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Consider yourself introduced to rising rap collective VIBE WORLD ORDER who share their exhilarating new single ‘CASH TALK’. Accompanied by an equally high octane music video which is directed and edited by stijhl, the track serves as the follow up to last year’s exceptional EP ‘What If We Kissed… At The Vibe World Show?’ which features standout single ‘004’. On ‘CASH TALK’, VIBE WORLD ORDER offer up another hard-hitting number that showcases their vibrant and versatile verses over a pounding beat and cement themselves as one of the most exciting groups around.
Consider yourself introduced to Inglewood, CA based rapper thrills who shares the visuals for his powerful debut single ‘ROSHAMBO’. Embodying a satirical commentary on pop culture, politics and our obsession with technology and social media, ‘ROSHAMBO’ is accompanied by an equally gripping and intense self-directed music video. Check it out here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from thrills.
Philly based singer, songwriter and spoken poet Christinna O shares ‘Hot Head’, a deeply honest and self-reflective single produced by Daniel Lynas (Kanye West, A$AP Rocky). A song about living with bipolar disorder, ‘Hot Head’ is a personal expression of “how hard it is to speak and be heard for your truths, especially as a Black woman, as a queer Black woman”. Christinna’s words paint a picture that is only heightened and more vivid with Lynas’ powerful and driving beat. Listen to the single above and if you haven’t already done so, be sure to listen to Christinna’s ‘Girl In Passing’ EP which was released last year.
Montreal based songstress Shay Lia serves up the summery vibes with another delectable cut in the form of ‘All Up To You’. Serving as the follow up to last year’s superb ‘Dangerous’ LP, the rising singer/songwriter continues to showcase her irresistible vocals over a tropical beat that encompasses an ever so smooth and relaxing atmosphere. Dive into the lush soundscapes of ‘All Up To You’ here, it’s a stunner!
Boston based duo Brevin Kim (aka Cal and Bren Paulhus) unveil explosive, genre-bending double single ‘i need water / he doesn’t love her’. Serving as a taster for their forthcoming debut album, ‘i need water’ and ‘he doesn’t love her’ encompass the pair’s shape-shifting sound which incorporates elements of Hip-Hop and Rap with Alternative Rock to create a truly original sound. Check out both singles here and keep an eye out for Brevin Kim’s record which is out later this year.
Chicago based rapper Noname shares ‘Song 33’, a powerful and heartfelt Madlib-produced commentary on the Black Lives Matters movement. Over the course of the 70-second track, Noname references the deaths of George Floyd and Toyin Salau as well as a response to J. Cole’s ‘Snow on tha Bluff’. Check out the single here, it hits harder and packs more of a punch than anything you’ll hear in a long time.
Consider yourself introduced to Canadian singer/songwriter Emanuel who shines on ‘Addiction’, a standout cut from his debut EP ‘Session 1: Disillusion’. Having already impressed with his gorgeous debut single ‘Need You’ (which was accompanied by a music video creative directed by Idris Elba), Emanuel takes things to another level on ‘Addiction’ as his ever so smooth vocals glide across the rich instrumentation. Dive into the soulful cut here and be sure to give his ‘Session 1: Disillusion’ EP a spin too.
If you’re looking for a sparkling pop gem, look no further than ‘Ex Lovers’, the stunning new single from Canadian singer/songwriter GRAE. Having already impressed with her ‘New Girl’ EP last year and ‘Slow Down’ earlier this year, the rising Toronto based artist continues to shine as her infectious melodies and sugary sweet vocals sweep across the guitar-heavy soundscape. Check out the single and it’s DIY-style music video here.
American R&B duo Dante Jones and Andrew Langston Neely aka THEY. share another stellar offering in the form of ‘Count Me In’ which is lifted from their forthcoming new project. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts like ‘Till I Die’, ‘Stop Playin” and ‘Red Light Green Light’, the single encompasses a raw and gritty atmosphere as vocalist Drew’s raspy vocals glide across those haunting guitars and beats. Check out the single here and be sure to keep an eye out for the duo’s upcoming project which is out later this year.
Hawaii-born, Long Beach–based songwriter Lionel Boy shares sparkling new single ‘Lately’, taken from his forthcoming debut EP ‘Who Is Dovey?’. Serving as the follow up to previously released singles ‘Lost’ and ‘Summer Fun’, ‘Lately’ is a solemn single that is soundtracked by thumping drums courtesy of Brett Kramer and shimmering guitar lines that carry Lionel Boy’s rich, yearning tones. Check out the single here and keep an eye out for ‘Who Is Dovey?’ which is out June 25th via Innovative Leisure.
Consider yourself introduced to Philly based songstress Andrea Valle who shines on her ethereal and haunting new single ‘Wild’. Accompanied by an other-worldly music video directed by Sarah Nicole Francois, the scintillating track showcases Valle’s gorgeous voice as those soulful tones glide over the NickyDavey-produced soundscape. Check out the sensual and hypnotic single here and keep an eye out for Andrea Valle’s forthcoming EP ‘Lovergirl’ which is out later this month.
Texas based artist Leon Bridges teams up with L.A. based jazz artist Terrace Martin on the utterly heart-wrenching and beautiful new single ‘Sweeter’. Soundtracked by a simple electronic beat, it’s Bridges’ soulful tones that capture your attention as you find yourself hooked on each and every utterance of “Hoping for a life more sweeter, Instead I’m just a story repeating”. Check out the jazz-inflected, meditative single here, it’s an absolute stunner.
Ride the groove with Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Synead (pronounced sin-aid) on her delectable new single ‘The Rifts’. Soundtracked by a funk-filled beat penned by George Stroud and Jens Dahl Thomsen, the track is taken to new heights by Synead’s soothing and rich vocals that are topped off by the most heavenly of harmonies. Check out the fantastic single here and be sure to put Synead’s previous cuts like ‘Whirlwind’ and ‘Spin’ on rotation too.
Minneapolis based artist and COLORS alumni Dua Saleh addresses police brutality on the reflective and poignant single ‘body cast’ produced by Psymun. A painful depiction of the injustice experienced by the black community, ‘body cast’ is a powerful and utterly heartbreaking song that Dua Saleh has released as a charity single with all proceeds being donated to Black Visions Collective. The single artwork designed by @bradenxlee and @againstgiants lists the names of “unarmed black people killed by police in recent years”.
Canada based rapper K-OS with fellow native Kaytranada on an explosive and powerful new five-track EP in the form of ‘Boshido’. The project serves as the follow up to K-OS’ 2015 album ‘Can’t Fly Without Gravity’ and 2018 single ‘No Bucks’ and unsurprisingly is another lyrical masterpiece from start to finish as he works his magic over Kaytranada’s bouncy and vibrant soundscapes. Check out the project, which features a previously released remix of K-OS’ single ‘Crucial’ here.
Baltimore rapper/producer and COLORS alumni JPEGMAFIA unveils another blistering new single in the form of ‘CUTIE PIE!’. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts like ‘BALD!’, ‘COVERED IN MONEY!’ and ‘BODYGUARD!’, the single boasts a bass-filled frenetic beat that’s topped off by Peggy’s equally ferocious and blazing delivery. Check out the track and it’s lo-fi self-directed visual which was shot by freaky-chan here.
Consider yourself introduced to Toronto based singer, songwriter and producer M.I.BLUE and her sparkling and soulful new project ‘Orng’. Each of the three tracks that make up the EP encompass a dreamlike, almost extra-terrestrial energy that is unlike anything you’ll have heard before. The distinct, soulful compositions on ‘SUNLIGHT’ and ‘FEELIN WAYS’ are smothered with M.I.BLUE’s impeccably smooth and versatile vocals to create an entirely haunting and immersive atmosphere. Check out the spectacular project here.
Honduras-born, Montreal-based artist Isabella Lovestory shares club-ready single ‘Golosa’ which is lifted from her forthcoming new album. Accompanied by an equally fiery and captivating music video directed by Tyler Cunningham, the pop-reggae induced track sees the singer lay down her sensuous tones over a pounding beat penned by mysterious beatsmith Chicken. Check out the blistering single up top and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out Isabella Lovestory’s ‘Humo’ project which dropped last year.
American R&B duo composed of sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey share fiery new single ‘Do It’ which is lifted from their upcoming album ‘Ungodly Hour’. Accompanied by a steamy music video directed by Andrew Makadsi, the single serves as another sublime slice of the pair’s sultry and silky smooth R&B which showcases the pair’s heavenly harmonies soaring over the Scott Storch produced beat. Check out the single and it’s equally sizzling music video here, and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘Ungodly Hour’ which drops June 5th.
Let Japanese-Canadian artist Jonah Yano serenade you with his wistful and gentle musings on soothing new single ‘delicate’. Having released a handful of singles and a stellar EP in the form of ‘Nervous’ last year, the rising artist’s latest offering ‘delicate’ is a lush and utterly soulful cut. With production courtesy of fellow Canadian Monsune who lays down jazzy, funk-filled sounds to serve as the perfect backdrop for Yano’s soft tones, ‘delicate’ is one of those rare soul-stirring gems that make you stop and just listen to each note, each word. Enjoy the single and its music video here, and be sure to keep an eye out for Jonah Yano’s forthcoming debut album ‘souvenir’ which drops June 16th.