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.
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.
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)
Earlier this year, Cautious Clay emerged into the scene with his self-produced single titled “Cold War.” Following up with “Joshua Tree,” the New York artist continues to impress with his tender sound.
Germany’s Soulection representative IAMNOBODI recently unveiled his own spin of “Cold War.” The fresh flip is just as enjoyable as the original, accentuating Clay’s serene vocals with sparse piano chords and trickling percussion. The duo combines their talents to create a truly emotional journey through a forest that’ll have you vibing along.
Stream IAMNOBODI’s remix of “Cold War” below.
From his Four The Better EP to singles like “Street Walker,” IshDARR has been on a roll all year. His latest offering, titled “Moon Girl,” stands as the opening track from Kitsuné Afterwork, Vol. 1 and appears alongside tracks from Raiza Biza, Chynna, and more. IshDARR carries his confident flow over trickling production from Skater and J.Robb, detailing a new relationship in his life. With his full-length debut scheduled to arrive next year, IshDARR continues to hold us down.
Stream “Moon Girl” below.
Nashville singer-songwriter estef carries a refreshing confidence that shines brightly through her nostalgic vocals. Her latest offering, titled “you don’t get to call me,” stands as a post-breakup ode to self-love. estef riffs over warm keys and gentle guitar plucks from Tony Esterly as she leaves the past behind and strides towards new beginnings. With an undeniably impressive debut under her belt, estef is definitely a songstress you’ll want to have in rotation.
Stream “you don’t get to call me” below.
Following tracks like “Youth” and “Make Me Love You,” Malo returns with “Independent.” The producer of Torrance, California taps Kellie Eastwood for an overall feel-good collab. Her calming vocals pair nicely with Malo’s steady percussion, topped with smooth guitar melodies with Ian Rivera. Kellie details living life without a past love and how she’s moved on to become the best version of herself. Keep a close eye on this team of talent as we enter the new year.
Stream “Independent” below.
wuudlum returns with a four-track bundle of instrumental bliss. freedom stands as the Norwegian producer’s follow-up to Changes in Time, culminating in another dose of cheerful production. wuudlum showcases their production prowess with lighthearted arcade vibes channeling throughout each tune. If you’re looking for pick-me-up for your Monday slump, look no further.
Stream freedom below.
For one of the latest installments of the Adult Swim Singles series, Saba and Zack Villere return with “360.” Saba’s rapid-fire raps dance with Zack’s ditsy production, streamlined with a graceful hook. The track came about through a few interactions over Twitter which quickly blossomed into a true friendship. The merging of their talents creates a soothing cut that leaves us pining for more.
Stream “360” below.
With his album on the way, Jay2 is celebrating with his latest single titled “Liu Kang (Major Payne).” For the follow-up to “ChinChilla,” Jay2 glides over production from fellow Zero Fatigue talent Monte Booker, pairing his wavy flow with sleek synths. Interweaving everything from Mortal Kombat to Shawn Michaels, Jay2 and Monte craft another dose of savory Zero Fatigue gold to throw on repeat.
Stream “Liu Kang (Major Payne)” below.