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Mexico City-based artist and COLORS alumna Girl Ultra (aka Mariana de Miguel) teases her forthcoming EP with the release of sensational new single ‘rosas (dímelo)’. Threading together her signature R&B inflections with nuances of Mexican bolero and those rich, sultry tones, ‘rosas (dímelo)’ arrives with a fiery music video directed by Cole Santiago. With the follow up to 2019’s ‘Nuevos Aires’ just around the corner, check out ‘rosas (dímelo)’ to the right.
After a string of single releases throughout 2020 Chinese-American singer/songwriter kaz moon shares the first song from his forthcoming new project in the form of ‘Furious’. Serving as an “abstract breakup song”, ‘Furious’ sees the rising artist lay down a soothing soundscape of soft drums and gentle guitars to allow his feather soft tones to glide across with ease. Stream ‘Furious’ here and keep an eye out for more from kaz moon later this year.
Toronto-based songwriter, poet and COLORS alum Mustafa announces his long-awaited debut album with the release of powerful new single and video ‘Ali’. Serving as the follow up to last year’s ‘Stay Alive‘ and ‘Air Forces‘ (which Mustafa performed for COLORS this past year), ‘Ali’ arrives with an equally spiritual and emotive music video which sees the artist take the helm behind the camera for the first time. Listen and watch ‘Ali’ to the right and keep an eye out for the album ‘When Smoke Rises’ which drops on May 28th.
Brixton-based Turkish artist emir taha serves up lush soundscapes and melodic songwriting on new EP ‘Hoppa pt. 2’. Featuring previous offerings ‘Baka Baka’, ‘Mileage’, ‘Kendi Yoluna’ and ‘Bad Reception’, the six-track project sees the emerging talent expand on last year’s equally impressive ‘Hoppa pt. 1’ project. Packed with intricate arrangements that wonderfully blend Turkish influences with slick contemporary instrumentation, ‘Hoppa pt 2.’ is one of the most refreshing projects you’ll hear this year. Stream it in full here.
Dutch artist Luwten (the musical project of Tessa Douwstra) announces her forthcoming new album ‘Draft’ with the release of ethereal new single ‘Sleeveless’. Accompanied by a stellar set of visuals that wonderfully mirror the song’s minimalist soundscapes, ‘Sleeveless’ is a breath of fresh air as Luwten’s soothing tones echo a message of celebrating vulnerability and opening up to yourself. Check out the beautiful composition here and keep an eye out for ‘Draft’ which is out April 30th.
Packed with lush slices of alternative-R&B gems, Filipino-American artist Yeek releases his highly-anticipated new album ‘Valencia’. Featuring previously singles ‘3000 Miles (Baby, Baby)’ and title-track ‘Valencia’, the ten-track project serves as the follow up to 2019’s ‘IDK WHERE’ EP. With ‘Valencia’, Yeek has delivered a body of work that beautifully captures his growth and versatility as a singer, songwriter and producer. Stream ‘Valencia’ in full to the right – it’s a stunner from start to finish.
West London-based singer/songwriter Maxi Millz follows up ‘Danny Ocean’ with another incredible new single in the form of ‘MDNA’. Lifted from his forthcoming new EP titled ‘Captions’, the spellbinding cut features a luxuriously smooth and intoxicating soundscape filled with groovy guitars and a dynamic trap-inspired beat as Millz tops things off with his impeccable falsetto-laden tones. Dive into the mesmerising atmospherics of ‘Madonna’ here and keep an eye out for ‘Captions’ which is out soon.
Following the release of ‘Muette Samson’ which dropped last year, emerging french duo MOUTARDE & MIEL unveil sparkling new cut ‘L’oiseau de nuit’. Lifted from the pair’s forthcoming new mini-album ‘Surprise !’, the delightfully smooth and atmospheric single is accompanied by an equally captivating and intriguing music video created in collaboration with Jessica Monvoisin and Julien Recours. A magical affair from start to finish, check out ‘L’oiseau de nuit’ (which translates to Night Bird) here and keep an eye out for ‘Surprise !’ which drops next month via Grande Rousse disques.
Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist and artist Luna Li follows up her dazzling ‘Jams’ EP from earlier this year with dreamy new single ‘Cherry Pit’. Shimmering guitars and mellow drums serve as the backdrop for the track’s whimsical and enchanting instrumentation as Luna Li’s mesmerising tones sweep across in perfect harmony. Dive into the lush soundscapes of ‘Cherry Pit’ here, it’s a delight from start to finish!
Danish singer, songwriter and producer Erika de Casier follows up last year’s delightful ‘No Butterflies, No Nothing’ with superb new single ‘Drama’. Released via 4AD, the serene single arrives with an equally elegant and enticing self-directed music video which features photography by Gloria Berenice Moreno and by Henriette Motzfeldt. With a new record on the way, ‘Drama’ is a sparkling number that features Erika’s whispery, wistful vocals over a breezy, shuffling beat. See (and hear) for yourself to the right.
Stockholm, Sweden-based soul singer Nápoles follows up last year’s ‘Slowin It’ EP with brilliant new slow jam ‘Know My Place’ produced by Wahib. Encompassing a classic R&B soundscape that boasts a seductive beat, ‘Know My Place’ finds the perfect sweet spot between nostalgic and refreshing as Nápoles graceful tones sweep across the instrumentation like butter. Dive into ‘Know My Place’ here, it’s a stunner from start to finish.
Having already impressed with ‘HIGHROAD’ and ‘BEADS’ earlier this year, rising New York-based artist emawk is back with delightful new single ‘ACOUSCOUS’. Soundtracked by emawk’s signature production (by Zach Ezzy) that sees lush guitars meet subtle electronic flourishes courtesy of Zach Ezzy, the glorious number is topped off by the singer’s impeccably smooth vocals that are harmonized to perfection. Enjoy ‘ACOUSCOUS’, a song about learning to “process feeling misunderstood/misjudged”, along with its Coming of Age-directed music video here.
Emerging Swedish singer and producer Sam Ezeh’ delivers the smoothest of vibes on brilliant new EP ‘Night At Ezeh’s’. Featuring previously released singles ‘CRISIS’, ‘Bonsai Love’ and ‘Suspension’, the seven-track project is rounded off with two lush closing numbers in the form of ‘Fly/Gravity’ and ‘Makes My Night’. A wonderful debut offering, ‘Night At Ezeh’s’ is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year so far.
Barbados based Alt-R&B artist Lagoon Wavey’s latest offering ‘Sunflower’ will quite frankly blow you away. From the get go, the piano-laden single draws you in as Wavey’s breathtaking vocals pierce the minimal soundscape with an effortless but powerful grace. Accompanied by an equally mesmerising and captivating visual, ‘Sunflower’ is undoubtedly one of the highlights of this year. See for yourself to the right, it’s an absolute stunner!
Paris, France-based artist Yen Yen (aka Théo Schittulli) drops a dazzling number in the form of ‘WRUNG’, which follows up last year’s ‘ADKOL’ and ‘FLASHBACK’. Accompanied by a music video directed by Anthelme Dubois, ‘WRUNG’ is a sweeping romantic cut that features Schittulli’s lovelorn vocals over a groove-inflected, synth-laden soundscape. Swoon over the single here and keep an eye out for Yen Yen’s forthcoming EP ‘GOODBYE’ which is out on March 31st via Cracki Records.
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lucky Daye sets the mood for Valentine’s Day with brilliant new EP ‘Table For Two’. On the striking seven-track project, the New Orleans native teams up with fellow COLORS alumni Tiana Major9, Mahalia, Ari Lennox and Joyce Wrice as well as YEBBA and Queen Naija. Each duet sees Daye and his stellar collaborators’ exceptionally smooth and sensuous vocals shine and shimmer across sparkling, sultry soundscapes to create the perfect soundtrack for any romantic antics. Stream ‘Table For Two’ in full here.
Rising Panamanian singer/songwriter Sofía Valdés delivers her enchanting and delightfully charming debut EP ‘Ventura’. A lush collection of swirling gems that beautifully present Valdés’ endearing vocals drifting over pristine and enlightening soundscapes, ‘Ventura’ features stunning singles like the guitar-laden ‘Lonely’ and heartwarming ‘Amsterdam’. Over the course of the project’s six songs, Sofía Valdés has shown exactly why she’s one to watch – ‘Ventura’ is a stunner!
London based artist House of EL follows up last year’s ‘Lazarus’ EP with breezy and delightful new single ‘Better’ which is out via his own label Wunderkind. Driven by subtle electronics, delicate piano chords and glorious brass, the sparkling cut is taken to new heights with House of EL’s impeccable smooth and soulful vocals. An utterly transcendent and relaxing number, ‘Better’ will lift your soul from the moment you press play.
We’re thrilled to premiere the music video to ‘Greenlight’, the stunning single by multi-disciplinary L.A. based artist BOSCO. Featuring Dana Williams and lifted from last year’s ‘Car Therapy’ EP, the accompanying music video, which is directed by PRIME (@victorianprime), wonderfully complements the track’s serene and soothing atmosphere as BOSCO performs amidst an array of BMWs. Check out the clip here and be sure to give BOSCO’s spellbinding A COLORS SHOW from last year a spin too if you haven’t already done so!
A note from BOSCO “Greenlight was inspired by my love for vintage BMWs. I wanted to tell a story through ‘car choreography’ and how much of your life happened inside of a car.”
Video Credits: Director – Prime @victorianprime, AD and EP – @this.is.caty, Art Direction – BOSCO, Producer – Von Allen, DP – Jacob Hastings, Drone – Makyle Wilkerson, BMWs – BMMR, Green BMW Driver – John Larizadeh @joalarx, Hair – Jerrian Sari, MUA – Jayna Alford, Foreign Motor Liason – Bruce Kush
Barbadian-born, California-based singer, producer and songwriter Ayoni shares powerful new single ‘The Patriots’. Described as Ayoni’s “national anthem and gospel”, the stunning single places a mirror to a broken America as her thought-provoking and direct lines exude a pain that has been felt for generations, but carries with a sense of hope and desire. Listen to ‘The Patriots’ here, it’s taken from Ayoni’s forthcoming debut album which is set to drop later this year.