Three tracks that leave genre conventions behind and captivate audiences

Ray Turner – “Friendly Fire”
-Whether you call it alt or R&B, this track from Ray Turner brings some absolute heat. It’s got a great beat, some nice guitar licks, and a lot of attitude. It’s the kind of track that you feel as much as you hear. The lyrics are about making sure that we’re not hurting each other when we argue within a relationship. It’s definitely relatable and has some really fun unconventional energy.

Blair Borax – “Keep walking”
-If you’re a woman, you will relate to this song. If you’re a man, shut up and listen to it. You don’t need to have a comment. Maybe it’s not you… maybe you’re not “that guy”… but you should still listen. This track is Blair Borax’s declaration of her experience existing as a woman. The production is outstanding and the lyrics are clearly conveyed. The syncopated pop energy pulls the listener in and the groove will certainly keep you moving. At the end of the day, though, the lyrics should call everyone to remember to treat women with dignity and respect.

Mark Diamond – “Something about you”
-At first glance, this seems like a pretty standard pop love song. But the more I’ve listened to it, I feel something different in this production. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I think it’s just that it’s a sincere expression of love and connection. The line about “worry about me” for some reason seems so true; any love song can talk about desire, but this one is about that other level of emotional bonding. They talk about love that you can’t put into words… and it really feels like Mark Diamond has captured a slice of that with this song. Give it a spin.

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