Been a little over a year since OddCouple, Zach Henderson released his Liberation, To celebrate he curated a show in honor of the project filled with some of Chicago’s best creatives. Henderson has been enjoying a run of shows following the release from Summerfest 4cast to theMIDAuxChord DJ‘s to p4k afters and Northerly Island. Back with more shows following the anniversary in Chicago and LA we can catch him in January in the City, enjoying that liberated life.
See The Sun sheds light on your playlist with some smooth quality instrumental and most recently Feels Like takes over with Jack Red flowin over the beat. A little different direction from the Sun as Henderson switches up styles naturally. Henderson also released a mix of songs after Goonin around on soundcloud that he calls IL!ke2dnc, because he likes to dance. Hopefully all this activity follows up more dope music cause that it Feels Like!
Marko Stat$ is quickly making moves after the release of his LP BEE-4 I Fly Away. He has Been moving around the city hitting random venues supporting random charities and making history as he performs. From performing a show donating money to St Marys Convent School in Nigeria to hitting Notre Dame to be the first rap artist to perform in a certain building and hitting his first cypher amongst local artists with Pink Room. Stat$ is making sure his year is going out strong.
From all this a music video dawned for the track Power from the aforementioned LP. Already having a hand full of music videos up his sleeve with a freestyle, Jubilation,Nobodyand others you can see him getting used to this Power hanging around all over the city, Varisse getting all the quality shots. Cannot wait to see what the new year has in store for this artist still blooming.
AmbI from Chicago got together with theMind to create a fantastic single and visual collaboration. Setting is in the studio and you can isntantly recognize some locals likePhoelixand Squeak Pivot. Miss Me is a smooth production with some real lyrics delivered smoothly. It is to be featured on a an upcoming project Study Hall you can hear amongst the chatter in the background even.
It is not often occurrence when hip hop and soul meets rock and roll but when its done right it is an extraordinary combination of sound and style. Not surprisingly the endlessly talented Jamila Woods involved herself with the Chicago rock group NE-HI to recreate The Times I’m Not There. Previously never working together before Jamila and NE-HI had a mutual interest in each others music. There is more significance to this work than ears can hear.
This song chosen is from NE-HI’s first LP. The two being from Chicago they agreed upon giving the money raised from the song to charity that empowers youth through creative means created by Chance the Rapper named SocialWorks. They all got to talking with Sterogum about the collaboration and shared some words on their experiences. Jamila, coming back from BLK Wednesday & John Walt Day, gave outstanding performances over Thanksgiving weekend that may have topped her LSD video release viewing, treating the crowds to unreleased music. Keep ears open from new music from both these locals.
James Weird of NE-HI On collaborating with Jamila:
We spent some time this summer reimagining the arrangement and rhythmic approach to “The Times I’m Not There”, a song from our first record. The idea was to explore new melodies and textures to shape around the guitar hook and find a different voice to take the song somewhere else. Jamila Woods, being the amazing vocalist that she is, came on and completely led the song into a new life. After tampering around with the edit for a while, what started as an experiment turned out to be a memorable song and recording process. Shout out to Jamila Woods, Dave Vettraino on production, and Dee Lilly on the keys! This being a project between two Chicago artists, we wanted to give all the proceeds back to young people in the city through the arts empowerment charity, SocialWorks
Jamila on NE-HI:
I had a great time working on the song with NE-HI, we had never worked together before but I really like their sound and it was fun to collaborate during the process. I think it’s dope that they chose to partner with SocialWorks for the release
Solstis is back with new music for Chicago and fans abroad. This time they pull out an original from their playlist. Up until now this past year the duo have been releasing remixes for artists like Luna Shadows and Autolaser w/ PLS&TY and a throwback with Nelly Furtado. This release also makes their first original track with an independent singer/ songwriter. Ally Ahern and Solstis compliment eachothers flow and style with Take Me they just created an instant with ease. With this release a new release maybe a full project can be on its way we will have to see!
Win & Woo from Chicago is known widely for their ambient future bass and house remixes. It is their original collab vocal track Chicago with Bryce Fox that has been buzzing around, donning a remix compilation tape of its own with those daring enough to challenge perfection! Constellation would follow after and most recently Gold, a moombah influenced future bass track with Shaylen on vocals. The artists told Earmilk that they all got along and worked together so compatibly in the studio that the hit came almost overnight.
Then we got their remixes. You cannot go wrong with them even the artists the duo chooses to work on are super talented. Looking at the likes of Big Gigantic, Big Wild, Kaskade, SNBRN to step up to within this past year and they respond! Adding to that list Mokita, Maty Noyes and JP Saxe. Win & Woo have a very good ear when it comes to choosing the right sound that work with theirs. Changing the pace on Goodbye but keeping it melodic dance beat with some vocal chops. Best for last Anybody Else will have you coming back for more. We couldn’t stop ourselves either on the repeat button for this glitch-pop remix we can only let the remix speak for itself.
Doin it again, this New Thing will be echoing in your head until you hit replay. First original following a list of remixes after his EP Visions. His most recent remix he has done was apart of a compilation for DNMO & Sub Urban track Broken. Cofresi paired that one with a video showcasing his live abilities. New Thing similarly is apart of a greater project.
Introducing Cofresi‘s forthcoming EP Faces, New Thing foreshadows the quality of the project. Not only does it announce a new body of work but it is marks a first collaboration with a skilled vocalist; Ehiorobo breaks the cherry. Faces itself will be constisting of 6 total tracks with 6 unique vocalists for each track respectively. Cannot wait to see this creative transformation of style.
Working with frequent collaborator Oliver Tree, Whethan from Chicago created another anthem and a dope beat. Working with many popular artists like Flux Pavilion, Elohim, Max, Ashe and Louis the Child Whethan got ahead in the game quick. With sounds that he is producing its was only inevitable. Enemy itself here sounds like it can go up against a Justice beat with its similar style.
This song can join the playlist next to the Woods from Probcause as one of those nonchalant beats. Nothing but good vibes with Cool, a song about cool things. It is actually refreshing to hear lyrics unrelated to the usual money, sex, drugs. I mean everyone can bump a good party song but if you can be entertaining with friendly lyrics that just spreads love and fun then you can do more than most. Get loose to this, no need to take life seriously always, no ones too cool for a good time!
Knox Fortune is ridin high in Paradise with his latest album release. Following up with a short tour around the states that sold out in Chicago in no time at all. Written and produced entirely by Knox with the help of a well known locals Joey Purp, Cam O’bi, Carter Lang, Nico Segal, theMind, and many other notable artists. KAMI and Joey Purp grab the mic for on Strange Days and Stun. Finally finishing off the 11 track epic with some quality production. Most producers dont get enough attention however this is a rare case and Knox has some real support behind him.