Songs from the Community

    Welcome to our new Songs from the Community column, where we hip you to all the new releases you should be caring about. By putting them all together here in one place, our hope is that you can spend less time searching for relevant new releases and more time giving each one of these songs the proper shine they so deserve. OK? OK. Now, let’s jump into them!

    Neaux ID — “IDEK (Floatin)”

    I have been tapped in with Dallas, TX, by way of Louisiana artist Neaux ID for a while now, and each time he drops off something new, it’s a showcase of his undeniable rap prowess. “Notes 2 Self” is a two-pack that offers more delicate sonics, and “IDEK (Floatin)” is one of those tracks that you’ll have in your rotation for weeks to come — trust me.

    Dezmond Dane — “eras”

    Boston-born MC Dezmond Dane’s new single exemplifies his consistency, which separates him from his peers. Speaking of things that separate him from his peers, one thing that stuck out to me since my first time hearing Dezmond Dane was his unique vocal tone, which is on full display on “eras.”

    Andrew Kelly — “GREMLIN”

    So happy I pressed play on this one. St. Louis, MO spitter Andrew Kelly goes absolutely crazy on “GREMLIN,” and his syllable play remains impeccable throughout the whole track. This is one of those records that showcase an artist’s ability to remain exciting in style and sound, and it’s refreshing to hear an elite-level MC not afraid to take risks musically.

    Freejay — “tomorrow somewhere.”

    Constantly striving to integrate multiple sources of inspiration into his own distinct sound, Chicago artist Freejay pairs creative lyricism and flows with unique rhythms to create a captivating blend of hip-hop, alternative and R&B music. “tomorrow somewhere.” proves just that.

    OSÁ — “Vice City”

    Thankful I came across Nigerian artist/producer OSÁ because this guy is the real deal. With influences including Pharrell Williams, Frank Ocean, and WizKid, his style is a fusion of African rhythm, hip-hop, and R&B. His latest “Vice City” is the perfect introduction to his sound.

    Keith Buxton — “Sweetest Water”

    Saint Petersburg, Florida, has an undiscovered gem on its hands with Keith Buxton. The singer-songwriter and saxophonist’s new single “Sweetest Water” is an impressive offering that displays his falsetto, harmonies, and strong songwriting skills. You’ll definitely be hooked after one listen.

    TheLoveofPpl — “Blu Skies”

    With a sound influenced by their history just as much as their ambition, Chicago-based collective TheLoveofPpl’s new EP “FLUX BLEUS” is built off organic song structures evolved from their own introspection. Check out the standout track, “Blu Skies.”

    Hitxion — Ephemeral

    Hitxion’s new full-length project “EVANESCE” is a breath of fresh air. With hard-hitting production and thought-provoking lyricism, the project has something for every listener, and “Ephemeral” puts his versatility at the forefront.


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