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Audio: Steve Lacy, “4real”

Steve Lacy, bassist for The Internet and solo wizkid, returns with a rock ‘n’ roll quick cut, “4real.” The high energy track is a pop of fresh air from the stagnancy. We always love to see Steve explore sonically with new styles, yet keeping that signature sound we got acquainted with on The Internet’s Ego Death.  The…

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Victory

Audio: Victory, “Believe in Love”

Emerging artist Victory is one of the fresh wind vocalists and promising artists you’ll want to watch. Sharing a breezy new number titled “Believe in Love,” the songstress and musician tunefully paints a sunny scene on the track’s canvas. Victory serenades a bubbly ode to the enchantingly euphoric promises of love and showcases her undeniably…

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Audio: St. Beauty, “Caught”

Issa Rae‘s Insecure doesn’t stop at delivering hilarious and relatable storylines. The HBO scripted comedy series is also a source for some of today’s hottest music. From Jazmine Sullivan to Kelela, our Sunday nights have consistently been turned from watch party to dance party. The ladies of St. Beauty were in the number this week…

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Audio: Braxton Cook, “Somewhere In Between (Swarvy Remix)”

We were absolutely blown away in April when Braxton Cook‘s debut album Somewhere In Between hit the airwaves. The project is one I’ve personally kept in rotation and now its title track is reemerging with a new groove. “Somewhere In Between (Swarvy Remix)” kicks up the tempo on this smooth jazz favorite with a new,…

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AUDIO: dvsn, “Mood”

If you’re looking to set the “Mood,” dvsn‘s new seductive single will definitely get you there. Fusing a steady tempo with key strokes from a piano, their new single will blend in seamlessly with your current bedroom playlist. The duo has been teasing new music as they gear-up for the release of their next album, Morning After, with fans on the edge of their…

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Audio: Moses Sumney, “Indulge Me”

Today’s World Record premiere on Beats 1 Radio is easily one of our favorites to date. Heavenly vocalist Moses Sumney‘s latest single “Indulge Me” is a dreamlike escape into tuneful exploration of an aromatic’s thoughts. The acoustic guitar-driven, reflective ode to independence and loneness is far from an anti-love or weepy “rescue me” ballad. With…

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Audio: Kelela, “Frontline”

The Insecure Season 2 Soundtrack is premiering music from a few of our faves and the latest comes from our girl Kelela. “Frontline” is a haze smoldering number where the singer-songwriter takes her power back. With lyrics that spill a battle cry of thoughts, she explores the process of one’s own self-liberation from love’s restraints.…

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Audio: Mick Jenkins, “A Layover”

Chicago gem, Mick Jenkins has returned with a new self-written track titled “A Layover.” Wittily, Jenkins triumphs lyrically on what is both an anecdotal and satirical song. His almost effortless flow makes for the perfect pair with the smoky THEMPeople produced track. Jenkins tackles racial prejudice, his career, and more all on this two-minute cut. Although we…

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Audio: Frank Ocean, “Provider”

It’s been a really lucky 12 months for Frank Ocean fans. Since he shared the impeccably composed Endless and Blonde albums last August, he’s also been generously dropping self-contained tracks via his blonded RADIO show on Beats 1. The latest is a beachy new jam titled “Provider.” Atop mellow vibes in the track’s production, Frank’s…

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Syd

Audio: Syd, “Bad Dream/No Looking Back”

The energy from today’s total solar eclipse has had everyone a bit moody since last week. If you’ve been feeling the tension, Syd has something to counter those unwanted feels with her new single “Bad Dream/No Looking Back.” The 2-in-1 slow jam features production from extraordinary studio ace/singer-songwriter Gwen Bunn on “Bad Dream” and Ricci…

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Ravyn Lenae

Audio: Ravyn Lenae, “Spice” (Remix) Feat. Smino

Just about everyone has their sights on one of the midwest’s most creative cities right now. So as fellow Chicagoans Ravyn Lenae and Smino grace us with their latest collaboration, we’re ensuring our eyes stay fixed. Having impressed a whole new audience with her unique style and kaleidoscopic consistency, Ravyn’s Midnight Moonlight EP was an…

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Audio: Jaden Smith, “Diamonds v1”

Jaden Smith seems to be really coming into his own this summer. In June, he dropped his video for “Batman” and then a month later, he dropped the single and video for “Watch Me” only weeks apart. He’s certainly finding his signature sound, which we were delighted to hear on Tyler the Creator‘s “Pothole,” from the Flower Boy album. His newest…

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