DNMO and Sub Urban came out with Broken in April, right in the middle of spring. The substance of the song runs quite deep making for a powerful yet woeful tune. Catching the ear of many artists it came to be apart of a remix compilation series. Chicago local Cofresi stands out amongst artists Stratus, Sunday Service and Mintorment in the remixes. Not only representing his brand of future bass constantly evolving but he takes it a step further showcasing his skills with a magnificent video. A live midi drum kit setup published on Run the Trap Youtube channel. Cofresi has many videos like this on his personal channel and incorporates this setup for live audiences. More than an artist he is an entertainer too!
A Billion Young comes back with a new track that shows a switch up in style. Experimenting with some house music foreshadowing their upcoming album Us. Only proper to dabble in house genres being apart of Chicago. Strawberry Satin would follow a few hip hop, foot work and juke remixes and releases and compilations. Their last mixtape Flwr which included popular locals like Sylvie Grace, Rich Jones, Jac Stovley and John Mcdonnell hit nearly 100k plays on Soundcloud. will be interesting to see what they got coming up next.
Ill Esha is back with an original she produced for Nest HQ. Following a collab and remix release she redefines her style on Hologram Midnight with synths that would accompany 80’s styled futuristic apocalyptic adventures. The intros buildup prepares you for the journey through dark basslines and beats in the main body of the track before surfacing back to back along the vibrant melody. This Denver based, Chicago influenced Nap Girl producer whom is responsible for a community of music producers on Discord channel continues thinking outside the box with the styles and work that she puts out. You can grab this track for free here.
White Mystery is quite the talented duo from Chicago. The siblings Alex and Francis White Recently released a stop motion music video for their track Played My Hand. For those of you not too familiar with stop motion, this method requires a lot of time and patience. The track comes from their recent album Fuck Your Mouth Shut. Marking their 8th studio album the two make it a goal to release one once a year on April 20th – 4/20. This only highlights one aspect of White Mystery.
Priding themselves on DIY projects these couple of artists take on every aspect of their music career on their own. From self management, booking shows, press and marketing. Chicago’s Rock n’ Roll has a pair of creative titans in their midst. Even more some, Alex and Francis been running a podcast interviewing local Chicago artists playing video games, music and talking about whats important. All this on top of creating new music every year. If you are looking for any inspiration, you gotta take some notes from these indie rock experimentalists.
Following his Nest HQ series of releases Option4 kept his brand of tech house alive through podcast sessions with notable names like Prima Lux, Sin Label, The Barber Shop and Caveman Sounds. In between broadcasts his single Big Bang was born. Following, His label Hot Boi Records celebrates its first release. A productive year for the long time Chicago patron.
Coming up on a big collab Option4 gets to Workin with the one and only Worthy with the help of Leela D. on vocals. His most recent work this time collaborating with Treasure Fingers is a disco and tech house so groovy it will have you workin that body all night and day, another track under the Nevous inc. label from New York. This Denver Producer will be popping in and out of cities on tour so catch, do not miss these beats when they roll through your city!
Rama Duke and Purple Peanut revive an old classic by Ghost Town Dj’s, My Boo, a track saught after many remix artists. This prompting Trentino to come back and put his flavor into this modern age throwback, adding some grinding basslines akin to Zeds Dead. Following his original beat Basis on Brooklyn Fire Records this is another free download and a must have for your playlist!
You can catch Trentino bouncing around the Chicago nightclubs. Those unfamilar should know a Trentino show is a must attend event if you wanna know this cities nightlife. True to the DJ culture, Trentino perfects scratching techniques shared by few artist like Big Once, Zebo, A-Trak to name a few. Always makin new music or performing so keep your eyes and ears peeled!
Many artists had their try at remixing this Avicii‘s Fade Into Darkness house anthem, it was time we got a proper hardstyle remix. Who better than Chicago’s heavy hitting bass head RAAKMO. With Brennan Heart and Timekeeperz remixes standing opposed our heart goes to Chicago. Keeping energy alive from beginning to end balancing heavy bass, synth and vocals evenly. If you were smart you coulda heard it first at evilOlive taking over the backroom with Kyral x Banko.
This track follows a few early summer remixes. Highlighting his diverse portfolio of artists to apply his style to. Previous remixes dealt with hip hop, trap and heavy bass influences. Avicii has more pop appeal and its good to see RAAKMO work his way around it without compromising his style. The track is free so add this gem to your hardstyle playlsit!
Coming out of Chicago Elevated is on the way to the main stage with his brand of dub, trap and bass music. Sharing the stage with the likes of Flosstradamus, Benasis, Joker, Jsquared and Tombz. Kyral x Banko will be added to that list, opening up for the these heavy hitting locals at their Focus EP release party. A bit of foreshadowing for Elevated hitting the decks with new music to rock the crowd with.
Recently getting done with a couple of remixes of some of the local talent. The up and coming duo Vesper got Rooftops flipped 180 degrees like a storm, taking a pop electronic dance track nowhere you could have thought. Turning to another pair of talented artists, Win & Woo, known popularly for their future bass originals and remixs. Their track Chicago with Bryce Fox gets heavy bass remake bringing new energy to the song. An exciting buildup to a big project from Elevated soon to come.
Since debuting his sound with the 4 track Bitten EP, he has evolved into a monster of a dubstep and bass producer, quickly progressing as if this was second nature. From a friendly bat to an abstract entity fixated on delivering dark and heavy basslines, Bite Me has easily become one of the impressive heavy bass artists coming out of Chicago. On soundcloud his level of production has turned the heads of about 21.2K followers in relatively short time. Not bad for the artist whose main focus has been his production. He will no doubt share a stage hopefully soon with some big names as he connects with more and more artist through remixes and collaborations.
Following a couple of original releases Too Late and Wait For Me, Bite Me has taken on some more remixes. This time he collaborates with Pasdat on Alchemy by ATLiens and Bailo with 12th Planets Hide It All featuring Crichy Crich. These 2 follow his independent remix of Herobust Vertebreaker. Compared to his earlier work like his original Purge and Little Babylon remix these remixes have a riddim heavy presence with trap bass direction that is just madness. Bite Me surely mastered his sound and he is stirring up something big. Follow the man with us if you are as excited to find out.
From Chicago Kyral x Banko been known amongst locals for their impressive bass anthems and remixes contributing to wild nights at Trap House and Porn & Chicken events. Riding under the Quality Goods banner following their Plenum Records and independent releases they have been gaining recognition nationally. Sharing stages with the likes of UZ, LOUDPVCK, Vic Mensa, Figure, Cookie Monsta and more, the duo established their name suddenly after landing opening slot for a sold out Flux Pavilion show for their first performance. With hard work and dedication the two capitalize on the opportunity and kept the momentum going.
Before Kyral x Banko, Collin Burdick and Bennet Kohler went to college together where they graduated chemistry and advertising; an essential key to getting their brand name out there through blogs and other sources. Just sharpening their DJ and production skills working on hip-hop beats originally, it has grown into complex layers of bass, synths, high hats and beat work. Just releasing their Focus EP on Quality Goods to follow Proper you can hear how their experimental style evolved.
The four track EP starts off with mild with some harmonic synths and chopped vocals leading into a Break of heavy bass drops and siren like synths. Bend It does just that, bend genres into a fusion of bass and moombahton influence to get a dance floor bouncin. The title track rumbles through the speakers like a trap anthem to prepare you for the Matrix with Matty Did That. Concluding that with some high energy the much anticipated EP is a must have for your playlist. Check out their interview with Trapstyle so for more in depth perspective on their journey to this EP thus far and get inspired.