This Week, RIMON is “Hypnotizing” us all with her refreshing sound, Jayla Darden is “Onto Something” and Lucky Daye has an uncanny date with “Karma”. Don’t miss out on our top tracks below!
Alex Mali – Obviously
Brooklyn’s Alex Mali is back with this smooth R&B offering, centered around a sombre account of unrequited love. Over this sparse arrangement composed of guiding hi-hats and calming piano melodies, Mali’s lyrics elucidate her desire to “turn on her hotline” and start dating again, in order to remedy her broken heart.
For Fans Of: Taliwhoah
Daniel Caesar – CYANIDE: REMIX ft. Koffee
Daniel Caesars’ chilled-out soliloquy “Cyanide”, from his latest release “CASE STUDY 01”, continues to be the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season. This time around, Caesar invites rising star Koffee to deliver a guest verse on the remix for the well-loved track – packaged perfectly in a nuanced visual filled with comedic charm.
For Fans Of: Brent Faiyaz
Jayla Darden – Onto Something
Jayla Darden is taking us back to the early 2000’s with her self-produced R&B sound on “Onto Something” – the title track from her recently released EP. The Detroit-native sings with a vocal tonality distinctly reminiscent of Aaliyah’s influence, paired with production audibly inspired by Brandy’s unforgettable mark – encompassing it makes for an effortless and utterly enchanting listen.
For Fans Of: Aaliyah, Brandy
Midnight Phunk – Shawty ft Airborn Gav & Jamilah Barry
Make way for the new kids on the block, as Midnight Phunk invites Airborn Gav and frequent collaborator Jamilah Barry to ride yet another one of his infectious beats. This track is jam-packed with beautiful melodies, inventive rap-verses and a plethora of narratives – all amalgamated around an innovative musical arrangement like nothing you’ve ever heard before.
For Fans Of: Mura Masa
SiR – Mood (Official Video) ft. Zacari
SiR returns with an endearing new visual for “Chasing Summer” fan-favourite “Mood” featuring TDE label-mate Zacari. As the pair team up to sonically elucidate the unfortunate sentiment of “not being in the mood”, and how this feeling intensifies when we’re simultaneously“not in our bag”. It’s a light-hearted yet bitterly relatable listen all in one – genius.
For Fans Of: Masego
Flatbush ZOMBiES – “Monica” (ft. Tech N9ne)
New York’s Flatbush Zombies team up with the legendary Tech N9ne for an unforgettable collaboration. Over a dynamic, spacey beat produced by FBZ’s own Eric The Architect, each rapper goes bar-for-bar whilst displaying top-tier lyrical wordplay and impressive flow.
For Fans Of: Pro Era
Flying Lotus – Black Balloons Reprise ft. Denzel Curry
Every once in a while, a dream collaboration we didn’t yet know we needed falls in our lap. That’s exactly what we get when Flying Lotus & Denzel Curry link up on this otherworldly track, as two artists known for their inhibitions against limiting their creative boundaries come together and provide an exhilarating sonic experience from start to finish.
For Fans Of: Kendrick Lamar
RIMON – Hypnotizing
Amsterdam’s rising RIMON is hypnotising us all with her latest release; a sultry R&B offering upheld by the songstresses authentic charm and warm vocal tonality. Over a dissonant, trap-inspired beat she sassily coaxes the “mesmerising” object of her affections to “let [her] ride it Ginuwine”.
For Fans Of: Jorja Smith
THEY. – Stop Playin‘
Newcomers THEY. aren’t the type to play games, and to the tune of a percussive beat with an irresistible bass-line the duo make their intentions clear. The tracks alternative R&B sound hinges itself on a hard-hitting snare drum sample cleverly interlaced with the singers’ lyrical punchlines; encompassing the resulting track is as inventive as it is alluring.
For Fans Of: The Weeknd
Lucky Daye – Karma
Lucky Daye cant seem to escape Karma on his newest release…“she won’t stop coming around“. On this up-beat and funky track – which samples Ginuwine’s prolific R&B track “Pony” – Daye sings about a hot-and-cold relationship with a girl who knows that revenge is best served cold.
For Fans Of: Ginuwine
by, Tahirah Thomas