During the holidays, the internet quiets down and most artists take a break from releasing content (unless you’re Jeremih and Chance The Rapper). This is probably due to the fact that music consumers tend to take their talents to social media and Spotify around this time, trading in their surf-the-web habits for Mariah Carey’s Christmas album and repeat trips to The Shade Room. However, a few gems always tend to emerge, calling for our attention at the top of January. Here are a few songs you probably missed out on that deserve your attention.
Abra – “Bounty”
Atlanta’s rightful princess and Awful Records singer Abra graced us with a five-minute soundcloud upload by the name of “Bounty”. The singer tweeted out, “I miss randomly uploading new music on soundcloud”, gifting her fans with this thumping electro-pop cut that blends mystery with desire.
ESTA. and Rayana Jay – “23”
Soulection producer ESTA. and rising Richmond, CA, songbird Rayana Jay connected for a new track right before Christmas, entitled “23”. Jay’s angelic voice and confident pen game, mixed with ESTA.’s ethereal R&B production make for a chill New Year’s anthem that’ll probably get stuck in your head.
Zikomo – “Terrified” (Childish Gambino Edit)
Soulection producer Zikomo gave the business to Childish Gambino’s “Terrified” track with a house edit perfect for the dance floor or your headphones. Take a listen below and check out Gambino’s recent album Awaken, My Love.
DVSN – “The Choir”
OVO duo DVSN released a short film before the end of the year, directed by Randall Okita and inspired by their 2016 debut, Sept. 5th. Don’t let their soft voices fool you though. Their album was the score for the short 9-minute film full of family drama, lust, robbery, and religion. Watch below.
KOTA The Friend – “The Way”
Brooklyn rapper KOTA The Friend recently shared a soothing new rap cut entitled “The Way”, where he reveals a variety of lessons he’s learned and lifestyle changes he’s focused on making. The soulful hip-hop cut has plenty of promising wordplay from the emcee who’s a part of the bubbling spectrum of New York rap right now.