John Givez has yet to fail us. The hungry, laser sharp emcee supplies plenty of bars over varying instrumentation on his “Untitled” new release. The beat switches up throughout, transitioning from dark futurism to melancholic, piano laden vibes to Crime Mob-influenced, speaker rattling energy. You don’t want to miss this one. Stream “Untitled” below.
Oshi didn’t just let the music speak for itself this time, although “Stay” is a solid enough remix to merit your attention by itself. He also said a few important things in the caption section, in relation to the world and himself: “With all the negativity goin on in the mf world yall need to . . .
Music curation has always been at the center of Artistic Manifesto’s purpose, so I’m excited to share our first official AudioMack playlist with the world. Return Of The Mack is a romantically inclined playlist that’s full of artists longtime site visitors should already be familiar with. Stream Return Of The Mack below, and click the artist links . . .
“Can barely see your face now. Room full of grey clouds. Smoking.” James Fauntleroy lights up to deal with the stress on his gloomy new single, “Smoking.” He muses that the world is full of grey clouds as he harmonizes over top of guitar and crisp percussion. Stream “Smoking” below.
July 24th. National Tequila Day. A glorious day for a number of drinkers around the country. 1800 Tequila decided to celebrate by joining forces with Masego for “Feelin,” an original, infectious number that was recorded in one session with Deffie and Jo Froxi. Watch the video for “Feelin” below.
“If you love something, set it free. So, I’m gonna set myself free.” Raj Chrome is a Brooklynite with a soothing voice and an ear for captivating production, as evidenced on his emotive new single, “The Key.” This is the only song that’s currently available on Raj’s SoundCloud. Hopefully it’s just the start of many . . .
Chicago has a very special crop of musicians. Jamila Woods and Chance The Rapper are two of them. In May, the two let students in the Chicago Public School system shadow the team behind their “LSD” video. That video is here now, and it features beautiful, colorful shots of Chicago neighborhoods. Watch the Vincent Martell . . .
Kwantus‘s “The Wolf” sounds like a beautifully executed theme song for a futuristic drama series of some sort. Dramatic strings mesh with mellow futuristic instrumentation to create a unique listen. I can literally see a dramatic opening scene unfolding before my eyes when I listen in. Stream “The Wolf” below, and listen to Kwwantus’s sixteen-track . . .
Jamaican producer extraordinaire Krs. has given us another noteworthy remix, this time applying his unique blend of dancehall and future beats influences to TLC’s “No Scrubs.” “No Love” is an infectious listen that puts a refreshing spin on a classic record. If you’re near Toronto, check out Krs.’s Boiler Room set on August 21st. Stream . . .
112, the group behind gems such as “Hot & Wet,” “Peaches N Cream,” “U Already Know,” and more, is back with a brand new single called “Dangerous Games.” The slow moving ballad is set to be the title track from their forthcoming album. If you’re a fan of these guys, you’ll be happy to hear . . .
Phay has a gem on his hands in the form of his mellow new single, “No Temptations.” He uses a melodic flow to great effect as he explains to us how he deals with lust. It’s hard to go wrong with a Temptations sample. Aquality’s production definitely hits the spot. Stream “Temptations” below. (2DopeBoyz)
“I don’t cater to the hip-hop purists. Quite the opposite, I really want the tourists.” New York emcee Chris Classic takes us back to a different era of hip-hop with his newly released Unmentioned project. Heartfelt rhymes and head nodding instrumentation are the foundation of this ten-track project, which was originally given to us in . . .
Ghanian born, Los Angeles-based soul artist Moses Sumney delivers stunningly beautiful sounds with the help of some equally talented friends on his latest single, “Quarrel.” Specifically, he connects with the multitalented Thundercat, Las Vegas producer Cam O’bi, and KING’s Paris Strother to create an almost hypnotizing blend of soul and electronic that only serves to increase . . .
“Set me on fire, I’m in love.” Danish talent BLVK IRIS is onto something with his shimmering, silky smooth new release, “Put It On.” Featuring New York City-based vocalists Jeuru and Janelle Kroll, the single has a lush, soulful feel to it that merits multiple listens. BLVK produced this easygoing record with the help of . . .
You ever watch a horror film that manages to truly unsettle you? You start to feel paranoid in real life. Your stomach feels unsettled. Your heart starts beating a little bit faster. Rascal‘s managed to create that same feeling with his ominous, pulse pounding new instrumental, “Fury.” Yeezus-esque percussion reverberates through the instrumental as ominous melodies . . .