Event Recap: Sloan Evans Sets The Mood At The Che Café

[Words and photos by Reina Chen]

Emerging solo R&B artist Sloan Evans embarked on his very first tour as a special guest on Yeek’s Black Heart Tour this past June. With his first appearance in San Francisco before the ultimate completion of the West Coast leg in San Diego, Sloan runs through songs from his 2017 album mia and various fan favorites including “Apologies,” which is approaching 300,000 streams on Spotify. In addition to older tracks, Sloan gave fans a sneak peek of new music that we can expect in the near future.

Check out photos from the San Diego date and stream his latest single “get u right” below.

 

Brent Faiyaz Debuts Visuals For “Gang Over Luv”

From his powerful solo work to his equally mesmerizing efforts as the frontman of Sonder (alongside producers Dpat and Atu), Brent Faiyaz is one of the most exciting voices in the current music scene. His prime songwriting and tender soul is channeled by a delicate falsetto, culminating in a timeless sound. Late last year, Brent unveiled his debut album Sonder Son, bridging both his projects together with a vivid snapshot of his life.

Today, Brent unveiled the first set of visuals from the album for the fan favorite “Gang Over Luv.” As director and close collaborator Noah Lee follows Brent roaming the streets, the track reminds us of the strength of having the right crew that’ll stay by your side on the rollercoaster of life. A soon-to-be crashed plane stands as an ode to the phoenix life cycle of our hopes and dreams—the ending might not be glamorous, but we always find a way to get back on our feet.

Check out the video for “Gang Over Luv” below and his new limited edition merch at his website.

Brent also teamed up with Tidal for “Voice of the Underground,” a documentary by Jack Dalton giving us a glimpse of the Sonder Son Tour.

Sam Stan Cruises With ‘Happy Hour’ EP

Hailing from Broward County, Florida, Sam Stan is a blossoming rapper that you should definitely have under your radar. I first came across his music when he teamed up with Namesakeand pinkcaravan! on “Vroom Vroom” and have been a big fan ever since. It’s been a minute since his Happy Raps tape dropped back in 2015, but with tracks like “Same Ol Sam” holding us down in the meantime, it looks like Sam is ready to ramp up the energy even further this year.

While we await his next full-length project, Sam returns to our pages today with his Happy Hour EP. Sam radiates with confidence throughout each of the three songs, crafting a seven-minute rollercoaster that you’ll definitely want to keep on repeat. Guest verses from Patches and Levi Hinson glide over production from Erik KingsleyDan Read, and Namesake., covering everything from pay day to dealing with “Internet girls at the party.” Sam’s latest project serves as the perfect introduction to his uplifting music for both new and returning fans alike.

Stream Happy Hour below.

GoldLink Runs Through The Archives In Soulful NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

GoldLink is one of the main frontmen of the current wave of hip-hop. Hailing from the DMV, GoldLink got his first break from his 2014 project titled The God Complex, a trip into overdrive. The powerful artist eventually connected with Rick Rubin, who would executive produce the Soulection-released follow-up And After That, We Didn’t Talk, covering the perils of a young heartbreak.

Flash forward to 2017, GoldLink inked a deal with RCA Records. “Fall In Love” and Grammy-nominated “Crew” would serve as the two main singles from his At What Cost debut album.

This past week, GoldLink led a trip down memory lane for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series, performing cuts from each of the three projects. With a full band behind him, including close collaborator Louie Lastic on bass, GoldLink throws an even more soulful spin on many fan favorites.

Check out GoldLink’s performance below.

Maggie Rogers’ “Fallingwater” Is An Anthem About Letting Go

Singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers returns with her single “Fallingwater,” a crisp, flowing track imbued with themes of struggle, liberation, and release. Written originally in 2016, the song was co-written by Rogers and Rostan Batmanglij, a former member of Vampire Weekend.

Rogers first entered into the public music eye through a video that racked up nearly three million views; in it, she plays her debut single “Alaska” for Pharrell during a masterclass at the NYU Clive Davis Institute. “I grew up in a rural area in the eastern shore of Maryland,” she says in the video, going to explain that while she originally made folk music, an experience in France with dance music caused her to reevaluate her personal style. What results is rich, free-spirited indie pop, punctuated by delicate syncopation and steeped in ideas of discord, harmony, and nature.

Siaira Shawn Returns With “Wrong Speed”

From tracks like “Lost” and a handful of EPs, Siaira Shawn envelopes listeners in a warm aura with her silky vocals. The Los Angeles singer-songwriter returns to make her W&V debut this week with “Wrong Speed.” Her latest single enlists a stacked roster of production from AaboKrs., and Mars Today to craft an upbeat and funky tune beaming with talent from all angles. With her Tender EP on the way later this year, Siaira is holding us down a truly spell-binding charm.

Stream “Wrong Speed” below via Film Noir Sound.

SOSUPERSAM Unveils Steamy Video For “Drip”

In addition to her talents as DJ, SOSUPERSAM continues to build her career as a skilled singer-songwriter. The Soulection rep followed up on her Garden project a few weeks back with Priority, a sweet bundle of her alluring vocal work.

Ahead of her debut headlining tour next week, SOSUPERSAM returns with the official visuals for the lead single from Priority titled “Drip.” Director Alexandra Gavillet brings the track to life as Sam riffs over smooth production from Nick Pacoli. Equal parts steamy and sparkly, the video captures the essence of effortless intimacy for fans to enjoy.

Check out the video for “Drip” and SOSUPERSAM’s upcoming tour dates below.

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Denmark Vessey, Earl Sweatshirt, and Knxwledge Come Together For ‘Sun Go Nova’

Denmark Vessey, the Detroit rapper named in honor of the man behind the planning of what could have become the largest slave revolt in North America in 1822, dropped Sun Go Nova, an album broken into two parts: a 5-track EP produced entirely by Earl Sweatshirt and Knxwledge and a beat tape produced by Denmark himself.

A soulful and intricate production, Denmark describes his work as “alternative and left-field… not light substance-wise, but light in that I want people to think of it as a treat, a little instance of coolness, a flash in the moment but not to be forgotten.” I can attest that while simply listening to the album can get anyone to bob their head, understanding the immense substance and meaning he’s spitting in his verses is an experience that’ll really get the mind going. From drawing analogies from the sun to expressing the need for Ethiopian coffee, Denmark delivers on his chilled, unique beats at an energetic and passionate pace.

Event Recap: Marc E. Bassy & Rexx Life Raj Take Over San Diego

At the end of 2017, Marc E. Bassy unveiled his latest album titled Gossip Columns. With several features from contemporaries and frequent collaborators G-EazyKehlani, and KYLE, the San Francisco-based singer-songwriter channels a blend of R&B pop.

On the heels of touring with Ty Dolla $ign, Marc kept the ball rolling with a series of headline dates in support of his most recent project. Setting the stage each night was W&V favorite and fellow Bay Area rep Rexx Life Raj, who has been garnering his own success with Father Figure 2: Fluorish from last November. Rexx opened the night with tracks from both installments of Father Figure, winning over the crowd with his mellow and introspective raps.

Marc closed the night with a series of tracks from Gossip Columns and Groovy People, alongside some unreleased tracks. With the crowd singing along to every word, Marc and Rexx truly brought the heart of the Bay to SoCal. Check out a few photos and their recent releases below.

 

 

Don’t Sleep Vol. 1 | Music Videos

[Cover image shot by Cam Robert]

This past week has definitely been another one for the books. Amidst albums from Kali UchisSaba, and ODIE just to name a few, many W&V favorites also shared new sets of visuals for us to enjoy. To help sift through all the dope stuff that dropped, below are five music videos you should definitely peep.


Duckwrth – “TAMAGOTCHI”

Duckwrth is a natural bundle of energy that’s well on his way to getting the recognition he deserves. In the Lino Asana-directed video, the purveyor of funkwave whips through the Mojave flexing his control of the rap game in the latest set of visuals from his XTRA UUGLY mixtape. “Tamagotchi” is perfect for both open road cruising and no holds barred mosh pits.


Sylvan LaCue – “Empathy” (ft. BJRNCK)

Sylvan LaCue is a well-seasoned warrior in the rap game. Earlier this year, the Miami-raised artist unveiled his Apologies In Advance album, guiding listeners through a spectrum of emotions through his skills on the mic and on the boards. “Empathy” is another snapshot from the story brought to life by his right-hand director Jonathan Benavente. Topped off with silky vocals with BJRNCK, this is another beautifully crafted video from the WiseUp crew.


Little Simz – “Morning” (ft. Swooping Duck)

From touring with Gorillaz to her own headlining tour next month, Little Simz has kept busy spreading good vibes all around. King Simbi gives us a peak at tour life in “Morning,” which features her venting over jazzy rhythms from Australia’s own Swooping Duck. Directors Versetti and Jeremy Cole, If you haven’t already, be sure to peep the deluxe version of Stillness In Wonderland.


Ciscero – “Function” (ft. GoldLink, April George, Cheakity)

With his Devil’s Pie EP on the way, Ciscero is back with the latest visuals from the project. Director Michael Bregenzer gives “Function” a truly cinematic feel that captures the harsh truth of the DMV streets when a seemingly fun night turns sour. Ciscero, April George, and Cheakity highlight their sonic chemistry over production from Supah Mario. Also be sure to check out the original track featuring a verse from GoldLink.


Gallant – “Gentleman”

Gallant has been fairly quiet in terms of releases since his stellar Ology album dropped back in 2016, but the Los Angeles crooner returns with another spine-chilling release. “Gentleman” is equal parts sensual and alluring that we love from Gallant, oozing with unfiltered passion. Director Sasha Samsonova paints Gallant in a steel blue hue as he delivers an echoing falsetto that’s sure to have you grooving along.