Today, on its namesake, untradition returns with a new track entitled, “July 20 Freestyle,” taking an introspective look focusing on his own dreams and aspirations. The song plays out like a stream of consciousness which acts as a self-affirmation while acknowledging the relationship between himself and the listener (“If he believe, then I believe / Not in me, but in you all”). Overall, it’s a statement piece, untradition is looking to grow and progress as an artist; eventually becoming his best self for you, not him — he promises. Stream it here:
“Oak” is another drawled out, screwed down release from ✘O ✘V ✘T that plays with the tempo of the track throughout its runtime. The tempo switch, along with his tone, makes “Oak” feel like two different songs completely; it’s safe to say he has his sound perfected, no problem. Comparatively, it boasts the same aesthetic as his more recent singles like “4L,” “When Will This End?,” and “Prada Aoyama / Down Bad.” Stream it below:
Moël is an Ethiopian singer-songwriter from Addis Ababa who is now based in Toronto. His latest single is called “Votk” which stands for “Valley of the Kings” in reference to the famous burial grounds found in Egypt. And between the spiritual overtones, Moël’s piercing voice, sublime lyricism, and soulful production, “Votk” is quite a beautiful song. So, if you love your family, stream it below:
Flohio is really starting to grab everyone’s attention with visuals and songs like this. “Hell Bent” is exactly what the name implies and shows the South-Londoner simply spazzing. Directed by Duncan Loudon, the video looks and feels like a spastic interpretation of fire and brimstone personified by Flohio herself. The energy is contagious, check it out.
Back in May, I had the opportunity to see Shanuka perform during CMW at the Drake Underground. It was at a sound clash between Trifecta (Sask.) and Serious Betty’s (Ont.) teams. Unfamiliar with a lot of the acts, her set stood out to me the most amongst other artists I was being introduced to. And when she performed “Like That Bout You,” she had me hooked. Her singing, production, and old-school / new-school style of R&B complemented one another nicely, and her vocal arrangements really hit home. At least, that’s my take-away from her live show: it was fun. Recently, she released a new single called “Be Gone” and it continues to show Shanuka’s consistency and capabilities just fine. You can listen to both tracks below: