Searching for a release from reality, ¿Téo? and WILLOW get “Buzzed.” The track brings floating verses to mellow island strings.
Reconciling the maturity and pain found in isolation, Dragonfruit deliver “Loney” — yet another avant-garde electro-laden instrumental with spinning vocals both sung and spoken.
fika returns with another lesson in love on “Don’t Say I Don’t.” The stripped back goodness is fika doing what they do they do best. Jazzy lo-fi instrumentation and songwriting that cuts straight to the heart. Find your yourself longing for love you didn’t know you were missing.
Over smooth vocals and a supremely funky bassline, Khamari displays giving into desire and letting go of denial. “Pull Up” is a foot tapper, a head nodder, a funk-driven single with bedroom R&B grooves.
“Tokyo Nights” is Ottawa based artist Mazyn’s third single he’s ever released, and the third time truly seems like the charm. The bold piano and swirling synths form a natural pocket for his poignant falsetto.
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.
“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.
The lost element of love songs is that “what the heck” feeling, according to Talya Amira. Her new single “Float” encapsulates the chaos of romance alongside the elation of soaring. Sure, being swept off your feet is exhilarating, but it’s also nerve wracking.
“Dreamers” is an intense experience. Lou Berry crafted a dreamy landscape for vocalists Gracy Hopkins and LYNN to escape into. The blend of soul and rap gives the landscape a textured feel, the details are constantly evolving.
Looking back, we didn’t have much a summer this year. “Stay (Summer Interlude)” by Just J brings about memories past, especially in the stagnant space that’s filled the year. But sometimes when we think of better times, we find ourselves trying to stay there.