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One of the most talked about bands to appear on Brazil’s indie rock scene, Carne Doce hail from Goiás, a state traditionally famous for country musical acts but that has been breathing new life into the indie rock landscape in recent years with the emergence of bands like Boogarin. Carne Doce were founded 5 years ago by the couple Salma Jô (singer) and Macloys Aquino (guitar), creating an outlet where they could talk about their love and relationship in a frank and straightforward way with a refreshingly naturalistic perspective on sex, love and other drugs. The single ‘Amor Distrai (Durin)’, from the band’s newly released third album ‘Tônus’, is a perfect example of a passionate night between two lovers; a smooth, steady tune with honest lyrics that go straight to the point of the singer’s desires and wishes.
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L.A.-via-Maryland artist Boy Willows (aka Landon Fleischman) teams up with Dylan Minette of Wallows on sparkling new single ‘Fila’. Encompassing a hazy and almost dream-like atmosphere, the single is a reflection on the “feelings bubbled up when we were forced to slow down for the first time in a long time” and arrives with an equally mesmerising self-directed music video. Dive into the gorgeous atmospherics of ‘Fila’ here, you won’t be disappointed.
Chicago native SABA returns with two new singles in the form of ‘Mrs. Forever’ and ‘Something in the Water’ featuring Denzel Curry. Since his striking COLORS performance from almost three years ago, the rapper has gone onto release his exceptional album ‘CARE FOR HOME’ in 2018 and ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’ this past April along with his Pivot Gang collective. On ‘Mrs. Whoever’ and ‘Something in the Water’, SABA showcases his refreshing and eclectic songwriting which coupled with his delivery and infectious flow, shows why he’s still one of the best around.
Canadian singer/songwriter Nicole Chambers flexes her magical tones and poetic songwriting on her delectable new single ‘Caution Sign’. Serving as the follow up to soulful intonations of ‘I’m Fine’ which dropped last month, ‘Caution Sign’ embraces an Afrobeat influence that carries the track along its rhythmic wave as Chambers’ infectious melodies and soothing vocals wash over the relaxing soundscape. Check out the single here and be sure to keep an eye out for Nicole Chambers’ forthcoming new album which is out later this year.
Dive into the mesmerising atmospherics of ‘De Parade’, the stunning single from Netherlands-based artist Eefje De Visser. Accompanied by a music video shot on tape and boasting gorgeous choreography, ‘De Parade’ is a stand out offering from the rising singer/songwriter’s brilliant album ‘Bitterzoet’ which was released earlier this year. Check out the brilliant visual here and be sure to give ‘Bitterzoet’ a spin too if you haven’t already done so.
British rapper and COLORS alumnus slothai (aka Tyron Kaymone Frampton) shares new single ‘feel away’ featuring James Blake and Mount Kimbie. Having premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World, the track is “about the doubts we have whether it be within friendships, your partner or with our family” and showcases slowthai’s signature raw delivery over a minimal beat. Check out the single and it’s Oscar Hudson-directed music video here.
Introducing Australian singer/songwriter ASHWARYA (pronounced ash-waa-ree-ya) and her shape-shifting new single ‘BIRYANI’. Serving as the follow up to her striking debut single ‘PSYCHO HOLE’ which dropped this past summer, the explosive new single is accompanied by an hypnotic DIY music video which was shot in ASHWARYA’s garage during lockdown. Shifting between Hindi and English, ‘BIRYANI’ is a melting pot of blazing electronics, warbling bass and some killer vocals – check it out for yourself here.
Rising artist Finn Foxell continues to show why he’s one of the most exciting emcees to come out of the UK capital with the release of new single ‘Herd’. Lifted from his latest project titled ‘Talk Is Cheap’, the track follows previous cuts like ‘Lights Down’, ‘Pressure’ and ‘Make It Count’ and showcases Foxell’s sharp delivery over a spellbinding soundscape. Check out the brilliant single which features the stunning vocals of Sophie DeMasi here and be sure to give ‘Talk Is Cheap’ a spin too.
Having introduced themselves with their stellar ‘SND 001’ EP earlier this year, London based duo Sad Night Dynamite share a brilliant new single ‘Killshot’. Serving as the follow up to previous cut ‘Icy Violence’, ‘Killshot’ embodies the pair’s visceral and captivating sound comprising haunting electronics and synthwork and arrives alongside an equally impressive music video which is directed by Sam Davis. Dive into the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from the rising, enigmatic duo later this year.
Peruvian label Kebrada unveil their glittering and hypnotic debut compilation titled ‘Discos en 3/Cuartos’ curated by DENGUE DENGUE DENGUE. Featuring a dazzling array of electronic and club cuts by the likes of Siete Catorce, Funeral, DJ Python, Nick León, Lila Tirando A Violeta and more, the ten-track project is one of the most cutting edge and impressive bodies of work you’ll hear this year. Stream ‘Discos en 3/Cuartos’ here, it’s an absolute blast from start to finish.
London based singer-songwriter/producer Ari PenSmith and L.A. based artist Jonah Christian team up for sensational new single ‘City Girl’. Having lent their expertise to tracks by the likes of Beyoncé, Lil Wayne and KAYTRANADA as well as COLORS alumni GoldLink and Mahalia, the pair step into the spotlight with a vibrant and atmospheric cut that blends together 90’s afrobeat, reggae, and dancehall. Dive into the gorgeous track which is out via Soulection here; it’s a blast from start to finish!
Omega Sapien, frontman of the alternative K-pop group Balming Tiger unveils ‘Serenade for Mrs.Jeon’, the lead single from his forthcoming debut solo album ‘GARLIC’. Accompanied by an equally energetic music video which is directed by Jan’Qui, the spirited single features an explosive soundscape penned by Bumjin who lays down the perfect soundbed for Sapien’s powerful delivery. Check out the hypnotic single here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘GARLIC’ which is out later this month.
If you’re looking for a track to get your groove on, look no further than ‘MANGO’ (produced by Nightshade), the latest offering from New York based artist KAMAUU. A collaboration with Adeline, who lends her gorgeous tones, ‘MANGO’ is a sugary sweet funk-fest which boasts the grooviest of guitar licks and KAMAUU’s irresistible falsetto-laden vocals. Check out the dazzling single and it’s wonderful music video (which is directed by KAMAUU himself) here.
Introducing Norwegian singer/songwriter Marie Noreger and her delightful new single ‘Soulfully High’ which is lifted from her upcoming debut EP. The follow up to previous cut ‘Adore’ sees the newcomer showcase her poetic storytelling and sublime vocals over an uplifting and fluttery soundbed consisting of glittering electronics and warm guitars. Dive into the captivating single here and keep an eye out for Noreger’s debut EP which is out early next year.
Congo-born, London-based singer, songwriter and producer Miles From Kinshasa shares his exceptional new EP titled ‘Beloved’. Featuring previous cuts like ‘Wearing Smiles’, ‘Lookin 4 You’ and ‘Motionz’ (a collaboration with Murkage Dave), the eight track project captures the artist’s refreshing sound and serves as arguably his most personal and heartfelt offering to date. From the bouncy atmospherics of ‘Extra’ to the soothing tones of closer ‘Let Me Down’, ‘Beloved’ is one of the most impressive projects you’ll hear this year.
Danish singer, songwriter and producer Goss delivers another dazzling slice of left-field pop on new single ‘Everybody’s Going’. Melding together sweet acoustic guitar melodies with a bounding beat that is laced with soothing electronic pulses, the track shines brighter with Goss’ yearning and heartfelt vocals. Check out the brilliant new single, which is taken from the artist’s new project of the same name here, it’s a stunner!
Consider yourself introduced to NYC based artist Aions who shares his fiery new single ‘Sun’s 4’ which is out via Sedimentary Sound. On the single, producer Aions lays the groundwork for MCs Dutchguts, Gi Major and Lord of Ciphers to work their magic and showcase their unique and powerful verses which seamlessly flow into one another. Check out ‘Sun’s 4’ here, it’s a an absolute gem!
Consider yourself introduced to singer, songwriter and musician RÜDE CÅT whose debut single ‘Homesick’ will quite frankly blow you away. Opening with warm acoustic guitars, the track is taken to new heights as a burst of electronics shoot through the soundscape for the soaring chorus which boasts RÜDE CÅT’s impeccable vocals. A refreshing take on R&B, soul and electronic with an alternative twist, ‘Homesick’ cements RÜDE CÅT as one to watch – check it out for yourself here.
Leeds based four-piece Noya Rao share a dazzling new cut in the form of ‘Heaven Bound’ which is lifted from their upcoming EP ‘Stay’. Having already impressed with previous single ‘Pina’ earlier this summer, the quartet continue to work their magic with the lush soundscapes of ‘Heaven Bound’; a song about the “pure and all-consuming power of love”. Tuck into the stellar new single here and keep an eye out for Noya Rao’s forthcoming EP ‘Stay’ which is out later this year.
Indian singer/songwriter KAVYA shares a striking and captivating music video to her latest single ‘Quin’ which is out via DMY. Recorded in a single take, ‘Quin’ blends together R&B, soul and electronic to create a sharp yet subtle atmosphere that is mirrored wonderfully by the accompanying visual. Check out the stunning single and music video which is directed by Abdallah ElDaly here and keep an eye out for KAVYA’s forthcoming EP titled ‘Know Me Better’.
Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Ian Isiah shares his highly-anticipated EP titled ‘AUNTIE’ featuring previous cuts like ‘Princess Pouty’ and ‘Loose Truth’. Over the course of the seven-track project, Isiah effortlessly showcases his exceptional versatility as a singer, songwriter and musician. Dripping with funk-filled moments that showcase Isiah’s superb storytelling and soothing tones, ‘AUNTIE’ is undoubtedly one of the most striking and impressive projects you’ll hear this year.