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Founder of the Foufoune Palace collective, French based artist Luidji has shared his highly anticipated debut album titled ‘Tristesse Business: Saison 1’. Comprised of seventeen deep and introspective tracks which serve as the follow up to 2015’s ‘Mécanique des fluides’, the record is another insight into the artist’s groovy sounds that touch on love and difficult relationships. To mirror his evolution, the Parisian rapper imagines a character drowning into water and trying get his head out of it. As suggested by the siren lying by the rapper’s side on the album’s cover, an aquatic universe is hypnotising listeners’ ears from start to finish.
Following the release of singles ‘Do My Thing’ and ‘Good Time’ earlier this year, Danish singer, songwriter and producer Erika de Casier has dropped ‘Essentials’, her sensational debut album. With contributions from the likes of El Trick and DJ Sports, the twelve-track project takes on a more personal sound that boasts an amalgamation of influences from vintage and soulful R&B throwbacks akin to that of the 90’s to bossa nova. The aptly titled record is one of those rare moments where each track is essential in binding the body of work together; it’s an absolute must listen.
Having released his magnificent debut EP ‘Moon By Guided Islands’, which featured stand out singles like ‘Feel Me’ and ‘Delilah’, London based newcomer Aeris Roves shares ‘Don’t Ask’, his first taste of new music for the year. A delectable slice of trap-inspired R&B, the track is another slick take showcasing Roves’ deep songwriting and pristine vocal delivery all driven by a crisp electronic beat penned by Two Inch Punch and J Moon.
ML Buch is the moniker of Copenhagen-based composer and producer Marie Louise Buch, whose single ‘I Feel Like Giving You Things’, is quite frankly and experience to behold. Over the course of the track’s three-minute lifespan, ML Buch propels your mind into a trance-like state with her soothing tones piercing the soundscape as each line paints a wonderful image in your head. There’s beauty in simplicity, and ‘I Feel Like Giving You Things’ is the embodiment of just that.
‘Houdini’ is the debut album of the emerging Swedish rapper Prins Daniel (Prince Daniel). The album is a 15 track masterpiece showcasing Daniels’ lyrical prowess as the record explores a mix of political views over slick beats. Prins Daniel brings up the social structures and doesn’t shy away from wearing his heart on sleeve.
‘Citroner’ (Lemons in English), the lead single from the record delves into social structures, Daniels comments on how milennials are not being true to themselves and reaching out to please everybody without actually doing anything. It is about a digital generation saying that they have strong political views and that they care about the world, but behind those words lies a privileged person who actually doesn’t care about other people. Prins Daniel is a poetic genius. Prins Daniel is art, a living, walking and talking proof of an excellent rapper. One thing is for sure: his journey has just begun.
Priya Ragu was born and raised in Switzerland, holds her roots in Sri Lanka and produces music of traditional and Afro American soul music. With an intent to transmit feelings that cannot be expressed through words, music showed her the way to liberation and rebellion against traditional values, allowing her to take control of her own life purpose and creation. Her debut single, ‘Leaf High’ speaks about longing for freedom, the urge to be one with all and mother nature embracing the now in its purest form. Showcasing a transformation of positivity and love, the music video features brother and producer Japhna Gold collectively bringing forth the soulful vibrations.
A relentless fascination for sound and harmony led Nicolas Demuth aka Parra for Cuva commence his quest for music at a very young age. A combination of musical instruments, synthesizers and digital music editing mostly results into an art of creating music pieces from melodies, soft beats and sounds that he records in his daily life. ‘While you Sleep’ is a single from his latest album ‘Paspatou’ holding one of the most interesting writing processes for the artist as the entire song was recorded with live instruments; thus making it a first for a producer who spends most of his time in front of the computer. One can be found with their eyes closed falling into movements of indistinguishable melodies that touches the soul hoping for this well mended electronica experience never to take an end.
Having lent her stunning vocals to Maribou State’s ‘Tongue’ and most recently ‘Nervous Tics’, London based singer-songwriter Holly Walker steps into the spotlight with the magnificent ‘Straight Line’. Released in November last year, the single sits on a bed of warbling synths that propel the track along its powerful path as Walker’s falsetto-laden vocals enshroud the soundscape with warmth.
Just in time for the warmer months, London based outfit unperfect unveil their sun-soaked new music video for brand new single ‘Looking For A Hug’, which is premiering here at COLORS. The dazzling single follows up the group’s brilliant debut offering ‘Gots To Give The Girl‘ from earlier this year and serves as another slice of their delectably vibrant and spirited brand of infectious pop. Let unperfect prepare you for the summer with their sunny video for ‘Looking For A Hug’ which is taken from their delectable debut EP ‘Yeah, Why Not’ which is also out today.
Some songs are vessels that crack open your imagination and let your mind run wild; that’s exactly the case with ‘Sentimental Sunset, the striking new single from South London based outfit Sweat. An other-worldly experience that’s accompanied by an equally intriguing and captivating visual that’s brought to life by Beatrix Blaise, ‘Sentimental Sunset’ channels an abstract electronic sonic pallet that transports you to a hypnotic and surreal landscape.
It’s been a while since we last heard from London based singer, songwriter and producer Akiine, but with the release of ‘About It’, it’s safe to say that the wait was well worth it. Serving as the lead single from her forthcoming new EP titled ‘Red’, the track is a swirling amalgamation of electronics and moody guitar lines that are greeted by Akiine’s sweet and graceful musings. Those delicate vocals are a comforting hug and wonderful juxtaposition to the slightly off-kilter production.
Arguably one of the most refreshing bands around, Danish quartet Liss return in magnificent form with brand new single ‘Talk to Me’, which is lifted from their forthcoming ‘Second’ EP. Another delectable slice of the group’s slick sound, the self-produced track eloquently conveys the “ups and downs of being a young adult in this world”. A start of a new chapter, ‘Talk to Me’ finds Liss at their very best, with vocalist Søren Holm’s distinct and yearning tones stealing the show once again.
Meet SÔNGE, your new favourite artist creating sparkling R&B gems that entice and intrigue. Having just released her debut album ‘Flavourite Câlâ’ last month, it’s on stand out single ‘Roses’ that the rising French singer/songwriter shines brightest. Backed up by a dazzling array of electronics and killer bass, the song encompasses a shimmering aesthetic whilst SÔNGE’s sanguine vocals are smothered on top.
Let yourself sink into the honeyed tones of ‘History Made’, the mesmerising new single from London based trio Paradisia. Comprised of Sophie-Rose (vocals), Anna (harp) and Kristy (vocals, keyboard), Paradisia’s swirling production and serene harmonies on ‘History Made’ will quite frankly take your breath away. Serving as their first taste of new music in two years, the single marks a new chapter as they’ve taken full artistic control having parted ways with their management in 2018 – a message that is mirrored by the song’s very first lines “I won’t be quiet for anyone / There’s no history made in saying nothing“.
London based producer Palmistry rises above the surface with ‘Water’, his first taste of new music since his spellbinding debut album ‘PAGAN’ which dropped back in 2017. Serving as the lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album ‘Afterlife’, the SOPHIE-produced track is another delight which drips and trickles with its subtle electronic touches as Palmistry’s comforting tones are like soft ripples that pervade the soundscape. Check out ‘Water’ here and be sure to look out for ‘Afterlife’ which is out in May.
Iranian-Swedish artist Nadia Tehran teases the release of her forthcoming new debut ‘Dozakh: All Lovers Hell’ (out May 16th) with brand new single ‘Jet’. Reminiscent on M.I.A.’s superhit ‘Paper Planes’, ‘Jet’ takes flight with a pounding drum beat and fantastic bass which is backed up by Tehran’s empowering and ruthless, almost careless flow. It’s this relentless delivery that gives the track a sense of freedom – it’s say to say that ‘Jet’ will instantly get you hyped, no matter what.
London based singer/songwriter Suzi Wu is a force to be reckoned with on her powerful new project, ‘Error 404’, which follows up 2017’s ‘Teenage Witch’ EP. Having worked with Mike Dean (Beyoncé, Kanye West, Travis Scott), the four-track EP is an explosion of punk-pop with opening track ‘Grim Reaper’ setting the scene wonderfully. Each track sees the rising pop star enforce her emphatic vocals over upbeat and equally captivating soundscapes that are equal parts playful and ruthless. With ‘Error 404’, Suzi Wu has created a body of work that sounds nothing like anything else out there – it’s a taste of the future of pop.
‘Zebrapojken’ (Zebra Boy in English) is the debut album from Swedish/Gambian rapper Erik Lundin. He has been a part of the Swedish rap scene for over a decade, starting off by rapping in English under the name of Eboi. His first offering in his native tongue of Swedishwas in the form of an EP called ‘Suedi’ in 2015.
The record ‘Zebrapojken’ is a reference to the Swedish word zebrabarn (zebra kids) which means kids that grow up during bad circumstances: their emotional lives are striped because of the vast change of feeling happy and/or sad. The ten track album takes the listeners through a musical journey of emotions and real life scenarios as Erik gives us an insight into his life stories in an easy and melodic way.
His wizardry in writing depicts real life scenarios and emotions of vulnerability and hurt playfully combined with joy and hope of seeing the good in life as well. Erik Lundin is a true songwriter and musician who’s honesty and talent has a great impact and value on Swedish pop culture.
Consider yourself introduced to London/Leicester based singer, songwriter and producer ARUN, whose latest single ‘Y.D.E.K’ (which stands for You Don’t Even Know) is an absolute blast. From the moment you hit play, ARUN throws you into a whirlwind of sounds from twinkling keys to a dazzling brassy section all driven by a superb bass-heavy beat to create the perfect backdrop for that magnificent voice. An infectious track if ever there was one, ‘Y.D.E.K.’ is one of those tracks that you will instantly put you in the best of moods from the moment you press play.
Following up last month’s ‘Restart’, London based singer-songwriter Szjerdene has shared ‘Rain’, another sparkling slice of electronic-pop taken from her forthcoming ‘TRACE’ EP. Spearheaded by a powerful electronic beat sprinkled with delicate synths and a serene string section, it’s Szjerdene’s pristine voice that rises above and shines brighter than ever. Piercing through with such clarity, Szjerdene’s voice effortlessly rides the wave of the energetic production as she sings about the overwhelming and numbing emotions that arise from falling in love.