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Rising LA-based singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Maddie Jay shares a playful and utterly enchanting new single in the form of ‘The Peanut Butter Song’. With hints of psychedelic rock and lo-fi hip hop, ‘The Peanut Butter Song’ exudes an ever so cool and inviting atmosphere as Maddie Jay smothers her super smooth vocals atop the glistening soundbed of guitars and drums. Enjoy the single and its charming music video here.
South Africa born, Los Angeles based artist Nick Leng teams up with rapper Chester Watson on the woozy and utterly enchanting ‘Plastic Moon’. Accompanied by a sensational claymation video by Bona Bones, the cosmic single opens with Leng’s yearning vocals before Watson’s breezy spoken word verses that boast his clever wordplay enter the foray. Check out both the single and visual here and be sure to keep an eye out for Nick Leng’s forthcoming debut LP titled ‘LEMONS’.
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.
Chilean-American producer Nicolas Jaar teases new Against All Logic album with double-A side EP ‘Illusions of Shameless Abundance’. The two tracks ‘Alucinao’ (featuring FKA twigs and Estado Unido) and ‘Illusions of Shameless Abundance’ (featuring Lydia Lunch)’ are shape-shifting electronic cuts that twist and turn, dip and dive in all directions. If this EP is anything to go by, the new record (titled ‘2017-2019’ which is out February 7th), is shaping up to be one of the most striking and vivid projects you’ll hear this year.
Consider yourself introduced to Baltimore based artist Neru Thee Fourth Fugee, whose latest album ‘The Almanac’ is an absolute blast from start to finish. The project serves as the follow up to 2014’s ‘Enlightenment Era’ and features previously released single ‘‘C-Spine’ which enlists the talents of rising star Deetranada. Over the course of the project’s nine tracks, Neru takes you on a kaleidoscopic journey of sounds which beautifully meld together hip-hop, rap, funk, neo-soul with psychedelic nuances thrown in for good measure.
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.
Brooklyn based filmmaker and musician Austin Johnson aka breaking shares his breathtaking new single in the form of ‘Tick’. The slow burning track opens with warming guitar melodies as a subtle electronic beat works its way into the mix and Johnson’s fragile, falsetto-laden voice warms your soul. The perfect soundtrack for these chilly winter months (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere), ‘Tick’ is an intriguing slice of electronic-folk that brilliantly follows up last year’s ‘Shell’ EP.
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.
Ottawa based artist maxime. shares a striking visual for latest single ‘old fast’, taken from his debut album ‘whatevernowiscalled’ which dropped at the start of last month. Opening with glitchy electronics which are joined by some killer guitar lines, the track’s moody atmosphere is heightened by maxime.’s equally arresting vocals. Check out the track and it’s accompanying music video which is filmed and edited by Tosca Webb here, and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out ‘whatevernowiscalled’.
Korean-American artist Audrey teams up with Jack Harlow on the bombastic and utterly captivating single ‘Comic Sans’ which dropped last month. Accompanied by an equally playful music video directed by Khufu Najee and Audrey Chu, the track packs quite the punch as both Audrey and Jack manoeuvre their way across the trap-inspired beat with killer flows.
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.
Rising Richmond, Va. rapper Baby Sosa shares hypnotic new single ‘Uberxl’ which features Polo Perks and production courtesy of Harrison. The single follows her captivating debut single ‘Everywhereigo’ and boasts a bass-heavy beat which lays the framework for Polo Perks to work his magic and for Sosa to add her own striking vocals into the mix.
New York based songwriter emawk follows up his exceptional ‘vintage’ EP with another delicious slice of soulful sounds in the form of ‘tea’. Having caught our attention earlier this year with the stunning ‘Later’, emawk rounds off the year with the soothing atmospherics of ‘tea’. Soundtracked by gentle guitars and a subtle electronic beat, it’s emawk’s soul-stirring vocals that steal the show once more, showing why he’s one of the most exciting voices around.
Los Angeles based singer, songwriter Aaron Childs shares new single ‘Every Single 1’. an infectious groove-inflected jam that shines from start to finish. Having released his eclectic debut EP ‘My Way’ a couple of years ago, the rising artist has since signed to taste maker label GODMODE where he dropped the exceptional ‘Tangerine’ last year. With ‘Every Single 1’. Childs impresses once more with his sweet sounding vocals gliding across the cheerful instrumentation that’s tinged with hints of jazz.
Originally released in 2017, Los Angeles based trio clipping. share ‘The Deep’, alongside two previously unreleased recordings in the form of ‘Aquacode Databreaks’ (ft. Shabazz Palaces) and ‘Drownt’. Encompassing a futuristic sound, the experimental Hip-Hop group, comprised of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, work their magic across the three tracks which encompass shape-shifting sci-fi soundscapes.
Somali-American fashion designer and artist deka shares ‘Tepid’, a dark and twisted fantastical electronic gem produced by frankie bash and RAFA MAYA. Apart from a few (brilliant) mixes, you can only find one other song by the Minneapolis based artist, it’s the mesmerising ‘ESCAPIST’ which dropped in 2017. On latest single ‘Tepid’, deka’s ghostly vocals creep across the moody soundscape creating an absolutely breathtaking atmosphere.
The Galleria aka Morgan Geist returns after four years with brand new single ‘Stop & Go’, featuring the sensational Jessy Lanza. The follow up to 2015’s magnificent ‘Calling Card/Mezzanine’ is another slice of 80’s inspired bubblegum-pop packed with oodles of groove and funk and Lanza’s sweet sounding vocals adding a sugary touch.
Los Angeles based singer/songwriter McCall shares a brilliant music video for latest single ‘Right?’, which follows her ‘Under the Reign’ EP. Opening with the gentle strums of the acoustic guitar, the track quickly takes a turn as McCall’s commanding vocals pierce through the soundscape with killer line “It’s what you wanted right? / Wanted to fuck yourself a new girl right in my sight”. This is uttered as sparkling synths ride across a persistent electronic beat – creating an utterly empowering aesthetic, one that’s carried through in the Griffin Meyer directed clip.
Influenced by the likes of Frank Ocean and Elvis Presley, Tampa based artist Luke Wild introduces himself with the dreamy ‘Fever Brain’. Opening with the gentle strums of the guitar and Wild’s serene vocals, the track blossoms into an indie-electronic cut that encompasses an air of nostalgia. On ‘Fever Brain’, you can definitely hear those influences seeping through, yet the self-produced song finds the sweet spot in creating a sound that is Wild’s own.
Songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Terrell Hines releases ‘St. Mark Road’, a powerful genre-bending EP that impresses from start to finish. Opening with the explosive and energetic intonations of ‘Get Up’ (which was played during Apple’s 2019 Keynote), the three-track EP is rounded out by the calming nuances of ‘Feel Good’ and heartwarming ‘Living For Today’.