Consider yourself introduced to Hackney based newcomer Tycho Jones who impresses with startling trap-inspired debut single ‘Scrolling’. Soundtracked by a shape-shifting beat which boasts a bed of crisp electronics that blends the worlds of trap and hip hop and is topped off by a sprinkling of piano chords, ‘Scrolling’ showcases Tycho’s playful songwriting and delivery.
London based producer and DJ Subculture links up with singer Rachel Chinouriri on the hazy and atmospheric new single ‘The Chase’. Lifted from the artist’s forthcoming ‘I DREAM OF EVERYTHING’ mixtape which is out November 14th, the track follows previous collaborations with Tertia May, Grand Pax and Goya Gumbani. Encompassing the project’s title, ‘The Chase’ is about a recurring dream the artist had of being chased by unknown figures – this is conveyed by the track’s creeping electronic production as Chinouriri’s warming tones offer light.
Since releasing his exceptional debut single ‘Janet’ in 2016, London singer/songwriter M. T. Hadley has worked with the likes of COLORS alum Nilüfer Yanya as well as Tobias Jesso Jr and members of the Paul Institute. Today, Hadley marks his return with ‘Rattle’, a hazy pop track that Hadley wrote when he was twenty. ‘Rattle’ features his serene falsetto-laden vocals as he sings to a newborn baby about the hardships of life: “You will feel nothing but heartache…you will see nothing but mistakes, as tragedy blooms.” he sings in the track’s chorus.
London based duo Petrie release ‘Couldn’t Cry’, a guitar-laden indie pop gem that serves as the follow up to previous single ‘Personal Space’. Having released their delightful debut album ‘Superstore’ earlier this year, Laurie and George continue to keep the ball rolling with the new single. A sparkling track which sees the pair replace their signature sizzling synths and funk filled beats with soothing guitar tones and simple electronic drums, ‘Couldn’t Cry’ is yet another stunner from the Londoners.
Having featured on Denzel Himself’s brilliant COLORS session, South East London based singer, rapper and producer KEYAH/BLU shared the hypnotic ‘Sweet’ last year. This past month, the rising newcomer followed up the single with another innovative and atmospheric new track in the form of ‘Choker’. On ‘Choker’, KEYAH/BLU manoeuvres her way through the stop-start instrumentation with a playfulness that comes with a bit of a bite as she sings/raps about breaking free and doing whatever you want.
There’s something utterly enchanting about London based singer/songwriter Joviale’s debut single ‘Dreamboat’. Everything from the stop-start, minimalist production and the nonchalant delivery to those mesmerising vocals evokes a hypnotic atmosphere – one that draws you in with each passing beat, note, word. With ‘Dreamboat’, Joviale has shown that she’s one of the most exciting and unique voices to come out of London in quite a while.
Hounslow,London based producer, singer and songwriter Grace Acladna shares an intoxicating new single in the form of ‘Apnea’, which is lifted from her newly released ‘Phonophobia’ EP. Since debuting her gorgeous single ‘London’ in 2015, the rising artist has continually impressed with her evolving soundscapes and poignant songwriting. That’s exactly the case ‘Apnea’, a somewhat delicate yet powerful offering which sees the singer’s sensual vocals glisten atop a murky electronic beat sprinkled with intricate piano progressions.
Having released his magnificent debut EP ‘Moon By Guided Islands’, which featured stand out singles like ‘Feel Me’ and ‘Delilah’, London based newcomer Aeris Roves shares ‘Don’t Ask’, his first taste of new music for the year. A delectable slice of trap-inspired R&B, the track is another slick take showcasing Roves’ deep songwriting and pristine vocal delivery all driven by a crisp electronic beat penned by Two Inch Punch and J Moon.
In a scene where hype can build and fall dangerously quickly, A2 is an artist who has been slowly burning away, honing his sound and building a dedicated following over the last six years. After the success of his 2017 debut full length album ‘Blue’, the south London artist returns with a brand new 5-track EP that takes on a warmer shade; the rapper sets the tone from opener “Flex Luthor”, as his distinctive croaky flows ride soaring RnB-infused trap production with celestial synths and pads creating an uplifting atmosphere. Standout track “Flair” sees him link up with Octavian, Suspect and Yxng Bane for an irresistible banger, underlining his status amongst the UK’s upper echelon of elite artists who are pushing the culture forward.
Yxng Bane has been carving his own lane within the UK’s diverse music landscape. Incorporating elements of trap, RnB and dancehall to create a dynamic blend of styles, his latest visual sees the east Londoner allude to his previous hit ‘Vroom’ as he flexes in a gold motor, showcasing his dexterity as his woozy vocals switch flows either side of an infectious hook.
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South London artist Gregor the Blue has honed his unique sound over the last few years; a classically trained violinist as a child, he taught himself to play guitar and keys, and soon his bedroom productions started to accumulate a substantial online following. Gregor’s new EP builds on the themes of his 2016 debut album ‘Estate’, taking up where the last project left off in conjuring the same distinctive moody, swirling world but adding a sharper, electronic edge, as the 24-year-old’s sound has matured; tackling themes of longing and insecurity as well as his struggles with darker emotions, the tape is tied together with his trademark woozy, after-hours atmosphere. Enlisting guest vocals from rappers Ant Lavelle and Carl Blarx as well as a feature from long-time collaborator Thieta on lead single Faults, he incorporates elements of alternative blues, ska, RnB and contemporary hip-hop together to create a nuanced, unique sound with genuine depth and texture.
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UK-based singer Yiigaa enlists the assistance of E/M rapper Louis Culture for her powerful new single. The two south London artists exchange instropective verses, dealing with memories of past relationships and the struggle of moving forward and growing. Production comes courtesy of Shax Maja, with dynamic drums and distorted horns creating an uplifting, nostalgic tone.
The track is the second single from her forthcoming mixtape ‘Blue Rivers in My Wrist’, due to release in June.