DirtyBackPack could be the second coming of Flatbush Zombies with the darkness of their gruff voices and hypnotic beats that trap the listener within their track. “Get Out of Town” breaks from the comparison to Flatbush Zombies through the feature of Curly Chuck, who adds a subtle poetic touch that’s unexpected for the atmosphere the track creates.
Featuring Issa Gold of The Underachievers, “Long Flights” floats surprisingly light for Issa Gold’s rough east coast cadence. The secret is the producer NugLife’s jazzy, lifted production; fit for an instrumental all its own but feeding fire to Issa Gold’s delivery as he paints the picture of political commentary and spiritual awakening that is “Long Flights.”
The rap-sung flow of Darrell Simms sweeps the listener into a world all their own. On “Miracles” it’s easy to get lost in the atmosphere that Simms breathes across the track.
“Shelter” is Lakna’s reminder that life passes us by. Even in the hardest moments, we can find something to grasp onto. In Lakna’s case, music was her anchor, and she celebrates it through this dark yet playful French-English bilingual pop tune.
“Not My Season” is a trip into singer-songwriter and instrumentalist NATALYA’s vulnerable experiences. But it’s also a celebration of coming out on the other side stronger than ever. The track reflects the oscillation of NATALYA’s emotional journey with original instrumentation and vocals that softly build towards a grande finale.
“Trappin” is a scathing attack directed at the suggested and imposed censorship of minority artists in rap music. The track plays off its own structure as Lady Sanity struggles between the ideas of commercial success through socially digestible topics like braggadocious rap and black on black violence, or bringing attention to the host of injustice she’s seen swept under the rug.
Harrison Turner is built to sell-out arenas with a voice and sound reminiscient of Arctic Monkeys. The production on “Walk Away” harnesses the improvisational texture of a true live, rock band in a way that feels too genuine and authentic enough to almost believe the single producer is a whole band stacked on top of each other in an overcoat.
Swedish R&B singer, Shadi G takes us away with “Mind.” The beautifully softspoken vocalist dances lightly across the track, each moment subtly kissing the song with a gentle touch that makes the hair on the back of the listener’s neck stand up in anticipation.
“Right There” takes all the gorgeous sounds and accents of R&B and runs them through the catchiness of a contemporary pop filter to produce a track that’s inspirations have been brought together in just the right amounts.
This acoustic track from Adam Dollar$ and Jeremy Clay gently brings rap and R&B back to Earth for a soulful new take off. Clay’s vocals demarcate Dollar$ verses, never overstaying their welcome, and Dollar$ verses complement Clay’s soft-spoken delivery, punctuating his feelings with astute observations and sharp illustrations of contemporary love.