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‘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.
Los Angeles based singer/songwriter McCall shares a brilliant music video for latest single ‘Right?’, which follows her ‘Under the Reign’ EP. Opening with the gentle strums of the acoustic guitar, the track quickly takes a turn as McCall’s commanding vocals pierce through the soundscape with killer line “It’s what you wanted right? / Wanted to fuck yourself a new girl right in my sight”. This is uttered as sparkling synths ride across a persistent electronic beat – creating an utterly empowering aesthetic, one that’s carried through in the Griffin Meyer directed clip.
Australian based Iraqi-Syrian singer/songwriter Wafia releases dreamy new single ‘Flowers & Superpowers’ and an equally charming video. Serving as the follow up to previously released single ‘Hurts’ which featured Louis The Child and Whethan, the Hit-Boy and Rogét Chahayed produced single is accompanied by a wonderful visual directed by Alexandra Gavillet. With an EP in the works, tuck into the stunning intonations of ‘Flowers & Superpowers’ here.
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.
Since being blown away by his fantastic debut single ‘Votk’ this past summer, Canadian artist Moël has gone onto release debut EP ‘Kopia’. The seven-track project captures the artist’s elegant and sophisticated production with stirring narratives that are topped off by Moël’s captivating vocals. From the slow burning ‘Prayers’, to the almost-choral, stunning beauty of ‘Fire Loft’, Moël captivates you from start to finish.
UK based singer/songwriter Orchid makes quite the statement with her explosive and utterly captivating debut single ‘Gold Dust’. Accompanied by an equally vibrant and energetic music video (which was directed by Orchid herself), the song encompasses an anthemic vibe with a snazzy electro-R&B beat which drives the track forwards as Orchid’s powerful vocals add an extra element of bite.
Influenced by the likes of Frank Ocean and Elvis Presley, Tampa based artist Luke Wild introduces himself with the dreamy ‘Fever Brain’. Opening with the gentle strums of the guitar and Wild’s serene vocals, the track blossoms into an indie-electronic cut that encompasses an air of nostalgia. On ‘Fever Brain’, you can definitely hear those influences seeping through, yet the self-produced song finds the sweet spot in creating a sound that is Wild’s own.
Ness Hakin is the definition of true artistry. The Swedish artist’s debut EP ‘De va meningen’ (translates to “It was the point” in English), which dropped this past September, explores the different steps you go through when you lose yourself. A sensational blend of spoken word, smooth R&B and soul, the project evokes a sense of realness, of purity and honesty. This is the soundtrack of being true to yourself and to not let fear, your emotion and struggles to get in the way of life – because, eventually, it will get better.
Consider yourself introduced to Lyma, a Cameroon based singer and songwriter, whose striking debut project ‘Une Question de Feeling’ is a tour de force. Packed with afro-pop club-ready anthems that boast fiery beats and infectious melodies that’ll have you dancing from the get go, ‘Une Question de Feeling’ also features contributions from the likes of N.A.T. and Krys Kofi.
French electronic duo Duñe x Crayon release their first new single in three years with the groove-inflected ‘Hundred Fifty Roses’.Serving as the first single from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Hundred Fifty Roses’ encompasses another lush electronic bed boasting sensational basslines and a crisp beat as Duñe’s smoky vocals are smothered on top. Check out the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for the album which is set to drop earlier next year.
TheSymphny establishes himself as one of the most exciting artists to come out of South Africa with his stellar ‘Moments’ EP. The three-track project wonderfully encapsulates the rising artist’s poignant and self-reflective songwriting whilst sombre yet sophisticated soundscapes serve as the perfect backdrop to his endearing tones. With singles ‘Back To You’ and ‘Let You Go’, TheSymphny creates a soothing atmosphere, one that comforts and consoles from start to finish.
Songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Terrell Hines releases ‘St. Mark Road’, a powerful genre-bending EP that impresses from start to finish. Opening with the explosive and energetic intonations of ‘Get Up’ (which was played during Apple’s 2019 Keynote), the three-track EP is rounded out by the calming nuances of ‘Feel Good’ and heartwarming ‘Living For Today’.
Boutross Mwebia Munene is a rapper,producer and singer who resides in Nairobi, Kenya. Referring to his genre as ‘Shrap’ which stands for ‘Sheng’ a language mostly used by the urban youth, the artist hones an appealing presentation with a smooth flow of rhythm and lyricism. His solo project ‘Wrong’ is making waves in the Kenyan hip hop scene after making it to Mr. Eazi EmPawa Africa’s List.
Indian sitarist and artist Anoushka Shankar teams up with French-Cuban sisters Ibeyi on the gentle yet empowering ‘Lovable’. Opening with the heartwarming strums of Shankar’s sitar, the track melts your heart as the trio’s tranquil voices harmonise to perfection before sharp electronics enter the mix. The healing words uttered wonderfully complement the serenity in the production, check out the track here.
Rotterdam based music producer from Curaçao Tera Kòrá releases a magnificent remix tape in the form of ‘The Legend of Kòrá: Book One’. A striking blend of genres and songs, the tape features explosive and mystical remixes of COLORS alumni Billie Eilish (‘Bad Guys’) and Jorja Smith (‘Be Honest’) as well as Wiley and Drake.
Serving as the follow up to debut single ‘rektless’, Ugandan artist mwami returns with another stellar track in the form of ‘diego’. Capturing the same energetic vibe as its predecessor, ‘diego’ is another intoxicating electronic dance cut that sees the rising artist’s sedated and direct vocal delivery pierce through the persistent beat penned by v@l and yoshii swxdn. Taken from his forthcoming EP (out via Double Denim Recordings), ‘diego’ is a short and sweet slice of what makes mwami such a compelling artist.
Nashville based singer/songwriter R.LUM.R shares the gentle and soothing ‘Lonely’, a startlingly beautiful ballad taken from his forthcoming new album ‘Surfacing’. Following a myriad of equally captivating singles in the form of ‘How This Feels’, ‘Boys Should Never Cry’ and ‘Cold’, the single embodies a simple yet serene atmosphere, one that allows R.LUM.R’s golden tones to shine and serve as a form of comfort despite the heartbreaking lines. Check out ‘Lonely’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘Surfacing’ when it drops November 1st.
Danish-Chilean artist Molina shares enthralling new single ‘Parásito’, the latest offering from her forthcoming EP titled ‘Vanilla Shell’. Serving as the follow up to previously released ‘Venus’ and ‘Hey Kids’, ‘Parásito’ is a haunting synth-pop cut that marks the singer’s first song sung entirely in Spanish. Check out the dreamy track here, and be sure to look out for ‘Vanilla Shell’ when it drops next month.
Japanese artist and composer Noah unveils the striking visual for ‘像自己’, the latest cut from her forthcoming new album titled ‘Thirty’. Directed by John Smith, the video wonderfully captures the track’s energetic and vibrant atmospherics as footage taken by Takehito Goto and Noah is spruced up with dazzling effects and filters. Serving as the follow up to previously released single ‘メルティング・ブル’, ‘Thirty’ is shaping up to be quite the stunner.
Having already released a handful of EPs this year in the form of ‘Rema’ and ‘Freestyle EP’, the former of which features breakthrough single ‘Dumebi’, Nigerian Afropop artist Rema continues to impress with new project ‘Bad Commando’. The four-track EP, which features production from the likes of Honter, Altims, Oliver El Khatib and 1mind, is another blistering slice of the rising artist’s refreshing sounds.