• Clayjay - "Mr. Sensei"

    I was hooked on Clayjay's "Mr. Sensei" within the first 10 seconds. The San Francisco artist's production is melodically simple but leaves room for expansion, with synths, percussion, and electronic decoration working its way in without ever cluttering the song. He leaves just enough room for New York singer Courtnie's alluring vocals.

    "When I wrote 'Sensei' I tried to channel the mood of [the] forest into the music," Clayjay told us. "The song always felt like a creepy, but romantic love story set in the heart of Mt. Davidson. I wanted listeners to be able to imagine this forest as they immerse themselves in the song."—Jacob Moore