As we usher in the second quarter, we welcome to our site the kickoff of our exclusive new Spotify playlist Indie Selects. Coming in 25 tracks strong, we invite our listeners to get acquainted with some new faces and sounds that are worth a collection addition to your music library. From club certified picks to synthesized vibes, the playlist features tracks from up-and-comers, as well as a few familiar names, like Yung Pinch, Trill Sammy, McKinley Dixon, Crunch Calhoun, J. Sirus, High Klassified, IamStylezMusic, alxxa, Flex Lennon, Trapo, Jade, and more. Get hip with some of the backstories of what decorated this playlist and its journey towards curation.
Standout tracks like “1997” showcase Yung Pinch as a force to be reckoned with. His slurred delivery atop the murky instrumental will draw apparent comparisons to Post Malone. His latest release comes paired with a music video too. Filmed in monochromatic, the video finds Pinch reflecting on what it means to put on for his hometown while traveling the country, as he poses in front of and on top of his tour bus. “1997” is a bite-sized slice of bubblegum rap brilliance, with Yung Pinch rocking an addictive cadence over a beat from Charlie Handsome (Post Malone, Travis Scott). It is an excellent distillation of what makes Pinch special: sugary melodies and clever rhymes over breezy, beach-ready instrumentals. The Huntingon Beach, CA native is currently on a 34-city North American tour. If he’s making a stop in your city then it’s a no-brainer for a ticket cop.
High Klassified’s “1919,” featuring Zach Zoya, is special as it marks his return to Fool’s Gold today. The Quebec-based producer dishes out his signature sound–high energy and crystalline synths gliding along the beaten path of his thumping 808s, creating the perfect atmosphere for Zach Zoya.
Hailing from Portmore, Jamaica, IamStylezMusic is a newbie on my radar. I got hip to this varicolored dancehall record through its visual presentation first. Directed by George Nienhuis, the cinematic visual finds Stylez walking on sky blue waters with mountainous scenic views in the landscape. Running through of a multitude of outfit changes, he brings out the exotic whips and beautiful chicks to make it clear why the song’s echo dubs him the “Fresh God.”
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