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‘No Heart’ by KwolleM, Joe James, Novelist, Ashbeck
Matching gritty tones with mellow minimalism, KwolleM rose to fame in the late 2010s with his Soundcloud-smashing grime edits. Taking the genre’s rugged edge and repurposing it for the platform’s love of lo-fi hip-hop, the producer was ahead of his time. Melo, the artist’s second full-length project, carries some heavyweight features, and nowhere is this more apparent than on ‘No Heart’, which flips seamlessly between soulful samples and cypher-esque rap verses from Novelist, Ashbeck and Joe James.
‘Once then we’ll be free’ by Wisp
Bringing back shoegaze with vengeance, Wisp is the enigmatic Californian rockstar on the cusp of greatness. Clocking millions of streams on her previous two singles, the songwriter is continuing her hazy ascendency on the fuzzy new track, ‘Once then we’ll be free’.
‘Abena’ by BenjiFlow
Benjiflow is next to take on Amapiano’s transcendent polyrhythms and he does so dexterously. With harmonies that slide across the production like warm butter, the Londoner proves that he’s a guy still grooving, despite not releasing any solo material in over a year.
‘Wet’ by Karen Nyame KG
Karen Nyame KG drops her deep and highly percussive new EP, RED, which features three tracks sprawling the Afro-electronic music spectrum. ‘Wet’ is the third and final offering, taking the DJ-producer's sultry vocals and contorting them around an Amapiano-inspired instrumental.
‘0121 Do One’ by Chloé Robinson, DJ ADHD
Chloé Robinson and DJ ADHD want you ready for the weekend on their new EP, otherwise, you can ‘0121 Do One’. Flipping between thumping 4/4 and warped, percussive garage, the duo prove again that their producer-DJing bond is unbreakable. If you didn’t catch one of their many lauded festival sets this summer, we suggest you see them in the club sometime soon.
‘In The Dark’ by UNREFINED
Irish DJ-Producer UNREFINED is stomping to the top of The Emerald Isle’s electronic scene with his throbbing house releases. ‘Find You’, a previous single, sits on millions of streams and ‘In The Dark’ looks set to follow suit. Infectious, and a certain dancefloor infiltrator, the track is heading straight to the top of our party playlists.
‘Still Swingin’’ by SICARIA
'Still Swingin’’ is the latest single off dubstep Queen SICARIA’s forthcoming debut EP, Blood, Sweat & Self. Releasing on her independent imprint Club Confi:DANCE, the project will unite her 140 origins with global electronic sounds, rooted in her Moroccan heritage.
‘Who’ by Scout
London singer-songwriter Scout announced her debut EP, Everything Will Make Sense, last week. ‘Who’, a sky-reaching alt-pop song which stands as the project’s second single, has revved us up with excitement, thanks to its tasteful electronica and confronting storyline.
‘She Belongs To The Show (Part 2)’ by A Boy Named ROSA.
Unveiling his debut project, FEMALE, today, A Boy Named ROSA. is on a thought-provoking journey of self-exploration. Teaching himself to sing, rap and compose, the alternative R&B artist offers a transparent glimpse into his emotional world. Nowhere is this more apparent than on ‘She Belongs To The Show (Part 2)', which stands as the EP’s lead single.