SONGS

Thief – [Xavier Omär] x [Sango]

By Mike del Ro // 14 Sep 2019

With a unique sound characterized by his timelessly smooth vocal style, Xavier Omär has been on many RnB fans’ radars as an artist to watch. The San Antonio-hailing artist has laid low for most of this year but now returns with “Thief”, his first official single since recently inking a deal with RCA Records. Omär brings longtime collaborator Sango onto the track, who arms Omär with an infectious groove that his voice floats on top of seamlessly. They hit a sweet spot with familiar rhythms that will no doubt sound right at a beachside kickback and Omär’s buttery harmonies that elevate the song to a more soulful vibration. Hopefully “Thief” marks the beginning of a big chapter for Xavier Omär, and for now, listen to the new song below:

Hourglass – [CARLA] [Meslo]

By Seamus Fay // 14 Sep 2019

Especially in the realm of R&B, London is a clear hotbed of talent right now. Seemingly every time I look for new music from the area, I stumble upon another gem of an artist, just as I’ve done today with CARLA and her song “Hourglass.” Produced by frequent collaborator Meslo, “Hourglass” may be an older release, but my excuse to write about this one is the fact that it was just recently brought to streaming services. Combining a slowed, jazzy supply of production with jumpy percussion that seemingly offsets the song’s relaxing mood, “Hourglass” contemplates time, flipping back and forth in debate of whether or not to wait for a love interest with each successive lyric. In such a manner, the song doesn’t quite feel as though CARLA is speaking to an audience of listeners. Rather, she voices her candid, innermost thoughts to anyone paying attention, allowing for somewhat of an eye-to-eye listening experience that only takes “Hourglass” to the next level. Match this with the London talent’s heart-soaked vocals and Meslo’s mesmeric production, and you’ve got one hell of a song that I simply can’t stop listening to. Check this one out for yourself and stream “Hourglass” below!

Lil Mama – [DLG.]

By Seamus Fay // 14 Sep 2019

Personally, I find soul to be the most prevalent element of a song when it comes to searching for longevity. The best songs are those with true personality and true soul to them, just as the most forgettable songs are those that keep things on a surface level without saying much else. In the case of DLG. and his new single, “Lil Mama,” this discussion of soul couldn’t be better applied. Combining refreshing vocals with sincere guitar riffs and passionate, knocking percussion, “Lil Mama” is a song that roots its entire vision around the concept of soul. The bassline interacts with DLG.’s swinging vocal runs to bring forth a sense of candidness to the track, and as a result, “Lil Mama” finds its full identity in the form of fervent personality, unapologetically emotive and reflective as can be. With that said, DLG.’s latest is undeniable. Something about this soulful new release keeps me coming back, and I’d imagine it will do the same for all of our readers out there. Don’t just take my word for it, though — stream “Lil Mama” below!

True, Pt. 3 – [Cyrax]

By Brodie Harvey // 13 Sep 2019

When an artist perfectly executes a teaser online, it’s exciting to watch the hype build organically until the song eventually releases. Cyrax teased “True, Pt. 3” on his Instagram a few weeks back and I ended up watching the snippet on loop repeatedly because the song was just that fire. This is the first single from Cyrax’s highly anticipated album Stay Active 2 and it is setting a wild precedent for the rest of the project which is sure to include one of the most talented melodic rappers venturing in a number of different stylistic directions. “True, Pt. 3” is an amazing evolution in Cyrax’s True series. By far the most soulful record in the series, the Divine Council member creates a classic R&B cut that sounds great now but would probably still be popular twenty years in the past or fifty years in the future. The Virginia-based artist has a lot of career experience under his belt already, it seems that he is really coming into his own in terms of his sound and the music he creates. Be on the lookout for Stay Active 2 and stream “True, Pt. 3” on all platforms here! Produced by Genshin

Real Vs Fake (Remix) – [Yung Knxw] ft. [Paul Wall]

By Brodie Harvey // 13 Sep 2019

Rising Houston artist Yung Knxw has been a staple in the evergrowing rap scene, his quick spitting lyrics have given him a modern sound that still reigns true to H-Town. Knxw spent the early part of the year focused on the release of his debut EP Nobody Knxws, a stellar quick 6-song project that fully showed the young emcee’s potential. This wild remix all began when “Real Vs Fake” originally dropped last year, the song was Knxw’s first single on streaming platforms and kickstarted his career. Almost a year later, a Texas Legend laid down a verse to add onto an already energetic and bouncy single. This is the first single Yung Knxw has released since his father Bushwick Bill passed, a redetermined focus shows that Yung Knxw is not coming to play around. After a remix like this, I cannot wait to see what Knxw has planned next. Stream “Real Vs Fake (Remix)” on all platforms here!

Starlight – [Tyler Loyal]

By Nick Mueller // 13 Sep 2019

Making an impactful debut to our pages today, rising Boston native Tyler Loyal gives us his brand new single titled “Starlight”. This record highlights Tyler’s songwriting abilities as he delivers a catchy chorus over a somber, club-style beat. Loyal says that this song is “about a girl who makes me fall but then soon after shows her true colors. The girl begins to go out with her friends, becoming lost in the parties”, ultimately losing her focus on Tyler and what they had together. Furthermore, the second half of “Starlight” points at Tyler’s perspective and viewpoint coming from the other side of the relationship. Whether it’s relatable to you or not, this song has a way of captivating anybody who happens to press play. Do yourself a favor and get familiar with Tyler Loyal by listening to “Starlight” below and by following him on Instagram and Twitter!

Play – [Lokoy] x [Stefanos Yowhannes]

By Elliot Montanez // 13 Sep 2019

Tonight we have an artist that goes by the name of Lokoy (Lasse Lokoy) who is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut with his brand new release titled “Play” featuring Stefanos Yowhannes. Lokoy is mostly known for his large role in the Norwegian indie punk band Slotface, but he has been branching out and creating some stellar solo material, and this new joint is something I believe our readers will enjoy. It’s a little different than what you might be used to hearing on our pages, but nonetheless it’s a creative and unique record that lends toward the uptempo side. Enough talking about it though, check it out for yourself below!

Round Here – [Rockie Fresh]

By Elliot Montanez // 12 Sep 2019

Chicago emcee Rockie Fresh has been having a solid year so far in 2019, and today he is returning with his latest offering titled “Round Here”. The first thing that caught my attention on this track was the firey production that was provided by Mathius Young before Rockie jumped on the beat and simply does what he always does, blessing us with an ear-pleasing song that’s sure to get stuck in your rest for at least the rest of the day. Rockie Fresh has been making some major moves this year, I’ve enjoyed seeing him collab with fellow Chicagoans Tobi Lou and Femdot, but I am even more excited to be receiving some solo material from the HF graduate. Stream this brand new release via Soundcloud below!

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