Can such a wonderment as a burlesque ballad actually exist? Raleigh Ritchie x Elsa y Elmar have made that magic happen. Showtune infusions, vocals with percussive impact, and a groove theory that’s sound AF. It’s all in there. “STFU (Duet Version)” is a foot stomping slow jammer that makes you want to hold every middle finger you have in the air while your hips rock from side to side. So yeah, we’re into it.
While porcelain wouldn’t be our pottery of choice—we’re dripping in brown skin—morgxn’s “PORCELAIN” is a choice track. Each of us deals with fears of fragility, and being treasured is analogous to knowing you’re loved. morgxn brings these emotions to the top and juxtaposes them with the willingness to fly even when a fall could break you. “PORCELAIN” is exhilarating, with stadium instrumentation and rebellious vocals, that slowly build into an anthemic fire bomb of chest-thumping pop.
IJ SHOUTOUT: oddCouple x Jamila Woods – “Reflections”
Photo credit: AJ Incammicia
SHOUTOUT to oddCouple x Jamila Woods for laying down this trippy neo chill, while our minds are on fire. When the world seems relentless we’re thankful for these musical escapes.
IJ SHOUTOUT: Emily Weisband x Tauren Wells – “Love 2 Hard”
L: Emily Weisband (photo: Chris Ashlee) // R: Tauren Wells (photo via Instagram)
SHOUTOUT to Emily Weisband x Tauren Wells for filling our skies with this retro r&b cotton candy cloud. You can hear the 90s in “Love 2 Hard” and it’s comforting and cool and we’re here for the soulful expansiveness of it all.