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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.
Norwegian duo Konradsen (comprised of vocalist/pianist Jenny Marie Sabel and multi-instrumentalist Eirik Vildgren) share their sparse yet hauntingly beautiful new single ‘Dice’, taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘Saints And Sebastian Stories’. Since introducing themselves with ‘Never Say A’ a year ago, the pair have continued to impress with their intimate and utterly captivating compositions with singles like ‘Baby Hallelujah’ and ‘Television Land’. With ‘Dice’, Konradsen strip away the production to allow the twinkling keys and Marie Sabel’s honeyed tones.
Having recently announced that he’s signed to Mass Appeal India (the New York based label co-founded by Nas), Indian rapper DIVINE (aka Vivian Fernandes) has shared the explosive lead single from his forthcoming debut album ‘Kohinoor’. The single, of the same name, features production from iLL Wayno who serves the perfect backdrop for DIVINE to lay down his fiery verses as he raps about his past experiences shaping his present life – a diamond (‘Kohinoor’ is the name of the largest cut diamond in the world) in the making.
London based singer, songwriter Gia Ford follows up her delectable debut ‘Turbo Dreams’ with another lush slice of alternative pop in the form of ‘Girl’. Accompanied by an equally captivating music video which is directed by Melony Lemon and Char Ellesse, the sparkling cut showcases Gia Ford’s magnificent and powerful vocals as they glide across the silky soundscape. Check out the fabulous visual, and be sure to give Gia Ford’s ‘Poster Boy’ tape a spin too.
New York outfit altopalo, comprised of Rahm Silverglade, Mike Haldeman, Dillon Treacy, and Jesse Bielenberg, share ‘Letdown’, the follow up to previously released song ‘Mud’. Having dropped their fabulous debut album ‘frozenthere’ last year, the quartet continue to impress with ‘Letdown’, an icy, electronic-trap cut that finds depth and soul in its minimalist instrumentation which gleans from indie, pop, rock,trap, soul, electronic and everything else in between.
Berlin based producer and DJ Peggy Gou shares the stunning music video for ‘Starry Night’, made in partnership with Apple Music. Showcasing the beauty and spirit of her native South Korea, the Jonas Lindstroem directed clip is a celebration of life, capturing the euphoria that music and dance brings to us. Check out the magnificent video, which stars Peggy alongside ‘Burning’ lead-actor Yoo Ah In here.
Bristol based quartet Tungz bring their 70s funk filled vibes with the release of their spectacular debut EP titled ‘OKAY’. Opening single ‘Do You Like It’, wonderfully sets the scene for the project’s groove-inflected atmospherics, with each of the remaining three tracks showing a different slice of the band’s sound. From the sensational solo that steals the show on ‘My Baby Can Stand Being Alone’ to soothing vocal melodies on closer ‘What I Wanted’, ‘OKAY’ lives up to be an absolute blast from start to finish.
Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Charlotte Day Wilson follows up last year’s ‘Stone Woman’ EP with her gorgeous new single ‘Mountains’. With additional production from D Mile & Teo Halm as well as background vocals from the likes of fellow COLORS alum Daniel Caesar, ‘Mountains’ opens with serene water sounds before CDW’s lush tones enter the foray.
Los Angeles based duo mai.la (comprised of cait & katie) share ‘maybe ୧(ಠ益ಠ)୨’, a blisteringly vibrant and atmospheric pop gem that’s taken from their forthcoming EP titled ‘Blush’. Serving as the follow up to previously heard singles ‘Ready’ and ‘Crash’ which were released in 2016 and 2018 respectively, the cut boasts a powerful guitar-driven beat that’s brightened by the pair’s anthemic vocals.
London based producer p-rallel teams up with Same Wise on ‘Charmer’, the latest single from his forthcoming EP titled ‘In Due Time’ which is out next month. A tribute to the jungle music that his dad played around the house whilst he was growing up, the song boasts an intense and rapid beat as House of Pharaohs member Same Wise delivers some slick verses. If ‘Charmer’ is anything to go by, ‘In Due Time’ is set up to be a must listen.
Having introduced herself with the delightful debut EP ‘The Children’ in December 2017, Italian singer/songwriter Giulia Fontana aka HÅN gears up the release of her second EP by sharing the gorgeous new single ‘It’s Better When I Sleep ‘. Serving as the follow up to lead single ‘Gymnasion’, the track encompasses a dark and moody atmosphere as HÅN’s spine-tingling vocals are smothered over fragile keys and subtle drums. Check out the track here and be sure to look out for her EP which is out soon.
Ghanaian singer, songwriter, engineer and DJ Amaarae delivers her seductive and utterly captivating new single ‘LIKE IT’. Born in New York, raised in Atlanta and Accra, Ama Serwah (which translates to “woman warrior/” or “princess of war”) released her stunning debut EP ‘Passionfruit Summers’ and most recently featured on Kojey Radical’s ‘Cashmere Tears’ project. With ‘LIKE IT’, Amaarae shines once more as her sweet and soulful vocals flutter atop the bass-heavy beat.
Nairobi based singer/songwriter Ku Kim’s latest single ‘Peridot’ is a titillatingly vibrant and atmospheric cut that strikes quite the chord. Driven by a crisp beat penned by Mzati that features some stunning woodwind sections, ‘Peridot’ shines brighter with Ku Kim’s enchanting vocals, encompassing an energy that’ll soothe your soul from start to finish.
Tel Aviv based DORJ and Zurich based Melodiesinfonie team up on their spellbinding collaborative project ‘MUAR’. Featuring the previously released singles ‘Margish’, ‘Shabur’ and ‘Alamaim’, ‘MUAR’ is a collection of eleven songs that is brought to life by groovy guitars, gentle keys and DORJ’s impeccable voice.
Consider yourself introduced to Oscar Louis, the musical project of Canadian singer/songwriter Oren Lefkowitz who’s shared his delightful new single ‘Find A Way’. An exquisite mix of hip-hop and rap with soulful infections, the single embodies a dreamy atmosphere with its gentle instrumentation as Lefkowitz shifts between various cadences as he explores themes of alienation and paranoia.
London based artist Haich Ber Na (formerly known as Haich) follows up previously released single ‘Nowhere Like It’ with the equally enticing and playful ‘Forgetful’. Accompanied by an intriguing and glitchy visual which sees the singer/producer portrayed as a digitised toy, the track opens with futuristic synths which are joined by crisp electronics to serve as the perfect backdrop for Haich Ber Na’s distorted, falsetto laden vocals.
Having captivated us with her sensational debut single ‘Noise’ earlier this year, New York based singer/songwriter ZSELA marks her return with the equally arresting ‘Earlier Days’. A gentle and serene ballad that’s taking from her forthcoming debut EP, ‘Earlier Days’ is another exceptional portrayal of ZSELA’s soulful songwriting about “ill-placed love and the uselessness of nostalgia”.
Consider yourself introduced to twenty year-old singer/songwriter Zola Courtney, and her delectable debut single ‘Nothing To Lose’ which is premiering here at COLORS. Serving as the first taste of her forthcoming EP, the track is a sparkling pop track that sees the singer’s crystalline vocals shine across the gentle and breezy soundscape. A song about self-acceptance and “being honest about who you are”, ‘Nothing To Lose’ is a breath of fresh air; a song that will transport you to a place of pure serenity.
L.A. based violinist, singer, songwriter and producer Sudan Archives unveils ‘Confessions’, the lead single from her forthcoming debut album. Produced by Sudan Archives and Will Archer, the track follows up last year’s sensational ‘Sink’ EP which featured stand out singles like ‘Nont For Sale’ and ‘Escape’. On ‘Confessions’, Sudan Archives enlists a sporadic and bold beat which creeps its way across whilst her soulful tones add a comforting warmth.