BLEND's Monthly Music Radar
By Berkley Moates
“Nonchalant” by 6LACK
“Better” by Chantel Jeffries, BlocBoy JB, Vory
“Fake You” by Yoke Lore
“Ms. Communication” by Da-P, theMIND, Sun
“Real Life S**t” by Buddy
“In My Mind” by Dynoro, Gigi D’Agostino
“REEL IT IN” by Amine
“Pink Sand” by Cailin Russo
“Sober” by Mahalia
“Photosynthesis” by Saba, Jean Deaux
Making his way to the top of BLEND’s list as well as American viral charts this September is 6LACK. The pronunciation of the R&B artists’ name is slightly controversial, although his name is simply pronounced, “black”. He dropped his second album East Atlanta Love Letter that beautifully collects songs with hard hitting beats and sleepy R&B grooves. The selected song of this new album is Nonchalant, a heavy beat, rap ballad with dark undertones. This song instantly places the listener inside a car looking out the window on the highway with chill in the breeze.
Yoke Lore is featured on BLEND’s list this month as an up-and-coming underground indie pop artist. Currently performing multiple shows in Germany and heading back to the US soon, Lore explores the boundary between steady electronic beats and high-echoed vocals in his song “Fake You” on his latest EP, “Absolutes” released a little over a year ago. The former Walk the Moon solo act performs with wild energy and passion. Wanna see Yoke Lore live? He will be performing at Barracuda in Austin on October 8th, so check out those tickets to enjoy an evening of lush indie music!
The female Alt-R&B artist Mahalia serves soulful, chill, empowering music. The rising underground artist from Birmingham, England just released her EP, “Seasons”. Her 2017 single, “Sober”, was featured on the YouTube channel COLORS, a studio that spotlights unique sounds and talent from around the world with aesthetically pleasing colors and visuals. The single redefines the typical “breakup song” as she mixes calm beats with female attitude.