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Audio: Yore, “Knew Better”

Fresh on the scene is Yore, a sultry R&B singer with a new single titled “Knew Better.” The song is gentle and clean with melodic strings and dramatic builds. It’s only fair that you get lost in the keys and buttery vocals. The song was produced by Robin Hannibal- who has worked with artists such…

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Audio: GoldLink, “Got Friends” Feat. Miguel

A pleasant surprise from the ever-consistent GoldLink arrived today and it features the soulful and smooth Miguel. “Got Friends” is everything one would dream of from a collaboration like this – cleverly lusty punchlines, a slinky yet springy track and each artist’s signature touch. “So let me tell you ’bout this PYT that I seen…

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Audio: Masego, “Lady Lady”

Celebrating 25 years of life, Masego has released a new song (and possible single from his debut album) titled “Lady Lady.” The “TrapHouseJazz” pioneer has been on a short hiatus but is back to steal our ears and hearts with this new track dedicated to the ladies. It’s the ultimate shoot your shot anthem for the summer…

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Audio: Kenneth Whalum, “Make It Out Alive”

Some of us prefer the feels in season and out of season – and for that, Kenneth Whalum unfailingly delivers. “Make It Out Alive” is the singer/writer/musician’s first single since 2017’s hauntingly emotive Broken Land, and while it maintains the familiar warmth of that signature, raspy rawness that sets his vocal tone completely apart, the…

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Audio: Diana Gordon, “Kool Aid”

Diana Gordon‘s first single of the year has arrived and it’s a tuneful dreamscape of sweet nostalgia and undying love. The NYC-born singer/songwriter packs Punk and Soul elements into “Kool Aid,” a heartfelt attestation that welcomes the lyrics’ muse(s) to her forever-open arms. Metaphorically singing of a childhood staple drink to bring that universal sense…

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Audio: Smino, “New Coupe, Who Dis?” Feat. Mick Jenkins

Smino and Mick Jenkins have linked up for another summer banger so smooth, it’s likely to keep the July vibes alive through fall and winter. “New Coupe, Who Dis?” is a bouncy but mellow number coproduced by Smino himself and THEMpeople. While Mick’s cool & calm flow sail the beat’s waves, Smino’s signature cadence engages…

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Audio: Victory, “Open Your Eyes”

Victory is back with a new vibe that remains true to the enchantingly mesmerizing sound that introduced us to the singer on “Believe in Love.” A charming plea to its muse, “Open Your Eyes” is a midtempo ballad over Hip Hop percussions perfectly ornamented by the singer’s richly soulful tone. Listen to Victory’s latest love…

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Audio: The Internet, “Roll (Burbank Funk)” [KAYTRANADA Remix]

With their Ego Death follow up in the works, The Internet dropped their latest single titled “Roll (Burbank Funk)” – an undebatable contender for this year’s song of the summer – and it’s accompanying visual two weeks ago. Today, the single gets a KAYTRANADA flip which has also earned a top spot in my personal…

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Audio: Kelsey Lu, “Shades of Blue”

If you were anywhere near audible distance of Afropunk (2016) during Kelsey Lu‘s performance, chances are you were spellbound and held hostage by the evocative frequency of her voice. The singer and cellist’s first release since 2016’s Church EP is a heart-stopping ballad titled “Shades of Blue.” Burdened with heavy emotion, her lyrics find the…

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Audio: Smino, “Home Invaders” feat. Bari

Smino‘s newest cut “Home Invaders” has arrived and features fellow St. Louis rapper Bari. The Phoelix-produced single gives Smino’s signature smooth and melodic flow a more aggressive grit. Alternating cadences, the Zero Fatigue emcee sonically mimics the unpredictable unfolding of an actual home invasion. And Bari’s verse leaves little to be desired with deft punchlines…

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Audio: Janelle Monae, “I Like That”

With just eleven days left on the countdown to Janelle Monae‘s Dirty Computer release, this week’s #MusicMonday brings us the project’s fourth single “I Like That.” A mid-tempo track turns the singer/actress/activists proud self-awareness into an affirming jam that relates on a variety of levels. Our Kansas City-born femme fatale takes a break from reading…

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Audio: Keith Tutt II, “Go”

Whether you identify as empathic or not, there’s no doubt that much of the world’s burdened energy has had you in jaded disarray one way or the other. And with much of our day to day feeling like a tug of war between self and collective conscious, a common theme among all artists, creatives and…

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