A collaboration between a producer and rapper isn’t a guarantee in quality but the pairing of Pat Ron and producer Por Vida is the closest thing to a guarantee you can get. Pat Ron’s latest project, The Highest Flyest Fly on the Wall, entirely produced by por vida, is a cinematically constructed, lyrically sharp, hazy collection of songs that is certifiably un-skippable. From the moment you press play on the eight-track project, you are immediately engulfed in a truly vivid soundscape with Pat Ron at the center of it all delivering laid-back rhymes with an undeniable punch. The project in its entirety progresses beautifully, its pacing is more focused on Pat Ron and the production, forcing the listener to match their pace, and step into their world rather than the other way around. Sonically, the 19-minute project re-instills that feeling of the blog era when mixtapes like Taylor Allderance, the Finally Famous series, and K.I.D.S. were all freshly released and blared from every speaker. Songs like, “Mirror Mirror,” “SwatMeOutTheSky,” and “Mr. BigShit” all exude this mixtape feeling as Pat Ron is surgically precise with his timing, cadence, and overall rhyme schemes that will have you completely entranced from the start of every song. …
There is an incredibly intimate feeling when listening to Meaghan Maples. The R&B singer-songwriter just released her seven-track album, 1763, and to put it simply, it’s incredible. From start to finish the album exudes raw emotion, intimacy, unbridled honesty, and Meaghan Maples’ warmly delicate voice that acts as the centerpiece of the 20-minute album. Personally described as an “artistic rebirth” by Meaghan Maples, the prolific singer-songwriter is backed by mostly groovy neo-soul production such as the project’s opener, “1763,” “Say So,” and “Mona Lisa.” Each song is able to be rhythmically stimulating while remaining undeniably poised. The album’s deeper cuts feature a more illustrious bed of production, accentuating Meaghan Maples’ awe-inspiring vocal chops and heartwarming words of unwavering love and commitment such as on “Someone” and “On Your Side.” Meaghan Maples’ 1763 is a collection of shimmering records composed by a truly remarkable singer and songwriter who is simply in a league of her own. Expect this showcasing to invoke outbursts of applause and several gasps of astonishment. Listen to 1763 from Meaghan Maples below.
The storied talent of quami.xyz returns with the release of his latest single, “evolve.” The introspective release finds the Oakville, Ontario native delving deep into the tumultuous journey of self-growth. Much like his previous releases, quami.xyz is powerfully descriptive in detailing his evolution, fearing the unknown while simultaneously embracing the hopeful spirit of change. Backed by equally introspective production that swells and crashes on quami.xyz’s every word, like a conductor of an orchestra. The cinematic composition is his third single, coming off the heels of his second-single “selfless,” to come from quami.xyz’s soon-to-be-released to be born EP. With the conclusion of quami’s 2021 sophomore project, no one asked ending with the impending release of his soon-to-be-released EP, quami.xyz has masterfully weaved a two-part narrative that details life’s toughest moments, that ultimately result in something powerfully hopeful. As you dive into quami.xyz’s new single make sure to circle back to the release of his previously released EP to prepare yourself for the complete story to be told. Listen to “evolve” by quami.xyz below.
Portland-native R&B singer-songwriter Selina is back with another single that continues to grow my fascination with her gentle voice, introspective lyricism, and overall presence that feels communal. Her latest release, “16,” takes an equally emotional route compared to her previously released single, ”FORGET ME.” Her previous single carries a more upbeat production while simultaneously delivering emotionally charged lyricism, whereas Selina’s latest release is a more somber gradual descent into her memory. Reminiscing on her life at 16, Selina combs through the downs, ups, and unsettling feelings that have persisted. Backed by light guitar strumming, “16” feels like a true reflection of her inner consciousness, a melding of thoughts, feelings, and emotions mixed and individually highlighted by our memory’s flash-like spotlight. Selina’s proven duality, as shown through her most recent impassioned release and passed acclaimed album debut, Solace, illustrates an artist willing to bare her soul, growing our connection to her as fans. Listen to “16” by Selina below.
For as long as I can remember there has always been something in the water when it comes to incredibly talented R&B artists coming out of the UK. My latest obsession is no different, her writing is intimate and blissfully romantic, her voice warm, and the production that supports her feels fitted and thoughtful, with each note, whether played or sung, sounding predestined. This long-winded introduction is for the incredibly talented Amie Blu. The UK-based singer-songwriter first caught my attention with her previously released singles “All For You” and “Another Lifetime.” Both songs completely blew me away and her latest single follows suit. “Are We Alright?” is heartfelt, heartbreaking, and utterly intimate. Amie Blu’s songwriting paints a vivid picture of complicated love; it’s unfortunate fraying and its eventual extinguishing, that is backed by moving production that coats Amie’s voice in a heartbreaking haze. The newly released single runs for a heavenly four minutes giving Amie plenty of runway to perform as a singer as well as a songwriter. The genre of R&B is in such a great space right now and Amie Blu’s addition into it has only made it better. Listen to “Are We Alright?” from Amie Blu below.
Since Buppy’s emergence, he has come out swinging. From the introspectively haunting aurora of “Open My Letter” to the equally lonesome feelings of “Cold Nights In Hollywood,” Buppy. has proven his ability to tackle the tougher subjects, but his latest collaborative single alongside Shy High, entitled “WTDWTS” finds the burgeoning artist’s adopting a freestyle-like attitude over an upbeat bed of production. Together, the pair of Buppy. and Shy High combine for a playful collaboration that will have you singing the chorus to yourself long after the song has ended. Buppy. opens up the song with its infectious chorus, coming in off of a set of tribe-called-quest-like drums that sets the laidback tone of the single. Shy High’s entrance follows in tandem with Buppy. delivering a verse that touches on his TikTok virality as well as the song’s life-questioning center. Together the pair check all the boxes; easy-going attitudes, tongue-n-cheek laced lyrics and a chorus that is the true definition of an ear-worm. Listen to “WTDWTS” from Buppy. and Shy High below.
I think it’s safe to say JELEEL! is an absolute star. The Rhode Island-bred juggernaut wen completely crazy during his performances at SXSW and Rolling Loud Miami, and is back with a new single and video that embodies the reason JELEEL! is ascending the way he is. His single and simultaneously released video for “Rain On You!” doesn’t stray from the addictive formula JELEEL! has created for himself. “Rain On You!” is tightly-wound, in-your-face, euphorically melodic, and brought in with a rumbling set of drums backing him. The song’s perfect visual counterpart is simple but so incredibly effective. JELEEL! is center stage, and all the energy felt through the video comes from him, no over-the-top visual effects, crazy saturations, just an electrically charged JELEEL! rapping to the camera, with a subtle flex thrown in here and there for good measure. Watch the “Rain On You!” music video from JELEEL! below.
If you were to ask me what song has been stuck in my head this past week, I would say, “Regista gyal” from Liim and Opraah without hesitation. The collaborative pair from New York released the single a week ago but have already found their way into my heavy rotation. The newly released indie-pop ballad checks off all the boxes. Liim’s voice is unique, straddling the line between singing and rapping with a nonchalant brand of confidence in his verses and hook. Opraah acts as the balance point, creating the perfect stage for Liim by creating a hypnotically groovy indie-pop ballad that is an undeniably addictive rush of dopamine that only gets more ingrained with each listen. Although the collaborative pair are fairly new, there is no denying that they have tapped into something exciting that you will want to keep a close eye on. Listen to “Regista gyal” by Liim and Opraah below.