With a little something for everyone, Tropicália Fest united a wide range of audiences at The Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA on November 11. From headliners like Chicano Batman, Jhené Aiko, and Kali Uchis to rising stars including Yellow Days, Smino, and Jorja Smith, the festival’s sold-out debut gave fans a truly unforgettable experience.
In addition to all the lovely music that filled the air, attendees were also given access to a taco buffet featuring a wide range of vendors from along the West Coast. Fan favorites like Carnitas El Mono and Burritos Del Palma served up their classics among many others.
Tropicália gave light to many Latino artists and beyond. Being able to catch artists like King Krule and Smino in the same day showcased their ability to bridge multiple audiences and genres. While we await more information on the next one, check out a few photos from Tropicália below.
Earlier last month, Raveena emerged into the scene with her Shanti EP. The New York songstress crafts a six-track joyride that’s dreamy from start to finish, capturing her alluring vocals over production from Everett Orr.
Raveena makes her debut on our pages this week with a truly stunning performance of “If Only” for COLORS. Her soothing voice melts over twinkling piano melodies and a jazzy pocket. The track is easily one of the smoothest I’ve heard in a while, serving as an effortless ode to being better without a former love.
Get familiar with Raveena and check out “If Only” below.
Following his Alone Together album from 2016, Skizzy Mars has remained mostly quiet in the music scene aside from a few features. To kick off the year, Skizzy is back with his latest single titled “2006.” The New York artist dances in the realm of hip-hop with a mellow cadence as he comes to terms with his past. His effortless verses trail over piano-led production from frequent collaborator Michael Keenan, laced with a tinge of pop. His warm return to the scene gives us hope for more quality content from Skizzy in the near future.
Vibe out to “2006” below.
Building upon the success of his El Zuko EP and tracks like “Àndale,” Eddie Zuko returns with “Wanna.” The Imperial Valley/San Diego-based artist recruits Neptune for the perfect hit for cruising. Self-directed alongside Cobian, the video follows Eddie and Neptune around Barrio Logan as they vent over woozy production from Jonny Keyz and Paul Redona. The duo encourages listeners to go by their own timelines instead of succumbing to skeptics in an overall refreshing collab.
While we await what’s next from Eddie and his crew, vibe out to “Wanna” below.
One of Top Dawg Entertainment’s latest signees SiR imbues each track with an unparalleled soul. The Inglewood-bred artist has built a dedicated following with Her and Her Too, with even more smooth content on the way.
“Something Foreign” recruits fellow TDE member ScHoolboy Q for a true late night vibe. The two sway over piano-led production from Saxon, allowing listeners to get lost in a blissful experience. Director Jack Begert builds upon the ominous atmosphere to bring the track to life. SiR also hints at his next release slated to arrive on January 19.
SiR will also be heading on tour with Miguel and Nonchalant Savant in the new year. Check out the video for “Something Foreign” and his upcoming tour dates below.
Flamingosis continues to dazzle fans with his ability to craft soulful instrumentals. Drawing inspiration from the likes of J Dilla and Flying Lotus, the New Jersey-based producer has kept his hotstreak alive and well with Bright Moments and most recently A Groovy Thing.
Following their cheery summertime collab “Glide,” Flamingosis returns with Ehiorobo for “Stowed Away.” Their latest effort stands as the third single from their forthcoming joint album, showcasing their dynamic sonic chemistry. Ehiorobo’s warm vocals melt over a steady groove to create the perfect end-of-the-year tune.
Stream “Stowed Away” below.
Jay Prince is back with another gem to top off the year. As one of the tracks from his explosive Late Summers mixtape, “Last Summer” finds Jay venting over production by Axefolie and Marty Khan. Jay crafts a beacon of hope for listeners to enjoy, pairing introspection with optimism as he delivers uplifting verses. Self-directed alongside Josh Gonzales, the video is topped off with a snippet of what appears to be a preview of new heat that we can expect from Jay in the weeks to come.
Check out “Last Summer” below and revisit Late Summers.
Chicago’s songstress Ravyn Lenae captures the essence of soul and suave with each release. Her ability to string together warm harmonies allows Ravyn to truly shine with her impressive vocal work.
Building upon the momentum of her Monte Booker-produced Midnight Moonlight, Ravyn returns with another saucy track titled “Sticky.” As the first taste of her forthcoming Crush EP, executive produced by Steve Lacy of The Internet, “Sticky” showcases Ravyn at her finest. Refreshing melodies trail over Steve’s guitar-led production, blending to form a bundle of sonic nostalgia.
Stream “Sticky” below and expect Crush on January 26.
Ravyn Lenae – Crush EP
3. Computer Luv (feat. Steve Lacy)
4. The Night Song
5. 4 Leaf Clover (feat. Steve Lacy)
Rayana Jay of Richmond, CA has been steady killing it all year. Her effortless croons and taste for a wide range of production envelope listeners in a soothing trance that’s sure to have her making even greater waves in 2018.
To round out the year, Rayana returns with the official music video for “Magic.” Directed by Adrian Per, the ROMderful-produced standout from her Morning After EP is a modern twist on a ’70s vibe, topped with doses of classic call-and-response breaks throughout. Keep your eyes peeled for a few cameos as you’re dancing along, too.
Check out the video for “Magic” below.
Ahead of his first headlining tour, berhana is continuing his hotstreak with the visuals for “Grey Luh.” The track comes from his self-titled debut EP, pinning the blossoming singer-songwriter in the spotlight as he serenades with his tender croons. berhana sways over tropical production from Sapphire Adizes, capturing listeners as he rolls through the undertakings of love.
Peep the video for “Grey Luh” below, directed by Sam Guest.