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Released towards the end of last year, ‘AZULA’, the latest single from Brazillian producer EVEHIVE is a clattery, afrobeat gem. With contributions from JLZ, the frenetic track captures a hypnotic vibe with its punctuated electronics that follows up previously released singles like ‘IVY QUEEN’ and ‘BANLA’.
Ottawa based artist maxime. shares a striking visual for latest single ‘old fast’, taken from his debut album ‘whatevernowiscalled’ which dropped at the start of last month. Opening with glitchy electronics which are joined by some killer guitar lines, the track’s moody atmosphere is heightened by maxime.’s equally arresting vocals. Check out the track and it’s accompanying music video which is filmed and edited by Tosca Webb here, and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out ‘whatevernowiscalled’.
Korean-American artist Audrey teams up with Jack Harlow on the bombastic and utterly captivating single ‘Comic Sans’ which dropped last month. Accompanied by an equally playful music video directed by Khufu Najee and Audrey Chu, the track packs quite the punch as both Audrey and Jack manoeuvre their way across the trap-inspired beat with killer flows.
Canadian producer and vocalist Verzache kicks off the new year with a mellow and subdued new single in the form of ‘TALK’. Opening with the simple strums of a single guitar chord, the track bursts into life as a bass-heavy beat enters the foray to serve as the perfect backdrop for Verzache’s soothing tones.
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.
After the success achieved with her latest album ‘Como el Agua’, which loosely translates to ‘Like the Water’ and marks the emotional liquidity of her creative process Colombian artist Lianna strikes back with the same authenticity, but with much more strength, security and power with her latest single ‘Trabajo Sucio’. Over elaborate beats, the singer showcases her harmonic yet powerful voice as she incorporates metric rhymes over a solid beat penned by El Arkeólogo.
Consider yourself introduced to West London based artist Asha Gold who dazzles on R&B influenced electronic-pop single ‘Too Good’. The nineteen year-old singer/songwriter lays down her silky smooth vocals as they glide across the slick electronic-led beat. On the track, Asha Gold sings about battling “with the pressures and opinions of those close to me” in her pursuit of a career in the creative industry and as a result, serves as an anthem for trusting yourself and finding your feet in any decision you make.
Rising Richmond, Va. rapper Baby Sosa shares hypnotic new single ‘Uberxl’ which features Polo Perks and production courtesy of Harrison. The single follows her captivating debut single ‘Everywhereigo’ and boasts a bass-heavy beat which lays the framework for Polo Perks to work his magic and for Sosa to add her own striking vocals into the mix.
Parisian rapper Sika Deva shares stellar new single in the form of ‘Gling’, an emphatic and powerful cut produced by Tices. Released via Kitsuné Musique, the striking track opens in a sombre fashion before a killer beat bursts onto the scene alongside Deva’s superb delivery and confident flow. Balancing smoothness with hard-hitting lines, Sika Deva shows why he’s one of the most exciting rappers to come out of the French capital.
London-based producer and singer Azadi.mp3 shares intoxicating and captivating new EP in the form of ‘Summer In The Crypt’. Combining sparse, crisp electronic beats with smooth R&B infusions, the three-track EP opens with the mellow ‘My Imaginary Friend’ and ‘Honeydew’ which showcases the singer’s soothing tones whilst closer ‘Bloodletting’ encompasses a more explorative aesthetic as well as a killer verse from 24Carot.
Montreal based beatsmith Kaytranada returns with stellar sophomore album ‘BUBBA’, the magnificent follow up to 2015’s ‘99.9%’. Bringing the heat once more, the renowned producer enlists another star-studded line up for this latest project, with tracks featuring COLORS alumni Charlotte Day Wilson, Kali Uchis, Masego, VanJess, SiR and more. Across the album’s seventeen songs, Kaytranada lays down his signature bouncy instrumentation that’s packed with groove and bite for the respective vocalists to work their own magic, but also holds his own on stand out cuts like ‘Scared to Death’ and ‘September 21’.
Spanish singer/producer Bad Gyal shares new dancehall-infused single ‘Zorra’. With Sickdrumz and Scott Storch on production duties, the track is set alight with a fiery beat which serves Bad Gyal with the perfect backdrop to work her magic with those silky smooth vocals. The accompanying music video, which is directed by MANSON (a collective made up of Pau López, Gerardo del Hierro, and Tomás Peña) captures the track’s fierce and powerful aesthetic.
New York based songwriter emawk follows up his exceptional ‘vintage’ EP with another delicious slice of soulful sounds in the form of ‘tea’. Having caught our attention earlier this year with the stunning ‘Later’, emawk rounds off the year with the soothing atmospherics of ‘tea’. Soundtracked by gentle guitars and a subtle electronic beat, it’s emawk’s soul-stirring vocals that steal the show once more, showing why he’s one of the most exciting voices around.
16 year-old Birmingham based singer and producer Matt Ryder bursts onto the scene with his exceptional debut EP titled ’50FT’. Featuring previously released singles ‘Hours’ and ‘Further’, the seven-track project captures the newcomer’s magnificent songwriting over brooding, atmospherics productions that showcase Ryder’s versatility and prowess. With ’50FT’, Matt Ryder shows why he’s one to watch in the years to come.
German based artist De Rien shares ‘Chimes’, the dazzling new single which follows up previously released debut ‘Cali’. Soundtracked by crisp electronics and soothing synths, the track captures a dream-like soundscape as De Rien’s falsetto-laden vocals further add an element of sweetness. Having played in several classical orchestras and jazz ensembles over the years, De Rien’s exploration into the world of soulful electronica is off to a great start with ‘Cali’ and ‘Chimes’.
Los Angeles based singer, songwriter Aaron Childs shares new single ‘Every Single 1’. an infectious groove-inflected jam that shines from start to finish. Having released his eclectic debut EP ‘My Way’ a couple of years ago, the rising artist has since signed to taste maker label GODMODE where he dropped the exceptional ‘Tangerine’ last year. With ‘Every Single 1’. Childs impresses once more with his sweet sounding vocals gliding across the cheerful instrumentation that’s tinged with hints of jazz.
Belgium based singer, songwriter and producer Tsar B teases new EP with her dark and intoxicating single ‘Rome (Solve You)’. Since introducing herself with the dazzling ‘Escalate’ back in 2015, Tsar B has gone onto release a slew of stellar releases in the form of her brilliant self-titled EP and stunning debut album ‘The Games I Played’ last year. With ‘Rome (Solve You)’ (which comes accompanied with a video game inspired visual by Lion Beach), the singer teases a new EP, and with that, impresses once more with her gorgeous, silky vocals traipsing across the haunting soundscape.
Canadian-born, London-based artist Dan Snaith aka Caribou marks his return with the fantastic ‘You and I’. the dazzling single from forthcoming new album ‘Suddenly’.An absolutely roller-coaster of a track, the single opens with a twinkling synth-laden soundscape as Snaith’s dreamy tones enter the foray, that’s before the track takes an unexpected turn and bursts into an amalgam of textures and colours. In contrast, the track’s lyrics echo darker shades as Snaith sings about dealing with the passing of a loved one. Check out the single here and look out for ‘Suddenly’ which is out February 22nd.
Nigerian AfroBeats star Killertunes drops his highly anticipated new EP ‘Gbedu & Things’. Having worked with the likes of Mr Eazi, Wizkid, DJ Spinall as well as COLORS alum Tiwa Savage, the producer steps into the spotlight with his first solo body of work which features five vibrant and eclectic tracks that entice and invigorate. Setting the scene beautifully with the cheerful ’11:11′, the entire EP is a continuation of Killertunes’ wondrous sounds that’ll have you up and moving from the get go.
Colombia-born, Toronto-based artist Lido Pimienta returns with her first new music since 2016’s ‘La Papessa’ in the form of ‘No Pude’. The spectacular single comes accompanied by an other-worldly and utterly vibrant music video directed by Fitto Segura. A mixture of squelchy and sharp electronics coalesce to serve as the ideal backdrop for Pimienta’s slick vocals to gloss over with ease.