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Ras Kass & Shabaam Sahdeeq – “Back Again”

I saw “Back Again” on the I V League‘s Bandcamp today, after checking out this self-titled song. Rap veterans Ras Kass and Shabaam Sahdeeq show and prove how OGs get down on this collaborative track. Although this song officially dropped a couple of months ago, I wanted to share it. Also, I’m not sure if it will be on the upcoming I V League album, or if it will be on an album by one of these guys, or if this is a loosie, but it’s dope and that’s all that matters.

The I V League – “THE IV LEAGUE” (ft Shabaam Sahdeeq, Thekeenone, El Gant, & El Da Sensei)

The I V League (@i_v_league_) is described as an “International Fraternity of Extraordinary Emcees, Producers, and DJs”, and that couldn’t be any more correct. From what I’ve gathered, the collective is spread out across the globe and is made up of: Ras Kass, Shabaam Sahdeeq, El Da Sensei, 4rAx, Snowgoons, Jake Palumbo, Vanderslice, Atari Blitzkrieg, El Gant, thekeenone, and perhaps others. It’s a long list of talent. They’re kind of like the hip hop Avengers, in that they all do stuff on the solo tip and are dope at what they do, but when they team up with one another, they become a powerful supergroup. Avengers Assemble!

Georgia Anne Muldrow – “Arkansas” video

From Georgia Anne Muldrow‘s A Thoughtiverse Unmarred album, released back in May, watch the music video for her song “Arkansas” that dropped a few days ago. Produced by Chris Keys, the beat is led by dusty boom bap drums and a funky guitar chop, and Georgia slays the song with gritty rhymes and a fierce attitude that silences those who doubt her. The video fits the song with no frills, just real tough raps from a dope emcee.

Lukulele Slim – “The Effects of Suits and Ties on Dreamers” video

Lucas Dix impresses and inspires me. I enjoy following where his creativity and passion for music takes him, because these new paths and experiments have led him to successful accomplishments. I became a fan of him back in 2014, when I got put onto the Jellyfish Brigade hip hop duo. Then, it brought a smile to my face when he started writing, recording, and making educational rap videos with his students (see here). Now, he’s taking on a whole new style of music and with a new name. We can call him Lukulele Slim.

Phoebe Ryan – “Homie” video

With a glass of liquor in one hand and a microphone in the other, Phoebe Ryan sings karaoke at a near-empty bar, and gets flirty with a stranger watching her perform, in her music video for “Homie”. Head-nodding drums, snapping snares, and a bit of synth work provide the mood for her breathy, angelic voice to sing a song about, well, being friends with benefits… at least until you get to know her. There’s emotion behind the lyrics, as she exposes her past and flaws that lead her to believe she’s not the girlfriend type. Watch the video below. Then, go get her debut EP, titled MINE, that released via Columbia Records on June 9th.

Marie Dahlstrøm – “Look The Other Way” (ft Sophie Faith)

I heard Marie Dahlstrøm‘s (@mariedmusic) “Look The Other Way” yesterday, and was transported to the late 90’s/early 00’s of R&B. Over heart-beat bass drums, snappy snares and twinkling percussion, Scandinavian singer-songwriter Marie linked up with Brighton-based singer Sophie Faith, to sing a laidback, torn song that questions whether or not to stay with an uncommitted lover. Produced by D.K. The Punisher. Give it a listen, and look out for an EP this summer.

Fletcher – “War Paint”

Fletcher (@findingfletcher) is a New Jersey-based pop singer, and she’s making a splash with a pretty cool track out now, called “War Paint”. This is one of those anthem songs with its pounding drums, snap-along percussion, chanting vocals, and Fletcher’s soaring pop voice singing about finding strength to fight for love. Be on the look out for her forthcoming Finding Fletcher EP, but, until then, stream this single now.

Aquilo – “Waiting” (live video)

The last song on Aquilo‘s (@aquilo) Calling Me EP is “Waiting”. It’s a tender and gorgeous song that will make you feel something. I was quickly enchanted by the minimal, melancholy piano playing and Tom’s breath-taking, intimate voice. He sings a sweet, personal song about his undying love and waiting for the one (“There’s something you should know // I won’t stop ’til you know that I mean it // I’m waiting for you, darling // I’m waiting for the one“). The love-fueled emotion behind the lyrics and vocal delivery–especially the little falsettos that he hits–gives me chills. Ben also punctuates some of Tom’s words with his own light, falsetto voice. Whew, fantastic.

Anyway, I love this song, and even more so after watching this live video of it. Directed by Harvey Pearson. I said the word “love” a few times, but when you watch this video (or hear this song), you’ll understand why.

Aquilo – “Calling Me” video

Next up in my mission to share songs from Aquilo‘s (@aquilo) Calling Me EP, is the title track. Propelled by thumping drums and gentle keys, the verses finds Tom singing an emotional tune about feeling lost and uncertain with life (“A sudden thought of disbelief clouds my every conscience // But how do we seek refuge here? // I panic a bit to find out that this is all I’ve got // I panic a bit to find out that this is all I need“). It’s met by a short, uptempo chorus of harder drums, brighter keys, twinkling percussion, vocals echoing in the background, and repeating lyrics that act as an encouraging push to wake up, embrace what you have, and make the best of it all. It’s a beautiful song.

Aquilo – “Put Me Down”

The pop-soul duo known as Aquilo (@aquilo) released their anticipated EP, titled Calling Me, on June 1st via B3SCI Records. I wanted to talk about their soulful song “Put Me Down”, since I kiiiiinda missed it back in May. In the coming days, I will also share the rest of the songs from the EP (already shared “Better Off Without You“), in efforts to remind you how good these guys are.

“Put Me Down” is the second single from the album, and it’s the more upbeat, uplifting offering of the four songs. With the feeling of losing oneself that’s heard in the somber verses, the vocals pick up in the chorus with a bright pop of motivation and inner strength–“I’m not gonna let this put me down // I don’t even know if I’m gonna stay“. Give it a listen, and make sure you grab their EP (it’s only $2.99 on iTunes).