Me’, which is lifted from their forthcoming ‘Second’ EP. Another delectable slice of the group’s slick sound, the self-produced track eloquently conveys the “ups and downs of being a young adult in this world”. A start of a new chapter, ‘Talk to Me’ finds Liss at their very best, with vocalist Søren Holm’s distinct and yearning tones stealing the show once again.