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 such as AYO ^, Onlysu, and Peaceinadhouse, are all featured today.

AYO ^ - Bad For You

'Bad For You' is one of those tracks that has one of those perfect mixes or love and borderline toxicity. The back and forth of a relationship is expressed over sultry instrumentation and an undeniably catchy hook from  AYO ^.

Onlysu- Bad Habits

The melodic capabilities of this piece are intriguing alone. As Onlysu progresses on this track, it's obvious you're listening to an artist with supreme confidence and understanding of his musical direction.

Greg Herzenach- Day

This has to be one of the most musically sophisticated tracks I've heard in a while. It reminds me of some of Pink Floyd's work on their iconic Dark Side of the Moon project. Just as a day can take unexpected turns (whether for the better or worse), 'Day' can put you on a ride of subtle, yet pertinent emotions.

Steven Sware- New Romantics

Sware takes a funky and bold musical route on "New Romantics". The instrumentation leaves a great amount of periodic space for Sware to interject his vocals. The piece has commercial value, though it subtly resembles an acoustic record.

Peaceinadhouse- Brighter Star (feat. Raynstormbeatz)

It's Friday night and coincidentally my birthday as I write this. I can tell you for an absolute fact that I'll be playing this during my celebration tonight. Everything about this track brings on feelings of vibrance and ebullience. 

Søme- Kadmos

This piece has a very cinematic movement. You can place yourself in several positions in life while this piece proceeds to play. The keys come alive on 'Kadmos'

Cam Blair- Benet

I was born in '98, but as I listen to this record, I like to kick back and imagine this is what some of the 'golden-age' of Hip-Hop felt like back in the 90s. Blair's production, straightforward delivery, and attention to lyricism bring the experience full circle.

Refs Kevin Garrett- I Should Be Alone Right Now

Appearing to never sing above a legible whisper, Refs Kevin Garrett provides a listening experience that is both funky and welcomely lulling.

Claire Bagley- Embodiment

This piece exemplifies a true professional artist and someone who understands their craft immensely. I can close my eyes and fully immerse myself in this beautiful composition.

Chris Sigerson- Quiet Path

Is there text painting going on here? Maybe a bit. Chris Sigerson displays a great deal of professionalism, grasp of emotion, and a soundscape so vibrant, it becomes vivid.

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