Not Another Love Song – [LoveAylin]

Chicago artists have all the soul and heart that is required to get you in your feels, especially when it comes to R&B. Chicago singer LoveAylin recently released a gorgeous R&B ballad ironically titled, “Not Another Love Song.” She sings about a lover who has scorned her in the past, but continues to use the iffiness of the relationship as a muse to keep the flame lit. She passionately belts, “Just lay me down, love me slow / just show me you want me more,” in the slow 6/8 meter that makes the song sound like a grooving waltz. The reverb on the vocal sample gives the production an aesthetic similar to a NWTS-era Drake beat, but the song as a whole definitely puts her in a similar hemisphere as H.E.R. and Kehlani. LoveAylin has all the potential in the world. She is definitely an artist to keep an eye on. Stream the song here and keep an eye out for more: Words by Barry R

Monochrome – [Jon Waltz]

In today’s day and age, thanks to the immediacy of social media, the pace at which listeners have begun to expect new music from their favorite artists has become faster than ever. Put simply, no one likes waiting anymore, and consequently, this arrives at the cost of longevity. Inversely, this obsession with immediacy has only increased the value of albums that take more time to create and therefore, choose to focus on the long run in both quality and content. Such is the case with Jon Waltz’ latest project, Monochrome. Originally begun in 2017, this album has taken a full two years and change to come to fruition, but nevertheless, the blood, sweat, and tears put into the project make for an offering that listeners can’t and won’t forget. Monochrome is a product of artistic and personal resilience, and furthermore, it’s a culmination of diverse sounds, emotions, ups, and downs, all of which come together to exude a galvanizing sense of soul. Jon Waltz is the kind of artist who refuses to compromise the ambition and quality of his art, and as a result, Monochrome comes loaded with polished, rejuvenated songs that clearly demand nothing but perfection from their creator. Blending glossy styles …

Waltz In – [StayGoldenSwerve]

Coming from the small town of Harrisburg, PA, rapper StayGoldenSwerve has a chip on shoulder. With aspirations of putting his city on the map, the young artist recently released an EP titled, ‘Midnight Vibes.’ The entire project happens to be a vibe with a concise and entertaining sonic landscape, but there is one song that I particularly enjoy called, ‘Waltz In.’ The song permits listeners to turn all the way up or reflect to rougher times in their lives. To quote Swerve, ‘I remember money wasn’t everything.’ Produced by the rapper’s brother, Drew Tyrell, the song has the ability to blast the roof off of your car. After hearing StayGoldenSwerve, I confidently say that the dynamic superstar in the making will be around for years to come. Words by Barry R