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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”.
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.
San Diego based musician and visual artist Garrett Seamans aka Postcard Boy shares sparkling new single ‘Flight’ which is taken from his forthcoming new EP called ‘Limbo’. Soundtracked by hazy guitars and a crisp electronic-led beat, it’s Poster Boy’s dreamy vocals that steal the show here as they soar across the breezy soundscape. Check out the dazzling single and it’s self-directed music video here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘Limbo’ which is out June 19th.
Consider yourself introduced to Atlanta, Georgia based artist Zaia who impresses once again with his heavy new single ‘DEMONS’ which is lifted from his forthcoming EP titled ‘Very Alone’. The single serves as the follow up to last year’s ‘RESET’ project which featured striking cuts like ‘BLUE’ and ‘ON THE RUN’, both of which showcased Zaia’s genre-bending sound. Check out ‘DEMONS’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘Very Alone’ which is out later this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
Vietnamese-Chinese Canadian artist Nilo Blues refuses to be kept inside the boundaries on blistering new single ‘No Risk Involved’. Soundtracked by an icy trap-inspired beat, the rising hip-hop artists effortlessly shifts from ruthlessly sharp verses to super smooth vocals on the chorus. Check out the powerful track and it’s thought-provoking visual directed by angelicamilash which depicts the “exoticising and fetishising of Asian female stereotypes within the entertainment industry”.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
Influenced by the likes of Frank Ocean and Elvis Presley, Tampa based artist Luke Wild introduces himself with the dreamy ‘Fever Brain’. Opening with the gentle strums of the guitar and Wild’s serene vocals, the track blossoms into an indie-electronic cut that encompasses an air of nostalgia. On ‘Fever Brain’, you can definitely hear those influences seeping through, yet the self-produced song finds the sweet spot in creating a sound that is Wild’s own.
New York outfit altopalo, comprised of Rahm Silverglade, Mike Haldeman, Dillon Treacy, and Jesse Bielenberg, share ‘Letdown’, the follow up to previously released song ‘Mud’. Having dropped their fabulous debut album ‘frozenthere’ last year, the quartet continue to impress with ‘Letdown’, an icy, electronic-trap cut that finds depth and soul in its minimalist instrumentation which gleans from indie, pop, rock,trap, soul, electronic and everything else in between.