From the first second, Keep On demands your attention. Actually, I’d go further. I’d say it compels your attention to sit up and chow down.
Pristine sound design allows a bass-heavy introduction to contrast rather blissfully with some opposing, lighter layers of vocals, synths, details, to kick off a surprisingly creative Kisses from the one and only SO.
Fusing the delicacy of a warming synth-soaked backdrop, with an equally gentle, nearly whispered, intimate vocal line, the song blends melody and rap in a simple, stylish and subtly infectious way.
Kicking off his latest instrumental with a poignant and cutting monologue regarding gun crime in black communities, Chill-E Sliphop introduces himself as a notably creative, deeply thoughtful, and undeniably professional producer.
Kamryn Marie juxtaposes heavy, retro beats with a uniquely delicate, almost whispered leading vocal, and skillfully demands attention with her fine use of progressive melodies and poetic intention.
Washington D.C. pop-rockers Broke Royals keep the art of the concept album alive & well. Driving with sweeping instrumental warm, smooth guitars & an equally smooth yet emotionally loaded leading voice, Saint Luxury presents a collection of superbly written songs that each tie in somehow with the project’s underlying ideas.
Lil Dream collaborates with an array of producers and artists on this latest EP, driving with an immediately colourful musicality, and a clear sense of good vibes and rhythm.
The beautiful vocals on California Sunset mark Art Auré out as an exceptional and singular vocalist. The vocal range on display is highly accomplished, ranging from surprisingly low and intimate to fresh and impassioned, and the different vibrato speeds and incredibly elastic control are also extremely impressive.
YHN Hammertime ticks a lot of boxes in terms of the sound of contemporary hip hop, offering melody and relatable ideas – along with character and familiarity all at once.
Color School drive with superb songwriting, and this is undoubtedly what helps make this EP a total pleasure to listen through.
The Acorns have long been focused on honing their sound to a unique degree, and this two-track EP stands as a strong testament to that effort.
As you make your way through the songs on this project, the colour, the concepts, the confusion – it all navigates proudly through deep thought, & it exercises a refusal to simply comply or feed into the rat race of modern life.