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Chicago based rapper Noname shares ‘Song 33’, a powerful and heartfelt Madlib-produced commentary on the Black Lives Matters movement. Over the course of the 70-second track, Noname references the deaths of George Floyd and Toyin Salau as well as a response to J. Cole’s ‘Snow on tha Bluff’. Check out the single here, it hits harder and packs more of a punch than anything you’ll hear in a long time.
Consider yourself introduced to Canadian singer/songwriter Emanuel who shines on ‘Addiction’, a standout cut from his debut EP ‘Session 1: Disillusion’. Having already impressed with his gorgeous debut single ‘Need You’ (which was accompanied by a music video creative directed by Idris Elba), Emanuel takes things to another level on ‘Addiction’ as his ever so smooth vocals glide across the rich instrumentation. Dive into the soulful cut here and be sure to give his ‘Session 1: Disillusion’ EP a spin too.
Enigmatic group SAULT follow up 2019’s ‘5’ and ‘7’ albums with another stellar project in the form of ‘UNTITLED (Black Is)’. The empowering and utterly captivating record, which features a collaboration with COLORS alumni Michael Kiwanuka, boasts twenty spellbinding cuts that wonderfully showcase SAULT’s poignant songwriting and vibrant atmospherics. With ‘UNTITLED (Black Is)’, SAULT continues to show why they’re one of the most innovative and exciting acts around in music today.
If you’re looking for a sparkling pop gem, look no further than ‘Ex Lovers’, the stunning new single from Canadian singer/songwriter GRAE. Having already impressed with her ‘New Girl’ EP last year and ‘Slow Down’ earlier this year, the rising Toronto based artist continues to shine as her infectious melodies and sugary sweet vocals sweep across the guitar-heavy soundscape. Check out the single and it’s DIY-style music video here.
American R&B duo Dante Jones and Andrew Langston Neely aka THEY. share another stellar offering in the form of ‘Count Me In’ which is lifted from their forthcoming new project. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts like ‘Till I Die’, ‘Stop Playin” and ‘Red Light Green Light’, the single encompasses a raw and gritty atmosphere as vocalist Drew’s raspy vocals glide across those haunting guitars and beats. Check out the single here and be sure to keep an eye out for the duo’s upcoming project which is out later this year.
RAAJA BEATS is the musical project of Bangalore, India based producers Raka Ashok and Malfnktion who share their explosive new self-titled EP. Featuring previously released singles ‘POONGATRU’, ‘NINNUKORI’ and ‘RAJA RAJATHI’, the nine-track project encapsulates edits of iconic songs from Tamil film composer and songwriter, Ilaiyaraaja. A wonderful blurring of Eastern and Western sounds, ‘RAAJA BEATS’ is one of the strongest instrumental EP’s you’ll hear all year.
London based singer, songwriter and producer Piers James serves up the smooth vibes with bouncy new single ‘Can’t Be My Girl’. Soundtracked by a slick trap-inspired beat which features glorious guitar licks and synths, the track sees James alternate between his ever so smooth vocals on the chorus and the sharp and gritty verses. Check out the laid-back single which is taken from his forthcoming project here.
Hawaii-born, Long Beach–based songwriter Lionel Boy shares sparkling new single ‘Lately’, taken from his forthcoming debut EP ‘Who Is Dovey?’. Serving as the follow up to previously released singles ‘Lost’ and ‘Summer Fun’, ‘Lately’ is a solemn single that is soundtracked by thumping drums courtesy of Brett Kramer and shimmering guitar lines that carry Lionel Boy’s rich, yearning tones. Check out the single here and keep an eye out for ‘Who Is Dovey?’ which is out June 25th via Innovative Leisure.
Norwegian artist Sassy 009 aka Sunniva Lindgaard delivers an explosive electronic-led single in the form of ‘Ghost Town’. Recorded in collaboration with Spotify’s Oyster Playlist, the single serves as the striking follow up to last year’s exceptional ‘Thrasher’. On ‘Ghost Town’, Sassy 009 works her magic over a potent bassline that boasts equally frenetic breakbeats that’ll get your heart racing from start to finish. Dive into the single here, it’s a stomper!
Nigeria based afrobeats singer Tenny Eddy teams up with Swedish act Mwuana on irresistible new single ‘Komaro’ which is produced by lordofdabeat. Serving as the perfect introduction to the pair’s collaborative endeavors, ‘Komaro’ is a blissfully vibrant and energetic cut that will get you moving from the moment you hit play. Check it out here and keep an eye out for the pair’s forthcoming debut EP which is out later this year.
Consider yourself introduced to Philly based songstress Andrea Valle who shines on her ethereal and haunting new single ‘Wild’. Accompanied by an other-worldly music video directed by Sarah Nicole Francois, the scintillating track showcases Valle’s gorgeous voice as those soulful tones glide over the NickyDavey-produced soundscape. Check out the sensual and hypnotic single here and keep an eye out for Andrea Valle’s forthcoming EP ‘Lovergirl’ which is out later this month.
Italian born, London based singer/songwriter Stella Talpo shares enchanting and utterly intoxicating new alternative R&B cut ‘Mona’. Backed by glorious acoustic guitars and soft drums, ‘Mona’ is a song that’s inspired by Talpo’s favourite novel ‘The Alchemist’ by Paolo Coelho and is about “divine intervention pushing us towards a destiny that not even we might think we’re capable to pursue”. Check out the haunting single here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from Talpo.
Consider yourself introduced to London based outfit RPG (comprised of Río W Guthrie & George Cassavetes) who unveil their striking and silky debut album ‘Kintsugi 金継ぎ’. The ten-track project encapsulates heavenly harmonies and lush soundscapes that are just as soulful as they are smooth on gorgeous singles like ‘Rosegold’ and ‘Insomnia’. Dive into the spellbinding album, which also features previous cuts like ‘Nirvana’ and ‘Saturn’ here.
Texas based artist Leon Bridges teams up with L.A. based jazz artist Terrace Martin on the utterly heart-wrenching and beautiful new single ‘Sweeter’. Soundtracked by a simple electronic beat, it’s Bridges’ soulful tones that capture your attention as you find yourself hooked on each and every utterance of “Hoping for a life more sweeter, Instead I’m just a story repeating”. Check out the jazz-inflected, meditative single here, it’s an absolute stunner.
Ride the groove with Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Synead (pronounced sin-aid) on her delectable new single ‘The Rifts’. Soundtracked by a funk-filled beat penned by George Stroud and Jens Dahl Thomsen, the track is taken to new heights by Synead’s soothing and rich vocals that are topped off by the most heavenly of harmonies. Check out the fantastic single here and be sure to put Synead’s previous cuts like ‘Whirlwind’ and ‘Spin’ on rotation too.
Cross-disciplinary creative studio Chroma curate and present ‘Source of Nurture’, a music fund-raising compilation album “in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, Undocumented and Immigrant communities, and Essential Workers“. Featuring contributions from the likes of COLORS alumni Kelsey Lu and Charlotte Dos Santos as well as Zsela, Lafawndah, Asmara, Kelela and more, the mixtape encompasses sounds that are as diverse as their creators – but are united in their expression of equality and power.
London-based singer, songwriter and producer Shygirl shares collaboration with Arca in the form of new single ‘unconditional’; the proceeds of which will be donated to Black Lives Matter and Inquest UK. Released as a Bandcamp exclusive, the single encompasses a sparse electronic instrumentation penned by Arca whilst Shygirl’s hypnotic and emotive vocals convey a pain that is currently permeating throughout the globe. Check out the song, which was released in light of the #BlackLivesMatter protests here.
Rising Swedish pop-star-in-the-making Hanna Jäger aka Yaeger teams up with Oscar Scheller on latest single ‘Nosebleed’, the follow up to ‘Peace n War’, a collaboration with Casper The Ghost. Encompassing a lo-fi atmosphere that sees Scheller lay down a slick trap-inspired beat riddled with soft electronics as the pair’s yearning tones wash over the soundscape. Check out the single up top and be sure to look out for more from this rising artist.
UK based duo Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher aka Aquilo share another sparkling and haunting new single in the form of ‘Always Forever’. The single serves as a follow up to previously released cuts ‘Sober’ and ‘Just Asking’ and encompasses a twinkling and utterly enchanting atmosphere with the gentle instrumentation washing over those stunning vocals. Check out the heartfelt and emotive single here and keep an eye out for more from Aquilo.
Minneapolis based artist and COLORS alumni Dua Saleh addresses police brutality on the reflective and poignant single ‘body cast’ produced by Psymun. A painful depiction of the injustice experienced by the black community, ‘body cast’ is a powerful and utterly heartbreaking song that Dua Saleh has released as a charity single with all proceeds being donated to Black Visions Collective. The single artwork designed by @bradenxlee and @againstgiants lists the names of “unarmed black people killed by police in recent years”.