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L.A. based indie-folk artist Mal unveils ‘In Free Fall’, her gorgeous debut EP which is inspired by the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe and Leslie Feist. Released alongside an online VR visual exhibition, the seven-track project showcases Mal’s poetic storytelling over incredibly atmospheric and immersive soundscapes on highlights like ‘Night’, ‘Bluebird’ and closer ‘By The Ocean’. Immerse yourself in Mal’s wondrous sounds and stream ‘In Free Fall’ here.
Dominican/Mexican-American singer Ambar Lucid rounds off the year with the release of serene, beautiful new single ‘Lolita’. The New Jersey-based artist’s single follows this past autumn’s ‘Head Down’ and serves as the latest offering since her album ‘Garden of Lucid’ dropped this Spring. Accompanied by a gorgeous visual shot at sunset and directed by TheVideoBoy, ‘Lolita’ is a stunning ode to Ambar’s mother as she delivers her affecting words in both English and Spanish. Check out ‘Lolita’ here and keep an eye out for more from Ambar Lucid in 2021.
Rising Nigerian-American singer/songwriter Serena Isioma (pronounced “e-seeohma”) shares their terrific new EP ‘The Leo Sun Sets’. Featuring previous gems like ‘Blue Sky’, the gritty yet ethereal ‘King’ and powerful cut ‘Stop Calling The Police On Me’, the project brilliantly illustrates Isioma’s versatility as a vocalist, songwriter and musician. Each song on the EP is wrapped up in a range of sounds that take elements from many influences, but what makes ‘The Leo Sun Sets’ is the way in which the tracks are expertly threaded together by Isioma’s superb storytelling. Stream the EP in its entirety here and see why Serena Isioma is a name to keep an eye on in the coming years.
US-based multi-disciplinary artist ADIV teases his forthcoming debut project with the release of his fantastic new single and video ‘Blue Gene’. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts ‘Time’ and ‘Nothing Dies’, the sparkling cut encompasses a slick soundscape comprising crisp drums and gorgeous basslines that are smothered with ADIV’s impeccably smooth and soothing tones. Check out ‘Blue Gene’ and it’s equally stunning music video here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this rising artist in the new year.
Miami-born, Texas-based singer/songwriter ROZET unveils the captivating music video to her brilliant new single ‘Rigamarole’. Following her magnificent debut offering ‘Phantom City’ which dropped earlier this year, ‘Rigamarole’ is accompanied by a clip that reflects the pain endured by the black community in a Trump-led America and wonderfully captures the track’s empowering and ruthless sentiment. Check out the striking visual to ‘Rigamarole’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this rising artist.
Chicago-born, New York-based singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist KeiyaA unveils the stunning visual to her standout single ‘I! Gits! Weary!’. Lifted from her brilliant ‘Forever, Ya Girl’ project which dropped earlier this year, the spellbinding clip which is directed by Ryosuke Tanzawa follows the Brooklyn native across parks and train stations interspersed with shots of jump rope crew the Jazzy Jumpers Family. Check out the video above and don’t forget to put KeiyaA’s magnificent debut album ‘Forever, Ya Girl’ on rotation too.
San Antonio singer and songwriter Xavier Omär unveils new single ‘SURF’, a breathtaking collaboration with COLORS alumna Masego. Lifted from Omär’s latest project ‘if You Feel’ which features previously released singles ‘So Much More’, ‘All Our Time’ (ft. Jae Stephens) and Like I Feel (ft, Mereba), the track encompasses a soothing and groove-inflected atmosphere as Omär and Masegi’s charming tones pair together wonderfully over the breezy soundscape. Check out the spectacular offering here and be sure to give the rest of ‘if You Feel’ a spin too.
Danish-born, LA-based artist and producer Galimatias shares the gorgeous visuals to ‘GPS’ which features Bas and Xavier Omar. Lifted from his recently released album ‘Renaissance Boy’, the single serves as a slick slice of R&B that sees an icy smooth beat underpinning Bas’ and Xavier Omar’s soothing tones. Check out the single and it’s Alex Nazari-directed music video which features a stunning dance performed by Aahkilah Cornelius and choreographed by Cisco Ruelas.
Pasadena-based singer/songwriter Fana Hues shares illuminating new single ‘Icarus’ which is accompanied by an equally stunning music video. Taken from her forthcoming EP which is out later this year, the breathtaking cut serves as the follow up to Hues’ fabulous debut single ‘Notice Me’ which released this past summer. Soundtracked by a summery guitar and piano melodies that are driven by a crisp beat, it’s Hues’ hazy, lush vocals that steal the show here – check out the single here for yourself.
Consider yourself introduced to singer, songwriter and musician RÜDE CÅT whose debut single ‘Homesick’ will quite frankly blow you away. Opening with warm acoustic guitars, the track is taken to new heights as a burst of electronics shoot through the soundscape for the soaring chorus which boasts RÜDE CÅT’s impeccable vocals. A refreshing take on R&B, soul and electronic with an alternative twist, ‘Homesick’ cements RÜDE CÅT as one to watch – check it out for yourself here.
Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Ian Isiah shares his highly-anticipated EP titled ‘AUNTIE’ featuring previous cuts like ‘Princess Pouty’ and ‘Loose Truth’. Over the course of the seven-track project, Isiah effortlessly showcases his exceptional versatility as a singer, songwriter and musician. Dripping with funk-filled moments that showcase Isiah’s superb storytelling and soothing tones, ‘AUNTIE’ is undoubtedly one of the most striking and impressive projects you’ll hear this year.
Consider yourself introduced to rising L.A. based newcomer Dava who shares her beautifully woozy new single in the form of ‘Right Time’. A dazzling slice of woozy R&B, the song wonderfully highlights Dava’s exceptionally sweet and sugary vocals which grace the crisp, breezy soundscape. Check out the swirling single and it’s equally alluring music video here.
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.