Much like our 8th issue, this 9th issue combines with our latest music compilation called, Love, This Might Work. We put out an open-call through Instagram, tasking musicians with the challenge to write/record a brand new song that was inspired by love (and essentially required a “listen to with your significant other/lover/crush at night” vibe). This resulted in 4 brand new songs by Arizona hip hop duo Obey The Altar Native (made up of producer DenOne and emcee Obey); Colorado-based rapper D.Cure, who covers new terrain by singing; Ohio native rapper Dirty Needles; and Japan-based rapper Sonny B. The bulk of this issue features exclusive interviews, and art (designed by us), featuring all 4 song artists from the compilation where you’ll read more about their songs, get a behind-the-scenes look to creating, and what else they’re doing. There are also album reviews of Calvin Valentine‘s Plush Seats, Elaquent‘s Celebrate Life!, Phonte‘s No News Is Good News, Moment‘s Moments, Paolo Nutini‘s Caustic Love, Michael Kiwanuka‘s Love & Hate, Kelela‘s Take Me Apart, Camille‘s Oui, The New Respects‘ Here Comes Trouble, and Lando Chill‘s Maya, Maia, Mayu. Get the scoop on singers BOA and Kyan Palmer in the SOUNDCHECK section. Art interviews with Sara Kuan, Lourya Sparks, and Erek Oyarzun.