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Global Artists Spotlight: Featuring Shurland Ayers, Olive Louise, Julian Skiboat And More

Hear new tunes by musicians from across the world

David Britto Feb 15, 2021

Clockwise from top left, artists Shurland Ayers, Olive Louise, Valleyheart, Kyle Fortch, Julian Skiboat and Ebony Buckle. Photos: Courtesy of the artists

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Shurland Ayers – “Stuck In Ya Wayz”

On his new single, the trap-leaning “Stuck In Ya Wayz,” Tokyo-based hip-hop artist Shurland Ayers showcases his rhythmic skill and self-reflection over forward-thinking production and a slick beat. In the track’s accompanying clip, Ayers is seen performing the song against a trippy visual.

Ebony Buckle – “Wonder”

The first single off London-based singer-songwriter Ebony Buckle’s forthcoming debut album Disco Lasers, is the heartwarming “Wonder.” The song is an ode to the world’s loneliest whale, which was discovered in the Eighties. Produced and co-written by Nick Burns, it includes actual samples of the whale’s call, haunting organ parts as well as Buckle’s spine-tingling vocals.

Kyle Fortch – “Dance All Night” (feat. Afroman & JOSEPH)

On his flavorful groovy number, “Dance All Night,” Canadian artist Kyle Fortch enlists American hip-hopper Afroman and songwriter JOSEPH to jump in on the fun. The pop-infused hop-hop track includes catchy melodies, Afroman’s signature delivery and a can’t help but dance to it feeling.

Julian Skiboat – “Flowers”

After dropping his 2020 debut EP nice to meet u, San Antonio-bred multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Julian Skiboat has kicked off 2021 with a brand new melancholic yet soulful single titled “Flowers.” While the song features laidback vocals and jazz-tinged guitars, Skiboat sings about better days that are yet to come.

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Olive Louise – “Nothing’s The Same”

New York-based alt-pop artist Olive Louise shines on her new uplifting song “Nothing’s The Same.” Across the track, the singer-songwriter showcases her proficient vocals alongside wistful soundscapes and a beautiful piano arrangement while a bouncy beat runs through.

Valleyheart – “Scenery”

Massachusetts indie-rock outfit Valleyheart dial it down with plaintive melodies and instrumentation on their latest single “Scenery.” The song touches upon the idea of being emotionally, mentally and physically stuck. Frontman Kevin Klein’s nonchalant vocals backed by strong lyricism make this track quite a sonic experience.  

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