BEWARE’S Block: Did It Work?
New music from TOBi, Marco McKinnis, Heffy, Tommy Swisher, Kai Mella, Ivan Ave, Dustycloud and more
With music easily made and readily shared by new artists every day, there are hundreds of high quality songs that fly under the radar. Every week, @BEWARE4 scours the web to weed out the dimes from the duds and share the wealth viaBEWARE’s Block, a collection of eight buzzing tracks from artists currently breaking ground in their respective genres.
TOBi — “All Day”
In the past few months, TOBi has been making moves that are hard to ignore. Fresh off a smooth feature on Insecure, the Ontario artist is back with “All Day,” a much bigger record in sound and energy. Fueled by strong, efficient digital production, the record finds TOB flexing in all the right ways, offering a sonic battery that will fuel your day from start to finish.
Kai Mella — “Lowkey Alcoholic”
The first step to fixing a problem is awareness and on “Lowkey Alcoholic,” Kai Mella seems quite aware he goes a little too hard. However, based on the downright feel good nature of this shiny track, Mr. Mella seems content in his lucid state. From the flows to the production, everything about this single is upbeat and the loose vibe rubs off pretty easily.
Jett I Masstyr — “Boogie Chop”
Listen to Jett I Masstyr’s new Decorative Pillows album and you’ll be able to tell the Houston producer/rapper is clearly a jack of all trades. His layered production accommodates any song style, so inevitably the cohesive tape offers a taste of everything. Still, despite a wide array of dope features and soul-grabbing cuts, the one that stood out most was “Boogie Chop.” Of course. Clocking in under two minutes, this incredibly funky instrumental provides all the feels needed to dance away the weight from any situation. Grab that groove and more via the full album stream of Decorative Pillows here.
Macro McKinnis — “How I Feel”
For many artists, a microphone is their outlet to express themselves. When Marco McKinnis offers “How I Feel,” it’s clear he’s getting something out from deep inside his gut. On this simmering single, the Virginia soul singer speaks on his feelings for another, using stripped sonics that grab your soul and squeeze. There’s clearly a lot behind Macro’s curtain and something tells me this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Ivan Ave — “Steaming” (Prod. By Kaytranada and Dam-Funk)
Somehow, Ivan Ave was able to make magic happen, getting Kaytranada and Dam-Funk to tag team the production on his latest single, “Steaming.” The properly named cut combines Ivan’s casually cool delivery with a collection of warming bass, sizzling synths and rhythm drums, offering a groove to make you sweat in any weather.
Heffy — “Sticks in the Dirt”
Lots of rap songs sound similar these days. Yet, despite the redundancy, certain ones stand out from the clutter, simply with stellar production. That’s the case with Heffy’s “Sticks in the Dirt.” Although the Chicago rapper/producer’s brand of overdose music isn’t the best example for younger audiences, he manages to deliver exquisite, speaker-shattering future trap production on this heat rock, flexing perfect percussion and bass sounds to make the record hit hard as possible. Tough is an understatement.
Tommy Swisher — “Fall for Me”
Ladies looking for a lifeline will find something to grab ahold of on “Fall for Me” from Tommy Swisher. This stand-out from Tommy’s Runway To The Moon project is silky in sound and seductive in nature, providing goosebumps at a glance. Stream the touching record below and vibe out to the rest of Swisher’s recently released RTTM here.
Dustycloud — “Lifted”
Careful. You might break something after pressing play on “Lifted” from Dustycloud. Leaning more towards dance than EDM, this audible body rocker is a true DJ’s best friend, providing five minutes of bass-heavy bounce that’s so so well manicured partygoers won’t know how to leave the dancefloor.
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