Homegrown sources of pop and R&B align in a choose-your-own-adventure of styles, with special guest TBA. Eclectic soul standard Mélat rides classically hued torch song “The Lesson,” draped in illustrious vocal layers. Multihyphenate p1nkstar heightened her hot-pink superstar concept with feature-length 2021 "Girls Like Us," highlighting trans artistry and named for one of her propulsive electro-pop tracks. San Marcos-launched act BluMoon offer elegant neo-jazz under Kendra Sells’ imaginative vocal lead. Come early for twinkly organic synthesists Felt Out and more.
Last month, Zeale and Flobama posted a collaborative clip in which the Blackillac emcee rapped over the beatmaker’s finger-drumming prowess. Let’s hope they link up again at Swan Dive during a lineup that puts the “free” in Free Week: Like Zeale, Ben Buck flows freestyles like the dam of creativity has been pulled wide open. All four performers are handy on the sampler, while CloudChord excels at mixing beat production with slinky, modern, electric guitar stylings.