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Berlin based Japanese tribal bass duo WaqWaq Kingdom release their psychedelic and kaleidoscopic new album ‘Essaka Hoisa’. Consisting of Shigeru Ishihara (DJ Scotch Egg / Seefeel) and Kiki Hitomi (King Midas Sound), the pair throw you into a swirling whirlwind of sounds from opening track ‘Mum Tells Me’. A melting pot of genres, the pair expertly blend together traditional style Minyo with Jamaican drums, electronic flourishes, dancehall and much more to create a project that is truly unique and intriguing.
Norwegian songstress and COLORS alum Charlotte Dos Santos shares the utterly breathtaking and healing new single ‘Harvest Time’. A song about “killing your ego and burying the old”, ‘Harvest Time’ is a spellbinding and soulful affair as the Oslo based artist’s soothing tones wash over the gentle and serene instrumentation. This sense of release and regeneration is captured wonderfully in the song’s accompanying music video which sees Dos Santos surrounded by nature; whether it’s lush fields or a wondrous waterfall.
London based singer/songwriter Abi Ocia enchants with her soothing, enriching sounds on stunning debut EP ‘Where Are You?’. Featuring previously released single ‘Offering’, the project is a startlingly beautiful collection of songs that see the Londoner explore reflecting on her identity and faith. Throughout ‘Where Are You?’, Ocia’s golden tones offer solace whilst her eloquent narratives resonate so wonderfully with the listener.
Danish artists Lord Siva and Vera team up once more on the superb double single ‘Party Angel’ and ‘Kisses In The Wind’ featuring Noah Carter. The two singles follow up the pair’s previously released cuts ‘Paris’ and ‘Oh My God’, which further find the perfect sweet spot by seamlessly blending the pair’s sonic worlds together. The collaborative project is shaping up to be quite an exciting one, and with the release of these two new singles, it’ll be interesting to see where the pair take their sound next.
Swedish singer/songwriter Nirob Islam aka SHY Nodi shares another delectable slice of trap inspired pop in the form of ‘Busy Making Plans’. The Stockholm based artist, who’s written for the likes of Jess Glyne, John Newman, The Chainsmokers and more, impresses once more as his slick vocals sweep across the crisp and icy production penned by Freddy Alexander.
New York-born, Berlin-based rapper Zebra Katz marks his return with the explosive and rapid-fire inflections of ‘IN IN IN’,. The single is the first slice of new music from the artist since collaborating with Gorillaz on their 2017 record ‘Humanz’ and will feature on his forthcoming EP titled ‘MOOR’. Co-produced by Tony Quattro who lays down a dark and gloomy atmosphere, the track sees Katz go all in with his slick delivery and sharp lines and serves as the perfect taste of what’s to come from the new EP.
London based collective Steam Down unleash their long-awaited debut single ‘Free My Skin’, an all-encompassing explosion of energy. Comprised of eight core members including Ahnansé, Naima Adams, Brother Portrait, Nadeem Din-Gabisi, Benjamin Appiah, And Is Phi, Dominic Canning and Wonky Logicfiery, Steam Down’s sound is a fiery concoction of Afrobeat, jazz and future soul. If you’re looking for something that will instantly get you in the happiest of moods, look no further than ‘Free My Skin’.
Angolan-Portuguese artist Pongo shares her striking new single ‘Quem Manda No Mic’. Serving as the follow up to her brilliant EP ‘Baia’ earlier this year, which featured standout cuts like ‘Kuzola’ and ‘Chora’, the emphatic new single is yet another delectable slice of the artist’s genre-bending sounds. From the get go, you’re thrown into a whirlwind of vibrant sounds driven by the energetic kuduro beats as Pongo sings and raps about her musical journey so far.
Consider yourself introduced to Hackney based newcomer Tycho Jones who impresses with startling trap-inspired debut single ‘Scrolling’. Soundtracked by a shape-shifting beat which boasts a bed of crisp electronics that blends the worlds of trap and hip hop and is topped off by a sprinkling of piano chords, ‘Scrolling’ showcases Tycho’s playful songwriting and delivery.
French artist Saint DX unveils ‘SDX’ his sensational new EP which features sparkling gems that are packed with groove and funk. Released via Cracki Records/Because Music, the nine track project opens with previously released singles ‘Prime Of Your Life’ and ‘Xphanie’ which wonderfully set the scene for the singer/songwriter’s seductive and serene sounds. Whether it’s the hushed intonations of ‘I Still Care” and ‘First Fantasy’ or the heartfelt atmospherics of ‘La Même’ and closer ‘Regrets’, ‘SDX’ captures the delicacy and beauty of modern romance.
Spanish sensation ROSALÍA returns with ‘A Palé’ (co-produced with El Guincho and Frank Dukes), a gritty, explosive pop banger that boasts an equally powerful music video. Another momentous extravaganza, the song opens with the singer’s angelic musings before the hard-hitting, bass-heavy beat kicks in and ROSALÍA switches it up with her killer lines. The accompanying music video, directed by Jora Frantzis features everything that makes a ROSALÍA visual so special: gold accents, exquisite choreography and fire looks.
London based producer and DJ Subculture links up with singer Rachel Chinouriri on the hazy and atmospheric new single ‘The Chase’. Lifted from the artist’s forthcoming ‘I DREAM OF EVERYTHING’ mixtape which is out November 14th, the track follows previous collaborations with Tertia May, Grand Pax and Goya Gumbani. Encompassing the project’s title, ‘The Chase’ is about a recurring dream the artist had of being chased by unknown figures – this is conveyed by the track’s creeping electronic production as Chinouriri’s warming tones offer light.
London singer/songwriter ABISHA shares an atmospheric and utterly haunting music video for latest single ‘Real Life’. Having already impressed with previously released singles ‘All That’, ‘Project X’, ‘Nothing Matters’ and ‘Confused’, the emerging artist serves up another delectable slice of alt-pop laced with R&B with ‘Real Life’. Highlighting the singer’s alluring vocals, the song is brought to life by a gorgeous clip directed by Edward Cooke, premiering here at COLORS.
Opening with an array of dazzling synths and a sizzling electronic beat, ‘Let’s Pretend’, the second offering from Parisian newcomer Sinqa is an absolute blast. The funk-filled track follows up the artist’s sensational debut single ‘Siren’ which dropped last month. Released via Kitsuné Musique, the infectious single’s delectable instrumentation are brought to life by Sinqa’s magnificent vocals and catchy melodies.
Sarah Klang’s warming music is exactly what we need during this time of year. Her powerful voice fits perfectly along with the beautiful instrumentation, as you can hear in ’Call Me’, the lead single from her new record ‘Creamy Blue’. The lyrics serve as an anthem for the brokenhearted, the forever romantic, the dreamer and the believer. Through ‘Creamy Blue’, Sarah Klang evokes every emotion and every step from being in a relationship til it’s end; it’s a reconciliation between her and her own heart, it is a ten track confession of how a relationship can affect you.
Nottingham based newcomer George Gretton shares beautiful new self-written and self-produced single in the form of ‘Grey / Blue’. Serving as the follow up to previously released singles ‘Tread Water’ and ‘Too Soon’, ‘Grey / Blue’ is a sparkling cut that exemplifies Gretton’s magnificent songwriting and endearing vocal tones. ‘Grey / Blue’ is a reminder that we all need every now and then to carry on “whether skies are grey or blue”.
West London based singer and songwriter Ava Zarate releases her magnificent jazz-inspired single ‘How Does It Feel’. Following up last year’s brilliant ‘Too Good to Be True’ and ‘To Be Opened’ projects which featured stand out cuts like ‘Estella’ and ‘Look At You’, Zarate continues to impress with her infectiously sweet voice and relatable lyrics on ‘How Does It Feel’.
Enigmatic London producer INFLO’s irresistible debut single ‘No Fear’ is a groove-infested gem. Released over a year ago by London label Forever Living Originals (home to SAULT and COLORS alum Cleo Sol), the blistering track serves as the perfect ray of sunshine on these colder days leading into winter. The fabulous instrumentation, which is driven by some killer drums and some fluttery woodwind moments are topped off by an infectious hook that gives the song its spirited energy.
‘Summer 3000’ is the debut EP from the emerging Swedish R&B-duo called Hannes, who first made an impression when COLORS alum Seinabo Sey invited them on stage at the Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden in August. The singer’s silky smooth voice is an invitation to the world of late summer nights, teenage love and a mix of different emotions whilst the production encompasses a captivating simplicity. ‘Summer 3000’ is more than just an EP, it is everything, it has everything: the voice, the lyrics, the beats.
Oslo based newcomer Christian Beharie aka Beharie introduces himself with his spellbinding eponymous debut EP which highlights his poetic songwriting and enticing vocals. From the calming atmospherics of singles like ‘I Need You’ and ‘What We Started” to the more vibrant and energetic vibrations of ‘Alone’ and ‘Let Me Out’, Beharie showcases his immense versatility with each track offering a varying slice of the artist’s unique sound.