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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.
Australian singer/songwriter Chloe Kae (one half of Kllo, who’re currently working on their new album) steps into the spotlight with the first of two solo singles in the form of ‘Misconception’. Released alongside ‘Recluse’, the delicate and smooth single sees Kae’s silky tones wash over the piano and electronic-led production courtesy of Machinedrum (Theophilus London, Azealia Banks & Bonobo). Check out the spectacular track and its accompanying music video here.
Rising Montreal based artist Chiiild sets up the release of his forthcoming EP with the dark yet soulful new single ‘Hands Off Me’. Having already impressed us with the delectable ‘Count Me Out’ last summer, Chiiild continues his brilliant form with another sensational slice of moody R&B-infused soul that’s reminiscent of fellow native The Weeknds ‘House of Balloons’ trilogy. Check out the stunning single here and keep an eye out for Chiild’s debut EP which is out next month.
Texan singer/songwriter Liv. (pronounded “Liv”) shares brilliant new single ‘SirLadyMakemFall’ which is accompanied by an equally chilled video directed by Barrington Darius). Having released her brilliant ‘Hoopdreams’ project back in 2018 (as well as featuring on Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘FEET OF CLAY’ last year), the single serves as the first taste of solo music from the now L.A. based artist in quite a while – and what a special cut it is. Dive into the track’s (and video’s) laid back atmospherics to the right.
Listen to the beautiful and contemplative new single ‘Blue Comanche’, from London based singer/songwriter and COLORS alumni Westerman. A song about “the inevitability of environmental loss as a consequence of modernization”, ‘Blue Comanche’ encompasses a mellow atmosphere as gentle keys and drums soundtrack Westerman’s endearing tones.
Jamaican reggae artist Dre Island yearns for a better future in his new single ‘Be Okay’, a collaboration with fellow native Jesse Royal. A song about the hardships that life brings, an acoustic version of ‘Be Okay’ was first debuted last November on Jamaican Youtube channel Jussbuss TV, and today we get to hear the final version. Features a brilliant verse from Jesse Royal, ‘Be Okay’ serves as a ray of hope; a reason to push through the struggles no matter what.
London-born, Paris-based singer, songwriter and producer ALA.NI shares a stunning visual to accompany her latest single ‘PAPA’. Taken from her forthcoming sophomore album ‘ACCA’ which is out January 24th, ‘PAPA’ is built on a soundbed of nothing but beat boxing and body and wall percussion to carry her stunning a cappella vocals along. Accompanied by a gorgeous music video directed by Tania Feghali and shot over the summer at Lake Komo, ‘PAPA’ is another brilliant offering from ALA.NI.
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.