feel away – [Slowthai] ft. [James Blake] & [Mount Kimbie]

Ever since Rap and Hip-Hop music came into existence, there has always been a wide range of personalities amongst artists. While some might be more introspective and lyrical, others can be straight-up zany and wild. Throughout the decades, though, I’m not sure there’s a single artist who is as wild or out of the box as Slowthai. He takes the definition of being a rapper and flips it on its head unlike anyone else ever has, and it’s because of his unbelievably creative mind that I have no choice but to tune into every single new offering he puts out. Most recently, he is back with a fresh single called “feel away” as well as a unique and uncharacteristic music video, although I’m not surprised because all of his visuals are some of the most inventive videos in the entire industry. Not only am I excited for the song, but I’m even more anticipative because when I saw he tapped the legendary singer James Blake and the London-based electronic duo Mount Kimbie, I knew I was in for a treat. The instrumental is a bit calmer than what I’ve grown to expect out of the English emcee, utilizing a piano-driven …

A Conversation With Kaelin Ellis: On The House EP, Soulection, Influences, Career Goals, & More

“I hope that what I’ve done has not only changed the landscape of music, but to become respected and bring back music –  to not only blend the old, but the new, and to inspire the next wave of musicians/producers years from now.” Kaelin Ellis Kaellin Ellis is a multi-platinum music producer that has established himself among the top class of producers in the modern electronic / hip-hop beat scene. Formerly known as Mr. Mockwell, Kaelin was originally part of an online crew dubbed “Loaflab,” where he came in contact with fellow talented musicians and later Soulection connects Kaytranada, Sango, and Waldo. Ellis also has many production credits with other artists such as Deffie and K-Pop super-group “EXO.” Kaelin’s work ethic led to him earning a spot in having one of the top 10 songs of the week featured on USA Today. This year alone, Kaelin has netted a collaborative EP titled House with hip-hop legend Lupe Fiasco, and a solo project titled MOMENTS. We had the chance to talk with Ellis about his creative process, influences, work with Lupe Fiasco and so much more. Be sure to read the full conversation below! – – – – – – – How long have …

It Was Good Until It Wasn’t – [Kehlani]

It’s nothing but amazing when artists really take the time out to perfect their craft and figure themselves out, to the point where they are happy with the product that they are putting out. You can make countless music day in and day out, but it takes time to really hone in and figure out what direction you would like to go in for a certain project, or for the remainder of your career. While Kehlani has always been an artist to deliver music that comes from deep within her soul, she has been tremendously underrated since her initial burst onto the scene with her Cloud 19 mixtape. It often blows my mind that we had not received a full length album from Kehlani since her 2017 album SweetSexySavage. While we have heard a handful of mixtapes and features from her during that time frame, fans were eagerly awaiting her next full body of work. At last, our eardrums are finally being soothed with amazing sounds from her latest offering It Was Good Until It Wasn’t. Kehlani first emerged onto the scene at a younger age, so the direction of her earlier music was a lot more pop-ish and aimed towards a younger demographic-which …

Say It’s Fine – [Kyle Lux]

Returning to our pages today, 19-year-old Kyle Lux delivers a brand new single titled “Say It’s Fine”. Along with the song itself, Kyle attached a video that allows fans to connect with the record on a much higher level, which can be seen below. For me, this song was released at the perfect time as its lighter, more feel-good characteristics are received well around this time of year. For those who don’t already know who Kyle is, “he developed his love for music at a young age, growing up in his church’s choir and fine-tuning his songwriting by drawing influence from Frank Ocean, James Blake, and J. Cole.” Furthermore, Kyle blends several alternative genres to create a soulful sound that he describes as “Autumn transitioning into Winter.” This record does just that, showcasing the soulful side of Kyle throughout the hook and the intricate, lyric-oriented side throughout the first verse. The video, directed by Nick Scully and Not Cade, takes viewers on a journey with the use of vibrant color schemes and graceful, creative edits. With it being known that Kyle released his debut single just earlier this year, I’m positive that his growth will continue at a very rapid …

Freedom Falls – [Khushi]

Announcing his debut album on Warner Bros. Records, along with the news that he will be joining James Blake on a North American tour, the London based crooner, Khushi, delivers a spellbinding effort in “Freedom Falls that proves he is ready for the limelight. I may not know every detail about being a music supervisor, but if this one is not in a movie trailer or HBO show (preferably Westworld) by the end of the month, somebody is fucking up, because the effort is brimming with energy and emotion. As cinematic as it is, it’s not in the way you might expect. Khushi’s feathery vocals are gently draped atop a self-produced backdrop filled with space and moved along mainly by some light key-work. Soft and almost hypnotic, the effort lulls you in before closing out with a powerful crescendo that maintains the atmosphere of the track but delivers a serious gut punch. The right song can make a scene or a movie trailer, and in the right moment “Hidden Falls” could take the power of a big reveal to the next level. Cut the check HBO.

Untitled – [SwaVay]

After taking over headlines last month with the release of his stellar mixtape Traplanta 2, SwaVay is here to maintain the full court pressure with yet another new offering by the name of “Untitled”. Produced by James Blake, whom SwaVay has quite a bit of work on the way with, this track most impactfully creates an example of the seamless artist-producer chemistry that Blake and the ATL native possess. They work hand in hand, discovering and channeling one another’s strengths while simultaneously pushing towards versatility with each and every release. SwaVay sounds at home in his strategically placed flows and thunderous vocals, but not until one considers the pure honesty of the song is the full power of this release felt. That said, SwaVay and James Blake are a modern-day Jordan and Pippen, and I can’t wait to see what magic they deliver us in the near future. Check out “Untitled” at the link below and let us know what you think in the comments! Produced by James Blake & Dominic Maker Recorded & Mixed by Alec “Ched” Caslow Written by SwaVay

TRAPLANTA 2 – [SwaVay]

Just a few weeks removed from the headlining release of his James Blake-produced single, “Billy“, Atlanta-bred artist SwaVay is back on our pages today to offer up a brand new mixtape entitled TRAPLANTA 2. Blessing fans with 8 tracks of pure, undiluted talent and tenacious verses, this project immediately marks itself as proof of SwaVay’s resolve to rise to the top. His unmatched degree of clever lyricism and charismatic deliveries comes to the light as nothing short of impressive, and by sliding right alongside rapidly-paced, ominous production, he proves to be dead-set on success. SwaVay is in his bag, and no one is going to get in the way of that. I’ll just let the music speak for itself to prove it. Listen to TRAPLANTA 2 at the link below! Production by SwaVay, DJ Copeland, Dregood, Scandi Beats, Chase Jams, David Morse, & Hxxx Features by Lukeskyewalka, Daylan Gideon, Mojo Yetti, & Midnight Conner

Stop Trying To Be God – [Travis Scott]

Those that have kept Travis Scott’s Astroworld in their weekend rotation have had a lot to get through these past couple days due to its numerous guest appearances with arguably the most intriguing credits found on Stop Trying To Be God. Featuring the likes of Phillip Bailey, James Blake, Kid Cudi & Stevie Wonder, the dreamy record is now the first track to be brought to the big screen with help from Dave Meyers that starts out with Travis walking with a herd of sheep. Before being incinerated in the street and found in the arms of Kylie Jenner’s angelic form shortly after, the incredible concepts and fascinating effects only make the CuBeatz, Mike Dean, JBeatzz & LaFlame-produced record that much more god-like. Having said that, get to the visuals for Stop Trying To Be God and if you haven’t yet indulged in Travis’s Astroworld then you can go stream that right here.  Directed By: Dave Meyers 

Billy – [SwaVay]

Hailing from Atlanta, SwaVay is an artist that you simply need to get associated with. His music brings to fruition a near-perfect concoction of technical skill and sonic direction, only to be complemented by unforgettable lyrics, as seen in the rising talent’s new, success-minded single, “Billy”. Produced by none other than James Blake, this powerful joining of forces makes for a hypnotic, storytelling track that refuses to be kept off of repeat. Ominous melodies clash with SwaVay’s effortlessly hard deliveries, and all in all, “Billy” gives us the story of what it means to be a follower rather than a leader, and how the ATL native differentiates himself. SwaVay snapped with this one, so be sure click play below and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Kings Dead – [Jay Rock] Ft. [Kendrick Lamar][Future] & [James Blake]

TDE lyricist Jay Rock has just made his return with new music, and we couldn’t be happier. Released on Top Dawg’s SoundCloud page earlier today, the 32-year-old California emcee dropped the Mike WiLL-produced Kings Dead for the upcoming Black Panther movie including a cast of heavyweights in Future, James Blake and none-other than Kendrick Lamar who has a catalog of hits with the fellow TDE crew member. Each feature brought something entirely unique to the slapping instrumental, and while Jay Rock’s verse was extremely raw, it may have been Future who undoubtedly brought all of the energy. Let’s hope the TDE/ Freebands connection is a re-occurring theme, but for now, let Kings Dead hold you down until the next one.