The Chicago native bass duo Kyral x Banko team up with Kromuh on their latest release. Late February introduced us to MR. PROBLEMATIC, and sure enough things got seriously problematic. While Kyral x Banko and Kromuh did not foreshadow our lock down situations, at least they prepared us with great music for the quarantine playlist. Great follow up to their track COME CORRECT with chonk, another release on a 40oz Collective, always coming in with fresh sounds for your dubstep and bass cravings.
SONGS U SHOULD HEAR INTOXICATED or S.U.S.H.I. is a fantastic mix series to listen to during any state of mind, because it offers much variety in the music being spun. It would not hurt to be under the influence of a little cognac, and well, who doesn’t love cognac? Artists you might be familiar with include Conway The Machine, Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Casey Veggies, Kid Cudi, Quentin Miller (Drake ghostwriter), The Underachievers, Stormzy, Ibeyi, Lil Wayne and Chicago local rising talent SoloSam, and more. DJ Curt Henny offers an eclectic mix of sounds and styles with his S.U.S.H.I. volumes 1 and 2.
Before the quarantine virtually shut down the live entertainment industry; one could find DJ Curt Henny spinning all over Chicagoland. Working showcases, open mics, weddings, or even big opener sets spinning for SoloSam and various Ever Evolved artists. Now that most of the industry has resorted to bedroom antics, we are excited to hear more SONGS U SHOULD HEAR INTOXICATED. We are sure a lot of you will be frequently under the influence, so turn on some DJ Curt Henny.
Also known as Josh Young, the Chicago producer went and gave us a combo of new music to add to our playlist! Flexin’ his taste of old school classics, he reworks GYPSY WOMAN by Crystal Waters and LOVE IN THIS CLUB by Usher. And he tops it all off with FEELIN’ MYSELF with Masayoshi Iimori and Blumbros on a wild trap anthem. If you do not recognize YehMe2 from his days as half of Flosstradamus, helping catapult EDM to where it is today, these beats here can remind you.
Ayoo continues with their growth and experimentation with their sound and we are all here for it. We even got a closer idea of who their influences are for their music and sound in an interview with By The Wavs. Both Brothers naming mutiple artists, specific to no genre. From Dr. Fresch, Dom Dolla, AC Slater, Kid Cudi, Bone Thugs, Syn, Habstrakt, Excision and more, you can see why AYOO’s sound seems to be ever changing.
Recently releasing a huge collaboration piece dubbed FREAK OUT, and with a name quite commonly known in the Dubstep community. Rico Act performed and collaborated with acts such as Snails, DirtySnatcha, Sullivan King, Spag Heddy to name a few, and now Chicago’s very own AYOO works with the titan, as Benasis did a couple years earlier. Now this tracks name is to be taken seriously, because the three of them blended hip hop, and mid tempo bass to perfection. AYOO is no stranger to adding hip hop influence or vocals to their records, in fact you can hear the influence in all of their original tracks. This follows their remix of THE WAVE by WOLFBITER, and as you can see, another switch up in style as AYOO get bolder with their sound, what and who they work with.
Only a few have dawned a black cover to success like Metallica and Jay-Z. Axilon‘s UNTITLED project is sounding like it can stand up to greatness in its own respective genre as well! UNTITLED with four tracks that bear dark titles as well, you can expect a certain level of darkness in their tunes. This EP balances it well too, letting the beat breathe in between bass breakdowns and rhythmic and melodic bridges. A great follow up to their NO HANDLEBARS EP out on Buygore.
Creeping into your head with DARK WORLD, its ominous intro sets the tone for the whole EP. Preparing you for DARKNESS, which gets a little heavier with its build up and drop! Easily, the highlight of the UNTITLED is the following track rightfully titled POWER, with a calming piano intro that quickly gets over powered by the drop of dark bass synths, that ring and stomp through the track. As stated earlier, the duo does a great job letting the tracks breat, not over saturating each song with bass, letting you get into a rhythm.
RAAKMO is back and he is still making some of the Hardest Music In Chicago. On a streak of releases just a year prior with his Pazuzu EP, singles and remixes, the producer fell quiet for short period of time after wards. Working hard on getting his name out there perhaps as his latest collaborations have been making noise at festivals on the main stages from artists like Chainsmokers and Excision. His latest, a collab with Gl0bal, RTG got some mainstage time, and just before the start of the new year, RAAKMO delivered with BREAK that will surely rock any dance floor.
The end of the year is always a time for celebration and what better way to do that than with new music! Elevatd and feeling festive, the two Chicago bass artists steady releasing quality beats for the holidays for the free. Even throwing down at a show in the hometown with the man 12th Planet. These two continue to grow every year making their mark bigger and bigger.
Following their original release U NO EYE the two decided it was not enough! So they bust out DIAMOND CHAIN, another nasty original piece that will just whip your neck back. Their next track is just as heavy, flippin’ Space Laces D.A.W. when, they then follow up with something really cool! Their latest and last of the year (possibly?) goes to rework local Chicago dance music icons Louis The Child, keepin’ it real. The cool thing about Elevatd is how they grew to embrace different genres as they grew and so they tastefully remake the popular track, BETTER NOT, to perfection.
When you think of Haywyre you can already expect some abstract sounds with his creative style of dubstep and future bass. Then to have Cofresi come in to remix one of his tracks from his PANORAMA LP is a whole ‘nother level of greatness. What is interesting is Haywyre rocks the keyboards while Cofresi kicks it with percussive instruments and now, with Cofresi’s live performance video of Haywyres STORYTELLER, they both have live videos to compare! To see the two work it in their own style is something else and Cofresi brings in so much energy with his percussive rendition.
It was quite unexpected. Ending up in the middle of the dance floor at Aragon Ballroom bouncing to Louis the Child‘s endless anthems. Without even realizing they were back in Chicago for another Friendsgiving event, fate has brought us to the Sold Out Saturday night show. With the help of who can only be referred to as Alex, an eccentric looking character with a patched up pink leather long coat and tattoos on his shaved head, at this point in time with the amount of information there is.
The Aragon Ballroom marquee is lit as well as their big title light that can be seen from blocks away. The fans are making their way off the train and packing up next to the taco vendors under the train at the end of the line. We make our way to the alley where Alex makes his appearance with a big smile to the two familiar girls in the group. Guiding us back and forth to grab tickets for us, all the while security is hassling and giving orders, like a great host Alex readies our group for grand entrance in no time.
Making way to the dancefloor and Louis the Child has their openers rocking the nearly packed (at this point) ballroom. As one act ends we see a familiar pink character make his way onto stage. It is none other than Alex, getting behind the DJ booth as KAMI flashes on the LCD monitors. Turns out he is the DJ for the SAVEMONEY Chicago artist out and as a music reporter for Ever Evolved, the only one to realize the significance of the experience. KAMI in natural fashion, takes over and hypes everyone up. Spitting bar after bar over raw beats, getting everyone jumping.
Louis the Child always has these Friendsgiving events it seems and every time they brings out deserving talented Chicago locals to perform with them. With a massive following of their own, it is like a show of thanks to the city to put everyone on. Well deserving fan base as well as Louis the Child have a talent in creating such an euphoric atmosphere with their music! KAMI may have hyped up the crowd, but the show belongs to the hit makers and they lit up the crowd as soon as they walked out!
A great part of their success is their ability to read and connect with their crowds and their fan base in general. Their music is trendsetting to put it plain and simply. They switch up the vibe with the crowd accordingly from their energetic tracks like LOVE ft Elohim, SPACE JAM, OHHH BABY and of course BETTER NOT with Wafia. They then bring in down in between like a roller coaster with more laid back tracks like their Death Cab remix, Slow Down Love and even throwbacks from releases way back. Unfortunately unable to finish their full set, surely they played strongly into closing off Saturday night Thanksgiving weekend in great fashion. Having everyone feeling FREE for the night, like their latest single with Drew Love
There are not much milestones like the first and for an artist they can be significant. This month DJ Heily B hits a big one as he debuts his first ep. Not out of no where however, Heily B has been working on single releases for the longer end of the year, practicing, getting better and more creative each time. More known as an electronic dance music DJ, spinning for events and venues around Chicago and event a couple of times for Ever Evolved events as well, Heily B has picked up producing along the way.
From his first release BREAD BOWL to ELECTRONIC DANCING MUSIC EP, there is quite a difference that can represent his growth as a producer, but the quality was present from the start. The EP itself is a quick 4 song package packed with energy reaching into diverse genres. Heily never seemed to stick with a single genre from the start and from beginning to end the EDM EP takes you on a audio trip. From the future bass track FORGET A DAY bearing feminine vocals, the hispanic lingo over a dubstep beat in DIVIDE, to the bass and riddim style ending out the EP. Heily B really puts Respect on his name with this release. If you missed his ep release party at The Auxillary Art Center, press play and live through it vicariously.