The gentle jazzy “Like a Dog” sees Otis Mensah at his most melodic. The second installment in season two of #OtisMensahExists brings Mensah questioning if changes in his personality are for better or worse. He drowns in the hurt like the howl of a dog.
Bringing their knack for songwriting to a new — more electric — sound, Dragonfruit creates a house hit that makes it easy to forget the world, but “Know Better” really warns of the dangers of losing yourself.
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.
In a swirling symphony of distortion, Donny Block encapsulates the feeling of hopelessness. The irony of “Fin” is that it’s just the beginning.
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.