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.
naji returns with some more gold from The Optimist. His latest lyric video for “Long Distance” features fellow crooner Jeanie, bringing the track to life with a late night Skype chat. The duo goes back and forth exchanging lyrics from the song to create a refreshing and playful spin on the already catchy tune. Channeled by their heavenly vocals, their collab serves as a warm reminder that no amount of distance can get in the way of true love.
Check out the video for “Long Distance” below.
It’s been just shy of a year since Olu Bliss reemerged into the scene with his Traveling Bliss EP, his five-track outing that’s been on repeat ever since. As one of the most impressive artists out right now, the New York singer-songwriter gleams with his refreshing soul and warm energy throughout each release.
Olu returns to our pages today with a remix of the lead single from the project, “Dive In.” Fellow As We Arrive member Khary slides through with a crisp verse, driving the track even further as he vents over guitar melodies from Amos Rose. With another impressive track under their belts, Olu and Khary are well on their way to another banner year.
Stream the “Dive In” remix below and stay tuned for the full Traveling Bliss remix bundle.
The mans Mac Ayres is back with another saucy tune, “Should We Take The Van.” For the latest preview of his upcoming Drive Slow EP, the Fête Records artist pieces together catchy piano chops with his warm vocals. Mac also recruits rising DMV icon Innanet James, who holds it down with a sweet verse. The overall jazzy cut is a sensual experience that radiates talent from all angles.
Stream “Should We Take The Van” below and expect Drive Slow on August 11.
As one of Chicago’s blossoming emcees, Joey Purp truly pours his heart into every track. Joey recently performed at his hometown’s Pitchfork Music Festival, backed by close collaborators Knox Fortune and Peter Cottontale of The Social Experiment. Alongside running through many iiiDrops favorites like “Girls @” and “Cornerstore,” Joey also brought out fellow Savemoney reps KAMI, Towkio, and Vic Mensa to bless the stage. Joey wraps up his confident and hard-hitting performance by previewing a few cuts from his forthcoming Quarter Things project, making for one of the standout sets from the festival.
Check out Joey Purp’s full set below and stay tuned for more on Quarter Things.
Following the video for “Own Ventures!” GrandAce returns to W&V with a pillowy single aptly titled “Daydreams.” GrandAce showcases his talents on the mic and on the boards, culminating in another infectious self-produced cut for listeners to enjoy. His sleek verses floats over a bed of elegant piano riffs, tied together by a truly blissful hook. We’re excited to watch GrandAce continue to grow in the near future.
Stream and download “Daydreams” below.
Khary and Lege Kale are honestly my favorite duo right now. They have this unique sonic chemistry that culminates in seriously impressive tunes. While Khary’s kept busy dropping videos for “Cowboy Bebop Freestyle” and “Internlude,” Lege has been traveling the country to perform alongside the likes sober rob and oriJanus.
The As We Arrive duo returns to our pages with their long-awaited collaborative project, Tidal Graves. The seven-track EP fleshes out previous singles “Stronger” and “Too Fast” for a true showcase of their combined talents with further standouts like “Fujiko.” Khary’s clever lyricism is a breath of fresh air that flows through Lege’s soundscapes with ease. In the final track, “Desperado,” Khary and Lege trade verses in a triumphant closer to one of the best projects to drop this year.
Indulge in Tidal Graves below and check out the fully annotated lyrics via Genius.
W&V alum Mars Today shares the latest visuals from his recent Bits & Pieces EP featuring “Winnin’.” The Israel Ramos-directed video follows Mars Today and his love on a journey down the highway as he serenades with his effortless croons. After their ride is interrupted when their car breaks down, the duo resorts to other methods to keep the fun going.
Follow the adventure below.