Dave East, "Nothing Bout Nothin"
Dave East delivers a muscular offering with this Luca Vialli-produced number, where the Harlem rapper is tight-lipped despite his flow being tight-fisted. "Come get your wife, all my niggas is savage/I used to dream I could fuck with an actress/I used to dream now all my dreams is reality, lawd/Arm-Leg-Leg-Arm-Head, block instincts help me shake y'all Feds," he spits over the menacing instrumental. Be on the look out for Dave East's Kairi Chanel mixtape raring soon.—Jayson Rodriguez
What to make of REVOLT Spotlight artist Duckwrth, the 3 Stacks-inspired rapper who skateboards around the Bay with safety pin earrings? On "Lowridr," you can expect bounce and funk. His flow is euphonic, and the track itself is airy and melodious, as he invites a chick he's digging to take a ride on his bike, with "that ass on the handlebars, and everything’s all right." We'll ride, Duckwrth.—Driadonna Roland
I happened upon this song online because it was simply tagged as "downtempo R&B" and that was the kind of mood I was in. I did not know then who Sonder was. Or that it was over 11 minutes long. But a quick Google search and some patience have gotten me through this. Sonder is a collaborative project between producers Dpat and Atu and vocalist Brent Faiyaz, who can be heard on "Invite Me," the first of the three mashed-up tracks on "Victoria." Despite this decade, that one sounds like authentic 90s R&B—the kind that, until now, I thought only dvsn had on lock. The second in the atmospheric line-up is "No Love," which kicks off with snaps, strings and synths that sound like they're being sipped and suctioned before female vocalist Lyves lilts over the beat. "Sin" is last and originally backed by a bassline, but quickly transforms into this playfully pitch-shifted ever-changing soundscape. Overall, "Victoria" is for mellowing out and making out. And is now one of my favorite random finds.—Danielle Cheesman