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Having lent his production chops to the likes of Charli XCX, Caroline Polachek, HAIM and more, American producer and artist Jim-E Stack steps into the spotlight with his star-studded debut album ‘EPHEMERA’. Setting the tone singles ‘Note to Self’, ‘Jeanie’ and ‘Sweet Summer Sweat’ which feature Empress of, Bon Iver and Dijon respectively, ‘EPHEMERA’ also sees contributions from Octavian, Brockhampton’s Bearface and COLORS alumna Kacy Hill. On the record, Jim-E Stack weaves together a range of sounds and influences to create a seamless and diverse sonic atmosphere – check it out here.
Nepalese-born, North Carolina-based breakthrough artist Curtis Waters (aka Abhinav Bastakoti) shares ‘Pity Party’, his magnificent debut studio album. Since going Tik Tok viral with infectious cut ‘Stunnin” (which features Harm Franklin and has now amassed over 300 million global combined streams), the rising singer, songwriter and producer has gone onto share equally impressive singles ‘The Feelings Tend To Stay The Same’ and ‘Freckles’. On ‘Pity Party’, Waters brings his witty songwriting and slick vocals over playful and emotive soundscapes – stream the entire album here.
Los Angeles-based rapper Duckwrth teams up with G.L.A.M. and Julia Romana on bouncy and infectious new single ‘Coming Closer’. A blissfully vibrant and buoyant cut that encompasses a sense of nostalgia whilst sounding just as fresh, ‘Coming Closer’ is a dance floor-ready anthem that boasts slick vocals and icy verses to top off the scintillating instrumentation. Dive into the sparkling cut here and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out Duckwrth’s magnificent COLORS performance too.
Consider yourself introduced to Koran-America singer, songwriter and producer DeVita who shines on debut single ‘Evita!’, lifted from her ‘CRÈME’ EP. The powerful debut is a banger from start to finish as DeVita’s glossy vocals slide across the retro-futuristic production with a sprinkling of jazz thrown in for good measure. Check out the track and it’s neon-tinged music video which is directed by Jinooya Makes here.
Rising Cleveland based rapper Nnena debuts her brilliant new single in the form of ‘Work It Out’ produced by Dave Hamelin. The single follows up previously released cuts like ‘Lovesick’ and ‘Not The Thumb’ and wonderfully showcases Nnena’s effortless flow and powerful songwriting. The blistering beat penned by Hamelin features striking drums that you can feel in the pit of your stomach as Nnena works her magic with that infectious and spirited delivery.
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.
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’.
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.
Dead Wicks is a self proclaimed “psycho-delic grunge-hop” group of New York-grown artists wielding a unique talent for re-working motown songs. Their recently released debut EP ‘Curses’ gifts its listeners a pandora’s box of irreverent genre-bending anthems filled with unusual chord progressions and twisted guitars through alt-pop craftsmanship and poetically chaotic lyricism. The first track on the EP, entitled “Glyph Trip”, kicks things off with a hard electro funk bass line and breathy staccato vocals, before flipping into sitar sounds echoing in a void of synth breakdowns and soulful wails.
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Innanet James has been keeping things lowkey for a minute now. Following the breakout success of his 2016 debut project ‘Quebec Place’ and its hit single ‘Summer’, the Maryland rapper has taken his time to perfect his follow-up record, and the 22-year-old does not disappoint with his long-awaited return. ‘Bag’ is an undeniable banger from the first kick drum, as James flows effortlessly over soulful keys and a playful trap percussion infused with a bossa nova rhythm, serving to build the excitement for his forthcoming EP slated to feature the likes of Pusha T, Rexx Life Raj and Mac Ayres.
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Atlanta native Father makes a powerful return with his first drop of 2018. The alternative trap artist and founder of independent label Awful Records has been off screen for minute now, but revives the energy that catapulted him to notoriety with two brand new tracks that will only build anticipation for his forthcoming album. Alongside ‘Lotto’, a collaborative effort with ABRA, ‘We Had A Deal’ is a stripped-back, direct trap anthem with an undeniable slap to it, as Father showcases his distinctive left-field delivery over fat, bass-driven production.
The Internet return with psychedelic visuals for their brand new single. Directed by Joe Weil, the video depicts the band grooving together in a retro aesthetic, featuring star-studded cameos from the likes of Mac DeMarco, Tyler the Creator, Thundercat and Dev Hynes.