Killertunes – Gbedu & Things

December 6

Nigerian AfroBeats star Killertunes drops his highly anticipated new EP ‘Gbedu & Things’. Having worked with the likes of Mr Eazi, Wizkid, DJ Spinall as well as COLORS alum Tiwa Savage, the producer steps into the spotlight with his first solo body of work which features five vibrant and eclectic tracks that entice and invigorate. Setting the scene beautifully with the cheerful ’11:11′, the entire EP is a continuation of Killertunes’ wondrous sounds that’ll have you up and moving from the get go.

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.

Bryte – Ice Cream

November 20

Ghanaian artist Bryte shares vibrant new single ‘Ice Cream’, lifted from the ‘R&S presents: More Time Records Vol. 1’ compilation album. Boosted by a powerful beat penned by Mina and Tarquin, the accompanying music video brilliantly captures the track’s playful aesthetic. Check out the infectious track above and keep an eye out for the forthcoming compilation album which is out on November 29th and features tracks by Ahadadream, Bala Bala Boyz and SNØW.

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.

McCall – Right?

October 26

Los Angeles based singer/songwriter McCall shares a brilliant music video for latest single ‘Right?’, which follows her ‘Under the Reign’ EP. Opening with the gentle strums of the acoustic guitar, the track quickly takes a turn as McCall’s commanding vocals pierce through the soundscape with killer line “It’s what you wanted right? / Wanted to fuck yourself a new girl right in my sight”. This is uttered as sparkling synths ride across a persistent electronic beat – creating an utterly empowering aesthetic, one that’s carried through in the Griffin Meyer directed clip.

Wafia – Flowers & Superpowers

October 25

Australian based Iraqi-Syrian singer/songwriter Wafia releases dreamy new single ‘Flowers & Superpowers’ and an equally charming video. Serving as the follow up to previously released single ‘Hurts’ which featured Louis The Child and Whethan, the Hit-Boy and Rogét Chahayed produced single is accompanied by a wonderful visual directed by Alexandra Gavillet. With an EP in the works, tuck into the stunning intonations of ‘Flowers & Superpowers’ here.

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.

Lyma – Une Question de Feeling

October 19

Consider yourself introduced to Lyma, a Cameroon based singer and songwriter, whose striking debut project ‘Une Question de Feeling’ is a tour de force. Packed with afro-pop club-ready anthems that boast fiery beats and infectious melodies that’ll have you dancing from the get go, ‘Une Question de Feeling’ also features contributions from the likes of N.A.T. and Krys Kofi.

Terrell Hines – St. Mark Rd

October 16

Songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Terrell Hines releases ‘St. Mark Road’, a powerful genre-bending EP that impresses from start to finish. Opening with the explosive and energetic intonations of ‘Get Up’ (which was played during Apple’s 2019 Keynote), the three-track EP is rounded out by the calming nuances of ‘Feel Good’ and heartwarming ‘Living For Today’.

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.

Rema – Bad Commando

October 8

Having already released a handful of EPs this year in the form of ‘Rema’ and ‘Freestyle EP’, the former of which features breakthrough single ‘Dumebi’, Nigerian Afropop artist Rema continues to impress with new project ‘Bad Commando’. The four-track EP, which features production from the likes of Honter, Altims, Oliver El Khatib and 1mind, is another blistering slice of the rising artist’s refreshing sounds.

mai.la – maybe ୧(ಠ益ಠ)୨

September 29

Los Angeles based duo mai.la (comprised of cait & katie) share ‘maybe ୧(ಠ益ಠ)୨’, a blisteringly vibrant and atmospheric pop gem that’s taken from their forthcoming EP titled ‘Blush’. Serving as the follow up to previously heard singles ‘Ready’ and ‘Crash’ which were released in 2016 and 2018 respectively, the cut boasts a powerful guitar-driven beat that’s brightened by the pair’s anthemic vocals.

Spitfire – Paathshala

August 13

Twenty year old rapper Spitfire from Madhya Pradesh first encountered hip-hop when he was in the 11th grade. His debut EP ‘Paathshala’, released on IncInk Records, talks about his own life story and how he found the strength to break through stereotypes and find his own identity. An interesting spoken-word poetry approach layered with an offbeat and ambient atmosphere suits Nitin’s poetic chops the best. The underlying theme of the EP revolves around how hip-hop and rap as an art form has added a lot of value in his life making him the person that he is today and how he would like to exercise this medium to continue to teach and inform his audiences. With vigour and boldness in his voice and word play ‘Paathshala’ can be quite accessible to tune into at a club or at home.

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”.

Sampa The Great – OMG

July 11

Zambian-born, Australia-based artist Sampa The Great unveils ‘OMG’ the vibrant and utterly hypnotising lead single from her long awaited debut album ‘The Return’. Produced by Kwes Darko, the blisteringly  energetic track which sees Sampa the Great blending together a myraid of sounds from Jazz and Hip Hop to spoken word and soul, is accompanied by an equally bombastic music video which is directed by Sanjay De Silva. Check out the visual and keep an eye out for ‘The Return’ which is out later this year.

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.

EVA – CRY

June 6

Toronto based artist Eva Tolkin aka EVA shares ‘CRY’, a glorious standalone single that serves as the follow up to her Danny L Harle produced single ‘Touch Me’ and is the pop anthem you didn’t know you needed. Although the track doesn’t appear on her forthcoming EP, it’s irresistibly vibrant atmospherics and fun pop sensibilities are unquestionable infectious with EVA’s bright vocals wonderfully complimenting the club-ready instrumentation. It’s going to make you want to dance, cry, or perhaps even both!