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London-born, Paris-based singer, songwriter and producer ALA.NI shares a stunning visual to accompany her latest single ‘PAPA’. Taken from her forthcoming sophomore album ‘ACCA’ which is out January 24th, ‘PAPA’ is built on a soundbed of nothing but beat boxing and body and wall percussion to carry her stunning a cappella vocals along. Accompanied by a gorgeous music video directed by Tania Feghali and shot over the summer at Lake Komo, ‘PAPA’ is another brilliant offering from ALA.NI.
If you’re looking for a spectacular slice of Nordic pop, look no further than ‘New Fears’, the striking new single from rising artist Hannah Emilie Grung aka Halie. The single serves as the follow up to recently released single ‘Circling’ and again showcases the Norwegian artist’s superb ability to write infectious pop songs that carry a powerful message of not letting our fears get in the way of what we really want to do or achieve.
South London based artist Moses Boyd teams up with COLORS alum Poppy Ajudha on ‘Shades of You’, the latest single from his forthcoming debut album ‘Dark Matter’. The single serves as the follow up to previously released tracks ‘Only You’ and ‘Stranger Than Fiction’. On ‘Shades of You’, Ajudha sings about knowing and appreciating your self worth as her soul-stirring vocals traipse through a murky soundscape comprised of a groovy bass-line and Boyd’s steadfast drums.
Switzerland via Sri Lanka artist Priya Ragu kicks off the new year with ‘Good Love 2.0’, a funk-filled pop gem that impresses from start to finish. The rising singer/songwriter released a handful of brilliant singles last year in the form of ‘Lighthouse’ and ‘Forget About’, both of which wonderfully showcase her delightfully smooth voice and poetic songwriting. That’s exactly the case ‘Good Love 2.0’ which starts off groovy and morphs into a South Asian-spiced cut that packs quite the punch.
Consider yourself introduced to newcomer Polly Money, whose new single ‘Roommate’ is a glistening guitar-led slice of dream-pop. Accompanied by an equally heartwarming music video directed and edited by Natalie Chahal, it’s Polly Money’s soothing tones and poignant songwriting that truly steal the show her.
British artist Mura Masa teams up with Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell on ‘Teenage Headache Dreams’, a magnificent cut taken from his new album, ‘R.Y.C.’ (Raw Youth Collage). The song serves as the follow up to previously released singles ‘I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again’ and ‘Deal Wiv It’ which featured Clairo and Slowthai respectively. On ‘Teenage Headache Dreams’ Mura Masa, real name Alex Crosson, continues his evolved sound as gritty guitars and drums build a grungey atmosphere as Rowsell’s delicate tones join Crossons in great harmony. Check out the track here and keep an eye out for ‘R.Y.C.’ which is out next week.
Consider yourself introduced to West London based artist Asha Gold who dazzles on R&B influenced electronic-pop single ‘Too Good’. The nineteen year-old singer/songwriter lays down her silky smooth vocals as they glide across the slick electronic-led beat. On the track, Asha Gold sings about battling “with the pressures and opinions of those close to me” in her pursuit of a career in the creative industry and as a result, serves as an anthem for trusting yourself and finding your feet in any decision you make.
Parisian rapper Sika Deva shares stellar new single in the form of ‘Gling’, an emphatic and powerful cut produced by Tices. Released via Kitsuné Musique, the striking track opens in a sombre fashion before a killer beat bursts onto the scene alongside Deva’s superb delivery and confident flow. Balancing smoothness with hard-hitting lines, Sika Deva shows why he’s one of the most exciting rappers to come out of the French capital.
London-based producer and singer Azadi.mp3 shares intoxicating and captivating new EP in the form of ‘Summer In The Crypt’. Combining sparse, crisp electronic beats with smooth R&B infusions, the three-track EP opens with the mellow ‘My Imaginary Friend’ and ‘Honeydew’ which showcases the singer’s soothing tones whilst closer ‘Bloodletting’ encompasses a more explorative aesthetic as well as a killer verse from 24Carot.
Spanish singer/producer Bad Gyal shares new dancehall-infused single ‘Zorra’. With Sickdrumz and Scott Storch on production duties, the track is set alight with a fiery beat which serves Bad Gyal with the perfect backdrop to work her magic with those silky smooth vocals. The accompanying music video, which is directed by MANSON (a collective made up of Pau López, Gerardo del Hierro, and Tomás Peña) captures the track’s fierce and powerful aesthetic.
16 year-old Birmingham based singer and producer Matt Ryder bursts onto the scene with his exceptional debut EP titled ’50FT’. Featuring previously released singles ‘Hours’ and ‘Further’, the seven-track project captures the newcomer’s magnificent songwriting over brooding, atmospherics productions that showcase Ryder’s versatility and prowess. With ’50FT’, Matt Ryder shows why he’s one to watch in the years to come.
German based artist De Rien shares ‘Chimes’, the dazzling new single which follows up previously released debut ‘Cali’. Soundtracked by crisp electronics and soothing synths, the track captures a dream-like soundscape as De Rien’s falsetto-laden vocals further add an element of sweetness. Having played in several classical orchestras and jazz ensembles over the years, De Rien’s exploration into the world of soulful electronica is off to a great start with ‘Cali’ and ‘Chimes’.
Belgium based singer, songwriter and producer Tsar B teases new EP with her dark and intoxicating single ‘Rome (Solve You)’. Since introducing herself with the dazzling ‘Escalate’ back in 2015, Tsar B has gone onto release a slew of stellar releases in the form of her brilliant self-titled EP and stunning debut album ‘The Games I Played’ last year. With ‘Rome (Solve You)’ (which comes accompanied with a video game inspired visual by Lion Beach), the singer teases a new EP, and with that, impresses once more with her gorgeous, silky vocals traipsing across the haunting soundscape.
Canadian-born, London-based artist Dan Snaith aka Caribou marks his return with the fantastic ‘You and I’. the dazzling single from forthcoming new album ‘Suddenly’.An absolutely roller-coaster of a track, the single opens with a twinkling synth-laden soundscape as Snaith’s dreamy tones enter the foray, that’s before the track takes an unexpected turn and bursts into an amalgam of textures and colours. In contrast, the track’s lyrics echo darker shades as Snaith sings about dealing with the passing of a loved one. Check out the single here and look out for ‘Suddenly’ which is out February 22nd.
Consider yourself introduced to Swedish newcomer Max Nilsson aka Where Is Maps who steps into the spotlight with a dazzling single in the form of ‘Never The Same’. The infectious pop song serves as the lead single to his forthcoming debut EP which is out on December 17th via new label Dreams Never Die. Listen as Nilsson’s alluring vocals sweep across the bright soundscape that boasts groovy guitarlines, subtle synths and a killer beat.
London based singer, songwriter and producer Låpsley returns with another gorgeous song in the form of ‘Ligne 3’. Taken from her forthcoming new EP (out December 6th) titled ‘These Elements’, the track follows up lead single ‘My Love Was Like The Rain’, her first taste of new music since releasing her stunning debut album ‘Long Way Home’ back in March 2016. On ‘Ligne 3’, Låpsley’s endearing vocals rise above the sombre soundscape as she sings about a profound breakup and how it isn’t always as simple when it comes to falling out of love.
Emerging Dutch singer and COLORS album RIMON shares new single ‘Hypnotizing’, another delectable and soulful slice of magic. Following the release of ‘Dust’ and ‘Close’ with J Rick earlier this year, the rising artist shines once more on ‘Hypnotizing’. Produced by FNMLAS who pens a striking trap-inspired beat sprinkled with delicate piano chords to complement RIMON’s exquisite vocals.
London based singer/songwriter Rina Sawayama unleashes ‘STFU!’, her nu-metal inspired lead single from her forthcoming (as yet untitled) debut album. The sprawling cut is written alongside long time collaborator Clarence Clarity who pens a fierce and powerful guitar line whilst Sawayama is a force to be reckoned with. Her vocals offer a bite as she sings about the discriminatory comments she’s experienced as a Japanese woman growing up in the West. Check out the equally arresting music video and look out for Sawayam’s album which is out next year via Dirty Hit.
Berlin based Japanese tribal bass duo WaqWaq Kingdom release their psychedelic and kaleidoscopic new album ‘Essaka Hoisa’. Consisting of Shigeru Ishihara (DJ Scotch Egg / Seefeel) and Kiki Hitomi (King Midas Sound), the pair throw you into a swirling whirlwind of sounds from opening track ‘Mum Tells Me’. A melting pot of genres, the pair expertly blend together traditional style Minyo with Jamaican drums, electronic flourishes, dancehall and much more to create a project that is truly unique and intriguing.
Norwegian songstress and COLORS alum Charlotte Dos Santos shares the utterly breathtaking and healing new single ‘Harvest Time’. A song about “killing your ego and burying the old”, ‘Harvest Time’ is a spellbinding and soulful affair as the Oslo based artist’s soothing tones wash over the gentle and serene instrumentation. This sense of release and regeneration is captured wonderfully in the song’s accompanying music video which sees Dos Santos surrounded by nature; whether it’s lush fields or a wondrous waterfall.