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Writer: Dan Roy Carter

Don’t let the weird name fool you, Spazz Cardigan is a future pop contender to pay close attention to. ‘DOIDOIT’ tugs the heartstrings and builds seamlessly, setting the tone for the year ahead from the promising newcomer.

With a subtle fusion of R&B, country and contemporary songmanship, Reggie Williams is the crooner bringing artistry back to the modern pop game. For ‘With My Words,’ R.LUM.R proves that an old soul can still play in the electronic pop world without copping out, leaving us wondering if there’s any sub-genre or twist that the Nashville talent can’t get away with applying himself to.

Yeah, it’s been a rocky one for hip-hop lovers this year, lots of big names and affiliated noise, but little on the bone for those more attuned to solid lyricism. Cue the return of Chicago’s Joey Purp, who returns n good humor and wonderful form for ‘March 12th.’ There have been comparisons from various critics to that of early Kanye, and that resonates true in the conscious yet traditional approach he takes. There’s no word of a follow-up to that sacred iiiDrops mixtape, but we sure as hell hope this latest single is a sign of more frequent releases from the all-important Chicago rapper.

Jermaine Elliot is moving fast a furious with his soulful R&B prowess. ‘100 BAND$’ is a clean and genuine blend of slick beats and Elliot’s refined vocal chops, giving you plenty of inscentive to go and check out his full Send For Me album.

Let’s set the lay of the land here. Anderson .Paak is one of the most important American soul/urban exports of the past decade. Kaytranada, a staple part of the rise of the aforementioned talent and a frequent collaborator, continues to flip beats at the blink of an eyelid with maximal force. Together once again, this time via remix duties for Paak’s ever important ‘Bubblin’ single, Haiti’s finest dials back the beats to give both the Californian heavyweight and Busta’s complimentary vocal work a little more breathing room. Nothing trumps the original, but we sure aren’t pissed that Kay flipped the switch on this one.