renforshort – teenage angst

March 13

Consider yourself introduced to renforshort and her spellbinding debut EP ‘teenage angst’, a project packed to the brim with pop bangers. Featuring previously released singles ‘i drive me mad’, ‘new way’ and ‘idc’, the 7 track EP serves as a breath of fresh fair with renforshort’s unapologetic and gritty vocals, catchy melodies and raw songwriting taking center stage. With ‘teenage angst’, renforshort has truly cemented herself as one to watch, not to mention one of the most exciting new artists from this year.

Fake Laugh – Exotic Bird

London-based, Berlin-born artist Kamran Khan aka Fake Laugh shares a sparkling new single in the form of ‘Exotic Bird’ from his new album ‘Dining Alone’. Following up previously released cut ‘Near You’, the groovy track encompasses a shimmering soundscape that straddles the indie-pop line with an alternative edge. Check out the dazzling single which sees Fake Laugh sing about being in “awe of another person and how that awe makes you reflect on yourself” and be sure to give ‘Dining Alone’ a spin too when it drops 13th March.

TENGGER – Achime

If you’re looking for a song that will sooth and calm your soul, look no further than ‘Achime’ the latest cut from South Korean/Japanese outfit TENGGER. Named after the Mongolian term for “unlimited expanse of sky”, the duo are comprised of itta, Marqido and their seven-year-old son RAAI. Lifted from their forthcoming album ‘Nomad’, the ambient single captures a transcendent atmosphere that will transport your mind to a place of utter bliss and tranquility.

HAWA – the ONE

Consider yourself introduced to Berlin-born, NY-based artist HAWA who showcases her unique sound on intoxicating debut EP ‘the ONE’. Featuring previously released singles ‘MY LOVE’ and ‘IPHONE’, the eight-track project sees refreshing soundscapes from the likes of Oscar Key Sung, Cadenza, Tony Seltzer (and more) and captures HAWA’s incredibly diverse repertoire. Check out ‘the ONE’ here – it’s one of the best projects you’ll hear all year.

Première Fois – Pur Sang

March 9

French duo Première Fois (comprised of Jordane Saunal and Raphaël D’hervez) share dazzling new synthpop cut in the form of ‘Pur Sang’. A refreshing amalgamation of electronica, pop, hip-hop and soul, ‘Pur Sang’ sees the pair’s soothing tones intertwine wonderfully as glorious synths and a super sharp beat serve as the perfect backdrop. Check out the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from Première Fois.

ISHMAEL – PEACE

Rochester, NY based rapper ISHMAEL (fka Ishmael Raps) returns with another impressive track in the form of ‘PEACE’ (co-produced by Switch). Serving as his first new song in over a year, ‘PEACE’ is definitely worth the wait. Accompanied by a thought-provoking visual directed by ISHMAEL and Zach Stone, ‘PEACE’ sees the rapper go all in with an infectious energy and fiery flow as he works his magic over the shape-shifting beat. ISHMAEL isn’t playing around on this one – see for yourself to the right.

Millie Turner – Jungle

Rising London based singer/songwriter Millie Turner unleashes her explosive and utterly captivating new single ‘Jungle’. Having already impressed with previously cuts ‘Night Running’ and ‘January’, the Hackney based artist returns with another blazing pop banger in ‘Jungle’, the perfect soundtrack for the forthcoming warmer months. Soundtracked by a powerful and pounding beat, Turner’s irresistible voice and melodies will have you singing along in no time – check it out here.

Riz Ahmed – The Long Goodbye

British-Pakistani rapper/actor Riz Ahmed unleashes ‘The Long Goodbye’, his break-up letter to a post-Brexit Britain. Riddled with break-up advice from the likes of Mindy Kaling, Yara Shahidi, Mahershala Ali and more, ‘The Long Goodbye’ sees the West Londoner set the scene wonderfully with the poetic opener ‘The Breakup (Shikwa)’. Throughout the record, Riz works his lyrical magic over fiery beats penned by fellow Swet Shop Boys band mate and producer Redinho; coupling sharp verses and raw narratives on standout cuts like ‘Toba Tek Singh’, ‘Where You From’ and ‘Mogambo’.

Rasharn Powell – Joyride

London artist Rasharn Powell kicks off the year by releasing his new single ‘Joyride’ taken from his forthcoming debut EP ‘HAVEN’. With production courtesy of Luca Buccellati who combines hand clicks, warming guitar lines and simple drums to form the track’s simple yet effective soundscape, ‘Joyride’ shines brighter with Rasharn Powell’s impeccable falsetto-laden vocal performance. Those golden, heartwarming tones are smothered with the utmost care and fall snugly into place with each line. Dive into the song here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘HAVEN’ which is out later this year and features previously released cuts like ‘Warm In These Blue Jeans’ and ‘Hiroshima’.

Superego – Outer Body Stranger (ft. Sampa The Great)

Australian hip hop collective Superego team up with the incredible Sampa The Great on their latest single ‘Outer Body Stranger’. The five-piece serve up another tantalizing experimental cut that boasts their eclectic instrumentation (this time courtesy of Superego member Faoul Duke) and imaginative storytelling. When you add the fierce flow and sharp delivery of Sampa The Great into the mix, there’s no denying that this one’s pretty special. Check out the single (which is taken from the group’s upcoming EP) and its hypnotic music video by Matsu Photography here.

Juliet July – Easy

Amsterdam based singer/songwriter Juliet July reveals ‘Easy’, her delectably smooth and utterly captivating new alternative-R&B single which follows up previously released ‘Sunday Afternoon’. Soundtracked by a super slick trap-inspired beat, the track’s star is Juliet’s irresistibly smooth and sweet vocals which glide across with ease. Check out the dazzling cut and it’s accompanying music video here, and be sure to keep an eye out for her ‘Palmtrees In The Mist’ EP which is out soon.

Anish Sood – Running Back To You (ft. Lisa Mishra)

March 2

Goa, India based producer and DJ Anish Sood teams up with Lisa Mishra on the dance floor ready anthem ‘Running Back To You’. Serving as the follow up to previously released singles like ‘Mountain of A Man’ and ‘Castles’, ‘Running Back To You’ sees a classic electronic beat sweeping across the soundscape as Mishra adds her gentle and sweet sounding vocals on top. Check out the uplifting and energetic single here.

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School of X – Collarbone (ft. Lord Siva)

Danish artist Rasmus Littauer aka School of X shares ‘Collarbone’, the striking lead single from his forthcoming debut album. Featuring fellow native Lord Siva and serving as the follow up to last year’s ‘Destiny’ EP, the guitar-laden single boasts spirited drums that drive and carry Littauer’s slick vocals across. Check out the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for School of X’s debut LP which is out later this year.

Christine and the Queens – La vita nuova

February 29

Fresh off her COLORS performance of ‘People I’ve been sad’, French icon Christine and the Queens releases her sensational new EP ‘La vita nuova’. The six track project features the aforementioned single as well as a spectacular collaboration with Caroline Polachek for the EP’s title track. Accompanied by an equally captivating short film directed by Colin Solal Cardo, ‘La vita nuova’ captures the artist’s signature storytelling and pop sensibilities. This is one of the best projects you’ll hear all year, an absolute must-listen!

seeyousoon – Steamy

Consider yourself introduced to Florida based collective seeyousoon who burst onto the scene with their explosive debut single ‘Steamy’. With one of the most memorable debuts you’ll hear this year, the 9-piece (comprised of Ignacio, Kenny, Denny, Maddie, Josh, Dre, Drex, Luke, and Mitch) make quite the impression with a refreshing slice of Hip-Hop with a sprinkling of pop and R&B thrown in for good measure. Check out the magnificent single here and be sure to keep an eye out for their forthcoming debut EP ‘VIDÉ’ which is out later this year.

LOONY – White Lie

February 27

Consider yourself introduced to Toronto based singer/songwriter LOONY who has shared her sensational new single ‘White Lie’. Lifted from her forthcoming EP titled ‘JOYRiDE’ which drops later this year, ‘White Lie’ serves up a crisp beat dripping with groovy guitars and powerful drums that wonderfully complement LOONY’s impeccably smooth vocals. If this lead single is anything to go by, ‘JOYRiDE’ is going to be quite special!

Nnena – Work It Out

February 26

Rising Cleveland based rapper Nnena debuts her brilliant new single in the form of ‘Work It Out’ produced by Dave Hamelin. The single follows up previously released cuts like ‘Lovesick’ and ‘Not The Thumb’ and wonderfully showcases Nnena’s effortless flow and powerful songwriting. The blistering beat penned by Hamelin features striking drums that you can feel in the pit of your stomach as Nnena works her magic with that infectious and spirited delivery.

Laica – Forever EP

February 25

Born in Abu Dhabi, raised in the Philippines, and now residing in California, consider yourself introduced to Laica and her brilliant ‘Forever’ EP. Kicking things off with the fabulous lead single ‘Nobody Else But You’ (produced by Cooper Leith), the twenty year-old artist shines on each of the project’s five tracks, as her gorgeous voice glides across pristine soundscapes with ease. From the upbeat opener to the more subdued and heartfelt ‘Close To Me’ and ‘Keys’, Laica wonderfully showcases her versatility as both a vocalist and songwriter and cements herself as an artist to keep an eye on.

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Glass Animals – Your Love (Deja Vu)

February 24

Oxford quartet Glass Animals share another fierce and utterly captivating new single in the form of ‘Your Love (Déjà Vu)’. Serving as the follow up to previously released single ‘Tokyo Drifting’ featuring Denzel Curry, ‘Your Love (Déjà Vu)’ is an energetic and psychedelic pop song that boasts a cheerful beat and fluttery flutes as lead vocalist Dave Bayley’s charming tones sweep across the soundscape. With the release of these two singles, Glass Animals have shown why they’re one of the most exciting bands around and we can’t wait to hear what else they’ve cooked up.

Rema – Beamer (Bad Boys)

February 23

After having a sensational 2019, Nigerian based star and COLORS favourite Rema returns with another absolutely stunning single in the form of ‘Beamer (Bad Boys)’. Released alongside ‘Rainbow’, ‘Beamer (Bad Boys)’ captures Rema’s infectious flow and invigorating voice once again as he works his magic over an equally fiery afropop beat penned by Rvssian.