• In Kelechi's entry video for "Circles," the Atlanta-based artist sings of an unconditional love for his city — the kind of love that finds comfort in the familiarity of a Waffle House order.

    "I even love your losing Super Bowl team / as sure as the 285 is a loop / Imma come right back to you / I love you in circles," he raps. Download free mp3 ringtones for Android and iPhone

    Kelechi's love letter to Atlanta resonated with our judges as well. NPR Music's hip-hop journalist Rodney Carmichael said Kelechi may well have "wrote a new anthem for the city." —Elle Mannion https://soundcloud.com/tags/happy

    In her entry video for "If You Were Gonna Leave Anyway," Lauren Weintraub performs a song of love and heartbreak that has a classic feel. https://music.yandex.ru/album/6772888 She writes about love with intricate details – glimpses of the happiest moments she's shared. It makes the question in the refrain so much more painful: "Why'd we have to build up that dream / If you were gonna leave anyway?" The build into the bridge just adds to the emotional candor of the song, making this an entry video we can't stop watching. —Clara Maurer

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  • There comes a moment in almost any performance by vibraphonist Joel Ross when he seems to slip free of standard cognitive functions and into a bodacious flow state. Invariably, he's in the midst of a heated improvisation. Maybe he's bouncing on his heels, or bobbing like a marionette. His mallets form a blur, in contrast to the clarity of the notes they produce. The deft precision of his hammering inspires a visual comparison to some tournament-level version of Whac-A-Mole. https://music.yandex.ru/album/7524923/track/51422266

    Ross, 23, has become the breakout jazz star of the moment partly on the basis of this volatile spark and its cathartic release. Last December, at a high-profile New York show by drummer Makaya McCraven, on whose album Universal Beings he appears, Ross took one solo that provoked the sort of raucous hollers you'd sooner expect in a basketball arena. Again, this was a vibraphone solo. https://ringtonesnoise.com/

    I first heard Ross at the start of 2016, months after he arrived in New York as a music student, and he made a strong impression even then. He was appearing during Winter Jazzfest with pianist James Francies, who had just been signed to Blue Note Records. I publicly stated my intention to keep them both on my radar.

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