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George van den Broek aka Yellow Days returns with a dazzling, groove-inflected new single in the form of ‘Treat You Right’. Since his spectacular COLORS performance of ‘So Terrified Of Your Own Mind‘ back in 2017, the singer/songwriter has gone onto release a slew of stunning cuts like ‘What’s It All For?’, ‘Just When’ and ‘It’s Real Love’. New offering ‘Treat You Right’ marks his first release of the year, and it’s an absolute stunner. Dive into the old-school, funk-filled cut here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from Yellow Days.
Paris based artist Clea Vincent shares spellbinding and utterly vibrant new project ‘Tropi-Cléa 2’ which is packed with groove. From the sublime opener ‘Tropique ouverture’ to closing single ‘Bahia’, Vincent transports you to a tropical paradise of lush, evocative sounds that are topped off by her sweet and smooth vocals. Dive into the lush soundscapes of ‘Tropi-Cléa 2’ here – it’s an absolute blast!
Nottingham, UK based singer, songwriter and producer George Gretton shares ‘Overhead’, a wonky and uplifting new cut that premiered in Gretton’s HOME/BRED session for COLORS earlier this week. Gretton’s soaring tones traipse across the soundscape as he sings about an unwavering friendship over skewed rhythms that meet somewhere between Jai Paul and Mura Masa. Dive into the synth and electronic-laden cut here and be sure to keep an eye out for George’s forthcoming new project which is out later this year.
London based songstress Jessie Ware unveils sparkling new single ‘Ooh La La’ which is lifted from her forthcoming fourth studio album ‘What’s Your Pleasure?’. Serving as the follow up to previously released cuts like ‘Mirage (Don’t Stop)’, ‘Adore You’ and ‘Spotlight’, this funk-filled gem boasts the nastiest bassline you’ll have heard in quite a while. Add Ware’s playful and buttery smooth vocals into the mix, and you’ve got yourself an absolute bop – groove out to the single here and keep an eye out for ‘What’s Your Pleasure?’ which is out 19th June.
Norwegian rapper Ivan Ave was one of the first artists to grace the COLORS stage, if you haven’t checked out his performance of ‘Hello’ yet, head over here. This past week, the artist unveiled his stellar new album ‘Double Goodbyes’ which enlists the likes of fellow COLORS alumni Joyce Wrice and Sasac, and features stand out cuts like ‘Triple Double Love’ and ‘Nu Path’. On ‘Double Goodbyes’, Ivan Ave is a breath of fresh air as he channels a vibrant and refreshing new sound that takes elements of soul, jazz and hip-hop encased in electronic beats. Check out the brilliant record here.
Paris based singer, songwriter, producer and director Woodkid (aka Yoann Lemoine) returns with cinematic and atmospheric new single ‘Goliath’, the lead cut from his forthcoming second album. The single serves as the first taste of music from Woodkid who exploded onto the scene back in 2011 with his exceptional ‘Iron’ EP which was succeeded by his debut full length ‘The Golden Age’ in 2013. With ‘Goliath’, Woodkid lays down his buttery rich vocals across a clattery, electronic-led beat. Check out the single and the self-directed, industrialised visual here.
Consider yourself introduced to Swedish-Congolese singer/rapper/songwriter Blenda and her explosive debut single ‘Options’ which dropped in March. Today, the single is accompanied by a quarantine-ready visual which features Blenda and her friends vibe to the slick track via a video call. Encompassing a pristine, crisp beat which boasts a pounding bass whilst Blenda lays down her super smooth vocals, ‘Options’ makes quite the impression and sets Blenda as one to watch.
West London based rapper Life teams up with Lord Apex on his explosive and emotive new single about friendship called ‘Cheque On It’. Dedicated to that one friend we all have “that’s always smiling, the one that’s always happy”, ‘Cheque On It’ sees the two MCs work their magic over a super slick beat. The track closes off with a softer and deeper touch which was inspired by the passing of Life’s close friends due to COVID-19. Check out the empowering and raw single here, and keep an eye out for Life’s forthcoming (as yet untitled) project which is out later this year.
Belgium based hip hop duo consisting of rapper Jay Atohoun and singer-producer Willem Ardui share sensational new single ‘Bittersweet Baby’ (produced by Konteks). A blistering number that blends together everything from soul, funk, hip hop, R&B and jazz, ‘Bittersweet Baby’ is one of those tracks that keeps on giving with each listen as you discover subtle nuances that you may have missed on early spins. Check out the track and it’s monochromatic visual directed by Heleen Declerq here and if you haven’t already done so, be sure to give their debut album ‘ARE WE STILL DREAMING?’ a spin too.
French producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Fenton aka Fkj teams up with Queens’ Bas on the fiery ‘Risk’ which is lifted from the former’s latest EP ‘Ylang Ylang’. Released last year, the stunning single, which sees the pair work their magic over a genre-bending beat is accompanied by a superb and artistic music video directed by Lossapardo. Enjoy the groovy song and it’s video here and be sure to give ‘Ylang Ylang’ a spin too if you haven’t already.
Stockholm based songstress JÁNA (pronounced yah-na) introduces herself with her stunning debut single ‘Wild Roses’. The single is a dreamy and enchanting cut that features the newcomer’s lusciously smooth vocals that gracefully float atop the woozy, groove-inflected instrumentation penned by the Swedish heavyweights and COLORS alumni Little Dragon. Check out the dazzling single and it’s gorgeous video here, and keep an eye out for JÁNA’s forthcoming debut EP titled ‘Flowerworks’ which is set for release on July 3rd.
Glasgow based artist CHLOBOCOP teams up with Lee Scott with a slice of her distinct and trippy brand of Hip-Hop on latest offering ‘BELL ME BACK’. The single follows up last year’s ‘NARCOTICS’ and features the artist’s fiery bars over an eerie, bass-heavy instrumental courtesy of Bisk and Sun Jun. Dive into the addictive track here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this rising artist.
Rising UK based songstress and COLORS alumni Pip Millett reveals her stunning new EP ‘Lost In June’; a soulful and enchanting moment of bliss. Opening with the stripped-back single ‘Deeper Dark’, the eight-track EP also features previously released cut ‘June’ which encompasses a rich and intoxicating soundscape that oozes groove. Throughout the EP, Millett’s mesmerizing and emotive voice shines through and adds a warming touch over the gloriously versatile and invigorating instrumentation. Lose yourself to ‘Lost In June’ here, it’s a stunner.
Dutch-Sudanese artist and COLORS alumni Gaidaa returns with the groove-inflected and magical new single ‘Falling Higher’ which follows up the previously released singles ‘Morning Blue‘ (which Gaidaa performed for COLORS) and ‘I Like Trouble’. Driven by an uptempo beat penned by Sam Trax that boasts a killer groove, it’s Gaidaa’s sensationally smooth and buttery tones that steal the show once again. Check out the funky track and it’s equally playful lyric video directed by Yousra Elbagir here.
Rising London based artist NEO 10Y shares ‘Y’, an ethereal curiosity banger that boasts a powerful electronic soundscape penned alongside S.B.O. The track follows up previously released cut ‘ILY’ and strikes quite a chord from the get go with its pounding bass and NEO 10Y’s inviting and intriguing vocals which ask “Am I right or am I wrong?”. Check out the emphatic single up top and be sure to keep an eye out for more from NEO 10Y.
Introducing Norwegian newcomer fijitrip who shares ‘New$hoes’, another captivating single taken from his forthcoming debut EP ‘Tech’. Serving as the follow up to debut cut ‘Not Like’ which dropped last month, ‘New$hoes’ is a glitchy, electronic-led track that captures an element of playfulness whilst shrouding the true sentiment; a one-sided relationship. With these two tracks alone, fijitrip has shown why he’s one of the most exciting artists around – check out the vibrant lyric video to the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘Tech’ which is out later this month.
Consider yourself introduced to Belgian based singer/songwriter EMY who enchants with the lush atmospherics of new single ‘Freestyle’, the artist’s first new single since 2018. Boasting heavenly harmonies and pungent lyrics that pack a punch, ‘Freestyle’ is one of those quietly graceful gems that comes with a little bit of bite. The gritty guitars and powerful drums are smothered with EMY’s gorgeous, raspy vocals that are reminiscent of Jorja Smith. Sink into the single and it’s equally captivating music video created by Anaïs & Emy Kabore here.
London-based artist virgil HAWKINS and producer HNRO share the music video for ‘Gollum’, lifted off their high-octane collaborative project ‘Dragonchild Static*‘. Premiering here at COLORS, the sharp, atmospheric visuals directed by Hawkins, Nathan Li and Tyrus Hill wonderfully reflect the track’s dynamic energy. Dive into the slick music video here, and be sure to give ‘Dragonchild Static*’ a spin if you haven’t already done so!
Consider yourself introduced to London based artist Afonso and his spellbinding new single ‘Luz’, a sparkling jazz and soul inflected gem. Everything from the rich instrumentation that boasts a magnificent string section and gorgeous bass to Afonso’s delicate and polished vocals encompasses a timelessness and sense of class that is difficult to perfect. A song about self discovery, ‘Luz’ is one of those songs that resonates with you more and more with each listen, check it out here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this emerging talent.
Miami-born, Turin-based multi-instrumentalist Yves Tumor releases explosive and bonkers new album ‘Heaven to a Tortured Mind’. Featuring previously released singles ‘Gospel For A New Century’, ‘Kerosene!’, ‘Romanticist’ and ‘Dream Palette’, the twelve-track project packs quite the punch from start to finish with is distorted and harsh soundscapes to accompany Tumor’s gritty and powerful vocals. This is the kind of record that’ll keep you on your toes at all times and pushes the boundaries of modern rock-pop.