SWANO's 10 [Volume 3] pt.5


Curated by Imani Wj Wright 
Here at SwanoDown, we listen to a ton of music on a DAILY basis. And during these days, of course, there are standout tracks. Below you'll find the 10 compositions we feel you should check out tonight, (or soon). We find these artists to be the most cutting-edge. And oh yeah, this is in no particular order... You decide!
Compositionally gifted artists like Schwey, KOFĒSHOP, and The Last Humanist, are all featured today.

Schwey- Something I Know's I Got To Change
Ah yes. The perfect way to start this episode. The space created here is wavy, spacious, and suspenseful. The mystique provided here is engaging. And you know what? In moments, it reminds me of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal

The Last Humanist- I'm Running Shit Around Here

Funky! The Last Humanist gives us a groovy display of guitar, percussion, horn, and of course a little Denzel sample that'll get you hyped. "I'm running shit around here!"


KOFĒSHOP- Away in a Mangēr

KOFĒSHOP is one of those producers who rarely misses, if ever. Whether it be a Christmas piece, a track for the beach, or a track to get some sleep to, he surely delivers- and there's no difference here. Check it outttt. 

SciDuck- Umbrella

I have to be transparent with you all. I had a tear drop out of my eye while listening to this one. The gorgeous strings gave me flashbacks of car rides with grandfather, on a sunny day in Baltimore. Love you Pops!

Kasi Opi- Sera

The dynamics on this piece are what really stood out to me. Kasi does a great job of leading into sounds, increasing them, and then taming them back again. That skill can be overlooked, but we surely appreciate it here.

Kaidi & NK-OK- Não Tem Nada Não

Hell yeah. I mean, what is wrong with this song? Not a damn thing! I was playing this track in the house, and everyone was like: "Who's this?" Kaidi & NK-OK incorporate the sax with undeniable beauty, and add a variety of subtle sounds, along with a heavy drum to get you moving. These guys are the truth. I've gone ahead and added a few of their tracks to my playlist.

Lee Blackman- Alright

All of my artists out there, take note of Lee Blackman. While listening to his track "Alright," I could hear a bevy of vocalists, flowing over this joint- with ease. This goes for singers and hip-hoppers. The percussion, vocal samples, and horns are incredibly smooth. Quite the professional. 

Andrei Laszlo- Oxygen (Original Mix)

Are you planning on producing or directing a movie anytime? This track might be one you want to add to your soundtrack. I can envision a heist, car chase, rooftop fight- you name it. This joint scream: BIG SCREEN!

Travis A. Shaw- Worth It Still

One thing for certain about Travis A. Shaw is his ability to patiently deliver a song. Listening to Travis play is listening to someone who has absolute control of the moment, and n understanding of how to expand and relish in the moment. 

Goosebeats- friends

This piece is titled perfectly, and the cover art may be even better. The first feeling I receive form this piece is comradery. I visualize myself with some of the closest people I trust, and hold high regard for. Walking through some type of beautiful terrain. That photo may have subconsciously led me to having that though, but I feel like I would've gotten that feeling any way What a joy this piece is. 

Will Brahm- Across The Waves
Close your eyes. Lean back. Put your feet up. Now, think of the greatest moment you've had in recent time. Imagine that moment at a tropical beach house, with your favorite drink on the side. Now, top it off with playing Will Brahm's "Across the Waves." It'll add to the euphoria.

dudegotosleep- The One

Growing up, on Saturday mornings, it was a constant thing to have House Music playing in the Living Room. It gets you moving, makes you step, and can keep you alert. I just added this joint to my lists. It's become one of my recent favorites in the genre. "Beee the one."


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