Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith is an English R & B singer/songwriter whose soulful, jazz-tinged cadence, heartfelt lyrics, and retro sound invoke names like Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, and Amy Winehouse, the latter of whom the Walsall-based artist cites as her biggest influence. Smith issued her debut single, “Blue Lights,” in 2016 followed by “A Prince” and then “Where Did I Go?”

2016 eventually culminated with the release of Smith’s debut EP, Project 11. The following year saw her international profile elevated via her multiple appearances on Drake’s surprise playlist/LP More Life, which saw her holding court amongst a bevy of high-profile guests like Kanye West, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, and Travis…

Ferg

Eight years into his career, Ferg is world-building. The Harlem-born member of the hip-hop collective A$AP Mob has released some of the most iconic hits since he launched his solo career with 2013’s Traplord, the same year he was named BET Awards’ “Rookie of the Year”.

From his follow-up album Always Strive and Prosper, to his mixtapes Ferg Forever and Still Striving, and his most recent Floor Seats series, he has released some of the most invigorating and bold statements in contemporary rap. His smash hit “Plain Jane” was certified 5x Platinum, while “Shabba,” “Work REMIX” and “New Level” have all achieved multi-Platinum status as well. Last year’s Floor Seats II release featured “Move Ya…

Goldlink

The most legendary artists eventually reach moments where they question who they are making art for: themselves or the rest of the world. Prince has gone through it, Marilyn Manson, even Kanye West. It’s a natural occurrence, one that typical leads to the most beautiful music when an artist is (as they say) in their bag. With Haram! GoldLink is in his bag. The Grammy nominated DMV native has spent the greater part of the last three years traveling world and experiencing new life changes, both good and bad. Haram! Is a testament to those moments set to music, as GoldLink explores different parts of his psyche and reflects it with diversely infectious sounds from Hip-Hop to Rock to Punk…

Priya Ragu

Over the course of just a couple of independently released tracks, Tamil-Swiss musician Priya Ragu has mobilised a dedicated and highly engaged following, earning attention from Rolling Stone India, VH1 India, Radio 1 and 1XTRA to name but a few. While she could be described, widely-speaking, as R&B, Priya’s music isn’t like any R&B you’ve heard before. It’s both vaguely familiar yet completely unrecognisable. Imagine Kehlani, Summer Walker or Snoh Aalegra suffused with traditional South Indian instrumentation and the cinematic flair of legendary Kollywood soundtrack composers such as A.R. Rahman, Ilaiyaraaja and Deva.

‘Good Love 2.0’ is a gorgeously optimistic song which…

Raveena

Raveena is a soul and R&B singer, producer, and director. Raveena is heavily identified and influenced by her Southeast Asian culture—her family being direct immigrants from India to the United States. She first released her romantic EP, Shanti, in 2017, and in 2018 saw the release of four ethereal singles. Her debut full-length album, Lucid, was released in May of 2019—which digs into hard experiences and her journey through suffering. She went on to release a four song EP, Moonstone, and most recently released her single “Tweety” in 2021, marking a new and experimental sound showcasing her range of…

Audrey Nuna

A first-generation Korean-American, AUDREY NUNA grew up in New Jersey and started singing before she could talk. She recalls her mom saying she’d hum and sing as a baby if something tasted good before she knew how to use words. Starting voice lessons in elementary school, she began auditioning for live performance opportunities and landed her first gig singing “America The Beautiful” during the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament at age 10. After posting a series of cover videos via Instagram in high school, manager/producer Anwar Sawyer invited Audrey to his studio where they wrote the first of what would become over 100 songs together.

Audrey was then accepted to the Clive Davis Institute…

Teezo Touchdown

Even amidst the ever-changing world of hip-hop, Teezo Touchdown is pushing things forward. The Beaumont, Texas-raised musician has whipped up a viral frenzy by way of his genre-blending music, infusing the trippy emotiveness of modern rap with R&B’s airiness and the propulsion of pop-punk. He emerged with viral tracks “”100 Drums”” and “”Slice,”” and with more new music to come in 2020, you’ll be hearing and seeing a lot more of Teezo in the future.

While growing up in Beaumont, Teezo was drawn into music immediately due to his father’s DJ career, as he inhaled the sounds of R&B from an early age. He decided…

Tems

“I hope when people see me, they see God, working through me,” Tems states calmly in a signature Lagosian drawl. For her, it’s the only way to explain her journey so far and the relationship she bears to the music she creates. Releasing her debut single in summer of 2018 – after quitting her digital marketing job at the top of 2018, much to the dismay of her family – the response was so electric that the 25-year-old artist and producer knew she’d got it right.

Her speaking voice is smooth, alto and languorous, as she explains that she had never really considered music as a career option when she was young: to begin with she was just a fan. Growing up on a diet of…

Foushee

Born and raised in New Jersey, Fousheé grew up with music in the forefront her entire life. Her mother, who hails from Jamaica, got her start in music as the drummer for a female reggae band named PEP before moving to America and starting a family. During her early childhood, Fousheé was exposed to a variety of different sounds from her mother’s record collection including Bob Marley, Toni Braxton and Etta James who she now counts as influences along with artists she personally gravitated to over the years like Frank Ocean.

Writing her first song at age six and performing with different girl groups created with childhood friends throughout her formative years, Fousheé always knew…

Ilham

“In the music industry, it’s rare to find a voice that doesn’t sound like everyone else’s — ​ilham​,
a rising singer from Queensbridge, New York is a perfect example.” – ​Hypebae

With each step she takes in her career, ilham redefines what it means to be a kid from the projects. “A lot of people are under the impression that if you’re from the projects, you’re essentially trapped and won’t do much with your life. But that’s complete b-s. We can dream big and those who don’t believe can step to the side. No one should feel inferior because of their zip code.”

ilham takes her experiences as well as others she’s observed-both good and bad- and displays it in her…