‘Gnetik Pt. 2’ by Bknott and Kudoz Bridges Classic and Modern Rap Trends

‘Gnetik Pt. 2’ by Bknott and Kudoz is bouncy, fast-paced rap with a surprisingly chilled vibe. The beat on here does a great job of fusing classic approaches with a more modern technique and composition. It pays homage to classic New York hip-hop acts like Wu Tang Clan and Mobb Deep through its crispy keys-oriented sampling. Under that, the composition and broader vibe could be … Continue reading ‘Gnetik Pt. 2’ by Bknott and Kudoz Bridges Classic and Modern Rap Trends

Papaya Tree’s ‘Youth’ Is High-Energy Australian Rock with a Jazzy Take

Papaya Tree’s ‘Youth’ is some smooth alternative rock with clean, decidedly eighties approach. Since its “conception almost two years ago, the six-piece outfit,” is releasing this as its third single. “Following their last releases, they [have] sold out” several venues, “and are currently touring around with Sex on Toast.” Continue reading Papaya Tree’s ‘Youth’ Is High-Energy Australian Rock with a Jazzy Take

Elemantra’s ‘Such Tiny Fish’ Is Groovy, Jazzy Alt-Rock with a Dreamy Vibe

Elemantra’s ‘Such Tiny Fish’ is expansive, freeform alternative rock with an untethered shoegaze vibe. Citing influences “comprising iconic bands… from Sense Field, The Appleseed Cast and Sunny Day Real Estate to Hum and The Smashing Pumpkins,” these guys, “have concocted a sound with nods to the past but very much aimed at a contemporary audience.” Continue reading Elemantra’s ‘Such Tiny Fish’ Is Groovy, Jazzy Alt-Rock with a Dreamy Vibe

Sandy Allen’s ‘Napper’ Is Chilled Out, Gaze-y Alt Rock from Washington State

Sandy Allen’s ‘Napper’ is slow, relaxed alternative rock with a melodically fuzzy approach. The crew from the “Olympia underground,” describes itself as, “tweegaze.” I’m not really sure exactly what that is, but I think it’s safe to say it has something to do with shoegaze. These guys have a distorted sound whose slow, saccharine crawl has a lot of throwback vibes. Obviously, these guys are … Continue reading Sandy Allen’s ‘Napper’ Is Chilled Out, Gaze-y Alt Rock from Washington State

Exmiranda’s ‘Grip’ Fuses a Traditional Rap Approach with a Literary Sensibility

Exmiranda’s ‘Grip’ is fast, technical rap with a laid-back, minimalist trap beat. This artist is “inspired by grime, hip hop, afro beats and feel good music,” she says. “I have been rapping for the past five years after transitioning from performing spoken word and poetry.” Continue reading Exmiranda’s ‘Grip’ Fuses a Traditional Rap Approach with a Literary Sensibility

‘Music From the Heart’ by Tygersounds Is Glitzy, Eighties-Style Indie Pop

‘Music From the Heart’ by Tygersounds is glitzy, whirring indie pop with a distinctly retro approach. These guys tap “into a sound that can only be described as Morrisey-esque, merging a haunting, classic tone with a contemporary new-romantic vibe.” They say “the combination of vulnerable vocals, synth elements and rocking guitar and drums is what makes Tygersounds roar.” Continue reading ‘Music From the Heart’ by Tygersounds Is Glitzy, Eighties-Style Indie Pop

Ritual Talk’s ‘Reminders’ Is Upbeat Pop Rock with a Fast, Jazzy Approach

Ritual Talk’s ‘Reminders’ is upbeat pop rock with a fast, jazzy approach. The band describes the song as featuring, “interlocking guitar parts, bouncy synth bass, spurts of vocal harmonies and even a trumpet solo.” This secondary single from the group’s debut LP and “live favorite comes out September 27th via the band’s own Sonosoma Records.” The intense, impressive guitar work on here really takes the … Continue reading Ritual Talk’s ‘Reminders’ Is Upbeat Pop Rock with a Fast, Jazzy Approach

Drew’s ‘Face Me’ Is Straightforward Chicago Rap with a Well-Crafted Backing Track

Drew’s ‘Face Me’ is straightforward rap music out of Chicago with a well-sampled, well-crafted backing track. This rapper “finds inspiration in Kanye West, J. Cole, Drake, Trey Songz and Frank Ocean to comprise a vaguely familiar, yet completely original sound.” He says he “began writing at just eight years old and recorded his freshman single in early 2017. Since then, Drew has had various performances in … Continue reading Drew’s ‘Face Me’ Is Straightforward Chicago Rap with a Well-Crafted Backing Track

Young Lyonne and Sxryn’s ‘Night and Day’ Is Aggressive, Poppy Trap

Young Lyonne and Sxryn’s ‘Night and Day’ is aggressive, poppy rap music that hits hard. The duo describes this as their “most experimental track that blends new age trap rap with rock to represent the idea of being okay with being an individual.” Additionally, it reflects on the “Chinese media’s recent exclusion of hip hop, by having Sxyrn rap in Chinese.” In a lot of … Continue reading Young Lyonne and Sxryn’s ‘Night and Day’ Is Aggressive, Poppy Trap

Dry Reef’s ‘Come Away’ Is Lowkey Airy Alt Rock with Chill, Natural Vibe

Dry Reef’s ‘Come Away’ is airy, low-key alt rock with a lightly mathy, nature-oriented demeanor. The band describes this as, “the perfect song for being outdoors, or listening to in your car, wishing you were somewhere in nature.” Notably, the group “has opened for bands like Reel Big Fish and The Expendables,” they say, “while also being featured on Philadelphia’s premiere alternative radio station, Radio … Continue reading Dry Reef’s ‘Come Away’ Is Lowkey Airy Alt Rock with Chill, Natural Vibe