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Prince Waly, who makes up half of the group Big Buddha Cheez, is a true storyteller. As he keeps saying: he was bottle-fed to American cinema, something that is ever present when listening to his music. On ‘BO Y Z’, the Montreuil artist pushes the boundaries of his music. Nineties imagery, a cinematic tone and a fantasy of the ubiquitous gangster are the three constants that define his universe. The 9-track record features contributions from various quality guests such as Tengo John, TripleGo, Loveni, Alpha Wann, Enchantée Julia and Feu! Chatterton.
Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist and artist Luna Li follows up her dazzling ‘Jams’ EP from earlier this year with dreamy new single ‘Cherry Pit’. Shimmering guitars and mellow drums serve as the backdrop for the track’s whimsical and enchanting instrumentation as Luna Li’s mesmerising tones sweep across in perfect harmony. Dive into the lush soundscapes of ‘Cherry Pit’ here, it’s a delight from start to finish!
London-based artist Miller Blue shares dazzling new single ‘Me, Myself & I’, which is co-produced by Ahwlee and serves as the first taste of his forthcoming ‘The Tree Of Tenéré’ EP. Arriving with a music video directed-by boy wonder, the spellbinding cut is soundtracked by an alluring jazz trumpet that creates an utterly blissful atmosphere for Miller Blue to lay down those breezy vocals. Check out the reflective single and it’s music video to the right and keep an eye out for ‘The Tree of Tenéré’ which is set to drop later this year.
Danish singer, songwriter and producer Erika de Casier follows up last year’s delightful ‘No Butterflies, No Nothing’ with superb new single ‘Drama’. Released via 4AD, the serene single arrives with an equally elegant and enticing self-directed music video which features photography by Gloria Berenice Moreno and by Henriette Motzfeldt. With a new record on the way, ‘Drama’ is a sparkling number that features Erika’s whispery, wistful vocals over a breezy, shuffling beat. See (and hear) for yourself to the right.
Delhi, India-based rapper Prabh Deep will blow you away with his sharp, fearless verses on second studio album ‘TABIA’. Serving as the follow up to 2017’s ‘Class-Sikh’, the new record features fifteen spectacular cuts that sees the rapper deliver some of his most vulnerable and reflective words to date over refreshing beats courtesy of Prabh Deep and Richard Craker along with a host of co-producers. With ‘TABIA’ (which “refers to chess moves made by a person”), Prabh Deep has delivered something truly special – check it out in full by pressing play to the right.
Emerging British-Tamil artist SLUMKADET (aka Michael Roshan Jr.) shares an homage to Tamil and Indian Cinema with atmospheric new single ‘Blurry Iris’ (produced by Jalus). Having already impressed with the silky moments of ‘Tell Me’ earlier this year, SLUMKADET keeps the momentum going with ‘Blurry Iris’ which opens with one of the most beautiful and cinematic intros you’ll hear this year. Check out the slow-burning single, which wonderfully blends together smooth R&B nuances with Tamil-inspired vocals and is accompanied by a Tamil/Bollywood-inspired visual, here.
Leipzig-based French/Moroccan/American-producer Adam Abdelkader Belhaj-Lenox aka Zouj unveils glitchy new single ‘j0_0j’ (pronounced joooj). Accompanied by an equally bonkers and intriguing music video created by Franz Impler which sees the song’s titular character explore a twisted, alternate reality, ‘j0_0j’ is undoubtedly one of those rare gems that keeps you on your toes from start to finish. Dive into the other-worldly atmospherics of ‘j0_0j’ to the right and keep an eye out for more from Zouj.
Barcelona-based singer/songwriter Uma shares captivating new single ‘Nebula’ from her upcoming EP ‘Moth & The Dove’. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts ‘Black Bees’ and Bring Me The Mountain’, ‘Nebula’ brings together elements of bossa nova and celestial synths as Uma’s gentle and smooth tones wash over to create an absolutely blissful and otherworldly atmosphere. Dive into ‘Nebula’ here and keep and eye out for ‘Moth & The Dove’ which is out April 9th.
Stockholm, Sweden-based soul singer Nápoles follows up last year’s ‘Slowin It’ EP with brilliant new slow jam ‘Know My Place’ produced by Wahib. Encompassing a classic R&B soundscape that boasts a seductive beat, ‘Know My Place’ finds the perfect sweet spot between nostalgic and refreshing as Nápoles graceful tones sweep across the instrumentation like butter. Dive into ‘Know My Place’ here, it’s a stunner from start to finish.
Brooklyn based artist Joshua Karpeh aka Cautious Clay serves up an absolute beauty of a single in the form of ‘Roots’. Serving as the singer, songwriter and producer’s first release of the year, ‘Roots’ is a wholesome and heartwarming single about “having an established history with someone and coming to the often difficult realization that things ultimately won’t last”. With the twinkling atmospherics of ‘Roots’, Cautious Clay sets the tone perfectly for what’s to come – press play and enjoy the single here.
Swedish artist and producer Shadi G teams up with American artist Elijah Boothe on mesmerising new single ‘Mitoone’. Serving as her first offering that’s almost entirely sung in Persian, the enchanting number sees Shadi G’s woozy and captivating vocals blend with Elijah Boothe’s silken tones with ease over a rich, intoxicating beat-driven soundscape. Dive into the atmospheric nuances of ‘MItoone’ to the right.
Having already impressed with ‘HIGHROAD’ and ‘BEADS’ earlier this year, rising New York-based artist emawk is back with delightful new single ‘ACOUSCOUS’. Soundtracked by emawk’s signature production (by Zach Ezzy) that sees lush guitars meet subtle electronic flourishes courtesy of Zach Ezzy, the glorious number is topped off by the singer’s impeccably smooth vocals that are harmonized to perfection. Enjoy ‘ACOUSCOUS’, a song about learning to “process feeling misunderstood/misjudged”, along with its Coming of Age-directed music video here.
Emerging Swedish singer and producer Sam Ezeh’ delivers the smoothest of vibes on brilliant new EP ‘Night At Ezeh’s’. Featuring previously released singles ‘CRISIS’, ‘Bonsai Love’ and ‘Suspension’, the seven-track project is rounded off with two lush closing numbers in the form of ‘Fly/Gravity’ and ‘Makes My Night’. A wonderful debut offering, ‘Night At Ezeh’s’ is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year so far.
South London-based rapper KAM-BU unleashes powerful video for new single ‘Black on Black’ produced by Pablo Pullen, HYLNU & Tom Henry. The explosive bass-heavy beat is taken to new heights with KAM-BU’s sharp and dynamic delivery, marking the track as one of the most important and poignant offerings of the year so far. Check out the single, which is about “empowerment, equality and reflection” and it’s incredible music video here.
Having impressed us with ‘DUMBO’ last year, Toronto-based supergroup No Tourists return with another fiery track in the form of ‘Like Lava’. Accompanied by a DIY clip filmed and directed by Kafayé, ‘Like Lava’ offers a heavy 808 beat interspersed with breezy synths courtesy of Abdullah and universes, whilst vocalists Kafayé, Keynes Woods, Lan’do, and Deelo Avery lay down their unique verses. Check out ‘Like Lava’ here and stay tuned for more from the rising group.
LA-based artist Colby Lafayette shares powerful new cut ‘BEST GUY’, a hypnotising standalone in the lead up to his forthcoming EP. Serving as the follow up to last year’s magnificent ‘SO BAD’ EP, ‘BEST GUY’ is another gritty alt-rock banger that boasts grungy guitars and a sharp beat for Lafayette to lay down his magnetic vocals. Check out ‘BEST GUY’ , which explores “the complex intersection between vice and women” in the artist’s life here and keep an eye out for his upcoming new EP which is set to drop later this year.
Rising London based singer, songwriter and producer Khazali shares exhilarating new single and video ‘NYC to CDG’. Serving as the follow up to last year’s ‘You’ll Be The One’, ‘NYC to CDG’ sees the artist’s soft, soothing tones glide across the electronic instrumentation with ease as he sings about “a character trying to escape his small town for famous landmarks”. Check out the track and the self-directed lyric video to the right and keep an eye out for Khazali’s forthcoming debut EP ‘Going Home Vol.1’ which is out soon.
Minneapolis-based interdisciplinary artist Dizzy Fae blends the worlds of R&B with stellar electronics on sparkling new single ‘360 Baby’. With production courtesy of Stelios who lays down a killer beat to serve as the perfect backdrop for Fae’s glitchy and sensual tones to wash over, ‘360 Baby’ is a song about “visualizing what you want and then going out and getting it”. Check out the blistering single here, it’s a bop from start to finish.
West London artist and COLORS performer Lava La Rue showcases their incredibly versatile and vibrant new EP ‘Butter-Fly’. The striking five-track project, which features guest appearances from Deb Never and Karma Kid, sees the NiNE8 founder continue to impress with their exceptionally distinct flow and dynamic pen over equally diverse and exciting soundscapes. Stream ‘Butter-Fly’ in full to the right, and be sure to check out Lava La Rue’s brilliant A COLORS SHOW from 2018 here.
Consider yourself introduced to US-based duo Louis Pastel and Felix aka Paris Texas who impress with their explosive debut single ‘HEAVY METAL’. Arriving with a superb music video that perfectly reflects the track’s grungy atmospherics, the track sees the duo’s dynamic verses and unique flows over emphatic guitars and a killer beat. With a debut mixtape on the way, ‘HEAVY METAL’ wonderfully sets the tone for what’s to come from Paris Texas.
South Korean collective Balming Tiger release vibrant and refreshing double A-side singles ‘JUST FUN!’ and ‘LOOP?’. Comprising Omega Sapien, sogumm, wnjn, Mudd the Student, Unsinkable, and San Yawn, the group continue to impress on these two new cuts, showcasing their playful yet hard hitting soundscapes (courtesy of Unsinkable & wnjn) and witty delivery. Check out the lackadaisical atmospherics of ‘JUST FUN!’ (which arrives with a stellar music video) and the powerful headbanger that is ‘LOOP?’ here.