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Melbourne based electronic duo GL (comprised of Graeme Pogson and Ella Thompson) mark their return with the groove-inflected new single ‘Night Habit’. Since releasing their superb debut album ‘Touch’ back in 2016, the pair have been relatively quiet, but it looks like things are about to change with ‘Night Habit’, a sensuous and playful number. Led by a funk filled guitar line and electronic beat, the track is a retro-futuristic pop gem that’s heightened by Thompson’s evocative vocals.
London based newcomer Tamera reveals her stunning debut single ‘Romeo’, a sparkling cut that opens with soothing jazzy intro and blossoms into a neo-soul experience that oozes class. Accompanied by an equally beautiful music video directed by India Rose, the track is elevated by Tamera’s impeccable voice glistening atop the laid back instrumentation.
It’s not often than a cover captivates or moves you like the original, there’s almost always something missing. That’s definitely not the case with the gorgeous rendition of Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘Cold Little Heart’ by Netherlands based trio Klangstof. Slowing down the tempo, the Klangstof’s version trades the warming acoustic guitars for moody, electronic beats that’re topped off by the band’s equally haunting yet spellbinding vocals. This may just serve as the perfect teaser and nod to a change in direction for the follow up to 2017’s ‘Everest’ EP.
Canadian-Honduran singer/songwriter Daniela Andrade shares ‘Wet Dreams’ the glorious new single lifted from her latest EP ‘TAMALE’. Serving as the follow up to previously released ‘Polly Pocket’, ‘Wet Dreams’ is another sparkling cut that boasts Andrade’s enchanting, harmonised vocals over a delicately mellow, yet beautiful beat.
D.C. born, Montreal based singer, songwriter and producer LIA shares the hauntingly beautiful new single ‘To The Woods’ taken from her forthcoming debut EP titled ‘Vasilia’. Co-produced by Lust, the stunning track captures a moody yet evocative atmosphere that mirrors the eerie yet heartwarming atmosphere of the woods. Pair that with LIA’s elegant musings and poetic songwriting, and you’re totally transported to a world laden with towering trees and delicate foliage.
Consider yourself introduced to Melbourne-based musician Rudy Sandapa aka Gervais Sun who serves up some funk-filled vibes in the form of debut single ‘Overzealous’. The magnificent instrumentation brings together elements of pop, jazz, electronic and more as Sandapa’s sweet sounding voice shines across the groove-inflected beat to create the perfect summery atmosphere.
Glasgow based singer, songwriter and producer Joesef follows up previously released singles ‘Limbo’ and ‘Loverboy’ with another soulful cut in the form of ‘Don’t Give In’. Over a simple yet easygoing beat, Joesef lays down his soothing tones as he sings about loving someone who loves another, but isn’t honest about it. Check out the brilliant new single here.
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.
Parisian trio Oracle Sisters follow up their delectable debut single ‘Always’ with another slice of lush indie pop in the form of ‘Spotlight’. Comprised of Lewis Lazar, Christopher Willatt and Julia Johanssen, the band impress once more as the smoky guitar licks and earnest drum beat are accompanied by those warming tones. Check out the track and it’s spectacular music video which is set in a world of Parisian drag queens.
Kent born, London based artist Havelock serves up another slice of refreshing indie pop packed with groove in the form of ‘Pheromones’, which is produced by Luke Fitton. The follow up to previously released single ‘Real’, ‘Pheromones’ is a melting pot of influences, seamlessly combining elements of hip-hop, indie pop and electronics and wrapping them up into a unique sound. Premiering here at COLORS, ‘Pheromones’ sees Havelock shift from intimate and subdued in the verses before bursting into the vibrant and groovy atmospherics of that infectious hook.
Australian based rapper Tkay Maidza teams up with COLORS alum JPEGMAFIA on her hard-hitting comeback single ‘Awake’. Together with Baltimore rapper JPEGMAFIA, Maidza flexes her powerful vocals over an eerie and frenetic beat penned by Dan Farber as she raps about insomnia. The first single since her ‘Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1’ from last year, ‘Awake’ is the perfect taste of what’s to come from Tkay Maidza.
If you’re looking for a smooth pop track that’s packed with groove, look no further than ‘Nudes’, the dazzling new single from French based, Belgian born artist, singer and model Claire Laffut. Produced by Gaspard Murphy, the track features the magnificent Yseult, whose silky smooth vocals beautifully complement the golden tones of Laffut. The accompanying visual, directed by Jean-Charles Charavin wonderfully captures the track’s austere and sensual aesthetic.
Brisbane based singer/songwriter Felicity Vanderveen aka FELIVAND brings more of her dreamy pop musings with the release of new single ‘Waitin’ For You’. Having released her brilliant ‘In Bloom’ EP earlier this year, FELIVAND continues to impress with this latest single which encompasses an ambient atmosphere with the singer’s endearing voice sliding across the lo-fi beat tinged with crisp guitars and lush synths.
French artist Flavien Berger delivers masterful soundscapes that entice and draw you in on new album ‘Contre-Temps’. Split into two parts, the 31-track project features contributions from Julia Lanoë and Bonnie Banane and takes you on a cosmic journey of scintillating synth pop concoctions that are topped off by Berger’s calming voice. ‘Contre-Temps’ is an album that intrigues and captivates you from start to finish, with each track seamlessly leading into the next.
Since releasing his exceptional debut single ‘Janet’ in 2016, London singer/songwriter M. T. Hadley has worked with the likes of COLORS alum Nilüfer Yanya as well as Tobias Jesso Jr and members of the Paul Institute. Today, Hadley marks his return with ‘Rattle’, a hazy pop track that Hadley wrote when he was twenty. ‘Rattle’ features his serene falsetto-laden vocals as he sings to a newborn baby about the hardships of life: “You will feel nothing but heartache…you will see nothing but mistakes, as tragedy blooms.” he sings in the track’s chorus.
Rising Bay Area/Japanese duo MIRRROR (comprised of Takumi and Mei) showcase their eclectic sounds with the release of brand new single ‘FIFTY (like that)’. A mellow club track that boasts gorgeous synths and keys, the electronic-led production is given warmth by the pair’s soothing tones. ‘FIFTY (like that)’, follows up the duo’s ‘what it was’ project, which featured stand out cuts like ‘Never Fall In Love’ and ’35’.
Twenty year old rapper Spitfire from Madhya Pradesh first encountered hip-hop when he was in the 11th grade. His debut EP ‘Paathshala’, released on IncInk Records, talks about his own life story and how he found the strength to break through stereotypes and find his own identity. An interesting spoken-word poetry approach layered with an offbeat and ambient atmosphere suits Nitin’s poetic chops the best. The underlying theme of the EP revolves around how hip-hop and rap as an art form has added a lot of value in his life making him the person that he is today and how he would like to exercise this medium to continue to teach and inform his audiences. With vigour and boldness in his voice and word play ‘Paathshala’ can be quite accessible to tune into at a club or at home.
Feels, the acclaimed Danish songwriter/producer duo comprised of Siná Mousavian and David Evers are making waves in Denmark with their first track ‘Thrill’. The effervescent single delivers an infectious urban pop tune, infused with dynamic beats and Latino dance influences throughout. Melii’s feature completes the track with her razor sharp vocal and undeniably original and deeply melodic sound.
Norweigian producer Magnus August Høiberg aka Cashmere Cat shares ‘EMOTIONS’, the playful and vibrant lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album ‘PRINCESS CATGIRL’. The track is Cashmere Cat’s first taste of new solo music since last year’s ‘Miss You’ with Major Lazer and Tory Lanez. Embodying Høiberg’s signature pop prowess, ‘EMOTIONS’ is another delectable cut that might just get you crying and on the dance floor – but not necessarily in that order!
London based singer, songwriter and producer Leo Kalyan has been releasing gem after gem over the past few years; swirling sounds that intertwine R&B, electronic, pop with South Asian nuggets thrown in to create a sound that hits the spot every time. That’s exactly the case with his latest offering ‘time can wait’, a sparkling cut that sees the singer’s falsetto-laden vocals traverse a soundscape of breezy electronics.