Kanika – Playing It Safe (ft. emawk)

L.A. based singer, songwriter and producer Kanika introduced herself earlier this year with the delicate and whispery ‘Is It Over Yet’; a heartfelt and utterly captivating debut. Her follow up single ‘Playing It Safe’, is another dreamy and atmospheric foray which features the endearing tones and poetic words of emawk. Together, the pair manoeuvre the ambient an cinematic soundscape as their vocals coalesce to form the most beautiful of harmonies.

Erika de Casier – Essentials

May 21

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.

Sunny Day Service – イン・ザ・サン・アゲイン

May 20

If you’re looking for a band that will brighten up your day, look no further than Japanese trio Sunny Day Service. With a handful of stellar releases under their belt over the years, the Tokyo based band have continually impressed with their enticing and funk-filled tunes. That’s exactly the case with ‘イン・ザ・サン・アゲイン’ (‘In the sun again’), which is taken from their 2018 album ‘the CITY’ and serves as the perfect soundtrack for the summery months to come.

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Aeris Roves – Don’t Ask

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.

Premiere: Shy Lennox – Soccer Man

Having released his brilliant debut EP ‘Audition’ last year, rising musician and songwriter Shy Lennox continues to delight with this hauntingly beautiful blend of alternative R&B. We’re thrilled to be premiering his latest offering ‘Soccer Man’, an intoxicating cut which sees contrasts between the dreamy harmonies and pitched vocals to the gentle keys and gritty electronic-led hook.Serving as a moment of introspection and self reflection, ‘Soccer Man’ is that ray of sunshine on an overcast day.

W. Y. Huang – Mercy {开光}

Singapore born, New York City based singer, songwriter and producer W. Y. Huang concocts a hauntingly beautiful atmosphere in ‘Mercy {开光}’, the lead single from his forthcoming debut EP titled ‘Crossing The Great Water 利涉大川’. The hypnotic and utterly intoxicating song incorporates Eastern-inspired sounds and moulds them seamlessly with more contemporary inflections to create an entirely immersive sound. It’s one of those rare gems that unravels a new layer with each listen – a masterfully produced song that is further heightened by Huang’s ardent vocals.

Garçons – Pedigree

May 13

Ottawa based duo Garçons, comprised of singer-songwriter Deelo Avery and producer Julian Strangelove, dazzle with their Afrobeat and R&B infused new single ‘Pedigree’. Bursting with joyful and groovy guitar lines, the track is an absolute blast from start to finish. A breath of fresh air, ‘Pedigree’ is a contemporary concoction that entices and charms its way into your heart and sets you free.

The Visions – The Visions

Comprised of brothers Ben and Michael Shugarman and longtime friend Ryan Brooks, The Visions are a Brooklyn based band creating sparkling pop gems that ooze class and groove. Their incredible newly released self-titled EP is a funk-filled extravaganza which stuns from start to finish. Whether it’s the bouncy atmospherics of opener ‘Oceans’ or the hazy inflections from latest single ‘Pool Party’, ‘The Visions’ is the perfect summer soundtrack to dive into.

ML Buch – I Feel Like Giving You Things

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.

Karshni – Fomo

May 9

Nineteen year old singer-songwriter, Karshni finds comfort in playing the guitar, experimenting with production and incorporating electronic elements in her songs. Her music is a reflection of how she feels in the moment and is usually the result of impulsive lyricism at a very emotional time. Her single ‘Fomo’ is characterised by a haunting melody, that is slightly muted to signify the fear of missing out which is faced by a large part of the youth today. From popular vices to parties the whole paraphernalia of what it means to be a teenager, the popular youth slang is a depiction of the actual fear that suffocates the artist.

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Prins Daniel – Houdini

‘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.

Bathe – I’ll Miss You

Comprised of singer-songwriter Dev Hobdy and producer Corey Smith-West, Bathe are a Brooklyn based duo who’ve just released their delightful debut EP ‘I’ll Miss You’. Featuring the previously released singles ‘Dealer’ and ‘Kimmi’, the seven-track project pulls from a range of sounds all packaged into a body of work that encompasses a classic yet refreshing aesthetic. From the funk-filled ‘Dealer’ to the melancholic musings of ‘Sure Shot’, ‘I’ll Miss You’, is awash with emotive, poignant moments that capture your attention from start to finish.

Priya Ragu – Leaf High (ft Japhna Gold)

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.

Parra for Cuva – While You Sleep (ft. May)

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.

((( O ))) – ((( ~ )))

Formerly known as June Marieezy, Filipino-American ((( O ))) approaches music with a sweet, soft tone and an equally mesmerising synth beat. Her latest EP, ‘((( ~ )))’, contains three tracks, each showcasing its own blend of R&B, hip-hop, and electronic sound. The persona ((( O ))) emanates is also particularly remarkable. The artist has also dedicated her craft to releasing ‘moonbeats,’ in which she releases new tracks every full moon for the next 12 years. And to anyone who’s wondering: no, her stage name is “not pronounceable.”

Holly Walker – Straight Line

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.

Peter Cat Recording Co. – Floated By

April 30

‘Floated By’ is the latest release by New Delhi based band Peter Cat Recording Co. from their forthcoming album ‘Bismillah’. Coupled with a brilliant music video capturing the lead vocalist’s wedding, there is a realness and lack of pretence as opposed to the grandeur observed in Indian matrimony. Doing what they do best, greeting the listeners with a groovy horn aided piece accompanied by uplifting guitar riffs and basslines, the intent of the album is taking the audience through a culmination of their journey over the past 8 years. One can’t help the light hearted fuzzy feeling on hearing the spirited vocal performance filled with exuberance yet holding a strong emotion of melancholy.

Ojikae – EX

April 29

Melbourne based newcomer Ojikae aka Matt Cicero introduces himself with the silky smooth intonations of his debut single ‘EX’. Originally released as a demo called ‘Existentiality’ back in 2017, the track is a soulful cut that sees the twenty year-old singer/songwriter address lust and heartbreak. Co-produced alongside Grammy nominated producer Uno Stereo who’s worked with COLORS alum Khalid, ‘EX’ is a brilliant taste of what’s to come from Ojikae.

Sports Boyfriend – Crying in July

Chicago based artist Eileen Peltier aka Sports Boyfriend delivers a sparkling and dreamy new single in the form of ‘Crying in July’. Serving as the follow up to previously released ‘Fear of God’, this new offering encompasses a groove-inflected, lo-fi aesthetic that sees Peltier’s silky smooth vocals shine from start to finish. The single is taken from Sports Boyfriend’s new EP which is out later this year, for now though, tuck into the dazzling track here.

Premiere: unperfect – Looking For A Hug

April 26

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.