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The world has waited for Robyns’ comeback after being M.I.A. for almost eight years. Even though the physical absence has been a fact, she’s made sure that dance floors all around the world would always be playing her eternal dance tunes that are perfectly decked with powerful lyrics about heartbreak and tough love.
‘Honey’ is the comeback album of the decade. ‘Honey’ is the soundtrack of our lives. ‘Honey’ is the last piece of the puzzle. Released at the end of last year, the 9-track masterpiece, which features stand out singles like ‘Missing U’ and the titular ‘Honey’, sees Robyn embody the power of self love and accept the pain and joy a person goes through in life.
Tokyo based singer/songwriter AAAMYYY brings more of her refreshing blend of soulful, electronic gems in ‘BODY’, her new released and follow up to last year’s ‘MABAROSI WEEKEND’. The 10-track project, which features contributions from the likes of Computer Magic, MATTON, JIL and CONYPLANKTON, further showcases the artist’s inviting and silky smooth vocals as they coarse through a concoction of emotive atmospheres spearheaded by lush electronics.
Sometimes the simplest of songs are the ones that resonate with you the most, and that’s exactly the case with ‘Breathe’, the stunning new single from New York based duo CUTTS (Lillian Cutts and Peter Bonaventure). The emotive ballad presents a more subdued sound compared to the duo’s previous releases, yet once again, it’s vocalist Lillian Cutts’ soaring tones that steal the show here. Wonderfully intimate and enchanting, ‘Breathe’ blossoms into a swirling vortex of a distant love affair as the ardent lyrics and gentle composition come together to create something truly special.
Of Danish-Tunisian descent, Elias Boussnina has just released his debut EP ’Shameboy’, which features contributions from UnoTheActivist and COLORS alum Lil Halima. The destructive impact of infatuation and addiction, whether to something or someone, is a reoccurring theme throughout ’Shameboy’. Elias’ hip-hop infused, soulful vocals are dropped over dramatic electro-synth beats which result in an irresistible brand of R&B that draws us in from the offset.
Seventeen year-old rapper and producer Aaron May proved that he’s one of the most exciting rapper to come out of Houston with ‘Ride’, his powerful debut single from last year. On his latest offering ‘Let Go’, May lays down his clever wordplay over a jazz-inflected, self-produced beat that boasts a killer bass. With just these two singles, Aaron May has proved himself as a refreshing voice in an otherwise saturated landscape.
Weste was born after the encounter of two great exponents of the Latin American music scene. On one hand, Clara Truco, Argentine member of Femina, and on the other, Igna Perez, from the neighbouring country of Uruguay, member of Mushi Mushi Orchestra. What began as a simple game involving folkloric instruments of the world with electronic experimentation, ended up consolidating in 2014, after the addition of three musicians from several of the best Latin-American music projects: Gonzalo Garcia from Budha Sound on the bass, Pedro Bulgakov from Diego Frekel and La Cosa Mostra on the drums, and Fermin Echeveste from Morbo and Mambo on the winds.
Weste rounded off 2018 with the release of their latest single titled ‘Razones’, a peak into their third and soon to be released LP. Exploring a more jazzy sound with remnants of hip hop, slow tempo and a light groove which generate a chill atmosphere, where the trumpet appears as the key player, the pair have delivered an absolute gem.
Shrouded in mystery, London based duo Jadu Heart first introduced themselves with ‘Wanderflower’, their magical debut EP which was then followed up by the equally impressive and ‘Ezra’s Garden’. In the lead up to their long-awaited debut album, Dina and Faro have now shared ‘Purity’, another dazzling affair which sees the pairs soothing and soulful vocals work through a spirited electronic soundbed.
French artist Zed Yun Pavorotti’s ‘Septembre’ tells the story of a child-adult or an adult-child. It’s a succession of images related to childhood, a confused speech that, by its confusion, tends to show the violence that falls free on a child when he must kill himself to renounce his innocence. Zed Yun Pavorotti delivers a number tinged with melancholy and depressive emotions with the abstract nature of his music adding to its mysticism. While trying to dive into the mind of the rapper from Saint-Etienne, the audience discovers the world of a big child, somewhere between reality and fiction, between concrete and stars.
Every now and then a voice comes along that simply takes your breath away – that’s exactly the case with Brooklyn based singer-songwriter ZSELA and her sensational debut single ‘Noise’. Carried by its simple yet heavenly instrumentation courtesy of Daniel Aged from inc. no world, unsurprisingly, it’s ZSELA’s gorgeously smooth and haunting vocals that steal the show here. Utterly enchanting and comforting, ‘Noise’ is a stunner that soothes your soul from start to finish.
The Theory For Our Revenge is the artistic project of Japanese fashion stylists, producers and visual artists: COLD FAITH and JHas. Last month, the duo unleashed their breathtaking debut single ‘朧(OBORO)’, an electronic number that’ll have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. From its cryptic lyrics to the equally mesmerising and unsettling production, ‘朧(OBORO)’ is a sonic powerhouse that serves as a wonderful introduction to the pair’s musical output.
Chennai-born, Bay Area-based singer, songwriter and producer Sid Sriram’s music oscillates between progressive R&B and soul with classical Indian (Carnatic) influences. His long-awaited debut album ‘Entropy’, which features previously released single ‘It Isn’t True’ and ‘6 weeks’, is packed with gems that exhibit Sriram’s poetic songwriting, heartwarming voice and magnificent production.
Peppered with moments of spoken word magic, ‘Entropy’ depicts stories of love, family, identity, loss and heartbreak in a way that’s both refreshing and powerful. From having his ‘Eyes Open’ in the first track to seeing ‘Limitless’ in the closer, Sriram brings ‘Entropy’ full circle, leaving the listener content and enlightened.
Consider yourself introduced to Irish singer-songwriter and producer Kean Kavanagh, whose sparkling new single ‘miracle’ is an extremely vibrant and atmospheric affair. A magical blend of R&B infused with gritty electronic punches, the track is driven by lush guitar lines and a stellar bass-heavy beat which bounces its way into your heart. Kavanagh’s distorted vocals inhibit a dreamy and hazy aesthetic to mirror the song’s free-flowing vibe.
Dip into the lush soundscapes of ‘Thinking’, the irresistible debut single from newcomer Chi Virgo. The London based singer-songwriter lays down her stellar vocals over a dazzling array of vibrant sounds that mould the worlds of soul, R&B and electronic music. Opening with the jabs of those sci-fi synths, it’s Chi Virgo’s silky smooth vocals that steal the show on the incredibly catchy and infectious track.
London outfit 404 are made up of Bathwater, Silvertongue, Eliot, Devenny and Sonny, and their debut single ‘Fearful’ is a blistering affair. A sharp commentary on modern society, the track boasts a fierce and energetic vibe whilst encompassing a raw edge through its songwriting and production. Serving as a perfect introduction to the quintet’s unique sound, ‘Fearful’ marks the first single from their forthcoming debut EP which is out next month.
Rising from the underbelly of Virginia’s dystopian suburbia, Ms Proper experiments with a unique synthesis of sweet talking R&B and filthy mouthed Trap, all at once spouting melodic insults and adlibs of forgiveness in her signature, tender vengeance. Reflected in the blend of fierce low end production and smooth chords from collaborator LA Chase, her song ‘Wicked’ is a slow wind of whispered secrets. This month she drops her latest project ‘The Aquarius Tape’ that addresses everything from old lovers across the spectrum of the zodiac to her moving to Los Angeles with nothing but $5 in her pocket and a ruthless dedication to her pursue her dreams.
Consider yourself introduced to unperfect, a brand new group from the U.K. whose debut single ‘Gots To Give The Girl’ is a delightfully impressive affair. Comprising of Chloe, Siobhan, Soipan and Tiah, the group encompass a refreshing take on classic R&B nuances with a modern edge. The sun-kissed and groove-inflected production serves as the perfect backbone to the instantly infectious track which wonderfully showcases each member’s uniquely smooth and intoxicating voices.
With his forthcoming studio album ‘Nosso’ just around the corner, Portugal based producer Branko has shared ‘Hear From You’, a collaboration with Sango, the Soulection-affiliated Seattle producer and London songstress Cosima. The single follows up last year’s equally enthralling cuts ‘Stand By’ (feat. Umi Copper) and ‘Over There’ (feat. Miles From Kinshasa). Branko and Sango combine forces on the production which bursts with hand-claps, subtle blips and jarring synths whilst Cosima’s richly textured vocals are smothered on top.
Altoparlante is a music project formed by Adrián Rentería and Ernesto Natarén that originates from Mexico City. Founded in 2017, the duo’s sound is mainly composed of Latin rhythms and harmonies fused with electronic intonations. Ernesto, who studied percussion in Cuba, is in charge of the melodic and rhythmic aspect of the music, contributing the “organic” element, while Adrián, an audio engineering enthusiast, takes charge of the electronic and technical side of the project.
Influences range from the funk of James Brown, through traditional Cuban music, to electronic music in general. The musical constant in the songs is the use of Latin percussive instruments (conga, yembé, batá, timbaes), metal section (saxophone and trumpet) and analogue synthesizers to create the harmonies. All of which can be heard in their latest single, the smooth and groove-inflected ‘Ando Chilango’.