Eternia & Rel McCoy - Free

Eternia is a Toronto emcee who released her first album in 2005, but she had been rapping much longer than that. She released her last full-length album in 2010, At Last, done in collaboration with producer Moss. Since that time, her career has had its ups and downs, but she’s made appearances over the years on other albums, such as Shad’s Flying Colours and A Short Story About War, Apollo Brown’s Grandeur, and Rel McCoy’s A Different Crown.

Gavlyn & DJ Hoppa - Say Less, Love More

Gavlyn is an emcee from the San Fernando Valley in California. While she might appear young, she has actually been at this for a minute, with her first release coming over a decade ago. Along the way, she found a musical partner in DJ Hoppa, releasing albums together in 2016 and 2018. Now they continue to build on that foundation with their latest full-length album, Say Less, Love More. From the minute you press play on Say Less, Love More, Gavlyn and Hoppa are taking you on a journey of discovery of the self.

ECID - Zen Repair

ECID is an emcee/producer originally from Minneapolis, but now based in Brooklyn. He was working at a very steady pace over the 2010s, giving us such projects as Werewolf Hologram, Post Euphoria 1 & 2, Pheromone Heavy, and How to Fake Your Own Death. After that last album in 2017, he relocated to Brooklyn. At the end of that year, there was an EP from him and Louis Logic under the name Toyfriend, but then there was a period of silence as he adjusted to this new phase of his life.

Marcel P. Black - Everything iLuv

Marcel P. Black is an emcee from Baton Rouge who has been releasing music for over a decade. He has released some singles, remixes, and an EP during the pandemic, but his last full-length album, In Search of the Black Messiah, came out in 2019. Now he’s back with a new full-length to help him make sense of a tumultuous time in his life, Everything iLuv. For this album, Black enlisted the help of producer J Filly, who helps find that balance between some Southern soul-sampling boom bap and some more gritty trap beats.

Devin Burgess - That's Unfortunate

Devin Burgess is an artist from Cincinnati that has been releasing music since the mid-2010s. He’s been staying busy in 2021, with two projects dropped earlier in the year and a live EP released in June. Now he’s back with a new album, That’s Unfortunate. As Burgess explains, about 80% of this album was written and recorded during quarantine starting in 2020. As you might expect, this time gave Burgess a lot of time to reflect and look inward, and it comes through in the music.

Cyesm - Beat Baker

Cyesm is a French musician who has been releasing records for over two decades now. In that time, he’s worked a wide variety of artists and covered everything from classical to jazz to hip hop to electronic music. His most recent project came out in May of this year, New Worlds. Now he’s back with a new project, Beat Baker. One of the fun things about following Cyesm’s career is that you never know which direction he might go in for each project.

Mild High Club - Going Going Gone

Mild High Club is a Chicago-based project led by musician Alexander Brettin. They formed in 2013, making their recording debut in 2015 with the release of their first album, Timeline. This caught the ears of Stones Throw, who then put out their sophomore album, Skiptracing. Since then, there has been a collaborative album with King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard and a couple of 7”s. Now they are finally back with their third album, Going Going Gone.

AWOL One - Flying With Bats

AWOL One has been a staple of the Los Angeles underground hip hop scene since the ‘90s, working with groups like Shape Shifters and The Cloaks along the way, as well as artists like 2Mex and Factor, just to name a few. He’s also maintained a steady solo career the whole time, with his most recent release, an EP called Can’t Handle Us, coming in October of last year. Now he’s back with a new EP, Flying With Bats.

Golden Browne - Golden Browne

Jenna Camille is a singer-songwriter originally from Atlanta, but now based in D.C., who has been releasing music since the mid-2010s. As it so happened, there was a trio called Columbia Nights that were getting started around the same time, making their own brand of neo-soul and jazz. It seemed like it was only a matter of time before these two acts crossed paths, which they did a couple of years ago.

Moor Mother - Black Encyclopedia of Air

Moor Mother is an artist from Philly that has been releasing music for nearly a decade now. She had an especially busy 2020, releasing a live album with Nicole Mitchell, collaborative projects with Yatta, Olof Melandor, and billy woods, and a concept album, Circuit City. In 2021, she announced that after a strong run on Don Giovanni, she would be embarking on a new phase of her career with Anti- Records.