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Take Me Back – [Isaiah Flowers]

The end of summer brings with it a special air of nostalgia, not necessarily for specific moments or events that happened a long time ago, but more so just a general longing for the season itself and all the things that come with it. On his new album ‘Take Me Back’, Isaiah Flowers turns his summer nostalgia into music that’s a constantly changing blend of alt-rock, hip-hop, and pop. From the moment the first warped synth hits on opening track “Summer ’17”, Flowers latches onto a listener and maintains that grip for as long as possible by using seamless song transitions and surprising beat switches that keep things interesting. Just when you have the groove of a song down, it erupts into an epic guitar ballad or a danceable drum break. He doesn’t shy away from letting angst be the driving force behind certain tracks, and it works in his favor on songs like “Back Seat” where a distorted guitar riff adds a layer of gruff to Flowers’ otherwise smooth vocal style. While the memorable moments on ‘Take Me Back’ may be fleeting, Flowers offers up enough of them to make an exciting album that plays like a supercut of …

tHAt SiNkiNg feeliNg… – [Hadji Gaviota] feat. [Ivy Sole]

My advice? Find some friends and peers with trustworthy ears to help fill in the gaps. My introduction into the artistry of Hadji Gaviota is a result of some pretty talented peers. With an arsenal of guitar-swooning production and dreamy vocals, Hadji caught my attention instantly with his new single, “tHAt SiNkiNg feeliNg…” The newly released record begins with vinyl-like rumblings until ultimately springing forward into the midst of the lighthearted production and vocals. Hadji uses the delicate sensibilities of the record’s orchestration to reminisce on past feelings and the fleeting ideals of memories ultimately reminding us to “stop and smell the roses.” A brief moment of instrumentation opens the floor up for a storied verse from Ivy Sole. The gifted lyricist delves into her struggles, delving further into the melancholy nature of the single. The record comes to a cinematic close with a glittery guitar solo that pierces through your speakers alongside Hadji’s lofty vocal stylings, a truly bittersweet end. This is Hadji Gaviota’s first release since sharing his electronically-infused single, “dRip OR dROwn” in early July. There is no denying Hadji’s continuously growing level of talent and explorative sensibilities. I for one am truly excited to see how …

Froggin – [Garçons]

It is my great pleasure to introduce to the Lyrical Lemonade community an incredible duo from Ontario, Ottawa that dub themselves Garçons. The brilliant combination of Deelo Avery and Julian Strangelove result in a lively orchestration of groove-inducing records. Their latest visual offering, “Froggin,” captures the pair at their most charismatic. This beat-driven psychedelic rollercoaster of hysteria begins with the song’s fast-paced production leading in the visual’s aforementioned stars, Deelo Avery and Julian Strangelove. The dynamic duo put forth their best impressions of Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo from the highly popular cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The next four minutes of the Strangelove directed visual is as wily as the film’s antics; paranoia induced fleeing, erratic moments of delirium and spontaneous moments of dancing. Possessed by the disco-like production of “Froggin” our main character, Deelo, is inconsolable when it comes to the infectious bass-lines of their spritely new jam. Julian Strangelove commented on the vision behind their latest video, saying, “The energy of the song reminded me so much of those insane drug stories in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, so the idea for the video was obvious right away, especially being a massive Hunter …

Therapy – [YANG]

Sometimes the best discoveries happen by accident. This pretense describes my recent introduction to the incredibly gifted vocal abilities of Atlanta based artist YANG. Her latest release, “Therapy,” combines sultry R&B ballads and razor-sharp spoken word that will make any disciple of the church of Baduizm smile. YANG’s brand new single, released a mere three days ago (June 5), showcases her talent in full bloom. The smooth R&B slow jam begins with her silk-draped vocals atop bass-driven production. Chronicling her growing frustrations with the fake elements of life, YANG pleads her need to flee. The record’s theme of self-prioritization is hypnotic in its performance, walking listeners through a medley of harmonization that floats you into another realm. One of the song’s most charming qualities is YANG’s ability to swoon us with her scat-singing, creating a weightless atmosphere that feels reminiscent of a lullaby. It’s evident the gifted vocalist is singing from the soul, utilizing the record as actual therapy, a message that can be felt by anyone who listens. This is YANG’s most recent single to date since releasing her song, “Better,” in August. There is no denying the talent of the fairly new act who will surely be gracing …

100 Bad Days – [Backwood]

After making his Lyrical Lemonade debut with an offering that I still find myself revisiting to this day in “DeadHead,” Backwood has developed himself into an artist whose otherworldy style simply can’t be ignored. Today, the budding talent is here to prove this with a fantastic new release, “100 Bad Days,” in memory of his good friend and a fellow friend of mine, Corey “Fleezy Dash” Thompson. At its core, “100 Bad Days” is an ode to making something out of nothing. Backwood reflects on hopelessness with vivid lyrics such as, “I ain’t had a good day in like 100 days,” but then offsets this loss with intriguing lines about paving a way even if one doesn’t exist. In his own words, “How you get no money when it’s like 100 ways,” Backwood has mastered the art of trailblazing, and this incredible song and video are sure to attest. That said, mesmeric as can be, this offering perfectly describes the determined mindset of the late Corey Thompson, and as such, the tribute at the end marks a truly meaningful release. Backwood outdid himself with this one, so be sure to check out “100 Bad Ways” below and let us know …

Trust – [Brent Faiyaz]

Brent Faiyaz is a once-in-a-generation kind of artist. From his futuristic, inimitable R&B sound to his almost spiritual level of songwriting, few artists have developed a vision as unique and advanced as the Sonder representative himself, and even so, Faiyaz keeps getting better with every new release. At this point, he’s on an island of masterful creativity far away of his peers, and today, he’s here to take this even further with one of my personal favorite visuals of his to date, “Trust.” Blending blurred, rapidly-paced scenes with intimate looks into Faiyaz’ personal life, the music video for “Trust” acts as a seamless extension of the song’s fascinating introspection. The star, himself, looks out on success and its social implications, using the fleeting sentiment of trust as the lens through which he examines such a prominent aspect of his life. Per usual, Faiyaz has raised the bar with this one, so be sure to show him the love he deserves. Watch “Trust” below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Tyler, The Creator’s IGOR: The Most Accurate and Mature Interpretation of Heartbreak

Heartbreak is an indescribable feeling that blends mental and physical pain into a bane that one wouldn’t wish on their worst enemy. It’s been awhile since it’s been so accurately portrayed in the form of a full-length album, at least as accurately as Tyler, The Creator has on his new record IGOR, which cements him as one of the best artists of our generation. IGOR is an amalgamation of profuse and delightful arrangements — pulling elements from jazz, pop, soul, rap, electronic music, and more into his most focused and cohesive, but also unpredictable project to date. Tyler finds peace in accepting the outcome of a relationship, creating an immersive soundscape full of catchy love tunes, balancing brashness and beauty in a way that exquisitely captures the joy, sorrow, and anger of a loving but unhealthy relationship that takes a turn for the worst. IGOR represents the best and worst of a relationship, tied together through themes of self-realization and individualism. It’s an on-the-nose portrayal of the full cycle of a relationship and the heartbreak that tends to result from it, capturing everything to an extent, from the warm and fuzzy feelings that kick off every relationship, all the way …

Ted And Robin Jeans – [Fresh Breakfast Muk Dipped In Butter]

As you may have gathered from his name, Fresh Breakfast Muk Dipped In Butter has a super unique style. A breath of fresh air, the Bay Area emcee’s music is always loaded with charisma and colorful wordplay and his latest, “Ted And Robin Jeans,” is no exception. Setting the tone for his forthcoming project, Mango Dumb 3, “Ted And Robin Jeans” features a light, chiming beat, the perfect platform for his outrageous swagger and raucous bars to take center stage. Humor is a hard thing to master–try too hard and it comes off as cheesy or fake–but because of his energy and swagger, Muk pulls it off, resulting in an effort that is funny, but also sounds dope. I could go on about “Ted And Robin Jeans”, but I think it’s best described by Muk himself via Instagram (further proof of that fun-loving approach): A tale about buying jeans that fit you, but sagging them because your Goyard belt absolutely HAS to show, because God forbid it doesn’t show. A story about looking in the mirror for hours at a time, because you’ve never seen anyone like yourself. “Is there anyone out there as cute as me??” You ask yourself, probably not. …

Rugbys & ACGs – [Flee]

Queens’ own, Flee, has been known to make bangers with machine-like consistency, and today, he’s back in the spotlight to display these hitmaking skills with a brand new single entitled “Rugbys & ACGs”. Produced by @sadbalmain and Ginseng, this otherworldly offering allows Flee to seemingly slip into his own world. His verses find their fuel from Flee’s lullaby-esque cadences, and the bright-eyed sound of the melodic instrumental fits right in as a worthy complement. “Rugys & ACGs,” as the title denotes, is effortlessly fly, and if not anything else, it should remind us that Flee is still one of the brightest up-and-comers in New York City’s rising scene. Stream the new song below and let us know what you think in the comments! Produced by @sadbalmain & Ginseng

Ja Rule – [Benjamin Earl Turner]

Much to his chagrin, Ja Rule has been making the rounds lately with the Fyre Fest fiasco taking over the internet. Well, this is one video he will be happy to see his name attached to. In support of his Fuck EP, Benjamin Earl Tuner has dropped off an amazing set of visuals for standout cut “Ja Rule.” On the ambitious, guac-getting anthem, Turner speaks his big dreams into existence weaving between two distinct styles. At points, he adopts the style of the song’s namesake, with a croaking sung-rap approach, but it’s his fleet, energetic flow, that carries the load. Video director Abteen Bagger does an amazing of bringing the spirited, charismatic track to life. Between the hot tub in the pickup truck, an actual goat, and a bulldozer, the video is filled with a ton of striking, incredibly creative shots that take us on a tour of Turner’s hometown of Detroit. If “Ja Rule” won you over (and with so much personality there’s no doubt it did) definitely show the EP some love. https://youtu.be/rRxalfwCS5E