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Opening with gentle guitar licks, ‘Too Much’, the gorgeous new single from rising Virginia/L.A. based artist REECE is a moment of self reflection, highlighting the importance of “learning to love yourself enough to let somebody go and to understand that it’s okay to choose your happiness”. Accompanied by an intimate music video, the minimal production creates an alluring atmosphere as REECE’s impeccably silky vocals add warmth and solace.
Parisian trio Oracle Sisters follow up their delectable debut single ‘Always’ with another slice of lush indie pop in the form of ‘Spotlight’. Comprised of Lewis Lazar, Christopher Willatt and Julia Johanssen, the band impress once more as the smoky guitar licks and earnest drum beat are accompanied by those warming tones. Check out the track and it’s spectacular music video which is set in a world of Parisian drag queens.
Kent born, London based artist Havelock serves up another slice of refreshing indie pop packed with groove in the form of ‘Pheromones’, which is produced by Luke Fitton. The follow up to previously released single ‘Real’, ‘Pheromones’ is a melting pot of influences, seamlessly combining elements of hip-hop, indie pop and electronics and wrapping them up into a unique sound. Premiering here at COLORS, ‘Pheromones’ sees Havelock shift from intimate and subdued in the verses before bursting into the vibrant and groovy atmospherics of that infectious hook.
Australian based rapper Tkay Maidza teams up with COLORS alum JPEGMAFIA on her hard-hitting comeback single ‘Awake’. Together with Baltimore rapper JPEGMAFIA, Maidza flexes her powerful vocals over an eerie and frenetic beat penned by Dan Farber as she raps about insomnia. The first single since her ‘Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1’ from last year, ‘Awake’ is the perfect taste of what’s to come from Tkay Maidza.
If you’re looking for a smooth pop track that’s packed with groove, look no further than ‘Nudes’, the dazzling new single from French based, Belgian born artist, singer and model Claire Laffut. Produced by Gaspard Murphy, the track features the magnificent Yseult, whose silky smooth vocals beautifully complement the golden tones of Laffut. The accompanying visual, directed by Jean-Charles Charavin wonderfully captures the track’s austere and sensual aesthetic.
Brisbane based singer/songwriter Felicity Vanderveen aka FELIVAND brings more of her dreamy pop musings with the release of new single ‘Waitin’ For You’. Having released her brilliant ‘In Bloom’ EP earlier this year, FELIVAND continues to impress with this latest single which encompasses an ambient atmosphere with the singer’s endearing voice sliding across the lo-fi beat tinged with crisp guitars and lush synths.
French artist Flavien Berger delivers masterful soundscapes that entice and draw you in on new album ‘Contre-Temps’. Split into two parts, the 31-track project features contributions from Julia Lanoë and Bonnie Banane and takes you on a cosmic journey of scintillating synth pop concoctions that are topped off by Berger’s calming voice. ‘Contre-Temps’ is an album that intrigues and captivates you from start to finish, with each track seamlessly leading into the next.
Since releasing his exceptional debut single ‘Janet’ in 2016, London singer/songwriter M. T. Hadley has worked with the likes of COLORS alum Nilüfer Yanya as well as Tobias Jesso Jr and members of the Paul Institute. Today, Hadley marks his return with ‘Rattle’, a hazy pop track that Hadley wrote when he was twenty. ‘Rattle’ features his serene falsetto-laden vocals as he sings to a newborn baby about the hardships of life: “You will feel nothing but heartache…you will see nothing but mistakes, as tragedy blooms.” he sings in the track’s chorus.
Rising Bay Area/Japanese duo MIRRROR (comprised of Takumi and Mei) showcase their eclectic sounds with the release of brand new single ‘FIFTY (like that)’. A mellow club track that boasts gorgeous synths and keys, the electronic-led production is given warmth by the pair’s soothing tones. ‘FIFTY (like that)’, follows up the duo’s ‘what it was’ project, which featured stand out cuts like ‘Never Fall In Love’ and ’35’.
Twenty year old rapper Spitfire from Madhya Pradesh first encountered hip-hop when he was in the 11th grade. His debut EP ‘Paathshala’, released on IncInk Records, talks about his own life story and how he found the strength to break through stereotypes and find his own identity. An interesting spoken-word poetry approach layered with an offbeat and ambient atmosphere suits Nitin’s poetic chops the best. The underlying theme of the EP revolves around how hip-hop and rap as an art form has added a lot of value in his life making him the person that he is today and how he would like to exercise this medium to continue to teach and inform his audiences. With vigour and boldness in his voice and word play ‘Paathshala’ can be quite accessible to tune into at a club or at home.
Feels, the acclaimed Danish songwriter/producer duo comprised of Siná Mousavian and David Evers are making waves in Denmark with their first track ‘Thrill’. The effervescent single delivers an infectious urban pop tune, infused with dynamic beats and Latino dance influences throughout. Melii’s feature completes the track with her razor sharp vocal and undeniably original and deeply melodic sound.
Norweigian producer Magnus August Høiberg aka Cashmere Cat shares ‘EMOTIONS’, the playful and vibrant lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album ‘PRINCESS CATGIRL’. The track is Cashmere Cat’s first taste of new solo music since last year’s ‘Miss You’ with Major Lazer and Tory Lanez. Embodying Høiberg’s signature pop prowess, ‘EMOTIONS’ is another delectable cut that might just get you crying and on the dance floor – but not necessarily in that order!
London based singer, songwriter and producer Leo Kalyan has been releasing gem after gem over the past few years; swirling sounds that intertwine R&B, electronic, pop with South Asian nuggets thrown in to create a sound that hits the spot every time. That’s exactly the case with his latest offering ‘time can wait’, a sparkling cut that sees the singer’s falsetto-laden vocals traverse a soundscape of breezy electronics.
BROCKHAMPTON have revitalised and redefined what it is to be a “boy band” over the past year years. With four stellar projects under their belt, the supergroup are in the process of rolling out album number five, which is titled ‘Ginger’ and features previously released single ‘I Been Born Again’. On follow up single ‘IF YOU PRAY RIGHT’, which is accompanied by a futuristic Spencer Ford directed visual, the members work their magic once more with slick production and equally cool verses from the likes of Dom McLennon, Joba, Matt Champion and Merlyn Wood.
Toronto based model/singer/rapper Ebhoni’s latest single ‘Cook Food’ packs quite the punch. Produced by DJ Florentino, the track boasts a slick trap-inspired beat, which serves as the perfect backdrop for Ebhoni to lay down her super smooth vocals. What makes this track hit that extra bit harder though, is Ebhoni’s songwriting – the lyrics cutting through sharper than ever with lines like “You say you love me like ‘Cook Food’ / but only when he in a good mood”.
London based duo Petrie release ‘Couldn’t Cry’, a guitar-laden indie pop gem that serves as the follow up to previous single ‘Personal Space’. Having released their delightful debut album ‘Superstore’ earlier this year, Laurie and George continue to keep the ball rolling with the new single. A sparkling track which sees the pair replace their signature sizzling synths and funk filled beats with soothing guitar tones and simple electronic drums, ‘Couldn’t Cry’ is yet another stunner from the Londoners.
Australian beatsmith Flume teams up with singer-rapper Reo Cragun to release ‘Quits’, a staggering and powerful three-track EP. Featuring a new edit of previously released single ‘Friends’, the project opens with title-track ‘Quits’ which boasts Flume’s signature instrumentation giving Cragun the platform to lay down his own slick verses. In the middle, is ‘Levitate’, another tantalisingly smooth and powerful track that opens with the chirping of birds before introducing a pounding bass and synth heavy beat.
Los Angeles based singer, songwriter and producer Kaiya Crawford has shared ‘Mama’, her delightful second album. Dedicated to her mother, the ten-track project is a timeless affair which sees Crawford channel a throwback R&B vibe whilst bringing her own refreshing twist to the mix. Whether it’s the smooth intonations of ‘On Me’ and ‘Bootstraps’, or the fiery atmospherics of ‘Slow The Motion’ and ‘2009’, Crawford shines from start to finish.
Consider yourself introduced to Chiiild, a band from Montreal who step into the limelight with debut single ‘Count Me Out’. With production credits that include working on Grammy award winning albums with Skrillex and Diplo to writing and producing with Lady Gaga and Usher and inspired by the likes of Tame Impala and D’Angelo, Chiild’s debut captures a blend of sounds from pop, R&B and soul to jazz. The single boasts a splendid soundscape that boasts gritty guitars and sharp drums with bursts of brass as those soothing tones are smothered on top.