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Kai Straw is back with another intense composition based in synthy keys and harrowing vocals that push an idea of acceptance. “Bleeding Out in the 415” is a dance with travesty, a battle hymnal that keeps you moving.
A bare instrumental is like an abstract landscape waiting to be filled with the listener’s impression. The remix is a snapshot of that imprint. Paul Grant’s “Connection” paints with lo-fi strings and a splash of funk that sends Brittney Carter down a lyrical journey into building confidence from trials put behind.
22-year-old Florida Native ASTN croons about toxic and youthful love through a wildly mature-sounding instrumental composition and display of vocal prowess. “What’s It Gonna Take” is a romantic chase through a poppy R&B song with dynamic reach.
Niia and Solo Woods present their own unique version of a flex on my ex song with “We Were Never Friends.” The duo layer their vocals elegantly over subtle production that brings out the gentle harmonies.
Premiering on CentralSauce is Dallas based R&B crooner Masati’s new addictive single “Intoxicated Truth.” The track’s a yearning and driving ballad that explores the in between area of a difficult relationship.
We often block out the pain of reflecting on failed relationships, but Anuka suggests that the associated pain doesn’t mean it’s a failure. “Ode to my Ex” is a wispy ballad that knows the value of taking its time.
Over a precarious loop, Critical Mischief and Cameron Bolden look for hope through hardship on “Quicksand!” Their raps bring to mind the low points but search for beauty in the vallies.
Mickey Woods Jr is a rolling stone on “rockin’ rollin’.” he takes the highs and lows of life head-on but at a pace that’s comfortable to him. It’s a dynamic rap track with some harmonic bones.
Bairi aka Bairi The Siren emerges with a buttery new ballad about romantic centering. “Free” is wistful and sprawling with an instrumental that settles over a space like a weighted blanket.
“Dreamer” by Kabwasa is an upbeat ode to chasing dreams and pushing them to evolve even as we approach them. Featuring elegant vocals from Ayoni, the track is both reflective and inspirational.
On her second single, “LOST,” eerie R&B architect Noha Saré builds on her unique blend of exhilaration and confrontation. It’s an enchanting melody for Saré to weave spellbinding vocals.
With her heart in her hand, Haiku embraces “Peace of Mind” as she trust falls back into music and reminds us it’s okay to take a step away when we need to find clarity. Her raps are gentle and comforting with a sing-songy musicality in the revelry.