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Romance for Madness – [Killval]

Killval is a somewhat new name on my radar of rising artists, but he’s definitely a name that has been capturing my attention left and right in the past couple of months. Although he’s still completely independent and unsigned, he has built a close connection with Nick Mira of Internet Money, and anyone who’s familiar with Nick knows he only works with superstars, so that already speaks volumes of val’s talents. After hearing Dro Kenji’s latest project Tears and Pistols, which is quite possibly one of my favorite projects that has released all year, I had the highest of hopes for Killval’s album, and now that it’s in our hands, I can say with certainty that he didn’t disappoint in the slightest. The name of the album is Romance for Madness, and it’s definitely the perfect title when you work your way throughout the project and ingest all of the feelings of love combined with the abundant themes of heartbreak that run even more rampant throughout. Throughout the 10 songs that are featured on this album, val gifts us with just under 25 minutes of emotion that can’t be easy for him to share, but he does so in such …

Trying – [Midwxst]

As pop’s new generation is beginning to see its landscape become more and more fleshed out and defined by the second, acts within this particular scene have a definite reason to come into their own element stylistically and sonically alike. Carving a certain niche for oneself is not only a necessity, but practically a given at this point within the most astute and promising artists who make up that aforementioned landscape in itself. Among the best examples of this notion in full effect is the ever-progressing Midwxst, who has already proven himself as a purveyor of the scene time and time again, and seemingly achieved the art of “coming into his own” with his latest album Secrets. Though that project will end up being considered one of this year’s absolute best from this burgeoning crop of talents, it certainly is not the be-all-end-all for the artistic impact that the 17-year-old Indiana prodigy is looking to make moving into the future. The next logical step for him is to progress onwards into new avenues as he has consistently done throughout his entire career up to this point; as quickly as can be, that step has already been taken with his newest …

Shaping the Sound of COA

There is no single album that quite matches the level of influence at a forward-thinking level in the realms of pop music this year than ericdoa’s COA. Being the most prominent instance of this coming paradigm shift for the genre, the all-encompassing impact that this album has as it stands today will ring true for the months and years to come as we enter this brand new era. Of course this status mostly results from the album’s star figure in Eric himself; not a single soul could possibly ignore the masterwork that he put in throughout each and every track without a single miss in sight. His energy was enigmatic; his delivery was entrancing; and his overall musicianship was exuberant and ever-so-perfected as he truly came into his own element as the tried and true pop phenom he was destined to be. But even Eric could only do so much on his end as a singular presence on the mic. The setting that surrounded him – both physically and inside the music as it came to be – played integral roles in crafting what would end up being this impactful and momentous musical experience. Simply put, if Eric was not …

nhs – [slowthai]

After making a name for himself as an all-too-eccentric, yet politically and sentimentally-driven prodigy of an act with his debut project Nothing Great About Britain, the ever-profound slowthai has convincingly entered the next telling period of his career with a recent single/video for his new offering “nhs” — and with that a brand new album announcement as well. That album is the double-disc flaunting Tyron and is set to be released on February 5th, 2021; not only does this mark that aforementioned new light in this already-acclaimed career as we know it, but one that manifests itself in something of a far more personal narrative at its disposal all the same. The UK-standout has promised an album that tackles his conflicting personal life more than the circumstances that surrounded him as he did on his last project, and there could be no better single to represent this conceptual entrance than “nhs” in itself. The given track takes the promising and entrancing conceptual elements that this album has promised in its announcement and wraps them up ever-so-ideally in this small, but completely resounding package. Leaning more towards the side of self-appreciation rather than any sort of negative aspects that may lie …

In Or Out – [JPerk]

Storytelling lands at the core of great rap. It’s a genre built around sharing life experiences and bringing listeners into worlds unfamiliar, all facilitated through beats, lyrics, and the character of the speaker at hand. Naturally, when a great rap storyteller comes around, it’s only right that people pay attention, and by the sounds of it, Delaware-raised talent JPerk is here to claim this role with his latest release, “In Or Out.” Moving back and forth between Delaware and Las Vegas, the rising talent’s music has taken on many forms in the past, from the hard-nosed style of “Backend Baby” to the more melodic “4Real.” The through-line between it all is a clear knack for lyricism, bolstered around personal experience, ambition, and heartfelt songwriting, even at just 18 years old. These elements are what makes JPerk’s music so special, and they’re displayed in full-form throughout his latest release, “In Or Out.” Just under 2 minutes in length, “In Or Out” is a brief offering that combines straight-forward rapping and melodic sensibilities with ease. It’s the best of both worlds from JPerk’s rolodex of styles, and it’s laid out atop a soulful base of instrumentation, laying the groundwork for Delaware’s own …

exhausted. – [Brevin Kim]

I’ve talked about Brevin Kim numerous times on Lyrical Lemonade at this point; their creativity, their inventiveness, the cross-pollination of genres, the production, and everything that makes the Boston-bred duo such a necessary one. But few times have I felt as though the duo’s vision was as perfectly laid-out as in their recent album, no less than three. 11 tracks long, the project is a cohesive, boundary-pushing portal into a future of music where genre is but an afterthought and every song creates a world of its own. This level of creativity heads the duo’s most ambitious and exciting release to date, and today, is followed by a new music video for one of the project’s standout cuts: “exhausted.” Arriving at track #3 on the album, “exhausted.” is an ominous step further into the world of no less than three, guided by gloomy production and soul-stricken lyrics. As the song progresses, any sense of control is lost between high-arching beats drops and bellowing vocal runs, which are both illustrated with the video’s moody aesthetic and night-set scenery. These elements mesh together throughout the nearly two-and-a-half minute duration of the visuals, and by the end, come together to add a much-needed visual dimension to …

Control [DEJA] x [Corey K]

Solihull, Birmingham native DEJA makes her (solo) Lyrical Lemonade debut with a vivacious new single titled “Control.” Now residing in West London, the singer gathers inspiration from a variety of R&B/soul icons such as Stevie Wonder, Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah and Usher. Her sound has been crafted to align with a unique form of Pop infused R&B, which has garnered the attention of The Jacksons, Stormzy, Emeli Sandé, Macklemore, Etta Bond and Ady Suleiman through various performances/show openings. This year, DEJA’s debut EP titled Intro is in store, which intends to serve as a fiery introduction to her untapped audience. Speaking on her own track, DEJA provided greater context into the theme of “Control”: Corey K and I were discussing an alternate reality where women were and always had been the ones in power. For me, a recurring topic of conversation is the power of a woman; emotional, sexual, physical. Corey lay down a beat and these lyrics came to mind. “Get money, I’m good with it. Come ‘n let me show you what to do with it.” “I honestly believe the world would be a better place if women took the lead.  Regardless of your opinion on DEJA’s stance, it’s undeniable and non-negotiable that women …

d&db.nfo – [Dazegxd] x [Dirty Bird]

House music as a concept alone is seemingly everlasting as we currently stand in this modern age; this is a genre that has adapted and attached its likeness to a number of different adjacent sounds and styles, while staying true to the standard conventions it set for itself as far back as nearly 30+ years ago now. With that being said, it takes a certain amount of telling artistry and sheer creative influence to become known as an act who serves as something of a catalyst for the genre to move further and further into these aforementioned new lanes as they are — taking the genre into new places while still holding its baseline and past-centric ideals so closely in the process. But as though there was any single doubt about it in the first place, this artistic status has come to at least in part define the resounding careers of both Dazegxd and Dirty Bird up to this point. Though the two have certainly come to be known in other circles – with Daze pushing the ever-rising next era of pop and hip-hop forward with his prolific production work in those lanes, while Dirty Bird has done his part …

Beautiful Havoc – [$NOT]

I’m somewhat new to the world of $NOT’s music, but despite my novice outlook, I’ve been listening to him so much that I feel like I have a somewhat strong grasp of his insane talents across the board. He brings a sort of underworld style to beats that are often anything but demonic, often utilizing West Coast bops while also incorporating more fitting, dark and ominous instrumentals that give listeners a completely polarizing look into his creative mind. While his album Beautiful Havoc has been out for almost a week, at this point, I’ve been listening to it almost nonstop, and I wanted to make sure I had a firm understanding of everything he delivers on the project before talking about it. I think I’ve had enough time, finally, and after probably more than fifteen listens from front to back, I can’t wait to dive into the wild sonic world that $NOT paints for us on this album. At 12 songs and almost a half-hour long, he provides fans with a further look at his unbelievable skills, unlike anything we’ve ever heard from him before. He opens up with “Watch Out (Intro)”, a song that uses a haunting, menacing guitar …

Sticky – [TyFontaine]

TyFontaine has been on an absolute tear ever since he took the music scene by storm not too long ago. Since then, he has been one of the most consistent artists in the game, dropping countless singles, projects, and visuals that all prove my point that I’ve made in the past about him being one of my favorite talents out right now. His most recent project We Ain’t the Same is an album that I revisit on a constant basis, and although it’s almost impossible to choose a favorite track off of the incredible record, his song “Sticky” was a favorite early on after just my first listen, and I’m beyond pleased that it now has an unbelievable JMP-directed visual to pair with it. As the mystifying, angelic strings and jazzy saxophone begin to play out within the beat, there is an animated be flying around jars of honey being poured, starting out strong with the sticky themes that relate to the title of the track. The first person we see is a beautiful woman who is pouring honey on her hand before Ty is shown, staring deep into her soul in a very loving, lustful fashion. The shots used …