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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.
Consider yourself introduced to Canadian based, Algerian born singer, songwriter Meryem Saci whose latest single ‘Eyes on Me’ is an absolute stunner. An amalgamation of genres, the spellbinding cut is taken from Meryem’s forthcoming debut EP ‘All in’ which is out later this year. Driven by an icy trap-inspired beat penned by JYCE, ‘Eyes On Me’ is taken to new levels with Saci’s breathtaking vocals which blend wonderfully with the Afro-Arabian inspired melodies and instrumentation.
On her latest offering, ‘ne me quitte pas (don’t leave me)’, Philadelphia based singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Orion Sun will melt your heart from the very first note. Encompassing a magical quality that transports you into a dream state, Orion Sun’s smooth and gentle tones resonate wonderfully against the lo-fi electronic-led production. Listen and watch the self-made visual to the gorgeous single which sees Orion Sun sing about unexpectedly falling in love, here.
Montreal based artist June Moon aka Forever returns with ‘Make It Happen’, the dazzling lead single from her forthcoming EP ‘Close to the Flame’. Featuring some slick vocals from Just John and production courtesy of Patrick Holland, the track sees Forever ride the groove with her super sweet vocals. Check out the track and it’s equally captivating self-directed music video to the right and be sure to keep an eye out for the new EP which is out on Valentine’s Day via Cascine.
Ottawa based artist maxime. shares a striking visual for latest single ‘old fast’, taken from his debut album ‘whatevernowiscalled’ which dropped at the start of last month. Opening with glitchy electronics which are joined by some killer guitar lines, the track’s moody atmosphere is heightened by maxime.’s equally arresting vocals. Check out the track and it’s accompanying music video which is filmed and edited by Tosca Webb here, and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out ‘whatevernowiscalled’.
Korean-American artist Audrey teams up with Jack Harlow on the bombastic and utterly captivating single ‘Comic Sans’ which dropped last month. Accompanied by an equally playful music video directed by Khufu Najee and Audrey Chu, the track packs quite the punch as both Audrey and Jack manoeuvre their way across the trap-inspired beat with killer flows.
Canadian producer and vocalist Verzache kicks off the new year with a mellow and subdued new single in the form of ‘TALK’. Opening with the simple strums of a single guitar chord, the track bursts into life as a bass-heavy beat enters the foray to serve as the perfect backdrop for Verzache’s soothing tones.
Consider yourself introduced to Chris Scholar, a Virginia based singer/songwriter who has a writing credit ‘Rule the World’ by 2 Chainz and Ariana Grande and has recently shared his latest single ‘Northside’. A song that serves as an ode to the singer’s roots, ‘Northside’ sees Chris Scholar lay down his super slick falsetto-laden vocals over a crisp, trap-inspired beat that’ll melt your heart.
Rising Richmond, Va. rapper Baby Sosa shares hypnotic new single ‘Uberxl’ which features Polo Perks and production courtesy of Harrison. The single follows her captivating debut single ‘Everywhereigo’ and boasts a bass-heavy beat which lays the framework for Polo Perks to work his magic and for Sosa to add her own striking vocals into the mix.
Montreal based beatsmith Kaytranada returns with stellar sophomore album ‘BUBBA’, the magnificent follow up to 2015’s ‘99.9%’. Bringing the heat once more, the renowned producer enlists another star-studded line up for this latest project, with tracks featuring COLORS alumni Charlotte Day Wilson, Kali Uchis, Masego, VanJess, SiR and more. Across the album’s seventeen songs, Kaytranada lays down his signature bouncy instrumentation that’s packed with groove and bite for the respective vocalists to work their own magic, but also holds his own on stand out cuts like ‘Scared to Death’ and ‘September 21’.
New York based songwriter emawk follows up his exceptional ‘vintage’ EP with another delicious slice of soulful sounds in the form of ‘tea’. Having caught our attention earlier this year with the stunning ‘Later’, emawk rounds off the year with the soothing atmospherics of ‘tea’. Soundtracked by gentle guitars and a subtle electronic beat, it’s emawk’s soul-stirring vocals that steal the show once more, showing why he’s one of the most exciting voices around.
Los Angeles based singer, songwriter Aaron Childs shares new single ‘Every Single 1’. an infectious groove-inflected jam that shines from start to finish. Having released his eclectic debut EP ‘My Way’ a couple of years ago, the rising artist has since signed to taste maker label GODMODE where he dropped the exceptional ‘Tangerine’ last year. With ‘Every Single 1’. Childs impresses once more with his sweet sounding vocals gliding across the cheerful instrumentation that’s tinged with hints of jazz.
Colombia-born, Toronto-based artist Lido Pimienta returns with her first new music since 2016’s ‘La Papessa’ in the form of ‘No Pude’. The spectacular single comes accompanied by an other-worldly and utterly vibrant music video directed by Fitto Segura. A mixture of squelchy and sharp electronics coalesce to serve as the ideal backdrop for Pimienta’s slick vocals to gloss over with ease.
Originally released in 2017, Los Angeles based trio clipping. share ‘The Deep’, alongside two previously unreleased recordings in the form of ‘Aquacode Databreaks’ (ft. Shabazz Palaces) and ‘Drownt’. Encompassing a futuristic sound, the experimental Hip-Hop group, comprised of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, work their magic across the three tracks which encompass shape-shifting sci-fi soundscapes.
Toronto’s Keynes Woods links up with fellow MC’s Just John and So Loki on blistering new single ‘Spiritual Healing’, the first taste of his upcoming new EP. Having released a slew of standalone singles in the form of ‘Threat‘ (which he performed for COLORS), ‘Avarice’, ‘Groovy’ and ‘Water In The City’, Woods delivers another spectacular cut that features his sharp and confident lyrics over an eerie and utterly captivating beat. Check out the track here and look for Keynes Woods’ debut project ‘Kongo KANE’ which is out February 2020.
Somali-American fashion designer and artist deka shares ‘Tepid’, a dark and twisted fantastical electronic gem produced by frankie bash and RAFA MAYA. Apart from a few (brilliant) mixes, you can only find one other song by the Minneapolis based artist, it’s the mesmerising ‘ESCAPIST’ which dropped in 2017. On latest single ‘Tepid’, deka’s ghostly vocals creep across the moody soundscape creating an absolutely breathtaking atmosphere.
The Galleria aka Morgan Geist returns after four years with brand new single ‘Stop & Go’, featuring the sensational Jessy Lanza. The follow up to 2015’s magnificent ‘Calling Card/Mezzanine’ is another slice of 80’s inspired bubblegum-pop packed with oodles of groove and funk and Lanza’s sweet sounding vocals adding a sugary touch.
Toronto based DJ and producer Bambii teams up with Pamputtae on the thrilling and utterly captivating dancehall banger ‘NITEVISION’. Serving as the artist’s official debut single, ‘NITEVISION’ packs quite the punch with Bambii laying down the perfect backdrop comprising of pumping basslines, powerful drums and sensational synths for Pamputtae to work her charm.
Toronto based singer/songwriter Tasha Angela releases the follow up visuals for her timeless single ‘Lost in Nostalgia’, which is taken from her forthcoming debut EP titled ‘Hidden Gems’. Directed by angelicamilash, the visual wonderfully captures the song’s dreamy disco vibes and “explores nostalgia through a colourful lens”. Taking you on a trip down memory lane, the mirrors the record’s story of looking back and cherishing the memories of the past, evoking a sense of comfort and respite through her warming tones.
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.