Indica – “Kumbaya”
There’s no need for problems. There’s no need to be thirsty. Just put out honest, positive vibes and good things will come your way. “Kumbaya.” That’s the theme of Indica’s intoxicating new single, which uses simplistic yet entrancing vibes to push positive reinforcement in hopes of getting everything he wants in return. Damn good start, sir.
Daz Rinko – “Luv Ya” (Prod. By IAMNOBODI and Chris McClenney)
Feel good music is in the house, as Daz Rinko delivers nothing but positive vibes with “Luv Ya.” The upbeat track from the rising Memphis rapper features a thumping bass groove and sizzling synths that feel reminiscent of a late 90s West Coast rap jam from the Dogg Pound or Soopafly. However, the new school Daz does a good job of making the vibe his own by offering some reminiscent rhymes and a singalong concept that are easy to embrace. Rinko’s LIFTED project drops June 22.
Maya Killtron – “Never Dance Alone”
Those of you who stay leaned against the wall at clubs are getting some help from Maya Killtron. The Toronto pop singer’s new single “Never Dance Alone” specifically aims to get everyone on the dance floor, whether you’re solo dolo or afraid to cut a rug. Her shimmering record should succeed, as the mood is reminiscent of L.T.D. or disco era Diana Ross and is sure to shake off all those cobwebs from your arsenal of moves.
Danny Blaze – “Pus(her)” Video
Knowing the plug is one thing and dating the plug is another thing. But, being a male and dating the plug is the type of stuff movies are made of. Or, in the case of Danny Blaze’s “Pus(her),” a music video. The soulful but tough track finds the North Carolina rapper using intricate flows to explain how he’s shacked up with a female who happens to serve the whole city. A step above the trap queen and extra beautiful to boot. Danny has done well for himself.
Chauncy Sherod – “King” (Prod. By Sean C and LV)
Some females need material possessions to keep them happy. Others just want love and affection. Chauncy Sherod explains how he can deliver all of those things and more via “King,” a sultry soul record that finds the rising singer sweating out all the reasons he’s fit for her royalty. The record is reminiscent of a past era where emotion on wax was a given, coming across like it was recorded in the back of some dusty blues bar on the backroads of the Bible Belt. Take ’em to church Mr. Sherod. Take ’em to church.
FreshfromDE – “Doin Numbers”
While “Doin Numbers” by FreshfromDE might sound familiar, the only thing I can truly pinpoint is that the record feels like a hit. The Delaware rapper is showing out in grand fashion on this big ticket track and there’s a sense of arrival omitting from these four minutes that will make you want to check out the rest of his Home Is Where The Heart Is project. You won’t be disappointed.
Renz Young – “The Light”
In the midst of hundreds of rappers, Renz Young manages to stand out with “The Light.” The energy from this Milwaukee MC is obvious, channeled via coming of age rhymes that couldn’t compliment his own invigorating organ-based production any better. Young has found his pocket and if he keeps dropping bangers like this, his glow will only get bigger and bigger.
DJ Basta – “The Ark” Video
Sixty seconds into watching DJ Basta’s video for “The Ark,” I realized I was completely mesmerized and knew I had to include this clip in my column. While the relatively simple video merely matches Basta’s instrumental elegance with crispy footage from the outset of a carnival, the strange but intriguing mood comes together well and is easy to get lost in. Instrumentals deserve videos too and DJ Basta did a great job of showing why with this quick, two minute clip. Lightforms drops this week.
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