The Drop | September
An overview of this month’s highlighted tracks, SoundCloud and Spotify playlists included.
The Drop is our featured playlist on Soundcloud and Spotify that was created to keep you in the know with music from dope, rising artists.
1) “LTS” by snny
7 months ago Glassnote Records artist snny shared his first single “Young Boy,” and today (September 8) fans can finally listen to his debut EP Learning to Swin. The title track “LTS” offers listeners the perfect mesh of chill, airy vibes as we draw closer to the end of summer.
2) “WEWERENEVERFRIENDS” by Rob Hicks
“WEWERENEVERFRIENDS” is Rob Hicks’ final track on his newly released debut EP Paradise in Hell. While the song starts off bouncy and bass heavy, it transitions into a more tranquil, serene vibe during the final 40 seconds. Speaking more about the track, Hicks says: ” WEWERENEVERFRIENDS was me going back to my roots and just kicking raps, and letting out some of my aggression. I didn’t really do a lot of that on this EP, so I felt like it would be a perfect way to close out the project. It’s actually a cliff hanger towards the end of the track. My album will pick up right where the EP ended with those final words on WEWERENEVERFRIENDS!”
3) “Don’t Do It” by Leikeli47
The mysterious Brooklyn native shares her debut album Wash & Set today (September 8). Before the release of the 14-track project, you may have heard her notable singles, “O.M.C.,” “2nd Fiddle,” and “Miss Me.” Now it’s time to add “Don’t Do It” to your list of must listen songs on the album. The hard-knocking, bouncy smash is perfect to kick off your Friday night.
4) “Shoot Your Shot” by Keynes Woods ft. Lotanna
Keynes Woods, the Toronto-based rapper by way of DR Congo, tells his listeners to “shoot [their] shot” in his latest release. Speaking more on the inspiration behind the track, Keynes says: “I remember scrolling through my timeline on Instagram and a seeing a fine looking hipster shorty. I’m not one to slide into DMs, but I figured I’d shoot my shot for once. About a year into our relationship, I realized that it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
5) “Some Nights” by SAINt JHN
Brooklyn artist SAINt JHN is back with a new song “Some Nights,” a moody, melancholy vibe in which he vents about drinking too much and the dark side of relationships: “I gave you my all, so ain’t nothing f*ckin left, you tell me you leaving, I tell you I ain’t gonna cry so I never wept.”
6) “Here & Now” by TOULOUSE
As fans await the release of TOULOUSE’s debut EP Extended Plea (September 15), the New York artist by way of Nigeria shares this soulful, entrancing track about finding beauty in this mad, crazy world: “It’s a beautiful life, and I just wanna get down in the here and now.”
7) “Cigarettes & Poutine” by Wasiu ft. Basics
Emerging Montreal artist Wasiu shares “Cigarettes & Poutine,” the second single off MTLiens 2. In the laid back, breezy vibe, Wasiu describes the sights and sounds of his town after a crazy night out: “Got it with my moms / I don’t smoke but she said that she could smell it on my clothes / the city sinnin’ better than my bones / pew pew funk stink everywhere I go.”
8) “Truth” by Moods ft. Beau Nox
Dutch producer Moods shares the first single from his forthcoming debut album title “Truth.” If you’re looking for Anderson .Paak-like sounds, turn to this Beau Nox assisted track for all the sultry, R&B vibes.
Pivot Gang’s MFnMelo shares a new track “Lately” with a release date for his forthcoming debut album Melodramatics, which is slated to drop October 2. Joined by Saba (who produced the song and contributes the third verse) and fallen member DinnerWithJohn (aka John Walt), MFnMelo recognizes the challenges of today while also seeking better times ahead.
10) “Fool” by REFS
Exciting up and coming artist REFS (otherwise known as Zachary Lipkins) shares a sparkling, electronic pop number “Fool,” featuring the gorgeous vocal tones of Richard Saunders. Speaking more on the track, REFS states: “‘Fool’ is the heir to ‘Pain Goes Away’ – it’s that two way street of being in a relationship, both sides of the coin, the with and the without.”
If you’re ready to get in your feels, keep an eye out for REFS’ trio of EPs that he will be releasing this year – each focusing on the various phases of dealing with an ending relationship.
11) “High $ Habit” by Aaron Camper
Singer/songwriter Aaron Camper shares “High $ Habit,” the latest single from his forthcoming EP due this fall. On the hypnotic, seductive track Camper explains that his addiction to a woman is comparable to being high: “But you know I can’t help myself, cuz’ you take control of me, took my body like a thief.”
12) “Magic Tide” by Frills
Brooklyn-based duo Frills (made of New Zealanders Simon Oscroft and Dan Gibson) share their second track “Magic Tide.” Another solid offering following their addictive debut track “My Love.” This airy, shimmering indie pop track is the perfect soundtrack for a breezy weekend.
13) “Rebel Soul” by FARR
London and Los Angeles duo FARR have made waves with their first singles “Down” and “Blades,” and continue to do so with a third single “Rebel Soul.” Showcasing their multi-genre-influenced style, their latest offering draws from hip electronica, R&B, pop and more.
14) “Panama” by Bari
St. Louis rapper (and Zero Fatigue artist) Bari adds his vocals over Monte Booker’s bouncy, jittering production on “Panama.” In sharing his track, Bari offers listeners a few words stating: “This is to make a bad day good and a good day better. Vibe Wit Me.”
The mysterious London-based electronic group R I T U A L team with 6lack for the remix of their song “Drown The Lovers.” Don’t be surprised when you find yourself in your feels while listening to this slow tempo ballad about erasing memories of past relationships: “Love is like a pool, tell the others they can drown in it too / But I got better plans for us, I’m down for drownin’ in you / I got the whole world here in my hands / And you can have it all on demand”