From her iconic mixes like “Current Mood” and “wine, sleepy eyes & turbulence,” Sasha Marie always comes through with a sweet selection of tunes. The San Diego-based Soulection representative is back on our pages today with her latest curation titled “sunflowers & melancholy.” Driven by her love for Sofia Coppola films like Lost in Translation, Sasha captures the feeling of cozy summertime Sundays using a wide range of gems from LAMP, Knox Fortune, and more.
Dive into “sunflowers & melancholy” below.
Following his jazzy cut “Streamin'” with Elujay, Chris McClenney is back with “Confession.” The multitalented artist continues to dazzle with each release, most notably with his debut Portrait In Two EP that he built from top to bottom. Chris’ latest release pairs wavering synths and swift plucks to with his silky vocals to remind listeners of his skills on the mic and on the boards. Throughout the track, Chris has his eyes set on the one and only love in his view.
Stream “Confession” below.
Gus Dapperton flew into my radar earlier this year with his infectious and warm “I’m Just Snacking.” Building upon its lead single, Gus returns to our pages today with the full project titled Yellow and Such. His impressive self-produced debut is filled with a bundle of catchy melodies and rhythms, allowing his soothing vocals to travel through each soundscape with ease. Gus crafts a truly refreshing experience for listeners to indulge in, topped with an ambient hue that leaves us eager for more.
Stream Yellow and Such below.
Following her ROMderful-produced stunner “Magic,” Rayana Jay is keeping her hot streak alive and well with “Sunkissed.” The Richmond artist pens an ode to Black love, channeled by her lush voice and effortless flow. The Kount of Fête Records assembles a groove-filled foundation laced with his striking synth work, culminating in a vibey track you’ll want to keep in rotation.
Rayana will soon follow up on her Sorry About Last Night EP with Morning After. In the meantime, stream “Sunkissed” below and revisit our interview with Rayana Jay.
If you’re in the Bay Area, be sure to catch Rayana’s headlining show with Siri, Red Corvette and Sweetest Threaton September 28. Check out the flyer below and grab tickets here.
Building upon the success of “Fever” and “Whirlwind” with Khalid, Brooklyn duo Brasstracks continues to build momentum with “Favorite.” Brasstracks lays a jazzy foundation for singer-songwriter duo VanJess to glide across with ease. Their infectious vocals blend seamlessly with the trumpet-led beat, quickly diving into a wavy and synth-filled drop. With a two-part project and much more in the works, their latest single is a playlist staple sure to have you vibing out all week long.
Stream “Favorite” below.
[Cover image by Lloyd Pursall]
The DMV’s own GoldLink continues to takeover the scene with his unhampered flow, clever lyrics, and endless energy. Ahead of his forthcoming headlining tour with Masego and EARTHGANG, GoldLink teams up with Vevo for “We Are The Flowers In Your Dustbin.” The video follows GoldLink around his hometown as he discusses his inspirations, his progress so far, and the growing gentrification that’s sweeping the nation.
Check out “We Are The Flowers In Your Dustbin” and GoldLink’s upcoming tour dates below.
[Cover image by Keavan Yazdani]
Daniel Caesar has been taking the quality-over-quantity route for releases, carefully crafting the perfect blend of neo-soul that reels in listeners with ease. At the end of 2015, the Toronto singer-songwriter unveiled his Pilgrim’s Paradise EP, a seven-track outing featuring talent from BADBADNOTGOOD and Sean Leon. Daniel followed up late last year with the breakout success of “Get You” featuring Kali Uchis and continues to build his list of accomplishments.
To kick off the fall, Daniel will be releasing his long-awaited debut album next week titled Freudian. The project will build upon tracks like “Get You,” placing his heavenly vocals at the forefront alongside guest appearances from Syd, Charlotte Day Wilson, and H.E.R..
In celebration of the announcement, Daniel also dropped a set of vintage visuals for his most recent single “We Find Love / Blessed.” The video follows Daniel on his search for love, directed by Keavan Yazdani, Sean Brown, and Daniel Palmer. Needless to say, we’re stoked to watch Daniel continue to blossom in the near future.
Check out the video for “We Find Love / Blessed” below and expect Freudian on August 25.
Fresh off his first headlining tour this past spring, Dave B. has continued to flourish with a steady stream of tracks like “Dive” and “Buckets.” The Seattle-bred emcee is shaping to be one of the suavest in the game right now with no signs of slowing anytime soon.
“Only” stands as his latest dose of soul and raps, featuring tour mates Romaro Franceswa and AbJo of Soulection. Their bouncy cadences flow nicely over sparse piano chords and a barrage of percussion, driving the track forward. With a refreshing vigor behind them, the three join forces to craft one of my all-time favorites.
Stream “Only” below.
If you’re looking for the perfect weekend soundtrack, look no further—the mans Elujay is serving up plenty of groovy vibes on his latest track, “Streamin’.” The first taste of his forthcoming Avnt Garde album channels the spirit of summertime as he riffs over smooth production from Chris McClenney and Zikomo. Chris also rolls through with his own soothing verse, delivered with his similarly impressive vocals. Be sure to keep a close eye on this trio of talent as you vibe out to their all-star collab.
Dive into “Streamin'” below.
MistaDC is back with a new song titled “Vicky, Fly Home.” The Seattle vocalist sways over hazy production from Soultanz as he reminisces of a past relationship. Also along for the ride is singer-songwriter A||A on hook duty, as well as MistaDC’s childhood friend Nobi who brings the track together with a verse of his own. Topped off with a guitar solo from Elan Wright, sensual vibes fill the love-driven tune, oozing with heaps of emotion and soul.
Stream “Vicky, Fly Home” after the jump and keep your eyes peeled for MistaDC’s forthcoming solo debut, VICKY: The Story Of A High School Sweetheart.