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(It's not a requirement for any of the songs to have been released on the following month. The only requirement is for me to enjoy listening to it enough to recommend it!)
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1.Beharie - Love Me
Genre: soul, pop, folk, indie
Norwegian singer/songwriter Christian Beharie is already proving to be a fast-rising talent. Beharie debuted in 2019 with his first self-titled EP, fusing strains of soul, pop, folk, and indie together with honeyed vocals and simmering performances. Beharie is a young, old soul with a distinctive expression that balances neatly between searching for an identity and independence. His vulnerable vocals are immersed in delicate harmonies located deep within the indie-soul landscape. He pulls the strings between the rawness of soul, and melodic and experimental lines from pop, indie, and the singer songwriter genre. With his newly released EP, "Beharie // Beharie", he is gearing up for a 2021 filled with new music. spotify
2. Oko Ebombo - Naked Life
When it comes to creativity, Oko Ebombo is no one-trick pony. Raised in the tenth arrondissement of Paris, the multi-talented virtuoso got his introduction to the arts through dance. In the past, he’s held his own photographic exhibition titled Okosexuel and opened the Pigalle AW15 menswear show with his soulful vocals. Now he serves as the frontman of his band, 19. Started back in 2009, Ebombo’s musical project mixes elements of poetry and movement, and is inspired by “his own life and urban experiences”. “Iro” and “Naked Life”, the only two tracks released to date, are both rooted in jazz, with Ebombo enunciating each lyric with all the flourishes of his beautiful French dialect.
The band’s first music video, “Naked Life”, self-directed by Ebombo, features hazy shots of the singer wandering the streets at night in a half-black, half-white suit, an effect he later replicates on his own skin. However, this isn’t the artist’s first foray into moving image – under his Vizioneer project, he makes what he calls “visual poetry”. dazeddigital
3. Dal - Those Days (Feat. Leah Yeger)
Genre: Jazz/ Hip-Hop
Dal are a Jazz/Hip-Hop trio based in Totnes, UK. Bonding over a love of 90s Hip-Hop records, Kal Lawrence, Josh Allmark and Aubrey Simpson, started making music together in 2018, in a small, cramped garden cabin. As time passes, Dal’s compositions are becoming more and more expansive, exploring diverse soundscapes and collaborating with guest vocalists. Their debut single “Those Days” was released on June 26th 2020. hashbrandnew
4. Maverick Sabre - Falling
Country: England, Ireland
Genre: R&B/ Soul
Multi-genre singer, rapper, and guitarist Maverick Sabre was born Matthew Stafford in the London borough of Hackney. He moved to Ireland during his childhood but returned to England for the sake of pursuing music. His debut album "Lonely Are the Brave" was released in 2012 and reached number two in the U.K. charts. This is the first collection of songs penned by Stafford following many collaboration with other artists and displays his brutally honest and opinionated songwriting skills. After the success of his debut, Stafford began working on a follow-up almost immediately, although his sophomore effort, "Innerstanding", didn't arrive until 2015; the record leaned further into pop territory, yet retained a diverse set of guests, including Joey Bada$$ and Gorgon City. In among touring "Innerstanding" and some well-deserved downtime, Stafford appeared on Jorja Smith's 2016 album, "Project 11". Shortly afterwards, he returned to the studio to write his third full-length. "When I Wake Up" saw release in 2019, and focused on societal issues mixed in with more personal stories. 2020 saw Stafford collaborating with a selection of artists including Shy FX, DJ Zinc, Jorja Smith, and Ocean Wisdom, before starting work on his own fourth studio album. Written and recorded throughout 2021, the resulting "Don't Forget to Look Up", which saw him dealing with the intimacies of relationships, was issued in early 2022. allmusic
5. ELIS NOA - I Don't Like It Here
"I Don’t Like It Here" is the new single from the forthcoming album by Viennese Electronic Soul Duo ELIS NOA. Two years after their debut album "What Do You Desire?" The duo is releasing their second LP "I Was Just About To Leave“ in May 2022, another concept album, this time about the act of letting go.
Once again, the two musicians allow the listener deep into their inner state of mind, inviting them to find connections to their own stories and feelings. Knowing that the process of letting go isn’t an easy-quick and linear mission, the duo makes time to musically explore every step of the process, wandering through the journey of healing with every song, describing moments of resistance and pain all the way to acceptance and ease. "I Don’t Like It Here" describes a moment of understanding, of realisation, rather at the end of the letting go process. "I Don’t Like It Here" is about understanding the place you are in, realising being stuck and deciding to move on from something that doesn’t grow you anymore. The message of the song comes with the thought that in order to move forward from a space of discontent and unhappiness you need to value yourself enough to move forward.
6. breathe. - Are You All Good?
breathe. is a collaborative project between Sean Walker (formerly of MOVEMENT) and Andrew Grant (formerly a recording/mix engineer of REC Studios). With their raw, emotive and cinematic sound, the duo creates downtempo music that effortlessly communicates vivid and deep feelings.
breathe.’s dark downtempo sound consists of exposed drums, prominent bass and smooth vocals, curating a seamless blend of soul and electronica. The band has focused on collaboration to create and have subsequently worked with musicians/vocalists in London, Toronto and New York. breathe. subtly combine the production qualities of Massive Attack, Jamie xx and Shlohmo with the atmospheric ambiance of Grouper and Four Tet. spotify
7. Flume - Say Nothing (feat. MAY-A)
Flume, is an Australian musician, DJ and record producer. His self-titled debut studio album, "Flume", was released on 9 November 2012 to positive reviews, topping the ARIA Albums Chart and reaching double-platinum accreditation in Australia. Flume is regarded as a pioneer of future bass who helped popularise the genre.
Flume has remixed songs from such artists as Lorde, Sam Smith, Arcade Fire, Hermitude and Disclosure. His second studio album, "Skin", was released on 27 May 2016, to positive reviews, again topping the ARIA Albums Chart. The album won the Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards. The album gained international recognition from the album's first single, "Never Be like You", which was nominated for Best Dance Recording. After the release of "Skin", Flume released "Skin Companion EP 1" on 25 November 2016 and "Skin Companion EP 2" on 17 February 2017 as the album's B-side EPs. On 20 March 2019, he released a mixtape, "Hi This Is Flume", to positive reviews. wikipedia
8. eee gee - Killing It
Emma Grankvist is a singer-songwriter from Denmark. “Killing It” follows the release of her debut single “Favourite Lover” as well as “All Or Nothing”, both out now on "Future Classic". “Favourite Lover” received the highly praised ‘pick of the week’ spot on DRP3—Denmark’s largest national radio station, and the song entered the Denmark Spotify Viral charts. “It’s music for the introvert, who is constantly pushed into the uncomfortable extrovert way of how to view the world,” Grankvist describes. "Moving to New York is an adventure, but moving away from Denmark, my home, my family and friends is terrifying, so I had to write a song that captured that feeling in a subtle humoristic way. It’s also just liberating to admit I’m still in a state of chaos and I don’t really know where things are going. I definitely also wrote ‘Killing It’ to manifest that I’m gonna’ kill it’ in the future!" she says. mundanemag
9. Wet Leg - Wet Dream
Genre: Alternative/Indie Rock
Amidst a night of hazy scenes in their native Isle of Wight, Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers found themselves at the summit of a Ferris wheel. They decided to start a band.
The band is called Wet Leg.
Arming themselves with guitars, effervescent imaginations and a shared love of the The Ronettes and Jane Birkin, through to Ty Segall and Bjork, they set about making some recordings of their own.
Enter their debut single, Chaise Longue. spotify
10. Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue - Kids
Country: England, Australia
Robbie Williams joined Take That in 1990, as a 16-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent,as their youngest member. When he left the band, in 1995 at the height of their success, he was considered an entertainingly wayward loose cannon, but few had serious expectations he would be successful going solo. The following year he met songwriter Guy Chambers and together they wrote songs to launch his solo career including the epic "Angels" – the first in a career-defining generational soundtrack: "Let Me Entertain You", "Millennium", "No Regrets", "Rock DJ", "Supreme", "Eternity", "Feel", to name a few. As well as the hits, Robbie emerged as the most acclaimed and charismatic live performer of his times, a position that was cemented and celebrated by his record-breaking 2003 Knebworth shows over three nights in front of a huge 375,000 people, as well as breaking the record for the most tickets sold in one day – 1.6 million – for his 2006 "Close Encounters" tour.
Kylie Minogue, is an Australian singer who in the late 1980s became a pop superstar in Australia and Europe and who continued to enjoy success into the 21st century.
Minogue, who had been acting since she was a child, first garnered fame in Australia and Great Britain for her role on the popular soap opera "Neighbours". She subsequently left television for a singing career, making her recording debut in 1988 with the album "Kylie"—as part of the London hit factory Stock, Aitken & Waterman—and registering her first number one single, “I Should Be So Lucky.” Her cover of Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion” introduced her to an American audience, although she would not return to the top 10 of the Billboard pop singles chart for another 14 years. With media savvy and a strong work ethic, the diminutive Minogue saw her career skyrocket in Europe. Her attractive appearance sparked further publicity, and she soon became a favourite of the tabloids.
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