Category Archives: Ben Slowey

AUDIO: Tai Mistyque – “Last Summer”

Pop singer-songwriter Tai Mistyque recently dropped her debut EP and it’s full of warm infectiousness yet heartbroken sincerity. The first song finds Mistyque dealing with a failed relationship and putting herself back together, while the following track focuses on the difficulties articulating how this person makes her feel. The hooks are certainly catchy, yet somber backing vocals embellish Mistyque’s soulful

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AUDIO: Whaler – “And I Want to Help You”

Noise-drone project Whaler is out with another track this week. Featuring waves of baritone guitar and drone pedal, the tune feels like a harrowing venture on a boat through dark, unfriendly waters. As fuzzy static envelops the instrumentation in the second half, we are left with nothing but existential dread by the end. Whaler creates some of the most desolate

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AUDIO: Nate Barksdale – “Summer Was Over Before It Started”

Happy end of summer y’all. Chicago avant-soul artist Nate Barksdale is out with a new record, inspired by close relationships enriched through the tribulations of this past year. His drive to make music fluctuated; sometimes it made sense, other times it felt entirely chaotic. He hopes with this album folks may find a sense of clarity as we endure increasingly

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AUDIO – “D. Mayo – “I Think I’m Gucci”

Hip hop artist D. Mayo dropped another track, continuing a string of dark-themed tunes he’s unleashed this year. The song is about his comfortability with where his life’s at; he stays in the studio and creates as if his life is a movie. He’s earned this feeling. It’s been a strong year for D. Mayo in terms of his music

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AUDIO: B~Free – “Everything (I Am Woman)”

Neo-soul artist B~Free is out with a new song, inspired by the play “Stew” by Zora Howard, which she’s stated had impacted her profoundly. It’s a song about her personal ownership of being a black woman, which the play had explored through themes of strength, love, trauma, bravery, and beauty. There’s so many flavorful elements to the song, from soaring

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AUDIO: J.O. Eons Featuring Dodger Bl@cc & Xanmatt – “Son Joku”

Hip hop artist J.O. Eons is out with a new EP. Spanning over five tracks, Eons’ attitude here is laid back but focused; he raps about this being his year for his career to launch and that he’s staying out of the drama for the sake of it. There’s features from fellow artists Dodger Bl@cc and Xanmatt; together with them

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AUDIO: After Hour Animals – “All It Takes”

Metalcore band After Hour Animals have a new song out today and it touches heavily on addiction. Vocalists Armon Hassan and Nik Voyn once again conjure a mesmerizing duality of the frantic voice in your head versus the honest and level-headed one, respectively. There’s lyrics about a “final fix” as well as waking up from blackouts. It’s sure to be

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AUDIO: Immortal Girlfriend Ft. Hailey Orion and Deezie Brown – “Friday Night”

Synthpop duo Immortal Girlfriend collaborated with two Texas natives, pop artist Hailey Orion and funk-hip hop artist Deezie Brown, on their latest single. Opening with nighttime crickets, the tune blossoms into a vibrant pop-wave with the feel of a midnight cruise. It twinkles with the atmospheric wonder Immortal Girlfriend have championed over the years. The cover art features ruby depictions

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AUDIO: Ian Ewing – “Healing”

Chillhop artist Ian Ewing has been steady with new tracks all year. His latest feels like a sunset over the water, smooth as a bedtime charm. True to its name, the tune shimmers with a sensation of personal enlightenment, adorned with cool colors for the cover art. We dig the groove that Ian Ewing has been lately, and look forward

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