Charlz is definitely an underrated favorite artist of mine at the moment. I came across her last year thanks to her gorgeous collaboration with Maths Time Joy, “About Last Night”, a track you certainly should check out if you haven’t. She followed it up with “Colors” earlier this year, a track that is one of my favorites so far and definitely proves what promise the rising Australian star has. Check it out HERE if you haven’t heard it. Now, she’s showing off another side to her sound with the more subdued, The Sun. It’s definitely a different sound than what we’ve heard from her, but the increased focus on her soulful, husky voice demonstrates further range for Charlz and makes me even more excited about what she has in store. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next, but in the meantime, be sure to check out “The Sun” below (or click HERE to see the video) and get on board.
Like Miink from last week, Australian artist Emerson Leif is a new name to me (I’m a little late again), but one that I imagine will be a frequent feature here on Symbiosis. His first track, a collaboration with Golden Vessel, “Hesitate”, immediately garnered (warranted) comparisons to Bon Iver and James Blake. His beautiful voice that rises up to an aching falsetto immediately steals the show, even amongst the gorgeous, atmospheric production. Now he’s followed it up with Twenty2, another great showcase for his vocals and forward-thinking production, but with a completely different sound. With glitchy beats and pulsating synths, “Twenty2” seems to fill the void left by Oceaán. It’s a great introduction to an artist that seems to be pushing sonic boundaries and I’m so excited to see what he has in store. Be sure to check out “Twenty2” below as well as “Hesitate” and be on the lookout for more hopefully soon.
I’m so excited that Billie Marten is finally making her debut here at Symbiosis. The UK-based folk-pop prodigy released her debut album, Writing of Blues and Yellows, almost two years ago and we haven’t had any new music since. The album was definitely one of my favorites from 2016 and one I go back to frequently. Her delicate, mostly acoustic approach to music is not one that I usually find myself drawn to, but her gorgeous songwriting and restrained vocal performances consistently have me hooked. Thankfully, we finally have more music from Marten with the release of her newest single, Mice. While Writing of Blues and Yellows was full of hope and youthful optimism (albeit with darker moments mixed in), “Mice” finds itself on the opposite side of the spectrum. It’s definitely bleak and almost hopeless in lyrical content, but the music is classic Billie Marten, with gentle guitars and a simple beat backing her beautiful vocals. I’ve loved everything Marten has done and this is no exception. I’m hoping this is just the start of a new era of music and I can’t wait to see what she has in store. In the meantime, be sure to give “Mice” a listen below or click HERE if you don’t have Spotify, and then go check out her exquisite debut if you like what you hear.
I’ve been closely following UK-based artist KWAYE for some time now. Since his first effort, “Cool Kids” came out last year, he’s steadily released a string of incredible tracks spanning pop, R&B, and dance-oriented music. Earlier this year he released “I Go”, a really great offering showing off his penchant for catchy melodies and forward-thinking production. Check it out HERE if you happened to miss it. A few weeks back he followed it up with one of his back tracks to date, What Have You Done. Effortlessly fusing genres and influences, “What Have You Done” is a winner across the board, with excellent production, a beat that will get you moving, and KWAYE’s distinctive falsetto taking center stage. The future is certainly bright for KWAYE and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. In the meantime, give “What Have You Done” a listen below and check out the striking video HERE.
So this is definitely the latest I’ve ever been on posting a song here on Symbiosis, but I really feel the need to cover Miink‘s track from several months back. In my defense, I just came across the rising London-based artist a few days ago. Miink had a feature in the Sunday Times this week profiling him as an act to watch, and luckily I have a friend in the UK who passed on the info, and I’m so glad he did. Miink only has three tracks at the time I’m writing this, but by the time it’s posted he will most likely have released his debut mixtape, Small Clan. Since reading the blurb in the Times (how could I pass up comparisons to FKA twigs and James Blake?), I’ve had all three tracks on repeat, but the one I want to share today is Yellow Dust. Starting with minimalistic instrumentation with a definite Asian flair, the production builds to include booming synths, plucked strings, and dense vocal harmonies. That said, it’s Miink’s vocals and songwriting that steal the spotlight. He’s an artist I expect to start popping up more frequently here on Symbiosis and everywhere else, especially with that mixtape’s imminent release. Be sure to check out “Yellow Dust” below or click HERE if you don’t have Spotify, and do yourself a favor and check out “Who Are You?” and “Scorched Moth” as well.
demo taped can tackle any time of music and do it with excellence. Over the last few years, he’s tried his hand at all kinds of genres and influences and the results are always incredible. From the gospel-infused “Insecure” to the electro-R&B “Pack of Gum”, everything he touches is gold. Now he’s back with a collaboration with Jaira Burns: Everyone Else. It starts out with atmospheric synths before a minimalistic beat kicks in, almost reminiscent of someone like IDER. By the chorus, however, we get a taste of demo taped’s signature synth work, elevating the track even higher. demo taped and Jaira Burns sound great together and their collaboration seems to bring out the best in both artists. Be sure to check out “Everyone Else” below and make sure you’re paying attention to demo taped.
Amber Mark is still easily one of the artists I’m most excited about at the moment. After an incredible breakout 2017, there was a lot of pressure for her to deliver on the potential she showed on her debut EP, 3:33am, and so far she’s definitely up to the challenge. A few months back she released her sophomore project, Conexão, an excellent follow up that showed greater range than we had seen previously. Wasting no time, she’s shared her next track, the DRAM-featuring Put You On, and it’s just more proof that she’s the real deal. With a take on 90s hip-hop/R&B that’s an obvious homage while still being fresh, “Put You On” sees Mark trying out new sonic territory with great success. She has the kind of voice that can execute any genre effortlessly and this is a perfect example. I’m so excited to see what Amber Mark will do next, but in the meantime I’ll just keep listening to “Put You On” on repeat. Be sure to check it out below.