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.
It is not untrue, Love does often have us running around in circles; what is uncertain is the outcome. With a new release Win & Woo go over these woes in HERE U R. “This is not the way that loves supposed to be, a broken record on repeat“, sings Sara Skinner about hopeful feelings in a doubtful situation. Really about going through the emotions in that kind of scenario, the Chicago producers add an uplifting deep house bass line to keep you dancing away from any of those kinds of doubts and negativity. Following the even more uplifting RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, TEA TIME and a couple of impressive remixes, HERE U R is a wonderful addition to their playlist and yours.
Cover Photo: Andrew Glatt
Summer is still vibin strong and Whethan is back with a new releases to keep the party goin. You know he can rock a hit summer single too working with artist like, Louis the Child and Flux Pavilion. With key remixes succeeding his network, this Chicago natives reputation opens the doors for himself to work with just about anybody at this point. Staying busy following the release of his Life of a Wallflower LP, Whethan has been releasing singles collabs and remixes to our pleasure.
Looks like his flip of SickoMode by Travis Scott and Skrillex got the right attention as Whethan comes back around with an original piece with Travis and Metro Boomin called Overdue. We know he has remixes on Post Malone and Justin Bieber, Lorde and Elohim that would make for interesting artist combinations. This follows collabs with Jeremih and Bearson with Saok and an original piece titled Going Up. Each stand alone works of art, only strengthening his playlist for whats to come!
Back again is frequent collaborator and friend Oliver Tree with the track Do You Feel Me. The two experiment on with thos one giving off a Killers laced Justice vibe. Not long after Whethan releases Summer Luv with the Knocks and thr Crystal Fighters. Two big names to collab wit, Whethan reach is stretching farther than ever before! Exciting to see what he comes up with next.
Notorious for anthemic songs and sing along tunes Louis The Child seems to have an endless supply of hits! They have a natural ability to connect with their audience through their music and control crowds. They set the vibe and people follow. They just know what people want to feel and hear and transmute it to uplifting energetically intoxicating music! The proof is in songs like LAST TO LEAVE & RIGHT TO IT, ALL NIGHT with Chance the Rapper, WEEKEND with Icona Pop, BETTER NOT from their KIDS AT PLAY EP and so much more.
Hard enough to choose a favorite among their playlist and they just made it harder with a few new additions! The beauty of Louis the Child song is that they cover a range of genres, energy and emotion. As much as they have anthemic tunes they have just as much tracks to lay back to and day dream to. Tracks like GO, SLOW DOWN LOVE, SAVE ME FROM MYSELF with Big Gigantic and their recent remix of Elohim‘s THE WAVE can get you in a zone of your own.
Among Louis the Childs recent releases you can get a mix of both the excitement and the impassioned. Earlier they released another remix, this time they chose Death Cab For A Cutie to remix, taking I DREAMT WE SPOKE AGAIN and turned it into a dreamy future bass track. More recently they pop out another original to move your feet and jump to. BIG TIME is another one of those anthemic beats; blaring sounds, melodic synth basslines and uplifting energy. Leaving the vocals aside for this one, it is a perfect song to dance and enjoy the moment to; As are many of Louis the Child’s tracks!
What is love without the pain? Some will believe you cannot have the good with out the bad. For Autograf the good & the bad is what Love & Retrograde comprises of; the highs and their lows of their last couple of years. You can even hear it literally as you go through dark low bass lines and high end synths and vocals between songs.
Starting the EP off with Test the Waters, a down tempo beat setting a heavy tone. In between these hypnotic instrumental breaks echoes, “Go out and Test the Waters the tide will drag you deeper than you know“, like a test of will of some kind. What will come of this darkness and confusion? The EP then jumps into Retrograde, tunneling through minimal bass sounds, giving some life with these bassline grooves, a strong positive transformation!
Getting your energy ready the Casual Love, this track breathes life into Love & Retrograde, a hopeful sound to bounce around to and chant along with. “I’m looking for people of a like mind… I’m looking for love of a casual kind“; another house anthem for Autograf. They Then get funky with Hold Me Back, giving the right attitude for living singing, “the corners no place for me babe“. Turning this EP on its head from dark to energetic sounds with strong notes, Love & Retrograde really paints a story from start to finish.
Letting their fans know it represents growth for them musically and personally, paying close attention you can hear and feel that in this EP. From the dark, minimal sounds and the doubtful lyrics in the beginning with, to vivacious house beats and groovy tunes with strong affirmations. Autograf ends it strong with Night Drive, a mix of high vibes and low techno basslines. Love & Retrograde is the perfect title for the project for what it represents.
It would be cool if a call to 411 would give you information on your favorite music artists. But digital media got us for now where we got our ears on LWKY & Inverse Universe with their latest release titled 411. A lot of talent involved in this collaboration with three heads in LWKY’s band adding two more artists with Inverse. Both compliment each others electro soul style of music.
We are introduced to Inverse Universe with this release, the duo seems to be influenced on hip hop and classic rock music mixing it with electronic bass and soul similarly to Manic Focus. Tyler Thompson and Adam Stephens add to the list of artists consistent with that sound coming out of Chicago. Paired together with LWKY on 411 they make a electro soul beat sounds orchestral. The track is so well put together between you can swear you have heard it before but it is an original, it is just that easy to listen to.