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Seven Davis Jr. – “Try Me (I’ll Funk You)” + Mono/Poly remix

Los Angeles-based producer/singer Seven Davis Jr. (@sevendavisjr) dropped a track a few days ago, called “Try Me (I’ll Funk You)”. If you bought the vinyl version of his Universes album, released in June, then you’ve heard it before. It’s an ultra-funky, upbeat party song that moves to the sound of thick, buzzing synths, electronics, and hard-hitting hand claps, while you hear him repeating sexual-sounding lines about funking you day or night, and left or right. Throw this on and get on that dance floor.

However, paired with that single is an orgasmic remix by Mono/Poly, and it’s just as good… but sexier. A slow groove of boom bap drums, stretched synths, clunky percussion, spacey sounds, and a lovely piano selection sounds like a lot happening, but it really works. Listen to both, and hopefully you’ll like them as much as I do. They’re amazing. Buy the double-single (Bandcamp link listed below, but I think you can also find it at iTunes).

Kiiara – “Feels”

Yesterday, I clicked play on Kiiara‘s (@kiiaraonline) “Feels” song over at Soundcloud and I’m feelin’ it! I don’t remember who re-posted it, for it to show up on my SC timeline, but I’m glad that they did. She makes music that could be described as futuristic R&B mixed with dreamy pop. This Illinois-based singer-songwriter is a newcomer to the music scene, with a debut EP, titled Meet Me in the Cornfield, on the way. She currently has 3 singles out: “Gold”, “Tennessee” and, most recently, “Feels”. I like them all so far (go listen to them here), but I’m here to share the song that put me onto her.

SOAK – “Sea Creatures” (Live on 89.3 The Current)

I was new to SOAK (@soakofficial) up until last night, when I watched her live performance of “Sea Creatures” over at The Current Youtube channel. Then, like anyone who gets put onto someone new and fantastic, I went to Youtube to listen to more! SOAK is an 18-year-old Irish singer-songwriter that released her debut album, titled Before We Forgot How To Dream, on June 1st (2nd in the USA), over at Rough Trade Records.

The Cypher Effect: Bonnie Blue, Nat The Lioness, Ruby Ibarra, & Lucy Camp

The Cypher Effect recently stopped through San Jose, California, and had four dope spitters on the mic, with those being Bonnie Blue, Nat The Lioness, Ruby Ibarra, and Lucy Camp (fka LuzID). Do my ladies run this…? Hell yeah, they do! Over a beat by Alcapella, they each spit a verse showcases their lyrical prowess, with energetic deliveries, tight flows, dope rhymes and strong punchlines that will make you rewind to listen again, confident bars and verbal threats. They are all awesome on this, and not one of them outshines the other, in my opinion. Check it out, and if you are new to any of them, make sure you search them/their music out. Wheeeew!

BURIERS – “Fool’s Errand” video

It’s been a little while since I’ve checked in on the BURIERS (@buriersofficial), and I feel so sorry for that. However, upon seeing what they’ve been up to, I saw that they are releasing a 2-song cassette single on August 24th, over at I Had An Accident Records. They put out a music video for the B-side of that cassette, for a song called “Fool’s Errand”. As to be expected, James P Honey penned a powerful, poetic spoken word rap that seems to be some social commentary on human decay and the world today, over a chanting drum beat.

Von Poe VII – “Titan” video

I wanted to share this music video back in June, but I forgot. From Von Poe VII‘s The Purity of Love and War album (free download), he dropped a black-and-white video for his song “Titan”. With a head-nodding, melancholy-sounding, boom bap beat by 3POINT, Poe reflects on his dreams, his strong work ethic, the importance of being true to yourself, and his dream to be an influential person in hip hop and life. “And I just wanna live // And I just be great // So regardless how my story ends // Just know that I was never fake // I never back away from promises that I made myself // It’s hard to find direction when everybody got they hands out // But nobody’s tryin’ to help me“.

Tef Wesley – “F.T.S.”

I was just listening to Tef Wesley‘s (@tefwesley) “Gametime” the other day, wondering when he was going to drop a new track from his forthcoming album with producer Grussle. Then, just like that, my question was answered. He recently dropped “F.T.S.” and it packs that same aggressive punch that we witnessed in the first single (watch the video here). Tef gets in naysayers’ faces like a lyrical weapon ready to blow, with a raw, grimy flow, witty wordplay, and a whole lot of verbal threats that’s powered by adrenaline and a determination to protect what’s his, all over a hard-hitting, monstrous banger. It has me hype, and excited for that album. This song NSFW and he’s not about to give you a clean version… because fuck that shit. “I can’t remember when I lost my mind // But I been like this for years, so don’t cross that line.”

Deuce Eclipse & J.Lately – “The Setup” album

Emcees Deuce Eclipse and J.Lately released their collaborative album, titled The Setup, on July 31st. There are 10 songs, with production credits to Jamie Way, Oops, Mind & Matta, Falling Blocks, and Kevin’s Laboratory, and only one guest feature from Zion I. Switching between rapping and singing, as well as English and Spanish, these two Bay Area emcees lace up hard-hitting boom bap beats with intricate lyrics that are packed with tight flows, clever wordplay, positive perspectives, emotional depth, personal storytelling, conscious bars, and everything that you’re sure to like from Deuce Eclipse and J.Lately.

Silent Knight – “Walking” video

Repping the tri-state area, emcee Silent Knight (@silentknightter) recently dropped a music video for the first single from his newly-released EP, titled Weaknd. Produced by The Audible Doctor, “Walking” finds Silent Knight spitting thought-provoking, somewhat dark bars that reflect on his life and the path he’s been on, over a soulful boom bap beat. Directed by Raul Buitrago, we see him waking up in a grassy field alone, wandering through the woods, trying to survive the night. It’s a great song and the video is cool, so check it out.

Loyle Carner – “Florence”

Loyle Carner (@loylecarner) is an emcee from South London, and yesterday was the first time that I’ve ever heard of him. I stumbled across his song “Florence” last night, and thoroughly enjoyed his poetic storytelling over a mellow, piano-driven beat that’s punctuated with snare hits and tender kicks. With a tight flow, and love in his heart, he lets his mind wander, wondering what it would be like to have a little sister and to be a big brother. It’s a very sweet, heartfelt song that’s fueled by love, happiness, and silly moments. The song also features a soulful hook from a man named Kwes, whose beautiful voice helps make this such an A+ song.

Neil Bopperson – “Allo Love 5” mini mix

Every year, London-based record label Wah Wah 45s release a special compilation, titled “Allo Love”. This year, and released a few days ago, marks their fifth installment. “Allo Love 5” was compiled and mixed by DJ and radio producer Neil Bopperson. Giving you a taste for what you can expect on the compilation, he presents to you a mini mix of the project. Six-minutes in length, it features music from the Wah Wah roster as well as friends of the label; you’ll hear music clips from Scrimshire (“Convergent”), Dele Sosimi (“Na My Turn” remixed by Paper Tiger), Jesse Futerman (“Theme from the Love I Lost”), Turbojazz (“Na Minah”), Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra (“March of the Idiots”), Bunty (“We Are Here”), and a few others.

It’s a fun, enjoyable selection of tunes that you can’t help but smile to when you listen, and will have you anticipating its release so you can hear it play in full, all together. Feel free to stream the mini mix below. You can also pre-order this compilation through several online outlets, as it officially releases on August 28th.

F. Virtue – “As Of Forever” (ft Daniel J. W!shington) video

From F. Virtue‘s (@famelessvirtue) latest album, titled A Single Green Light, he put out a music video for the song “As of Forever”. F. Virtue penned a poetic, well-written song that that pulls from personal experience, and proves to be a song about persistence, aiming high, and to always look forward–no matter how many times you fall or find yourself in the lowest, weakest of points, you should never give up on yourself (“The way that I wanted // The life that I planned // Didn’t pan out // Damn, this is my jam // We put in the work // Doesn’t mean it’ll work // Started at the bottom // Now we’re under the dirt // This is so deep // Deep beneath the earth // This is dance music // Sung for the worms“). Through this song, he seems to find common ground with others, offering a helping hand and an uplifting voice that says, “you are not alone; we’re in this together” (although that’s not said in the lyrics, this is the embracing, loving feeling that I get). I like that.