More of what we love. Nora Toutain returns with “Women,” an empowering R&B ballad for the titles’ namesake. The instrumental production whips energy into confident vocals that cascade through the track garnering support as they roll — an avalanche of inspiration.
Electric guitar licks, auto-tuned vocals dripping with angst, a firm hip-hop heart, “I’m Not Ok” is a melting pot of sonic influences mixed just right. Jay-Way opens a door to the world in our heads where we’re doing so much more than making the commute to work or waiting for our clothes at a laundromat.
“Walk Alone” by The Kii and Ft. Kelvyn Colt is a battle lyrically and visual where the only winner is the listener. The song parallels the fights of a toxic relationship with down tempo production and rappers with hypnotic pacing. Both vocalist claim to have seen a message on the other’s phone but the lack of communication devolves the situation into a battle rather than a conversation, and no real conclusion is every reached.
“Do Myself Better” is a pledge to take self-care more seriously. However clear that sentiment is, it’s the only simple thing that can be said of Davy Boi. The production is groovy, bouncing, and at times odd in a way that somehow works. He keeps the listener engaged with a constantly changing soundscape.
Like the plant of the same name “Aloe Vera” is a healing treatment. Unlike the plant however, Indigo Monet targets healing of the soul. Systemic racism and police brutality too often leave fresh wounds for Black America before the previous ones have even healed. Monet highlights the need for positive self-care in an environment that continually attacks the soul.
Swirling synths are the background for Jeannel to direct sweet vocals to your ears. On “ICMIB (I Can Make It Better)” she brings you comfort with just a few words — the swaddling promise of a new lover to heal old wounds.
From battling cancer to the joy of motherhood, Abi Flynn captures a wide range of experience and emotion on “Courage.” Her voice rings with strength from the moment she sings to the culmination of the track’s inspiring build up.
“GOODNIGHT” is an onslaught of bars. Samad Savage is off at that gun, dancing over the beat quickly and confidently. As his raps pick up the pace he never slips, his confidence and clean delivery only grow stronger.
“Fragile” by Benjamin Carter is R&B at the core. The instrumentation carries a hint of funk, the vocals layered with soul. But this song goes a little further. As the production evolves a feature verse briefly diverts the song down the path of dark poetic musings.
Exes can’t be friends but “EXES” by Chrissie Límos can stay real close. The track’s intricate production propels Límos’ dynamic vocals into a dreamlike yarn, unraveled melody to melody.