Omar Apollo feat. Kali Uchis: Bad Life

Omar Apollo’s crooning vocals paired with dreamy harmonies by Kali Uchis make for a melodic and mesmerizing collaboration on “Bad Life,” a song about misplaced love. Opening with casual guitar plucks, the single swells with layered strings before eventually giving way to a transformative drum-led track. A moody music video—directed by Alfred Marroquín and Apollo—accompanies the release, capturing the song’s melancholic energy.

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Shelley: Cooking With Grease Through the single “Cooking With Grease,” Shelley (fka DRAM) debuts a new name and a revamped sound. On lesser-known releases under his former moniker, Shelley (full name Shelley Massenburg-Smith) flexed his vocal prowess, but these performances were somewhat overshadowed by his rapping on hits like “Cha Cha,” “Broccoli” and “Cash Machine.” Now, with renewed direction and a refined sonic focus, Shelley …

benny blanco + Omar Apollo: Care

“Care,” a single on producer benny blanco’s second album, Friends Keep Secrets 2, focuses on the vocal performance of Hobart, Indiana-born singer-songwriter and guitarist Omar Apollo. The track is sparse, yet pretty and emotional. Apollo deliver delicate verses, while the chorus crescendoes into an impassioned plea: “And you left me all fucked up / I probably pushed my luck / I couldn’t take no more …