In the wake of her new record Tew Faced, Baltimore’s own Miss Kam talks to Miki about visions, dreams and the importance of community in activism and art.
Mitchel Gerald’s new single “John Wick” is a horn-laden hustle anthem. The emcee is hitting 2021 with redoubled energy in music and entrepreneurship.
“We Outside” by LocalBlac fuses LA aesthetic and energy with stream-of-consciousness bars layered with vulnerability. The energetic emcee reminds us of vigorous rappers JID or Chris Patrick.
Harlem emcee Donsmith balances two worlds in lyrical and visual form for his latest single. The video for “Group Chat” visually represents the encroachment of gentrification as he lyrically attacks the idea that the invasion on his neighborhood and culture is anything but destructive appropriation.
Over smooth vocals and a supremely funky bassline, Khamari displays giving into desire and letting go of denial. “Pull Up” is a foot tapper, a head nodder, a funk-driven single with bedroom R&B grooves.
Alternative R&B with blues guitar has us sold on BRIDGE’s new single, “It’s Ok,” but the specificity of the circumstance beneath it is what keeps our attention. Searching for companionship to escape turmoil is something we can all relate to.
Australia’s own Groovy Daughter captivates with a bassline later echoed in vocalized “da da dums” that stay in your head over many days post first listen. It’s fitting that a song about the artist drowning out criticism can so easily occupy your own headspace.
“Tokyo Nights” is Ottawa based artist Mazyn’s third single he’s ever released, and the third time truly seems like the charm. The bold piano and swirling synths form a natural pocket for his poignant falsetto.
In March, Kai Straw lost his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic – so he began to pursue music full time. With millions of streams already coming in from his part-time investment, a renewed focus has given him the time to regularly release singles like “Are You Coming With Me?” The single further highlights his strength as a commanding vocalist whose presence shines on elegant, yet sparse instrumentals.
“Fire Rising” kicks off the debut self-titled EP by Laroie with a flashy, synth-laden, electro pop song about the anticipation of a lover’s quarrel. We were drawn to the song by the dichotomy between the subtle vocal inflections and the parallel production.