Deca: Edenville

Accompanied by an (unofficial but approved of) stop motion video from O’Honey Studio!, Deca’s “Edenville” track reflects what loneliness and boredom can do to one’s mood and determination. The rapper references lore around the birth of humanity and traces it into modern day—dissecting things like paranoia and self-worth along the way. The animated video also depicts a character’s journey from self-loathing to floating, both literally …

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Rapsody: Ibtihaj Named for Ibtihaj Muhammad (the first American to wear a hijab when competing for the USA in the Olympics), new single “Ibtihaj,” from North Carolina rapper Rapsody, heavily samples GZA’s “Liquid Swords” and also features the Wu Tang member. Unlike the 1995 track, this release includes the immediately recognizable vocals of D’Angelo. The infectious groove will appear on Rapsody’s upcoming album EVE, which …

Chinatown Slalom: Where U At?

Off Liverpool-based Chinatown Slalom’s debut album, Who Wants to Be a Millionare? comes “Where U At?,” a collage-like highlight reel of the band’s sound. The four-piece (Liam Nolan, Jake Brettell, Mikey Woods and Ricky Crawford) leans into the madness of their psych influences and displays an uncanny ability to create a dynamic sound. “Where U At?” features strange samples, filtered-until-unintelligible vocals, stunning harmonies and plenty of …