Unorthodocks, Solute and Various Jones create a skillful, blissful track through the rejection of maximalism. By focusing on exactly what the track does best, “B.A.M.N.” has a clear-cut identity and filling presentation.
Why We Like It: Off Topic’s “Threat”
On his chilly new single, New Jersey emcee Off Topic intimidates with ease over an uneasy beat. “Threat” is grimy, lo-fi and heavy with the rhymes.
Why We Like It: Max Swan’s “Shackles”
On “Shackles,” his ambitious R&B track, Max Swan fuses incisive introspection with a dense and soaring arrangement.
Why We Like It: Renee Stormz’s “Rise Above”
Renee Stormz basks in confidence, exorcising her pain with “Rise Above.” Her flow is unbreakable over a beat that trickles through speakers.
Why We Like It: Adeline’s “Stages” Ft. KAMAUU
Through a calm authority, Adeline expresses her freedom. “Stages” is an easy-going R&B song with a groovy bassline and a rapped verse from KAMAUU.
Why We Like It: Lxnny’s “Lamborghini Racers”
Lxnny sends us on a trip through another life by stepping into the shoes of a kingpin. “Lamborghini Racers” is a wavy listen that drifts on chimes and a smooth flow.
Why We Like It: Nami’s “Who Lied To You”
On a concept project about writing and producing demos for Drake, Cape Verdean crooner Nami nails a sound that’s all his own. “Who Lied To You” wouldn’t be out of place for a worldclass popstar, but it’s an unforgettably synthy demo.
Why We Like It: Viana’s “About The Money”
On “About The Money,” Viana mires an earnest want in a consumerist sheen, creating a pop song of depth. She just wants to sing songs and feed her dog. Should that be so hard?
Why We Like It: Imp’s “Visions of DOOM”
In the title track off their new EP, “Visions of DOOM,” Imp meshes the Marvel universe with visions of the dystopian reality they see around them.
Why We Like It: ROMderful’s “ALIENS!”
ROMderful roots a cosmic background in R&B familiarity to tell a galactic love story. “ALIENS!” is a story of human connection in the stars.