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Consider yourself introduced to NYC based artist Aions who shares his fiery new single ‘Sun’s 4’ which is out via Sedimentary Sound. On the single, producer Aions lays the groundwork for MCs Dutchguts, Gi Major and Lord of Ciphers to work their magic and showcase their unique and powerful verses which seamlessly flow into one another. Check out ‘Sun’s 4’ here, it’s a an absolute gem!
Consider yourself introduced to singer, songwriter and musician RÜDE CÅT whose debut single ‘Homesick’ will quite frankly blow you away. Opening with warm acoustic guitars, the track is taken to new heights as a burst of electronics shoot through the soundscape for the soaring chorus which boasts RÜDE CÅT’s impeccable vocals. A refreshing take on R&B, soul and electronic with an alternative twist, ‘Homesick’ cements RÜDE CÅT as one to watch – check it out for yourself here.
Leeds based four-piece Noya Rao share a dazzling new cut in the form of ‘Heaven Bound’ which is lifted from their upcoming EP ‘Stay’. Having already impressed with previous single ‘Pina’ earlier this summer, the quartet continue to work their magic with the lush soundscapes of ‘Heaven Bound’; a song about the “pure and all-consuming power of love”. Tuck into the stellar new single here and keep an eye out for Noya Rao’s forthcoming EP ‘Stay’ which is out later this year.
Indian singer/songwriter KAVYA shares a striking and captivating music video to her latest single ‘Quin’ which is out via DMY. Recorded in a single take, ‘Quin’ blends together R&B, soul and electronic to create a sharp yet subtle atmosphere that is mirrored wonderfully by the accompanying visual. Check out the stunning single and music video which is directed by Abdallah ElDaly here and keep an eye out for KAVYA’s forthcoming EP titled ‘Know Me Better’.
Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Ian Isiah shares his highly-anticipated EP titled ‘AUNTIE’ featuring previous cuts like ‘Princess Pouty’ and ‘Loose Truth’. Over the course of the seven-track project, Isiah effortlessly showcases his exceptional versatility as a singer, songwriter and musician. Dripping with funk-filled moments that showcase Isiah’s superb storytelling and soothing tones, ‘AUNTIE’ is undoubtedly one of the most striking and impressive projects you’ll hear this year.
London based rapper and producer Josif returns with another blistering single in the form of ‘I Am A’, a lamentation of the institutional racism in the UK. Accompanied by a music video produced by Ashley Holmes piecing together archival footage which depicts Black Britain, ‘I Am A’ is a powerful snapshot showcasing Josif’s honest and cut-throat songwriting and delivery over an equally hard-hitting beat. Check out the single and video (which was researched by Abitivera) here.
South London based Ivor Novello nominated singer/songwriter Mysie (pronounced my-zee) shares a sensational new single in the form of ‘Bones’. Serving as the follow up to previous release ‘Gift’, ‘Bones’ is an intricate and utterly captivating track which sees the rising singer’s magnificent vocals soar across the bass-heavy soundscape. Check out the single which “is about going within, and what your gut has to offer” and its Duran Abdullah-directed music video here, it’s an absolute stunner!
International reggae star and COLORS alumni Patoranking shares funk-filled single ‘BLACK GIRL MAGIC’ from his newly released album ‘THREE’. Overflowing with groove, the single is an empowering and uplifting cut that sees the Nigerian artist’s infectious melodies and silky tones sweep across the funky guitars and energetic drums. Check out the brilliant single here and be sure to watch Patoranking’s COLORS performance of ‘Feelings’ from earlier this year if you haven’t already done so.
Consider yourself introduced to London based singer/songwriter George Riley and her thought-provoking new single ‘Move’ produced with regular collaborator Oliver Palfreyman. The follow up to last year’s ‘Herstory’, ‘Move’ captures Riley’s breathy vocals traipse across the skittering beat as she sings addresses the discourse around the Black Lives Matter movement. Check out the song and it’s wonderful music video directed by Amy DBM here.
Antwerp based newcomer abrahamblue follows up debut offering ‘Hoops’ with another sparkling cut in the form of ‘Can’t Keep Up’. Lifted from his forthcoming debut EP titled ‘Tracks I Made Last Summer’, the shimmering single blends together elements of soul, jazz and hip-hop as abrahamblue sings about “coping with life’s overwhelming demands by not fitting in”. Dive into the glorious single and its accompanying lo-fi music video here, and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘Tracks I Made Last Summer’ which drops October 23rd.
London based singer/songwriter NAO teams up with fellow native Lianne La Havas for empowering and soulful new single titled ‘Woman’, her first offering of new music since 2018’s Grammy-nominated ‘Saturn’. Arguably two of the most exciting and unique vocalists and writers in the past few years, NAO and Lianne La Havas (both of whom have performed stunning sessions for COLORS), serenade with their ever so smooth and soft vocals over a funk-filled beat penned by long-time NAO collaborator LOXE. Dive into the spellbinding single and it’s equally vibrant music video directed by Luis Mejiahere here.
Japan based artist BIM teams up with KEIJU on ‘Jealous’, a slick trap-inspired beat that encompasses a soothing, lo-fi aesthetic. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts like ‘Veranda’, ‘Non Fiction’ and his ‘NOT BUSY’ EP from earlier this year, ‘Jealous’ is another spellbinding cut that sees BIM’s effortlessly smooth vocals and sharp verses. Check out the brilliant new single here.
Uruguayan born producer Lila Tirando A Violeta shares hypnotic and captivating new album ‘Limerencia’ via Mexican label NAAFI. Serving as the follow up to last year’s ‘Sentient’ project, ‘Limerencia’ was “composed during a physical recovery process” where the majority of the songs were conceived “under a still ongoing neurological medical treatment”. With this is mind, it comes as no surprise the songs embody an intimate atmosphere that brings forth a sense of meditation and relaxation. Check out the spellbinding and magical record here, it’s a trip from start to finish.
Mumbai based producer Dropped Out releases ‘ihatewhenihurtyou’, a gorgeous collaboration with St. Louis, Missouri based singer/songwriter Ramya Pothuri. Opening with soft piano chords and Pothuri’s sweet sounding vocals, the track is taken to new heights as Dropped Out introduces more layers of instrumentation. Before you know it, the song explodes with vibrant electronics that embody a sense of euphoria. Dive into ‘ihatewhenihurtyou’ here, it’s a stunner!
Consider yourself introduced to London based singer, songwriter and producer COMPASS who stuns with debut single ‘Hypocrite’. Having lent a hand in producing and composing for the likes of Tinashe, Jorja Smith, FKA Twigs and Snoh Aalegra, COMPASS steps into the spotlight with one of the most breathtaking and intoxicating debuts you’ll have heard all year. Press play to bask in those heavenly falsetto-laden vocals and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this rising musician.
Australian singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist FELIVAND aka Felicity Vanderveen shares soulful new single ‘Trajectory’. A swirling pop gem from start to finish, ‘Trajectory’ is soundtracked by spirited instrumentation that boasts a warbling bass and crisp electronic flourishes to serve as the perfect backdrop for FELIVAND’s sublime vocals. Check out the brilliant single and it’s stunning music video here.
Berlin based artist Valentin Hansen shares the striking and captivating music video for his latest single ‘Pain’. Soundtracked by minimalist guitar chords which are later topped off by glitchy electronics, the track sees Hansen’s yearning tones wash over the subdued soundscape as he sings about “the evolution of the separation of two people”. Check out the disorienting visual here and be sure to keep an eye out for Hansen’s forthcoming debut EP ‘Ways’.
Born and raised in Lebanon, Maro’s infectious new single ‘carsick’ is one of those songs that’ll get stuck in your head from the very first listen. Soundtracked by dreamy guitars and a slick, breezy beat ‘carsick’ sees Maro’s soothing tones glide across with ease as he croons that catchy hook. Check out the magnificent single and its equally playful lyric video here.
Toronto based singer, songwriter and producer Charlotte Day Wilson returns with two glorious new singles in the form of ‘Take Care of You’ (featuring Syd) and ‘Summertime’. On both tracks, Wilson lays down her delightfully smooth and elegant vocals over soulful soundscapes that meld together a range of sounds. On ‘Take Care of You’, Syd accompanies CDW with her own magical musings to create a truly entrancing atmosphere whilst ‘Summertime’ sees Wilson “reflecting on some unrequited emotions that always seem to come back in the summer”. Check out the singles here and be sure to watch Charlotte Day Wilson’s stunning COLORS session if you haven’t already done so.
Consider yourself introduced to rising L.A. based newcomer Dava who shares her beautifully woozy new single in the form of ‘Right Time’. A dazzling slice of woozy R&B, the song wonderfully highlights Dava’s exceptionally sweet and sugary vocals which grace the crisp, breezy soundscape. Check out the swirling single and it’s equally alluring music video here.