Rapper and producer Chris Fields has released his brand new full-length, Dreams Are Forever, a 12-track tour-de-force that follows a series of singles released over the last year or so. While those singles were initially expected to be part of the final album, Fields output since he started recording near the end of 2014 has been such that Dreams Are Forever is primarily fresh material. “Crown,” which we wrote about when it dropped back in September 2015, is the familiar track, and still dominates with its confidence and snaking melodies. Fields contrasts a track like that one, which he characterizes as full of bravado, with others that allow more vulnerability, like “Visionary,” “Therapy,” and the title track. He sees this as part of the natural progression into adulthood, and as an artist, he says, “I’m just really letting people into my mind – what I think of and go through as a man.” Dreams Are Forever is a record of that progression.
No tour dates have been announced yet, but you can listen to the full album below. Follow @.
Se’von has achieved next level status over the last couple of years, and he just keeps bringing it. His latest track, “War,” created with B Sims and The Coalition, is a classic, foreboding, head-nodding beat with a killer hook. Se’von owns this one, spitting with the intensity of a man truly preparing for war. Don’t sleep on Se’von Legend. Full version available at iTunes.
Yeah, it’s that time when fall smothers summer and ushers in all the attendant ennui. On his new single, “Summertime Luv,” Yonas is feeling it. But as he reflects on the moment, he’s looking to bridge the seasonal divide, carrying forward a summer romance. “There’s something in the air / I feel it everywhere / And I don’t want to leave you, behind,” he sings. It’s a great upbeat groove that still conveys an essential melancholy before sliding into the hook. And we also get another high quality clip, directed by frequent Yonas collaborator Mike Squires.
Last we heard from the extra-talented Brittany Campbell, she was reckoning with “Sexy Darth Vader” in an ambitious and extremely fun to watch video. Now the New Jersey singer, songwriter, and producer is back with a slightly more chill lyric video for her excellent song “Mean.” But this being Brittany Campbell, don’t expect some basic lyrics-scrolling-over-a-slideshow clip. “Mean” is an alluring trip, animated by the artist herself, that serves the song perhaps better than a distracting concept video might do.
This is the first single from her upcoming Stay Gold Pt. 2. You can buy the single (and check out Stay Gold Pt. 1) over on Campbell’s Bandcamp.
[8/1/16 Updated with new video below.]
A frequent presence on the OurStage charts, Skypp has just released a new album, Jaffe. Named in honor of Skypp’s childhood friend, who was killed by gun violence in 2011, the album pays tribute to his friend’s positive humanity, “As a friend, brother, and son,” which Skypp projects here as the glue that should bind us all. The first single, “Horns & Halos,” dropped back in December.
Skypp’s uploaded two additional songs from the album here:
Watch the video for “Bottled Water.”
And here’s an in-studio interview about the album, featuring some behind-the-scenes footage:
Los Angeles-based artist Edidion has been making a dent on the OurStage charts as far back as 2012, with a bunch of Top 40 and Top 10 placements, as well as several weeks on the Best of the Best rankings. He released a critically acclaimed EP last fall, and is back now with a brand new single, “Power.” Spare production lets Edidion’s voice come to the fore, riding a great hook and propulsive beat. “Power” is a great listen as-is, but I couldn’t help thinking that the open feel of the track lends itself to potential remixes, and could well become a dancefloor banger. You can listen below.