Top submissions EP3 Jan, 2021 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

The weekly Top Submissions aims to showcase a selected crop of acts that cross our paths. From the best tracks/videos from far and wide, we gather the upper echelon of artists you can find and give them a platform to be further recognized for their works. So, sit back and tune in, and don’t forget to show them some love by following them on all social media platforms

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Ember Woods – “Down 4 Me”


Ember Woods shares a new single “Down 4 Me” that flips a classic R&B track into something new. A mix of heartfelt lyrics and an emotional punch that hits the soul. Something for new lovers out here trying to wing this thing called love
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud


Balt Getty, Chino XL – “Empty Place”


“Empty Place” is the new release from the duo of Balt Getty and Chino XL. This continues their string of releases and once again showcases a solid blend of gripping beats and intricate insightful lyrics from the rap veteran Chino XL.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer


J1hunnit L4E & nokley – “Tear Us Down”

“Tear Us Down” is a rousing, cinematic piece by J1hunnit L4E and Nokley. An excellent blend of insightful fiery lyrics over driving punchy instrumentation.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud


Be Kind – “Cowbell”


Australia based UK artist Be Kind shares his new release titled “Cowbell.” Bolstered by a punchy production, melodic runs, and heartfelt lyrics, the song is quite engaging from start to finish.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Spotify


MeRCY – “The Sun-Sentinel “(Uncut)


MeRCY kicks off 2021 with the visuals for the song “The Sun-Sentinel .” Backed by a soulful backdrop courtesy of Syer On The Beat and visuals directed by TwaunSoDef, MeRCY plays the main correspondent for the streets to the world.
“The Sun-Sentinel,” is taken from his latest full-length release Everything Under The Sun. Get it on all DSPs here.




La Purp – “All The Same”


Rapper/Singer La Purp makes her entry on our list with a fiery cut titled “All The Same.” The track is a showcase of insightful and bravado lyrics over a hard-hitting off-kilter backdrop.
“All The Same” is taken from her debut EP Brick By Brick.



Jamar Carr x D. Thompson – “Bad Thing”

The duo of Jamar Carr and D. Thompson return with their new single “Bad Thing.” An upbeat track that dives into love during the lockdown.





ILL KNOB – “They Don’t Like That”

ILL KNOB delivers an inspirational track titled “They Don’t Like That” on our list. Armed with his unique flow and vivid lyrics, he takes time to uplift listeners to find their self-worth despite what others think. Get it on all DSPs here.



Noutéka Collective – “LINES [Posse Cut]”

Diverse musical collective Noutéka shares the visuals for their posse cut titled “LINES [Posse Cut]” An ambitious soul/hip-hop fusion song that is 8 minutes long and features 8 members from the group. Each artist bringing a whole different vibe to the cut.
STREAM It on Spotify here



Ro$$eTTi – “Ain’t for You”


Emerging emcee Ro$$eTTi based in Pittsburgh makes his entry on our list with his new release titled “Ain’t for You.” The track makes use of a classic soul sample and sees the artist detailing his self-growth and go-getter attitude.
“Ain’t for You” is taken from his new project.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud


Mr. Morrison & The Longshow – “Apocalypse Shopping List”


“Apocalypse Shopping List” by Mr. Morrison and The Longshow is an interesting concept revolving around a post-apocalyptic reality that is all too familiar. Backed by a moody backdrop and vivid lyrics of a what-if situation, listeners get to see things from a different perspective.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud




Dre A.M. – “barely alive”

Queens, NY emcee Dre A.M. showcases his pen game on the new single “barely alive,” a moody track ripe with off-kilter and vivid lyrics.



Varnell Hill – “Listen To Yourself”

LA-based artist Varnell Hill’s “Listen To Yourself” is an unapologetic track that details a relationship gone sour. he describes a situation where his partner stays argumentative and he has had it up to here.



Abstract – “2020 Won”


Abstract shares his thoughts on “2020 Won” where he breaks down his life journey through the tumultuous year we know as 2020. From producer Michael Ferguson’s moody backdrop and Abstract ‘s fiery performance, listeners get thrown in the mix and we see what really makes the man tick. Get the LP here.


Blxst – “Hurt “(Live Harp Performance)

Los Angeles artist Blxst puts together a harp rendition of his single “Hurt.” The somber song showcases excellent lyrics from the rapper who has learned the hard way and he is now moving on from the hurt.



KID TRAVIS – “Intergalactic Interlude(Galaxy-Prelude)”


KID TRAVIS shares the new song “Intergalactic Interlude(Galaxy-Prelude)” from his recently released project Strawberry Skies Album. The track has a mellow and moody texture which serves as the perfect backdrop for the singer’s angelic vocals.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud



Kev Brown & J Scienide – “Out The Safari”

In promotion of Kev Brown and J Scienide’s sophomore LP, Stray From The Pack, the DMV-based emcee/producer duo present the Kreative71-directed visuals for the album cut, “Out the Safari,” which is both a celebration of the album’s release and their work together as a whole.
Stream Stray From The Pack on all DSPs here



theMVP – “Knife in My Back”


Emcee theMVP is relentless on his song “Knife in My Back” a hard-hitting cut that dives into backstabbers and fake friends. Armed with a gruff vocal and unique flow, he delivers vivid lyrics with fiery intent.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Spotify

Wish Master drops visuals for “Fully Loaded”[Video] 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

Wish Master recently teamed up with Hozay for a collaborative project titled A Beautiful Mess and now the duo drop the first set of visuals. The song in question is titled “Fully Loaded,” a hard-hitting banger that showcases Wish master’s passionate flow and vivid lyrics over Hozay’s moody backdrop.

The visual is directed by Artefact Studios who make use of smooth cut scenes and performance shots of Wish master doing what he knows best.


Buy/Stream Wish Master and Hozay A BEAUTIFUL MESS E.P HERE.  Get the Bandcamp/CD version HERE.

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LiaPlusSum shares new single “Triggered” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

Emerging singer LiaPlusSum caught our ears with her latest single titled “Triggered.” A heartwarming classic R&B jam that showcases her alluring vocals and unapologetic approach.

The song makes use of a classic drumbreak peppered by a smooth and somewhat moody texture and nostalgic keys to match her passionate melodic runs. She sure holds it down here and warns potential suitors to not trigger her feelings.

Keep up with LiaPlusSum | Soundcloud :

Lo Village Claims Norms are “Out the Window” 

By msavino Word Is Bond

Recent events in America have culminated in the realization that a-lot of what we were taught and societal norms are now “Out The Window”. – Lo Village

Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Hip Hop/R&B group Lo Village release “Out the Window.”

The thought-proving single is sure to revive all five senses while the lyrics from Kane and Charles Taylor combined with Ama’s harmonious vocals set the tone for a soulful, revolutionary vibe.

America has collapsed waist-side when we think of societal standards, or simply put they’ve been ejected out the window.  Lo Village reminds us of what America once stood for as well as the blatant reality we live in. The smooth, yet gripping cadences fuel the group’s raw emotion. Stream “Out the Window” and connect with Lo Village on Instagram @lovillage


ArmstrongWW Releases “For You” (Single) 

By msavino Word Is Bond

Houston-based artist ArmstrongWW releases a tribute single titled “For You.”

Over a glazed production of jazz and vintage keys, ArmstrongWW delivers an old school lyrical ode. Although his tale is about a friend who passed, “For You” can be taken in as self-reflection. The wordsmith doesn’t rhyme about regret, he rather paints a canvas filled with shine and nostalgia.  A vivid canvas that raises neck hairs with each new lyric.  Stream “For You” and connect with ArmstrongWW on Instagram and Twitter @armstrong_ww.

“Made this song just to pay my respect, honestly there’s a couple things I kinda regret, I ain’t finna speak about that I’m just happy we met”

SKG Musicbox is Ready for “New Love” (Instrumental) 

By msavino Word Is Bond

SKG Musicbox releases the instrumental version of his single “New Love.” The invigorating, jazz-fused track is ideal to bounce back after a breakup.

With the kaleidoscope of instruments swarming, it’s evident SKG Musicbox has found a new love, one that cannot cause heartache. Even if you are not experiencing a break up at the moment, “New Love” sparks hope in a manner to rejuvenate oneself. Stream the single above and connect with SKG Musicbox on Instagram @skg_musicbox_studio.

Blue Light Bandits pump up our spirits with “Hot Wax” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

Blue Light Bandits is a 4 member groove rock band from Worcester, MA.  The band specializes in fusing soulful jazz, hip-hop, and neo-soul, and on their new release “Hot Wax” they sure deliver the goods on a high note.

“Hot Wax” is a rousing and lively track that aims to uplift the listeners. Bolstered by the punchy grooves, layered and soulful instrumentation, the track sure packs a punch in many ways. Also joining the band is Boston hip-hop artist,  Oompa whose performance is just pure excellence. Armed with a fiery flow and insightful lyrics, she adds an extra oomph to the cut.

The vibrant song is the first single from the group’s forthcoming album, Honestly Glad it Happened.


Dan DeCristofaro (keys and vocals) and Ethan Bates (bass and vocals) are the founding members, singers, and songwriters behind BLB. Dan is a soulful writer, producer, and arranger who has also begun releasing singles as a solo artist with “Give Me Your Love” in May of 2020 and  “Unbreakable” in November 2019. Ethan is also an accomplished cellist and performs and writes solo compositions as “Ethan Bates Orchestra” where he builds live loops and layers organically for each performance. The current iteration of the BLB lineup features veteran touring and session drummer, Simon Adamsson, and multi-faceted guitarist, Jay Faires, who also rounds out the signature 3-part BLB harmonies.

As of January 2020 the band began work on their second full length album set to be released in March 2021, with singles coming once a month starting in November 2020, that will introduce the next evolution of their songs, sound, and direction. Follow along and stay tuned!


Get “Hot Wax” on Apple Music//Deezer


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Sargeant X Comrade team up with Kool Keith on “Romance in Outer Space” [video] 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

Lofi/experimental musical duo Sargeant X Comrade team up with legendary eclectic emcee Kool Keith on the atmospheric single titled “Romance in Outer Space.” As the title suggests, listeners get drawn into a love story that stretches beyond mother Earth. From the sparse, reflective textures and alluring melodic runs, Sargeant X Comrade delivers a refreshing take on the experimental soul genre. Kool Keith shows up towards the end and gives us his unique off-the-cuff performance.

The visual is a blend of the old and new with its retro-styled visual fx and set pieces. It’s quite engaging and really showcases something different and exciting.

Get “Romance in Outer Space” on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud//Spotify


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Sykes share new single “We And Us” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

Rotterdam-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Sykes shares the new single “We And Us.” The track is the first leak from the upcoming We And Us, set for release on February 10th, via Rotterdam-based forward-thinking electronic label Fluid Funk.

The song was inspired by a conversation Sykes had with a friend on issues touching on religion, politics, and racism. He crafts a somber and somewhat melancholic texture over a vibrant 2-step styled drum arrangement that progresses as the song moves along. The vocals are quite sultry and gripping as well.

Sykes is part of Rotterdam’s new forward-thinking electronic music scene, gravitating around cultural platforms and collective of creative people such as Triphouse Rotterdam and Operator Radio. As a DJ he has been hosting his own show on Operator Radio, while as an artist and producer, he has been championed by DJ, music curator and radio host Carista, who picked his infectious track ‘Take’ for ‘Modern Intimacy Volume 1’, the first compilation album out on her United Identities label. As a performer Sykes has been collaborating with Dutch producer Beau Zwart, who’s Beyond Two Souls EP ft. Sykes marked the launch of the Fluid Funk label in 2020. Together they performed their energetic live set at ADE 2019, culminating in an EP release, ‘Hold Tight’, released last summer.

With upcoming releases including tracks on Bristol-born record label Boogie Cafe Records’ upcoming compilation, an electronic dance EP on Carista’s United Identities and a future album in the pipeline, Sykes is set to make an impact on the international music scene.


Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud


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Marie Dahlstrom , Aligo and Dan Diggas share new single “Rising” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

Singer Marie Dahlstrom, producer Aligo, and rapper Dan Diggas drop a new single “Rising” as they prepare to drop their forthcoming collaborative EP, 4inARow.

The record is a smooth, laidback R&B/hiphop infused record that showcases Dahlstrom’s angelic melodic runs with Diggas’ vivid lyrics that detail love between two individuals. This is bolstered by Aligo’s moody and dreamy production ripe with layered textures and sparse groovy arrangements.


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