No Tourists – Like Lava

February 23

Having impressed us with ‘DUMBO’ last year, Toronto-based supergroup No Tourists return with another fiery track in the form of ‘Like Lava’. Accompanied by a DIY clip filmed and directed by Kafayé, ‘Like Lava’ offers a heavy 808 beat  interspersed with breezy synths courtesy of Abdullah and universes, whilst vocalists Kafayé, Keynes Woods, Lan’do, and Deelo Avery lay down their unique verses. Check out ‘Like Lava’ here and stay tuned for more from the rising group.

Lava La Rue – Butter-Fly

West London artist and COLORS performer Lava La Rue showcases their incredibly versatile and vibrant new EP ‘Butter-Fly’. The striking five-track project, which features guest appearances from Deb Never and Karma Kid, sees the NiNE8 founder continue to impress with their exceptionally distinct flow and dynamic pen over equally diverse and exciting soundscapes. Stream ‘Butter-Fly’ in full to the right, and be sure to check out Lava La Rue’s brilliant A COLORS SHOW from 2018 here.

Sal Dulu – Zumo (ft. Fly Anakin)

February 16

Dublin-based producer/musician Sal Dulu teams up with U.S. rapper Fly Anakin on latest single ‘Zumo’ which is lifted from his forthcoming album ‘Xompulse’. Fresh off the back of off the back of recent singles ‘Gir;”, ‘B’ and ‘Alien Boy 96’, this new offering sees the Irish artist lay down a bed of sweeping electronics for Fly Anakin to bring his spirited verses to life. Check out ‘Zumo’ here and keep an eye out for ‘Xompulse’ which is out this Friday on February 19th.

Nixon – OneShot

February 4

Belgian rapper Nixon drops the hypnotic visuals to hard-hitting new single ‘OneShot’ which is produced by NegDee & LaMiellerie. A scintillating clip that perfectly marries the track’s explosive, bass-heavy production and Nixon’s infectious flow, the track serves as the follow up to the rising artist’s project ‘L.I.F.T.’ which dropped earlier this year. Check out the slick video here, it’s a stomper!

Lo Village – Lost in America

Maryland-based trio Lo Village (Ama, Kane and Tyler) continue to impress with the release of their magnificent new EP ‘Lost In America’. Featuring previously released singles ‘Terry Crews’ and ‘Out The Window’, the project is rounded off with three new gems in the form of ‘Sick’, ‘Run’ and ‘Lost In America’, the latter of which arrives with a stellar new clip by Wayn O Reid. Encased in a blend of Hip-Hop and R&B, the project presents the rising trio’s sharp commentary on the current landscape of America, and establishes the group as ones to watch.

Planet Giza – When The Moving Stops

January 22

Montreal-based trio Planet Giza (aka Rami B, Tony Stone and DoomX) share new single ‘When The Moving Stops’. Serving as the lead single from their forthcoming new EP, the track arrives with a slick, nostalgia-inducing music video directed by Guillame Landry and Dovi Kotto, which is inspired by classic hip-hop clips from the late 90’s and early 00’s. Driven by a pounding bass and tinged with groove, the track sees the trio set the scene wonderfully for what’s to come – check out ‘When The Moving Stops’ here.

DIVINE – Jungle Mantra (ft. Vince Staples & Pusha T)

January 18

Indian rapper DIVINE teams up with Vince Staples and Pusha T on the explosive new single ‘Jungle Mantra’. Fresh off the release of his sublime new album ‘Punya Paap’ which dropped late last year, the Mumbai-based artist brings his spitfire verses and clever wordplay and is joined by two of America’s best over a fiery, hard-hitting beat penned by Karan Kanchan. Check out ‘Jungle Mantra’ here, which is lifted from Netflix’s forthcoming adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s 2008 novel ‘The White Tiger’.

Marlon Craft – At The Door

New York-based rapper Marlon Craft teases his forthcoming new album ‘How We Intended’ with the release of ‘At The Door’. Accompanied by a visual directed by Jacob Carlson and Marlon Craft himself, the track boasts a jazz-inflected, laid back beat penned by Arbus Beats for Craft to lay down his reflective words with a sharp, invigorating flow. Check out ‘At The Door’ here and be sure to give ‘How We Intended’ a spin when it drops next month.

NAPPYNAPPA – GIVETH AND TAKETH AT WHAT COST

DC based rapper NAPPYNAPPA rounds out his incredibly busy year with the visual accompaniment of superb single ‘GIVETH AND TAKETH AT WHAT COST’. Having already dropped a number of stellar projects in the form of ‘HUH’, ‘One Year’, ‘Truth Won’t Save Us Now’ and ‘Never Ends’, the rising artist shared ‘IFEELJUSTLYKTHEIRART’ in November which features the highlight track. Soundtracked by an unconventional instrumental to back up NAPPYNAPPA’s relentless lyricism, the visual for ‘GIVETH AND TAKETH AT WHAT COST’, which is directed by Aleksander Lee, is just as impressive – see for yourself here.

Cruz Cafuné – VISIÓN TÚNEL

December 8

Spanish singer, rapper and producer Cruz Cafuné follows up ‘Moonlight922’ with his exceptional new album ‘VISIÓN TÚNEL’. The eight-track project features stand out cuts like ‘GHOSTÉAME’, ‘TLC’ and ‘CARTIER DE MADERA’ which wonderfully showcase his superb penmanship and delivery over sizzling trap-inspired beats as he sings/raps about his experiences and relationships. Check out the project, which features appearances from Maikel Delacalle and WE$T DUBAI, in full here.

VIBE WORLD ORDER – TERIYAKI

New Jersey-based rap collective VIBE WORLD ORDER serves up ‘TERIYAKI’, another fiery track which is produced by member Comfortabledude. Following previous cuts ‘CASH TALK’ which we featured here on COLORS and ‘FOSHO’, ‘TERIYAKI’ encompasses a powerful 808 beat that packs quite the punch and serves as the perfect foundation for the group’s emcees to lay down their blisteringly sharp verses. Check out the stellar single and it’s accompanying music video here.

AG Club – Columbia

Rising East Bay collective AG Club (Avant-Garde Club) continue to impress with their explosive new single ‘Columbia’ which arrives with a 777Media-directed video. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts ‘Holy Shit’ and ‘Memphis Pt. 2’ (featuring NLE Choppa and A$AP Ferg), not to mention their debut project ‘Halfway Off The Porch’ which dropped earlier this year, ‘Columbia’ boasts a bass-heavy beat providing the perfect backdrop for vocalists Jody Fontaine and Baby Boy to do their thing. Check out the single and it’s trippy visual here and be sure to keep an eye out for AG Club’s forthcoming project titled ‘FYE (Fuck Your Expectations)’.

Charmaine – BOLD

October 18

Consider yourself introduced to Zimbabwe-born, Canada-based artist Charmaine who bursts onto the scene with a powerful debut single in the form of ‘BOLD’. Accompanied by a striking music video that’s just as vibrant and energetic, ‘BOLD’ highlights Charmaine’s infectious charisma as a vocalist and writer and is described by the artist as a track that inspires you to be “fearless” and “unapologetically you”. Dive into the empowering atmospherics of ‘BOLD’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from the promising Toronto-based artist.

Hanumankind x Kalmi – No Hook

October 5

Indian artists Hanumankind and Kalmi team up for ‘No Hook’, a hard-hitting cut taken from their newly released mini-mixtape ‘Surface Level’. Accompanied by an equally atmospheric and trippy music video shot and edited by Lendrick Kumar, the 90 second track features a crisp hip-hop beat penned by Kalmi as Hanumankind works his lyrical wizardry with a feisty flow. Check out the track here and be sure to give ‘Surface Level’ a spin too.

Morad – Nos Perdone

October 4

Rising Spanish rapper of Moroccan descent Morad cements himself as one to watch with the release of blistering and hard-hitting new single ‘Nos Perdone’. Serving as the follow up to previous singles ‘Normal’ and ‘Papara’ which dropped earlier this year, ‘Nos Perdone’ captures the rapper work his magic with an infectious flow and fiery delivery over a superb, bass-heavy beat penned by Voluptyk & SHB. Check out the single and it’s brilliant accompanying visual here.

AV Dummy – Natural Born Killers

Consider yourself introduced to British duo AV Dummy (comprising vocalist/rapper BUCHANAN and producer/composer Christy Carey) who share their superb new single ‘Natural Born Killers’. Having stepped into the spotlight with their dynamic debut ‘Brave New World’ last month, the pair continue to impress on this new one with their enthralling soundscapes and sharp, visceral songwriting. Check out the striking cut here and be sure to keep an eye out for this rising group.

Jordan Dennis – Hokus Pokus

September 22

Australian rapper Jordan Dennis serves up a stellar new single in the form of ‘Hokus Pokus’ which is lifted from his upcoming ‘HDMI2’ EP. Arriving with a spectacular and cinematic music video directed by Jonathan Karalis of 76m Films in which Dennis depicts a magician, the track boasts a booming beat penned by JUJO whilst Dennis works his magic with his lyrical wit and breezy flow. Dive into the single and video here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘HDMI2’ which is out later this year.

SABA – Mrs. Whoever / Something in the Water (ft. Denzel Curry)

Chicago native SABA returns with two new singles in the form of ‘Mrs. Forever’ and ‘Something in the Water’ featuring Denzel Curry. Since his striking COLORS performance from almost three years ago, the rapper has gone onto release his exceptional album ‘CARE FOR HOME’ in 2018 and ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’ this past April along with his Pivot Gang collective. On ‘Mrs. Whoever’ and ‘Something in the Water’, SABA showcases his refreshing and eclectic songwriting which coupled with his delivery and infectious flow, shows why he’s still one of the best around.

Finn Foxell – Herd (ft. Sophie DeMasi)

Rising artist Finn Foxell continues to show why he’s one of the most exciting emcees to come out of the UK capital with the release of new single ‘Herd’. Lifted from his latest project titled ‘Talk Is Cheap’, the track follows previous cuts like ‘Lights Down’, ‘Pressure’ and ‘Make It Count’ and showcases Foxell’s sharp delivery over a spellbinding soundscape. Check out the brilliant single which features the stunning vocals of Sophie DeMasi here and be sure to give ‘Talk Is Cheap’ a spin too.

Aions – Sun’s 4 (ft. Dutchguts, Gi Major & Lord Of Ciphers)

Consider yourself introduced to NYC based artist Aions who shares his fiery new single ‘Sun’s 4’ which is out via Sedimentary Sound. On the single, producer Aions lays the groundwork for MCs Dutchguts, Gi Major and Lord of Ciphers to work their magic and showcase their unique and powerful verses which seamlessly flow into one another. Check out ‘Sun’s 4’ here, it’s a an absolute gem!