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Following the release of singles ‘Do My Thing’ and ‘Good Time’ earlier this year, Danish singer, songwriter and producer Erika de Casier has dropped ‘Essentials’, her sensational debut album. With contributions from the likes of El Trick and DJ Sports, the twelve-track project takes on a more personal sound that boasts an amalgamation of influences from vintage and soulful R&B throwbacks akin to that of the 90’s to bossa nova. The aptly titled record is one of those rare moments where each track is essential in binding the body of work together; it’s an absolute must listen.
Comprised of brothers Ben and Michael Shugarman and longtime friend Ryan Brooks, The Visions are a Brooklyn based band creating sparkling pop gems that ooze class and groove. Their incredible newly released self-titled EP is a funk-filled extravaganza which stuns from start to finish. Whether it’s the bouncy atmospherics of opener ‘Oceans’ or the hazy inflections from latest single ‘Pool Party’, ‘The Visions’ is the perfect summer soundtrack to dive into.
Nineteen year old singer-songwriter, Karshni finds comfort in playing the guitar, experimenting with production and incorporating electronic elements in her songs. Her music is a reflection of how she feels in the moment and is usually the result of impulsive lyricism at a very emotional time. Her single ‘Fomo’ is characterised by a haunting melody, that is slightly muted to signify the fear of missing out which is faced by a large part of the youth today. From popular vices to parties the whole paraphernalia of what it means to be a teenager, the popular youth slang is a depiction of the actual fear that suffocates the artist.
Comprised of singer-songwriter Dev Hobdy and producer Corey Smith-West, Bathe are a Brooklyn based duo who’ve just released their delightful debut EP ‘I’ll Miss You’. Featuring the previously released singles ‘Dealer’ and ‘Kimmi’, the seven-track project pulls from a range of sounds all packaged into a body of work that encompasses a classic yet refreshing aesthetic. From the funk-filled ‘Dealer’ to the melancholic musings of ‘Sure Shot’, ‘I’ll Miss You’, is awash with emotive, poignant moments that capture your attention from start to finish.
Priya Ragu was born and raised in Switzerland, holds her roots in Sri Lanka and produces music of traditional and Afro American soul music. With an intent to transmit feelings that cannot be expressed through words, music showed her the way to liberation and rebellion against traditional values, allowing her to take control of her own life purpose and creation. Her debut single, ‘Leaf High’ speaks about longing for freedom, the urge to be one with all and mother nature embracing the now in its purest form. Showcasing a transformation of positivity and love, the music video features brother and producer Japhna Gold collectively bringing forth the soulful vibrations.
Formerly known as June Marieezy, Filipino-American ((( O ))) approaches music with a sweet, soft tone and an equally mesmerising synth beat. Her latest EP, ‘((( ~ )))’, contains three tracks, each showcasing its own blend of R&B, hip-hop, and electronic sound. The persona ((( O ))) emanates is also particularly remarkable. The artist has also dedicated her craft to releasing ‘moonbeats,’ in which she releases new tracks every full moon for the next 12 years. And to anyone who’s wondering: no, her stage name is “not pronounceable.”
Melbourne based newcomer Ojikae aka Matt Cicero introduces himself with the silky smooth intonations of his debut single ‘EX’. Originally released as a demo called ‘Existentiality’ back in 2017, the track is a soulful cut that sees the twenty year-old singer/songwriter address lust and heartbreak. Co-produced alongside Grammy nominated producer Uno Stereo who’s worked with COLORS alum Khalid, ‘EX’ is a brilliant taste of what’s to come from Ojikae.
It’s been a while since we last heard from London based singer, songwriter and producer Akiine, but with the release of ‘About It’, it’s safe to say that the wait was well worth it. Serving as the lead single from her forthcoming new EP titled ‘Red’, the track is a swirling amalgamation of electronics and moody guitar lines that are greeted by Akiine’s sweet and graceful musings. Those delicate vocals are a comforting hug and wonderful juxtaposition to the slightly off-kilter production.
Arguably one of the most refreshing bands around, Danish quartet Liss return in magnificent form with brand new single ‘Talk to Me’, which is lifted from their forthcoming ‘Second’ EP. Another delectable slice of the group’s slick sound, the self-produced track eloquently conveys the “ups and downs of being a young adult in this world”. A start of a new chapter, ‘Talk to Me’ finds Liss at their very best, with vocalist Søren Holm’s distinct and yearning tones stealing the show once again.
Meet SÔNGE, your new favourite artist creating sparkling R&B gems that entice and intrigue. Having just released her debut album ‘Flavourite Câlâ’ last month, it’s on stand out single ‘Roses’ that the rising French singer/songwriter shines brightest. Backed up by a dazzling array of electronics and killer bass, the song encompasses a shimmering aesthetic whilst SÔNGE’s sanguine vocals are smothered on top.
Let yourself sink into the honeyed tones of ‘History Made’, the mesmerising new single from London based trio Paradisia. Comprised of Sophie-Rose (vocals), Anna (harp) and Kristy (vocals, keyboard), Paradisia’s swirling production and serene harmonies on ‘History Made’ will quite frankly take your breath away. Serving as their first taste of new music in two years, the single marks a new chapter as they’ve taken full artistic control having parted ways with their management in 2018 – a message that is mirrored by the song’s very first lines “I won’t be quiet for anyone / There’s no history made in saying nothing“.
Consider yourself introduced to Kian Brownfield aka KIAN, an Australian singer/songwriter whose debut single ‘Waiting’ has already surpassed 30 million streams and has supported COLORS alum Jorja Smith on her AU leg of her tour. KIAN’s latest offering, the endearing and guitar-laden ‘Childism’ brings to mind the likes of Frank Ocean circa Blonde interspersed with the warming tones akin to that of Khalid. There’s something personable to ‘Childism’, everything from the poignant, nostalgic lyricism and sun-soaked production to KIAN’s soft intonations gel together effortlessly to create something truly special.
Since introducing himself with his stunning debut EP ‘Heaven’s Only Wishful’ last year, Toronto based singer/songwriter MorMor has shared ‘Outside’, his first release of 2019. Taking a leaf from the EP’s soft and delicate atmospherics, the new single sees his soothing tones sweep across the slightly more upbeat soundscape. The follow up to last December’s ‘Pass The Hours’, ‘Outside’ is another poetic affair that touches on MorMor’s feelings of isolation and alienation.
Raghav Meattle, a singer-songwriter from Mumbai released his debut album ‘Songs From a Matchbox’ through a crowd funded campaign in June 2018. Being influenced by artists such as Jack Johnson, John Mayer and George Ezra, the 26 year old describes his music as “vocal first”. Although his vocals and the acoustic guitar take centre stage, the artist has adapted an all round approach by also giving emphasis to the lyrics and melodies.
Bagging one of the semi-finalist positions at Season 2 of ‘The Stage’ – India’s first reality show dedicated to music, Raghav was also nominated for the Radio City Freedom Awards under Best Pop Artist category. With a folksy and country setting, his graceful vocal delivery and heart warming lyrics touch across different topics – from his frustration of the constant chatter at bars during a live performance to the Tinder culture and his take on relationships. The album has been co-produced by Zain Calcuttawala and mastered by Frank Arkwright from Abbey Road Studios, London.
Few projects stand the test of time, many fade away as easily as they came, but Mizan K’s ‘Dark Blue’ EP which dropped back in 2015, that’s not the case. The New York based singer, songwriter and producer’s poignant and poetic lyricism, soothing vocals and sophisticated production shine from opener ‘Looking For’ to the thought-provoking closer ‘7 Billion’. With ‘Dark Blue’, Mizan K captures the essence of love, life and loss and in turn, has created a body of work that is truly timeless and special.
Spanish musician, composer and singer Isabel Fernández Reviriego creates lush soundscapes that fill your soul to the brim with emotion under the moniker of Aries. That’s exactly the case with ‘Un Gran Puente’, a glistening track which is lifted from her forthcoming fourth studio album ‘Juramento Mantarraya’. Laden with warming guitar melodies and swirling electronics, ‘Un Gran Puente’ shines even brighter with Aries’ soft and comforting vocals which take the track new heights.
Bristol based band Cousin Kula’s latest single ‘Brain Abroad’ is a sun-soaked nugget of gold – one that transports you to a dream state of tropical, sandy beaches. Everything from the twinkling production – packed with groovy guitars and sensational synths – to those mesmerising vocals channel the band’s psych-pop sound. Lifted from their forthcoming second EP (which of out later this), ‘Brain Abroad’ is a brilliant taste of what’s to come from the six-piece band.
Acoustic singer-songwriter Ramya Pothuri made a departure from her signature folk and R&B blend to a long awaited foray into neo-soul with her latest single ‘Summer’. A self-taught Mumbai based musician, the finger style guitarist with an expansive repertoire released her first independent EP of original music titled ‘We Never Left’ and promoted it through a series of living room gigs around the city. With a fresh approach to her musical treatment she trades the acoustic guitar for a heavily treated telecaster, and despite the satisfying drum production, retains her hold over the listener by writing lyrics for the contemporary soul. The song deals with the feeling of longing; a bittersweet emotion that leaves us wanting for someone that may not be right, but even in heartache makes it always feel like summer.
Toronto based five-piece Jaunt share their shimmering new single ‘On Your Mind’, their first taste of new music since last year’s ‘Cue’ EP. An absolutely blissful and dreamy affair, the track’s sparkling instrumentation serves as the perfect complement for those soft vocals to traipse across with ease – offering a comforting hug. With ‘On Your Mind’, Jaunt have created one of those songs where you can’t help but lose yourself to the sound – forgetting everything and just letting yourself be taken away by the music.
Bergen based singer/songwriter Shikoswe first entered the foray with ‘The Hour of the Body’, the stunning debut EP which showcased her magical voice and ardent songwriting. With a firm fragility, Shikoswe’s voice is soft and comforting – and those golden tones are exactly what shine on latest single ‘Two Heads in a Room’, a post-Valentine’s Day cut soundtracked by heartwarming guitars and a spirited beat.With more new music on the way, there’s a lot to get excited about when it comes to Shikoswe.