Sylvan’s self-produced streak continues.
With their truly dynamic sonic chemistry, Brasstracks blend avenues of jazz, electronic, and hip-hop to create invigorating tracks. The Brooklyn duo comprised of Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne has teamed up with the likes of VanJess and Khalid in the past, constantly adding to their portfolio of sweet releases.
As the first taste of their forthcoming two-part project, “Those Who Know” is a whipping journey. Their latest single also stands as Ivan’s vocal debut, highlighting yet another one of his many talents. The duo continues to showcase their versatile and genre-bending production, refining their sound each release.
Stream “Those Who Know” below.
Ciscero keeps on shining with his golden releases. Following one of my favorite tracks from this year titled “Rio” with Jay Prince and FOGGIERAW, the DMV rep returns with “Go!” His latest offering takes a more soulful route akin to “Pressure,” tapping frequent collaborators April George, Rocket, and Joe Smokes. Warm keys from Dre Rodner and additional production from MisterNeek creates a soothing collab that oozes with passion.
Keep a close eye on Ciscero and stream “Go!” below.
Little Simz has kept busy all year—from her headlining Welcome To Wonderland tour to joining the stage with Gorillaz, the London artist continues to garner a loyal fanbase around the world.
King Simbi recently swung by COLORS Berlin to perform her latest single titled “Backseat.” Produced by Astronote and topped off with additional vocals from Ella Mai and VanJess, Little Simz provides a status update for her fans. “Backseat” showcases Little Simz at her finest while we await a new surprise hinted to arrive in November,
Check out Little Simz’s performance of “Backseat” below.
Having worked with the likes of Rexx Life Raj, Caleborate, and Elujay, JULiA LEWiS continues to refine his skills with each release. The Bay Area producer returns to W&V today with an all-star collab titled “On The Regular.” Featuring talent from Elujay, Mr. Carmack, and Mikos Da Gawd, his latest offering is the perfect soundtrack for driving around town with the homies. Elujay’s smooth delivery pairs nicely with the bouncy foundation from JULiA Lewis, Carmack, and Mikos, merging their individual talents to create one of my favorite songs this year.
Vibe out the “On The Regular” below.
At the top of the summer, Arizona native Sam Bruno delivered her debut I AM SAM PT. 1 EP. Using each of the five tracks, the now Los Angeles-based artist crafts a savory bundle of electro-pop for listeners to indulge in. Her debut project stands as the cherry on top to her previous work with the likes of Kanye West, Skrillex, and more.
On the heels of his Kamome Sano remix and Monstercat-released “Drift,” WRLD is giving Sam’s “Hello Hater” a special twist. The Netherlands-bred producer adds his own energy to the song, amplifying the already catchy melodies from the original. Sam’s warm vocals bounce across WRLD’s invigorating production to create a thoroughly refreshing track to jumpstart the week.
Stream WLRD’s remix of “Hello Hater” below.
Building upon the success of tracks like “Adore” and “Favorite” with Brasstracks, VanJess unveils their new single titled “Through Enough.” The sister duo enlists DMV veteran GoldLink for a sweet joyride, backed by saucy production from Lophiile. VanJess’ silky croons glide over the undulating rhythms, topped off with GoldLink’s confident verse to round out the track.
While VanJess adds the finishing touches to their forthcoming Homegrown EP, stream “Through Enough” below.
Daz Rinko has come a long way since his LIFTED mixtape dropped last year. Following lead singles like “SOS” with theMIND and “Boo-Boo Kisses,” the Memphis talent returns with his Black Boy Joy EP. The six-track outing follows Daz as he refines his sound and crafts a beacon of hope. With pulsating rhythms from the likes of SPRILL. and Donato, Daz’s fluid delivery allows him to shine in the spotlight throughout his journey towards self-love.
Dive into Black Boy Joy below.
In the midst of touring with SZA and Ravyn Lenae, St. Louis icon Smino swung by COLORS Berlin to perform “Maraca.” As one of the many gems from his debut album blkswn, the Monte Booker-produced joint features Smino at his finest bouncing between slick wordplay and punchy ad-libs. Smino delivers a passionate and energetic performance sure to please new and familiar fans alike.
Vibe out to “Maraca” below.
Don Mykel has been exciting listeners this year with an series of stellar singles. “Return of the Don,” “N.W.O.”, and “Hell On Earth” showcased the young rapper’s abilities on the mic. Though Mykel’s most outstanding talent is as a lyricist, past his creative lyrical ability, the Don seems to be able to change his delivery and inflections at will, creating a streamlined and relentless flow over more traditional, conservative instrumentals. Mykel’s pen game cannot be ignored, and really pushes his tracks to the heights they reach. However, it is not just his lyrical ability that takes him to the next level, but a broad skill set that pushes his music through the roof. Infinite is a test of Mykel’s ability to tune into this skill set and create a comprehensive set of tracks.
Mykel passed the test with flying colors. Featuring “N.W.O.” and “Hell on Earth,” Infinite is an entirely different entity to the singles, and gives them a new meaning within the context of the album.
The lyrical overload that Don Mykel has cemented as his calling card is balanced out by more paced, thoughtful tracks. Infinite‘s lead track, “Notorious,” previews what listeners can expect from the album as a whole. With a more outspoken instrumental than he normally employs, Mykel bounces around the track with his typical energy. He deftly switches his direction on the track, slowing down and altering his deliveries before picking the pace mack up to close it off. The ability to grow with and in the beat is a distinct strength of the Don’s. He is the type of dynamic rapper that can cope with a dynamic beat, such as “Notorious.” In this way, Mykel creates a kind of call and response within his tracks, bouncing off of the instrumentals and even himself at times.
The album continues with same ferocity it started with. Mykel is relentless over the track; even his slower bars pack a major punch. Infinite proves a lot about Mykel. Many rappers stylistically similar to Mykel struggle to create a a consistently strong album. Raw talent goes only so far; it can sustain singles but supporting an entire album is a different animal. On Infinite, the Don demonstrates an impressive ability to balance his tracks against each other. The “Levy Grey Interlude” divides the album in half, splitting the tracks into two succinct sections that function both separately together.
With Infinite under his belt, Don Mykel can take the confidence the project will give him and continue proving himself one of Harlem’s most exciting young voices. Keep tabs on him and what he has to offer moving forward from Infinite.
Stream the full project below.
I first came across Tyler Wrighteous when he dropped his Nimbus project about a year ago. Since then, the multitalented artist has kept the heat coming with tracks like “Ovation” and his latest titled “Talk.” The self-produced cut recruits fellow Virginia talent Matt McGhee, carrying a heavy boom-bap energy as the two deliver their crisp verses to call out those that ramble in their raps. Tyler and Matt continue to evolve with each release, leaving us excited to see what they have in store in the near future.
Stream “Talk” below.