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Sacrifices – [Mavi] [Navy Blue]

North Carolina native Mavi has to be one of my favorite artists right now. Orbiting the budding scene of just-left-of-center, soulful acts such as MIKE, Pink Siifu, Caleb Giles, Slauson Malone, and more, the rising talent has become a clear diamond in the ruff, consistently delivering verses that require a minimum of ten listens to totally understand. Even beyond his talents as a lyricist, though, Mavi knows how to keep a crowd, using the soul-stricken, almost weathered nature of his voice to perfect his storytelling proclamations. Today, in collaboration with the ever-talented Navy Blue, Mavi is back with a new single entitled “Sacrifices.” In the song’s opening seconds, Navy Blue lets out a triumphant “This a marathon sprint,” setting the tone for the song’s heart-ridden lyricism and foot-on-the-line sense of sincerity. Even in these general, oddly profound statements that Mavi and crew always seem to let out, there’s something further below the surface in the idea of such loyal, thoughtful artists making music without any air of compromise. In every way, they are their purest selves, just as “Sacifices” can attest. On the production side of things, the new single sounds as though it’s been marinating in soul all day …

Under the Shade – [Caleb Giles]

At 21 years old, artist Caleb Giles has already played a hand in reinvigorating New York hip-hop, helping to push the city’s historically influential scene into experimental territory. He has been a key player in crafting this sound that’s rooted in jazz and soul with cohorts like MIKE and Slauson Malone (who both dropped standout projects this year) in his circle. On his third record ‘Under the Shade’, Giles pushes his style even further while looking inward for lyrical inspiration. Giles’ creativity roams unrestricted by any predetermined format or formula. Every track evolves in front of a listener, marked by dynamic rapping and contoured around live, jazzy instrumentation. One song bleeds into another before being abruptly cut off by a skit or sample. It’s an elusive listening experience that keeps you on your toes at the record’s most rewarding moments, which are mostly contained toward the middle of the album. For example, “Syl’s Song” offers up a short-lived moment of bliss before fading out into the bassy groove of “Quicksand”. While the composition of ‘Under the Shade’ may be unpredictable, one quality remains constant: Giles’ inclination toward irregular, tongue-twisting raps where he reflects on darker chapters of his life with …

Off Me! “The Wake” Pt. 2 – [Slauson Malone] ft. [Pink Siifu]

There’s something intangible that happens when a musician’s and music video director’s minds are on the same wavelength—something just sort of clicks at the right moment that resonates with a viewer and elevates the music to a different plane. The visual accompaniment for “Off Me! ‘The Wake’ Pt. 2’ offers a shining example of that harmony as hip-hop producer Slauson Malone and director Bolade Banjo execute a vision so aligned with the music that its difficult to separate the two mediums from one another. The track off Malone’s sonically disruptive album ‘A Quiet Farewell, Twenty Sixteen to Twenty Eighteen’ offers up an ode to moments of transience. A melancholic guitar greets a listener before booming kicks and stabbing horns pull the curtain back to unveil a dizzying array of sounds that mimics the motion of a crashing tide. This motif of movement holds constant all throughout Malone’s record and Banjo, who also created the album’s cover art, meditates on this concept for the music video. A member of the London-based art collective Gully Type, Banjo weaves together vignettes that depict phases of a relationship from the initial fall to the inevitable break. These short, non-linear compositions match Malone’s frenzied, jazz-influenced …

Papaya! – [Malci]

The criminally overlooked Chicago emcee and producer Malci is here with his newest project Papaya!, released today. This arrives nearly two years after his last project DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF, my personal introduction to Malci and one of my favorite overall projects to come out of 2017. Now he’s back in 2019 with Papaya!, which is an exciting release, as it heads in a completely different creative direction than his previous project. Production-wise, this project features primarily synth-based, glitchy and atmospheric beats along with field recordings. It’s seventeen tracks, but doesn’t overstay its welcome in the slightest, clocking in around thirty-four minutes, following this many-short-songs album format that some of my other recent favorite albums have followed by artists like Earl Sweatshirt, Slauson Malone, and Lucki.  Papaya! ends up making for an extremely cohesive and engaging listen that only leaves the listener wanting more from Malci. There are some really interesting genre-bending soundscapes on here along with melodic and enjoyable production throughout. “The 40 Oz Endorsement” perfectly encapsulates the record, as it features otherworldly production underlying Malci talking about thrifting a nice outfit, beating three Final Fantasy games, and shouting about drinking 40s “because they work”. The track “Byzantine Way” …

A Quiet Farewell, 2016–2018 – [Slauson Malone]

Starting things off with a vocal sample that proclaims, “the world is coming to an end,” Slauson Malone’s unbelievable new project, A Quiet Farewell, 2016-2018, is a beautiful deconstruction of sound, chaos, and life, all fit under the reach of 20 songs. Quite frankly, after listening to this project twice so far, I’m not even entirely sure that I have any of the right words to describe the glorious splashes of color that characterize this such profound eccentricity. What I can say, however, is that Slauson Malone’s sound and style are completely out of orbit with anything else I’ve heard this year, and I mean that in the best way possible. Speaking to this point, with features from Caleb Giles, Maxo, Medhane, Pink Siifu, and several others, Malone’s marriage between obscure sampling, soulful features, and a cluttered creative direction is one that communicates an ingrained sense of soul, both in the music itself and in its structural integrity. He’s an artist’s artist, and one that refuses to be anything but himself — a trait that, upon listening to A Quiet Farewell, 2016-2018, I can firmly say is one of Malone’s best. This project is an absolute gem, so be sure to give it …

Smile #2 – [Slauson Malone] ft. [Maxo]

  Thinking about all the writing I do, I definitely overuse the word “soulful,” but to tell the truth, the word itself represents an innate authenticity in music that simply can’t be described with words. This is the exact feeling I get when hearing Slauson Malone and Maxo’s brand new collaborative single, “Smile #2.” Set to the tune of a hazy, crackling instrumental, this offering lets loose an inimitable sense of “realness” that resides far under the surface of the song. Maxo’s lyrics about ambition and balancing the past and the present, along with all the temptations that come with success, hit harder with each successive word, and Malone’s complementary production acts as a perfect backdrop to highlight the intimacy of the song overall. That said, “Smile #2” is certainly a must-listen and furthermore, a must-watch, so check out this beautifully creative release below. Slauson Malone and Maxo snapped.

Name – [Caleb Giles] ft. [Cleo Reed]

In all the hours that I spend looking for new music, the best discoveries are always those that seem to be most authentic. Authenticity is a necessity for any artist looking longevity, and answering this very call today is a rising talent by the name of Caleb Giles with his brand new offering, “Name”, alongside Cleo Reed. Full of abstract direction and impulsively beautiful twists and turns, this offering precisely shows the power of Giles’ artistry. He uses deeply passionate lyrics to bold the swinging, heart-led nature of the instrumental, and backed by the wonderful talents of Cleo Reed, “Name” comes to the light as an unforgettable song for any listener to enjoy. This one creates an entire world of sound for the audience to get lost in, and quite frankly, it’s beautiful. Listen for yourself by clicking play at the link below and let us know what you think in the comments! Produced by @slausonmalone Featuring Cleo Reed Bass By Jesse Brotter @jacquespepinfan420 Artwork by Devlin Claro Resetar