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.
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.
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.