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Leipzig-based French/Moroccan/American-producer Adam Abdelkader Belhaj-Lenox aka Zouj unveils glitchy new single ‘j0_0j’ (pronounced joooj). Accompanied by an equally bonkers and intriguing music video created by Franz Impler which sees the song’s titular character explore a twisted, alternate reality, ‘j0_0j’ is undoubtedly one of those rare gems that keeps you on your toes from start to finish. Dive into the other-worldly atmospherics of ‘j0_0j’ to the right and keep an eye out for more from Zouj.
Rising London based singer, songwriter and producer Khazali shares exhilarating new single and video ‘NYC to CDG’. Serving as the follow up to last year’s ‘You’ll Be The One’, ‘NYC to CDG’ sees the artist’s soft, soothing tones glide across the electronic instrumentation with ease as he sings about “a character trying to escape his small town for famous landmarks”. Check out the track and the self-directed lyric video to the right and keep an eye out for Khazali’s forthcoming debut EP ‘Going Home Vol.1’ which is out soon.
Glasgow-based performance artist , producer and DJ TAAHLIAH unveils her sprawling and emotive debut single ‘Brave’. Featuring the distorted vocals of Sophie Thornton, the single encompasses an empowering and consoling atmosphere that resonates wonderfully with the vibrant electronic soundscape. Tuck into ‘Brave’ here which is out now via untitled (recs).
London-based multi-hyphenate artist KESH unveils sprawling other-worldly single ‘Jadine’s Escape’. Having dropped her debut offering ‘not gaan out’ last year, the visual artist, musician and designer continues to impress with her eclectic and experimental production and delicate voice. A melding of sounds akin to that of Grimes and FKA twigs, ‘Jadine’s Escape’ is laced with intricate beats and haunting vocals that’ll transport you from reality for just over six minutes.
Copenhagen-based trio CHINAH kick off their 2021 with the release of spellbinding new single ‘Mysterious’. Serving as the follow up to last year’s ‘Promise’ and ‘Eternal Blue’, the single sees vocalist Fine Glinvad’s dazzling tones glide atop the experimental, electronic-led production with ease. A satirical commentary on “of women being attracted to the mysterious man, and how it leaves you guessing about his feelings”, ‘Mysterious’ has us intrigued for what’s to come from the Danish outfit.
Norwegian artist, producer and creative Lokoy teams up with Nils Bech on striking new single ‘relay’ which is lifted from his forthcoming debut album titled ‘badminton’. Driven by a lively beat which blends together African-inspired percussion as well as sampled Icelandic church choirs, ‘relay’ is a vivid pop cut that’s finessed by those light and airy vocals. Check out ‘relay’ here and keep an eye out for ‘badminton’ which is out January 22nd.
Rising Dutch producer Sim Fane shares vibrant, double-single ‘closure’ which includes a collaboration with Rotterdam-based artist Elijah Waters who treated us to a stunning A COLORS SHOW earlier this year. On ‘—˚✦ ඔබ + මම ♬ !!! ❀˚’, Waters’ endearing tones sweep across the serene, dreamy soundscape whilst the titular, instrumental number sees Fane’s sonic wizardry take shape courtesy of spirited electronic spells. Check out both of the singles here.
French outfit QuinzeQuinze (aka Ennio, Julia, Marvin, Robin and Tsi Min) unveil their striking and utterly intoxicating new EP titled ‘Le Jeune’. Self-described as ‘𝐂LᎥ𝓜𝒶𝐓𝔦ᑕ Ｍ𝓾s𝐢ᑕ’, the quintet’s surreal and inventive sound is ever present from opener ‘Pa’iPa’i’ to closer ‘Bolero’, boasting refreshingly vibrant soundscapes that straddle the line between organic and otherworldly. With ‘Le Jeune’, QuinzeQuinze prove why they’re one of the most inventive and original acts around. Stream the EP in its entirety here and be whisked away to the extraterrestrial world of the group.
Stockholm artist and producer ishi vu shares the first taste of his forthcoming debut album in the form of ‘Isolated Incidents’. A solid dancefloor track that’s packed with gritty electronics and catchy melodies, ‘Isolated Incidents’ wonderfully straddles the line between experimental and pop to create an entirely immersive and hypnotic atmosphere. Dive into the swirling soundscapes here and be sure to keep an eye out for ishi vu’s debut album which is out early next via Different Recordings.
French-Algerian artist Sabrina Bellaouel shares electrifying new single ‘The Build Up’ which is taken from her forthcoming project ‘Libra’. A masterful blend of soulful alt-R&B with electronic flourishes, ‘The Build Up’ is interspersed with snippets of speech from astrologer Fernando Prudhomme that complement Bellaouel’s exploration of the zodiac sign. Check out ‘The Build Up’ here and keep an eye out for ‘Libra’ which is out November 27th.
Copenhagen-based, Norwegian electronic duo Smerz share ‘I don’t talk about that much / Hva hvis’, taken from their forthcoming ‘Believer’ project. The singles follow Catharina Stoltenberg and Henriette Motzfeldt’s 2018 EP ‘Have fun’ as well as recent cuts ‘The favourite / Rap interlude’ and capture the pair’s exhilarating and cinematic sound. Blistering electronics and synths skitter across the sweeping soundscape as the pair’s heavenly tones are laid down with a delicate touch to create the perfectly juxtaposing sound on ‘I don’t talk about that much’ whilst the latter single embodies a minimal instrumentation of gorgeous strings. Check out the songs here and keep an eye out for ‘Believer’ which will be released via XL Recordings soon.
Paris-based producer and singer/songwriter Oklou unveils her incredible, long-awaited debut full length project ‘GALORE’. Split into three parts, the eleven-track project features ‘Fall’, the spellbinding single which Oklou performed as part of her COLORS show earlier this year. Joining the pack are glorious electronic-led cuts like ‘Unearth Me’, ‘God’s Chariot’, ‘Rosebud’, ‘Another Night’ and more. Dive into the glorious depths of ‘GALORE’ here, it’s absolutely breathtaking from start to finish!
London based producer MODEL 86 returns with ‘So We’re Here Then’, a crisp, electronic-led single that serves as a taste of his forthcoming debut album. A striking combination of sounds, the single brings to mind the glittering atmospherics of SOPHIE, the powerful orchestration of Hudson Mohawke and the intricacies of Jamie xx’s concoctions and blends them together to create a sound that further pushes the boundaries of experimental pop. Check out the dazzling single here and be sure to keep an eye out for MODEL 86’s album which is set to be released later this year.
London based producer Haich Ber Na follows up last year’s exceptional project ‘Everywhere’s Home’ with striking new single ‘By Floras’. Laced by intricate electronics that skip and squeeze their way through the soundscape to create an ordered chaos, Haich Ber Na’s delicate, falsetto-laden tones offer a warmth to juxtapose the cool instrumentation as he sings about the growing distance between a friend. Check out the cinematic and otherworldly single here.
Glasgow based production duo VARDI and Rory Comerford team up as Zazim Soundsystem to share their incredible new EP ‘AYÉ’, which means “Life” in Yoruba and “Yes” in Scots. Opening with the lush soundscapes of ‘AYEE’, the three-track project expertly combines UK bass, Latin and West African percussion along with traditional Celtic music to create a sound unlike anything else. Check out the sensational EP which features ‘BAND TUNE’ and ‘EVERYTHING’ here.
Norwegian artist Sassy 009 aka Sunniva Lindgaard delivers an explosive electronic-led single in the form of ‘Ghost Town’. Recorded in collaboration with Spotify’s Oyster Playlist, the single serves as the striking follow up to last year’s exceptional ‘Thrasher’. On ‘Ghost Town’, Sassy 009 works her magic over a potent bassline that boasts equally frenetic breakbeats that’ll get your heart racing from start to finish. Dive into the single here, it’s a stomper!
Italian producer Cristiano Crisci, commonly known by stage name Clap! Clap! teams up with Martha Da’ro on the tantalising new single ‘Moving On’. Lifted from his forthcoming new album titled ‘Liquid Portraits’ (out via Black Acre), the track is accompanied by a mesmerising and vibrant music video by RUFFMERCY who wonderfully captures the song’s infectious energy. Listen and watch as Martha Da’ro’s sublime and unique vocals traipse across the playful electronic instrumentation and be sure to keep an eye out for Clap! Clap!’s ‘Liquid Portraits’ which drops June 12th.
Paris based singer, songwriter, producer and director Woodkid (aka Yoann Lemoine) returns with cinematic and atmospheric new single ‘Goliath’, the lead cut from his forthcoming second album. The single serves as the first taste of music from Woodkid who exploded onto the scene back in 2011 with his exceptional ‘Iron’ EP which was succeeded by his debut full length ‘The Golden Age’ in 2013. With ‘Goliath’, Woodkid lays down his buttery rich vocals across a clattery, electronic-led beat. Check out the single and the self-directed, industrialised visual here.
Rising London based artist NEO 10Y shares ‘Y’, an ethereal curiosity banger that boasts a powerful electronic soundscape penned alongside S.B.O. The track follows up previously released cut ‘ILY’ and strikes quite a chord from the get go with its pounding bass and NEO 10Y’s inviting and intriguing vocals which ask “Am I right or am I wrong?”. Check out the emphatic single up top and be sure to keep an eye out for more from NEO 10Y.
Consider yourself introduced to the hypnotic and captivating sounds of South London based artist Amani who impresses on ‘Power Games’. The track follows up Amani’s ‘Perpendicular’ EP from 2017, and is soundtracked by blistering electronics that carry her gorgeous falsetto along with ease; creating an entirely immersive and cinematic soundscape. Check out ‘Power Games’ here.