Second Quarter Finds


Summer is in full swing and the 2nd qtr has come to an end. Over the last 3 months some solid music has released and I’m here to give you a list of some of my favorite finds.

Leven Kali - Low Tide

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After seeing Leven Kali open for Snoh Aalegra last winter, I stayed on the lookout for more music from him. Luckily, he’s been giving us some good music. After the release of a late 2018 3 pack single titled I Get High When I Think About Us. During this quarter, we got the release of a full length project titled Low Tide. This is a great summer time album with all the vibes led by the single “Do U Wrong” featuring Syd of the Internet. 

Jean Deaux - Empathy

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I knew nothing about Jean Deaux when I came across her album Empathy. I was happy I dove into this album. She gives me Doja Cat vibes and her project has a high quality record featuring Kehlani and ROMderful titled “Anytime”, and another record with DUCKWRTH and Terrace Martin. This is something you definitely need to check out. 

Marco McKinnis - “Deep”

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Off his Emerse EP, you can set the vibes with this record from Marco McKinnis. Great for a night cap, enough said. 

Goldlink - Diaspora

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Washington DC artist, Goldlink has been consistently dropping great music for years now. His newest album Diaspora is a true journey complete with excellent production,  and features including Khalid, Pusha T, Tyler, The creator, Jay Prince, Wizkid and more. If you have been sleeping on this album, wake up and give it a listen, or two. 

Snoh Aalegra - “Find Someone Like You”

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I may be biased as Snoh Aalegra is my favorite R&B artist right now but its certainly with reason. Everything she has released has been gold. Her latest song “Find Someone Like You” is just in time for wedding season and is leading us into her upcoming album -Ugh, those feels again scheduled to release August 16th. 

Lucky Daye - Painted

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By now, we all should know about Lucky Daye. He already killed the stage at the BET Awards in support of his debut album Painted. A combination of two previously released EPs and an additional 4 songs. If you are late to the party, this album is R&B in its purest form and has numerous stand out records. Some of my favorites include “Concentrate”, “Misunderstood,” “Floods,” and “I Love You Too Much.”

Jordan Ward - Valley Hopefuls

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Very under the radar artist you need to check out, Jordan Ward captured my attention with the release of his record “Holdin Me Back”. He display more fire on his latest album “Valley Hopefuls”. This is definitely one of my favorite albums of the year and features a personal favorite record titled “Photo.

Brie - Hard 2 Love

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Fresh off the Madea farewell tour, Atlanta actress and singer Brie gives us her new EP titled Hard 2 Love. This is an enjoyable 5 track project with standout record “Passive” and I highly suggest you give it a listen!

Kota the Friend - FOTO

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Last and certainly not least, this guy is on a fast track to super stardom so I have to give him his credit now. Kota The Friend’s latest album, FOTO is easily in contention for favorite hip hop album this year. With 19 songs, Kota filled this album with quality records that any music fan can enjoy

Have you heard any of these? If so, let me know what you think and what records you have found that people need to check out!