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Just shy of a year ago, estef graced our pages for the first time with a ray of confidence titled “You Don’t Get To Call Me.” The Los Angeles-born, Nashville-based artist draws inspiration from contemporaries including Erykah Badu and Frank Ocean to craft her own blend of soul-infused pop. In addition to her debut headlining show in Nashville back in June, she’s also shared the stage with the likes of R.LUM.R and The Shadowboxers.
Today, estef returns with a Joe Williams-produced single titled “Come Around.” Her blissful voice is backed by woozy synths that dives into an explosive chorus, capturing the spark we feel when we meet that special someone. If her latest release is any indication of what we can expect from her in the near future, estef is definitely on the road to stardom.
“This song is about initial attraction and the feeling that comes with meeting someone that really excites you. I wrote this song with Sam Tinnesz, Andreas Moss, and Joe Williams and it was such a fun process. There’s something so special about being able to narrate the beginning stages of a relationship especially because it’s something we’ve all experienced at one time or another. The song came together so effortlessly and I’m really proud of the way it turned out!” – estef
Stream “Come Around” below.
Omar Apollo is the next rising star coming out of Indiana. Although the talented singer and occasional rapper picked up the guitar at the young age of 12 years old, Omar didn’t truly discover his passion for the instrument until a few years ago. Drawing inspiration from D’Angelo and John Mayer, his dreamy sound and silky falsetto has reeled in dedicated fans with tracks like “Brakelights” and “Unbothered,” as well as his debut Stereo EP from earlier this year.
This past weekend, Omar concluded his first headlining tour with a stellar sold-out show at the House of Blues San Diego, which I had the great pleasure of capturing. Also along for the ride was Los Angeles artist Mk.gee, who opened the show with his echoing guitar riffs and bellowing vocals. Swaying from slow jams to the upbeat “I Know How You Get,” one of the many highlights from his Pronounced McGee project, Mk.gee started the night with a refreshing style.
About an hour into the show, Omar and his band takes the stage, welcomed by a crowd full of loyal fans. Standing roughly six and a half feet tall, he’s all smiles as he runs through tunes from Stereo with an impressive range. After a few acoustic tracks, fans rap along to an explosive encore performance of “Hijo de Su Madre” to end one of the best shows I’ve seen this year. With an ever-growing list of accomplishments, we’re excited to see what Omar has planned in the near future.
Check out their recent projects and a few photos from the show after the jump.
From his classic tracks like “Game Ova” to his recent breakout single “Troop” with Smino, Tobi Lou continues to take the Internet by storm. The Chicago artist recently finished off his EP trilogy with tobi lou and the Juice, boasting talent from Galimatias and Zack Villere in an exciting bundle of tunes. Tobi’s clever pen is often backed by muted synths and spacey percussion to create a refreshing sound.
Tobi returns to our pages with his latest set of visuals for “Buff Baby,” tag-teaming with animator Ronald Grandprey and right-hand director Glassface. Drawing inspiration from Adventure Time!, Tobi fills the video with a slew of Easter eggs for fans to unravel, including a nod to everyone eager for “Numbers” to drop. With his Cult Classic debut album on the way later this Fall, Tobi is well on his way to another banner year.
Check out the video and his upcoming tour dates with KYLE and Marc E. Bassy below.
Singer-songwriter Kyle Dion is on a true hot streak. The Florida-born, Los Angeles-based artist has racked up wins all year long with tunes like “Brown” and “Cool Side Of The Pillow,” as well as a few shows in Europe with PARTYNEXTDOOR. His unmistakeable soul and suave gleams through his effortless falsetto, leaving fans in awe of his sheer talent.
As the latest preview of his forthcoming debut album, Kyle returns to our site today with a new single titled “Spend It.” Kyle’s new single radiates with a blend of seduction and confidence featuring production from ROMderful and Mars Today. Kyle captures the beauty of a sunset with a steady groove, fit for any late night occasion.
Stream “Spend It” below.
DUCKWRTH is a true ball of energy that’s not afraid to embrace his individuality with open arms. Raised by the streets of South Central Los Angeles, DUCKWRTH bounces between funk-filled grooves, clever raps, and head-thrashing punk while also exploring his love for fashion and design. The W&V alumni took another leap forward in his sound with an XTRA UUGLY mixtape late last year, especially with highlights “THROWYOASSOUT” and “TAMAGOTCHI,” while also joining What So Not on his national tour.
DUCKWRTH is back on our pages today with “Fall Back,” his latest single and the first taste of his new Falling Man album slated for later this year. His rockstar confidence is paired with high-octane production from Two Fresh that’s sure to have you moshing in your living room. DUCK also teamed up with Vevo DSCVR to bring the track to life with Kingjet of Two Fresh and Anthony Dragons, delivering a truly incredible performance with a special switch-up at the end.
Check out the video and the dates from his upcoming headlining tour below.
While their origins can be found in the streets of Los Angeles, the Soulection empire has spent nearly a decade curating the sound of tomorrow across the globe. Their radio show has evolved into a unique live experience with and full-fledged tours for their ever-growing roster of talent. Soulection has also built their reputation greatly due to a stream of original releases known as the White Label Series, highlighting artists from j.robb and Jared Jackson to Tom Misch and Monte Booker.
Last week, Soulection unveiled the complementary Black Label Series, which will focus on vocalists and rappers instead of the traditional producers route found in the White Label. The first installment spotlights Hablot Brown, a Los Angeles-based trio with an impeccable soul and charm. Their five-track cruise serves as a sweet ride for fans both old and new, topped off with features from Maths Time Joy, ESTA., and Gabrielle Current. Their truly infectious sound has us hooked and excited for more to come.
Check out the first Black Label with Hablot Brown below, as well as the dates for the upcoming Soulection TSOT Tour. Tickets available via Soulection’s website.
I first came across Maesu‘s music last year when he dropped “Left You,” a sleek tune produced by Koyö that highlights his crisp skills with the pen. The Los Angeles artist would soon follow up on the single with his deSerVe EP, a seven-track journey featuring standouts “OG” and “Aquimini.”
Maesu makes his debut on our pages today with the official video for “Late Nite News.” The KINGBNJMN-produced song is brought to life by director Trent Barboza, pinning Maesu in a strange loop after falling into the wrong hands leaving the diner. Maesu embarks on an eerie joyride that continues to spiral throughout. With another leap forward in his sound, we’re excited to see what Maesu has in store for the rest of the year.
Check out the video below.
With catchy tracks like “Same Ol Stan” and “Das Boo” under his belt, Sam Stan is an exciting voice from Broward, Florida known for his “happy raps” movement. His versatile flow is often laced with twinkling production from the likes of Namesake. and Kaleb Mitchell, sure to have you hooked on his uplifting energy.
On the heels of his Happy Hour EP, Sam is keeping his hotstreak alive and well with his new video for “Outta My League.” Sam links up with fellow Floridian Lukeem over bouncy production from Malveaux, detailing what it’s like to land the girl of his daydreams. Director Adam Rioux follows Sam around 29 82 In The Swamp, a local smoothie and breakfast spot, as he drifts between slanging drinks and spilling verses. With more happy raps on the way, Sam’s latest video is the perfect way to start your week.
It’s been nearly two years since Innanet James broken into the scene with “Summer,” an upbeat and funky anthem that highlights his punchy flow and refreshing energy. The Silver Spring, Maryland emcee kept the momentum going with his debut project titled Quebec Place, further pushing the limits of his clever pen.
Fresh off hiatus, Innanet James is back with a brand new single titled “Bag.” His first release as part of the Rostrum Records family showcases will also be featured as part of the official NFL MADDEN ’19 soundtrack. Smooth production with a bossa-nova flair from Lawrence Mace serves as the perfect foundation for his explosive flexing throughout the track. With his refined confidence, we’re excited to see what else Innanet James has planned for the near future.
Check out the Riley Robbins-directed video for “Bag” below.
Around this time last year, P-Lo dove into the summer with his debut album More Than Anything, a snapshot of his life boasting features from many Bay Area contemporaries including G-Eazy, E-40, and Rexx Life Raj. In addition to recent collabs with the likes of blackbear and YMTK, the seasoned Pinole, California emcee has maintained his streak with a slew of wavy singles including “same squad” and “woke.”
P-Lo returns to our pages today with his sophomore album aptly titled Prime. Flaunting catchy verses over bouncy production from himself, Cal-A, and Senojnayr, P-Lo truly excels throughout. One of the standout tracks from the project “crystal” finds P-Lo trading verses with Slimmy B and DaBoii of rising rap quartet SOB X RBE, sure to find its way to any poolside party or late night function.
Stream Prime below and catch him in your city on the Endless Summer Tour.