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If I may take the liberty of kicking off this year's thread (with thanks/apologizes to dyl) - a fresh & fun jam with tight production:

Ebhoni - Hit This

babe for the weekend (morrisp), Friday, 5 February 2021 06:49 (one month ago) link

Victoria Monét also has a new track out - her first since Jaguar won hearts & minds in ILM's 2020 polls - but I'm not gonna link it, b/c sadly it's kind of a dud :(

babe for the weekend (morrisp), Friday, 5 February 2021 06:53 (one month ago) link

...but if you seek Monét...

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 5 February 2021 07:04 (one month ago) link

hey, the Ebhoni is a nice surprise - definitely fresh, produced by IzyBeats, winner of our hearts & mind through their work with Koffee, and last seen working with Masego

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 5 February 2021 07:10 (one month ago) link

hearts & hivemind, I guess

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 5 February 2021 10:02 (one month ago) link

ah, that's his tag at the beginning - cool

babe for the weekend (morrisp), Friday, 5 February 2021 22:03 (one month ago) link

thank you for starting this! lol i never meant to be 'the person' to start any rolling threads, it just happened to work out that way a few times in the past couple years

dyl, Saturday, 6 February 2021 04:08 (one month ago) link

wow seriously fantastic production from Izy there -- not sure I like Ebhoni's voice really but will return to this.

You all probably know this already, but other good Izy beats include Jorja Smith & Burna Boy's "Be Honest" and Lila Iké's "I Spy"

rob, Saturday, 6 February 2021 15:11 (one month ago) link

I agree, her voice is kind of shrill... good track, though

babe for the weekend (morrisp), Saturday, 6 February 2021 17:35 (one month ago) link

Love this new one from Raveena (“Tweety”):

babe for the weekend (morrisp), Saturday, 6 February 2021 23:38 (one month ago) link

Brent Faiyaz released a free EP on his website with this seriously outré and intriguing song on it:


rob, Friday, 12 February 2021 14:24 (three weeks ago) link

Ebhoni has a new 4-track EP out - here's another track with fresh, airy IzyBeats production:

Ebhoni - All to Myself

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Friday, 19 February 2021 00:41 (two weeks ago) link

I’m obsessed w the new brent, one of the most exciting things in music period right now

Btw Priscilla renae who wrote “California king bed” for Rihanna has a new artist project out as Long Muni, I think it’s for some interesting stuff in it

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 19 February 2021 10:14 (two weeks ago) link


Mahalia - Jealous (feat. Rico Nasty)

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Saturday, 20 February 2021 02:49 (two weeks ago) link

those are both great (still not feeling Ebhoni, sorry Izy)

rob, Saturday, 20 February 2021 16:07 (two weeks ago) link

Muni Long is a nice find. Dig this one that just came out:

Thot Thoughts (feat. Sukihana)

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Sunday, 21 February 2021 19:36 (two weeks ago) link

the coda on that is pretty amazing

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Sunday, 21 February 2021 21:43 (two weeks ago) link

i mean, whole thing is great tbc

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Sunday, 21 February 2021 21:44 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah the coda first caught my ear in particular. It’s a standout track. Great lyrics too

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Sunday, 21 February 2021 21:50 (two weeks ago) link

enjoying lucky daye's ep, table for two, that came out just before valentine's day. all of its songs are duets w/ women in r&b -- yebba, tiana major9, mahalia, ari lennox, queen naija, and joyce wrice -- and they're all good tracks that showcase the guests well. i wouldn't even say there's a standout cut, really, just enjoyable + very well produced basically all the way through. pick yr fave guest vocalist if you wanna sample just one track... or there's this promo video/'visual poem' with bits of most of 'em (tho honestly you may as well just listen to the 22-minute ep if yer willing to do the 8-minute clip)

giveon, whose "like i want you" i have been hearing on the radio a little lately, seems to be breaking through in a big way on the streaming services with that song and especially "heartbreak anniversary," both from an ep that came out last spring (he's put out another ep since then). ironically, the latter, now more reactive song was already pushed to radio months ago but went nowhere.

i do prefer that one to "like i want you," but it's not bad either. his voice is certainly idiosyncratic -- i think i supposed he wasn't american when i first heard it. i guess it is almost compulsory to have a 'weird' voice if you wanna break thru w/ the tiktok'd teenagers these days anyhow. sample youtube comment from the "like i want you" clip: "bruh his voice already sounds like the slowed+reverb thingy"

supposedly the streaming spike came from a push around valetine's day (which i guess worked), but i would guess timing has just as much to do w/ the grammys happening soon (the ep got a nomination there)

dyl, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 06:37 (one week ago) link

There's a new "Chrome Edition" of last year's Chloe x Halle album, with a few added tracks. I like this one ("80/20"):

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Friday, 26 February 2021 21:08 (one week ago) link

realizing I slept on last year's Queen Naija album... it's really nice, with accomplished songwriting. and her voice is lovely

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 06:02 (five days ago) link

she's grown on me. didn't really like her first couple hits but i did enjoy hearing "butterflies pt. 2" from that album on the radio

dyl, Thursday, 4 March 2021 04:41 (four days ago) link

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