“Flying” by Kéwork brings contemporary R&B to a whole new futuristic world on a ride carefully piloted by smooth vocals and intricate production. From start to finish the journey is exciting and unpredictable.
“Mike Vick” falls over a simple rhythmic instrumental with the steady flow and pop culture references of Anterluz and iE-z. The duo brings a diverse texture to the track with a touch of Travis Scott-like autotune and aggressive bars.
Cam Archer attacks on “Foreword” with his sharp lyricism, firing away at critics amid introspection of his own strengths and weaknesses. Every syllable is delivered with precision over bass-heavy production meticulously whittled down to just the right supporting backdrop for Archer’s two-and-a-half-minute verse.
Moving too fast? Change up the pace with “Slow Things Down” a smooth neo-soul jam built on gentle guitar strings. fika combines exemplary songwriting with familiar slow jam textures. The result feels like a song you already know and love.
“Shores” is a lo-fi exploration of the stormy seas we face in life. Relz Glover’s smooth bars are complemented by the harmonious vocals of LayFullStop as the two bring a ship nearly lost at sea to the peace of the ever-welcoming shores.
“Breeze” is a testament to the artistry of timing. Tom Hodson’s well-placed vocals allow room for his carefully-implemented soul samples to weave together a track that’s as intricate as it is exciting.
There’s a lot to like about the way a song like “Circles” finds intrigue in the everyday. The somewhat laidback cadence of the cut betrays its encapsulating nature, one complemented by the three emcees but undeniably underpinned by the instrumental itself.
“Star” is a casual and catchy pop-rap hit. Vallé brings an interesting combination of rapping and singing that’s varied and textured across the upbeat tempo that he makes his canvas. His style is nonchalant. Whether signing or dropping bars he sounds effortless and polished.
Simply put, “In Love” is the sound of falling in love with sound. Otis James’ instrumentation takes after the likes of GRiZ, Flume, and The Floozies. It’s funk with just the right touch of synths and strings. The track goes beyond the sway and rhythm of the classic jam band and crosses into surprising new territory.
“342” is an inferno of passionate vocals cascading over the powerful simplicity of a beat built on the emotional strength of strings. LEIO casts painful memories into the fire of her debut single, moving forward at all costs.