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Writer: Dan Roy Carter

I love it when people flip unsuspecting classics into unfiltered dancefloor weapons. Columbian sleeping giant Y4NN takes a stab at giving Timberlake a bit of Latin soul and swagger that transports the track into new and frankly scintillating terrain. The cosigns from Souelction are great and all, but this young producer appears to be blazing the trail by not overthinking the process and letting the energy do all the talking.

At a time when the vast majority of contemporary R&B newcomers are playing the safe game, there’s something refreshing in the approach of West Philly crooner Pink Sweat$. A simple, guitar-driven cut guided by the North American newcomer’s ridiculous vocal dexterity, ‘Honestly’ is one of the purest and most emotively encapsulating debuts we’ve heard in a minute. This is definitely an artist to be keeping close tabs on if unscathed soul is your bag.

This one is for those little moments of calm and clarity amid the hustle and bustle. Joji is always on point when his beat work is in play, but alongside the stronghold that is 88rising we find a blissful moment of contemporary R&B chill that puts all eyes and ears on the mood rather than fragments of the rising artist collective.

I’m not here to advocate covering Fleetwood Mac. Rumours remains the perfect album. It needs no improving. That said, if you’re going to revisit the turbulent act’s glory days, do so with the blissful energy and aura of Jaguar Dreams. The New York trio takes on one hell of a task, lacing ‘Dreams’ with aptly sedative melodies and a docile beat, but emerge with a respectful nod to one of Mac’s most memorable cuts from the classic 1977 LP.

Newfound Dutch imprint The Long Echo have hit the ground running with a poignant pledge to fuel the world of electronic chill with top-shelf material. Based on the label’s debut single, an intricate little number from mysterious newcomer Cruel Clouds, this is not a brand to sleep on if you’re looking for an ambient aural escape.

First, there was the whisper of a brand new album for Chicago mainstay and independent poster boy Chance The Rapper. Then, at the speed of a tweet, there wasn’t. Chance runs an unconventional camp where distribution is concerned, but what fans got instead of a finished LP was literally ‘4 New Songs.’ Signs of life? Absolutely. Anything more than a handful of tracks cut from the ‘maybe’ pile of a recent A&R meeting? No. The more traditional sample work and conversational mannerism of ‘I Might Need Security’ make it the most interesting of this unsuspecting outbreak of material. ‘Work Out’ sounds like Wyclef on speed, ‘Wala Cam’ contemporary without charisma, and ’65th & Ingleside’ a crescendo-laden dose of electronic soul featuring some of the Chi legend’s famous vocal flare. Having not played the Apple Music exclusive card this round, all can hear the promising sounds of Chance (hopefully) getting ready to start gearing towards a formal follow-up to Colouring Book rather than blessing us with B-sides.

I don’t know who Becky is, but based on Bay Area bad boy Foolie’s latest, she was a dirty woman. Anonymous character assessments aside, this latest cut for Psycho Disco bucks the trend for ungroomed house records with a sense of finesse that we have come to expect from Sci-Fi afficionado’s clattering club arsenal.


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Could Artist Noir be one of the West Coasts most important emerging faces? The Kees-produced ‘Black Magic’ certainly suggests so, spotlighting a confident and powerfully poised take on the La native’s sound two months after the drop of ‘Late June.’ Every strike feels more and more powerful from Artist Noir – an artist well deserving of your ears come 2018.