Once again, I’ve assembled some of the best new music in these streets for the people on one playlist. As for which songs will be your favorite, you’ll just have to decide for yourself. It’s all about perspective. Stream the latest edition of The Highlight Reel, Perspective, below.
Jarring, discordant melodies and creepy, otherworldly percussion are some key elements that Monte Booker uses for his remix of Rae Sremmurd‘s “Swang.” The infectious single already has more than its fair share of remix attempts, but Monte makes sure his stands apart from the pack. Stream Monte Booker’s “Swang” remix below.
“I love you, and I want to be loved, but I just don’t know how to tell you.” dvsn uses some samples from a different era of music to lay the foundation for their latest single, “Don’t Choose.” This one was let loose for the first time during a special episode of OVO Sound Radio. . . .
“If it’s not alright, it’s gon’ be ok.” tobi lou‘s music has a sound that fits in well with what you’d expect from a Chicago emcee. “A.R.O.K.” is soulful, upbeat, and infectious, due in no small part to Cam O’bi‘s production. Stream “A.R.O.K.” below.
“I break bread, ribs, hundred dollar bills.” Prodigy‘s passing sent shock waves through the hip-hop community. Knxwledge saw fit to pay homage to the Mobb Deep legend with “Keepit.thu.row_,” a jazzy new SoundCloud release featuring vocals from the man himself. In the SoundCloud caption, Knxwledge dedicated the song to Prodigy with a simple message: “your . . .
“Well it’s Gucci Mane and GoldLink, and we got gold sinks.” GoldLink‘s “Crew” is an infectious anthem for a growing number of people, and Gucci Mane‘s addition to the At What Cost single is only going to add to its momentum. GoldLink, Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy‘s contributions remain the same. Stream the “Crew” remix . . .
I don’t think that Lorine Chia has ever made a song that didn’t feel like some sort of warm summer night. The West Coast-based singer/songwriter is as mellow as ever on her latest release, “Comfort,” which features Chuck Inglish and Jez Dior. Drift away to this song tonight. Stream “Comfort” below.
L8loomer used to be known as Broderick Batts, but after a year or so away from music he’s come back to reestablish himself. The Tampa-based emcee gives us bouncy, melodic vibes on his latest single, “Right Side.” Doja Cat makes a strong impression with her guest verse. Stream “Right Side” below.
“It takes more courage to love an imperfect being that to hate an imperfect being.” Toulouse delivers a somber, impactful single with his latest release, “Reach Out.” The New York City-based singer/songwriter sings about the level of commitment it takes to love an imperfect person. Stream “Reach Out” below.
Canadian singer/songwriter Jahkoy isn’t doing bad at all, these days. He’s currently on tour with Kehlani, and he just dropped two 2-part videos. Yes, he dropped four videos total. Catch visuals for “F N Sexy,” “Don’t Stop The Vibe,” “Don’t Beg” and “1000 Times” below.
Shlohmo is probably most known for his work with Jeremih, but he’s been in the game for years, crafting syrupy concoctions and dropping attention grabbing remixes. He makes his mark once more with Vol. XXVII of his “For Tha Summer” mix, which features remixes of everything from Mobb Deep‘s “Shook Ones, Pt. II” to Soulja . . .
One of the most lyrically inclined emcee collectives in hip-hop, Slaughterhouse, is back with an aggressive new single called “Chopping Block” from
I’m not sure what we did to deserve a supergroup composed of Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, Rose Gold, Problem, and a host of other talented artists and musicians, yet here we are. Terrace Martin and the Pollyseeds’s latest release is a cover of Janet Jackson’s “How Time Flies.” Featuring Robert Glasper, this is a laid . . .
Shan Vincent de Paul gives us mellow electronic vibes and smooth vocals on his cool, calm new single, “Zen.” The Toronto-based vocalist’s latest drop is decidedly futuristic, but in a warm, utopian sort of way. The subject matter, on the other hand, has a darker connotation, as Shan struggles to overcome a relationship gone south. . . .
“Heavenly father, where do I start? With so many things to get off my chest, speak to my heart.” Michigan-based emcee Waldo doesn’t come light with the rhymes on his latest release, “Heavenly Father.” The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based emcee fights to keep his head above water over shimmering, entrancing production by Mozaic. Stream “Heavenly Father” . . .