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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.
Introducing Norwegian newcomer fijitrip who shares ‘New$hoes’, another captivating single taken from his forthcoming debut EP ‘Tech’. Serving as the follow up to debut cut ‘Not Like’ which dropped last month, ‘New$hoes’ is a glitchy, electronic-led track that captures an element of playfulness whilst shrouding the true sentiment; a one-sided relationship. With these two tracks alone, fijitrip has shown why he’s one of the most exciting artists around – check out the vibrant lyric video to the track here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘Tech’ which is out later this month.
Consider yourself introduced to Belgian based singer/songwriter EMY who enchants with the lush atmospherics of new single ‘Freestyle’, the artist’s first new single since 2018. Boasting heavenly harmonies and pungent lyrics that pack a punch, ‘Freestyle’ is one of those quietly graceful gems that comes with a little bit of bite. The gritty guitars and powerful drums are smothered with EMY’s gorgeous, raspy vocals that are reminiscent of Jorja Smith. Sink into the single and it’s equally captivating music video created by Anaïs & Emy Kabore here.
London-based artist virgil HAWKINS and producer HNRO share the music video for ‘Gollum’, lifted off their high-octane collaborative project ‘Dragonchild Static*‘. Premiering here at COLORS, the sharp, atmospheric visuals directed by Hawkins, Nathan Li and Tyrus Hill wonderfully reflect the track’s dynamic energy. Dive into the slick music video here, and be sure to give ‘Dragonchild Static*’ a spin if you haven’t already done so!
Consider yourself introduced to London based artist Afonso and his spellbinding new single ‘Luz’, a sparkling jazz and soul inflected gem. Everything from the rich instrumentation that boasts a magnificent string section and gorgeous bass to Afonso’s delicate and polished vocals encompasses a timelessness and sense of class that is difficult to perfect. A song about self discovery, ‘Luz’ is one of those songs that resonates with you more and more with each listen, check it out here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this emerging talent.
Miami-born, Turin-based multi-instrumentalist Yves Tumor releases explosive and bonkers new album ‘Heaven to a Tortured Mind’. Featuring previously released singles ‘Gospel For A New Century’, ‘Kerosene!’, ‘Romanticist’ and ‘Dream Palette’, the twelve-track project packs quite the punch from start to finish with is distorted and harsh soundscapes to accompany Tumor’s gritty and powerful vocals. This is the kind of record that’ll keep you on your toes at all times and pushes the boundaries of modern rock-pop.
Melbourne based duo Kllo (Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam) return with the electric new single ‘Still Here’ taken from their forthcoming album ‘Maybe We Could’. Driven by a set of 90’s inspired rave-drums, the track is given a gentle touch with some delicate piano chords and Kaul’s consoling vocals yearn for understanding as she sings about an emotionally suffocating relationship. Check out the single and it’s Matt Sav-directed video here, and be sure to keep an eye out for the pair’s second album ‘Maybe We Could’ which is out in the coming months.
North London based singer/songwriter Latir shares new single ‘Wallflower’, one of the smoothest songs you’ll hear all year. The track’s slick production is topped off wonderfully by Latir’s exquisite and sweet vocals that glide across the soundscape with ease as he paints an equally lush image with his poetic lyrics. Check out the spectacular single and it’s brilliant music video here.
Washington Born, New York based artist Nick Hakim returns with ‘QADIR’, the impeccable lead single from his forthcoming new album ‘WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD’. A dazzling array of Hakim’s signature soulful electronica, ‘QADIR’ is a hauntingly beautiful cut that sees the singer’s captivating vocals take center stage. Accompanied by an equally arresting visual, ‘QADIR’ is the perfect introduction to ‘WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD’ which is out May 15th.
New York based songstress Ayelle teams up with London based artist Rationale on ‘Choice’, taken from her forthcoming mixtape ‘NOMAD’. The brilliant offering follows up previous gems like ‘Trust’ and ‘Effort’, not to mention the pair’s previous collaboration ‘Hurts The Most’ which dropped last September, and wonderfully showcases Ayelle’s golden tones as they glide across the crisp, electronic-led soundscape produced by Rationale. Dive into the lush soundscapes of ‘Choice’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘NOMAD’ which is out later this year.
London based rapper Ultra)_eko shares ‘Kitchen Sink Dramas’, a powerful six-track project that packs a punch from start to finish. Throughout the course of the EP, Ultra_eko showcases his versatility as both a performer and songwriter, navigating hard-hitting and powerful beats tinged with gentle piano chords and sophisticated orchestration with ease. There’s a certain rawness to ‘Kitchen Sink Dramas’, one that resonates with you from opening track ‘The Seventh Day” to closer ‘Twisted’.
Consider yourself introduced to Georgia Lowe aka GLOWE, who impresses with her sparkling new single ‘Overwhelmed’ produced by Joe Wander. Serving as the first single from her forthcoming debut EP titled ‘Daughter’, ‘Overwhelmed’ captures the rising artist’s assertive and powerful voice pierce through the guitar-laden soundscape. Check out the anthemic cut here and be sure to keep an eye out for GLOWE’s ‘Daughter’ EP which is out very soon.
Introducing Canadia based singer/songwriter Abby Sage and her infectious debut single ‘Holy Water’, a delectable slice of dreampop. What strikes a chord from the moment you press play, is Abby Sage’s impeccably rich and intoxicating vocals, which was across the piano-led soundscape carried by a crisp beat. Dive into the lush atmospherics of ‘Holy Water’ (which comes with a home-made style music video) here, and be sure to keep an eye out for more from Abby Sage this year.
Consider yourself introduced to rising Perth based rapper MALi JO$E who shares the explosive and uplifting ‘This Could Be You’. Accompanied by a music video directed by Dylan Guy and MALi JO$E, the spirited track features a scintillating beat that serves as the perfect backdrop for JO$E to lay down his sharp verses and chilled vocals. This being the second release for the artist (following last year’s brilliant ‘Mistakes’), it’s safe to say that MALi JO$E is definitely one to watch.
French singer, songwriter and producer Degree channels the likes of Bon Iver, James Blake and Chet Faker on latest single ‘Call The Inside’. Soundtracked by an expansive electronic beat, the track is given a gentle touch through a sprinkling of twinkling piano progressions and Degree’s impeccably smooth and alluring vocals. Enjoy the brilliant new single here which features on Kitsuné Musique’s ‘Kitsuné Parisien’ compliation.
Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino unveils ‘3.15.20’, his latest full length album which features previously released single ‘Algorhythm’. The record first appeared (and then mysteriously disappeared) on 15th March 2020 on the artist’s website donaldgloverpresents.com. With contributions from Ariana Grande, 21 Savage and frequent collaborator Ludwig Göransson, ‘3.15.20’ is a soulful, funky, jarring, thought provoking, soul-stirring album that might just be Gambino’s strongest offering to date.
Russian artist Kate NV (aka Kate Shilonosova) shares an intoxicating new single ‘Sayonara’, lifted from her forthcoming album ‘Room for the Moon’. Woozy synths, a metronome-like beat and a deep bass serve as the perfect foundation for Shilonosova to work her magic with those ever so enchanting vocals. Check out the magnificent single, its equally intriguing (self-directed) music video here and be sure to check out ‘Room For the Moon’ when it drops on June 12th.
South African based artists dumama + kechou (aka Gugulethu Duma and Kerim Melik Becker) team up to share ‘buffering juju’, their exceptionally soulful and vibrant debut album. Throughout the course of the record’s eight songs, which features contributions from the likes of Angel Bat Dawid, Shane Cooper and Dion Montithe, the pair take you on a soul stirring, spiritual journey that expertly blends together electronic and acoustic soundscapes interspersed with native South African influences and even a sprinkling of jazz.
Consider yourself introduced to the hypnotic and captivating sounds of South London based artist Amani who impresses on ‘Power Games’. The track follows up Amani’s ‘Perpendicular’ EP from 2017, and is soundtracked by blistering electronics that carry her gorgeous falsetto along with ease; creating an entirely immersive and cinematic soundscape. Check out ‘Power Games’ here.
Rising Canadian singer/songwriter Tate McRae unveiling delectable new single ‘that way’, lifted from her new EP ‘all the things I never said’. The captivating single is soundtracked by gentle piano chords and atmospheric, subtle electronic beats that pound there way through as McRae lays down her impeccable vocals. Check out the stunning song along with its equally arresting music video here and be sure to keep an eye out for the new EP which features previously released singles ‘stupid’, ‘tear myself apart’ and ‘all my friends are fake’.
Consider yourself introduced to London based singer/songwriter Jasmine Jethwa, who shines on latest single ‘Empty Waters’. Lifted from her forthcoming EP ‘Hurricane’ which features previously released single ‘Running Circles’, this latest offering is one that will quite simply blow your breath away. The intimate production serves as the perfect backdrop for Jethwa’s brooding tones as she sings about loss and loneliness. Dip into the single here and keep an eye out for the EP which drops April 8th.