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British rapper and COLORS alumnus slothai (aka Tyron Kaymone Frampton) shares new single ‘feel away’ featuring James Blake and Mount Kimbie. Having premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World, the track is “about the doubts we have whether it be within friendships, your partner or with our family” and showcases slowthai’s signature raw delivery over a minimal beat. Check out the single and it’s Oscar Hudson-directed music video here.
London artist and COLORS alumni Bakar returns with striking new single ‘1st Time’, the follow up to last year’s ‘Will You Be My Yellow’ EP. The track encompasses the rising artists unique and refreshing artistry over a stellar beat penned alongside longtime collaborator Zach Nahome. Dive into the brilliant single here and keep an eye out for Bakar’s sophomore album which is set to drop next year.
Chicago-born, New York-based singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist KeiyaA unveils the stunning visual to her standout single ‘I! Gits! Weary!’. Lifted from her brilliant ‘Forever, Ya Girl’ project which dropped earlier this year, the spellbinding clip which is directed by Ryosuke Tanzawa follows the Brooklyn native across parks and train stations interspersed with shots of jump rope crew the Jazzy Jumpers Family. Check out the video above and don’t forget to put KeiyaA’s magnificent debut album ‘Forever, Ya Girl’ on rotation too.
North London based artist Ragz Originale teams up with rising singer 24hoursav on delectable new single ‘ring out’. Soundtracked by an hypnotic bass-heavy beat penned by Ragz, hrnoevil & E-Whizz, the track sees Ragz and 24hoursav lay down their super slick vocals and arrives with an equally impressive music video directed by Florian Joahn. Check out the sensational cut here.
Taiwanese five-piece Sunset Rollercoaster share dazzling new single ‘Under The Skin’ which is taken from their forthcoming new album ‘Soft Storm’. The single serves as another glorious slice of psychedelic-soul and follows their 2019’s EP ‘VANILLA VILLA’ as well as lead single ‘Candlelight’. Packed with groove and the band’s smooth instrumentation, ‘Under The Skin’ is a great taste of what’s to come from the band, check it out here.
San Antonio singer and songwriter Xavier Omär unveils new single ‘SURF’, a breathtaking collaboration with COLORS alumna Masego. Lifted from Omär’s latest project ‘if You Feel’ which features previously released singles ‘So Much More’, ‘All Our Time’ (ft. Jae Stephens) and Like I Feel (ft, Mereba), the track encompasses a soothing and groove-inflected atmosphere as Omär and Masegi’s charming tones pair together wonderfully over the breezy soundscape. Check out the spectacular offering here and be sure to give the rest of ‘if You Feel’ a spin too.
East London based singer, songwriter and COLORS alumnus Jerome Thomas shares a delightful new single in the form of ‘Right There’. Soundtracked by a slick beat dripping with groovy guitars and delicate piano melodies, the track is taken to new heights with Thomas’ sublime, honeyed vocals which glide across the soundscape with ease as he sings about making yourself available to your loved ones who are going through a hard time. Stream the single here and keep an eye out for Jerome Thomas’ new EP which is set to be released early next year.
Queens-raised, L.A.-based Chilean-American artist Aalok Bala shares one of the most striking and original projects of the year with ‘Sacred Mirror’. Having already impressed with her magical and enchanting sounds on previous singles ‘Sueño’, ‘Moon Juice’ and ‘The Hive’ this year, the EP is completed with new cuts ‘Body of Light’, ‘Crystal’ and ‘Alone With The Night’. Throughout the EP, Aalok Bala’s powerful and pristine vocals shine across Chilean beats blended wonderfully with soul and pop elements to create a sound that is truly unique – check it out for yourself here.
Copenhagen-based, Norwegian electronic duo Smerz share ‘I don’t talk about that much / Hva hvis’, taken from their forthcoming ‘Believer’ project. The singles follow Catharina Stoltenberg and Henriette Motzfeldt’s 2018 EP ‘Have fun’ as well as recent cuts ‘The favourite / Rap interlude’ and capture the pair’s exhilarating and cinematic sound. Blistering electronics and synths skitter across the sweeping soundscape as the pair’s heavenly tones are laid down with a delicate touch to create the perfectly juxtaposing sound on ‘I don’t talk about that much’ whilst the latter single embodies a minimal instrumentation of gorgeous strings. Check out the songs here and keep an eye out for ‘Believer’ which will be released via XL Recordings soon.
Stockholm-based singer and guitarist JÁNA collaborates with Nigerian-American duo VanJess on her breathtaking new single ‘Green’. Serving as the first taste of her forthcoming new EP which follows this year’s ‘Flowerworks’ EP, the spellbinding cut is soundtracked by a vibrant electronic soundbed tinged with gorgeous synths as JÁNA and VanJess lay down their nonintoxicating smooth vocals. Check out the single, which portrays a relationship filled with jealousy here, it’s an absolute gem.
Swedish singer, songwriter and producer Sam Ezeh steps into the spotlight with soulful and groove-inflected debut single ‘CRISIS’. Citing the likes of Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar and Prince as inspirations, Sam Ezeh wonderfully navigates the self-produced soundscape of lush guitars and crisp beats as he sings about “escaping your problems, running away from things you know you eventually can’t hide from”. Dive into the vibrant atmospherics of ‘CRISIS’ and it’s equally exceptional self-directed music video here.
Bombay, India native Adi showcases his incredible versatility as a rapper and songwriter on his brilliant new EP ‘PIGEONHOLED’. Featuring previously released single ‘.22’ and a stellar collaboration with rising rapper Ahmer on ‘COP CAR’, the five-track project sees Adi flex his playful yet sharp lyricism over hard-hitting beats penned by the likes of Versus, Sheil Mehta, BMTJ, MDHV and Kevin Clarke. Stream ‘PIGEONHOLED’ in its entirety here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from this rising artist.
Consider yourself introduced to Zimbabwe-born, Canada-based artist Charmaine who bursts onto the scene with a powerful debut single in the form of ‘BOLD’. Accompanied by a striking music video that’s just as vibrant and energetic, ‘BOLD’ highlights Charmaine’s infectious charisma as a vocalist and writer and is described by the artist as a track that inspires you to be “fearless” and “unapologetically you”. Dive into the empowering atmospherics of ‘BOLD’ here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from the promising Toronto-based artist.
Danish-born, LA-based artist and producer Galimatias shares the gorgeous visuals to ‘GPS’ which features Bas and Xavier Omar. Lifted from his recently released album ‘Renaissance Boy’, the single serves as a slick slice of R&B that sees an icy smooth beat underpinning Bas’ and Xavier Omar’s soothing tones. Check out the single and it’s Alex Nazari-directed music video which features a stunning dance performed by Aahkilah Cornelius and choreographed by Cisco Ruelas.
Dive into the rich and groovy inflections of ‘You Don’t Know My Name’, the latest single from London based artist House of EL. Following the release of previous cut ‘Lazarus’, the new single taps into an old-school 70’s funk soundscape dripping with warbling guitar licks and killer drums to serve as the perfect backdrop for the singer’s impeccably smooth and luscious musings. Check out ‘You Don’t Know My Name’ here and keep an eye out for House of EL’s forthcoming EP which is set to release via his own label WUNDERKIND.
California-born, LA-based, producer and rapper Asha Imuno shares his long-awaited second full length album ‘Good News’ out via b4. Featuring previously released singles ‘CAVIAR’ and ‘BIG WORDS’, the fourteen-track project captures Imuno’s refreshing production-style and versatility as both a singer and rapper. From the roller-coaster soundscapes of ‘SIX PACK’ which sees the artist switch beats and delivery to the laid-back atmospherics of ‘QUESTIONS’ and ‘DREW THE LINE’, ‘Good News’ is a record that shines from start to finish.
Melbourne based artist Tim Shiel continues his ‘Distraction Season’ series with ‘Get Into Your Love’, a collaboration with vocalist and harpist Lucy Roleff. Driven by a relentless electronic dub beat that brings to the mind the raving sounds of Jamie xx, the single is taken to heavenly heights with Roleff’s enchanting vocals soaring above as she sings “get out of the water and get into your love”. Dive into the serene waters of ‘Get Into Your Love’ and be sure to check out Tim Shiel’s other ‘Distraction Season’ single ‘Coliseum’ which features Genesis Owusu if you haven’t already done so.
Brooklyn based artist Linda Diaz (who recently won NPR’s 2020 Tiny Desk Contest) and Danish producer/singer Marie Dahlstrom team up with Elijah Fox and Aligo on ‘Good Thing’. A sensational slice of R&B-tinged pop, the track sees all four artists work their magic over a shimmering beat penned by Elijah Fox as Diaz and Dahlstrom’s gorgeous tones blend together wonderfully before Aligo lays down a slick verse of his own. Check out the brilliant collaboration here.
Having impressed with his impeccable debut EP ‘Session 1: Disillusion’ earlier this year, rising singer Emanuel wows with new single ‘Black Woman’. Encompassing a simple yet utterly captivating instrumentation comprising grandiose piano melodies and chilling strings, the single is taken to another level by Emanuel’s endearing, gentle tones and poignant songwriting. Dive into the gorgeous ballad here, it’s an absolute stunner.
Nepalese-born, North Carolina-based breakthrough artist Curtis Waters (aka Abhinav Bastakoti) shares ‘Pity Party’, his magnificent debut studio album. Since going Tik Tok viral with infectious cut ‘Stunnin” (which features Harm Franklin and has now amassed over 300 million global combined streams), the rising singer, songwriter and producer has gone onto share equally impressive singles ‘The Feelings Tend To Stay The Same’ and ‘Freckles’. On ‘Pity Party’, Waters brings his witty songwriting and slick vocals over playful and emotive soundscapes – stream the entire album here.
Indiana-based singer, songwriter and producer Rahm Silverglade aka RⱯHM ⚉ steps into the spotlight with intricate new single ‘Tree In A Sidewalk’. Forming 1/4 of alt-pop New York based outfit altopalo, ‘Tree In A Sidewalk’ is the first solo offering from RⱯHM ⚉ who lays down a bed of sophisticated electronics and thumping bass for his soothing and solemn vocals. Lifted from his forthcoming debut full length which is out next year, the record is a wonderful taste of what’s to come – sink into the single here.