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Global collective Her Songs share ‘If We Try’, a sparkling new R&B cut taken from their forthcoming new EP titled ‘Toronto Vol. 1’. With members dotted around the world (Denmark, England, New Zealand and the USA), the group meet up in different cities to record their music, and as the title to their next project suggests, the forthcoming collection of songs were recorded in Toronto. On ‘If We Try’, we hear London based Emmavie and Marie Dahlstrom lend their delectable harmonized voices over a late-90’s R&B inspired beat.
London based singer, songwriter and producer Khushi unveils his long awaited and utterly astounding debut solo album ‘Strange Seasons’. Featuring previously released singles ‘Like A City’, ‘Freedom Falls’ and ‘From Me’ and mixed by none other than James Blake; whom Khushi opened for, on his most recent tours of the U.S.A. and Europe. Over the course of ‘Strange Seasons’, Khushi finds that perfect sweet spot between organic and electronic soundscapes as his delicate voice flutters atop each song.
Lisbon based producer Bullion shares endearing new song ‘Hula’, the first single from his upcoming EP ‘We Had a Good Time’ which is out on February 28 via his own label Deek Recordings. On ‘Hula’, Bullion (aka Nathan Jenkins) serves up a slice of laid back pop that saunters its way into your heart with its mellow production and Bullion’s soothing tones to add another comforting touch. Check out the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for the new EP too.
Consider yourself introduced to Baltimore based artist Neru Thee Fourth Fugee, whose latest album ‘The Almanac’ is an absolute blast from start to finish. The project serves as the follow up to 2014’s ‘Enlightenment Era’ and features previously released single ‘‘C-Spine’ which enlists the talents of rising star Deetranada. Over the course of the project’s nine tracks, Neru takes you on a kaleidoscopic journey of sounds which beautifully meld together hip-hop, rap, funk, neo-soul with psychedelic nuances thrown in for good measure.
Danish-Chilean artist Molina unveils her intoxicating and utterly captivating EP titled ‘Vanilla Shell’ which features previously released track ‘Parásito’. Molina illustrates her brilliant versatility as both a singer and producer. From the trance-like aesthetics of opener ‘Vanilla Shell’ to the more exploratory synth-driven cuts like ‘Mike’ and ‘Hey Kids’ (which features Late Verlane), Molina brilliantly illustrates her versatility as both a singer and producer. Each track boasts rich textures and catchy melodies that will resonate with you long after the first play.
Premiering at COLORS, check out the absolutely bonkers music video for ‘How Do You Do It’, the latest single from Glasgow based DJ/producer Peter Ferguson aka Wuh Oh. An amalgamation of powerful and energetic electronics, ‘How Do You Do It’ follows up previous cuts like ‘Pretty Boy’ and ‘Ziggy’, and perfectly exemplifies Wuh Oh’s forward-thinking production style. The same can be said for the track’s accompanying visual, which channels “the style of 90’s/00’s fish-eye lens visuals” a la Hype Williams, but cranks up the energy ten-fold – see for yourself here.
Australian singer/songwriter Chloe Kae (one half of Kllo, who’re currently working on their new album) steps into the spotlight with the first of two solo singles in the form of ‘Misconception’. Released alongside ‘Recluse’, the delicate and smooth single sees Kae’s silky tones wash over the piano and electronic-led production courtesy of Machinedrum (Theophilus London, Azealia Banks & Bonobo). Check out the spectacular track and its accompanying music video here.
Rising Montreal based artist Chiiild sets up the release of his forthcoming EP with the dark yet soulful new single ‘Hands Off Me’. Having already impressed us with the delectable ‘Count Me Out’ last summer, Chiiild continues his brilliant form with another sensational slice of moody R&B-infused soul that’s reminiscent of fellow native The Weeknds ‘House of Balloons’ trilogy. Check out the stunning single here and keep an eye out for Chiild’s debut EP which is out next month.
Texan singer/songwriter Liv. (pronounded “Liv”) shares brilliant new single ‘SirLadyMakemFall’ which is accompanied by an equally chilled video directed by Barrington Darius). Having released her brilliant ‘Hoopdreams’ project back in 2018 (as well as featuring on Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘FEET OF CLAY’ last year), the single serves as the first taste of solo music from the now L.A. based artist in quite a while – and what a special cut it is. Dive into the track’s (and video’s) laid back atmospherics to the right.
Listen to the beautiful and contemplative new single ‘Blue Comanche’, from London based singer/songwriter and COLORS alumni Westerman. A song about “the inevitability of environmental loss as a consequence of modernization”, ‘Blue Comanche’ encompasses a mellow atmosphere as gentle keys and drums soundtrack Westerman’s endearing tones.
Jamaican reggae artist Dre Island yearns for a better future in his new single ‘Be Okay’, a collaboration with fellow native Jesse Royal. A song about the hardships that life brings, an acoustic version of ‘Be Okay’ was first debuted last November on Jamaican Youtube channel Jussbuss TV, and today we get to hear the final version. Features a brilliant verse from Jesse Royal, ‘Be Okay’ serves as a ray of hope; a reason to push through the struggles no matter what.
London-born, Paris-based singer, songwriter and producer ALA.NI shares a stunning visual to accompany her latest single ‘PAPA’. Taken from her forthcoming sophomore album ‘ACCA’ which is out January 24th, ‘PAPA’ is built on a soundbed of nothing but beat boxing and body and wall percussion to carry her stunning a cappella vocals along. Accompanied by a gorgeous music video directed by Tania Feghali and shot over the summer at Lake Komo, ‘PAPA’ is another brilliant offering from ALA.NI.
If you’re looking for a spectacular slice of Nordic pop, look no further than ‘New Fears’, the striking new single from rising artist Hannah Emilie Grung aka Halie. The single serves as the follow up to recently released single ‘Circling’ and again showcases the Norwegian artist’s superb ability to write infectious pop songs that carry a powerful message of not letting our fears get in the way of what we really want to do or achieve.
If you’re looking for a track to pump you up, look no further than the powerful new single ‘Bass Jumpin’ from Australian artist Arno Faraji. With production courtesy of Moktar and Just A Gent who lay down a bass-heavy beat underlined by groovy guitars and glitchy electronics to allow Faraji to work his magic as he raps about “battling your demons (whatever they are) even when things seem crazy and making opportunities instead of waiting for them”. Check out the equally energetic music video here too, which is directed and filmed by Samson Makumbe.
Brooklyn based filmmaker and musician Austin Johnson aka breaking shares his breathtaking new single in the form of ‘Tick’. The slow burning track opens with warming guitar melodies as a subtle electronic beat works its way into the mix and Johnson’s fragile, falsetto-laden voice warms your soul. The perfect soundtrack for these chilly winter months (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere), ‘Tick’ is an intriguing slice of electronic-folk that brilliantly follows up last year’s ‘Shell’ EP.
Consider yourself introduced to Canadian based, Algerian born singer, songwriter Meryem Saci whose latest single ‘Eyes on Me’ is an absolute stunner. An amalgamation of genres, the spellbinding cut is taken from Meryem’s forthcoming debut EP ‘All in’ which is out later this year. Driven by an icy trap-inspired beat penned by JYCE, ‘Eyes On Me’ is taken to new levels with Saci’s breathtaking vocals which blend wonderfully with the Afro-Arabian inspired melodies and instrumentation.
South London based artist Moses Boyd teams up with COLORS alum Poppy Ajudha on ‘Shades of You’, the latest single from his forthcoming debut album ‘Dark Matter’. The single serves as the follow up to previously released tracks ‘Only You’ and ‘Stranger Than Fiction’. On ‘Shades of You’, Ajudha sings about knowing and appreciating your self worth as her soul-stirring vocals traipse through a murky soundscape comprised of a groovy bass-line and Boyd’s steadfast drums.
On her latest offering, ‘ne me quitte pas (don’t leave me)’, Philadelphia based singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Orion Sun will melt your heart from the very first note. Encompassing a magical quality that transports you into a dream state, Orion Sun’s smooth and gentle tones resonate wonderfully against the lo-fi electronic-led production. Listen and watch the self-made visual to the gorgeous single which sees Orion Sun sing about unexpectedly falling in love, here.
Egypt via Dubai artist Adham Bayoumi asks Bayou brings some smooth vibes on ‘Moonlight’, a brilliant single which dropped towards the end of 2019. The twinkling, bass-heavy production coupled with Bayou’s slick vocals creates a super chilled out atmosphere, one that find yourself vibing too from the get go. With ‘Moonlight’, as well as previously released singles like ‘fine’ and ‘city style’ (which can only be found on his SoundCloud), Bayou shows why he’s one to watch.
Switzerland via Sri Lanka artist Priya Ragu kicks off the new year with ‘Good Love 2.0’, a funk-filled pop gem that impresses from start to finish. The rising singer/songwriter released a handful of brilliant singles last year in the form of ‘Lighthouse’ and ‘Forget About’, both of which wonderfully showcase her delightfully smooth voice and poetic songwriting. That’s exactly the case ‘Good Love 2.0’ which starts off groovy and morphs into a South Asian-spiced cut that packs quite the punch.