Mamii taps into so much nostalgia that she actually finds her sound in the future. “Creepiin” pulls wavy synths and smooth modulation from a distant timeline where beats are heavy and bars are heavier.
Toronto group STAYOUTLATE pull up to our discovery section with a masterful posse cut. On “WUSSUP,” each emcee brings a unique flex rap flow to a horn blasting beat.
A fantasy of separation over slow synthy production constitutes a relatable rumination on reality itself. “Rocket” by Slouch Online is all the incentive you need to, “get lost, find cool shit, be an alien.”
A contemporary symphony of synths and autotune enhance the fiery love that Darci details on “Burn” with an invigorating feature from BEAM.
On their blockbuster link-up, Oakland emcees Tia Nomore and Stoni tear through The Bay, brandishing sharp bars as they literally bust blocks in the tongue-in-cheek music video for “Skirmish.”
He mightn’t be a local quite yet, but on “South Side Livin’,” CimplyDan salutes Florida and feels very much at home. Lo-fi production tints the artist’s laid-back bars with accents of beaches and sunsets in the sunshine state.
Carly and The Universe capture the light and loss of summertime. “Sunset” is a refreshingly catchy trip with a delicious bassline.
“Love Levitates” moves with maturity, a striking fusion of pop sensibilities and jazz-inspired instrumentation that throws Louis Baker in the spotlight.
Equal parts furious and fun, Nate Husser’s “Sleep Like A Baby” courts chaos with palpable glee, undeniable skill, and a mean Jean Deaux verse.
Love brings life in the flutter of the heart and rush of awareness, but as easily as it gives, it takes. “Killing Me Slowly” by Paris Price bridges romance from life to death with features from Chris Patrick and Dende.