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Sounds drenched in reverb and reversed synth textures echo together to create a dreamy musical backdrop, painted with Jim Chuchu’s intimate lyrics. With vocals seemingly inspired by 70s psychedelic crooners like Robert Plant, Chuchu is part of a new wave of artists transcending the traditional pigeonholes of creative media. Known today as one of Kenya’s bravest contemporary filmmakers – he grabbed attention at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for his locally-banned, internationally-acclaimed indie film based on true stories of homosexuality in Africa – Chuchu rarely mentions his core musical role in Nairobi’s legendary group, Just A Band. While co-producing the band’s first three studio albums alongside Dan Muli and the renowned “Blinky Bill”, Chuchu also largely drove the group’s visuals, including the beloved music video “Ha-He” – which CNN, Wall Street Journal deemed Kenya’s first viral internet meme. After breaking away from the group to pursue his solo career and co-founding film platform “The Nest Collective”, Chuchu continues to produce and release his own music.
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The Galleria aka Morgan Geist returns after four years with brand new single ‘Stop & Go’, featuring the sensational Jessy Lanza. The follow up to 2015’s magnificent ‘Calling Card/Mezzanine’ is another slice of 80’s inspired bubblegum-pop packed with oodles of groove and funk and Lanza’s sweet sounding vocals adding a sugary touch.
New York-born, Berlin-based rapper Zebra Katz marks his return with the explosive and rapid-fire inflections of ‘IN IN IN’,. The single is the first slice of new music from the artist since collaborating with Gorillaz on their 2017 record ‘Humanz’ and will feature on his forthcoming EP titled ‘MOOR’. Co-produced by Tony Quattro who lays down a dark and gloomy atmosphere, the track sees Katz go all in with his slick delivery and sharp lines and serves as the perfect taste of what’s to come from the new EP.
London based collective Steam Down unleash their long-awaited debut single ‘Free My Skin’, an all-encompassing explosion of energy. Comprised of eight core members including Ahnansé, Naima Adams, Brother Portrait, Nadeem Din-Gabisi, Benjamin Appiah, And Is Phi, Dominic Canning and Wonky Logicfiery, Steam Down’s sound is a fiery concoction of Afrobeat, jazz and future soul. If you’re looking for something that will instantly get you in the happiest of moods, look no further than ‘Free My Skin’.
Toronto based DJ and producer Bambii teams up with Pamputtae on the thrilling and utterly captivating dancehall banger ‘NITEVISION’. Serving as the artist’s official debut single, ‘NITEVISION’ packs quite the punch with Bambii laying down the perfect backdrop comprising of pumping basslines, powerful drums and sensational synths for Pamputtae to work her charm.
After seven years, Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke and Canadian artist Lunice make their long-awaited return as TNGHT with the release of their superb new EP ‘II’. Featuring the previously released singles ‘Serpent’, ‘Dollaz’ and most recently the bombastic and utterly intoxicating ‘First Body’, the eight-track EP is an absolute blast. The second half of the project is just as revitalising and charming as the first with the duo’s playful instrumentation impressing on tracks like ‘What_It_Is’ and ‘I’m In A Hole’.
Angolan-Portuguese artist Pongo shares her striking new single ‘Quem Manda No Mic’. Serving as the follow up to her brilliant EP ‘Baia’ earlier this year, which featured standout cuts like ‘Kuzola’ and ‘Chora’, the emphatic new single is yet another delectable slice of the artist’s genre-bending sounds. From the get go, you’re thrown into a whirlwind of vibrant sounds driven by the energetic kuduro beats as Pongo sings and raps about her musical journey so far.
Consider yourself introduced to Hackney based newcomer Tycho Jones who impresses with startling trap-inspired debut single ‘Scrolling’. Soundtracked by a shape-shifting beat which boasts a bed of crisp electronics that blends the worlds of trap and hip hop and is topped off by a sprinkling of piano chords, ‘Scrolling’ showcases Tycho’s playful songwriting and delivery.
French artist Saint DX unveils ‘SDX’ his sensational new EP which features sparkling gems that are packed with groove and funk. Released via Cracki Records/Because Music, the nine track project opens with previously released singles ‘Prime Of Your Life’ and ‘Xphanie’ which wonderfully set the scene for the singer/songwriter’s seductive and serene sounds. Whether it’s the hushed intonations of ‘I Still Care” and ‘First Fantasy’ or the heartfelt atmospherics of ‘La Même’ and closer ‘Regrets’, ‘SDX’ captures the delicacy and beauty of modern romance.
Spanish sensation ROSALÍA returns with ‘A Palé’ (co-produced with El Guincho and Frank Dukes), a gritty, explosive pop banger that boasts an equally powerful music video. Another momentous extravaganza, the song opens with the singer’s angelic musings before the hard-hitting, bass-heavy beat kicks in and ROSALÍA switches it up with her killer lines. The accompanying music video, directed by Jora Frantzis features everything that makes a ROSALÍA visual so special: gold accents, exquisite choreography and fire looks.
London based producer and DJ Subculture links up with singer Rachel Chinouriri on the hazy and atmospheric new single ‘The Chase’. Lifted from the artist’s forthcoming ‘I DREAM OF EVERYTHING’ mixtape which is out November 14th, the track follows previous collaborations with Tertia May, Grand Pax and Goya Gumbani. Encompassing the project’s title, ‘The Chase’ is about a recurring dream the artist had of being chased by unknown figures – this is conveyed by the track’s creeping electronic production as Chinouriri’s warming tones offer light.
Lebanese newcomer Laeticia Acra aka Japan, Man shares her beguiling and utterly enchanting second single in the form of ‘The Law’. At just fifteen years of age, the rising singer/songwriter has already impressed this year with debut offering ‘Stop Staring’, a song that brings to mind the pop sensibilities of Clairo with a bit of funk thrown in for good measure. On ‘The Law’, Acra continues the groove fest as solid drums are joined by fabulous guitar lines that allow Japan, Man’s honeyed tones to sound that much sweeter.
London singer/songwriter ABISHA shares an atmospheric and utterly haunting music video for latest single ‘Real Life’. Having already impressed with previously released singles ‘All That’, ‘Project X’, ‘Nothing Matters’ and ‘Confused’, the emerging artist serves up another delectable slice of alt-pop laced with R&B with ‘Real Life’. Highlighting the singer’s alluring vocals, the song is brought to life by a gorgeous clip directed by Edward Cooke, premiering here at COLORS.
Opening with an array of dazzling synths and a sizzling electronic beat, ‘Let’s Pretend’, the second offering from Parisian newcomer Sinqa is an absolute blast. The funk-filled track follows up the artist’s sensational debut single ‘Siren’ which dropped last month. Released via Kitsuné Musique, the infectious single’s delectable instrumentation are brought to life by Sinqa’s magnificent vocals and catchy melodies.
Sarah Klang’s warming music is exactly what we need during this time of year. Her powerful voice fits perfectly along with the beautiful instrumentation, as you can hear in ’Call Me’, the lead single from her new record ‘Creamy Blue’. The lyrics serve as an anthem for the brokenhearted, the forever romantic, the dreamer and the believer. Through ‘Creamy Blue’, Sarah Klang evokes every emotion and every step from being in a relationship til it’s end; it’s a reconciliation between her and her own heart, it is a ten track confession of how a relationship can affect you.
Nottingham based newcomer George Gretton shares beautiful new self-written and self-produced single in the form of ‘Grey / Blue’. Serving as the follow up to previously released singles ‘Tread Water’ and ‘Too Soon’, ‘Grey / Blue’ is a sparkling cut that exemplifies Gretton’s magnificent songwriting and endearing vocal tones. ‘Grey / Blue’ is a reminder that we all need every now and then to carry on “whether skies are grey or blue”.
Toronto based singer/songwriter Tasha Angela releases the follow up visuals for her timeless single ‘Lost in Nostalgia’, which is taken from her forthcoming debut EP titled ‘Hidden Gems’. Directed by angelicamilash, the visual wonderfully captures the song’s dreamy disco vibes and “explores nostalgia through a colourful lens”. Taking you on a trip down memory lane, the mirrors the record’s story of looking back and cherishing the memories of the past, evoking a sense of comfort and respite through her warming tones.
West London based singer and songwriter Ava Zarate releases her magnificent jazz-inspired single ‘How Does It Feel’. Following up last year’s brilliant ‘Too Good to Be True’ and ‘To Be Opened’ projects which featured stand out cuts like ‘Estella’ and ‘Look At You’, Zarate continues to impress with her infectiously sweet voice and relatable lyrics on ‘How Does It Feel’.
Melbourne based producer and sound designer Sig Nu Gris shares a gripping and captivating four-track project titled ‘Fixations’. Following up her stellar debut single ‘To Un-Know’ earlier this year, the EP features four brilliant re-imaginations of songs that “fascinated” the artist. From the clattery and glitchy atmospherics of opener ‘Skills’ by Gang Starr to the energetic and utterly intoxicating instrumentation on ‘Ongoing Thing’, a remix of 20ysl’s collaboration with Oddisee, ‘Fixations’ is undoubtedly one of the best projects you’ll hear this year.
Mumbai based producer Sandunes shares an eclectic and meditative EP in the form of ’11:11′. Opening with the clattering electronics of lead single ‘Eleven:Eleven’, which features vocals from Landslands, the five-track EP is a free-flowing journey of magical sounds. From sparkling synth melodies and sharp notes that bounce, glide, trickle and speed across on subsequent tracks like ‘Shift’ and ‘Glock’, Sandunes, real name Sanaya Ardeshir, sets herself apart as one of the most exciting musicians and producers to come out of India.
Enigmatic London producer INFLO’s irresistible debut single ‘No Fear’ is a groove-infested gem. Released over a year ago by London label Forever Living Originals (home to SAULT and COLORS alum Cleo Sol), the blistering track serves as the perfect ray of sunshine on these colder days leading into winter. The fabulous instrumentation, which is driven by some killer drums and some fluttery woodwind moments are topped off by an infectious hook that gives the song its spirited energy.