“Dead or Alive” expresses rapper J. Loree’s dismay at fighting internal demons while portraying an unfaltering facade to the people in his life. The track blends hip-hop with escalating rock elements and culminates in a powerful crescendo of guitar and rap.
Why We Like It
“Good Bad” runs as a sun-tinged anthem about collision and contradiction, taking the good with the bad and the highs with the lows. Chrispin’s high energy delivery gives the dance beat exciting texture and vibrancy.
Many love songs try to beautify feelings of love with equivalent sounds in a strain to recreate the artist’s image of the relationship. If it falls short it’s because love is never as perfect as the emotions conjured by the traditional love ballad. “Bad at Love” by Nora Toutain embraces the bumbling realities of real love with a sound that’s as fun as it is honest.
Lyrically, “So Close” tackles the bittersweet lessons of love lost with poise and poetics. If “thank u, next” spelled out such sentiments in upfront phrases, “So Close” takes a wittier approach, the rhymes as natural as the lyrics are sharp.
“Small Hours” brings a cross-section of emotions into focus. The singer, otta, accompanies an electric keyboard in a gentle but moving track.
“Flamingo” walks the line between technical flex and songwriting prowess. No single element feels introduced for the sake of its own existence, and yet the virtuosic guitar licks underpinning the track are pleasantly intricate, both a solid base and a commanding display of Beau Diako’s skills.
James Deacon’s “HERO aka Rich” is an ode to heroes lost and heroes created. His powerful vocals demand the center of the track, inserting the listener into a war of internal and external conflicts as he battles with changing his perceptions in the aftermath of his world’s desolation.
There’s something exceptionally beautiful about the way music can transcend time. We can playback old jams and resummon the original emotional connections to the music and even feel inspired to make new creations in the vein of our old inspirations. This is the pocket we found Christina Lyon’s “Soul’s On Fire,” a new track with an old soul.
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.”