Friday Heat Check: Mac Miller, Unusual Demont, Kehlani, and More

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Colors and Shapes by Mac Miller

Mac Miller’s Faces mixtape is finally coming to streaming services, and this is my favorite work from him. No more going to Soundcloud to listen to some of Mac’s most vulnerable and experimental works. Today we got the first record from the mixtape on DSP, “Colors and Shapes”. This is one of the more melodic cuts from the project, which has a lackadaisical demeanor.

Gold by Unusual Demont 

This past post-pandemic year, Unusual Demont has been a breakout artist, and his new ep Hues is phenomenal. My favorite record off of the project is “Gold” with dancehall inspiration and smooth R&B vocals; it makes for a dynamic listen. I recently got to talk to him in more depth about the project in an interview coming soon! 

Altar by Kehlani 

“Altar” is an ode to lost friends and family. Kehlani tastefully discusses the deeper meanings of relationships and gives a very intimate performance. It’s been a while since we got a new record from this talented artist, and this makes me look forward to more new music. Maybe an album soon? 

Scoop by Lil Nas X (ft Doja Cat)

Lil Nas X has finally dropped his debut album, and he’s pulled out all the stops on it. Montero has to be one of the highest budget projects in the recent future. He pulled out all the bells and whistles to give a total experience for his first full-length LP. “Scoop” seems to be a leading front runner to the catchiest song on the record. The song has a great hook and a fantastic feature from Doja Cat! Check it out! 

Idk by Drex Carter

“Idk” is easily one of my favorite releases from Drex Carter. This record is a melodic ode to having love on the rocks and not knowing where your partner’s headspace is at. This is complemented with a highly innovative music video making use of some fly FX. I recommend you get hip before this kid blows up! 

Grateful by Clark D ft Guyclaude 

Clark D has been grinding for a minute, and it’s starting to pay off with his latest releases. “Grateful” is the most mature I’ve heard him sound on record, and he’s really stepping into his own. Giving bars that connect and a delivery that is top tier, I LOVE IT. We also get a taste of his brother Guyclaude’s vocals on the track too. BOSTON IS TOO DOPE!

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