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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.
Meet SÔNGE, your new favourite artist creating sparkling R&B gems that entice and intrigue. Having just released her debut album ‘Flavourite Câlâ’ last month, it’s on stand out single ‘Roses’ that the rising French singer/songwriter shines brightest. Backed up by a dazzling array of electronics and killer bass, the song encompasses a shimmering aesthetic whilst SÔNGE’s sanguine vocals are smothered on top.
Let yourself sink into the honeyed tones of ‘History Made’, the mesmerising new single from London based trio Paradisia. Comprised of Sophie-Rose (vocals), Anna (harp) and Kristy (vocals, keyboard), Paradisia’s swirling production and serene harmonies on ‘History Made’ will quite frankly take your breath away. Serving as their first taste of new music in two years, the single marks a new chapter as they’ve taken full artistic control having parted ways with their management in 2018 – a message that is mirrored by the song’s very first lines “I won’t be quiet for anyone / There’s no history made in saying nothing“.
London based producer Palmistry rises above the surface with ‘Water’, his first taste of new music since his spellbinding debut album ‘PAGAN’ which dropped back in 2017. Serving as the lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album ‘Afterlife’, the SOPHIE-produced track is another delight which drips and trickles with its subtle electronic touches as Palmistry’s comforting tones are like soft ripples that pervade the soundscape. Check out ‘Water’ here and be sure to look out for ‘Afterlife’ which is out in May.
Iranian-Swedish artist Nadia Tehran teases the release of her forthcoming new debut ‘Dozakh: All Lovers Hell’ (out May 16th) with brand new single ‘Jet’. Reminiscent on M.I.A.’s superhit ‘Paper Planes’, ‘Jet’ takes flight with a pounding drum beat and fantastic bass which is backed up by Tehran’s empowering and ruthless, almost careless flow. It’s this relentless delivery that gives the track a sense of freedom – it’s say to say that ‘Jet’ will instantly get you hyped, no matter what.
London based singer/songwriter Suzi Wu is a force to be reckoned with on her powerful new project, ‘Error 404’, which follows up 2017’s ‘Teenage Witch’ EP. Having worked with Mike Dean (Beyoncé, Kanye West, Travis Scott), the four-track EP is an explosion of punk-pop with opening track ‘Grim Reaper’ setting the scene wonderfully. Each track sees the rising pop star enforce her emphatic vocals over upbeat and equally captivating soundscapes that are equal parts playful and ruthless. With ‘Error 404’, Suzi Wu has created a body of work that sounds nothing like anything else out there – it’s a taste of the future of pop.
‘Zebrapojken’ (Zebra Boy in English) is the debut album from Swedish/Gambian rapper Erik Lundin. He has been a part of the Swedish rap scene for over a decade, starting off by rapping in English under the name of Eboi. His first offering in his native tongue of Swedishwas in the form of an EP called ‘Suedi’ in 2015.
The record ‘Zebrapojken’ is a reference to the Swedish word zebrabarn (zebra kids) which means kids that grow up during bad circumstances: their emotional lives are striped because of the vast change of feeling happy and/or sad. The ten track album takes the listeners through a musical journey of emotions and real life scenarios as Erik gives us an insight into his life stories in an easy and melodic way.
His wizardry in writing depicts real life scenarios and emotions of vulnerability and hurt playfully combined with joy and hope of seeing the good in life as well. Erik Lundin is a true songwriter and musician who’s honesty and talent has a great impact and value on Swedish pop culture.
Consider yourself introduced to London/Leicester based singer, songwriter and producer ARUN, whose latest single ‘Y.D.E.K’ (which stands for You Don’t Even Know) is an absolute blast. From the moment you hit play, ARUN throws you into a whirlwind of sounds from twinkling keys to a dazzling brassy section all driven by a superb bass-heavy beat to create the perfect backdrop for that magnificent voice. An infectious track if ever there was one, ‘Y.D.E.K.’ is one of those tracks that you will instantly put you in the best of moods from the moment you press play.
Following up last month’s ‘Restart’, London based singer-songwriter Szjerdene has shared ‘Rain’, another sparkling slice of electronic-pop taken from her forthcoming ‘TRACE’ EP. Spearheaded by a powerful electronic beat sprinkled with delicate synths and a serene string section, it’s Szjerdene’s pristine voice that rises above and shines brighter than ever. Piercing through with such clarity, Szjerdene’s voice effortlessly rides the wave of the energetic production as she sings about the overwhelming and numbing emotions that arise from falling in love.
Spanish musician, composer and singer Isabel Fernández Reviriego creates lush soundscapes that fill your soul to the brim with emotion under the moniker of Aries. That’s exactly the case with ‘Un Gran Puente’, a glistening track which is lifted from her forthcoming fourth studio album ‘Juramento Mantarraya’. Laden with warming guitar melodies and swirling electronics, ‘Un Gran Puente’ shines even brighter with Aries’ soft and comforting vocals which take the track new heights.
Bristol based band Cousin Kula’s latest single ‘Brain Abroad’ is a sun-soaked nugget of gold – one that transports you to a dream state of tropical, sandy beaches. Everything from the twinkling production – packed with groovy guitars and sensational synths – to those mesmerising vocals channel the band’s psych-pop sound. Lifted from their forthcoming second EP (which of out later this), ‘Brain Abroad’ is a brilliant taste of what’s to come from the six-piece band.
Prince Waly, who makes up half of the group Big Buddha Cheez, is a true storyteller. As he keeps saying: he was bottle-fed to American cinema, something that is ever present when listening to his music. On ‘BO Y Z’, the Montreuil artist pushes the boundaries of his music. Nineties imagery, a cinematic tone and a fantasy of the ubiquitous gangster are the three constants that define his universe. The 9-track record features contributions from various quality guests such as Tengo John, TripleGo, Loveni, Alpha Wann, Enchantée Julia and Feu! Chatterton.
Varnish La Piscine, rapper, producer and member of SuperWak Clique (Di-Meh, Slimka, Makala…) delivers an astounding audio-visual experience in the form of ‘Le Regard qui Tue’. Serving as the follow up to ‘Escape (F + R Prelude)’, which already demonstrated his virtuosity, the Swiss artist returns with a very conceptual project; on funky dark productions he unveils an audio book telling a B-movie-like gangster story taking place in 60’s Monaco starring Varnish’s alias Inspector Sidney Franco. He is joined by rapper Rico Tha Kid playing the journalist Angel de Jesùs and the sensual Bonnie Banane aka Gabrielle Solstice, a criminal who literally kills with her eyes. With this new record, Varnish La Piscine has released one of the most original projects of the year so far.
Loveni has dropped gem after gem in the past few months. After Ichon and Myth Syzer, it is the turn of the third “Bon Gamin” member to go solo with debut project ‘Une nuit avec un bon gamin’. The eight-track project encompasses a laissez-faire aesthetic with its vibrant and anthemic tunes. Once again Loveni hit the mark by keeping things simple and effective with an atmosphere that transports you into a cold and beautiful, sometimes romantic nocturnal mood.
Danish newcomer Alex Holtti’s voice contains both power and vulnerability. On his brilliant debut single ‘Bad Guy’, Holtti touches upon complicated relationships where non-exclusivity becomes mixed emotions and one part ends up as the bad guy. The lyrics and delivery of the message conveys honesty accompanied by a grandiose beat and production.
‘O.G’ is the new title track from Cherries’ upcoming and highly anticipated mixtape with the same name (will be released in the near future on her own label ‘Araweelo’). O.G. is a Swedish acronym for ‘Orten Gäri’ (in English ‘Suburb girl’) and the song is an anthem for girls who’ve made something out from nothing.
The playful track, which is produced by talented Swedish producer Filip Hunter, shimmers with a touch of old school, down tempo R&B that’ll make everyone move.
Cherrie is proof that music is an international language – she’s brought attention to music lovers all around the world with only singing in Swedish. One of her biggest ambitions is to unite the Somali diaspora around the globe and acknowledging that you can become what you want if you have the strive and ambition to succeed. Cherrie is here to inspire and radiate positive vibes, inspiring us to rule our own destiny and to be proud of ourselves.
Bergen based singer/songwriter Shikoswe first entered the foray with ‘The Hour of the Body’, the stunning debut EP which showcased her magical voice and ardent songwriting. With a firm fragility, Shikoswe’s voice is soft and comforting – and those golden tones are exactly what shine on latest single ‘Two Heads in a Room’, a post-Valentine’s Day cut soundtracked by heartwarming guitars and a spirited beat.With more new music on the way, there’s a lot to get excited about when it comes to Shikoswe.
The world has waited for Robyns’ comeback after being M.I.A. for almost eight years. Even though the physical absence has been a fact, she’s made sure that dance floors all around the world would always be playing her eternal dance tunes that are perfectly decked with powerful lyrics about heartbreak and tough love.
‘Honey’ is the comeback album of the decade. ‘Honey’ is the soundtrack of our lives. ‘Honey’ is the last piece of the puzzle. Released at the end of last year, the 9-track masterpiece, which features stand out singles like ‘Missing U’ and the titular ‘Honey’, sees Robyn embody the power of self love and accept the pain and joy a person goes through in life.
Of Danish-Tunisian descent, Elias Boussnina has just released his debut EP ’Shameboy’, which features contributions from UnoTheActivist and COLORS alum Lil Halima. The destructive impact of infatuation and addiction, whether to something or someone, is a reoccurring theme throughout ’Shameboy’. Elias’ hip-hop infused, soulful vocals are dropped over dramatic electro-synth beats which result in an irresistible brand of R&B that draws us in from the offset.