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Born in Abu Dhabi, raised in the Philippines, and now residing in California, consider yourself introduced to Laica and her brilliant ‘Forever’ EP. Kicking things off with the fabulous lead single ‘Nobody Else But You’ (produced by Cooper Leith), the twenty year-old artist shines on each of the project’s five tracks, as her gorgeous voice glides across pristine soundscapes with ease. From the upbeat opener to the more subdued and heartfelt ‘Close To Me’ and ‘Keys’, Laica wonderfully showcases her versatility as both a vocalist and songwriter and cements herself as an artist to keep an eye on.
L.A. based singer/songwriter Victoria Monét shares her first new single of the year with the incredibly lush and beautiful ‘Moment’. The Ariana Grande collaborator (Monét co-wrote and sang on several tracks on Grande’s Grammy nominated ‘thank you, next’) shines from start to finish as he golden tones glide across the delicate soundscape with ease. An apt title for a single, as this truly is Monét’s moment.
Texan singer/songwriter Liv. (pronounded “Liv”) shares brilliant new single ‘SirLadyMakemFall’ which is accompanied by an equally chilled video directed by Barrington Darius). Having released her brilliant ‘Hoopdreams’ project back in 2018 (as well as featuring on Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘FEET OF CLAY’ last year), the single serves as the first taste of solo music from the now L.A. based artist in quite a while – and what a special cut it is. Dive into the track’s (and video’s) laid back atmospherics to the right.
On her latest offering, ‘ne me quitte pas (don’t leave me)’, Philadelphia based singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Orion Sun will melt your heart from the very first note. Encompassing a magical quality that transports you into a dream state, Orion Sun’s smooth and gentle tones resonate wonderfully against the lo-fi electronic-led production. Listen and watch the self-made visual to the gorgeous single which sees Orion Sun sing about unexpectedly falling in love, here.
Consider yourself introduced to Chris Scholar, a Virginia based singer/songwriter who has a writing credit ‘Rule the World’ by 2 Chainz and Ariana Grande and has recently shared his latest single ‘Northside’. A song that serves as an ode to the singer’s roots, ‘Northside’ sees Chris Scholar lay down his super slick falsetto-laden vocals over a crisp, trap-inspired beat that’ll melt your heart.
Nashville based singer/songwriter R.LUM.R shares the gentle and soothing ‘Lonely’, a startlingly beautiful ballad taken from his forthcoming new album ‘Surfacing’. Following a myriad of equally captivating singles in the form of ‘How This Feels’, ‘Boys Should Never Cry’ and ‘Cold’, the single embodies a simple yet serene atmosphere, one that allows R.LUM.R’s golden tones to shine and serve as a form of comfort despite the heartbreaking lines. Check out ‘Lonely’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘Surfacing’ when it drops November 1st.
Having captivated us with her sensational debut single ‘Noise’ earlier this year, New York based singer/songwriter ZSELA marks her return with the equally arresting ‘Earlier Days’. A gentle and serene ballad that’s taking from her forthcoming debut EP, ‘Earlier Days’ is another exceptional portrayal of ZSELA’s soulful songwriting about “ill-placed love and the uselessness of nostalgia”.
Opening with gentle guitar licks, ‘Too Much’, the gorgeous new single from rising Virginia/L.A. based artist REECE is a moment of self reflection, highlighting the importance of “learning to love yourself enough to let somebody go and to understand that it’s okay to choose your happiness”. Accompanied by an intimate music video, the minimal production creates an alluring atmosphere as REECE’s impeccably silky vocals add warmth and solace.
Los Angeles based singer, songwriter and producer Kaiya Crawford has shared ‘Mama’, her delightful second album. Dedicated to her mother, the ten-track project is a timeless affair which sees Crawford channel a throwback R&B vibe whilst bringing her own refreshing twist to the mix. Whether it’s the smooth intonations of ‘On Me’ and ‘Bootstraps’, or the fiery atmospherics of ‘Slow The Motion’ and ‘2009’, Crawford shines from start to finish.
When he’s not snapping breathtaking shots for Vice, The New York Times and The Fader (to name a few), Brooklyn based creative Nathan Bajar soothes your soul with his magnificent sounds. Featuring previously released singles ‘Devil Girl’ and ‘Silver Surfer’, his brilliant debut album ‘Playroom’ which is released via In Real Life, is packed with tracks that are just as diverse as they are playful. With contributions from the likes of CeCeFayce, Nelson Bandela Nance, Gabe and more, the ten-track project encompasses a spectrum of sounds from Hip-Hop and R&B to Soul and Jazz.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes the simplest of songs are the ones that resonate with you the most, and that’s exactly the case with ‘Breathe’, the stunning new single from New York based duo CUTTS (Lillian Cutts and Peter Bonaventure). The emotive ballad presents a more subdued sound compared to the duo’s previous releases, yet once again, it’s vocalist Lillian Cutts’ soaring tones that steal the show here. Wonderfully intimate and enchanting, ‘Breathe’ blossoms into a swirling vortex of a distant love affair as the ardent lyrics and gentle composition come together to create something truly special.
Every now and then a voice comes along that simply takes your breath away – that’s exactly the case with Brooklyn based singer-songwriter ZSELA and her sensational debut single ‘Noise’. Carried by its simple yet heavenly instrumentation courtesy of Daniel Aged from inc. no world, unsurprisingly, it’s ZSELA’s gorgeously smooth and haunting vocals that steal the show here. Utterly enchanting and comforting, ‘Noise’ is a stunner that soothes your soul from start to finish.
Ethiopian-American musician and songwriter Mereba yields a voice that heals, warms and soothes on gorgeously textured songs that evoke the deepest of emotions. Her latest offering, the unequivocally beautiful and relaxing ‘Bet’ which dropped towards the end of last year, sees the L.A. based artist capture a love that’s worth fighting for against all odds. Mereba’s golden tones flutter across the gentle guitar-laden soundscape, before lifting off in an unexpected but poetic spoken word piece that adds another layer to the track. With her debut project set to be released later this year, allow the tranquillity of ‘Bet’ to soothe your soul.
‘Koopa-Cabras’ is a unpredictable celebration of monsters and folklore. The latest release of Tropa Mágica, the musical project of brothers Rene and David Pacheco, the track stars modern mythological creature Koopa merged with a more cryptic Latin-American character in The Chupacabras, who’s name comes from the beast’s reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock.
The track starts with synth arpeggios that mark the “arcade videogame ultimate villain feeling”, before suspensive percussion appears followed by a bassline and surf style guitars that creates the tropical punk mood characteristic of the Pacheco Brothers. The siblings, based in Los Angeles but of Mexican roots, collaborated in this occasion with two other Latin artists: Fredo Ortiz and César Mejía.
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Ethiopian-American artist Kelela’s first entrance came in 2013 with her mixtape ‘Cut 4 Me’; since then, hundreds of thousands of listeners have gravitated towards her masterful ability to fuse pop and RnB with elements of modern cinematic sounds and neo-soul. Take Me Apart, her 2017 debut studio album, received critical acclaim for its original sound and refreshing energy; standout track ‘Frontline’ demonstrates the breadth of Kelela’s range, with choppy raps acting as a powerful contrast amongst airy, effortless vocals. Since her youth, Kelela’s Ethiopian roots and perspective on music and freedom of movement has influenced her nomadic style and unique approach.
Grammy-nominated producer Gwen Bunn takes an official step out all on her own with her debut solo project ‘Safe Travels’. Incorporating rich jazz and funk influences, ‘Yours’ is the the stand out track on the eight-track EP, a soulful affair filled with sultry vocal tenderness exploring themes of desire and commitment.