Ditty – Poetry Ceylon

June 11

Urban ecologist, Aditi Veena aka Ditty gracefully transitions between spoken word and singing in her debut album ‘Poetry Ceylon’. Inspired by the natural world and people on the island of Sri Lanka, the album is an earthy, diverse and experimental journey of music that offers listeners an invitation to feel all that is beautiful and heart wrenching about being a human. There is a natural ease in her delivery of lyrics mainly written around her knowledge of the earth, of cities, of her own self and the ruin of nature coupled with melancholic vocals. The album is recorded by Shantanu Pandit and arranged by Dhruv Bhola who have added a touch of finesse to her captivating voice rendering an irresistible charm.

Grace-Attalie – Polluted

Originally from Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Grace-Attalie’s striking debut EP ‘Polluted’ is arguably one of the most intriguing and exciting things you’ll hear. Each of the project’s three brilliant and exploratory songs unravels and showcases a different layer to the singer/songwriter’s exceptional musicality – whether it’s the infectious melodies and unique vocal delivery on ‘Eggshell’ or the haunting atmospherics on ‘Sombre Storm’, Grace-Attalie keeps you on your toes from start to finish.

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Soon – With You

June 5

Dive into the icy instrumentation that soundtracks ‘With You’, the delectable debut single from new Danish duo Soon. Comprised of August and Andreas, the pair who cite the likes of Kelela, The Weeknd and The Internet as influences, intertwine breezy atmospherics with equally cool and relaxing vocals. ‘With You’ serves as a wonderful introduction to the duo’s sound, setting the scene wonderfully for what’s to come.

Raveena – Lucid

New York based artist Raveena’s music has a way of entering and soothing every sinew of your soul. Over the past few years, the rising singer/songwriter (alongside long-time collaborator and producer Everett Orr) has crafted a sound that enlightens and heals with each word, note, beat. The culmination of this craft, is ‘Lucid’, Raveena’s mesmerising and utterly enchanting debut album. A torch bearer for South Asian artists, Raveena touches on everything from identity and sexuality to immigration and family – narrating personal experiences that resonate beautifully over the album’s twelve tracks.

Rachel Chinouriri – Mama’s Boy

Hailing from Croydon, London, rising singer/songwriter Rachel Chinouriri delivers another stunning new single in the form of ‘Mama’s Boy’. Following previously released singles ‘Adrenaline’, ‘Riptide’, ‘So My Darling’ and debut single ‘What Have I Ever Done’, the new offering boasts a fragrant and delightfully cheery atmosphere. The jazz-inflected instrumentation coupled with Chinouriri’s bold vocals and honest songwriting will put a smile on your face and serve as the perfect soundtrack to the summer.

Erika de Casier – Essentials

May 21

Following the release of singles ‘Do My Thing’ and ‘Good Time’ earlier this year, Danish singer, songwriter and producer Erika de Casier has dropped ‘Essentials’, her sensational debut album. With contributions from the likes of El Trick and DJ Sports, the twelve-track project takes on a more personal sound that boasts an amalgamation of influences from vintage and soulful R&B throwbacks  akin to that of the 90’s to bossa nova. The aptly titled record is one of those rare moments where each track is essential in binding the body of work together; it’s an absolute must listen.

The Visions – The Visions

Comprised of brothers Ben and Michael Shugarman and longtime friend Ryan Brooks, The Visions are a Brooklyn based band creating sparkling pop gems that ooze class and groove. Their incredible newly released self-titled EP is a funk-filled extravaganza which stuns from start to finish. Whether it’s the bouncy atmospherics of opener ‘Oceans’ or the hazy inflections from latest single ‘Pool Party’, ‘The Visions’ is the perfect summer soundtrack to dive into.

Karshni – Fomo

May 9

Nineteen year old singer-songwriter, Karshni finds comfort in playing the guitar, experimenting with production and incorporating electronic elements in her songs. Her music is a reflection of how she feels in the moment and is usually the result of impulsive lyricism at a very emotional time. Her single ‘Fomo’ is characterised by a haunting melody, that is slightly muted to signify the fear of missing out which is faced by a large part of the youth today. From popular vices to parties the whole paraphernalia of what it means to be a teenager, the popular youth slang is a depiction of the actual fear that suffocates the artist.

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Bathe – I’ll Miss You

Comprised of singer-songwriter Dev Hobdy and producer Corey Smith-West, Bathe are a Brooklyn based duo who’ve just released their delightful debut EP ‘I’ll Miss You’. Featuring the previously released singles ‘Dealer’ and ‘Kimmi’, the seven-track project pulls from a range of sounds all packaged into a body of work that encompasses a classic yet refreshing aesthetic. From the funk-filled ‘Dealer’ to the melancholic musings of ‘Sure Shot’, ‘I’ll Miss You’, is awash with emotive, poignant moments that capture your attention from start to finish.

Priya Ragu – Leaf High (ft Japhna Gold)

Priya Ragu was born and raised in Switzerland, holds her roots in Sri Lanka and produces music of traditional and Afro American soul music. With an intent to transmit feelings that cannot be expressed through words, music showed her the way to liberation and rebellion against traditional values, allowing her to take control of her own life purpose and creation. Her debut single, ‘Leaf High’ speaks about longing for freedom, the urge to be one with all and mother nature embracing the now in its purest form. Showcasing a transformation of positivity and love, the music video features brother and producer Japhna Gold collectively bringing forth the soulful vibrations.

((( O ))) – ((( ~ )))

Formerly known as June Marieezy, Filipino-American ((( O ))) approaches music with a sweet, soft tone and an equally mesmerising synth beat. Her latest EP, ‘((( ~ )))’, contains three tracks, each showcasing its own blend of R&B, hip-hop, and electronic sound. The persona ((( O ))) emanates is also particularly remarkable. The artist has also dedicated her craft to releasing ‘moonbeats,’ in which she releases new tracks every full moon for the next 12 years. And to anyone who’s wondering: no, her stage name is “not pronounceable.”

Ojikae – EX

April 29

Melbourne based newcomer Ojikae aka Matt Cicero introduces himself with the silky smooth intonations of his debut single ‘EX’. Originally released as a demo called ‘Existentiality’ back in 2017, the track is a soulful cut that sees the twenty year-old singer/songwriter address lust and heartbreak. Co-produced alongside Grammy nominated producer Uno Stereo who’s worked with COLORS alum Khalid, ‘EX’ is a brilliant taste of what’s to come from Ojikae.

Akiine – About It

It’s been a while since we last heard from London based singer, songwriter and producer Akiine, but with the release of ‘About It’, it’s safe to say that the wait was well worth it. Serving as the lead single from her forthcoming new EP titled ‘Red’, the track is a swirling amalgamation of electronics and moody guitar lines that are greeted by Akiine’s sweet and graceful musings. Those delicate vocals are a comforting hug and wonderful juxtaposition to the slightly off-kilter production.

Liss – Talk to Me

April 18

Arguably one of the most refreshing bands around, Danish quartet Liss return in magnificent form with brand new single ‘Talk to Me’, which is lifted from their forthcoming ‘Second’ EP. Another delectable slice of the group’s slick sound, the self-produced track eloquently conveys the “ups and downs of being a young adult in this world”. A start of a new chapter, ‘Talk to Me’ finds Liss at their very best, with vocalist Søren Holm’s distinct and yearning tones stealing the show once again.

SÔNGE – Roses

April 15

Meet SÔNGE, your new favourite artist creating sparkling R&B gems that entice and intrigue. Having just released her debut album ‘Flavourite Câlâ’ last month, it’s on stand out single ‘Roses’ that the rising French singer/songwriter shines brightest. Backed up by a dazzling array of electronics and killer bass, the song encompasses a shimmering aesthetic whilst SÔNGE’s sanguine vocals are smothered on top. 

Paradisia – History Made

Let yourself sink into the honeyed tones of ‘History Made’, the mesmerising new single from London based trio Paradisia. Comprised of Sophie-Rose (vocals), Anna (harp) and Kristy (vocals, keyboard), Paradisia’s swirling production and serene harmonies on ‘History Made’ will quite frankly take your breath away. Serving as their first taste of new music in two years, the single marks a new chapter as they’ve taken full artistic control having parted ways with their management in 2018 – a message that is mirrored by the song’s very first lines “I won’t be quiet for anyone / There’s no history made in saying nothing“.

KIAN – Childism

April 8

Consider yourself introduced to Kian Brownfield aka KIAN, an Australian singer/songwriter whose debut single ‘Waiting’ has already surpassed 30 million streams and has supported COLORS alum Jorja Smith on her AU leg of her tour. KIAN’s latest offering, the endearing and guitar-laden ‘Childism’ brings to mind the likes of Frank Ocean circa Blonde interspersed with the warming tones akin to that of Khalid. There’s something personable to ‘Childism’, everything from the poignant, nostalgic lyricism and sun-soaked production to KIAN’s soft intonations gel together effortlessly to create something truly special.

MorMor – Outside

March 29

Since introducing himself with his stunning debut EP ‘Heaven’s Only Wishful’ last year, Toronto based singer/songwriter MorMor has shared ‘Outside’, his first release of 2019. Taking a leaf from the EP’s soft and delicate atmospherics, the new single sees his soothing tones sweep across the slightly more upbeat soundscape. The follow up to last December’s ‘Pass The Hours’, ‘Outside’ is another poetic affair that touches on MorMor’s feelings of isolation and alienation.

Raghav Meattle – Songs From a Matchbox

March 22

Raghav Meattle, a singer-songwriter from Mumbai released his debut album ‘Songs From a Matchbox’ through a crowd funded campaign in June 2018. Being influenced by artists such as Jack Johnson, John Mayer and George Ezra, the 26 year old describes his music as “vocal first”. Although his vocals and the acoustic guitar take centre stage, the artist has adapted an all round approach by also giving emphasis to the lyrics and melodies.

Bagging one of the semi-finalist positions at Season 2 of ‘The Stage’ – India’s first reality show dedicated to music, Raghav was also nominated for the Radio City Freedom Awards under Best Pop Artist category. With a folksy and country setting, his graceful vocal delivery and heart warming lyrics touch across different topics – from his frustration of the constant chatter at bars during a live performance to the Tinder culture and his take on relationships. The album has been co-produced by Zain Calcuttawala and mastered by Frank Arkwright from Abbey Road Studios, London.

Mizan K – Dark Blue

Few projects stand the test of time, many fade away as easily as they came, but Mizan K’s ‘Dark Blue’ EP which dropped back in 2015, that’s not the case. The New York based singer, songwriter and producer’s poignant and poetic lyricism, soothing vocals and sophisticated production shine from opener ‘Looking For’ to the thought-provoking closer ‘7 Billion’. With ‘Dark Blue’, Mizan K captures the essence of love, life and loss and in turn, has created a body of work that is truly timeless and special.