Ethos 33 paint a daydream through a jazzy instrumental. “Small Hallway” is an atmospheric experience.
Cameron Donald struggles to come to terms with aging and the loss of wonder. “Old Jacinto” sees Cameron and the Slumberknights crafting a breezy instrumental for Donald to reminisce.
While focused on battling demons, Diz is reminded that fighting is tiring and it’s easy to forget the need for “Rest.”
YUNGMORPHEUS and Pink Siifu sacrifice their egos and rhyme for the sake of the instrumental. Produced by Eyedress, “Georgette’s Team Room” is a laid-back ode to a famous gathering spot for Black entertainers in Miami.
Through rhythm and surrealism, Adam Wright uses animation to bring music to life, putting poetry in motion. CS’ Ryan Gaur sat down with the accomplished animator to talk style, substance and the spaces in between.
Carly and The Universe capture the light and loss of summertime. “Sunset” is a refreshingly catchy trip with a delicious bassline.
Àdá Irin and Song of Sage are albums paved by Navy Blue’s ties to spirituality. Ryan Gaur explores how, through glory on one album to despair on the next, Navy’s faith defines his worldview.
Through poetry and humanity, Rouge carves a path away from his pain. “Closest Thing to God in the Flesh” is experimental in the conventional sense, with a dynamic instrumental and stream of consciousness, but also in the sense that it challenges modes of expression.
Searching for a release from reality, ¿Téo? and WILLOW get “Buzzed.” The track brings floating verses to mellow island strings.
Reconciling the maturity and pain found in isolation, Dragonfruit deliver “Loney” — yet another avant-garde electro-laden instrumental with spinning vocals both sung and spoken.