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 …

Habit – [Still Woozy]

Oakland, California singer and songwriter Still Woozy continues to build momentum with the release of his groovy psychedelic single “Habit.” Woozy is one of those artists that’s multi-talented and is influenced by various genres in music. The first song that captivated my attention was the track “Goodie Bag.” Right away I was enamored by his electronic sound blended in with small traces of rap and r&b influences. The transitions and breaks are smooth throughout the song which helps add to the funky element that Still Woozy embodies. I like to imagine it being like new age psychedelic music, something that could’ve come from the 70’s but still feels modern, This is the sixth single that he’s released from his vault and he’s currently headlining his own 19 city tour with supporting acts. Hopefully, when the tour is done we can get a full body of work that we can digest and dive into. Stream Still Woozy’s “Habit” below.

Apex – [Ajani Jones] x [BoatHouse]

Closed Sessions affiliates Ajani Jones and BoatHouse just blessed the city with a brand new record titled “Apex”, and you better believe that it’s bumping at max volume at the LL office right now.  When I saw these two artists teasing the release of this record a couple of weeks back I expecting it to be a banger, but man I didn’t see anything this massive coming, it’s truly the best song I have heard all week. The sensational production by Boathouse was so sharp, crisp and hard hitting that it’s impossible to not nod your head to it, especially after Ajani laid down his astronomical verses. Stream this brand new tune below and if you like it keep an eye out for ONE PUNCH that drops on the 29th of this month!

Leave Me Alone – [Neeko Crowe]

With the release of his new, four-track project, Neeko Crow took to Instagram to provide some context for the aptly titled Four Now, saying, “I’ve put an emphasis on making music that embodies how I feel at the moment of creation.” The approach clearly worked, as evidenced by the project’s standout cut, “Leave Me Alone.” Arguably the most powerful of the four cuts, “Leave Me Alone” comes from a dark place. Utilizing croaking vocals that stroll the line between singing and rapping, Crowe opens up about his demons with lines like “Trying to get away but out the depths, I couldn’t climb” and “See the glass half empty, my body emptier.” The subdued delivery contributes perfectly to this dark, haunting atmosphere, and production-wise, Neeko’s Houston roots are on display, with a hazy, syrupy beat that Chad Butler would surely bend a few corners to. If you dig this cut, definitely check out Four Now, but be ready, because Neeko Crow has range and no two songs sound alike.

Itchin’ – [Hooligan Chase]

If you’ve been following Lyrical Lemonade for some time now, it goes without saying that you’ve probably stumbled across the name Hooligan Chase at least once or twice. If not, however, then today is your lucky day, because the North Carolina native is back on our pages with a thunderous new single by the name of “Itchin’”. As is the case with all of Chase’s other music, this track follows the imprint of monstrous production and clever lyricism that the rising talent has proven to master in the past. With “Itchin’,” Chase is consistent and hungry as ever, and needless to say, it should act as a sign toward a prosperous 2019 for the NC representative. That said, be sure to check this track out for yourself below and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Waters – [Stro]

  In all my time as a blogger here at Lyrical Lemonade, I’ve noticed that most, if not all, of my favorite artists are those that don’t try to be anything they’re not. Quite simply, authenticity is key, and an artist by the name of Stro is here today to exhibit this trait with his two-part new offering, “Waters”. Backed by a silky instrumental and relaxed sonic background, this offering provides just the right atmosphere for Stro to show off his talents over, placing a strong emphasis on his lyrical dexterity and entertaining cadences. The visuals follow this up with simplistic imagery of the rising talent driving in his car, and as a result, “Waters” comes across as a wavy release that will surely help some new listeners become fans of what Stro has to offer. That said, be sure to watch “Waters” at the link provided below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Bottom Of The Pot – [Key Glock]

Key Glock steps into 2019 with unrelenting drip in his new video for his song, “Bottom Of The Pot.” The Memphis MC is receiving accolades left and right for his trademark sound and clever structuring of bars making him one of the most exciting new acts to come out of Memphis and watch this year. Undistinguishable from the flames that make up the video, Key Glock is literally breathing fire with every verse even shrinking in size using the stove top as his stage. Key Glock is currently being courted by Young Dolph and his label and is clearly making a strong case for himself as an act that will undoubtedly be making major waves in the coming months. Watch Key Glock’s new video for “Bottom Of The Pot” below and make sure to leave us your thoughts in the comment section!

D Appointment – [Sha Summers]

Virginia born emcee Sha Summers conducts a lyrical exercise with his new track “Dick Appointment.” I’m not going to lie the main reason I clicked on this song was that I thought the title was funny. To my surprise my first time listening to Sha I was impressed with his witty and clever wordplay. I haven’t seen any eps or albums released from Summers recently so maybe this is the start of a roll out for whats to come in 2019. If you are on social media a good bit Sha Summers voice might sound familiar to you. Last year he made a parody video of Doja Cat’s viral hit “Moo!” with a video entitled “Ima Bird.” The Brooklyn based rapper was able to accumulate 30 million views in total off of the snippet. Let’s hope that those fans have that same energy as they dive into Sha’s discography and future work. Stream “Dick Appointment” below.

Gateway Drugkeepers – [Astro Lasso]

I recently came across a group that goes by the name of Astro Lasso, and they offer a dope alternative type of music but more importantly they released a solid project a couple months ago titled “Gateway Drugkeepers”. They really excel at creating quality music that sounds like it sound be on repeat on radio stations across the globe, it’s truly a smooth & refined sound that you won’t want to miss out on. Stream this brand new tape below!

Pedicure – [JORD4NEVERDIED] ft. [Donald Grunge] [Connis]

Every week, it seems like something fresh is coming out of Boston and taking over the headlines of our pages. The city is truly filled with budding talent just waiting to blow, and today, Boston’s own JORD4NEVERDIED is here to prove this with an unbelievably energetic new single, “Pedicure”, featuring fellow 617 natives Donald Grunge and Connis — and before we get into this one, I just want to make it clear that I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve been listening to this one all day long. Like, all day long. Quite honestly, songs like these are always hardest to write about because they present such a strong bout of emotion that goes beyond what words can justly describe. The only way to capture the excitement behind “Pedicure” is to say that all three artists involved put their best foot forward to make for one of the most creative, out-there songs that I’ve hard in recent memory, and needless to say, it was a huge success. “Pedicure” deserves to blow, so be sure to check this one out at the link below and become witness to the heat coming out of Boston right now. JORD4NEVERDIED, Donald Grunge, and Connis are ready to take …