Oh Wonder – “Shark”
Everything about Shark can be described as so soft spoken. It’s as if no part of this song wants to dominate the other. The vocalists not pulling attention away from the piano, which in turn gives way every so often to the rhythm keeping drums. The product is a very laid back song perfect to relax to.
Isaiah Rashad – “Heavenly Father”
The not Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock part of super label Top Dawg Entertainment turns out to make some pretty good music too. Isaiah Rashad does not have the fanfare or commercial success of his peers, but it’s more a matter of time rather than ability. So far he hasn’t churned out any songs to be radio hits, but has stuck more to songs like Heavenly Father, laid back and deeply personal.
BØRNS – “Seeing Stars”
Garrett Borns isn’t doing anything super new, taking influences from groups like Passion Pit, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t doing it well. Borns’ high octave vocals mesh very well with the bubbly and energetic production.