Monday Mixtape – Lead Pony, Darling Darlene, SECOS, Morgane Abel, Daschenka Project, Atomic Fruit, Common Kings, Izzaldin, Saints & Liars, and Katelyn Butcher

Happy Monday, music lovers! Welcome back to another edition of the Monday Mixtape on, your weekly oasis of handpicked tunes to kickstart your week. As the world churns on and a new week dawns, there’s nothing quite like a fresh set of tracks to accompany your morning coffee, that mid-day lull, or your evening wind-down. From indie gems to emerging talents and timeless classics, our mixtape promises a melodious journey through moods, genres, and stories. So, put on your headphones, hit play, and let’s dive into the rhythms and harmonies of this week’s eclectic selection. Ready for the sonic ride? Let’s go!

Lead Pony – “Strangers”

San Diego’s psych/blues rock prodigies, Lead Pony, are back with “Strangers,” a sonically exuberant yet thematically intricate offering off their forthcoming album, Vultures. With the premiere of its accompanying video via Ghettoblaster Magazine, the band effortlessly merges the vigor of Indie Rock and the nuanced textures of Alternative Rock. Through Jesse Hofstee’s evocative guitar riffs and introspective vocal delivery, the track encapsulates the paradox of human connection in the age of social media: outward celebration juxtaposed with internal melancholy. “Life’s a party but keep it down,” he croons, suggesting the often-masked loneliness underneath the veneer of online joviality. The song’s potent lines, such as “Look at you now, center of the crowd/ How to get out, never alone now,” reinforce the irony of being surrounded by others yet feeling incredibly isolated. It’s a narrative that speaks to the dissonance between what’s portrayed and what’s truly felt, making “Strangers” a timely reflection on our modern existential condition.

The music’s undercurrents of happiness, subtly fused with moments of chill introspection, underscore the track’s complex emotional landscape. As Hofstee shared, the song underwent a transformation during their sessions with Trevor Spencer, mirroring the very metamorphosis of personal identity in our digital age. The upbeat rhythm, juxtaposed with the poignant lyrics, captures the tension between real-life melancholy and the forced merriment of online personas. A particular highlight is the recurring chorus, both an anthem and a lament, addressing the pressure of maintaining a facade. “Strangers” is, at its core, a party song for the detached—inviting listeners to dance, reflect, and recognize the familiar faces hiding behind their chosen masks. An impressive and resonant addition to Lead Pony’s repertoire, this track is a testament to their adeptness at crafting songs that resonate both sonically and soulfully.

Darling Darlene – “someone you’re not”

In the sprawling vastness of the alt-pop landscape, a new beacon shines: Darling Darlene’s debut single “Someone You’re Not.” This luxurious track sails smoothly, marrying the leisurely vibes of modern yacht rock with the sophistication of French designer couture, making for an intriguing auditory journey. You can hear the inspiration drawn from contemporaries like MGMT and Beach House, yet there’s an added texture, possibly attributed to their DIY spirit that’s reminiscent of early Flaming Lips. With an almost palpable opulence in its melodies and rhythms, “Someone You’re Not” presents a dichotomy: a polished soundscape underpinned by the rawness of lo-fi production, which is further enhanced by the thematic exploration of ego, dreams, and the inevitable clash with societal norms.

Emerging from a Danish countryside retreat, Darling Darlene’s alt-pop masterpiece, embedded in their upcoming EP “Lost at the Movies,” beckons the listener into a world of introspection, navigating between authentic self-expression and societal expectations. The poetic lyrics tap into our shared human experience of yearning for a past not fully grasped, pushing against societal conformity while yearning for individualistic truth. As Christian Popp Therkildsen and Johan Skjold Knudsen weave their multifaceted musical tapestries, they deftly challenge the listener to confront the façade we often present to the world, and in doing so, bring forth the question: Are we all, in some way, portraying “someone we’re not”? The track, with its artful construction and thought-provoking themes, showcases Darling Darlene not merely as musicians but as evocative storytellers in the world of indie pop.

SECOS – “Encounters”

Emerging from the radiant glitz of Las Vegas, SECOS dazzles with “Encounters,” a provocative track capturing the ephemeral nature of modern connection. Recorded in the illustrious 11th St. Records—the same hallowed ground where Las Vegas’s luminary band, The Killers, birthed their album “Wonderful Wonderful”—SECOS paints an evocative scene of fleeting love. The lyrics, with their geographical metaphors, delve into the transient and hedonistic pleasures that often characterize one-night stands in today’s world. “See me surfing on the West side… Feel you with me on the North side” becomes emblematic of this nomadic search for pleasure, where intimacy is just another territory to explore. The song’s refrain, “Ok alright, let’s have another drink tonight,” while seemingly innocuous, cleverly underlines the repetitive and cyclical nature of these fleeting affairs, and how they are often fueled by liquid courage and the haze of nightlife.

Yet, for all its vivacity, “Encounters” doesn’t shy away from reflecting on the emotional aftermath that can follow these ephemeral connections. The juxtaposition of phrases like “We’re strangers in the evening with tea for two” and “it was worth the pleasure but I just wanna tell her that I want more” underscores the jarring transition from the highs of the night to the sobering reality of dawn. In true SECOS fashion, the bridge serves as a powerful intermission—a musical respite that hints at a transformation or introspection, only to circle back to the song’s familiar cadence, mirroring the pattern of these short-lived relationships. With “Encounters,” SECOS not only captures the heartbeat of modern romantic adventures but also reflects the complexities and contradictions inherent in seeking depth within the superficial.

Morgane Abel – “She”

Berlin-based indie pop sensation, Morgane Abel, serves a haunting ode to the push-pull dynamics of love in her new single, “She”. At its core, the song is an intimate portrayal of the dilemma one faces in love—the balance between granting freedom and the intrinsic longing for reciprocation. Abel’s lyrical artistry shines, delving deep into the paradox of letting go while still secretly yearning for reunion. “No-one knows where she goes, Can’t deny she makes me burn… Hope she keeps me in mind and that she will return,” she croons, weaving a tapestry of hope, passion, and the torment of restraint. Her influences are palpable yet never overbearing; there’s the introspective poise of Alice Phoebe Lou, the raw emotional vigor reminiscent of Janis Joplin, and the delicate melodic touch of Feist.

Yet, what sets Morgane Abel apart is her immaculate voice—a combination of sincerity and a seemingly effortless cadence that makes “She” a poignant experience. Her refrain, “I want to give her freedom, But I am restricting mine,” is both an admission and a revelation, making it a focal point of the track’s emotional journey. Abel’s live performances, known for their spontaneous improvisations, promise that each rendition of this song is unique, like reliving a memory with different shades each time. “She” isn’t just a song; it’s a testament to the complexities of love, freedom, and self-boundaries in a world where emotions aren’t always black and white.

Daschenka Project – “Sledgehammer”

Daschenka Project plunges into the tumultuous currents of nostalgia and emerges with “Sledgehammer”, their vibrant rendition of the Peter Gabriel classic, setting the stage for the anticipated “Eighties Session”. This Neo-Soul Funk tapestry paints Peter Gabriel’s iconic track with strokes reminiscent of a time where groove was king, and synthesizers reigned supreme. This cover feels like a serendipitous meeting of Jamiroquai’s dynamism, Morcheeba’s tranquillity, and James Brown’s raw funk, but with a distinctly Daschenka touch. The charismatic warmth of Dascha Lüscher’s vocals transcends the original, making it as much an ode to the ’80s as a testament to the band’s unique fusion style.

The backdrop to Daschenka Project’s music offers a resounding echo of our times—where disillusionment and desolation often hold sway, and yet Dascha, with her intricate history and rediscovery of her musical self, turns adversity to anthem. The collective’s predilection for the ’80s is evident, not just as mere throwbacks, but as reconstructions steeped in Neo-Soul and Retro Soul aesthetics, making their covers both recognizable and refreshingly original. Drawing parallels to the likes of Scary Pockets and Pomplamoose, Daschenka Project’s rendition of “Sledgehammer” is energetic, pulsating with sexy undertones, and unapologetically happy—a reminder that while times may be tough, the rhythm of hope persists.

Atomic Fruit – “Eternal Afternoon”

From the legendary Hansa Studios, Atomic Fruit brings to light their newest odyssey, “Eternal Afternoon”. It’s not just a song; it’s a narrative of suspended moments in time, captured exquisitely through lines like “suspended in a brownian motion blur”. This opening salvo, taken from their impending debut album “Play Dough”, serves as an avant-garde interpretation of psychedelic and indie rock, calling to mind the experimental nuances of Radiohead and the electronic audacity of Gorillaz. The song is an exploration of transient realities and swirling emotions, reflecting the same sense of happy, chill, and energetic dynamism that underpins Atomic Fruit’s ethos.

The genius behind “Eternal Afternoon” lies not just in its entrancing grooves, but in the juxtaposition of its hauntingly evocative lyrics against a backdrop of swirling sonic contrasts. Frontman Martin Lundfall’s vocals, along with the textured layers of guitars, synthesizers, and rhythmic drum patterns, evoke a sense of wandering through the vestiges of the subconscious, searching for meaning in a chaotic universe. Lyrics like “We are but particularities, flavors of primordial soup” delve into existential ponderings, all while the track manages to maintain a danceable allure, inviting listeners into Atomic Fruit’s apocalyptic dance of the surreal. A piece that brilliantly captures the crux of the band’s debut, “Eternal Afternoon” is not just a song; it’s a beckoning into the enigmatic realm of Atomic Fruit.

Common Kings – “Do My Thing”

From the sun-soaked shores of California’s Orange County to the global stage, Common Kings have consistently infused their reggae roots with a splash of pop sensibility. Their latest offering, “Do My Thing”, is no exception. This track finds its groove in the vibrant juxtaposition of island rhythms and alternative rock fervor. It’s an audacious stride away from the traditional, yet retains the band’s unmistakable Polynesian signature. Echoes of the past can be heard in Samoan-born lead singer Sasualei “Jr. King” Maliga’s mellifluous vocals, as they ride atop the intricate tapestry woven by the rest of the band. Common Kings have always been a band that pushed boundaries, and “Do My Thing” demonstrates their keen ability to remain anchored to their heritage while venturing into the broad waters of mainstream appeal.

In the grand tapestry of their discography, “Do My Thing” stands as a testament to Common Kings’ evolution as artists and their commitment to their craft. The dedication that saw them hone 120 songs down to a curated 12 for their album ‘CELEBRATION’ is palpable in the polished production and intricate layering of the track. Their journeys with industry giants such as Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars are mirrored in the song’s universal appeal, yet it’s the tales from their backyard barbecues, their camaraderie, and their deep-seated Pacific heritage that give the song its soul. Common Kings have managed to create a tune that is both a feel-good anthem for the beaches and a rousing call in the arenas, underscoring their unique position in the global music landscape.

Izzaldin – “SPIKE”

Izzaldin’s “SPIKE” is a rich tapestry of narrative, woven with masterful storytelling and a potent juxtaposition of refined musical sensibilities with raw, unfiltered emotion. The track spins the tale of a courtside confrontation at a Knicks game, painting a vivid picture of the tension between the underdog and the established, between the outsider and the gatekeeper. Through the recounting of a heated exchange with the iconic Spike Lee, the song lays bare the hypocrisy and theatrics of those who purport to be champions of freedom. This is hip-hop in its most poetic and confrontational form, where the story is as much about the broader cultural clashes as it is about the personal ones.

Building on the legacy of legendary acts like Black Star and De La Soul, Izzaldin’s classical background seamlessly intertwines with his deep love for hip-hop, creating a sound that feels simultaneously timeless and fiercely contemporary. His lyrics on “SPIKE” display the sharp wit and observational prowess of a seasoned New Yorker, while the beats and rhythm are reminiscent of a bygone era of the genre. As Izzaldin reflects on memories of past rivalries, the game, the luxury, and the eventual face-off, listeners are transported courtside, feeling the heat and tension of the moment. This track, much like its protagonist, challenges preconceived notions and celebrates the indomitable spirit of the outsider, making it a standout in the “Futura in Retrograde” album. The sheer audacity of the story, combined with Izzaldin’s artistry, ensures that “SPIKE” is not just a song—it’s a statement.

Saints & Liars – “Garden Song”

Saints & Liars’ “Garden Song” is an effervescent ode to the untouched beauty of the American landscape, echoing through every chord with the raw energy and resilience reminiscent of the very roots of Folk and Americana music. Drawing on the vitality of their Vermont origins, the track pulses with life, inviting listeners to not just passively hear, but to actively partake – to dance, to stomp, and to sing with abandon. The simplicity of the song’s title belies the depth and complexity contained within, as layered instrumentals conjure images of sun-dappled fields and the unbridled joy of a life deeply connected to the earth.

With echoes of stalwarts like Chris Stapleton and Steve Earle, Saints & Liars have managed to carve out a unique niche, bridging the gap between traditional Country and a more contemporary Americana sound. “Garden Song” captures the signature gruffness and unapologetic vigor that the band is renowned for, making it impossible to remain still as the melodies wash over you. Yet, beneath the energetic surface lies a poignancy—a yearning for simpler times, for the beauty of unspoiled nature, and for genuine connection. In a world that often feels adrift, Saints & Liars provide an anchor, rooting us in tradition while propelling us forward with their infectious enthusiasm.

Katelyn Butcher – “I should run”

Katelyn Butcher’s “I Should Run” is a haunting dive into the complex emotional terrain of seeking escape from the weight of pain and toxicity. Each note drips with raw emotion, stemming from Butcher’s deeply personal narrative. This Alt Pop anthem does not shy away from the darkness that often accompanies life’s most challenging moments. Instead, it embraces it, creating a sonic landscape that is simultaneously aggressive and mournful, echoing the turmoil of trying to sever ties with someone who has caused profound hurt.

Hailing from Knoxville and having journeyed through Nashville to the bustling streets of Los Angeles, Butcher’s geographical transitions parallel the evolution of her sound. While she might draw on the signature elements of indie and dark pop, “I Should Run” carries a distinctive twist, a testament to her prowess not just as a vocalist, but as a songwriter and producer. The track reflects the artist’s commitment to her craft and her mission to connect with listeners on a deeply intimate level. In sharing her own vulnerabilities and struggles, Katelyn offers solace to those grappling with similar emotions, reminding them that they are not alone in their journey towards healing and self-liberation.

Ten Tune Tuesday: Loverman, Amor Experientia, Illinois Joy, Mister Motivation, ttypes, Kolo, Sonoa, YUNGMORPHEUS, Bobby JaGGerJacK, Specific Coast

Welcome to Ten Tune Tuesday, the weekly feature where we bring you an exciting selection of fresh tracks from a diverse range of talented artists. We’ve handpicked ten tunes that have caught our attention, showcasing an array of genres and styles that are sure to satisfy your musical cravings. From up-and-coming indie bands to seasoned solo artists, Ten Tune Tuesday has something for everyone. So sit back, grab your headphones, and get ready to discover your next favorite song!

Loverman – “Cast No Shadow”

Loverman’s latest single, “Cast No Shadow,” is a haunting, dreamy post-punk number that beautifully captures a sense of longing and the uncertainty of love in the face of fame. Channeling the spirits of Joy Division, Nick Cave, and The Walkmen, Sasha Papadin’s vocals glide effortlessly over the driving beat and ethereal synths, immersing listeners in a world of poetic vulnerability. The song, inspired by David Lynch’s noir film ‘Lost Highway,’ explores themes of mortality and romance, as it tells the story of a person scared to lose their lover to fame or another world.

The lyrics paint a vivid picture of love and desire, with lines such as “You belong on a stage, you belong on a screen / You belong with me, in a canyon of dreams” and “If you love me and you need me, let it show / Before I go, before I cast no shadow.” The sense of urgency and fragility in these lyrics evokes the protagonist’s fear of losing their lover as they ascend to stardom. The chorus, with its repetition of “If you love and you need me, let it show / Before you know, I will cast no shadow,” serves as a plea for reassurance and commitment in the face of an uncertain future.

Recorded at the legendary 4AD studios in London and mastered at Abbey Road Studios, “Cast No Shadow” boasts a rich, nostalgic sonic palette that pays homage to the British new wave scene of the ’80s and ’90s. With its captivating blend of raw emotion, atmospheric production, and poignant storytelling, this single is a testament to Loverman’s talent as a songwriter and producer. As we eagerly await the release of the upcoming EP in late 2023, “Cast No Shadow” stands as a hauntingly beautiful anthem that resonates with the complexities of love, loss, and the relentless pursuit of dreams.

Amor Experientia – “Moonlight”

Amor Experientia’s “Moonlight” is a thrilling, genre-defying journey that perfectly encapsulates the balance between genres that the artist seeks to achieve. Seamlessly blending elements of slow burn ballads, synthwave dance beats, and a grand orchestral outro, the track is a testament to Amor Experientia’s bold experimentation and willingness to push boundaries. Fans of Tyler the Creator, Smerz, and Tirzah will find themselves captivated by the track’s unexpected twists and turns, while its gothic and dark wave influences lend an energetic and experimental edge.

The song’s structure is a true rollercoaster ride, with the first 55 seconds dedicated to a slowly paced introduction that builds tension and anticipation. As the listener is drawn into the moody atmosphere, the drop at 0:55 marks a dramatic shift into a pulsating synthwave section that is both exhilarating and infectious. This transition from a slow burn ballad to an energetic dance beat showcases Amor Experientia’s ability to create a cohesive, genre-bending experience that defies expectations.

“Moonlight” stands out as an exciting, dynamic track that highlights Amor Experientia’s versatility and adventurous spirit. With its unpredictable structure and masterful blend of genres, the song is an enthralling testament to the artist’s innovative approach to music-making.

Illinois Joy – “Yours To Lose”

Illinois Joy’s “Yours To Lose” is an enchanting indie folk-pop track that pays homage to the iconic character Charlie Bucket from the 1971 film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Through its captivating lyrics and uplifting arrangement, the song explores the theme of seizing opportunities and living life to the fullest. The track begins with two simple notes that set the stage for a powerful celebration that culminates in a thrilling ending, a testament to the transformative power of taking chances and embracing the unknown.

The lyrics draw inspiration from the film’s protagonist and his journey from humble beginnings to sudden success. Lines such as “Hold on, change is coming soon / Only when you least expect it to” and “The game was only meant to entertain / Or is there more than meets the eye” allude to the mysterious and magical world that Charlie enters upon finding the golden ticket. The chorus, with its refrain “When they turn their gold to greed it’s yours to lose,” serves as a cautionary reminder that one’s fortunes can change in an instant, and that it is crucial to make the most of the opportunities life presents.

Musically, “Yours To Lose” showcases Illinois Joy’s mastery of indie folk and pop sensibilities. The song’s arrangement gradually builds from a simple, gentle opening to an exuberant, celebratory conclusion. This progression mirrors the transformative journey that the lyrics describe, as the listener is swept along on an emotional and musical voyage that culminates in an unforgettable finale. With its enchanting storytelling and infectious melody, “Yours To Lose” from Illinois Joy’s self-titled EP is a triumphant ode to the power of dreams and the importance of seizing the moment.

Mister Motivation – “Acting Different”

“Acting Different” by Mister Motivation is an energetic and empowering hip-hop track that showcases the artist’s unique blend of motivational messaging and storytelling. As an Army veteran and EDU-tainer, Mister Motivation’s mission is to educate, empower, and equip people with strategies for personal growth and overcoming setbacks. This song delivers that message with unapologetic vigor and a relentless drive to succeed.

The lyrics in “Acting Different” demonstrate the power of self-belief and the importance of perseverance in the face of adversity. Lines like “I done came from the lowest lows / Still walk with my head high” and “All my life, all my life / All my life I been through it / Made it out and I’m gettin to it / Can’t tell me I didn’t do it” emphasize the artist’s journey from humble beginnings to personal triumph. Mister Motivation’s message of overcoming obstacles and embracing one’s full potential is further exemplified in lyrics like “Your plan will never work / If you don’t put enough action in / Better find your purpose / Success don’t happen on accident.”

The track’s driving beat and catchy hooks serve to amplify the message of determination and resilience. The chorus, with its repetition of “Yah Yah Yah Yah Yah,” reinforces the notion of moving forward and not letting anything hold you back. As the song progresses, Mister Motivation encourages listeners to face their demons, cut off toxic influences, and rise above negativity: “How to get rid of my demons / Had to get em’ out of my life, I know / Cut off the stakes / Get myself out of a vulnerable state.”

“Acting Different” is a testament to Mister Motivation’s commitment to using music as a vehicle for personal growth and positive change. Its infectious energy, inspiring lyrics, and unyielding determination make it a powerful anthem for anyone seeking motivation to overcome life’s challenges and achieve their dreams.

ttypes – “73 78 Honey”

In “73 78 Honey,” ttypes, the solo project of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based songwriter Tim Krauss, takes on the ambitious task of reworking Beck’s remix of Philip Glass’s “NYC 73 78.” The result is an enchanting and experimental piece that blurs the lines between genres while paying homage to the original works. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Ursula K. LeGuin and occasionally dabbling in political themes, ttypes’ music is as diverse as it is thought-provoking. In this track, Krauss showcases his ability to seamlessly blend ambient instrumental, piano pop, rock, and electronic pop into a singular, captivating experience.

“73 78 Honey” takes listeners on a sonic journey through a richly textured soundscape, with linear songwriting and experimental layering that creates an otherworldly atmosphere. The lyrics, which lean towards prose poetry, add a literary depth to the track and invite listeners to delve deeper into the complex layers of meaning. The song gradually builds up to a dreamy, ethereal ending that feels like a culmination of the diverse elements Krauss has masterfully woven together.

As a rework of a remix, “73 78 Honey” stands as a testament to ttypes’ ability to reimagine and reinterpret the work of other artists while still maintaining a distinctive voice. The track is a mesmerizing example of Krauss’s eclectic style and a powerful reminder of the endless possibilities that exist when artists push the boundaries of genre and convention. It’s a daring, experimental piece that showcases ttypes’ talent for creating immersive sonic worlds and leaves listeners eager to hear what he’ll come up with next.

Kolo – “They Know Us”

Kolo, the 28-year-old Nigerian-American wordsmith, has taken the internet by storm with his latest track, “They Know Us.” After a snippet of the song went viral on TikTok, amassing over 2 million views, Kolo solidifies his status as an artist to watch. With a debut album and multiple EPs already under his belt, he continues to showcase his versatility and commanding presence.

“They Know Us” is an impressive display of Kolo’s lyrical prowess, as he effortlessly weaves together clever wordplay and vivid imagery. He touches on various themes, from his rise to fame and the perils that come with it to his determination to stay true to himself. Lines like “God is with me so I’ll probably take my chances with fate / Sky’s the limits cause of what I do with vinyl from crates” showcase his ambition and dedication to his craft. The track also addresses the music industry’s pitfalls, with Kolo’s confident delivery making it clear that he is unfazed by the challenges that come his way.

Kolo’s infectious confidence is evident throughout “They Know Us,” serving as a testament to his self-belief and resilience. As he raps, “I’m the one they was waiting on the wait is over / I’ve arrived and I don’t need to say I’m taking over,” it’s clear that Kolo is ready to make his mark on the industry. With an unapologetic attitude and a gift for storytelling, Kolo is well on his way to becoming a force to be reckoned with in the music world.

Sonoa – “Haze”

Sonoa’s “Haze” is a soothing, introspective indie rock ballad that grapples with the struggle of being present in the current moment. The song’s meditative lyrics and melodic riffs provide a refreshing contrast to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Its twinkly soundscape and smooth delivery create an atmosphere of calm introspection, making it the perfect soundtrack for anyone feeling lost or misunderstood.

The lyrics delve into the human tendency to dwell on alternate realities and the longing for something better. Lines like “This didn’t happen the way I wanted and / I like to picture the way it could have been” and “Thinking that I should be somewhere better than where I am” highlight the protagonist’s struggle with dissatisfaction and the ever-present allure of the “what ifs” in life. This introspection further deepens when the lyrics mention, “And I keep spacing out on you when you are talking / And I know you hate it when I ask you what you said / And I’m trying to be present / But these pathways are well-traveled.”

Sonoa’s “Haze” is a poignant reminder of the importance of mindfulness and living in the moment. The track’s introspective lyrics and the band’s meditative sound make it a thoughtful exploration of the human condition. In their attempts to extend their branches to the listeners, Sonoa succeeds in creating a comforting sonic space for those feeling adrift, urging them to find solace in the present rather than an elusive, imagined future.

YUNGMORPHEUS – “Where It Goes feat. Jimetta Rose”

In his recent album “From Whence It Came,” YUNGMORPHEUS showcases a tantalizing taste of his lyrical prowess and atmospheric beats in the track “Where It Goes,” featuring the ethereal vocals of LA’s Jimetta Rose. The track is a testament to the Florida-born, LA-based rapper’s laid-back storytelling style, imbued with his signature nonchalance and casual swagger.

“Where It Goes,” produced by Dirty Art Club, weaves a jazz-tinged, airy soundscape that perfectly complements MORPH’s musings and Rose’s celestial vocal contribution. The song capitalizes on the conscious hip-hop genre’s propensity for reflective lyricism and thought-provoking narratives. MORPH’s unassuming flow dances over a wide spectrum of rhythms, from the laid-back vibes of West Coast G-funk to the frantic pace of drum-n-bass beats and soul samples, affirming his versatility as an artist and lyricist.

Fans of conscious hip-hop stalwarts such as Armand Hammer, lojii, Pink Siifu, Navy Blue, and MIKE will appreciate YUNGMORPHEUS’ masterful blend of introspective rhymes and laid-back beats. His approach to production remains quintessentially his own, not veering away from his authentic style but rather enriching it with each new musical venture. With “From Whence It Came” already out, listeners are treated to the inventive and immersive soundscape YUNGMORPHEUS has to offer. Alongside his album release, his co-headlining tour with frequent collaborator Fly Anakin marks an exciting milestone in YUNGMORPHEUS’ steadily ascending career.

Bobby JaGGerJacK – “Broke as Fuck”

Bobby JaGGerJacK’s “Broke as Fuck” is a potent testament to his artistic ethos. Inspired by J. Cole’s call for authenticity in the rap scene, the Cleveland-born artist crafts a raw, unflinching narrative of struggle, infused with an introspective gaze on his own life. The track’s sobering honesty resonates, as Bobby delves into the stark realities of economic hardship, the temptations of illegal avenues, and the resolve to carve a different path. His lyric, “Now when I tell you that I’m broke as fuck, / I’m only talking about my pockets,” sets the tone for a track that explores financial destitution but, more importantly, a steadfast refusal to let that define him.

On this track, Bobby showcases his ability to weave intricate narratives that offer a glimpse into his personal experiences and worldview. His lyrics carry an autobiographical weight, as he confronts societal pressures and personal battles with a poetic grace. Lines such as “And I ain’t one to judge if you want to be a statistic / But I promised myself that I wouldn’t do that,” and “My pockets empty, my heart hollow, I got lost but y’all followed,” bear a testament to his determination to navigate life on his own terms, rejecting societal norms, and ultimately finding his own voice amidst the noise.

“Broke as Fuck” is a raw, visceral exploration of the human condition within the context of economic struggle, but Bobby JaGGerJacK’s lyrical prowess extends beyond his personal narrative, elevating his work into a universal anthem of resilience. His authenticity shines through his lyrics, affirming his status as an artist unafraid to confront life’s harsh realities head-on. The track ultimately serves as a testament to Bobby JaGGerJacK’s versatility and unique voice in the hip-hop scene. His narrative-driven, honest approach to songwriting makes “Broke as Fuck” a track that resonates on a deeply personal level while also speaking to the universal human experience.

Specific Coast – “All In”

“All In” by Specific Coast is an intimate and introspective track that beautifully encapsulates the tumultuous essence of life and the solace found in unity. Matt Dunne, the voice behind Specific Coast, employs his seasoned experience in the music industry to craft a song that is both personal and universally relatable. The track, rooted in the indie-folk tradition of storytelling, resonates with a quiet strength, an ode to enduring life’s storms together with a loved one.

The track is reminiscent of the work of Noah Kahan and The Lumineers, with its earnest lyrics and an understated yet powerful sonic landscape. Dunne’s songwriting shines through, creating a comforting narrative that acknowledges the challenges of life while offering a promise of unwavering support. The line, “acknowledging that life isn’t always easy while letting your partner know that you can weather the storm together,” encapsulates the heart of the song, a testament to shared strength and enduring love.

“All In” is a testament to Dunne’s multifaceted talent, reflecting his rich experience in different sectors of the music industry. As a veteran in the field, Dunne not only brings his songwriting prowess to the table but also his knack for fostering a supportive community of artists. Specific Coast, born from a series of backyard concerts and networking events, is more than just a musical project. It’s a testament to Dunne’s commitment to fostering a collaborative, supportive space for fellow artists. “All In” is not just a song—it’s an encapsulation of this spirit, a heartfelt anthem resonating with both personal and communal resilience.