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Washington Born, New York based artist Nick Hakim returns with ‘QADIR’, the impeccable lead single from his forthcoming new album ‘WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD’. A dazzling array of Hakim’s signature soulful electronica, ‘QADIR’ is a hauntingly beautiful cut that sees the singer’s captivating vocals take center stage. Accompanied by an equally arresting visual, ‘QADIR’ is the perfect introduction to ‘WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD’ which is out May 15th.
French singer, songwriter and producer Degree channels the likes of Bon Iver, James Blake and Chet Faker on latest single ‘Call The Inside’. Soundtracked by an expansive electronic beat, the track is given a gentle touch through a sprinkling of twinkling piano progressions and Degree’s impeccably smooth and alluring vocals. Enjoy the brilliant new single here which features on Kitsuné Musique’s ‘Kitsuné Parisien’ compliation.
Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino unveils ‘3.15.20’, his latest full length album which features previously released single ‘Algorhythm’. The record first appeared (and then mysteriously disappeared) on 15th March 2020 on the artist’s website donaldgloverpresents.com. With contributions from Ariana Grande, 21 Savage and frequent collaborator Ludwig Göransson, ‘3.15.20’ is a soulful, funky, jarring, thought provoking, soul-stirring album that might just be Gambino’s strongest offering to date.
Jamaican artist and COLORS alumni Chronixx shares ‘Dela Move’, a fiery and utterly enchanting new single from his forthcoming second album titled ‘Dela Splash’. Accompanied by an equally stunning music video directed by Nabil Elderkin, the track sees blazing production from J.L.L. and Chronixx which is topped off by the latter’s smooth voice. What stands out on ‘Dela Move’, is its sneaky and ferociousness – there’s an underlying darkness that clouds the soundscape which also seeps its way into the songwriting. Check out the visual and keep an eye out for the new album which is out later this year.
London-based, Berlin-born artist Kamran Khan aka Fake Laugh shares a sparkling new single in the form of ‘Exotic Bird’ from his new album ‘Dining Alone’. Following up previously released cut ‘Near You’, the groovy track encompasses a shimmering soundscape that straddles the indie-pop line with an alternative edge. Check out the dazzling single which sees Fake Laugh sing about being in “awe of another person and how that awe makes you reflect on yourself” and be sure to give ‘Dining Alone’ a spin too when it drops 13th March.
If you’re looking for a song that will sooth and calm your soul, look no further than ‘Achime’ the latest cut from South Korean/Japanese outfit TENGGER. Named after the Mongolian term for “unlimited expanse of sky”, the duo are comprised of itta, Marqido and their seven-year-old son RAAI. Lifted from their forthcoming album ‘Nomad’, the ambient single captures a transcendent atmosphere that will transport your mind to a place of utter bliss and tranquility.
Consider yourself introduced to Berlin-born, NY-based artist HAWA who showcases her unique sound on intoxicating debut EP ‘the ONE’. Featuring previously released singles ‘MY LOVE’ and ‘IPHONE’, the eight-track project sees refreshing soundscapes from the likes of Oscar Key Sung, Cadenza, Tony Seltzer (and more) and captures HAWA’s incredibly diverse repertoire. Check out ‘the ONE’ here – it’s one of the best projects you’ll hear all year.
Danish artist Rasmus Littauer aka School of X shares ‘Collarbone’, the striking lead single from his forthcoming debut album. Featuring fellow native Lord Siva and serving as the follow up to last year’s ‘Destiny’ EP, the guitar-laden single boasts spirited drums that drive and carry Littauer’s slick vocals across. Check out the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for School of X’s debut LP which is out later this year.
Fresh off her COLORS performance of ‘People I’ve been sad’, French icon Christine and the Queens releases her sensational new EP ‘La vita nuova’. The six track project features the aforementioned single as well as a spectacular collaboration with Caroline Polachek for the EP’s title track. Accompanied by an equally captivating short film directed by Colin Solal Cardo, ‘La vita nuova’ captures the artist’s signature storytelling and pop sensibilities. This is one of the best projects you’ll hear all year, an absolute must-listen!
Paris based singer, songwriter and producer Oklou aka Aavril Alvarez teams up with Mura Masa on the delectable ‘entertnmnt’. Opening with bubbling synths, the eerie single shines with Oklou’s intoxicating auto-tuned vocals as the production gradually intensifies with more and more layers of instrumentation thrown into the mix. Check out the dazzling single and it’s equally captivating music video directed by Alexandra Green here.
Rising LA-based singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Maddie Jay shares a playful and utterly enchanting new single in the form of ‘The Peanut Butter Song’. With hints of psychedelic rock and lo-fi hip hop, ‘The Peanut Butter Song’ exudes an ever so cool and inviting atmosphere as Maddie Jay smothers her super smooth vocals atop the glistening soundbed of guitars and drums. Enjoy the single and its charming music video here.
South Africa born, Los Angeles based artist Nick Leng teams up with rapper Chester Watson on the woozy and utterly enchanting ‘Plastic Moon’. Accompanied by a sensational claymation video by Bona Bones, the cosmic single opens with Leng’s yearning vocals before Watson’s breezy spoken word verses that boast his clever wordplay enter the foray. Check out both the single and visual here and be sure to keep an eye out for Nick Leng’s forthcoming debut LP titled ‘LEMONS’.
Australian singer/songwriter Olivia Gavranich aka St. South shares breezy new single ‘Does Your Brain Ever Get This Loud?’. Soundtracked by sweeping electronics, hand claps and twinkling piano melodies, it’s Gavranich’s honeyed tones that truly steal the show here. Contrary to the song’s title, her magical voice transports you to a world of pure serenity and relaxation.
South London based MC Crave Moore shines with his distinctive and effortlessly smooth vocal on latest offering ‘Come Down’. Soundtracked by a super clean beat that weaves in subtle grooves and evokes a mellow atmosphere, the track sees the COLORS alumnus tackle themes of losing your inhibitions whilst “knowing whatever goes up must ‘Come Down'”. Enjoy the brilliant new single here and be sure to keep an eye out for more brilliance from the South Londoner.
Vietnamese-Chinese Canadian artist Nilo Blues refuses to be kept inside the boundaries on blistering new single ‘No Risk Involved’. Soundtracked by an icy trap-inspired beat, the rising hip-hop artists effortlessly shifts from ruthlessly sharp verses to super smooth vocals on the chorus. Check out the powerful track and it’s thought-provoking visual directed by angelicamilash which depicts the “exoticising and fetishising of Asian female stereotypes within the entertainment industry”.
London based singer, songwriter and producer Khushi unveils his long awaited and utterly astounding debut solo album ‘Strange Seasons’. Featuring previously released singles ‘Like A City’, ‘Freedom Falls’ and ‘From Me’ and mixed by none other than James Blake; whom Khushi opened for, on his most recent tours of the U.S.A. and Europe. Over the course of ‘Strange Seasons’, Khushi finds that perfect sweet spot between organic and electronic soundscapes as his delicate voice flutters atop each song.
Lisbon based producer Bullion shares endearing new song ‘Hula’, the first single from his upcoming EP ‘We Had a Good Time’ which is out on February 28 via his own label Deek Recordings. On ‘Hula’, Bullion (aka Nathan Jenkins) serves up a slice of laid back pop that saunters its way into your heart with its mellow production and Bullion’s soothing tones to add another comforting touch. Check out the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for the new EP too.
Jamaican reggae artist Dre Island yearns for a better future in his new single ‘Be Okay’, a collaboration with fellow native Jesse Royal. A song about the hardships that life brings, an acoustic version of ‘Be Okay’ was first debuted last November on Jamaican Youtube channel Jussbuss TV, and today we get to hear the final version. Features a brilliant verse from Jesse Royal, ‘Be Okay’ serves as a ray of hope; a reason to push through the struggles no matter what.
Brooklyn based filmmaker and musician Austin Johnson aka breaking shares his breathtaking new single in the form of ‘Tick’. The slow burning track opens with warming guitar melodies as a subtle electronic beat works its way into the mix and Johnson’s fragile, falsetto-laden voice warms your soul. The perfect soundtrack for these chilly winter months (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere), ‘Tick’ is an intriguing slice of electronic-folk that brilliantly follows up last year’s ‘Shell’ EP.
Egypt via Dubai artist Adham Bayoumi asks Bayou brings some smooth vibes on ‘Moonlight’, a brilliant single which dropped towards the end of 2019. The twinkling, bass-heavy production coupled with Bayou’s slick vocals creates a super chilled out atmosphere, one that find yourself vibing too from the get go. With ‘Moonlight’, as well as previously released singles like ‘fine’ and ‘city style’ (which can only be found on his SoundCloud), Bayou shows why he’s one to watch.