Atlanta is experiencing a cultural explosion right now. And right near the forefront of this new creative movement in the dirty south is 17 year old artist Raury. Perhaps you heard about him back in the spring with the release of his single “God’s Whisper.” Or maybe you’ve just seen his name on one of the many publications promoting him. Well I can officially say that all of the press and talk about him isn’t just hype; it’s well deserved. His ambitious record Indigo Child was released on August 25th and is available as a free download on his site (following your score of 1500 points in an embedded video game on his homepage). Raury’s sound is charismatic and youthful, yet well orchestrated developmentally. Combining multiple genres with the use of everything from acoustic guitars to 808 kits, Raury moves from rapping to singing to shouting to percussive vocal noises in his premier release. And his style? Let’s say Spike Jonze might want to consider going back in and replacing The Arcade Fire’s soundtrack in his ode to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are with Indigo Child. If you haven’t yet heard about him, add Raury to the top of your list of must-hear music, and be sure to go to his site to download his impressive new record.