Peyton, Mannywellz, ScienZe, Ed Balloon and more raise the bar with new sounds this Mixtape Monday.
Peyton makes beautiful music on Reach Out, Mannywellz opens with META, ScienZe is …Here and Ed Balloon offers his two cents with The Dubs. Tanya Morgan’s own Von Pea is back with his latest titled City For Sale, Passport Rav drops the Todd-n-Harold EP and LOWFi makes The Difference.
Jay Nice and Stack Skrilla team to deliver The Holy Mountain, G4 Jag follows with The Forgotten Ones, Joya Mooi represents for Amsterdam with The Ease of Others, MonoNeon is Living The Best and Worst Life, and Likwid Continual Space Motion close out this week with EP1. When you’re done, don’t forget to listen to Sampa The Great.
Peyton – Reach Out
Houston-bred singer/songwriter Peyton nods to the giants of 90s R&B while establishing her own singular sound on the effervescent Stones Throw Records debut Reach Out.
Mannywellz – META
Mannywellz paints a picture within a picture on META, which interprets the music of his Nigerian roots through the prismatic lens of minimal electronic and progressive soul.
ScienZe – ScienZe Was Here
Billed as “his first project since 2016 that isn’t a love story,” ScienZe’s latest album, ScienZe Was Here, follows 2017’s Kind of Dessert.
Ed Balloon – The Dubs
Angeleno Ed Balloon drops twelve tracks of quirky, introspective and carefully produced heat on his latest project titled The Dubs. Features include Illa J, Open Mike Eagle, and Niu Raza.
Passport Rav – Todd-n-Harold
Nearly one year removed from The Fanciest Negro, Passport Rav returns with the Todd-n-Harold album produced entirely by Coastyn.
Von Pea – City For Sale
Von Pea’s City For Sale is an entirely self-produced breakup album about the love and eventual loss of a hometown.
City For Sale is a breakup album. A relationship album. Instead of a woman it’s about my hometown…YOUR hometown…your old way of living. Growing apart from a place, from people, from who you once were. Because I’m from a currently gentrifying city that theme is on the surface of the album but the overall narrative is for any person that feels unfamiliar in a space that was currently familiar to them. This album is me finding my new comfort zone because I have to.
LOWFi – The Difference
B-More and Florida collective LOWFi follows a raft of loosies including their scorching “Down Bad Freestyle” with The Difference EP.
Jay Nice x Stack Skrilla – The Holy Mountain
Jay Nice and Stack Skrilla team to deliver The Holy Mountain. The latest from Chong Wizard Records is yet another clinic in the art of gritty bars and beats.
G4 Jag – The Forgotten Ones
Fresh off the summer release of Nothing Was Given, New York City’s own G4 Jag returns with the brooding street rap compilation The Forgotten Ones.
Joya Mooi – The Ease of Others
Dutch singer/songwriter Joya Mooi makes her long-awaited return with The Ease of Others – an ethereal, trap-inflected soul confessional produced by Blazehoven and Sim Fane.
MonoNeon – Living The Best and Worst Life…
The most colorful bassist in the biz, MonoNeon is back with his latest solo project titled Living The Best And Worst Life At The Same Damn Time!
Likwid Continual Space Motion – EP1
Broken beat, nu-jazz, brukstep and electro-soul combine to create the signature “London Bruk Boogie” sound on EP1 from Likwid Continual Space Motion bka IG Culture.
Karas Lamb writes and digs for tunes you haven’t heard yet. She actually wants to listen to your mixtape. Follow her on Twitter @karaslamb.