dhruv – double take

Having shared a handful of gorgeous acoustic demos on his SoundCloud over the past year or so, New York based singer/songwriter dhruv delivers his first studio single in the form of ‘double take’. Produced by fellow New Yorker frankis, the sparkling track features a sharp electronic, trap inspired soundbed which boasts a pounding bass which is topped off by dhruv’s exquisite vocal delivery. It serves as dhruv’s first. A brilliant debut offering, ‘double take’ is a dazzling introduction to dhruv’s artistry and according to his SoundCloud, there’s more new music on the way.

Grace Acladna – Apnea

Hounslow,London based producer, singer and songwriter Grace Acladna shares an intoxicating new single in the form of ‘Apnea’, which is lifted from her newly released ‘Phonophobia’ EP. Since debuting her gorgeous single ‘London’ in 2015, the rising artist has continually impressed with her evolving soundscapes and poignant songwriting. That’s exactly the case ‘Apnea’, a somewhat delicate yet powerful offering which sees the singer’s sensual vocals glisten atop a murky electronic beat sprinkled with intricate piano progressions.

Premiere: Rachel Faith – Phantom

Having released her hauntingly beautiful debut EP ‘CODEPENDENCY’ last year, Chicago based singer, songwriter and producer Rachel Faith shares the equally arresting ‘Phantom’. Premiering at COLORS, the track is accompanied by a glitchy, animated visual by Megan McGuire, Henrique Migue and Alex Koester, the tense and utterly captivating single titillates between ferocity and fragility. The production by frequent collaborator Elias Abid (Appleby) creates a dark and moody atmosphere, one that’s only heightened by Faith’s smoky yet silky vocals.

FLØRE – Little Dancing Demons

There’s something magical and utterly enchanting about the latest single from rising German artist FLØRE. Behind the eerie and almost whimsical soundscape of ‘Little Dancing Demons’, lies a more powerful and heartfelt message. The song is “about embracing the deep sadness [of living with depression] and accepting the world as a permanent dark place“. Despite this, FLØRE’s comforting and touching voice makes it easier with each note, line, verse.

Luidji – Tristesse Business: Saison 1

Founder of the Foufoune Palace collective, French based artist Luidji has shared his highly anticipated debut album titled ‘Tristesse Business: Saison 1’. Comprised of seventeen deep and introspective tracks which serve as the follow up to 2015’s ‘Mécanique des fluides’, the record is another insight into the artist’s groovy sounds that touch on love and difficult relationships. To mirror his evolution, the Parisian rapper imagines a character drowning into water and trying get his head out of it. As suggested by the siren lying by the rapper’s side on the album’s cover, an aquatic universe is hypnotising listeners’ ears from start to finish.

Kanika – Playing It Safe (ft. emawk)

L.A. based singer, songwriter and producer Kanika introduced herself earlier this year with the delicate and whispery ‘Is It Over Yet’; a heartfelt and utterly captivating debut. Her follow up single ‘Playing It Safe’, is another dreamy and atmospheric foray which features the endearing tones and poetic words of emawk. Together, the pair manoeuvre the ambient an cinematic soundscape as their vocals coalesce to form the most beautiful of harmonies.

Aeris Roves – Don’t Ask

Having released his magnificent debut EP ‘Moon By Guided Islands’, which featured stand out singles like ‘Feel Me’ and ‘Delilah’, London based newcomer Aeris Roves shares ‘Don’t Ask’, his first taste of new music for the year. A delectable slice of trap-inspired R&B, the track is another slick take showcasing Roves’ deep songwriting and pristine vocal delivery all driven by a crisp electronic beat penned by Two Inch Punch and J Moon.

Premiere: Shy Lennox – Soccer Man

Having released his brilliant debut EP ‘Audition’ last year, rising musician and songwriter Shy Lennox continues to delight with this hauntingly beautiful blend of alternative R&B. We’re thrilled to be premiering his latest offering ‘Soccer Man’, an intoxicating cut which sees contrasts between the dreamy harmonies and pitched vocals to the gentle keys and gritty electronic-led hook.Serving as a moment of introspection and self reflection, ‘Soccer Man’ is that ray of sunshine on an overcast day.

ML Buch – I Feel Like Giving You Things

ML Buch is the moniker of Copenhagen-based composer and producer Marie Louise Buch, whose single ‘I Feel Like Giving You Things’, is quite frankly and experience to behold. Over the course of the track’s three-minute lifespan, ML Buch propels your mind into a trance-like state with her soothing tones piercing the soundscape as each line paints a wonderful image in your head. There’s beauty in simplicity, and ‘I Feel Like Giving You Things’ is the embodiment of just that.

Parra for Cuva – While You Sleep (ft. May)

A relentless fascination for sound and harmony led Nicolas Demuth aka Parra for Cuva commence his quest for music at a very young age. A combination of musical instruments, synthesizers and digital music editing mostly results into an art of creating music pieces from melodies, soft beats and sounds that he records in his daily life. ‘While you Sleep’ is a single from his latest album ‘Paspatou’ holding one of the most interesting writing processes for the artist as the entire song was recorded with live instruments; thus making it a first for a producer who spends most of his time in front of the computer. One can be found with their eyes closed falling into movements of indistinguishable melodies that touches the soul hoping for this well mended electronica experience never to take an end.

Peter Cat Recording Co. – Floated By

April 30

‘Floated By’ is the latest release by New Delhi based band Peter Cat Recording Co. from their forthcoming album ‘Bismillah’. Coupled with a brilliant music video capturing the lead vocalist’s wedding, there is a realness and lack of pretence as opposed to the grandeur observed in Indian matrimony. Doing what they do best, greeting the listeners with a groovy horn aided piece accompanied by uplifting guitar riffs and basslines, the intent of the album is taking the audience through a culmination of their journey over the past 8 years. One can’t help the light hearted fuzzy feeling on hearing the spirited vocal performance filled with exuberance yet holding a strong emotion of melancholy.

Jackie Mendoza – De Lejos

San Diego native Jackie Mendoza’s experimental pop tracks can be just as explosive as they can be delicate. One of her most recent offerings, the soothing ‘De Lojas’, leans towards the latter end of the spectrum with its subtle and stripped down instrumentation comprised of gentle ukulele and clicks, accompanying Mendoza’s charming and endearing intonations. Sung in Spanish, the song is a delightful slice of future pop that explores the challenges that arise when dealing with a long distance relationship.

070 Shake – Morrow

G.O.O.D. Music signed artist and COLORS alum 070 Shake kicks off her musical output of the year with two brilliant new singles in the form of ‘Nice to Have’ and ‘Morrow’. On the latter, the North Bergen native channels a raw energy that strikes through with her gritty vocal performance accompanying the murky, bass-heavy soundscape.Enjoy the single up top and if you haven’t already, check out 070 Shake’s COLORS performance of ‘I Laugh When I’m With Friends But Sad When I’m Alone’ here.

Jitwam – Temptations

With his roots in Assam, North-east India and his hustle now based in Brooklyn; Jitwam. draws his influence from a vast array of artists including but not limited to RD Burman, Moondog, The Velvet Underground, Jay Dilla, Moodymann, Asha Bhosle and Madlib to name a few. Soulful sounds within the realm of indie psychedelic rock and hip-hop, his fluidity as an artist fuses disparate styles and ideas into a world that is truly unique and his own. ‘Temptations’ with the heart felt vocals is his latest single from upcoming album ‘Honeycomb’ to be released on Tartelet Records which encapsulates his diverse upbringing in India and Australia, before living in monasteries in Thailand, orphanages in South Africa, and finally the US, where he currently resides.

Tepu – flip a coin

Dripping with groovy guitars and sizzling electronics, the latest offering from L.A. based singer/songwriter Tepu is an absolute blast. The blistering production in ‘flip a coin’, brings to mind the lush soundscapes of late 90’s and early 2000’s R&B jams a la Justin Timberlake with a refreshing twist. Of course, Tepu’s gloriously smooth vocals add an extra layer of luxe as they weave their way through the ever-growing soundscape. Serving as the follow up to last year’s mesmerising ‘Teri Awaz’, Tepu strikes a chord once again with ‘flip a coin’.

Meba Ofilia – Lady Bizz

March 27

Born and raised in Shillong, Meba Ofilia finds her roots as an artist in Hip-Hop and RnB. Her second feature ‘Done Talking’ with rapper BigRi bagged her the Best Indian Act Award at the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards. Her love for Hip-Hop and RnB grew through the discovery of American-African gospel music eventually leading her to discover artists such as Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys and Tori Kelly who continue to be her main influences. ‘Lady Bizz’ talks about self-love laying importance on women issues that not many men understand and how one woman empowering another is a powerful feeling. The track is featured as a part of the first music release for She Said So (India) in collaboration with Azadi Records released as a Women’s Day Special on March 8th 2019.

Pardafash – Dark Chocolate

March 18

Pardafash (Sandhya Visvanathan) is a graphic designer and illustrator who moonlights as a vocalist-producer and songwriter. Previously part of a band called Machli, meshing together electronic beats and samples from Indian films, her current solo live project is an interpretation of protest music through a combination of songs that are stories and spoken word monologues.‘Dark Chocolate’ is a love song that tells a story about the nuances of friendship between two people. The narrator of the song is besotted with and trying to be there for a friend through an abortion thereby marking a progression of their relationship and intimacy.

Tay Iwar – HOW

March 16

Austin ‘Tay’ Iornongu Iwar aka Tay Iwar describes his music as “Afro-Fusion”, and quite frankly, there’s no better way to describe it. With his debut album ‘GEMINI’ (out via Soulection) just around the corner, the Nigerian based artist has shared ‘HOW’, a breezy and super smooth cut. Produced by DoOzyBeatz#5HVNNID, the track boasts a powerful and slick beat which serves as the perfect backdrop for Iwar’s sensational vocals to work their magic.

Dijon – Sci Fi 1

Los Angeles-based, Baltimore-raised artist Dijon has shared ‘Sci Fi 1’, his charming debut EP which features the previously released singles ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Drunk’. Over the course of the EP’s seven songs, Dijon explores a variety of sounds, but one constant remains – his soaring, fragile, powerful, heartwarming voice. Whether it’s those serene tones that are accompanied by gentle guitar chords on ‘Dog Eyes’ or the distorted delivery on ‘Bracelet’, Dijon’s ability to capture emotion and convey a narrative is second to none – ‘Sci Fi 1’ is a gift that keeps on giving from start to finish.

Loveni – Une nuit avec un bon gamin

March 4

Loveni has dropped gem after gem in the past few months. After Ichon and Myth Syzer, it is the turn of the third “Bon Gamin” member to go solo with debut project ‘Une nuit avec un bon gamin’. The eight-track project encompasses a laissez-faire aesthetic with its vibrant and anthemic tunes. Once again Loveni hit the mark by keeping things simple and effective with an atmosphere that transports you into a cold and beautiful, sometimes romantic nocturnal mood.