New York-based newcomer Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez first hit our radars courtesy of Meeka Kate’s collab ‘No,’ but has since put focus on her solo credentials. Through ‘Unarmed,’ Gonzalez channels a fusion of intricate jazz and R&B influences, pairing the affair with a haunting official video that truly captures the edge and elegance of this standout debut.
Under the category ‘made in Sweden’ comes something of a pedigree for upfront songwriting talent. SHY Martin has taken that one step further, following a billion streaming songwriting run with the formal launch of her solo project. As the follow-up to ‘Good Together,’ punch Summer pop offering ‘Bad In Common’ continues to show the young artist as a more than capable leading lady, setting anticipations to an all-time high for her next steps.
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.
Medasin is getting really fucking good at flipping tracks, both obscure and popular, into his own docile musical remit. Fans of his off-the-wall “Wild Thoughts” remix are to find a similar flare in recent take on Joji’s “Will He,” adding some air and ambiance whilst utilizing those vocal chops like it’s nobody’s business.
There are few finer UK bass contenders than that of Champion. What’s more, the London native has finally made with the “Snapshot” LP, a 12-track instalment of epic two-step and UK bass fundamentals. With the likes of Flava D, Jammz, Four Tet and Dream MC onboard, the LP gives one of the most comprehensive insights into bubbling UK talent and where the stalwart UK producer is making impressive power moves through connecting like minded firestarters.
Houston newcomer WAV debuts this month riding alongside a fun wave of emerging North American rappers. The CashmoneyAp produced ‘Again’ keeps things loose and bass favoring in the key of his self proclaimed “trap pop” sound, showcasing a confident sense of flow and charisma without some of hip-hop’s more tedious mainstream hallmarks.
This is not a drill. Beloved beatmaker, prolific producer and so-so solo artist Timbaland has stepped in to remix one of the hottest young R&B prospects of the past several years. The drums are heavy and the strings are epic, like we’d expect any less from Timbaland. That said, Jacob Bank’s harrowing vocal work still stands tall amongst all that production prowess, but it’s a cosign that shouldn’t be ignored by any means.