Every week, Music News and Liberty Music look at the best new releases from emerging and self-releasing artists.

Alex Starling – ‘We Lie To Ourselves’

Having already established himself as an integral part of the fantastic Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, before the untimely death of bandmate Charlie Haddon in 2010, London-based singer and songwriter Alex Starling is now ready to reintroduce himself with his stunning debut single ‘We Lie To Ourselves’. Blending soft and sensual pop harmonies with a synth-pop backing, this new release looks set to see him emerge as one of this year’s best breakthrough acts.

Akurei – ‘Quarter Tank Full’

Following on from the release of his impressive singles ‘Stockholm’ and ‘Hollow’ from earlier this year, Australian singer and producer Akurei now cements his latest body of work with his new EP ‘September’, alongside the newly unveiled cut ‘Quarter Tank Full’. Mixing soft and soaring vocals with an almost hip-hop-esque beat, he manages to create a swelling and seductive new offering with an almighty bounce behind it.

boerd – ‘Before We Drown’ ft. Stella Explorer

With the producer’s eagerly awaited new album ‘Misplaced’ set to arrive later this year, the Swedish beatmaker boerd now looks to prepare us for his new full-length with the release of ‘Before We Drown’. Working in collaboration with singer Stella Explorer, this new jam sees him step away from his normally ambient aesthetic to deliver something with a more focused and organic groove behind, blending a heady mix of bass and guitars as it plays.

Emily Litta – ‘+1’

As an artist with mixed heritage, London’s Emily Litta has always had an affinity for blending a diverse array of styles into her music as she returns with her latest genre-bending release ‘+1’. Taking the production sound of 90s RnB and melding it into a broad mix of jazz, hip-hop and funk, ‘+1’ sees her channel the progressive aesthetic of artists like Alessia Cara with this pulsing new offering.

KELAA – ‘Serefe’

With the release of her debut single ‘Good Things’ cementing her as a promising natural talent in the world of alt-pop, Sweden’s KELAA now returns with capture our imagination once again with her sweeping new release ‘Serefe’. Taking her cues from the likes of Robyn and Popkollo, this new offering takes the commercial edge of glossy pop music and fills it with passion and soul, creating a bold and dynamic new delight.