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Fresh off the release of ‘THEY DON’T LIKE ME’, L.A.-based bedroom pop producer SEB unveils shimmering new single ‘Coney Island’. Lifted from his forthcoming EP titled ‘IT’S OKAY, WE’RE DREAMING’, the dazzling cut boasts a hazy, summery soundscape that masks SEB’s exploration of darker themes where he reflects on his “mental health struggles and everything that comes with that”. Stream ‘Coney Island’ to the right and look out for ‘IT’S OKAY, WE’RE DREAMING’ which is out later this year.
Indian-born, US-based artist AFKAP drops his first release of the year with reflective new single ‘AAINA’ (produced by Ransom Beatz) via Gully Gang. Soundtracked by a slick trap-inspired beat that boasts subtle keys and breezy electronics, it’s AKFAP’s slick tones and introspective lyrics “inspired by the chaotic nature of online activism” that truly shine here. Check out ‘AAINA’ (which translates to “MIRROR” in Hindi) and it’s equally impressive Anime-inspired music video conceptualised by AFKAP and directed by Gaurav Wakankar to the right.
Brooklyn based artist Joshua Karpeh aka Cautious Clay serves up an absolute beauty of a single in the form of ‘Roots’. Serving as the singer, songwriter and producer’s first release of the year, ‘Roots’ is a wholesome and heartwarming single about “having an established history with someone and coming to the often difficult realization that things ultimately won’t last”. With the twinkling atmospherics of ‘Roots’, Cautious Clay sets the tone perfectly for what’s to come – press play and enjoy the single here.
LA-based artist Colby Lafayette shares powerful new cut ‘BEST GUY’, a hypnotising standalone in the lead up to his forthcoming EP. Serving as the follow up to last year’s magnificent ‘SO BAD’ EP, ‘BEST GUY’ is another gritty alt-rock banger that boasts grungy guitars and a sharp beat for Lafayette to lay down his magnetic vocals. Check out ‘BEST GUY’ , which explores “the complex intersection between vice and women” in the artist’s life here and keep an eye out for his upcoming new EP which is set to drop later this year.
New York City based artist ernest rareberrg shares the stunning visual to latest single ‘Secondary Handstand’ which is directed by Noah Weisfogel. The accompanying clip wonderfully mirrors the track’s moody and nostalgic aesthetic as rareberrg is pictured maintaining direct eye contact throughout, creating an eerie yet intimate atmosphere. With one of the most unique sounds around, rareberrg is undoubtedly an artist to keep an eye on this year – for now though, check out ‘Secondary Handstand’ here.
Los Angeles-based musician/performance artist ZAH follows up their stunning debut album ‘LILITH’ with arresting new single ‘pain and purity’. Accompanied by an equally intoxicating self-directed and edit music video, the song features an haunting, trap-inspired beat sprinkled with synths courtesy of Le Makeup along with ZAH’s falsetto sweeping across with a whispered, transcendent flow. Check out ‘pain and purity’ here, it’s a stunner from start to finish.
Singer, songwriter and producer Rahm Silverglade aka RⱯHM ⚉ kicks off the new year with magical new offering ‘semiautomatical’. Serving as the follow to up last year’s ‘Tree In A Sidewalk’ and ‘the thunder peal of spackle on drywall’, ‘semiautomatical’ sees the altopalo member craft an otherworldly soundscape pairing eerie synths and subtle electronics with reflective words about the state of human connection and reality. Check out the spellbinding cut here and keep an eye out for RⱯHM ⚉’s forthcoming debut album which is out later this year.
Haitian-American artist HANZ follows up his ‘PRAYLUDE’ EP from earlier this year with his debut full-length mixtape ‘VAGABOND’. Over the course of the tape’s ten tracks, HANZ showcases his immense versatility as both a rapper and singer as well as his sharp penmanship over superb soundscapes courtesy of Flaire and Fantom Limb. From the powerful opener ‘MWENSE MWENSE’ and ‘Process’ to glitchy electronic-led ‘Blame Me’ and grand atmospherics of ‘Burbank’, ‘VAGABOND’ solidifies HANZ as one of the most exciting voices around.
Tamil-Canadian artists Shan Vincent de Paul and Yanchan unleash their exceptional self-titled debut full length album as Kothu Boys. Featuring previous cuts like ‘Best Friend’ and ‘Unai Paathu’, the nine-track project sees SVDP lay down his fiery verses over East-meets-West soundscapes driven by Yanchan’s Mrithangam. Throughout the record, the pair explore topics of identity, friendship, love, peace and war – dive into the record here.
California-born, LA-based, producer and rapper Asha Imuno shares his long-awaited second full length album ‘Good News’ out via b4. Featuring previously released singles ‘CAVIAR’ and ‘BIG WORDS’, the fourteen-track project captures Imuno’s refreshing production-style and versatility as both a singer and rapper. From the roller-coaster soundscapes of ‘SIX PACK’ which sees the artist switch beats and delivery to the laid-back atmospherics of ‘QUESTIONS’ and ‘DREW THE LINE’, ‘Good News’ is a record that shines from start to finish.
Indiana-based singer, songwriter and producer Rahm Silverglade aka RⱯHM ⚉ steps into the spotlight with intricate new single ‘Tree In A Sidewalk’. Forming 1/4 of alt-pop New York based outfit altopalo, ‘Tree In A Sidewalk’ is the first solo offering from RⱯHM ⚉ who lays down a bed of sophisticated electronics and thumping bass for his soothing and solemn vocals. Lifted from his forthcoming debut full length which is out next year, the record is a wonderful taste of what’s to come – sink into the single here.
US-based duo LANNDS (aka Rania Woodard and Brian Squillace) release ‘ninety four’, the latest offering from their forthcoming EP. Serving as another sumptuous slice of electronic indie-pop, the brilliant cut follows LANNDS’ previous single ‘o.o.w’ and further showcases the pair’s wonderful artistry. From Squillace’s intricate and layered soundscapes to Woodard’s sultry and distinct vocals, LANNDS’ third EP is shaping up to be quite special.
L.A.-via-Maryland artist Boy Willows (aka Landon Fleischman) teams up with Dylan Minette of Wallows on sparkling new single ‘Fila’. Encompassing a hazy and almost dream-like atmosphere, the single is a reflection on the “feelings bubbled up when we were forced to slow down for the first time in a long time” and arrives with an equally mesmerising self-directed music video. Dive into the gorgeous atmospherics of ‘Fila’ here, you won’t be disappointed.
Hailing from New Jersey, singer, songwriter and rapper Coi Leray shines on her exceptionally smooth and vibrant new EP titled ‘Now or Never’. With contributions from the likes of COLORS alumni Gunna and Fetty Wap, the six-track EP features previously released standouts like ‘Do Better’, ‘Better Days’ and ‘Messy’ along with new cuts like ‘Slide’ and ‘I Like It’. Throughout the project, Leray showcases her incredible versatility as a vocalist and songwriter, laying down those silky tones as easily as those sharp verses that pack a punch – check it out here for yourself.
Consider yourself introduced to Tennessee based artist Boski and his fantastic debut single ‘No Drama’ taken from his forthcoming project titled ‘GREATEST HITS’. Soundtracked by a slick lo-fi hip-hop beat that serves as the perfect, laid-back backdrop for Boski to work his magic, ‘No Drama’ is one of those tracks that you’ll have stuck in your head after the first listen. Stream the single here and keep an eye out for Boski’s ‘GREATEST HITS’ which drops September 15th.
Consider yourself introduced to rising singer/songwriter Emma Rena who impresses on her striking new single ‘Armageddon’ which is lifted from her forthcoming debut EP. Soundtracked by a soft drum-beat, it’s Rena’s unique and dreamy vocals and melodic songwriting that steal the show here. Check out the striking single and it’s accompanying music video here.
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.
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.
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.
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”.