Cautious Clay – Roots

Brooklyn based artist Joshua Karpeh aka Cautious Clay serves up an absolute beauty of a single in the form of ‘Roots’. Serving as the singer, songwriter and producer’s first release of the year, ‘Roots’ is a wholesome and heartwarming single about “having an established history with someone and coming to the often difficult realization that things ultimately won’t last”. With the twinkling atmospherics of ‘Roots’, Cautious Clay sets the tone perfectly for what’s to come – press play and enjoy the single here.

Shadi G – Mitoone (ft. Elijah Boothe)

February 28

Swedish artist and producer Shadi G teams up with American artist Elijah Boothe on mesmerising new single ‘Mitoone’. Serving as her first offering that’s almost entirely sung in Persian, the enchanting number sees Shadi G’s woozy and captivating vocals blend with Elijah Boothe’s silken tones with ease over a rich, intoxicating beat-driven soundscape. Dive into the atmospheric nuances of ‘MItoone’ to the right.

Colby Lafayette – BEST GUY

LA-based artist Colby Lafayette shares powerful new cut ‘BEST GUY’, a hypnotising standalone in the lead up to his forthcoming EP. Serving as the follow up to last year’s magnificent ‘SO BAD’ EP, ‘BEST GUY’ is another gritty alt-rock banger that boasts grungy guitars and a sharp beat for Lafayette to lay down his magnetic vocals. Check out ‘BEST GUY’ , which explores “the complex intersection between vice and women” in the artist’s life here and keep an eye out for his upcoming new EP which is set to drop later this year.

Rodé – Are You Thinking Of Me?

February 14

Melbourne-based artist Rodé serves up a sensational slice of Alternative R&B in the form of ‘Are You Thinking Of Me?’. Soundtracked by warped electronic beats that create an entirely immersive and captivating atmosphere, it’s Rodé’s beguiling vocals that steal the show here as she utters “Where you are, where you be, are you thinking of me?”. The perfect Valentine’s track, the song is “about the early stages of attraction where you start to catch feelings for someone” – check it out here.

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SYRA – Sandman

February 9

French artist SYRA follows up her stunning debut single ‘Secret Location’ (which dropped last summer) with equally captivating number ‘Sandman’. Accompanied by a superb and hypnotising music video directed by Manuel Obadia-Wills, the sultry single sees a lush soundscape penned by Basei provide the perfect backdrop for SYRA to lay down her magical and intoxicating vocals. Float away to the dreamy atmospherics of ‘Sandman’ here and keep an eye out for SYRA’s debut EP which is set to drop later this year.

Katuchat – Home Is Not a Place (ft. Chester Watson & Sølv)

February 7

French producer Katuchat enlists American rapper/poet Chester Watson and British singer and songwriter Sølv on atmospheric and utterly captivating new single ‘Home Is Not a Place’. Accompanied by an equally hypnotising music video directed by JTM (whom Katuchat collaborated with previously on the visuals for ‘Spleen’), the track sees the producer pen an ethereal electronic and synth-led beat whilst Watson and Sølv’s vocals seamlessly coalesce together. Check out the track and clip here.

Kitz237 – Cutting

February 3

Cameroonian artist Kitz237 serves up a banger in the form of ‘Cutting’, the lead single from his forthcoming mixtape ‘SLEEP FOR SLIPS’. The explosive single boasts a hammering trap-inspired beat produced by Mouss and Kyla, but it’s Kitz237’s infectious and free-flowing delivery that truly hits the mark here. Stream ‘Cutting’ here and keep an eye out for ‘SLEEP FOR SLIPS’ which is set to be released this April.

Kings Elliot – Dancing Alone

Swiss-born, London-based singer/songwriter Kings Elliot continues to impress with the release of new single ‘Dancing Alone’. The follow up to last year’s ‘I’m Getting Tired Of Me’ showcases the rising artist’s melodious yet affecting songwriting and cements Kings Elliot as one to watch. Listen as those heartfelt vocals traipse across the piano-led instrumentation to conveying the hardships of keeping a relationship afloat whilst struggling with mental health.

ernest rareberrg – Secondary Handstand

New York City based artist ernest rareberrg shares the stunning visual to latest single ‘Secondary Handstand’ which is directed by Noah Weisfogel. The accompanying clip wonderfully mirrors the track’s moody and nostalgic aesthetic as rareberrg is pictured maintaining direct eye contact throughout, creating an eerie yet intimate atmosphere. With one of the most unique sounds around, rareberrg is undoubtedly an artist to keep an eye on this year – for now though, check out ‘Secondary Handstand’ here.

insha – she’s watching

January 6

Consider yourself introduced to Chinese-Indian singer/songwriter insha who shines on her gorgeous debut single ‘she’s watching’ which dropped towards the end of last year. A slow burning slice of bedroom pop, ‘she’s watching’ sees  insha’s sweet and soothing tones glide across the relaxing piano melodies before the instrumentation blossoms into subtle electronics for the track’s climax. Enjoy the single here and keep an eye out for more from this promising artist this year.

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ZAH – pain and purity

Los Angeles-based musician/performance artist ZAH follows up their stunning debut album ‘LILITH’ with arresting new single ‘pain and purity’. Accompanied by an equally intoxicating self-directed and edit music video, the song features an haunting, trap-inspired beat sprinkled with synths courtesy of Le Makeup along with ZAH’s falsetto sweeping across with a whispered, transcendent flow. Check out ‘pain and purity’ here, it’s a stunner from start to finish.

POLICE CAR COLLECTIVE – ALLTHETIME

Consider yourself introduced to Liverpool based duo POLICE CAR COLLECTIVE who dazzle on their 2021 debut offering ‘ALLTHETIME’. Made up of songwriter/vocalist Tyler Plazio and bassist Simon Quigley, POLICE CARE COLLECTIVE create a grungy yet dreamy atmosphere over the track’s seven-minute plus lifespan as gritty guitars and a simple beat are topped off by those endearing tones. Check out ‘ALLTHETIME’ here and keep an eye out for more from the promising pair.

RⱯHM ⚉ – semiautomatical

Singer, songwriter and producer Rahm Silverglade aka RⱯHM ⚉ kicks off the new year with magical new offering ‘semiautomatical’. Serving as the follow to up last year’s ‘Tree In A Sidewalk’ and ‘the thunder peal of spackle on drywall’, ‘semiautomatical’ sees the altopalo member craft an otherworldly soundscape pairing eerie synths and subtle electronics with reflective words about the state of human connection and reality. Check out the spellbinding cut here and keep an eye out for RⱯHM ⚉’s forthcoming debut album which is out later this year.

Yayoyanoh – Pariah

London-based vocalist / rapper Yayoyanoh drops ‘Pariah’, an astounding six-track genre-bending experience executive produced by Woesum. A swirling vortex of sounds that coalesce to create a smooth and eclectic aesthetic, ‘Pariah’ is taken to new heights with Yayoyanoh’s easygoing verses and breezy delivery. From opener ‘Re-Entry’ to closer ‘Mindfucc’, Yayoyanoh has crafted something truly special with producers Gud, Denmark and Severin Glance – press play and see for yourself here.

Robin Nazari – Zindigi

December 14

Swedish actor / artist Robin Nazari shares new single ‘Zindigi’ (which translates to “Life”), a genre-bending love song taken from his forthcoming debut album which is out next year. Accompanied by an equally slick and classy music video directed by Enzo Paredes Diaz, the striking single serves as Nazari’s first multilingual offering and wonderfully presents a contemporary take on Kurdish music. Dive into the stunning track here and keep an eye out for Nazar’s debut album ‘Idag, Igår & Imorn’ next year.

Crystal Murray – GGGB (ft. Dian)

December 10

Parisian artist Crystal Murray follows up her brilliant ‘I Was Wrong’ EP (which features stand out cuts like ‘Princess’ and ‘August Knows’) with new single ‘GGGB’ (Good Girl Gone Bad) featuring Dian. Accompanied by an equally gritty music video which  is part of Crystal’s ‘hotel room series’ shot in apartments and hotels in Paris and Portugal, the slick track boasts an icy trap-inspired beat to serve as the perfect soundbed for Murray and Dian to lay down their smooth tones. Dive into ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ here and keep an eye out for more from this rising artist.

La Chica – La Loba

December 7

French/Venezuelan composer, singer and pianist La Chica shares an intense and striking new single ‘La Loba’, the title-track from her newly released album. The single  serves as an audio/visual reinterpretation of a Mexican folklore tale of the same name by writer Clarissa Pinkola Estés in her text ‘Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype’. Accompanied by an equally bold and theatrical music video directed by Marion Castéra, the piano-led song tells the story about “recreating life and rekindling a woman’s spirit, fighting against patriarchal forces”. Check out ‘La Loba’ and it’s stunning visual accompaniment here and be sure to give the rest of the album a spin too.

OAFF – Youth (ft. Landslands)

December 6

Mumbai-based artist OAFF (aka Kabeer Kathpalia) teams up Landslands (aka Sohrab Nicholson) on the heartbreaking yet heartwarming ‘Youth’. Opening with subtle piano chords and the soothing tones of Landslands’ voice before blossoming into an electronic beat, the track captures a sense of nostalgia with the poignant words that were inspired by old photographs and love letters unearthed belonging to their ancestors. Bask in the soothing atmosphere of ‘Youth’ here.

Greentea Peng – Spells

South London based songstress and COLORS alumna Greentea Peng celebrates her birthday (December 1st) with the release of the soul-stirring and mesmerising ‘Spells’. Accompanied by an equally meditative and healing music video directed by Machine Operated, the SAMO & KIKO-produced cut features the singer’s majestic tones sweeping across the breezy electronic-led soundscape. Dive into the captivating single here.

HANZ – VAGABOND

Haitian-American artist HANZ follows up his ‘PRAYLUDE’ EP from earlier this year with his debut full-length mixtape ‘VAGABOND’. Over the course of the tape’s ten tracks, HANZ showcases his immense versatility as both a rapper and singer as well as his sharp penmanship over superb soundscapes courtesy of Flaire and Fantom Limb. From the powerful opener ‘MWENSE MWENSE’ and ‘Process’ to glitchy electronic-led ‘Blame Me’ and grand atmospherics of ‘Burbank’, ‘VAGABOND’ solidifies HANZ as one of the most exciting voices around.