Adding to his repertoire of top-notch work with Kamaiyah and Rayana Jay, Oakland’s multitalented artist 1-O.A.K. is back with his latest album, Riding In Cars With Girls. The 15-track outing explores his experiences with a past relationship, painting the scene with a balance of upbeat slaps like “Lit” featuring IAMSU! and slower jams “Success.” Topped off with talent from fellow Bay Area icons Drew Banga, DUCKWRTH, and Kuya Beats, 1-O.A.K. crafts one of the smoothest projects to drop this year as he reminisces and reflects on single life moving forward.
Stream Riding In Cars With Girls after the jump.
With a new EP slated for release this summer, Memphis’ own Daz Rinko is holding us down with the first single from the project titled “SOS.” The Sprill-produced track opens with cascading plucks approaching from the distance, gaining momentum with Daz’s passionate verses and theMIND‘s soothing hook. Inspired by the recent election of Donald Trump and rising number of homicides in Memphis last year, his latest offering washes over the listener in waves, highlighting each of their talents in a beautifully-executed track.
Peep “SOS” below.
With the likes of Dave B. and Travis Thompson leading the pack, Seattle continues to deliver a constant stream of talent in the music industry. One of the city’s blossoming producers kyo-ken recently joined forces with fellow Seattleite MistaDC and W&V veteran Elujay for a wavy tune titled “Most Beautiful Ride.” kyo-ken laces the late-night soundtrack with a groovy foundation for MistaDC’s infectious falsetto and Elu’s saucy verse, culminating in a bouncy track fit for any playlist.
Stream “Most Beautiful Ride” below.
In addition to his Weekdays series with Ben Niespodziany (AKA neonpajamas), W&V favorite jaro has been keeping a steady release schedule of solo cuts. The Chicago producer dives into the realm of lo-fi with his new track titled “4 in da mornin,” featuring a cascading piano riff and a pulsating rhythm. Topped off with a vocal sample from Kanye West‘s “Black Skinhead,” jaro elegantly crafts a warm and slow-burning tune.
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Building upon the success of tracks like “Dark Arts” and “SCW,” Jazze Belle returns with their debut EP, Go To Bed Standing Up. The four-track offering is a dreamy adventure from the duo comprised of producer Jett and singer-songwriter Taylor Simone, indulging listeners in a bundle of bliss. Led by Jett’s twinkling melodies and Taylor’s similarly divine voice, the project explores the process of self-realization and the inevitable challenges we face along the way. Keep a close eye on Jazze Belle as they continue to dazzle with each release.
Stream Go To Bed Standing Up below.
Houston’s T2 Ghetto Hippie garnered an impressive amount of attention with the release of his single “Double Cups & Taco Trucks” back in March. The leading single of his upcoming project, the track earned itself a place in NPR’s “All Songs Considered” as well as glowing praise from leading critics. The track spoke of contrasts and balance, finding equilibrium in the often chaotic musical world that has the propensity to eat up young young performers. T2 is not one of these artists. The Houstonian flourishes in the spotlight, putting his nose back down to the grindstone to create a swirling set of visuals to go along with the track.
Regressing into the wilderness, T2’s self-directed video sees him performing the song atop the titular taco truck in front of an odd carnival gathering of masquerade dancers, fire blowers, and other similarly concocted audience members. The visuals entrance and unnerve, gliding from shot to shot with loose focus that conjures the double cup imagery. T2 and his team build on the song’s theme of contrast, painting a picture of a world in delicate balance. The track serves as a reminder to listeners that the things we love most can also be the objects of our downfall. “Double Cups & Taco Trucks” roots us in the basic and important parts of life as anchors for the rest.
T2 continues to build the hype for his upcoming album. Take a look back at the single here and stream the visuals on youtube below.
As one of the leading duos currently in the game, Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge show no signs of slowing anytime soon. The force recognized as NxWorries dropped off their debut album last October, titled Yes Lawd!, showcasing their unparalleled sonic chemistry throughout each of the tracks.
On the heels of his constant stream of catchy loosies and remixes, New York’s own GEOTHEORY hits our pages for the first time with his stellar remix of “Suede.” GEOTHEORY injects the already smooth lead single from Yes Lawd! with an array of melodies that seamlessly dance together in a call-and-response fashion. Topped off with electrifying synths and basslines, GEOTHEORY strikes gold with his latest flip.
Stream GEOTHEORY’s remix of “Suede” below
With the one year anniversary of Khary‘s intern aquarium. mixtape arriving next week, U’nique Music is holding us down with a remix of “Mutiny.” U’nique crafts a steady groove for Khary’s back-to-back wordplay, adding his own flair with echoing piano chords and basslines. The flip stands as U’nique’s first track of the year, showcasing a progression in his sound since “Mister.”
Get familiar with U’nique and Khary below.
As one of Seattle’s hip-hop veterans, Sol is set to take over the year with his latest single, “Marathons.” The track was produced by Teal Douville, Nima Skeemz, and Elan Wright, serving as a testament to Sol’s focus on longevity. The uplifting tune is just the beginning of his return, showcasing his refined delivery over wavering synths. As he explores his growth throughout, we’re excited to see what Sol has in store.
Sol also shared his insight on the track:
I wake up thinking marathons. The passion, the sense of purpose, and the persistence that it takes to chase your dreams feels much like running a race; a long race, at your own pace, with no finish-line in sight. Just like a marathon, finding and following your path is something you train for your entire life. Even the seemingly insignificant trip and fall as a young child teaches you to get back up and keep going; stronger and smarter.
Stream “Marathons” below.
On the heels of touring with Post Malone last year, SAINt JHN is back with his first single of 2017 titled “3 Below.” The f a l l e n-produced cut is an eerie and bellowing track that pairs his echoing vocals with explosive basslines. His fourth track stands as the latest peak at his forthcoming debut album, Collection 1, set for release later this season. As he builds upon the success of “Reflex,” “Roses,” and “1999,” SAINt JHN is well on his way to becoming a household name.
Stream “3 Below” after the jump.