So High 22222 is a new single from Orlando-based hip hop artist, 1sPlace Poet. Let me just say straight up that this recording is smooth. 1sPlace Poet’s delivery flows naturally. Peppy pacing blends with melodic tone to make it crystal clear that he is not just a poet but is well versed in the art of musicality. This is especially impressive in that the actual beat is fairly minimalist. 1sPlace Poet’s voice ultimately carries the song, though strategically incorporated backing vocals add a bit of fullness and enhance the sound.
You might assume that a song with a title like So High 22222 would be some kind of fun, novelty track, but be prepared to be caught off guard, because this is in fact a high quality piece of hip hop music, with hints of R&B and soul. The artist has another recent release called Can’t Nobody. When comparing the two tracks in a recent interview, he stated that “one is for smokers, and one if for lovers.” However, in my opinion both of these jams are for anyone who can appreciate decent music and chill vibes.
Touch is a new single from Dallas-based singer-songwriter and recording artist, Shannon Burchett. Featuring robust guitar melodies and an epic orchestral ambiance, the track has already amassed nearly 10k streams on Soundcloud. Touch blends classic rock’n’roll energy with a sophisticated, sensitive sound. With the aid of a delightfully full mix, Shannon’s prodigious performance manages to convey an impressive level of emotion. The song is aptly titled, as Touch truly does activate the listener’s senses and will leave them tingling.
The release of Touch comes hot off the heels of Shannon’s recent album, Lucky. One standout single from that EP is Nirvana, a blissful, romantic jam with pop sensibilities. Nirvana has a peppy, flavorful beat and tropical vibe. It’s quite catchy and demonstrates Shannon’s ability to crack into the mainstream zeitgeist. The melodies are smooth, groovy and surprisingly complex. Shannon Burchett is obviously a skilled keyboardist and guitarist and seems to be capable of cranking out quality releases at a prolific pace. He has already carved out a small stylistic niche for himself in this industry. With the right connections, he has the potential to go pretty far.