London-based artist, Shaqdi, crafts an electronic slice of RnB that drips with vibes and easily is a mood. Trap snares pulsate underneath the ambient production and Shaqdi’s playful flow. She transitions from silky vocal lulls to a modern hip-hop flow, gliding across each line and reaffirming that this is her life, and she can daydream if she wants to: “everybody wanna give a piece of advice / but they should know better than to fuck with my life.” Chilled to various moods, and underlying affirmative, “Daydreaming” is better served at night.
Keven Fitzgerald “The Ride”
Keven Fitzgerald’s soulful, R&B fusion was not overlooked on his EP, ZOOM IN, but was marinating for the right words. Catching attention first on the EP’s introduction, “The Ride,” the track’s neo-soul paint is adored and led by a rich, tender piano. Fitzgerald’s vocals find their way to a listener’s soul, similar to rays peaking through a stubborn tree, and are an instant dosage of serenity. What may seem as a straight cut of soul forms into an experimental production break towards the end for a blissful ending.
Dante Hadden “Most Nights”
Vancover singer/songwriter, Dante Hadden, falls between the midst of traditional folk and indie-pop. His last album’s titular track, “Most Nights” is an uptempo burst of indie, carrying a heavy heart and aching with the past. The track’s break is a contemporary composition which slows down the previous momentum and isolates Hadden’s thick tone. Other tracks on the album carry a similar theme of life and the throes of love tangled in a folk-fusion.
Twin Oaks “Getting Nowhere”
Dream-pop and shoegaze revival ensemble, Twin Oaks, have been creating textured ambiance throughout their releases. Of their two latest singles, “Getting Nowhere” is the more ample and rich track to fall in love with. Still tuned to the moody sphere that holds Lauren Brown’s signature, smooth tone, “Getting Nowhere” narrows on a larger than life uncertainty and masks the unknown with post-rock drumming and an endearing minimalistic approach. The track is taken off their upcoming sophomore album, See You When I See You, and will be seeing a more “expansive” sound than previously heard while maintaining a past intimacy heard on prior releases.
Mia Mi “Talk to Me”
What a debut. Mia Mi gives pop a longing and soulful approach on her track “Talk to Me.” Opening with crisp and bright guitar plucks, the track melds into this soulful rendition that sees Mia Mi’s stern and emotive tone carrying a heavy heart. As stated on Clash Magazine, the artist explains that “‘Talk To Me’ stemmed from the taboo topic of talking about mental health,” which is deeply felt on the track’s delicate chorus.
SILENTSHOUT “King of Nothing”
LA’s avant-pop duo comprised of singer/dancer/multi-instrumentalist Alina Cutrono and composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Theo Karon are as intense as their resume. Spearheading a galactic war, internally and externally, “King of Nothing” is a systematic fusion of intangible ideals color coated to an electronic pulse. Cutrono’s angular yet expansive vocals take hold of the mechanical percussion, which mimics a rain forests’ hailing and an 8-bit backdrop into an impressive soundscape. Fueled with thoughtful penned verses, the track is more than it’s dance cover. The duo explains, “‘King of Nothing’ is about feeling hopeless in the face of a power-hungry and indifferent world. It’s about that sheer panicked state, when you feel like the world is ending and there is nothing you can do to fight the forces bringing it down. And you just want to give up.”
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