Out of Poughkeepsie NY comes Dontáe, who at the end of 2017 made the Top 20 of our pop Best of the Best chart, and today drops his debut LP The Mood Album, with 14 tracks featuring appearances by Rockie Fresh, Phil Ade, Anakin Arts, Cal, and Kane. We’ve got the official video below for the first single, “Signals,” a muted but surprisingly melodic slow jam. You can get the full album here.
The great singer and songwriter Jes Hudak (moonlighting as her alter-ego, Ponymane) has released a new single from the latest of her fascinating side projects, Neon Void. “Numb To Love” is a grand, dramatic track featuring the flourishes of Hudak’s arpeggiated piano under both her own vocal hook as well as the rapid fire verses of Neon Void’s other half, rapper Know One (aka Roan Smith). “Numb To Love” is available on iTunes now.
We are reveling in all the fresh music for 2018, after a long, year-end lull. Witness “Don’t Take It Personal,” the chillest of new jams from TJ Crisp (aka TJ The Unknown). Revolving on simple piano figure, “Don’t Take It Personal” is a slow burn, growing increasingly unsettling as it evolves. TJ’s flow gets more rapid, the pitch shifts into subtly wobbly territory, and the lines begin to repeat in an almost obsessive cycle. The beat abandons him and he’s left to fade out, “I just be doin’ my thing / I just be doin’ my thing…” Very cool (and probably NSFW):
One of Atlanta’s very best hip-hop artists, Se’von is back with a new full length album, Stadium of Hearts. It’s truly a tour de force, with Se’von not just declaring his supremacy, but also proving it on a barrage of assertive anthems. He builds a modern pop masterwork upon the foundation of classic rap and hip-hop. Look no further than the opener, “Bang Bang,” in which he traces a lineage from LL Cool J to Kanye before shouting out, nationwide, his own booming voice. Se’von has good-sized clips of every song on the LP here. and you can listen to some full tracks below.
“Thunderstorm” is the new single by Chicago artist and writer Nikki Lynette, a perennial favorite here at OurStage. This one is a booming R&B track, with a sweet verse melody that conveys deeply personal and confessional, yet still universally accessible lyrics. It’s about the turmoil of self-doubt, and having to get through it alone. “No one can save me from my thunderstorm,” she sings in the refrain. Listen below.
New Jersey’s Avarex is back with a new single, “Lookin Flee.” It’s another strong track from an artist fast earning a reputation as one of the best in the Northeast, and who we continually see placed at the top of our Rap and Hip-hop charts. Ava has such a unique flow, rising and falling, in clipped tones, that he instantly stands out from the pack. Check it out below.
“Lookin Flee” will be featured on a forthcoming mixtape from Avarex.