Something that Navarre’s Lounge will host periodically is a Top 5 list to start off the week. This week, I’ve put together a list of artists that you may or may not have heard. This is purely subjective; hopefully, this list gives you energy or helps you mellow out. If you have any ideas or suggestions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me via e-mail or any social media platform! Alright, let’s get started.

5. X-Isle the Wanderer

This artist is one I recently discovered, but I am so glad I stumbled upon his SoundCloud page. He has a fast cadence, like what you would hear from Eminem or Joyner Lucas. His collection of tracks has enough variation to fit any mood you are in.

4. King J. Saldaña

Hailing from my hometown of Longview, TX is this next artist who is pouring his effort into his passion. From his earliest track up to now, his lyrical growth is very apparent, and this artist gets exponentially better with every release.

3. S. G. Lewis

Ever since I first heard this song, I could never get enough of it. This track is a great example of what it means to treat your voice like an instrument. The flow of the track gradually rises then falls, which parallels with the energy that is given through the artist’s voice.

2. BINKBEATS

What astounds me every time I listen to this track is that it is only two extremely talented musicians making this track! This piece boasts heavy jazz influences with the moving bass line and the syncopation of the drums. The and the ambient synth paired with the solo from each musician is just icing on the cake.

1. Jay Lewn

Once this song comes up on my playlist, it’s on repeat until I can’t stand listening to it anymore (which never happens). This track is filled to the brim with emotion and metaphors that are accented with dubbed lyrics that harmonize with the melody. His voice is both the vocal and an instrument. I love the old school synth hits as well as the classic use of background vocals as chords.

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