“Blind” is sensuous song steeped in a spacious guitar line and Charlotte Lansman’s own powerhouse vocals, the slow build from barebones to brassy is easy to miss, so gradual is the transition.
A trans-Pacific jazz outfit based in Beijing, The Spice Cabinet has more moving parts than most, but you can hardly tell. “Bittersweet” is a compositional testament to the collaborative power of musicians in the internet age. The track was literally assembled around the world.
Cameron and the Slumberknights make artful instrumental hip hop with unbridled sincerity. Their second official single, “Midnight,” fuses the always-unpredictable city of London with Bruce Wayne’s Gotham as the track evolves and leaps from scene to scene.
The way in which music connects to our spirit is closely tied to dreaming. Sirens of Lesbos capture the fleeting world of the out-of-body with “Like Some Dream” Ft. J.I.D. The Swiss artists linked up with J.I.D and Christo for this surreal neo-soul journey.
TA3’s rhymes are as hypnotic as the visuals to “Nasty.” A natural performer with a for musical cadence, the New Jersey emcee raps with wisdom and confidence through a flow of consciousness style that imparts his perspectives like a net cast into the world — reeling back whatever is on his mind.
Babé Sila brings COLORS Show-esque live energy to her song, “Goldfish.” She has an understated voice and delivery that’s carefully restrained until the chorus has her sing with a passion amplified from the original version.
“Interlude For a Dreamer” Ft. Jaywop is otherworldly in some exceptional sense, as though pulled straight from the mind of some wistful daydreamer. LIV †’s soulful vocals and Jaywop’s rapid-fire flow are nestled neatly between plush keys and a cotton candy beat.
Mind, body and soul — three essential components to wellness. “40oz of Holy Water” Ft. Backwud Marc is an invigorating mantra about fighting addiction. Sir Calloway raps about strengthening the spirit to combat afflictions of the mind and body.
Searching for connections in an increasingly disconnected world, Ashley Alisha goes from K-pop songwriter to a bubbly single of her own. “No More” is a spritely tune that’s sweet to the senses.
On “Dynamite 2.0,” Voice Monet struggles to find the words that will bring serenity to her relationship, lamenting her inability to communicate. Her sing-song flow makes use of neo-soul sensibilities with hip hop bounce.