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Melbourne based producer Tim Shiel returns with his first non-soundtrack song in five years with ‘Right in Front of You’, a collaboration with Braille Face. A whirling of woozy sounds that intertwine and coalesce to create an entirely immersive atmosphere, ‘Right in Front of You’ is narrated by Spirit Level label-mate Braille Face’s endearing tones while Sydney producer Anatole lends his fabulous trumpet.
Consider yourself introduced to Swedish newcomer Max Nilsson aka Where Is Maps who steps into the spotlight with a dazzling single in the form of ‘Never The Same’. The infectious pop song serves as the lead single to his forthcoming debut EP which is out on December 17th via new label Dreams Never Die. Listen as Nilsson’s alluring vocals sweep across the bright soundscape that boasts groovy guitarlines, subtle synths and a killer beat.
London based singer, songwriter and producer Låpsley returns with another gorgeous song in the form of ‘Ligne 3’. Taken from her forthcoming new EP (out December 6th) titled ‘These Elements’, the track follows up lead single ‘My Love Was Like The Rain’, her first taste of new music since releasing her stunning debut album ‘Long Way Home’ back in March 2016. On ‘Ligne 3’, Låpsley’s endearing vocals rise above the sombre soundscape as she sings about a profound breakup and how it isn’t always as simple when it comes to falling out of love.
Emerging Dutch singer and COLORS album RIMON shares new single ‘Hypnotizing’, another delectable and soulful slice of magic. Following the release of ‘Dust’ and ‘Close’ with J Rick earlier this year, the rising artist shines once more on ‘Hypnotizing’. Produced by FNMLAS who pens a striking trap-inspired beat sprinkled with delicate piano chords to complement RIMON’s exquisite vocals.
Originally released in 2017, Los Angeles based trio clipping. share ‘The Deep’, alongside two previously unreleased recordings in the form of ‘Aquacode Databreaks’ (ft. Shabazz Palaces) and ‘Drownt’. Encompassing a futuristic sound, the experimental Hip-Hop group, comprised of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, work their magic across the three tracks which encompass shape-shifting sci-fi soundscapes.
Toronto’s Keynes Woods links up with fellow MC’s Just John and So Loki on blistering new single ‘Spiritual Healing’, the first taste of his upcoming new EP. Having released a slew of standalone singles in the form of ‘Threat‘ (which he performed for COLORS), ‘Avarice’, ‘Groovy’ and ‘Water In The City’, Woods delivers another spectacular cut that features his sharp and confident lyrics over an eerie and utterly captivating beat. Check out the track here and look for Keynes Woods’ debut project ‘Kongo KANE’ which is out February 2020.
Up-and-coming Melbourne artist ThatKidMaz teams up with rising rapper Jordan Dennis on hard-hitting new single ‘Glow Up’ which follows up his striking debut single ‘No Vibe’. With production from Duan who pens a classic Hip-Hop beat, the simplistic soundscape allows ThatKidMaz and Jordan Dennis to fire off their killer verses which shine from start to finish. The empowering track, which is about Maz’s journey navigating the world in search of ways to channel his individuality, also comes with a great music video directed by Nick Rae.
Jamaica based artist Mikayla Simpson aka Koffee teams up with fellow COLORS alum and rapper Gunna on blistering new single ‘W’. Serving as the follow up to the rising star’s debut project ‘Rapture’ (which is now nominated for a Grammy for Best Reggae Album), ‘W’ is another fiery track which showcases Koffee’s slick delivery as she implores the listener to focus on the wins and not the losses. Check out the track and Matt Baron directed video here and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out both Koffee and Gunna’s COLORS sessions.
London based singer/songwriter Rina Sawayama unleashes ‘STFU!’, her nu-metal inspired lead single from her forthcoming (as yet untitled) debut album. The sprawling cut is written alongside long time collaborator Clarence Clarity who pens a fierce and powerful guitar line whilst Sawayama is a force to be reckoned with. Her vocals offer a bite as she sings about the discriminatory comments she’s experienced as a Japanese woman growing up in the West. Check out the equally arresting music video and look out for Sawayam’s album which is out next year via Dirty Hit.
Somali-American fashion designer and artist deka shares ‘Tepid’, a dark and twisted fantastical electronic gem produced by frankie bash and RAFA MAYA. Apart from a few (brilliant) mixes, you can only find one other song by the Minneapolis based artist, it’s the mesmerising ‘ESCAPIST’ which dropped in 2017. On latest single ‘Tepid’, deka’s ghostly vocals creep across the moody soundscape creating an absolutely breathtaking atmosphere.
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.
Australian rapper Tkay Maidza closes out the year with another hard-hitting and powerful single in the form of ‘IDC IF U BE DED’. Following up her previously released single ‘Awake’ with COLORS alum JPEGMAFIA, Maidza serves up more of her sharp verses as she raps with the utmost confident flow as she delivers killer lines like “I just left you on read / IDC if you ded”. With production from Dan Farber, Maidza once again proves why she’s one of the most exciting rappers to come out of Australia in quite a while.
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.
Ghanaian artist Bryte shares vibrant new single ‘Ice Cream’, lifted from the ‘R&S presents: More Time Records Vol. 1’ compilation album. Boosted by a powerful beat penned by Mina and Tarquin, the accompanying music video brilliantly captures the track’s playful aesthetic. Check out the infectious track above and keep an eye out for the forthcoming compilation album which is out on November 29th and features tracks by Ahadadream, Bala Bala Boyz and SNØW.
Consider yourself introduced to Thailand based singer, songwriter and producer Numcha, who dazzles with her sparkling debut single ‘Keep Cold’. Accompanied by an equally charming music video directed by Kero, the shimmering single shines brightly with Numcha’s elegant vocals gliding across the serene soundscape. The perfect song to bring warmth to your soul on these chilly days.
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.
The Galleria aka Morgan Geist returns after four years with brand new single ‘Stop & Go’, featuring the sensational Jessy Lanza. The follow up to 2015’s magnificent ‘Calling Card/Mezzanine’ is another slice of 80’s inspired bubblegum-pop packed with oodles of groove and funk and Lanza’s sweet sounding vocals adding a sugary touch.
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.