Produced by friend and collaborator Henrik3000 from Deutshland, that is Germany for the rest of you; This track is certainly Overdue. On this beat, RhymSter, John Renaissance and GQ the Fool, have a lot of talent and history between each other. From collabs to events with us at Ever Evolved such as Can I Kick It and EAT Fest this beat was a long time coming. Over smooth beatwork, signature style of Henrik, closing in on 5 minutes the three MC’s pull off an instant classic, an anthem for our generation of music hustlers in Chicago.
The Cool Kids have been building up much anticipation since releasing their first couple of singles off of their upcoming re-union album. Since Connect Four and Running Man, the duo released two more singles Check Out and TV Dinner accompanied with music videos to raise the excitement. Chuck Inglish and Sir Michael Rocks have been busy working and promoting their projects. Their forth coming album Special Edition Grand Master Deluxe recently saw a pop up shop at Congruent Space closing in on the release date soon to come.
How ever that is not all the Cool Kids have been working on. Amongst touring around the states and appearing on publications like The Price Is Aight and radio show with Hannibal Buress promoting themselves they got one more idea that makes this reunion one of the greatest. These two not only have talent in production and lyricism but this Labor Day weekend they will be adding acting and comedy to their resume. The Shit Show a Sketch Comedy show created by Jimmy Regular that will star the duo will take things to the next level in their career in entertainment.
— The Cool Kids 📺🍽 (@theCoolxKids) August 7, 2017
Futura Bloom cements their sound with the release of their debut EP Honey! Going back and forth with single releases as duo and individual Ali and Sly Luke present a dynamic body of work. Swaying the mind with R&B, Hip Hop and skillfull lyricism, leveling up and joining many other up and coming Chicago artists releases work this summer.
Futura burn through 6 tracks with ease over production by Dougy. NversivE, another local assists on production on a couple beats as well a Kidwin. Starting off with Rare Candy and into BeenUp bleeding attitude from Chicago streets, highlighting their ambition. Simplifying the project with Cakewalk to clear headspace, a soulful track that spaces out the tracks for smooth transition into the sensual Body Type. Butterflies vocally melds the two artists in an R&B album probiving a safe landing for Pt 2 outro. The duo certainly made some noise with this EP, marking only the beginning of their story.
Ill-Esha continues to make some noise with some collaborations and remixes. The multi talented artist bounces between genres on After School with Slicarus from Australia and Almost There by Aceyalone. You just cannot define her to one sound or label. Her remix leaning on the trap bass side as opposed to electronica, more familiar to Slic. The tracks come following her Open The Vault EP showcasing previous undeniably dope work and reaching 40k followers on the cloud.
Recently featured in a Boiler Room Denver set sponsored by Budweiser. A live set displaying her vocals and beat work. A performance I got to witness back in Chicago during the Taste with local trio the Rapper Chicks. Again emphasizing her various talents and interests in an interview with my self, Ill-Esha, Angel(ee-nuh) and Hologram Kizzie after their performance. Continuing to push the boundaries musically, whatever Ill-Esha creates next should be exciting!
Harmonic Sapien uploads Self Obtained (I Got It), the first LP single off Natural State prior to the release date, to set the vibe and expectation of the incoming music. A jazzy dnb beat with bass distinguishable by his other work which also follows his 9 to 5 EP some months earlier. Starting the project in February the full album contains a ear opening 19 tracks, varying between uptempo and downtempo hip hop, dnb, pop funk and footwork beats.
Brittany Nacole, Joselyn Marie and Christian JaLon each get a track with Harmonic Sapien. All delivering soulful vocals over ambient and melodic beats. While Joselyn is a frequent collaborator Brittany and JaLon work with Sapien as a first time collaboration. Each song is said to have a story attached to it as for a music videos we will have to wait and see. You can probably expect some thing from his second single Black Boy Chakra keep your eyes peeled.
Chicago producer Glassic uploads a couple electronic instrumentals this within the month. Sprinkling in some more single pieces after releasing a project early in the year. The Motions EP released early in the year contains 5 tracks and a feature with Brittany Carter. Also featured in Glassic’s 2016 self tited collab EP along with Will Is Chillin, another local artist amongst others.
After the Motions EP glassic let those beats simmer for a few months before uploading some single pieces. Perhaps gearing up for an upcoming project Safe Travels under no specific release date. Most recently Looking Everywhere is a simple chill beat with a vocal loop leaving you in cloud 9. New Lands will make you do a double take leaving you a taste for Waking Up from the 2017 EP. Whether its a big project or a single release it is quality work.
Claiming to have the “Hardest Music in Chicago”, we would like to see anyone step up to the plate. You cannot go harder than Hardstyle, and RAAKMO is credited with some the best to come out of the city. Invited to some of the most wild parties such as Porn and Chicken Monday Night Dance Party, why? Just take a listen to his recent series of remixes.
Now RAAKMO typically leans towards Hardstyle but what makes any good artist is to blend style and make your own. His Rich Chigga remix has a trap bass foundation to it but you can clearly hear his hardstyle influence. Just as well with his Turn Day Turn Night remix with VOVIII. RAAKMO has an interesting Hardstyle infused trap formula and it works well with his collaborators. With Keku however they two stuck to hardstyle with they remix of Chupacabra by Carnage.
Porn and Chicken Dance Party continues to gain popularity in Chicago. Remaining the #1 weekly Monday night dance party in the city with continuously changing costume themes, headliner DJ’s, special guest hosts and all the crazy antics of the PnC crew. MTV host Eric Andre and Adult Swims Tim and Eric had the pleasure of experiencing Porn and Chicken as well as popular artists like LOUDPVCK, BARE, 12th planet, Yookie, 2Faced and more.
Over the last months PnC has made some big moves. One being a change in venue from the long standing evilOlive in Wicker Park to their new home at theMID in Chicago’s Fulton Market District. To celebrate the move the trio release a couple singles for the fans to rage to. Each release improving in quality the trio certainly outdo themselves everytime.
Also within the last month the group uploaded 2 tracks to the cloud. Following two original releases after All Hell Breaks Loose, 2017 is on a progressive year for them. Most recently a couple more collaborations under their belt. KTRL puts in some work makin’ Bread and straight following that they drop Zipper with Stellar. Both of which frequent the decks at the dance party, you better believe these tracks been tried and tested successfully in turnin up the dance floor.
Coming from Illinois Graham Gawthorpe aka GAWTBASS grew up involved in music from the start. Becoming proficient in percussive instruments, guitar and the cello by 18 yrs of age before hitting that expert level and decided to teach guitar. Gawthorpe has also been apart of bands before deciding to take things a different direction. Once he got hold of electronic music he took off.
In just 3 years of producing he has hundreds of thousands of plays on his soundcloud and major record labels in his pocket. Getting much popularity remixing popular artists alongside his heavy trap singles. Early July saw the release of his debut EP To The Top. The 3 track project packs a punch but it seems like light work for this producer. The bass will rock your head off and this guy is offering what he knows. I would say take advantage of this EP and his tutoring!
Nelly Furtado, a pop icon in mid 2000’s has many hits rolling off the tongues of reminiscent fans till this day. Put her songs on a throwback playlist and you will set off any party. As many other artists have, Solstis take a shot at remixing Say It Right and they revive it. Beautifully adding synths smoothly over a bass line without drawing too much away from the original melody.
An uplifting beat following their remix of Cry Wolf by Luna Shadows and a move to Seattle from their hometown Chicago. In the wake of a decision to commit to music the duo are following up with an EP soon to come. A 9to5 can be very distracting. Meanwhile you can sit back relax and dance to this.