March felt like a month that just kept on giving, musically. From the beginning - like March 1st, beginning - March came with some special releases, starting with Solange’s When I Get Home. Over the course of the month we saw releases from Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - Ancestral Roll Call, Kari Faux - Cry 4 Help, a star studded lineup from Shafiq Husayn - The Loop, and countless others. March also featured a couple of promising singles from some upcoming albums by Anderson .Paak and Tame Impala, respectively.
Below are some of our favorite songs from the month and a bit about why we love them. Side A, songs 1-10, were selected by me, Stanley, and Side B, songs 11-19, were selected by Kevin. We hope that you enjoy the playlist, find a song you like, and dive into an entire album!
Basically as soon as I found out about Kiefer and was trying to play my “I know underground music” card, he starts produces for big names like .Paak- so that was that. But who needs words! The beats that he produces/creates are some of the most well-fused jazz, hip-hop, R&B sounds out there. The EP drops this year with some new eyes and ears, let’s see how it propels him.
Stanley: Justus West — Control
I first found out about Justus West through Instagram while randomly scrolling through the music section of my explore page. It was obvious that Justus was a talented guitarist and musician, but what wasn’t as obvious was his songwriting and singing capabilities. Earlier this month Justus released his single, Control - a slow burning, introspective song that features a Justus’ compositional capabilities and melodic ear.
Kevin: Shafiq Husayn (Featuring Hiatus Kaiyote) — Cycles
Is your third eye open today? If it’s not, listen to Shafiq Husayn! Honestly this album has it all. Great features, incorporation of funk, soul, hip-hop and much more. This song is one of many that are well worth the listen. It does sound like a Hiatus Kaiyote leftover from their album “Choose Your Weapon” but that’s not a bad thing.
Stanley: Phonte (Featuring Devin Morrison)— Beverly Hills
If you’ve listened to Little Brother or The Foreign Exchange the you know Phonte is one of the most talented artists around. His latest offering, Pacific Time, a 4-song EP featuring BOSCO, Kaytranada, Lalah Hathaway, and Devin Morrison, is filled plenty of the things that make Phonte unique: quality bars, harmonically driven chord progressions, and soulful vocals. This song, in particular, Beverly Hills, is reminiscent of 80s R&B, with a LINN drum backed beat, and Devin Morrison’s stacked vocal harmonies.
Kevin: Gavin Turek — Elevator
I’ve never done much research on Ms. Gavin Turek but I think that’s about to change. The other day I found myself having a good amount of her songs saved. Her sound has a retro feel to it and almost makes me want to dance, it’s infectious lowkey. This is as far pop as I would go and not feel like the musical integrity is being comprised. Definitely waiting for the LP.
Stanley: Solange — Sound of Rain
When I did my first run through of Solange’s When I Get Home, Sound of Rain was the song that really stuck out to me. I honestly love everything about this song, the chord progression, Solange’s ad libs and harmonies, and of course Pharrell’s production.