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 gifted artists such as Obi Original, Savaya and The Greys, are all featured today.

Fanaka Nation x Obi Original- Steady Ballin'

Damn! This piece is an absolute shoulder-shaker! Obi and Fanaka give us a groovy afrobeats joint with 'Steady Ballin'. This is going directly in the party rotation.

Nervous City Nervous Self- Frat Boy Boyfriend

This piece is different compared to most songs you'd see here on SwanoDown. Is this a song I'd play in the car on my way to work? Nah, Is this something I'd play on the way to an insane music festival? Yes! It's kind of a novelty piece, and is truly for the sake of fun.

Waves_On_Waves x Sonic Shades Of Blue- Keep Staring

How do I start? I really don't know how to describe this record. I'll start by saying this, regardless of what words I use to describe this record, you'll have to listen to fully get a grasp of what this sounds like. Look at the photo above, it looks like a magical dream right? That's how 'Keep Staring' feels. it's like riding on a magic carpet in the middle of a starry night, just pondering what's below you.

Savaya- Hear You

This record has all the makings of a subtle, but engaging pop-hit. You know those songs that you hear on top 40 radio stations two summers in a row? 'Hear You' has the potential to make the cut.


"I hate you means I love you. Don't you understand it? There's something about Coker's vocal presence that takes this song to the next level. The engineering is raw, and the production is minimal. It's quickly become one of my favorite songs of the year. The simplicity speaks volumes coupled with the paradoxical concept.

Gambino NTG- Pinochet (Stalin)

I'm not sure 100% sure of what region of the world this song comes from, but the production certainly sounds like it's Detroit influenced. NTG gives us some hardcore delivery and polarizing production. The audience gets a few chances for their ears to take a moment of "calm" right before NTG goes back to his straightforward delivery. 'Pinochet' takes you on a bit of a surprising musical rollercoaster.

Test Patterns- Don't Ask Me

First and foremost, this is such a dope ass cover. Look at it. Yeah, I know it takes inspiration, but nonetheless, it's madly dope! Listening to 'Don't Ask me' has a very mid-2000s fee to it. The drum patterns are easy to follow, and the rap/singing are very structured. if you're looking for a sit-back listening music vibe, this is it for you.

Skengyola x RXY- Again and again

You knows those songs that you may not turn on in your car, but always turn up to when it's blasting in the club? This is one of them. The accents and bouncing character of this production creates a rigorous buzz/dance mood.

iv- My Bad

This brother is smooth! He's not afraid to let his unapologetic gasconade rule the track. [I]v takes no shame in controlling the musical journey vocally, while letting the trap-infused instrumental glide along right with him. This is a bad man!

Niki & The Dove / The Greys- Police

Funky- These bass lines intertwined with the full/reverberated vocals play a key part on this track. The production has melodies flying all over the place, with soulfulness in the air. It's a true testament of expression through artistry.

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