Yxng Jynn – Ghostride

South London artist Yxng Jynn steps up to the plate with his debut solo single. After attracting attention this year for production credits and features with NOTAROLEMODEL and Reservoir & 237 affiliates Kish! & Virgil Hawkins, the gifted rapper & producer takes the limelight for himself on “Ghostride”. A tripped-out, g-funk infused trap effort with irresistible energy, the track will no doubt soon live up to its self-proclaimed billing as a ‘certified hood classic’.

Dani Terreur – Étoile Du Kashmir

December 7

Dani Terreur invites you travel through his very own heart on ‘Etoile du Kashmir’, a dreamlike electro-pop effort that evokes beautiful summer nights pursuing hedonistic quests. Between artificial pleasures and passionate love, the Parisian artist tends towards an absolute fantasy of romance while being caught up by a very modern cynicism.

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Lillebittebock – Fortabt

December 5

Lillebittebock is a unique Danish artist breaking the conventions of hip-hop. With a breakthrough song about the suicide of his father when he was just 12 years old, the dark themes in the lyrics are accompanied by hyper-melodic, endorphin-filled beats. “Fortabt” (meaning “lost” in Danish), the rapper’s newest track, is a melancholy, emotive effort with a prominent guitar riff, describing the feeling of being caught in-between phases.

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Vaz – Necessary, Pt. I

November 26

Swedish sisters Jenny and Cecilia Vaz are producers and singer/songwriters with a playful attitude towards music and a fearless mindset. Over the past two years, the pair have released music as VAZ through their own label Kinship Music, which led to performances at festivals around the globe. Their 2017 two-part album ‘Necessary, Pt.I & Pt.II’ featured music inspired by their Cape Verdean background with African drum beats, electronic instrumentals and pop fusion melded together to create a distinctive, atmospheric sound.

Ash – Score

November 24

France’s Ash is a mysterious figure. Notoriously elusive, his scarce interviews can be counted on the fingers of one hand, as he would rather express himself through his music. The Strasbourg rapper has a confident and intriguing voice and a distinctive brand of melancholy poetry. On ‘Score’, he abandons the “Kidd” he used to be as he nonchalantly delivers a smooth, detached effort.

CHINAH – ANYONE

November 15

Danish trio CHINAH’s experimental R&B sound is delivered with artistic minimalism on their debut LP. Fine Glindvad, Simon Kjær and Simon Andersson originally formed in 2014 as a folk outfit before branching out and making waves with a number of dark synth-pop hits, drawing inspiration from off-kilter duo Smerz. Throughout the creative process behind “ANYONE”, lead singer Glindvad took the unorthodox approach of both writing and recording her vocals whilst fully horizontal on a sofa, capturing the natural fluidity and reflective intimacy that provides the essence of the album.

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Esther Kirabo – Kill U

November 5

Esther Kirabo is a Swedish singer-songwriter and producer whose musical journey began when she joined a church choir at the age of six, learning to play drums and honing her vocal skills. Fast-forward to 2017, and her debut single ’Kill U’ was released to the world; a song about insufficient love, it showcases the power of the 23-year-old’s graceful voice, and attracted significant attention leading to a performance at the Swedish Grammy Awards. The track’s B-side ‘Blunt’ is inspired by Shakespeare’s classic tale ‘Romeo & Juliet’, with production blending an early 00’s garage sound with more contemporary upbeat R&B. As fans eagerly await new music, the excitement builds around this distinctive talent.

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L’Or du Commun – Sur ma vie

November 3

Brussels trio L’Or du Commun are gathering momentum. “Sur ma vie”, the second effort from their forthcoming album ‘Sapiens’ scheduled to release this fall, sees Loxley, Primero and Swing deliver an inspirational message of manifesting ambitions and achieving success. The Belgian group is steadily developing their sound, with lively flows, sharp bars and an uninhibited sense of humour that will no doubt give them the keys to their own success.

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Terrenoire – Terrenoire

October 25

French duo Terrenoire take their name from the Saint-Etienne district in which they grew up. On their debut EP, the duo bewitchingly tells the story of their odyssey to the capital, “the City” as they call it, alongside the irrepressible attraction that brings them back to their hometown. The two brothers Raphaël and Théo chase their utopian “Black Paradiso”, as they elegantly explore their childhood through surreal poesy and moving productions between electronic hip-hop and French chanson.

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Murkage Dave – Murkage Dave Changed My Life

Murkage Dave’s long-awaited debut album has been well worth the wait. Across 14 tracks, the east Londoner fuses soulful golden era RnB with UK grime and garage sounds in allusion to his origins as a successful DJ, as bumping percussion and warm strings draw comparisons to long-time collaborator Mike Skinner and The Streets. Driven by his distinctive socially aware witty lyricism, Dave’s gentle crooning melodies are delivered in hushed tones like reflective asides muttered from the back of the night bus home from the club, as his melancholic introspections channel the loneliness of a hedonistic life on the road between events into a muted morning-after mood that is sombre yet refreshingly honest throughout, leaving a surprisingly uplifting afterglow.

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Vendredi Sur Mer – Écoute chérie

October 19

Behind the front of Vendredi Sur Mer, the solitary talent Charline Mignot hides herself discretely. With her latest single “Écoute Cherie”, the rising Swiss artist unveils a new piece offering a delicate serving of melancholic, romantic pop, sensually plunging the audience into her dreamlike poetic universe and intoxicating sound.

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Mopiano – Undercover Paper Chaser

October 15

Mopiano takes the definition of DIY as a serious matter. The rising Swedish artist writes and produces all of his work; starting out creating his own music from his bedroom back in 2012, he found it hard to find artists who could adapt the sound that he created, so he started to sing by himself. He went on to work on projects such as DEXYxMO, best known for the hit song ‘Project X’ and is currently active with his debut EP ‘Late Night Outdoor’. Newly-released single ‘Undercover Paper Chaser’ is as smooth as the name of the title, with a beat to make even the stiffest dancer move and a melodic blend of sung and rapped vocals. What’s for certain is that this is only the beginning for Mopiano and his home-cooked smooth bangers.

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GENTS – Moments

October 11

Danish synth-pop duo GENTS are uniting the retro energy of the 80’s with a forward-thinking approach to create emotional, futuristic music. The band consists of Theis Vesterløkke’s productions and Niels Fejrskov Juhl’s warm, deep vocals, combining to create a distinctive rich sound; their latest release ‘Moments’ serves up a pair of airy, Bowie-esque songs with a consistent melancholic tone, building anticipation for their next moves in 2019.

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BONBON X YRA – GÅR OM

October 3

Swedish trap duo BONBON x YRA are certainly not afraid to speak their mind. The pair have an empowered DIY attitude that they apply to all aspects of their operations, from production to videos, clothing and gigs; when Swedish festival Emmaboda didn’t reply to their request to come perform for free, they managed to score VIP tickets and did guest appearances on 3 headline shows. Their refusal to take no for an answer is an invaluable driving force in the rough climate of the modern music industry, and they hope will set an example for other underground artists and inspire more female rappers to pursue their talents, especially in their native Scandinavia. ‘GÅR OM’ (‘Pass By’ in English) is the follow up single to their breakout hit ‘WYA’ (Where Ya At), this time released on the all female label GAL:ANT run by Swedish reggae artist Syster Sol.

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Agar Agar – The Dog and the Future

October 2

After meeting at fine art college, Clara Cappagli and Armand Bultheel quickly bonded over their shared love of trance music, and began writing music together as Agar Agar, leading to the release of their breakout 2016 EP ‘Cardan’. Since then, they’ve built a dedicated fanbase through their distinctive sound and impassioned live shows, and they’ve consolidated this ascendance on their debut full-length album ‘The Dog and the Future’. Singer Clara Cappagli’s delicate vocals flits over sultry, down-tempo disco beats, progressing from their established dancefloor territory into darker introspective themes as her lyrics tackle ideas of virtual reality and simulated life. Sonically, the album is filled with fat, squelching synths and booming drum machines, condensing the murky energy of classic techno and electro to build a mysterious after-hours atmosphere driven through by indie pop structures and melodies. From brooding opener “Made” to standout tracks like the sinister “Fangs Out” and irresistible hit “Lunatic Fight Jungle”, the record is filled with unique gems, marking the body of work with a depth that underlines the development of this truly original act.

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Kikesa – Tout seul

September 29

Kikesa was fed with jazz throughout his childhood by his music-loving parents, introducing him to African music and French songs; then he discovered rap, and the revelation became a devouring passion and a true vocation. Thanks to his musical background, the prolific rapper from Nancy is at ease with various styles from future bass to trap, feverish bangers or even abrasive freestyles. Adept at DIY, he refuses any formatting and constraint in order to progress his sound to new and unexpected places. Every Sunday for the last few months, he’s released a brand new track and video; on ‘Tout Seul’, the self-proclamed “new hippie” spits his sharp flow, at one moment outrageous and self-mocking and at others refreshingly open and honest as he charts his ambitions and expresses his sense of loneliness.

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Evvol – Song For The Broken Hearted (Rollin’)

September 26

Hailing from Ireland and Australia but based in Berlin, Evvol’s music is irresistible. With a glimmering cosmic sound driven by ethereal 80s synths and dark rock’n’roll grooves, the duo comprise sonic influences of electronic pop and disco and political themes of feminine sexuality and queer experience to create their own distinctive style. Their latest visuals underline the inherently danceable energy of their music, as moonlit bodies twist and contort to single “Song For The Broken Hearted (Rollin’)”.

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Regina Amado – Care For Me

September 23

The daughter of a musician father, Regina Amado grew up with a passion for the beats of rhythm and blues alongside influences from the dancehall scene as a member of a multi-award-winning all-female crew. She has roots in both Sweden and the west African island nation of Sao Tomé & Principe from which her music draws inspiration; her debut solo single ‘Care For You’ is a powerful song filled with soul, with her delicate vocal melodies paying homage to golden era of RnB over a bashment-infused bounce for a vibrant modern sound. An authentic and charismatic rising star, Amado is definitely one to watch.

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Elias Boussnina – Candy

September 16

Of Danish-Tunisian descent, Elias Boussnina serves a fresh, charismatic take on R&B. His latest single ‘Candy’ pulses with euphoric energy and everyday poetic tales of being young, insecure and in love. Written and co-produced by Elias himself, with co-production from Louis Winding, Boussnina’s raspy, piercing vocal and relatable lyricism make the track stand out. With ‘Candy’ and the release of his preceding two singles ‘5:30’ and ‘Lost Ones’ Boussnina has painted a distinctive universe that creates his own artistic territory and singles him out as a promising creative force within the Scandinavian scene.

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GLGV – Itadakimas’

September 10

GLGV politely use the Japanese courtesy and say “Itadakimas” before devouring a beat. Offering melodic bars peppered with pop culture references over sweet yet powerful production, the Parisian crew comprises five rappers and a DJ, balancing between different worlds as an eclectic group with a genuine original energy and sound. Their name is an acronym for “Good Life Good Vibes”, and together they’re determined to shine with their second project ‘EscXale’, releasing September 21st.

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