The Slice, is a piece that gives readers a quick glimpse into a handful of musical releases from around the globe. These are songs that might have slipped under your radar but don't worry, we are here to help you out.
JOIE GREY – "Rolling Thunder (Under The Influence)"
Atlanta-based contemporary R&B and Pop singer/songwriter/producer JOIE GREY makes his entry on our playlist with his newest release titled "Rolling Thunder (Under The Influence)". Over the self-produced backdrop made up of exotic flutes/ethereal pads and sparse drums, JOIE delivers a sultry melodic performance ripe with expressive lines that explore love under the influence. The song was co-written with Sam Hook.
TaReef KnockOut – "Sunnyside Drive"
Florida-based rapper TaReef KnockOut takes us on a ride alongside "Sunnyside Drive". Backed by the dreamy and atmospheric soundscape provided by Broke Boi, the rising Tallahassee rapper details his artistic journey and the ups and downs of life.
NugLife x Young Roddy x Grand-O – "DOWN TO ROLL"
NugLife teams up with Young Roddy and Grand-O for the smoky jazz tune titled "DOWN TO ROLL". The production by NugLife is mellow and sombre and is perfect for the rappers to flow over with their distinct laidback flow and vivid lyricism that centers on their pre-studio activities.
49th Parallel – "Bout Time"
Rising hip-hop duo 49th Parallel steps up to bat in "Bout Time", a punchy anthemic track that gives listeners a taste of what is to come from the ever-growing discography. The soulful samples, punchy trap drums and thick 808 kicks all come together while the duo flex their lyrical muscles with reckless abandon.
Harry Jowett – "Overgrown"
Singer-songwriter Harry Jowett delivers this heartwarming tune "Overgrown" that serves as an ode to loneliness. Over a smooth jazz/pop/soul soundscape made up of rich piano keys, lush horns and soft drum grooves, Harry finds the perfect outlet to plug in and detox from the craziness of the world and the effects of solitude.
UraelB – "Dirty Toothbrush"
UraelB is currently working on his NOSTALGIA EP and in the interim, he is sharing the single "Dirty Toothbrush" with us. The soulful track is warm, and solemn and sees the rising rapper reflecting on his childhood and the many events that shaped him. Armed with his rich energetic flow and vivid storytelling, he takes listeners right into the mix of the action.
Toya Delazy – "Zulu Gabber"
UK-based South African genre-bending artist Toya Delazy is back with this anthemic jam titled "Zulu Gabber", a hard-hitting piece that blends European Gabber with Zulu rhythms, symbolizing unity and empowerment. Over rousing and frenzied drums, distorted synths, leads and scenic special effects, she embodies the spirit of collaboration and unity with her boundary-pushing approach and off-kilter style. In summary, , "Zulu Gabber" is a vibrant call for communal expression and understanding.
Freedust – "Do Your Thing".
Genre-bending funk/soul band Freedust burst through the seams with this anthemic and self-empowering track titled "Do Your Thing". Aptly titled, the track is ripe with triumphant horns, punchy drum grooves and a spirit-lifting melodic performance ripe with uplifting themes that get listeners in the mood to make life happen.
Natalie – "Glass"
Singer-songwriter Natalie delivers her new track "Glass" with much gusto. The backdrop is sparse, scenic and moody and it's a perfect fit for her emotionally punchy vocal runs and sultry melodic runs. Here she reflects on the aftermath of a broken relationship and the trauma that usually ensues between individuals going through it.
M3RCII – "Pain"
Uprising rapper M3RCII aims to exorcise his "Pain" in his latest effort. Over the warm ethereal vocal sample and soft percussions, the rapper talks about cleaning out the proverbial closet, facing his troubles and showing empathy to everyone going through similar situations.
Gracie Martin – "twenty one"
Gracie Martin helped close out this week's edition with "twenty one", a smooth guitar-driven piece that showcases her smooth vocals and range. The self-produced track blends sombre folk elements with atmospheric pop textures and hushed grooves all underpinned by her lilting and layered vocals and heartfelt lyrics that look back at the past.