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Having shared several singles over the past few months, Dallas-born, LA-based artist Liv.e releases her debut album ‘Couldn’t Wait to Tell You…’. Featuring tracks like ‘I Been Livin’, ‘SirLadyMakemFall’, ‘LazyEaterBetsOnHerLikeness’, ‘Bout These Pipedreams’ and ‘Lessons From My Mistakes…but I Lost Your Number’, the twenty-track project is an amalgamation of classic R&B expertly infused with elements of soul, jazz and hip hop. Dive into the wonderful project here and let Liv.e’s hypnotising vocals and eclectic songwriting wash over you.
Hawaii-born, Long Beach–based songwriter Lionel Boy shares sparkling new single ‘Lately’, taken from his forthcoming debut EP ‘Who Is Dovey?’. Serving as the follow up to previously released singles ‘Lost’ and ‘Summer Fun’, ‘Lately’ is a solemn single that is soundtracked by thumping drums courtesy of Brett Kramer and shimmering guitar lines that carry Lionel Boy’s rich, yearning tones. Check out the single here and keep an eye out for ‘Who Is Dovey?’ which is out June 25th via Innovative Leisure.
Consider yourself introduced to Philly based songstress Andrea Valle who shines on her ethereal and haunting new single ‘Wild’. Accompanied by an other-worldly music video directed by Sarah Nicole Francois, the scintillating track showcases Valle’s gorgeous voice as those soulful tones glide over the NickyDavey-produced soundscape. Check out the sensual and hypnotic single here and keep an eye out for Andrea Valle’s forthcoming EP ‘Lovergirl’ which is out later this month.
Texas based artist Leon Bridges teams up with L.A. based jazz artist Terrace Martin on the utterly heart-wrenching and beautiful new single ‘Sweeter’. Soundtracked by a simple electronic beat, it’s Bridges’ soulful tones that capture your attention as you find yourself hooked on each and every utterance of “Hoping for a life more sweeter, Instead I’m just a story repeating”. Check out the jazz-inflected, meditative single here, it’s an absolute stunner.
American R&B duo composed of sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey share fiery new single ‘Do It’ which is lifted from their upcoming album ‘Ungodly Hour’. Accompanied by a steamy music video directed by Andrew Makadsi, the single serves as another sublime slice of the pair’s sultry and silky smooth R&B which showcases the pair’s heavenly harmonies soaring over the Scott Storch produced beat. Check out the single and it’s equally sizzling music video here, and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘Ungodly Hour’ which drops June 5th.
Canadian-Colombian artist Valerie Teicher aka Tei Shi returns with her first taste of new music in the form of sparkling new cut ‘Die 4 Ur Love’. The single follows up last year’s spectacular ‘La Linda’ album (which features a collaboration with COLORS alumni Blood Orange) and serves as another delectable slice of Tei Shi’s smooth pop. Check out the apocalyptic single from the New York based artist here and be sure to check out ‘La Linda’ if you haven’t already done so.
Consider yourself introduced to Brandon, a singer/songwriter from Riverside, California who merges airy guitar melodies with soulful musings on new single ‘Weep’. There’s an enchanting quality to Brandon’s falsetto-laden vocals which traipse across those lush guitar lines – drawing you in with each of his love-lorn words. Check out the breathtaking single and it’s wonderful music video directed by Justin Segura here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this rising artist.
New York based songstress Ayelle teams up with London based artist Rationale on ‘Choice’, taken from her forthcoming mixtape ‘NOMAD’. The brilliant offering follows up previous gems like ‘Trust’ and ‘Effort’, not to mention the pair’s previous collaboration ‘Hurts The Most’ which dropped last September, and wonderfully showcases Ayelle’s golden tones as they glide across the crisp, electronic-led soundscape produced by Rationale. Dive into the lush soundscapes of ‘Choice’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘NOMAD’ which is out later this year.
San Francisco native LYRAH shares new single ‘The View’, which is accompanied by an equally arresting visual directed by Red Gaskell. The simple, trap-inspired beat gives the track some bite as LYRAH’s impeccably smooth and haunting vocals enrich the soundscape by adding a touch of warmth. This is one of those singles that you can easily get lost to, simply press play and drift away.
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.e (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.