10% – [KAYTRANADA] Feat. [Kali Uchis]

Some producers use tags to make their presence known. Others have their signature woven into their distinct sound. For instance, I can always tell when it’s a KAYTRANADA beat because of that unmistakable and irresistible bounce; it’s is so distinct yet so diverse. One of my favorite producers, his sound not only goes with any artist he works with but brings out the best in them. A testament to his diversity the tracklist for his newly announced album, BUBBA is as diverse as it is exciting, with Masego, Mick Jenkins, GoldLink, Pharell, and Tinashe (just to name a few) all making appearances. For a first taste of the album–set to drop on Friday– Kaytranada unleashed “10%” a simmering yet infectious offering featuring the vocals of Kali Uchis. Even with a vibrant vibrant, electronic-twinged feel, the beat fits Kali to a T; her smooth, understated vocals draped over top to create a smoother, almost smoky ambiance. Check out the tracklist while you let “10%” spin and be sure to circle back on Friday when BUBBA drops. You won’t regret it; Kaytra always delivers. BUBBA. TRACKLIST: 1.) DO IT 2.) The Music [ft. Iman Omari] 3.) Go DJ [ft. SiR] 4.) Gray Area [ft. Mick Jenkins] 5.) …

Headspace – [Billy Davis] ft. [Jordan Dennis] & [KYE]

Whether you celebrated the holiday with a sea of beer, hot dogs, and fireworks, or simply took it easy hopefully you got a chance to take a break from the usual grind. Stopping to take a breath every once and a while is just as important as the grind! Just ask Billy Davis about the power of some “Headspace.” Even amidst making a budding career — collaborating with the likes of Denzel Curry and Goldlink — the Australian-born producer took a step back to collect himself following the death of his mother. Returning with “Headspace,” it’s clear the break did him well, because his bouncy, electronic-twinged board work is teeming with a fresh, exciting energy. To help bring his message to life, and fit the colorful, upbeat atmosphere, Billy recruited Jordan Dennis who lays down a charismatic verse, placed between a warm hook from KYE. Refreshing, fun, and positive, Billy Davis’ latest might be the break you need.

Mine – [K.Cero]

West Covina, California crooner K.Cero’s makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut with a new single entitled “Mine.” The Noden-produced single is a fun, bouncy song that is perfect for this summer season. The track is about seeing the girl of your dreams and having an internal battle with yourself on how to approach and how to make a good impression on her. The things a guy would do just to be able to call this girl, “Mine”. Initially, when I played this song, the instrumental brought me back to when I first heard Goldlink on SoundCloud back in 2015. K.Cero has a different cadence and the overall mood of the song isn’t the same. However, like Goldlink, I can see K.Cero fall into a future bounce R&B wave that has been made popular by other acts like Soulection, Smino, and more. Stream K.Cero’s vibrant new single “Mine” below.

Diaspora – [GoldLink]

Right before I dosed off to sleep last night I saw that GoldLink had just released a new project, so it only made sense to stay up a bit longer and dive into the tape, and that lead me to writing this article about this new tape Diaspora. I truly got excited after first looking at the fourteen song track list and seeing features from Ari PenSmith, Khalid, Maleek Berry, Lil Nei, Bibi Bourelly, Pusha T, Jay Prince, Jackson Wang, WSTRN, WizKid, Tyler The Creator. I love GoldLink”s music but I also enjoy plenty of the artists I saw featured as well, so I was interested and eager to see what this one was all about so I took about an hour out to listen closely, but sleeping on it and then running through it again twice more. After a handful of plays through this album I commend GoldLink for this fantastic piece of art, it’s easily one of the best albums of 2019 so far, and I see it making plenty of year end lists and reviews, but even more so being regarded as a special & important tape in his discography. I plan on spending a lot more time …

Vendetta – [Alireza]

With the likes of Goldlink, Ciscero, and Innanet James leading the charge, I’m in love with the bounce coming out of the DMV hip-hop scene right now. However, these few artists aren’t all that the Nation’s Capital has to offer. I can’t speak on the intricacies of it since it’s so far out of my wheelhouse, but there’s a thriving punk/metal/rock/hip-hop crossover sound emerging in DC and Maryland as well. One of my windows into the scene has been Alireza. A signee of the legendary Rock/Metal label, Earache Records, Alireza showcases his unique blend of metal and trap on his new, visually assisted-single “Vendetta.” Combining the raw aggression and guitar-based boardwork of a metal track with the drums, flow, and overall aesthetic of a trap song, Alireza creates a cohesive effort that can both metalheads and rap fans can engage with. Hip-hop and metal/punk have always been strange bedfellows and it’s cool to see them intersect sonically in a more significant way than rappers wearing a Kurt Cobain T-shirt. That said, check out “Vendetta” below and if Alireza piqued your interest, keep an eye out for his debut album, Endlyss dropping April 12th.

100 Miles – [Hare Squead]

Dublin’s own, Hare Squead returns with their new record, “100 Miles.” With an artistic ability that is able to place them in arena’s as well as coffee shops alike makes the group’s dynamic truly special. Their new single focuses on their undying resilience for the ones they love despite the growing number of miles that separate them. Subtle guitar strumming introduces the song that is then quickly flipped by the bouncy nature of the bass line driving the bright, light-hearted textures of the record forward. This is the first record we have seen from the group whose last offering was a part of GoldLink’s sophomore album, At What Cost, in 2017. Listen to their new record, “100 Miles” below and make sure to show them some love on social media by following them on Twitter and Instagram.

Got Muscle – [Goldlink] ft. [Peewee Longway] & [WaveIQ]

Just a few weeks removed from Goldlink’s latest performance of “Justine’s Interlude” on COLORS, the DMV star himself is back on Lyrical Lemonade to take over headlines with an incredible new single, “Got Muscle”. As you can expect with any new music Friday, we definitely received some great new music yesterday, but looking back, I think Goldlink’s latest takes the cake as my favorite offering not only of the day, but of 2019 so far. Equipped with features from Peewee Longway and WaveIQ, “Got Muscle” has the unwavering confidence and captivating personality to be a hit, and personally, I know that I’ve had this one on repeat since it dropped. It was the last song I listened to before going to bed and the first I listened to when I woke up, and today, I plan on bumping this one all day long. The music speaks for itself here, so I’m not going to rant about both the sound and lyrical performance on this one. Just know that they’re both top-quality. And word to Peewee Longway — didn’t see this collaboration coming, but wow, did he kill it. Stream “Got Muscle” at the link provided below and let us know …

This Is Your World – [Shy Girls]

Though it is only about a year old, the Keep Cool imprint some serious weight behind it. Under the RCA umbrella, Keep Cool was co-created by  Tunji Balogun, who, if you’re wondering, has played an instrumental role in the career of SZA, Khalid, Bryson Tiller, H.E.R., and Goldlink (just to name a few). Just yesterday, the imprint announced the “Keep Cool Projects”, described on  Twitter as a “forum for events, visual content, everything-in-between + a way for us to release music we love that might otherwise get lost in traditional systems.” The first project? “This Is Your World”: a smooth, understated effort from Portland crooner, Shy Girls. With a plunging bass, steady drums, and a smooth guitar solo that rounds out the effort, the track gives off some jazzy vibes. Vocally, Shy Girls impresses with his gliding, feathery vocals that, when juxtaposed with the bass-driven boardwalk, provide a unique flavor, and the final result is a song that I can’t seem to keep off of repeat. That said, “This Is Your World” is the first single off Shy Girls’ forthcoming album, Bird on the Wing, set to drop this spring. Be sure to keep a close eye on the Keep Cool Projects as well. With major …

Justine’s Interlude – [Goldlink]

District of Columbia emcee Goldlink resurfaces with a new single via Color Studios entitled “Justine’s Interlude.” 2018 was a relatively quiet year for Goldlink after releasing his RCA debut album ‘At What Cost’ in 2017. If you’re familiar with Goldlink’s discography then you know his music has a deeper underlying meaning behind it the majority of the time. “Justine’s Interlude” speaks out against domestic abuse. If you’re unfamiliar with the backstory Justine Skye came out with a song titled “Build” that talks about her experience with a domestic abuser. Her alleged abuser Sheck Wes has yet to speak out about these allegations, but it’s good to see more men holding others accountable for their actions especially in the music industry. Skye showed her gratitude by retweeting the post with a heart emoji and saying “thank you” Watch Goldlink flow effortlessly on “Justine’s Interlude” below.

Lost – [Brent Faiyaz]

Brent Faiyaz released his new Lost EP on Friday and already has us begging for more. The Baltimore native released the EP off the heels of his “Gang Over Luv” video from his debut album, Sonder Son, released back in October of 2017. His newest EP shines a light on the journey Brent has experienced since his newfound fame. From his collaborative achievements with Sonder and his platinum single with GoldLink and Shy Glizzy, Faiyaz has found time to update his fans on the journey so far. The Sonder frontman tackles subjects ranging from his life as a growing Black man in America, self-reliance, trust and the struggles of adjusting to the success of his career. Known for his dense writing ability the six-track, 19-minute EP serves as a great appetizer for fans who have been craving new content from the young vocalist. Listen to the new EP from Brent Faiyaz below and give us your thoughts in the comment section!