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Paris’ Guizmo is a complex figure, with a personal life troubled with self-destructive tendencies and struggles with vice and addiction. In his music he painfully describes his experiences in this dark environment and his slow journey to redemption, revisiting the iconic Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin classic “Je t’aime… Moi non plus” as he explains to his lover how tortured he is and warns her to stay away from him.
16 year-old Birmingham based singer and producer Matt Ryder bursts onto the scene with his exceptional debut EP titled ’50FT’. Featuring previously released singles ‘Hours’ and ‘Further’, the seven-track project captures the newcomer’s magnificent songwriting over brooding, atmospherics productions that showcase Ryder’s versatility and prowess. With ’50FT’, Matt Ryder shows why he’s one to watch in the years to come.
German based artist De Rien shares ‘Chimes’, the dazzling new single which follows up previously released debut ‘Cali’. Soundtracked by crisp electronics and soothing synths, the track captures a dream-like soundscape as De Rien’s falsetto-laden vocals further add an element of sweetness. Having played in several classical orchestras and jazz ensembles over the years, De Rien’s exploration into the world of soulful electronica is off to a great start with ‘Cali’ and ‘Chimes’.
Los Angeles based singer, songwriter Aaron Childs shares new single ‘Every Single 1’. an infectious groove-inflected jam that shines from start to finish. Having released his eclectic debut EP ‘My Way’ a couple of years ago, the rising artist has since signed to taste maker label GODMODE where he dropped the exceptional ‘Tangerine’ last year. With ‘Every Single 1’. Childs impresses once more with his sweet sounding vocals gliding across the cheerful instrumentation that’s tinged with hints of jazz.
Belgium based singer, songwriter and producer Tsar B teases new EP with her dark and intoxicating single ‘Rome (Solve You)’. Since introducing herself with the dazzling ‘Escalate’ back in 2015, Tsar B has gone onto release a slew of stellar releases in the form of her brilliant self-titled EP and stunning debut album ‘The Games I Played’ last year. With ‘Rome (Solve You)’ (which comes accompanied with a video game inspired visual by Lion Beach), the singer teases a new EP, and with that, impresses once more with her gorgeous, silky vocals traipsing across the haunting soundscape.
Canadian-born, London-based artist Dan Snaith aka Caribou marks his return with the fantastic ‘You and I’. the dazzling single from forthcoming new album ‘Suddenly’.An absolutely roller-coaster of a track, the single opens with a twinkling synth-laden soundscape as Snaith’s dreamy tones enter the foray, that’s before the track takes an unexpected turn and bursts into an amalgam of textures and colours. In contrast, the track’s lyrics echo darker shades as Snaith sings about dealing with the passing of a loved one. Check out the single here and look out for ‘Suddenly’ which is out February 22nd.
Nigerian AfroBeats star Killertunes drops his highly anticipated new EP ‘Gbedu & Things’. Having worked with the likes of Mr Eazi, Wizkid, DJ Spinall as well as COLORS alum Tiwa Savage, the producer steps into the spotlight with his first solo body of work which features five vibrant and eclectic tracks that entice and invigorate. Setting the scene beautifully with the cheerful ’11:11′, the entire EP is a continuation of Killertunes’ wondrous sounds that’ll have you up and moving from the get go.
Colombia-born, Toronto-based artist Lido Pimienta returns with her first new music since 2016’s ‘La Papessa’ in the form of ‘No Pude’. The spectacular single comes accompanied by an other-worldly and utterly vibrant music video directed by Fitto Segura. A mixture of squelchy and sharp electronics coalesce to serve as the ideal backdrop for Pimienta’s slick vocals to gloss over with ease.
Melbourne based producer Tim Shiel returns with his first non-soundtrack song in five years with ‘Right in Front of You’, a collaboration with Braille Face. A whirling of woozy sounds that intertwine and coalesce to create an entirely immersive atmosphere, ‘Right in Front of You’ is narrated by Spirit Level label-mate Braille Face’s endearing tones while Sydney producer Anatole lends his fabulous trumpet.
Consider yourself introduced to Swedish newcomer Max Nilsson aka Where Is Maps who steps into the spotlight with a dazzling single in the form of ‘Never The Same’. The infectious pop song serves as the lead single to his forthcoming debut EP which is out on December 17th via new label Dreams Never Die. Listen as Nilsson’s alluring vocals sweep across the bright soundscape that boasts groovy guitarlines, subtle synths and a killer beat.
London based singer, songwriter and producer Låpsley returns with another gorgeous song in the form of ‘Ligne 3’. Taken from her forthcoming new EP (out December 6th) titled ‘These Elements’, the track follows up lead single ‘My Love Was Like The Rain’, her first taste of new music since releasing her stunning debut album ‘Long Way Home’ back in March 2016. On ‘Ligne 3’, Låpsley’s endearing vocals rise above the sombre soundscape as she sings about a profound breakup and how it isn’t always as simple when it comes to falling out of love.
Emerging Dutch singer and COLORS album RIMON shares new single ‘Hypnotizing’, another delectable and soulful slice of magic. Following the release of ‘Dust’ and ‘Close’ with J Rick earlier this year, the rising artist shines once more on ‘Hypnotizing’. Produced by FNMLAS who pens a striking trap-inspired beat sprinkled with delicate piano chords to complement RIMON’s exquisite vocals.
Originally released in 2017, Los Angeles based trio clipping. share ‘The Deep’, alongside two previously unreleased recordings in the form of ‘Aquacode Databreaks’ (ft. Shabazz Palaces) and ‘Drownt’. Encompassing a futuristic sound, the experimental Hip-Hop group, comprised of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, work their magic across the three tracks which encompass shape-shifting sci-fi soundscapes.
Toronto’s Keynes Woods links up with fellow MC’s Just John and So Loki on blistering new single ‘Spiritual Healing’, the first taste of his upcoming new EP. Having released a slew of standalone singles in the form of ‘Threat‘ (which he performed for COLORS), ‘Avarice’, ‘Groovy’ and ‘Water In The City’, Woods delivers another spectacular cut that features his sharp and confident lyrics over an eerie and utterly captivating beat. Check out the track here and look for Keynes Woods’ debut project ‘Kongo KANE’ which is out February 2020.
Up-and-coming Melbourne artist ThatKidMaz teams up with rising rapper Jordan Dennis on hard-hitting new single ‘Glow Up’ which follows up his striking debut single ‘No Vibe’. With production from Duan who pens a classic Hip-Hop beat, the simplistic soundscape allows ThatKidMaz and Jordan Dennis to fire off their killer verses which shine from start to finish. The empowering track, which is about Maz’s journey navigating the world in search of ways to channel his individuality, also comes with a great music video directed by Nick Rae.
Jamaica based artist Mikayla Simpson aka Koffee teams up with fellow COLORS alum and rapper Gunna on blistering new single ‘W’. Serving as the follow up to the rising star’s debut project ‘Rapture’ (which is now nominated for a Grammy for Best Reggae Album), ‘W’ is another fiery track which showcases Koffee’s slick delivery as she implores the listener to focus on the wins and not the losses. Check out the track and Matt Baron directed video here and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out both Koffee and Gunna’s COLORS sessions.
London based singer/songwriter Rina Sawayama unleashes ‘STFU!’, her nu-metal inspired lead single from her forthcoming (as yet untitled) debut album. The sprawling cut is written alongside long time collaborator Clarence Clarity who pens a fierce and powerful guitar line whilst Sawayama is a force to be reckoned with. Her vocals offer a bite as she sings about the discriminatory comments she’s experienced as a Japanese woman growing up in the West. Check out the equally arresting music video and look out for Sawayam’s album which is out next year via Dirty Hit.
Somali-American fashion designer and artist deka shares ‘Tepid’, a dark and twisted fantastical electronic gem produced by frankie bash and RAFA MAYA. Apart from a few (brilliant) mixes, you can only find one other song by the Minneapolis based artist, it’s the mesmerising ‘ESCAPIST’ which dropped in 2017. On latest single ‘Tepid’, deka’s ghostly vocals creep across the moody soundscape creating an absolutely breathtaking atmosphere.
Berlin based Japanese tribal bass duo WaqWaq Kingdom release their psychedelic and kaleidoscopic new album ‘Essaka Hoisa’. Consisting of Shigeru Ishihara (DJ Scotch Egg / Seefeel) and Kiki Hitomi (King Midas Sound), the pair throw you into a swirling whirlwind of sounds from opening track ‘Mum Tells Me’. A melting pot of genres, the pair expertly blend together traditional style Minyo with Jamaican drums, electronic flourishes, dancehall and much more to create a project that is truly unique and intriguing.
Norwegian songstress and COLORS alum Charlotte Dos Santos shares the utterly breathtaking and healing new single ‘Harvest Time’. A song about “killing your ego and burying the old”, ‘Harvest Time’ is a spellbinding and soulful affair as the Oslo based artist’s soothing tones wash over the gentle and serene instrumentation. This sense of release and regeneration is captured wonderfully in the song’s accompanying music video which sees Dos Santos surrounded by nature; whether it’s lush fields or a wondrous waterfall.
Australian rapper Tkay Maidza closes out the year with another hard-hitting and powerful single in the form of ‘IDC IF U BE DED’. Following up her previously released single ‘Awake’ with COLORS alum JPEGMAFIA, Maidza serves up more of her sharp verses as she raps with the utmost confident flow as she delivers killer lines like “I just left you on read / IDC if you ded”. With production from Dan Farber, Maidza once again proves why she’s one of the most exciting rappers to come out of Australia in quite a while.