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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.
New York based songstress Ayelle teams up with London based artist Rationale on ‘Choice’, taken from her forthcoming mixtape ‘NOMAD’. The brilliant offering follows up previous gems like ‘Trust’ and ‘Effort’, not to mention the pair’s previous collaboration ‘Hurts The Most’ which dropped last September, and wonderfully showcases Ayelle’s golden tones as they glide across the crisp, electronic-led soundscape produced by Rationale. Dive into the lush soundscapes of ‘Choice’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘NOMAD’ which is out later this year.
Introducing Canadia based singer/songwriter Abby Sage and her infectious debut single ‘Holy Water’, a delectable slice of dreampop. What strikes a chord from the moment you press play, is Abby Sage’s impeccably rich and intoxicating vocals, which was across the piano-led soundscape carried by a crisp beat. Dive into the lush atmospherics of ‘Holy Water’ (which comes with a home-made style music video) here, and be sure to keep an eye out for more from Abby Sage this year.
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.
Rising Canadian singer/songwriter Tate McRae unveiling delectable new single ‘that way’, lifted from her new EP ‘all the things I never said’. The captivating single is soundtracked by gentle piano chords and atmospheric, subtle electronic beats that pound there way through as McRae lays down her impeccable vocals. Check out the stunning song along with its equally arresting music video here and be sure to keep an eye out for the new EP which features previously released singles ‘stupid’, ‘tear myself apart’ and ‘all my friends are fake’.
San Francisco native LYRAH shares new single ‘The View’, which is accompanied by an equally arresting visual directed by Red Gaskell. The simple, trap-inspired beat gives the track some bite as LYRAH’s impeccably smooth and haunting vocals enrich the soundscape by adding a touch of warmth. This is one of those singles that you can easily get lost to, simply press play and drift away.
Consider yourself introduced to New York City based singer, songwriter and producer min.a who dazzles on her new EP ‘Hi-Fi’. Written, performed, produced, mixed AND mastered by min.a herself, the four-track project packs quite the punch, showcasing the artist’s striking production and eloquent songwriting skills. From opener ‘Own Up To It’ to closing number ‘Here For You’, each song serves as delicious slice of electronic pop that sounds just as refreshing with each listen.
Consider yourself introduced to renforshort and her spellbinding debut EP ‘teenage angst’, a project packed to the brim with pop bangers. Featuring previously released singles ‘i drive me mad’, ‘new way’ and ‘idc’, the 7 track EP serves as a breath of fresh fair with renforshort’s unapologetic and gritty vocals, catchy melodies and raw songwriting taking center stage. With ‘teenage angst’, renforshort has truly cemented herself as one to watch, not to mention one of the most exciting new artists from this year.
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.
Rochester, NY based rapper ISHMAEL (fka Ishmael Raps) returns with another impressive track in the form of ‘PEACE’ (co-produced by Switch). Serving as his first new song in over a year, ‘PEACE’ is definitely worth the wait. Accompanied by a thought-provoking visual directed by ISHMAEL and Zach Stone, ‘PEACE’ sees the rapper go all in with an infectious energy and fiery flow as he works his magic over the shape-shifting beat. ISHMAEL isn’t playing around on this one – see for yourself to the right.
Consider yourself introduced to Florida based collective seeyousoon who burst onto the scene with their explosive debut single ‘Steamy’. With one of the most memorable debuts you’ll hear this year, the 9-piece (comprised of Ignacio, Kenny, Denny, Maddie, Josh, Dre, Drex, Luke, and Mitch) make quite the impression with a refreshing slice of Hip-Hop with a sprinkling of pop and R&B thrown in for good measure. Check out the magnificent single here and be sure to keep an eye out for their forthcoming debut EP ‘VIDÉ’ which is out later this year.
Consider yourself introduced to Toronto based singer/songwriter LOONY who has shared her sensational new single ‘White Lie’. Lifted from her forthcoming EP titled ‘JOYRiDE’ which drops later this year, ‘White Lie’ serves up a crisp beat dripping with groovy guitars and powerful drums that wonderfully complement LOONY’s impeccably smooth vocals. If this lead single is anything to go by, ‘JOYRiDE’ is going to be quite special!
Rising Cleveland based rapper Nnena debuts her brilliant new single in the form of ‘Work It Out’ produced by Dave Hamelin. The single follows up previously released cuts like ‘Lovesick’ and ‘Not The Thumb’ and wonderfully showcases Nnena’s effortless flow and powerful songwriting. The blistering beat penned by Hamelin features striking drums that you can feel in the pit of your stomach as Nnena works her magic with that infectious and spirited delivery.
Born in Abu Dhabi, raised in the Philippines, and now residing in California, consider yourself introduced to Laica and her brilliant ‘Forever’ EP. Kicking things off with the fabulous lead single ‘Nobody Else But You’ (produced by Cooper Leith), the twenty year-old artist shines on each of the project’s five tracks, as her gorgeous voice glides across pristine soundscapes with ease. From the upbeat opener to the more subdued and heartfelt ‘Close To Me’ and ‘Keys’, Laica wonderfully showcases her versatility as both a vocalist and songwriter and cements herself as an artist to keep an eye on.
Maui-born, LA-based singer/songwriter Beauty Queen shares another dazzling lo-fi cut packed with groove in the form of ‘Sweet Memory’. Produced by husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley of the band Tennis, ‘Sweet Memory’ offers up a magical soundscape of subtle guitar-lines and lush synths that carry Beauty Queen’s (real name Katie Iannitello) delightfully pristine vocals and comes with a brilliant music video directed by Taylor Thompson.
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.
Currently based in the Cayman Islands, Filipino artist Teö shares his delectable new single in the form of ‘Love Me?’. The 19 year-old singer/songwriter’s super slick vocals gracefully glide across the equally smooth and crisp instrumentation courtesy of Grammy-nominated producer Russ Chell (Lil Nas X, YBN Cordae, G-Eazy) and Epikhpro (Bryson Tiller, Royce Da 5’9). Check out the brilliant single here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this rising artist.
Grimes shares yet another delightful cut from her forthcoming new album ‘Miss Anthropocene’ in the form of ‘Delete Forever’. Accompanied by an apocalyptic music video (made in collaboration between Grimes, Mac Boucher and Neil Hansen) which sees Grimes sat on a throne of sorts whilst everything around her crumbles, the track is driven by soothing guitar lines and strings that wonderfully carry Grimes’ angelic vocals. Check out the striking visual here and keep an eye out for ‘Miss Anthropocene’ which drops on February 21st.
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’.
L.A. based singer/songwriter Victoria Monét shares her first new single of the year with the incredibly lush and beautiful ‘Moment’. The Ariana Grande collaborator (Monét co-wrote and sang on several tracks on Grande’s Grammy nominated ‘thank you, next’) shines from start to finish as he golden tones glide across the delicate soundscape with ease. An apt title for a single, as this truly is Monét’s moment.