Michael Christmas continues to prepare for his highly anticipated album and continues to prove why he is not only the most promising artist to come out of Boston in quite some time. Christmas continues to grow as an artist and sounds as if he has truly found his sound. His content is highly relatable as he is not braggadocios and is a "regular guy" like you and me. His latest release is an impressive cut entitled "ADHD", in which he effortlessly flows over the smooth stylings of 6ix.
The good people of Pigeons & Planes premiered this raucous new record in which Ohio and the District of Columbia collide. Up-and-comer Lamb$ recently recruited District veteran Shy Glizzy for "Wonder." It leaves most listeners wondering who is Lamb$ and how is this the first time hearing him? His monotone vocals and brash content perfectly works over the heavy Tuger production.
Since dropping off his highly hypnotic release "Do It", Parkway has been relatively quite. The artist formerly known as KEI recently returned with a captivating new record entitled "Medley." The minimalistic production is perfectly complemented by Parkway's laid-back style in which he flows freely throughout. The tasteful use of auto-tune on the vocals brings it all together for a captivating record that further shows the forever changing and growing style of both Parkway and his native Northern Virginia music scene, which can not be simply categorized as one specific sound. This will be featured on Parkway's forthcoming project Aura which is set to drop later this month.
Arizona duo The Kennedys are back with the fourth installment of their Roman Numerals series. Their latest release comes in the form of the hypnotic offering entitled "Why Stop Now." The two effortlessly rock over the atmospheric production as Knoxxiii croons the captivating chorus.
When it comes to unorthodox styles of music Mike of Doom leads the way with his unique voice and his aggressive in-your-face flow. The Maryland-based upstart and self-proclaimed mayor is back with a brash new cut entitled "WHO TF" which features District native Yung Gleesh. Who the fuck told you Mike of Doom wasn't dope? They clearly lied to you as it is apparent from his latest release that he is not only one of the more unique figures in the DMV music scene but also one of the more promising artists in the devolving rap game. This will be featured on Mike's forthcoming project Mayor Files which is set to drop later this month.
It's a Virginia affair as 757 natives Tokyo Trendz and Gabe Niles come together for a captivating new record entitled "HiLows." Trendz effortlessly flows through the sporadic stylings of Gabe Niles, which sound like something that has traveled back in time to blow minds. This is the perfect release for the coming summer months of outdoor gatherings in the warmth of the sun. This will be found on Trendz' forthcoming project My World To Your World, which is appropriately titled as the first offering sounds otherworldly.
Jackie Nvmd is the latest artist from the budding DMV music scene to garner my attention. The Virginia up-and-comer recently dropped off his latest release entitled "Free Spirit." He effortlessly flows and impresses over the smooth stylings of DA. The carefree nature of the 19-year-old upstart is infectious and makes for an entertaining record from start to finish. Be on the lookout as Jackie works to drop a project in the coming months.
After nearly a year GoldLink decides to revisit the hypnotic Kaytranada-produced "Sober Thoughts." The track is appealing as ever and receives a perfectly complementary visual directed by Shomi Patwary, in which we are transported to a house party. The lucid nature of the video as we effortlessly sweep through the house works well with the bubbly feel of the record.