wave Groove is here, and he’s ready to take you back to the future. The Los Angeles-based beat constructor, sound selector, and mix engineer gives us 18 tracks of lush, futuristic instrumentation with his Time Traveller Vol. 2 ( W A R P // F O C U S) beat tape. In regards to the . . .
“My light shines brighter without you.” Atlanta-based singer/songwriter Rob Milton breaks out the gospel influences for his triumphant new release, “Thank You.” His rich, soulful vocals make me feel like I’m back at sunday morning service. This time around, Rob uses his beautiful harmonies and rich vocals to reflect on how people who hurt him . . .
“My religion is rap. R-A-P.” Before we go any further, let’s get one thing straight: Cookin Soul has been crafting beautiful, soulful instrumentals for years. They’re not new to this. That doesn’t stop their latest release, Diggin’ Stories from feeling like a much-needed breath of fresh air. I plan to keep this project on heavy rotation, . . .
Benny Mayne only has one track on his SoundCloud, and “Bounce” is it. Fortunately, the recently released single is more than enough to pique interest in the Toronto, Canada-based songwriter. I’m forcefully reminded that it’s the middle of winter every time I step outside, but this record in particular reminds me of much warmer seasons. . . .
Kaelin Ellis is setting up shop to turn heads with his forthcoming EP, Veil. “Move” is the first record we’ve heard from the forthcoming release, and it serves as a great teaser from the Orlando-based producer. Bright melodies and futuristic sound effects are sequenced precisely to create a listen that’s equal parts comforting and adventurous. . . .
JVLY is ready to turn some heads with his Ache EP. This is the first time I’ve heard of the genre bending producer, but these five tracks alone are enough to pique my interest. JVLY beats feel like vintage paintings with colorful sounds swirling together to create beautiful clouds. Stream Ache below.
Chicago bred, Los Angeles-based producer Cam O’bi has an extensive discography as a producer, but he embraces his role as both emcee and producer on his latest release, “TenderHeaded.” Featuring a guest verse from Smino, the smooth single pays homage to simpler days characterized by key childhood experiences. This is the first single from Cam’s . . .
Matt McGhee has built a strong reputation in the DMV as both emcee and producer, so it’s great to see him get that overseas love with his performance of “Sweat” for Colors. It’s even greater for the simple fact that he wore a “Kill, Moe” shirt during his performance. Matt flows smoothly over bright, funky . . .
“The system broken. The schools closed. The prisons open.” Geotheory is from the future. There’s no other rational explanation. For his latest magic trick, the innovative producer chopped up Kanye West vocals and incorporated them into sparkling, futuristic production. The result? “Goat On A Boat.” This man clearly does what he wants, and it’s spellbinding . . .
“At the edge of greatness, an ocean of haters…” Latasha Alcindor isn’t afraid to let go of everyone and everything that could potentially stop her “Glo Up.” Latasha is a veteran emcee from Brooklyn, who is known to be a ferocious lyricist with no regard for human life. She shows us a different side with . . .
It’s cold on the East Coast right now, but JR Jarris‘s latest groove makes me feel like I’m enjoying a relaxing August afternoon sitting poolside with a mixed drink in my hand. Jazzy instrumentation and mellow electronic melodies make this record an enticing, funky groove that’s hard not to appreciate. Stream “Saturday” below.
I wasn’t a fan of Justin Timberlake‘s “Filthy,” or the sexually charged video he dropped starring a robot. “Supplies” is a different story, though. For the first time since 2002, JT has linked up with Pharrell to make some more magic. Look for this single to feature on Justin’s forthcoming album, Man Of The Woods. The . . .
“Anything you want, is waiting. All for you. You just gotta breathe to receive all the blessings.” Alex Vaughn soothes with “Blessings,” her ethereal new single. Over sparse, spacey production, the Maryland-based singer/songwriter encourages her listeners to let things flow, vibe out, and receive the gifts from God that are already on the way. This . . .
“I can tell you’re lying, cuz when you’re replying…” West1ne‘s latest SoundCloud release is a percussion driven remix of Joe’s infamous “Stutter” single. Mystikal’s guest verse is nowhere to be found, but there’s still plenty of energy to be found in the midst West1ne’s intricate melodies and rapidfire drums. Stream “Stutter” below.
Smadar Rubin doesn’t just sing on “Still.” She turns her voice into a powerful instrument, conveying heartfelt emotion through all of her intricate, beautiful runs and riffs. The Philadelphia resident flows gracefully over mellow Hendo production. Stream “Still” below. If you like what you hear, dive into her SoundCloud.