Rina Sawayama – STFU!

November 26

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.

Steam Down – Free My Skin

November 14

London based collective Steam Down unleash their long-awaited debut single ‘Free My Skin’, an all-encompassing explosion of energy.  Comprised of eight core members including Ahnansé, Naima Adams, Brother Portrait, Nadeem Din-Gabisi, Benjamin Appiah, And Is Phi, Dominic Canning and Wonky Logicfiery, Steam Down’s sound is a fiery concoction of Afrobeat, jazz and future soul. If you’re looking for something that will instantly get you in the happiest of moods, look no further than ‘Free My Skin’.

Pongo – Quem Manda No Mic

November 11

Angolan-Portuguese artist Pongo shares her striking new single ‘Quem Manda No Mic’. Serving as the follow up to her brilliant EP ‘Baia’ earlier this year, which featured standout cuts like ‘Kuzola’ and ‘Chora’, the emphatic new single is yet another delectable slice of the artist’s genre-bending sounds. From the get go, you’re thrown into a whirlwind of vibrant sounds driven by the energetic kuduro beats as Pongo sings and raps about her musical journey so far.

ROSALÍA – A Palé

November 8

Spanish sensation ROSALÍA returns with ‘A Palé’ (co-produced with El Guincho and Frank Dukes), a gritty, explosive pop banger that boasts an equally powerful music video. Another momentous extravaganza, the song opens with the singer’s angelic musings before the hard-hitting, bass-heavy beat kicks in and ROSALÍA switches it up with her killer lines. The accompanying music video, directed by Jora Frantzis features everything that makes a ROSALÍA visual so special: gold accents, exquisite choreography and fire looks.

Orchid – Gold Dust

October 22

UK based singer/songwriter Orchid makes quite the statement with her explosive and utterly captivating debut single ‘Gold Dust’. Accompanied by an equally vibrant and energetic music video (which was directed by Orchid herself), the song encompasses an anthemic vibe with a snazzy electro-R&B beat which drives the track forwards as Orchid’s powerful vocals add an extra element of bite.

Tera Kòrá – The Legend of Kòrá: Book One

October 13

Rotterdam based music producer from Curaçao Tera Kòrá releases a magnificent remix tape in the form of ‘The Legend of Kòrá: Book One’. A striking blend of genres and songs, the tape features explosive and mystical remixes of COLORS alumni Billie Eilish (‘Bad Guys’) and Jorja Smith (‘Be Honest’) as well as Wiley and Drake.

KOPS – Four Eyes

August 5

Oskar Kops Kronback also known as KOPS is a 21 year old singer, songwriter, and producer from Denmark. His latest single ‘Four Eyes’ expands upon KOPS’ signature sound where multiple genres clash together and catch your attention with delightful choruses and intriguing pop melodies. Lyrically the song revolves around unfaithful love and the frustration that follows. It is all wrapped up in a sonically interesting and sprawling universe.

Nina Chuba – White Shirt

July 27

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”.

TSHEGUE – M’Benga Bila

June 21

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.

ROSALÍA – Aute Cuture

June 1

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.

Premiere: unperfect – Looking For A Hug

April 26

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.

Nadia Tehran – Jet

April 4

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.

Suzi Wu – Error 404

March 26

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.

ARUN – Y.D.E.K.

March 20

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.

Cherrie – O.G.

March 1

‘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.

Chi Virgo – Thinking

February 6

Dip into the lush soundscapes of ‘Thinking’, the irresistible debut single from newcomer Chi Virgo. The London based singer-songwriter lays down her stellar vocals over a dazzling array of vibrant sounds that mould the worlds of soul, R&B and electronic music. Opening with the jabs of those sci-fi synths, it’s Chi Virgo’s silky smooth vocals that steal the show on the incredibly catchy and infectious track.

unperfect – Gots To Give The Girl

February 1

Consider yourself introduced to unperfect, a brand new group from the U.K. whose debut single ‘Gots To Give The Girl’ is a delightfully impressive affair. Comprising of Chloe, Siobhan, Soipan and Tiah, the group encompass a refreshing take on classic R&B nuances with a modern edge. The sun-kissed and groove-inflected production serves as the perfect backbone to the instantly infectious track which wonderfully showcases each member’s uniquely smooth and intoxicating voices.

Jinka – Ghost 2 U

January 14

Jinka’s music is explosive in all the best ways possible. Originally from Transylvania, the West Berlin based singer, songwriter, producer and musician unleashed her powerful debut single ‘Trash From The Past’ in 2017 and has since been dropping her vibrant and atmospheric slices of electro-pop cuts into the universe. Her latest offering is the unique and playful ‘Ghost 2 U’, a track which continues Jinka’s trend of adding a dollop of the unexpected – something that’s also present in the track’s accompanying intriguing music video. Whether it’s through the oddball sound samples or her energetic vocal delivery, Jinka has the ability to keep you on the edge of your seat at all times.

BONBON X YRA – GÅR OM

October 3

Swedish trap duo BONBON x YRA are certainly not afraid to speak their mind. The pair have an empowered DIY attitude that they apply to all aspects of their operations, from production to videos, clothing and gigs; when Swedish festival Emmaboda didn’t reply to their request to come perform for free, they managed to score VIP tickets and did guest appearances on 3 headline shows. Their refusal to take no for an answer is an invaluable driving force in the rough climate of the modern music industry, and they hope will set an example for other underground artists and inspire more female rappers to pursue their talents, especially in their native Scandinavia. ‘GÅR OM’ (‘Pass By’ in English) is the follow up single to their breakout hit ‘WYA’ (Where Ya At), this time released on the all female label GAL:ANT run by Swedish reggae artist Syster Sol.

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Kikesa – Tout seul

September 29

Kikesa was fed with jazz throughout his childhood by his music-loving parents, introducing him to African music and French songs; then he discovered rap, and the revelation became a devouring passion and a true vocation. Thanks to his musical background, the prolific rapper from Nancy is at ease with various styles from future bass to trap, feverish bangers or even abrasive freestyles. Adept at DIY, he refuses any formatting and constraint in order to progress his sound to new and unexpected places. Every Sunday for the last few months, he’s released a brand new track and video; on ‘Tout Seul’, the self-proclamed “new hippie” spits his sharp flow, at one moment outrageous and self-mocking and at others refreshingly open and honest as he charts his ambitions and expresses his sense of loneliness.

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