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Mellow hip-hop, '80s-inflected R&B, a stirring ballad and more new music

Samia: Breathing Song From singer-songwriter Samia’s upcoming second album, Honey, “Breathing Song” feels sparse at first, but builds into an evocative, powerful ballad. With minimal keys, the track is carried by Samia’s stirring vocals and confessional lyrics. “I tried writing ‘Breathing Song’ a thousand times and couldn’t get it right,” she says in a statement. “Played one of its iterations for Molly Sarlé on Zoom …


“LUV (I KNOW I WANT THIS FOR REAL)” is another ’80s-inflected jam from singer-songwriter Q (aka Q Steve Marsden). Following the thread of his previous singles “TODAY” and “STEREO DRIVER“, the latest track encapsulates Marsden’s genre-defying panache: it’s retro with synths and an alluring, compressed beat but remains contemporary. With the artist’s soulful vocals and robust percussion, the single is a lush bop.

Best of CH 2022: Listen Up

From the hundreds of tracks we shared this past year, these are some of our favorites

Music evokes emotion and memories, and each new song we hear has the potential to end up being a crucial signpost in our lives. This year has brought with it a multitude of emotions that, like our favorite music from 2022, follows no theme. Genres continue to be less important and harder to define, thanks to artists who defy boundaries. And, as always, our favorite …