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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’.
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.
New York outfit altopalo, comprised of Rahm Silverglade, Mike Haldeman, Dillon Treacy, and Jesse Bielenberg, share ‘Letdown’, the follow up to previously released song ‘Mud’. Having dropped their fabulous debut album ‘frozenthere’ last year, the quartet continue to impress with ‘Letdown’, an icy, electronic-trap cut that finds depth and soul in its minimalist instrumentation which gleans from indie, pop, rock,trap, soul, electronic and everything else in between.
Los Angeles based duo mai.la (comprised of cait & katie) share ‘maybe ୧(ಠ益ಠ)୨’, a blisteringly vibrant and atmospheric pop gem that’s taken from their forthcoming EP titled ‘Blush’. Serving as the follow up to previously heard singles ‘Ready’ and ‘Crash’ which were released in 2016 and 2018 respectively, the cut boasts a powerful guitar-driven beat that’s brightened by the pair’s anthemic vocals.
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”.
L.A. based violinist, singer, songwriter and producer Sudan Archives unveils ‘Confessions’, the lead single from her forthcoming debut album. Produced by Sudan Archives and Will Archer, the track follows up last year’s sensational ‘Sink’ EP which featured stand out singles like ‘Nont For Sale’ and ‘Escape’. On ‘Confessions’, Sudan Archives enlists a sporadic and bold beat which creeps its way across whilst her soulful tones add a comforting warmth.
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.
BROCKHAMPTON have revitalised and redefined what it is to be a “boy band” over the past year years. With four stellar projects under their belt, the supergroup are in the process of rolling out album number five, which is titled ‘Ginger’ and features previously released single ‘I Been Born Again’. On follow up single ‘IF YOU PRAY RIGHT’, which is accompanied by a futuristic Spencer Ford directed visual, the members work their magic once more with slick production and equally cool verses from the likes of Dom McLennon, Joba, Matt Champion and Merlyn Wood.
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.
Madras born, Austin based artist Abhi The Nomad shares the eclectic ‘House of Clocks’, taken from his forthcoming ‘Modern Trash’ album. Having lived in eight countries by the time he was twenty one, it comes as no surprise that Abhi The Nomad’s music is a globally conscious commentary on our planet’s current state. That’s exactly the case with ‘House of Clocks’, an otherwise spirited track which touches on environmental issues and how we still have a long way to go in saving the planet. Check out ‘House of Clocks’ here and be sure to keep an eye out of ‘Modern Trash’ when it drops later this year.
Brooklyn/Tel Aviv based producer, guitarist, and composer O Mer serves up ‘Repack The Junk’, a groovy gem taken from his forthcoming EP of the same name. Citing the likes of Damon Albarn, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell and Fairuz and Mohammed Abdel Wahab as influences, O Mer crafts a spectacular guitar-driven haven on ‘Repack the Junk’ which boasts an ever so infectious hook. Everything from the emphatic guitars, the pounding bass and O Mer’s angsty vocal delivery gels wonderfully – it’s an absolute blast!
South Florida based native Q introduces himself with ‘Forest Green’, a seven track arrangement which impresses from start to finish. Encompassing a myriad of musical influences from R&B, soul and alternative rock, the self produced record takes a deep dive into topics such as preoccupied anxiety, lack of connection, and love. Whether it’s the rock tinged ‘I Get Tired’ and ‘I Might Slip Away if I Don’t Feel Nothing’ or the smoother intonations of ‘Pray Together’ and falsetto laden ‘Your Special’, Q showcases his versatility wonderfully as a musician, singer and songwriter.
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.
South Korean born, New York raised singer, songwriter and producer Alice Kim aka Hunjiya (pronounded hun-jee-yuh) shares her breezy new single ‘give it/what i get’, which follows up previously released single ‘said’. Backed up with a breezy soundscape which intertwines the world of R&B/soul with electronic and trap-inspired flourishes, the track encompasses a refreshing atmosphere as Hunjiya’s serene voice permeates through with ease. The perfect soundtrack to those hazy summer days, listen as Hunjiya, soothes your soul with those golden tones.
Formerly of indie-pop outfit Chairlift, singer/songwriter Caroline Polachek unveils her sparkling debut solo effort in the form of ‘Door’. Accompanied by an otherworldly music video and serving as the lead single from her forthcoming debut album, ‘Door’ is a dazzling pop song that sees Polachek’s crystalline vocals shine across a twinkling soundscape as the cryptic lyrics allow your imagination to run wild. An exemplary taste of what’s to come from Polachek’s debut full length (two thirds of which is produced by Danny L. Harle), ‘Door’ is everything you need and want in a pop song.
L.A. based duo DJDS (comprised of Same and Jerome) team up with R&B singer Dijon on the magical ‘Magic Loop. Serving as the first taste of music since they released their star-studded sophomore album ‘Big Wave More Fire’ which featured the likes of Amber Mark, Vic Mensa as well as COLORS alumni Marco McKinnis and Empress Of, ‘Magic Leap’ is delectable slice of electro-R&B. Whilst the song encompasses a slightly more mellow and softer sound compared to the pair’s more underground techno sounds, it shines just as bright with Dijon’s exceptional vocals accompanying the infectious “do do do”s that carry the track along.
Having shared a handful of gorgeous acoustic demos on his SoundCloud over the past year or so, New York based singer/songwriter dhruv delivers his first studio single in the form of ‘double take’. Produced by fellow New Yorker frankis, the sparkling track features a sharp electronic, trap inspired soundbed which boasts a pounding bass which is topped off by dhruv’s exquisite vocal delivery. It serves as dhruv’s first. A brilliant debut offering, ‘double take’ is a dazzling introduction to dhruv’s artistry and according to his SoundCloud, there’s more new music on the way.
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.
Having released her hauntingly beautiful debut EP ‘CODEPENDENCY’ last year, Chicago based singer, songwriter and producer Rachel Faith shares the equally arresting ‘Phantom’. Premiering at COLORS, the track is accompanied by a glitchy, animated visual by Megan McGuire, Henrique Migue and Alex Koester, the tense and utterly captivating single titillates between ferocity and fragility. The production by frequent collaborator Elias Abid (Appleby) creates a dark and moody atmosphere, one that’s only heightened by Faith’s smoky yet silky vocals.
L.A. based singer, songwriter and producer Kanika introduced herself earlier this year with the delicate and whispery ‘Is It Over Yet’; a heartfelt and utterly captivating debut. Her follow up single ‘Playing It Safe’, is another dreamy and atmospheric foray which features the endearing tones and poetic words of emawk. Together, the pair manoeuvre the ambient an cinematic soundscape as their vocals coalesce to form the most beautiful of harmonies.