Mamii taps into so much nostalgia that she actually finds her sound in the future. “Creepiin” pulls wavy synths and smooth modulation from a distant timeline where beats are heavy and bars are heavier.
Toronto group STAYOUTLATE pull up to our discovery section with a masterful posse cut. On “WUSSUP,” each emcee brings a unique flex rap flow to a horn blasting beat.
A fantasy of separation over slow synthy production constitutes a relatable rumination on reality itself. “Rocket” by Slouch Online is all the incentive you need to, “get lost, find cool shit, be an alien.”
A contemporary symphony of synths and autotune enhance the fiery love that Darci details on “Burn” with an invigorating feature from BEAM.
Bristol, PA’s Kid Travis croons about why love is not his priority and why the move is to take everything in stride. “Link Up,” is a love song about hanging onto the simplicity of lust.
Songstress Louisa Laos condenses the feeling of the seventeen minutes before she has to leave her long-distance lover into three and a half. Her yearning is palpable on “seventeen minutes” Ft. inHarmony.
Haitian American and Jersey-centric artist Baby Phace provides a mantra-like banger with his new single “Invictus,” but his approach is more off-center than you might expect. Produced by Falak, the duality of the instrumental makes a natural landscape for a compelling visual.
On “Real Reasons,” Bronx emcee Trust Tate opens up about the stray bullet that changed his life forever, and in conversation with Miki Hellenbach, he elaborates on the whirlwind journey that followed that day in 1994.
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.
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.