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 Klaus Sahm, Adrian Lord, and J-Fills, are all featured today.

Gary Alesbrook- Slow Life

Some of my all time favorite artists are Miles Davis, Chet Baker, and Chris Botti. See any pattern here? They’re all world class trumpeters. My ear for any music revolving around jazz can be critical. To say Alesbrook’s track was “impressive” would be an understatement. His drum patterns, and catchy horn section make for a great listening experience.

Remo Roth- Winter’s Tale

Take a seat, and look outside of the window. Turn on this composition, and let those thoughts you’ve been avoiding sink in for a minute. Understand yourself, figure out why you feel the way you feel, assess the situation, and with precision- figure out your next move. Roth’s composition gives us the space to be pensive.

Klaus Sahm- Sakna

There’s a beauty is consistency and sometimes simplicity. With Klaus Sahm’s, “Sanka”, we get both. Sahm's fingers seem to never stop moving on the keys as he creates a place of overwhelmingly gorgeous harmony and present sorrow. Let your emotions take the lead on "Sanka".

J-Fills - Illusive Touch

This isn't necessarily a Gospel piece, but it encompasses the soul of one. "Illusive Touch" reminds me of the beginning of church services where I'd sit down with my grandparents as a youth. Unforgettable times. I can still feel, and see my grandfather sitting next to me like it was yesterday. Thank you for giving me the sounds to relive that memory J.

Adrian Lord- Snowfall

There doesn't always need to be great exuberance or adrenaline to wake give you a boost. While i listened to "Snowfall", the overall tune was so enriching, it gave me a subtle taste of the beauties life has to offer.

Luke Gajdus- Old Daydream

I'm a firm believer of stepping into action, and not being a victim of paralysis by analysis. However, before we put our ideas in motion, there has to be an idea in the first place. Luke Gajdus gives musical life to our sometimes needed daydreams.

Jonny Rhythms- The Keys and Me

Jonny takes us on a real ride with this piece. And best believe, it's funky the whole way! The opening moments give us some bluesy keys, which stay relevant throughout. As the piece progresses there is some heavy resonating bass and slick percussion to keep the track knocking. The style is pretty free and seemingly improvised from my couple of listens.

Marina Geller- Cobweb in the Wind

It's not "easy" to tell a story with words. Poetry, lyrical songwriting, and playwriting are undoubtedly revered skills. Though, let us not overlook the sheer musical prowess involved in telling a comprehensive story with nothing but the elegance of a piano, and its resonating sound. Geller makes the featured Cobweb's journey through the wind so vivid, without saying a single word. True artistry.

Oren Eytan- River in the Night

This piece would be perfectly accompanied with a nice snowfall. cup of hot chocolate, and a rocking chair. Must I say more? You can probably already feel how this bewitching track sounds.

Hummingbirdxyz- Pathways

Though this song isn't titled "Humming Bird", this piece reminds me of the resonating vibrance a hummingbird naturally encompasses. Within the middle of the piece, the movement creates a photographic sound of a bird flying and analyzing the skies ahead. That's how I interpret it, and I'm gladly keeping it that way. 

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