• 10


    We weren't familiar with D.C.-based producer and vocalist Royal before "Passenger," but it was an impressive introduction. While the older songs on his Soundcloud page are more towards the electronic production and beats side of things, "Passenger" mixes glinting production with a bold pop edge. It starts slowly, with layers of chanted vocals building over the sound of falling rain, and explodes with rich bass and glittering synths around halfway through.

    With the Cycles EP out January 26th, if Royal can follow "Passenger" with another song of the same quality, he'll really have our attention.