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 elevated songs by artists like Boy Jugo, Seycara Orchestral, and Ludwik Konopko, are all featured today.

Joey Noble- Not Enough (Demo)

This piece has all of the makings of something I'd see live. Noble gives us a ravishing performance on the guitar, straying the lines of Blues, Rock, and Jazz. And he calls this a demo? Sheesh!

Igor Longhi- The Last Lullaby

Sometimes before I talk about a record, I'll tell you to put the kids to sleep. Well, I'm kind of doing the same here, but this will assist you in tucking them in. Igor's fingers contact the piano so gently and peacefully on "The Last Lullaby." However, the moment that made Longhi write this piece isn't as pleasant. "The music flowed out of my fingers after reading about the umpteenth shipwreck of migrants with children on board. Imagining the fear they could feel in those moments, I wanted to dedicate one last lullaby to them, to soothe their souls in the last, eternal, sleep." Said Longhi.

Camélia Jordana- Moi C'es (Club Soda Remix)

Oh yeah, let's get to moving! If there's one thing that can make a party jump, it's thumping bass, a beautiful display of subtle vocals, and dope transitions. Guess what... That's all here on this track Beloved.

Uto Paradise- E-Mike (On Steroids)

My mind puts me in the beginning of an action or mystery film when this joint comes on. Shades equipped, dark outfit, surveying my surroundings in the middle of New York City, about to walk inside of a huge bank. Can you see it? Then, in the mist of the pseudo calmness, an impactful/jolting scene occurs. Yeah, that's how this piece feels.

 Ludwik Konopko- ZOA (RAIA Version)

The strings are played so effortlessly here. Not only is the composing done with near artistic perfection, the engineering puts you in the room with the instrumentalists. 

Boy Jugo -The Great Siphon feat. JeMarcus Bridges

From the piano, to the percussion, this joint gives me a ton of funky vibes. At times, I can hear HipHop artists like Q-Tip, or soulful singers like Sade on this piece. This resonates from top to bottom, and is by far one of my favorite tracks of the year.

FVN Boy- Next

This track is as chill as ever. The bass has a buzz that you can physically feel, and the melodies are beautifully consistent. Don't get it confused, this joint is HipHop still- there's even some record scratching on the track. Though, simultaneously, this could play while you're getting ready to relax for the rest of the night. Great vibes.

Seycara Orchestral- If You Were Mine

Look above at the image. Make what you may of it while I tell you about the sound it accompanies. A piano and cello take the forefront of this piece. In fact, they are the only two instruments involved. For 6 minutes, the heart wrenching story of two lovers unwillingly separating is told through Seycara Ochestral's strings and keys. The atmosphere of this composition leaves plenty of room for your imagination. 

Lee Michael Walton x Xenia Porteous- Longing And Belonging

This piece takes me back to my days at The Peabody Institute. It was not rare for me to hear some of the most gifted classical musicians in the world performing and perfecting their crafts as I made my way to a private vocal lesson or my occasional lunch beak. Walton and Porteous portray excellence with this performance.

Ej Hoffman- Beast Mode

Call me crazy, but for some reason, when this cut is on, I get reminded of a wedding. Well, maybe not the actual "wedding," but the reception. This piece has the kind of atmosphere that fits with romance and a good piece to freestyle over if you ever had to show your skills at the party!

Arashk Azizi- Variation on a Persian theme, Op. 5 "Navaei"

This composition has one of the most memorable refrains I've heard from a piano piece in a while. There is a mice and steady movement here as well. The piece at no moment feels stagnant or drawn out, the dynamics and transitions are done with ease, making this a pleasant listening experience. 

Kiki Cubb- Going Home

Has anyone here ever listened to James Blunt's standout track "You're Beautiful"? Amazing song right? I get emotional almost every damn time. While listening to Kiki Cubb's, "Going Home'" I get a similar soundscape. Who knows? This song may be the catalyst for someone falling in love at first sight. 

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