Daily Yinz – Bilal Abbey – Copper Skin (feat. Mani Bahia)

Rapper Bilal Abbey recently released Crash Landing, a brief work that draws parallels between love and space exploration. The release kicks off with "Copper Skin," a collaboration with vocalist Mani Bahia that begins with the kind of grainy countdown you'd hear in a Tom Hanks movie, setting the stage for Bilal's exploration of Planet Romance. … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Bilal Abbey – Copper Skin (feat. Mani Bahia)

Daily Yinz – Angelea – AURA

Angelea is a Pittsburgh singer who recently released her debut single, "AURA." The track is an alluring not-so-slow jam that combines R&B and hip-hop stylings to create a listen that's simultaneously mellow and dynamic. Its instrumental, produced by TopShelfLeek, sees moth wing hi-hats cut through a haze of hothouse synth tones; the lush sonic expanse … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Angelea – AURA

Daily Yinz – SAMURAE – Tree Talk

SAMURAE goes acoustic for the antimaterialist self-care ballad "Tree Talk." SAMURAE, an R&B artist who possesses a truly mighty set of pipes, strips her sound down to a simple guitar and piano combination for some "Tree Talk," allowing her muscular voice and introspective lyrics to take center stage. Overtop a swaying, Randy Newman-esque groove, SAMURAE … Continue reading Daily Yinz – SAMURAE – Tree Talk

Daily Yinz – Chandra Rhyme – Bullet

Chandra Rhyme's latest single, "Bullet," is a slow jam that comes complete with an elegant, abstract lyric video. "Bullet" is an especially sensual entry in the extensive "love is a dangerous game" canon, as Chandra compares her experience with a romantic partner to a drug, an adrenaline spike, an internal struggle, and, yes, an 18th … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Chandra Rhyme – Bullet

Daily Yinz – Quashon Sligh – Me

Singer and rapper Quashon Sligh releases the single "Me" in advance of his upcoming album. Quashon, whose voice and singing style hearken back to the days when Usher and Ne-Yo ruled the airwaves, channels the latter's "Miss Independent" with "Me." Quashon pays tribute to a woman who's "been through so much"; she's moved from the … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Quashon Sligh – Me

Daily Yinz – S!MONE – Jealous

Simone Joy Jones (aka S!MONE) is a Pittsburgh-based artist whose debut EP, Divine Mistakes, contains seven lush, multilayered R&B tracks. "Jealous," the EP's most propulsive cut, rides a rhythmic backbone that splits the difference between trap and reggaeton, with rapid-fire cymbal hits fluttering over a tresillo base. Glistening, jazz-tinged guitars drip from all directions, creating … Continue reading Daily Yinz – S!MONE – Jealous

Daily Yinz – SAMURAE – Cotton Candy Clouds

SAMURAE is an R&B artist who complements a powerful singing voice with dreamy arrangements. SAMURAE's latest single, "Cotton Candy Clouds," saunters and sashays like something out of 1950s Hollywood; call it Sunset Strip District. Tasteful lounge piano and echoing finger snaps back SAMURAE as she remembers one sweet night spent downtown with a significant other. … Continue reading Daily Yinz – SAMURAE – Cotton Candy Clouds

Daily Yinz – KeyDaInto – Don’t Care (prod. Yorel Tifsim)

Singer/rapper KeyDaIntro teams up with frequent collaborator Yorel Tifsim for the coolly scathing "Don't Care." Metaphors and similes are ripe ground for cliche, so it was refreshing to hear KeyDaIntro sing, "I detach like a microphone," in response to being scorned by a former compatriot. The line effortlessly blends creativity with attitude, and proves that, … Continue reading Daily Yinz – KeyDaInto – Don’t Care (prod. Yorel Tifsim)

Daily Yinz – Princess Nostalgia – Ugly Lovely

Futuristic pop producer/songwriter/singer Princess Nostalgia returns with the effervescent "Ugly Lovely." An ode to the duality inherent in all people-- be it the devil/angel, yin/yang, or Shakti/Shiva archetype--"Ugly Lovely" celebrates both the darkness and the light, acknowledging that, in the end, "It's only me/Division makes for chemistry/Endlessly." The song starts off with a few passages … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Princess Nostalgia – Ugly Lovely

Daily Yinz – RΛUL – Glimmer

RΛUL is a Pittsburgh-based solo artist who creates a dreamy, digitized strain of R&B; Rose (The Flower) is his latest EP. "Glimmer," my favorite track from Rose, floats by on a bed of pillowy synths, washed out strings, swirling, reversed vocal samples, and leisurely breakbeats. Hard-hitting pulses of electro bass keep things from drifting off, … Continue reading Daily Yinz – RΛUL – Glimmer