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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.
BROCKHAMPTON have revitalised and redefined what it is to be a “boy band” over the past year years. With four stellar projects under their belt, the supergroup are in the process of rolling out album number five, which is titled ‘Ginger’ and features previously released single ‘I Been Born Again’. On follow up single ‘IF YOU PRAY RIGHT’, which is accompanied by a futuristic Spencer Ford directed visual, the members work their magic once more with slick production and equally cool verses from the likes of Dom McLennon, Joba, Matt Champion and Merlyn Wood.
Toronto based model/singer/rapper Ebhoni’s latest single ‘Cook Food’ packs quite the punch. Produced by DJ Florentino, the track boasts a slick trap-inspired beat, which serves as the perfect backdrop for Ebhoni to lay down her super smooth vocals. What makes this track hit that extra bit harder though, is Ebhoni’s songwriting – the lyrics cutting through sharper than ever with lines like “You say you love me like ‘Cook Food’ / but only when he in a good mood”.
London based duo Petrie release ‘Couldn’t Cry’, a guitar-laden indie pop gem that serves as the follow up to previous single ‘Personal Space’. Having released their delightful debut album ‘Superstore’ earlier this year, Laurie and George continue to keep the ball rolling with the new single. A sparkling track which sees the pair replace their signature sizzling synths and funk filled beats with soothing guitar tones and simple electronic drums, ‘Couldn’t Cry’ is yet another stunner from the Londoners.
Australian beatsmith Flume teams up with singer-rapper Reo Cragun to release ‘Quits’, a staggering and powerful three-track EP. Featuring a new edit of previously released single ‘Friends’, the project opens with title-track ‘Quits’ which boasts Flume’s signature instrumentation giving Cragun the platform to lay down his own slick verses. In the middle, is ‘Levitate’, another tantalisingly smooth and powerful track that opens with the chirping of birds before introducing a pounding bass and synth heavy beat.
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.
Consider yourself introduced to Chiiild, a band from Montreal who step into the limelight with debut single ‘Count Me Out’. With production credits that include working on Grammy award winning albums with Skrillex and Diplo to writing and producing with Lady Gaga and Usher and inspired by the likes of Tame Impala and D’Angelo, Chiild’s debut captures a blend of sounds from pop, R&B and soul to jazz. The single boasts a splendid soundscape that boasts gritty guitars and sharp drums with bursts of brass as those soothing tones are smothered on top.
Ireland based artist BRAND JUNO shares the funk filled ‘PLANET EARTH’, the second single taken from his forthcoming project titled ‘SQUARE UNO’. Serving as the follow up to lead single ‘MANGO HUE’ which features contributions from Ciscero and Alex Szotak, the track is soundtracked by killer guitar lines and slick electronics that provide the perfect backdrop for JUNO’s slick vocals.
Alicante based artist Paranoid 1966’s latest single ‘Niñxs Malxs’, produced by Boixy, is an absolute blast. Sound-tracked by a trap-inspired beat, the Spanish singer/songwriter/rapper shows her versatility with a combination of super sharp verses that’re topped off nicely with her smooth intonations in the hook. Accompanied by an equally fiery and playful music video, ‘Niñxs Malxs’ will have you up and about in no time at all.
Nina Chuba is an emerging artist from Hamburg, Germany, and ‘White Shirt’ is her emphatic debut single. Packing quite the punch, the song opens with subtle piano chords before spiralling into a powerful pop track that sees the singer/songwriter’s soulful voice soar. With a killer hook, ‘White Shirt’ serves as a moment of catharsis for Nina, it’s a “message to myself to finally cut off toxic friendships”.
Madras born, Austin based artist Abhi The Nomad shares the eclectic ‘House of Clocks’, taken from his forthcoming ‘Modern Trash’ album. Having lived in eight countries by the time he was twenty one, it comes as no surprise that Abhi The Nomad’s music is a globally conscious commentary on our planet’s current state. That’s exactly the case with ‘House of Clocks’, an otherwise spirited track which touches on environmental issues and how we still have a long way to go in saving the planet. Check out ‘House of Clocks’ here and be sure to keep an eye out of ‘Modern Trash’ when it drops later this year.
Rising West London based singer/songwriter Hope Tala shares ‘Jealous’, the latest single to be taken from her forthcoming ‘Sensitive Soul’ EP. Serving as the follow up to previously released ‘D.T.M.’, ‘Jealous’ is a breezy slice of alternative R&B sprinkled with nuances of bossa nova thrown in for good measure. Together, Hope Tala’s soothing tones and the serene acoustic guitar chords give the track an airy, weightless feel, one that is perfect for a summer evening watching the clouds float by at the sun sets into the west.
If you’re looking for a tune that’s perfect for the dance floor, look no further than ‘rekltess’, the infectious debut single from Kampala based artist mwami which dropped this past April. With a flow that’s reminiscent of Azealia Banks’ infamous ‘212’, mwami navigates through the electronic pulses with a playful delivery that boasts his refreshing songwriting and overall execution. A wonderful introduction to his musical journey, we can’t wait to hear what mwami has in store for us next, for now though, tuck into ‘rektless’ here.
Consider yourself introduced to Moël, a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer from Toronto whose debut single ‘Votk’ will take your breath away. Produced by Alex Ernewein, ‘Votk’ is a multi-layered, soulful cut that evokes a sense of nostalgia as it incorporates sublime guitars with subtle electronics to carve the perfect path for Moël’s lush vocals to weave through with ease. This is undoubtedly one of the strongest debuts you’ll hear all year.
Brooklyn/Tel Aviv based producer, guitarist, and composer O Mer serves up ‘Repack The Junk’, a groovy gem taken from his forthcoming EP of the same name. Citing the likes of Damon Albarn, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell and Fairuz and Mohammed Abdel Wahab as influences, O Mer crafts a spectacular guitar-driven haven on ‘Repack the Junk’ which boasts an ever so infectious hook. Everything from the emphatic guitars, the pounding bass and O Mer’s angsty vocal delivery gels wonderfully – it’s an absolute blast!
London based artist Tom Tripp marks his return with ‘TAM’, the taste of new music since he released his brilliant ‘RED’ EP a few years ago. Serving as the lead single from his forthcoming new EP titled ‘FLAG’, the single was originally uploaded as a demo on his SoundCloud over four years ago. Inspired by Daft Punk, the electronic-led dance track is tinged with Tripp’s soulful musings and is undoubtedly going to get you moving from the moment that bass kicks in.