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Rising Nigerian-American singer/songwriter Serena Isioma (pronounced “e-seeohma”) shares their terrific new EP ‘The Leo Sun Sets’. Featuring previous gems like ‘Blue Sky’, the gritty yet ethereal ‘King’ and powerful cut ‘Stop Calling The Police On Me’, the project brilliantly illustrates Isioma’s versatility as a vocalist, songwriter and musician. Each song on the EP is wrapped up in a range of sounds that take elements from many influences, but what makes ‘The Leo Sun Sets’ is the way in which the tracks are expertly threaded together by Isioma’s superb storytelling. Stream the EP in its entirety here and see why Serena Isioma is a name to keep an eye on in the coming years.
US-based multi-disciplinary artist ADIV teases his forthcoming debut project with the release of his fantastic new single and video ‘Blue Gene’. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts ‘Time’ and ‘Nothing Dies’, the sparkling cut encompasses a slick soundscape comprising crisp drums and gorgeous basslines that are smothered with ADIV’s impeccably smooth and soothing tones. Check out ‘Blue Gene’ and it’s equally stunning music video here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this rising artist in the new year.
Miami-born, Texas-based singer/songwriter ROZET unveils the captivating music video to her brilliant new single ‘Rigamarole’. Following her magnificent debut offering ‘Phantom City’ which dropped earlier this year, ‘Rigamarole’ is accompanied by a clip that reflects the pain endured by the black community in a Trump-led America and wonderfully captures the track’s empowering and ruthless sentiment. Check out the striking visual to ‘Rigamarole’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this rising artist.
Chicago-born, New York-based singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist KeiyaA unveils the stunning visual to her standout single ‘I! Gits! Weary!’. Lifted from her brilliant ‘Forever, Ya Girl’ project which dropped earlier this year, the spellbinding clip which is directed by Ryosuke Tanzawa follows the Brooklyn native across parks and train stations interspersed with shots of jump rope crew the Jazzy Jumpers Family. Check out the video above and don’t forget to put KeiyaA’s magnificent debut album ‘Forever, Ya Girl’ on rotation too.
San Antonio singer and songwriter Xavier Omär unveils new single ‘SURF’, a breathtaking collaboration with COLORS alumna Masego. Lifted from Omär’s latest project ‘if You Feel’ which features previously released singles ‘So Much More’, ‘All Our Time’ (ft. Jae Stephens) and Like I Feel (ft, Mereba), the track encompasses a soothing and groove-inflected atmosphere as Omär and Masegi’s charming tones pair together wonderfully over the breezy soundscape. Check out the spectacular offering here and be sure to give the rest of ‘if You Feel’ a spin too.
Danish-born, LA-based artist and producer Galimatias shares the gorgeous visuals to ‘GPS’ which features Bas and Xavier Omar. Lifted from his recently released album ‘Renaissance Boy’, the single serves as a slick slice of R&B that sees an icy smooth beat underpinning Bas’ and Xavier Omar’s soothing tones. Check out the single and it’s Alex Nazari-directed music video which features a stunning dance performed by Aahkilah Cornelius and choreographed by Cisco Ruelas.
Having impressed with his impeccable debut EP ‘Session 1: Disillusion’ earlier this year, rising singer Emanuel wows with new single ‘Black Woman’. Encompassing a simple yet utterly captivating instrumentation comprising grandiose piano melodies and chilling strings, the single is taken to another level by Emanuel’s endearing, gentle tones and poignant songwriting. Dive into the gorgeous ballad here, it’s an absolute stunner.
Honduran-Canadian artist Daniela Andrade unveils her long-awaited new EP titled ‘Nothing Much Has Changed, I Don’t Feel The Same’. Featuring previous cuts like ‘Puddles’ and ‘K.L.F.G.’, the six-track project beautifully showcases Andrade’s mesmerizing and serene vocals over gloriously rich and inviting soundscapes. Throughout the EP, Andrade’s vocals and writing are just as smooth as they are sharp; weaving their way through lush instrumentation courtesy of Andrade herself along with Harrison and Gray Rowan. Stream the brilliant project in full here, it’s magical!
Pasadena-based singer/songwriter Fana Hues shares illuminating new single ‘Icarus’ which is accompanied by an equally stunning music video. Taken from her forthcoming EP which is out later this year, the breathtaking cut serves as the follow up to Hues’ fabulous debut single ‘Notice Me’ which released this past summer. Soundtracked by a summery guitar and piano melodies that are driven by a crisp beat, it’s Hues’ hazy, lush vocals that steal the show here – check out the single here for yourself.
Canadian singer/songwriter Nicole Chambers flexes her magical tones and poetic songwriting on her delectable new single ‘Caution Sign’. Serving as the follow up to soulful intonations of ‘I’m Fine’ which dropped last month, ‘Caution Sign’ embraces an Afrobeat influence that carries the track along its rhythmic wave as Chambers’ infectious melodies and soothing vocals wash over the relaxing soundscape. Check out the single here and be sure to keep an eye out for Nicole Chambers’ forthcoming new album which is out later this year.
Consider yourself introduced to singer, songwriter and musician RÜDE CÅT whose debut single ‘Homesick’ will quite frankly blow you away. Opening with warm acoustic guitars, the track is taken to new heights as a burst of electronics shoot through the soundscape for the soaring chorus which boasts RÜDE CÅT’s impeccable vocals. A refreshing take on R&B, soul and electronic with an alternative twist, ‘Homesick’ cements RÜDE CÅT as one to watch – check it out for yourself here.
Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Ian Isiah shares his highly-anticipated EP titled ‘AUNTIE’ featuring previous cuts like ‘Princess Pouty’ and ‘Loose Truth’. Over the course of the seven-track project, Isiah effortlessly showcases his exceptional versatility as a singer, songwriter and musician. Dripping with funk-filled moments that showcase Isiah’s superb storytelling and soothing tones, ‘AUNTIE’ is undoubtedly one of the most striking and impressive projects you’ll hear this year.
Toronto based singer, songwriter and producer Charlotte Day Wilson returns with two glorious new singles in the form of ‘Take Care of You’ (featuring Syd) and ‘Summertime’. On both tracks, Wilson lays down her delightfully smooth and elegant vocals over soulful soundscapes that meld together a range of sounds. On ‘Take Care of You’, Syd accompanies CDW with her own magical musings to create a truly entrancing atmosphere whilst ‘Summertime’ sees Wilson “reflecting on some unrequited emotions that always seem to come back in the summer”. Check out the singles here and be sure to watch Charlotte Day Wilson’s stunning COLORS session if you haven’t already done so.
Consider yourself introduced to rising L.A. based newcomer Dava who shares her beautifully woozy new single in the form of ‘Right Time’. A dazzling slice of woozy R&B, the song wonderfully highlights Dava’s exceptionally sweet and sugary vocals which grace the crisp, breezy soundscape. Check out the swirling single and it’s equally alluring music video here.
Having shared several singles over the past few months, Dallas-born, LA-based artist Liv.e releases her debut album ‘Couldn’t Wait to Tell You…’. Featuring tracks like ‘I Been Livin’, ‘SirLadyMakemFall’, ‘LazyEaterBetsOnHerLikeness’, ‘Bout These Pipedreams’ and ‘Lessons From My Mistakes…but I Lost Your Number’, the twenty-track project is an amalgamation of classic R&B expertly infused with elements of soul, jazz and hip hop. Dive into the wonderful project here and let Liv.e’s hypnotising vocals and eclectic songwriting wash over you.
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!
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.
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.