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 Taliii, JIRI, and Earthgang, are all featured today.

Taliii– Safe and sound 

This is a track that took no time to be added to my playlist. The airy instrumentation, coupled with a sybaritic atmosphere creates a nearly perfect soundscape for Taliii’s vocals. Oh, did I mention her voice is beyond soothing and professional?

TRY x Earthgang- Clarity

Listen to the ever-present percussion in the opening moments of this record. This sets the rigorous, and semi-bombastic tone of the entire record. TRY, and Earthgang bring the noise on “Clarity”.

L30 Robinson- Dumb

Have y’all ever seen the famous dance that the late Pop Smoke made famous? You kind of stand on one leg, lift the other one off the ground real smooth like, and put your hand in the air. Yeah that one, when this piece comes on, you’ll be wanting to do that from the beginning to end.

JIRI- Up From Here

 Damn! Let's go! This record gave me chills. Want to talk about motivation and completely transparent songwriting? This is it! JIRI's hook is not only catchy, but it puts a fire under you, makes you want to get up and make some changes in the morning. The lines are so internationally relatable, you can almost finish them yourself. We up! 

Milez- Tirade's Blessings

Milez' Tirade's Blessings has "pop" written all over it with a blend of Hip-Hop. The instrumentation on this can get local college parties rocking, and Milez' vocal pace is quite fitting for the landscape created here.

IcedOutMike- Exterminate

Let's not make this any more complicated than it has to be!I If you listen to this record for 35 seconds, it's clear what kind of time IcedOutMike is on in this song. He's taking a hardcore and boisterous approach, letting you know who he is and what his capabilities are (in more ways than one). Mike is not to be trifled with on "Exterminate".

Oliver / Aberson- At The End the World

Silky, smooth, sultry... Those are just a few adjectives to describe this hot cut by Oliver / Aberson. 

Charlie Noiir- On My Sleeve

Here's a piece that I truly appreciate for having many of the attributes for what i'd consider a throughly good sounding song. The instrumentation play as a bit of a ground for Noiir's melodies, storytelling, and passionate vocals to take place.


If you dig the sound of what some may consider "real Hip-Hop", then this is the track for you. The minimalistic production, coupled with deeply culturally rooted lyricism is nothing to play with.

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