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French artist Flavien Berger delivers masterful soundscapes that entice and draw you in on new album ‘Contre-Temps’. Split into two parts, the 31-track project features contributions from Julia Lanoë and Bonnie Banane and takes you on a cosmic journey of scintillating synth pop concoctions that are topped off by Berger’s calming voice. ‘Contre-Temps’ is an album that intrigues and captivates you from start to finish, with each track seamlessly leading into the next.
Since releasing his exceptional debut single ‘Janet’ in 2016, London singer/songwriter M. T. Hadley has worked with the likes of COLORS alum Nilüfer Yanya as well as Tobias Jesso Jr and members of the Paul Institute. Today, Hadley marks his return with ‘Rattle’, a hazy pop track that Hadley wrote when he was twenty. ‘Rattle’ features his serene falsetto-laden vocals as he sings to a newborn baby about the hardships of life: “You will feel nothing but heartache…you will see nothing but mistakes, as tragedy blooms.” he sings in the track’s chorus.
Feels, the acclaimed Danish songwriter/producer duo comprised of Siná Mousavian and David Evers are making waves in Denmark with their first track ‘Thrill’. The effervescent single delivers an infectious urban pop tune, infused with dynamic beats and Latino dance influences throughout. Melii’s feature completes the track with her razor sharp vocal and undeniably original and deeply melodic sound.
Norweigian producer Magnus August Høiberg aka Cashmere Cat shares ‘EMOTIONS’, the playful and vibrant lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album ‘PRINCESS CATGIRL’. The track is Cashmere Cat’s first taste of new solo music since last year’s ‘Miss You’ with Major Lazer and Tory Lanez. Embodying Høiberg’s signature pop prowess, ‘EMOTIONS’ is another delectable cut that might just get you crying and on the dance floor – but not necessarily in that order!
London based singer, songwriter and producer Leo Kalyan has been releasing gem after gem over the past few years; swirling sounds that intertwine R&B, electronic, pop with South Asian nuggets thrown in to create a sound that hits the spot every time. That’s exactly the case with his latest offering ‘time can wait’, a sparkling cut that sees the singer’s falsetto-laden vocals traverse a soundscape of breezy electronics.
London based duo Petrie release ‘Couldn’t Cry’, a guitar-laden indie pop gem that serves as the follow up to previous single ‘Personal Space’. Having released their delightful debut album ‘Superstore’ earlier this year, Laurie and George continue to keep the ball rolling with the new single. A sparkling track which sees the pair replace their signature sizzling synths and funk filled beats with soothing guitar tones and simple electronic drums, ‘Couldn’t Cry’ is yet another stunner from the Londoners.
Ireland based artist BRAND JUNO shares the funk filled ‘PLANET EARTH’, the second single taken from his forthcoming project titled ‘SQUARE UNO’. Serving as the follow up to lead single ‘MANGO HUE’ which features contributions from Ciscero and Alex Szotak, the track is soundtracked by killer guitar lines and slick electronics that provide the perfect backdrop for JUNO’s slick vocals.
Alicante based artist Paranoid 1966’s latest single ‘Niñxs Malxs’, produced by Boixy, is an absolute blast. Sound-tracked by a trap-inspired beat, the Spanish singer/songwriter/rapper shows her versatility with a combination of super sharp verses that’re topped off nicely with her smooth intonations in the hook. Accompanied by an equally fiery and playful music video, ‘Niñxs Malxs’ will have you up and about in no time at all.
Nina Chuba is an emerging artist from Hamburg, Germany, and ‘White Shirt’ is her emphatic debut single. Packing quite the punch, the song opens with subtle piano chords before spiralling into a powerful pop track that sees the singer/songwriter’s soulful voice soar. With a killer hook, ‘White Shirt’ serves as a moment of catharsis for Nina, it’s a “message to myself to finally cut off toxic friendships”.
Rising West London based singer/songwriter Hope Tala shares ‘Jealous’, the latest single to be taken from her forthcoming ‘Sensitive Soul’ EP. Serving as the follow up to previously released ‘D.T.M.’, ‘Jealous’ is a breezy slice of alternative R&B sprinkled with nuances of bossa nova thrown in for good measure. Together, Hope Tala’s soothing tones and the serene acoustic guitar chords give the track an airy, weightless feel, one that is perfect for a summer evening watching the clouds float by at the sun sets into the west.
London based artist Tom Tripp marks his return with ‘TAM’, the taste of new music since he released his brilliant ‘RED’ EP a few years ago. Serving as the lead single from his forthcoming new EP titled ‘FLAG’, the single was originally uploaded as a demo on his SoundCloud over four years ago. Inspired by Daft Punk, the electronic-led dance track is tinged with Tripp’s soulful musings and is undoubtedly going to get you moving from the moment that bass kicks in.
Italian quartet Lucifour M introduce themselves in thunderous fashion with the release of debut single ‘Dog’. Accompanied by an equally vibrant and wacky animated visual directed by Emanuele Kabu, the track is an absolute blast and is packed with everything you’d want and need in a pop track. Packed with oodles of groove, funk and soul, ‘Dog’ is a wonderful introduction to the band and serves as the perfect taste of what’s to come with their debut EP slated for a September release.
Having featured on Denzel Himself’s brilliant COLORS session, South East London based singer, rapper and producer KEYAH/BLU shared the hypnotic ‘Sweet’ last year. This past month, the rising newcomer followed up the single with another innovative and atmospheric new track in the form of ‘Choker’. On ‘Choker’, KEYAH/BLU manoeuvres her way through the stop-start instrumentation with a playfulness that comes with a bit of a bite as she sings/raps about breaking free and doing whatever you want.
After last year’s brilliant ‘Ginger Juice’, Switzerland based rapper Makala has become inseparable from Varnish La Piscine who produced his highly anticipated debut album ‘Radio Suicide’. Encompassing a dirty yet sensual funk aesthetic, the two Swiss acolytes celebrate an hybrid and refreshing sound that resonates wonderfully on each track. The MC, of Congolese origin, whose name means “embers” in lingala, delivers punchy rhymes and bewitching flows on retro yet modern moods. The Superwak Clique member displays and cultivates his unique sound with ease… and it suits him well.
Swedish based artist and producer Simon On The Moon shares the latest single from his forthcoming ‘Milk’ EP in the form of ‘Sleeping With You’. The dazzling single serves as the follow up to previously released offerings ‘Lied 2 U’, ‘Stromboli’ and the titular ‘Milk’. Sparkling guitar riffs are accompanied by Simon’s delectably smooth, falsetto-laden tones to create a refreshingly vibrant and groove-inflected atmosphere.
There’s something utterly enchanting about London based singer/songwriter Joviale’s debut single ‘Dreamboat’. Everything from the stop-start, minimalist production and the nonchalant delivery to those mesmerising vocals evokes a hypnotic atmosphere – one that draws you in with each passing beat, note, word. With ‘Dreamboat’, Joviale has shown that she’s one of the most exciting and unique voices to come out of London in quite a while.
French-Congolese duo TSHEGUE serve up a dazzling slice of Afropunk in the form of new single ‘M’Benga Bila’ which is lifted from their newly released EP titled ‘Telema’. Comprised of vocalist Faty (who moved from Kinshasa to Paris at age eight) and producer Nicolas ‘Dakou’ Dacunha, it’s safe to say that TSHEGUE’s music packs quite the punch. A rhythmic whirlwind of sounds that transcends borders and language, ‘M’Benga Bila’ is the ultimate feel good song of the summer.
Having marked their return with the glorious ‘Talk to Me’ earlier this year, Danish quartet Liss have released their long awaited ‘Second’ EP. Featuring the previously released single ‘Reputation’, the self-released project is another blissful affair with the band’s exceptionally slick productions hitting the spot and lead singer Søren Holm’s endearing tones stealing the show on each track. The EP captures what it’s like to be a young adult – exploring topics of sexuality, identity, relationships, self-reflection and more.