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South London artist Gregor the Blue has honed his unique sound over the last few years; a classically trained violinist as a child, he taught himself to play guitar and keys, and soon his bedroom productions started to accumulate a substantial online following. Gregor’s new EP builds on the themes of his 2016 debut album ‘Estate’, taking up where the last project left off in conjuring the same distinctive moody, swirling world but adding a sharper, electronic edge, as the 24-year-old’s sound has matured; tackling themes of longing and insecurity as well as his struggles with darker emotions, the tape is tied together with his trademark woozy, after-hours atmosphere. Enlisting guest vocals from rappers Ant Lavelle and Carl Blarx as well as a feature from long-time collaborator Thieta on lead single Faults, he incorporates elements of alternative blues, ska, RnB and contemporary hip-hop together to create a nuanced, unique sound with genuine depth and texture.
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If you’re looking for a spectacular slice of Nordic pop, look no further than ‘New Fears’, the striking new single from rising artist Hannah Emilie Grung aka Halie. The single serves as the follow up to recently released single ‘Circling’ and again showcases the Norwegian artist’s superb ability to write infectious pop songs that carry a powerful message of not letting our fears get in the way of what we really want to do or achieve.
If you’re looking for a track to pump you up, look no further than the powerful new single ‘Bass Jumpin’ from Australian artist Arno Faraji. With production courtesy of Moktar and Just A Gent who lay down a bass-heavy beat underlined by groovy guitars and glitchy electronics to allow Faraji to work his magic as he raps about “battling your demons (whatever they are) even when things seem crazy and making opportunities instead of waiting for them”. Check out the equally energetic music video here too, which is directed and filmed by Samson Makumbe.
Brooklyn based filmmaker and musician Austin Johnson aka breaking shares his breathtaking new single in the form of ‘Tick’. The slow burning track opens with warming guitar melodies as a subtle electronic beat works its way into the mix and Johnson’s fragile, falsetto-laden voice warms your soul. The perfect soundtrack for these chilly winter months (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere), ‘Tick’ is an intriguing slice of electronic-folk that brilliantly follows up last year’s ‘Shell’ EP.
Consider yourself introduced to Canadian based, Algerian born singer, songwriter Meryem Saci whose latest single ‘Eyes on Me’ is an absolute stunner. An amalgamation of genres, the spellbinding cut is taken from Meryem’s forthcoming debut EP ‘All in’ which is out later this year. Driven by an icy trap-inspired beat penned by JYCE, ‘Eyes On Me’ is taken to new levels with Saci’s breathtaking vocals which blend wonderfully with the Afro-Arabian inspired melodies and instrumentation.
South London based artist Moses Boyd teams up with COLORS alum Poppy Ajudha on ‘Shades of You’, the latest single from his forthcoming debut album ‘Dark Matter’. The single serves as the follow up to previously released tracks ‘Only You’ and ‘Stranger Than Fiction’. On ‘Shades of You’, Ajudha sings about knowing and appreciating your self worth as her soul-stirring vocals traipse through a murky soundscape comprised of a groovy bass-line and Boyd’s steadfast drums.
On her latest offering, ‘ne me quitte pas (don’t leave me)’, Philadelphia based singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Orion Sun will melt your heart from the very first note. Encompassing a magical quality that transports you into a dream state, Orion Sun’s smooth and gentle tones resonate wonderfully against the lo-fi electronic-led production. Listen and watch the self-made visual to the gorgeous single which sees Orion Sun sing about unexpectedly falling in love, here.
Egypt via Dubai artist Adham Bayoumi asks Bayou brings some smooth vibes on ‘Moonlight’, a brilliant single which dropped towards the end of 2019. The twinkling, bass-heavy production coupled with Bayou’s slick vocals creates a super chilled out atmosphere, one that find yourself vibing too from the get go. With ‘Moonlight’, as well as previously released singles like ‘fine’ and ‘city style’ (which can only be found on his SoundCloud), Bayou shows why he’s one to watch.
Switzerland via Sri Lanka artist Priya Ragu kicks off the new year with ‘Good Love 2.0’, a funk-filled pop gem that impresses from start to finish. The rising singer/songwriter released a handful of brilliant singles last year in the form of ‘Lighthouse’ and ‘Forget About’, both of which wonderfully showcase her delightfully smooth voice and poetic songwriting. That’s exactly the case ‘Good Love 2.0’ which starts off groovy and morphs into a South Asian-spiced cut that packs quite the punch.
Montreal based artist June Moon aka Forever returns with ‘Make It Happen’, the dazzling lead single from her forthcoming EP ‘Close to the Flame’. Featuring some slick vocals from Just John and production courtesy of Patrick Holland, the track sees Forever ride the groove with her super sweet vocals. Check out the track and it’s equally captivating self-directed music video to the right and be sure to keep an eye out for the new EP which is out on Valentine’s Day via Cascine.
Consider yourself introduced to newcomer Polly Money, whose new single ‘Roommate’ is a glistening guitar-led slice of dream-pop. Accompanied by an equally heartwarming music video directed and edited by Natalie Chahal, it’s Polly Money’s soothing tones and poignant songwriting that truly steal the show her.
British artist Mura Masa teams up with Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell on ‘Teenage Headache Dreams’, a magnificent cut taken from his new album, ‘R.Y.C.’ (Raw Youth Collage). The song serves as the follow up to previously released singles ‘I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again’ and ‘Deal Wiv It’ which featured Clairo and Slowthai respectively. On ‘Teenage Headache Dreams’ Mura Masa, real name Alex Crosson, continues his evolved sound as gritty guitars and drums build a grungey atmosphere as Rowsell’s delicate tones join Crossons in great harmony. Check out the track here and keep an eye out for ‘R.Y.C.’ which is out next week.
Released towards the end of last year, ‘AZULA’, the latest single from Brazillian producer EVEHIVE is a clattery, afrobeat gem. With contributions from JLZ, the frenetic track captures a hypnotic vibe with its punctuated electronics that follows up previously released singles like ‘IVY QUEEN’ and ‘BANLA’.
Ottawa based artist maxime. shares a striking visual for latest single ‘old fast’, taken from his debut album ‘whatevernowiscalled’ which dropped at the start of last month. Opening with glitchy electronics which are joined by some killer guitar lines, the track’s moody atmosphere is heightened by maxime.’s equally arresting vocals. Check out the track and it’s accompanying music video which is filmed and edited by Tosca Webb here, and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out ‘whatevernowiscalled’.
Korean-American artist Audrey teams up with Jack Harlow on the bombastic and utterly captivating single ‘Comic Sans’ which dropped last month. Accompanied by an equally playful music video directed by Khufu Najee and Audrey Chu, the track packs quite the punch as both Audrey and Jack manoeuvre their way across the trap-inspired beat with killer flows.
Canadian producer and vocalist Verzache kicks off the new year with a mellow and subdued new single in the form of ‘TALK’. Opening with the simple strums of a single guitar chord, the track bursts into life as a bass-heavy beat enters the foray to serve as the perfect backdrop for Verzache’s soothing tones.
Consider yourself introduced to Chris Scholar, a Virginia based singer/songwriter who has a writing credit ‘Rule the World’ by 2 Chainz and Ariana Grande and has recently shared his latest single ‘Northside’. A song that serves as an ode to the singer’s roots, ‘Northside’ sees Chris Scholar lay down his super slick falsetto-laden vocals over a crisp, trap-inspired beat that’ll melt your heart.
After the success achieved with her latest album ‘Como el Agua’, which loosely translates to ‘Like the Water’ and marks the emotional liquidity of her creative process Colombian artist Lianna strikes back with the same authenticity, but with much more strength, security and power with her latest single ‘Trabajo Sucio’. Over elaborate beats, the singer showcases her harmonic yet powerful voice as she incorporates metric rhymes over a solid beat penned by El Arkeólogo.
Consider yourself introduced to West London based artist Asha Gold who dazzles on R&B influenced electronic-pop single ‘Too Good’. The nineteen year-old singer/songwriter lays down her silky smooth vocals as they glide across the slick electronic-led beat. On the track, Asha Gold sings about battling “with the pressures and opinions of those close to me” in her pursuit of a career in the creative industry and as a result, serves as an anthem for trusting yourself and finding your feet in any decision you make.
Rising Richmond, Va. rapper Baby Sosa shares hypnotic new single ‘Uberxl’ which features Polo Perks and production courtesy of Harrison. The single follows her captivating debut single ‘Everywhereigo’ and boasts a bass-heavy beat which lays the framework for Polo Perks to work his magic and for Sosa to add her own striking vocals into the mix.
Parisian rapper Sika Deva shares stellar new single in the form of ‘Gling’, an emphatic and powerful cut produced by Tices. Released via Kitsuné Musique, the striking track opens in a sombre fashion before a killer beat bursts onto the scene alongside Deva’s superb delivery and confident flow. Balancing smoothness with hard-hitting lines, Sika Deva shows why he’s one of the most exciting rappers to come out of the French capital.